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Sell Whistler TRX-2 to Fund Uniden SDS-200

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I’m looking for an upgrade. Is the Uniden SDS200 that much of an improvement over the Whistler TRX-2? What are the pros and cons? Has anyone switched and regretted it? Is anyone currently using both scanners and doing side be side comparisons?
Thabks
Bryne
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hiegtx

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I appreciate the responses. Some reasons why besides eye candy? Is it a better performer overall? Anyone ever done a side by side comparison?
I don't have the TRX-2, but do have it's handheld sibling, the TRX-1.

My TRX-1 sits there, mute, while my SDS200 is receiving transmissions on the same system the TRX is set to scan. The 200 is also picking up systems, using a telescoping antenna, that some of the other scanners either had trouble with, or did not receive at all. The SDS200 seems to be much more sensitive on 700 & 800MHz trunked systems.

I've seen comments stating that the SDS200 and SDS100 lag on receiving air, Vhf, & Uhf signals, but I have not had those issues. However, most of the channels in those bands that I monitor are either close, have a strong signal, or both of those factors.
 
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I don't have the TRX-2, but do have it's handheld sibling, the TRX-1.

My TRX-1 sits there, mute, while my SDS200 is receiving transmissions on the same system the TRX is set to scan. The 200 is also picking up systems, using a telescoping antenna, that some of the other scanners either had trouble with, or did not receive at all. The SDS200 seems to be much more sensitive on 700 & 800MHz trunked systems.

I've seen comments stating that the SDS200 and SDS100 lag on receiving air, Vhf, & Uhf signals, but I have not had those issues. However, most of the channels in those bands that I monitor are either close, have a strong signal, or both of those factors.
This is great information to consider. Thank you
 
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The SDS200 performs very well on P25 simulcast systems. However it is terrible in the 460-480 band in high RF areas. I live right outside NYC and all the NYPD frequencies are virtually unlistenable due to intermod.
 

TailGator911

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However it is terrible in the 460-480 band in high RF areas.
Maybe for you in your particular circumstances. I am in high RF area nearby major military base and 460 band is just fine on all SDS scanners. Not fair to make that an assumption for everyone based on your own reception issues. As noted here so many times, all SDR scanner reception performance is unique to listener's location, equipment, settings, filters, etc etc. To say 'all' SDS scanners have 'terrible' reception in 460 band just does not apply in all situations. Only yours. Certainly not mine. Just sayin, I am running 3 SDS scanners with good reception on 460 band, 150 band, 2m band, etc. Your statement does not apply to me, and most likely quite a few others. For someone researching an SDS scanner for their own sake, it is a good idea to go ahead and buy the scanner (from a reputable dealer with clear return policy) and simply return it if it doesn't work for you. Your individual circumstances are just that. I am finding that all SDS scanner owners have a different perspective on performance quality, and it all depends on their unique settings, location, filters, antennas, etc etc. To take other people's negative reviews to heart and base your buying information on a few inaccurate statements might only cheat you out of the best scanner on the market today. Just MHO only...

JD
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Whistler is more sensitive on dmr and uniden is better at p25 simulcast. Depends what system you want to monitor. But definitely whistler wins dmr hands down.
Hmm, interesting. I am mainly interested in dmr so now you have me seriously considering the TRX-2. Don't know if the issues with the SDS200 are ever going to be addressed.
 
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