W4CRT said:Any pictures of just crazy people with many base scanners? I had a pic of a guy who has at least a dozen Unidens just for aircraft coverage but I lost it.
W4CRT said:Any pictures of just <s>crazy</s> people with many base scanners? I had a pic of a guy who has at least a dozen Unidens just for aircraft coverage but I lost it.
Dan,DanTSX said:Is there any tangible difference between handheld and base any more?
But, could you not do the same with a handheld plugged into the BNC ?SCANdal said:Dan,
Capability-wise? No. Both have versions that can decode digital, CTCSS/DCS tones, alphatext tagging, trunktracking, etc., etc., etc. Performance-wise? Yes. A base could get wired into a fixed antenna atop a roof - which, of course, would pull in more signals then the rubber-ducky on the portable scanner.
Viper43 said:Base/Mobile scanners tend to pull things in better as they are designed better and not so compact component wise. I have never found a HH that out recieved a base/mobile. I have 5 HH's and 11 base/mobiles with one more of each on the way. I'm in the process of redoing the radio room, but when I get it done in a few months I will have photos.
Yes you could just use an exterior antenna hooked to your HH, but reception isn't the same. Different radios recieve differently, my 2096 out does all of my radios reception wise and one of 2 2035's is next.
Another thing is your location though. I live in a a rural area, it's flat so signals travel better. If your in an urban area or a valley nothing you may try will help due to your location.
Viper43 said:This is from experience, and I have both old and new scanners, which you'd have noticed if you really read my posting... ie: 2035 & 2096. Even hooked to the same antenna via a Stridesburg milticoupler the 2096 out performs all of them. The 396 is no where near as sensitive as the 97 or 96 or 94, and none of those are close to the 2035's , the 2096 out performs them all though. The PCR100 does OK but still isn't as sensative as the 2096. Even hooked seperately to the exterior antenna the 2096 out performs all of them.
On trunked systems the 2096 pulls in 25 SAFET tower sites, the 396 16 and the 96 14. I use one 2035 on Unitrunker and it picks up 18 of the tower sites. Again, thats all off the same antenna so there is a lot of difference in the sensativity, and drops measurably with HH's. Always has though, I have never found a HH that was equal or close to a base.