Both are great radios. You might want to ask in the Ohio forum to see wich works better in your area. I have the GRE PSR-600 which is the same radio as the 197 and the 996. In different areas I go to one will work better than the other or they will be same. The only real plus I give the 600/197 is if you are going to be mobil I like the multi site better. That is just me others might like how Uniden's multi site better.