Which Scanner to keep / sell

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Feb 24, 2001
I am struggling with which of my scanners I should keep and which I should sell.
At the moment I have three handhelds which I would like to cut back to only one as I find it hard keeping them all programmed the same and I want to get a base unit sometime in the future. If none of them suit me I may sell them all and look for something else instead.

Here are my thoughts on each one, I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and have been using them all quite a bit to get a good picture of which suits me best.

- Icom R20:
Largest physical size, hardest to carry and can't just be slipped in to a pocket.
Has the widest frequency / mode coverage.
Has CTCSS / DCS decode and search but only on a single frequency at a time.
Audio recorder works well.
Decent scan speed
Has bank linking for scanning
Search speed good
No bank linking for searching
Audio is a bit quite, mainly when used in the car mobile.
Has some frequencies with bad birdies
Has Alpha tags
Back light for LCD and Keypad

- GME RX1300
Smallest physical size, easily fit in a pocket
Audio is good except at very high volumes
Scan speed is the slowest but still fast enough for my use
Search speed is average
Does not have bank link for scanning but I can work around that
Back light of both LCD and Keypad
Can program CTCSS /DCS tones but not search for them.
Best RF performance over the widest range of frequencies
Covers AM / FM broadcast frequencies
No birdies found on any important frequencies

- Uniden UBC93XLT
Middle sized, larger then the RX1300 but smaller then the R20, still easy to carry in a pocket.
Poor audio at high volume levels
Has close call feature
Back light on LCD only (This is a major problem for me)
Fastest Scan / Search speed
Worst RF performance of the three
Has some birdies
Steps and mode set in firmware, can't be changed.

Looking at all of the above which would be the one to keep base don the fact I do most of my scanning in the car and at home so size is very important and of a night time and in bed where I need a back light for the LCD and key pad.



Completely Banned for the Greater Good
Jan 31, 2010
Hello Paul, I understand your dilemma, been there, done that. Since I am soon to be a certified law enforcement officer I had to learn to improvise & adapt to varying situations. I own an Icom IC-R20 too & I am extremely pleased with it. Here is how I decided on this receiver over some others under consideration. I would spend one entire week with each receiver exclusively, rating each units individual pros & cons, then I would spend a week using all of them collectively for side by side comparison. This was conducted with an Icom IC-R20, an Alinco DJ-X2000T & an AOR AR8200MKIII receiver, I wound up keeping the Icom & the AOR & selling the Alinco & I've been quite satisfied ever since. I hope this helps you in some small way.



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Sep 15, 2006
Fair Oaks, CA
Why not sell them all and buy a PSR-500? Then you'll have one single scanner, the latest and greatest, which can handle any of the systems out there scanners are able to handle.


Jan 20, 2003
Washington Pennsylvania
if it was me i would keep the R20.but that is just my opinion.hf/vhf/uhf in that package is pretty good to me but like i said just my opinion.good luck in whatever you decide too do.Adam
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