I second that -- figure out what you need / want to listen to - and then do your research before you buy! What works for some may not work for you..... but to be fair, the problems some of us are having may not affect you at all.You better read the reviews on the new line of Unidens before you buy one.
That's if performance matters to you.
...or waiting for a new Whistler (coming soon)... at least that will come with a warranty and support....You could very well be better off buying an older model GRE made scanner.
But there are many people who don't like these new Uniden offerings at all due to many performance issues.Yes the 436 is the handheld. And yes you can just put in your zipcode as with the home patrol. Of course as with any product there will be negative comments, but most people love'em
Do due diligence, and ask in your state forum, read the comments (it will boggle your mind) on the brand new Uniden scanners. Check the prices of still newer scanners in the RR for sale forum.I know the home patrol very well and like it very much. Is there any newer scanners that are much better than the home patrol. Thanks Ron