I've been doing this for a long time and IMO, the Uniden BC246T is absolutely the best place to start. It's unfortunate that this model is no longer being manufactured by Uniden, the replacement BC346XT lacks some of the conventional user controls we're used to seeing on a scanner. FIND ONE! I would pay up to $200.00, most that I've seen go for around $150-$175, if it were clean with all the accessories. This scanner is user friendly and a breeze to program with FreeSCAN, which by the way is FREE!. If you want to learn Uniden's DMA system, programming and trunking this is the place to start. Great specs and "good ears". You have to spend a little time learning but well worth the effort. For me, this has now become my reference for a non-digital scanner. I hope it's still scanning when I'm not. Good luck to all.