Reading around in most forums I see most scanners made are talked about but never see anything on a pro160. (unless I missed it) I picked up one from RS for 99.00 and was wondering if I should have. Seems to be working fine, was just wondering
I like the 162 (hand held Version of the 160) Its a really nice readio, solid and a uniden made radio for the "shack".
I'm not sure if you're getting your models confused, but the Pro-160 (and handheld sister Pro-162) absolutely do feature alpha tags, both per bank and per channel. In fact, it's listed right on the Wiki page you linked, second feature on the list.
Your timeline is way off, it was nowhere near a year's separation between the two models being introduced. The Pro-162 was type accepted in Sep 2007, the Pro-160 in Dec 2007. Both models were available for nearly all of 2008 and were discontinued by Jan 2009.When the Pro-160 finaly came out, it's portable little brother, the Pro-162, was already out for at least a year.
Reception wise, the Pro-160 actually has slightly better specs and real-world performance than the Pro-162. This is normally the case, the base/mobile will be a tad bit more selective and sensitive than its portable counterpart, all other things being exactly equal. The heavy metal case adds to the shielding, which usually accounts for that.Anywho, the radio does not exactly match the performance of the 162.
While I agree and the lack of 7.5 kHz stepping in VHF is a pet peeve of mine, it's not as simple as that. The 6.25 kHz stepping the Pro-160/162 feature in UHF is very easy to accomplish, they just halved the standard 12.5 kHz stepping for the entire spectrum. The 7.5 kHz stepping in VHF does not apply to the entire band, only certain blocks of frequencies are affected by that, the rest remain at 5 kHz. Apples and oranges.Another thing that bothers me even with the Pro-162, why go through the trouble of adding the 6.25 Khz. steps but leave out the 7.5 Khz. steps?
You might be surprised to know that the Pro-160 and BCT15/15X have nearly identical specs as far as sensitivity and selectivity are concerned. For the most part, they use the same Uniden components.The 15 has much better sensitivity,selectivity,audio, and the tunning steps and modes are not fixed.
I have the opposite opinion. The Pro-160 is a very solid workhorse that is not bogged down with a ton of features that tend to confuse the average user who is listening to conventional frequencies, and maybe one fairly basic Motorola Type II system. The interface is very intuitive and easy to program by hand, which is important for "old school" users who have trouble with the DMA scanners and overwhelming amount of bells and whistles they'll never use. For advanced or sophisticated users, or those listening to a myriad of different types of systems, then the Pro-160 is probably not for them. For everyone else, it's a rock solid, dependable, easy to operate scanner.If you want a scanner as a back up,secondary radio, then the 160 is ok. I would not make it my main work horse though. Just my 2 cents worth.