I am going to buy a scanner within the next week, and will most likey go with the 996XT. I live in Fulton County, and want to be able to pick up the ISP in Peru, which is about 25 miles from my house. I'm just unsure of which antenna would be best. There are so many different ones, some that connect directly to the unit, and some that are mounted outside. I'm assuming I'll need one that is mounted outside and connected using a coax cable. Which, leads me to another question. The coax cables that are recommended on scannermaster are pretty pricey, is there any difference between them and a standard coax cable that I can just pick up locally for probably half the price? Thanks in advance for the advice. And, yes, this is my first scanner! Can you tell?