I would recommend to your friend that they start saving for and get a scanner that can go analog or digital and I would recommnend the HomePatrol from Uniden. Yes, I know they are expensive, but I have had one for a little over a year now, and it is well worth the money. As long as it is updated once a week from the Sentinel software, the scanner will update with any new freqs, as well with any changes from analog to digital. You have heard the phrase "You get what you pay for", and in this case, it is true. To anyone considering a new scanner, I would say get this one.Thanks, that's what I'm hoping for. I'm getting an analog scanner set up for a journalist friend and would hate to have him purchase an expensive trunking scanner when it isn't needed.