The 7 Best Police Scanners of 2021
The BearTracker 885’s (view at Amazon) included GPS, CB radio, and noise-canceling microphone make it an excellent choice for truckers or anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. For an inexpensive handheld option, the Uniden Bearcat BC365CRS (view at Amazon) is a good model to check out. If you want to try out scanning, test out the free 5-0 Radio Police Scannerapp.
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Does Best Buy sell police scanners?
Best Buy does sell police scanners with many brands available like Uniden, Whistler, Midland, Cobra, and the in-house and affordable Insignia brand. You can find options ranging from handheld to bigger base and truck-mounted scanners.
What is the best handheld police scanner?
For a handheld scanner, we're partial to the Uniden Bearcat BC75XLT. It's a handheld scanner that can connect to public safety, military aircraft, and racing scanner channels. It's an analog scanner that can quickly identify police, fire, marine, air, weather, and more. The scanner can handle 300 channels in its memory, or 30 channels in 10 separate banks. It only requires two AA batteries to work, making it a good portable option to take with you on the go.
What is the best digital police scanner?
Our top pick for digital police scanners is the Uniden BCD996P2. It comes from a well-known brand with support for both analog scanning and digital transmissions. It can also do location-based scanning and detect nearby transmissions. The scanner supports continuous band coverage from 25MHz to 1.3GHz, with 25,000 dynamically allocated channels. If you want to cover all your bases, it's a great option.
What to Look For in a Police Scanner
Police scanners are available as handheld units, as mobile scanners you install in a vehicle, or as desktop scanners that aren’t portable at all. If you only want to use your police scanner in one location, a desktop scanner or mobile scanner will suit you fine. If you want to have more options, go for a handheld police scanner.
Analog vs. Digital
Your ability to listen in on transmissions from your local police and other agencies hinges on compatibility between their transmitters and your scanner. Digital scanners tend to have the best compatibility, but you’ll get by fine with a less expensive analog police scanner if your local agencies haven’t made the jump to digital yet.
"Using analog or digital would depend on the area you live in. Some provinces and countries are switching to digital, so you would need that depending on where you live." — Whitney Joy Smith, President of Smith Investigation Agency
The other feature that can impact your ability to receive transmissions on a police scanner is trunking. Scanners that don’t support trunking cannot tune in to trunked systems, so this feature is a must-have if your local agencies use trunk lines. Radioreference.com is an excellent resource for finding out if you can receive analog signals in your area.
Do you want a basic scanner or a police scanner with extra bells and whistles? Some scanners may have extra features like an alarm clock, GPS, Wi-Fi, or CB radio functionality.
"The newer police scanners have a built-in GPS to automatically change to different channels as you travel from area to area. This is important as users can filter through channels to get signals nearby or in a specific location elsewhere." Whitney Joy Smith, President of Smith Investigation Agency
Uniden Bearcat Police Scanners have been considered the BEST scanner brand in the world!
Scanners are an excellent way to stay informed of local activities and are utilized for both personal and professional use. They scan or check many channels/frequencies of various two-way radio communications, including police, fire, and others.
- Air Traffic
- And much more!
Selecting a Scanner
Here are some important considerations to have when selecting a scanner:
- Do you want a desktop scanner, handheld/portable scanner, or a scanner that you can use in your vehicle?
- Do you need an analog scanner or a digital scanner?
- What features are you wanting for your scanner?
Analog Versus Digital
When shopping for a police scanner, it is important to know if your local police/fire and other emergency providers are still on analog or if they have switched to digital communications. This is very important! If they have switched to digital, an analog scanner will not pick up those communications. A digital scanner will pick up both analog and digital communications.
On BearcatScanner.com, you will find a great selection of Uniden/Bearcat analog police scanners, digital police scanners, & handheld and base station police scanners. If you have any questions or need help with product selection, please contact us!
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APCO Project 25
APCO Project 25 (P25) Trunked Radio Systems (TRSs) because they follow the open APCO's Project 25 Standard for Public Safety TRSs. Multiple vendors make and sell Project 25 systems and compliant radios. Audio on these systems is exclusively digital using the APCO-25 Common Air Interface (P25 CAI) standard.
There are several "Subsystem" features defined as part of the Project 25 Standard to enhance interconnectivity & interoperability and allow equipment from various manufacturers to work together.
- These standards include
- P25 Common Air Interface (P25 CAI)
- Over-the-air modulation (digital audio)
- P25 Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI)
- The Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) standard allows P25 systems from different manufacturers to be directly interconnected at the controller level, allowing seamless cross-system intercommunication, and system-to-system roaming for same-band systems.
- P25 Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI)
- The Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) allows dispatch consoles from different manufacturers to be connected to the controller/core of other manufacturers' systems. For example, a Zetron console could be connected to a Motorola system, or a Harris console could be connected to a Tait system.
Project 25 uses either IMBE vocoder. IMBE stands for Improved Multi-Band Excitation or AMBE Advanced Multi-Band Excitation, and both were developed & licences by DVSI Inc. Numerous vendors have produced Project 25 capable subscriber equipment, including EF Johnson, Motorola, M/A COM, Racal, Uniden, and others. There are Conventional and or Digital Trunk solutions, both available to use P25 Digital Voice via compatible transmitter, transceiver and/or receivers.
- Currently, Motorola's implementation of P25 digital data & voice is marketed as "ASTRO-25", for both older Motorola Type II and Phase I systems for two of their types of trunking solution, they utilize the P25 IMBE vocoder, with their newer AMBE or AMBE2 radios are backwards compatible with systems that use the IMBE packaging.
Motorola ASTRO IMBE
This is a P25 non-compliant Motorola digital solution, and is also called the "ASTRO Digital CAI (Common Air Interface) Option".This is a proprietary trunking solution that uses the Project-25 vocoder as its digital voice solution on top of a standard Motorola Type II Smartnet/Smartzone system.
Project 25 Digital Trunking
This is the Project 25 (P25) Digital voice & data trunking solution, is one that is vendor independent and designed around the Project 25 Digital Trunking standards. Phase I(PI) is 4800 symbols per second - where each symbol encodes two bits of data for a raw bit rate of 9600 bps. Phase II(PII) is 6000 symbols per second where each symbol encodes two bits of data for a raw bit rate of 12000 bps and utilizes the AMBE vocoder.
Project 25 Phases
Project 25 Phase I "FDMA"
Phase I FDMA consists of C4FM modulated signal or a CQPSK modulated signal. Both fit in a 12.5 kHz channel. Subscriber equipment transmit in C4FM. Site equipment may transmit in C4FM or CQPSK. Simulcast uses CQPSK modulation, however older Motorola ASTRO equipment used C4FM simulcast in a special mode called "WIDE pulse" which is not P25 compliant. P25 CQPSK Linear Simulcast Modulation is P25 compliant and is referred to as LSM. LSM is defined in the P25 standards.
Prior to the final Phase II standard being approved, Motorola developed and implemented their own TDMA protocol known as "X2-TDMA" uses the same modulation as Phase 1. X2-TDMA was implemented on the following systems which may have been upgraded to Phase II since the standard was finalized in late 2013. Search the database for others:
Project 25 Phase II "TDMA"
The Phase II standard is a 2-slot TDMA signal that fits inside a 12.5 kHz wide channel, providing a two 6.25 kHz-equivalent channels. Fixed site output modulation is H-DQPSK with subscriber units using H-CPM on the input. This allows existing 12.5 kHz wide license holders to double call capacity by upgrading their infrastructure to Phase II. The Phase II standard was Finalized and Approved in November 2010 , and Motorola has began shipping Phase II systems as of August 2011 .
Motorola ASTRO-25 Phase II systems can also have an optional feature known as Dynamic-Dual-Mode (DDM), which will seamlessly revert a whole talkgroup (TGRP) to FDMA operating mode if a Phase I-only radio affiliates with a Phase II TDMA TGRP, and only go back to TDMA once all Phase I-only are unaffiliated with said TGRP.
Scanner Support FDMA and TDMA
Scanner Support for FDMA
- The following scanners can only decode P25 Phase I, but not Phase II
- 1 Does not cover or will not properly track the 700 MHz band.
Scanner Support for TDMA
- The following scanners can decode P25 Phase I, Phase II, and Motorola X2-TDMA systems.
- 2 Requires latest firmware update.
- 3 Requires Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU).
Project 25 Receivers
Software Based Decoders
See our Trunked Radio Decoders page for a listing of applications. Packages like Digital Speech Decoder, DSDPlus, can handle Phase 1 signals. SDRTrunk can handle Phase 1, Phase 2, and DMR, and DSDPlus also handles X2. In addition there are various decoding applications such as UniTrunker and Pro96Com.
Some like DSDPlus may also be used by Software Defined Radio (SDR) such as the RTL-SDR.
Using a PC running Linux' Ubuntu, it is possible to compile/build and run the software package OP25 to monitor Conventional and/or Trunked P25 Phase I & II systems. OP25 only requires one SDR device, whether it be an RTL-based or something more capable like a HackRF or Airspy. At the current time (Jan 18) OP25 only builds out and works properly using Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS; the current version is 14.04.5 and it is a Long Term Support (LTS) version, so there will be updates through at least April 2019.
In November 2019, OP25 was successfully built and run on a Raspberry Pi 3 under Raspbian Buster. Therefore, there is now an alternative to Intel based architecture under Ubuntu.
A cross-platform application called SDRTrunk written in Java can handle P25 Phase I, II and DMR with the latest build. It supports tuners such as Airspy, Funcube Dongle Pro, Funcube Dongle Plus, HackRF, RTL-2832 with Elonics E400, RTL-2832 with Rafael R820T or R820T2, and sound card(s) connected to scanner audio output.
Desktop Receiver Support
NOTE: No trunking support with these radio. Phase I only.
Project 25 Trivia
Conventional P25 systems don't support CTCSS tone or DCS code for access. Instead they use what is called a NAC. This is a 12 bit code that prefixes every packet of data sent (including voice packets).
For trunking, the control channel delivers an average of 40 trunking commands per second. These commands may carry caller or callee identifying information such as a radio id or talkgroup. Talkgroups are 16 bits - allowing over 65000 talkgroups. Radio ids are 24 bits - allowing over 16 million unique radios. To support roaming, radios are associated with two additional IDs - a system ID and a WACN. The system ID is 12 bits while the WACN is 20 bits - allowing for over 4 billion unique systems. Voice channels are identified in trunking commands by a 16 bit number. These 16 bits can be broken down into two pieces - a four bit identifier and a 12 bit channel number. The 4 bit identifier selects the appropriate bandplan. A bandplan is a simple algebraic formula for computing a frequency from a channel number.
Some P25 trunked systems, including many military 380 MHz systems, have WACNs that decode into a hint as to the system's name. The encoding of WACNs in these cases follows the "Guidelines to Assign Wide Area Communication Network and System Identities" document approved by the APCO Project 25 Steering Committee on April 6, 2001. For example, WACN 580A0 decodes to "NCR" (National Capital Region). A conversion application is available to decode WACNs and System IDs. The real intent of this encoding scheme is to generate unique WACNs and System IDs from a trunked system's license callsign.
- Project 25 Interest Groups Homepage - General information on the Project 25 User Group Homepage. Downloadable PDFs and more.
- The APCO International Web Site - This page is homepage for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. They are the group that defines standards for public safety communications in the United States
- The APCO Project 25 Homepage - Here you can find white papers and technical documents regarding the APCO-25 digital public safety project - on the APCO International Web Site
- Users Accelerate Move To Project 25 Systems, Technology - An APCO bulletin posted on the Motorola Web site. This outlines how many large Public Safety agencies across the U.S. have chosen APCO-25 compliant digital system for Public Safety communications. Gives examples of which agencies have made the switch, and which agencies are about to.
- Motorola Encryption techniques - DVP, DES, Securenet, ASTRO, and Fascinator are all discussed here.
- IFR's homepage Designed to communicate the latest information regarding APCO-25 Digital Testing technologies. Much of the information here centers around the IFR 2975 Project 25 Service Monitor. Lots of good reference information here.
- Interesting post - Posted to Usenet regarding decoding APCO-25 digital signals. This was written by a college student who was developing an APCO-25 digital decoder as a class project. Although we never actually saw anything come out of this, the information posted is very useful.
- Digital Source Coding of Speech Signals - Great information on vocoders, and the IMBE Vocoder standard developed by DVSI.
- IMBE and AMBE Speech Compression - [PDF] - Article describing the scientific theory behind the IMBE and AMBE speech compression vocoders. From the Engineering Electronic Times.
- Project 25 Data Representation
- Digital Frequency Search website Search for P25 users on the FCC database
- RR Glossary terms
Ways To Listen
I have gotten the police scanner bug again. There are a lot of reasons to have a radio scanner (the proper term for police scanner) with the best reason being informed during emergencies. Other reasons could include being aware of your surroundings, listening to news as it happens directly from the source, having knowledge of criminal activity in your area, or just plain old being a radio geek who likes to listen to stuff.
There are a few ways to listen.
- Having a dedicated hardware radio scanner
- Streaming from the internet on systems such as Broadcastify. While these are handy and free you are going to hear one system at a time. In my case if I listen to my city system, I will completely miss the statewide system, the sheriff’s system, and all analog broadcasts. You can listen to just one thing at a time.
- Streaming from smartphone apps (which mostly tie into Broadcastify). You should note that the internet streaming and apps generally are about 30 seconds to a minute or two behind real time. Bad boys, bad boys could be busting down your door before you hear it on the iPhone app.
- Creating a software radio using an RTL-SDR USB radio device and software designed for digital trunking radio.
Also we should know what is available in the area that we live in prior to selecting a method of listening. There are a lot of things to listen to and not every scanner is created equal. There are two principal types of signals:
- Analog – generally parked on one frequency. Think two walkie talkies set to the same channel. Also think CB radio. Everybody on channel 19 could talk to everyone else on channel 19 provided they were within range.
- Digital – Digital systems are much more complex and can be Trunked systems which use multiple frequencies and use a control channel which permits the simultaneous use of those assigned frequencies. MOST CITIES THESE DAYS HAVE DIGITAL TRUNKED RADIO SYSTEMS although in many small towns they may still use analog systems.
To complicate the digital thing a bit more there are different systems which are common for cities or municipalities to use. The most common are DMR, P25 Phase 1, P25 Phase 2, Motorola EDACS, and NXDN. Some scanners are ONLY ANALOG, and some scanners may be digital but only capable of P25 Phase 1. If your city uses P25 Phase 2……….THAT SCANNER WON’T WORK.
Some cities may use encrypted digital transmissions. If that is the case you may as well not even buy a scanner because you can’t listen.
Many areas will have a combination of both analog and digital trunking systems. Wow! This is getting ridiculous, huh?
The first things you want to know is “what is available in my area?” and “what am I interesting in hearing and equally as important what am I interested in NOT hearing?” Let me explain what I mean by “NOT” hearing certain things. Some higher end scanners seemingly do it all. Analog, digital, and with all the digital systems as well. Also to make it easier on you when you boot the device it asks you for your zip code and it dips into its (user updatable) database and PULLS IN EVERYTHING AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA. That is mega-cool, it really is but I bet your area has HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS of channels, with several digital systems.
You may want to listen to just the police but you’ll find yourself listening to the desk clerk at the hotel near you calling the maintenance man to check on a leaky faucet. When I stay at hotels many times they are near the airport and I hear the baggage handlers, the shuttle bus drivers, the restaurant employees, the mall security folks………….you get the idea. While your scanner is scanning all this stuff you are missing the calls that you may want to hear. And of course some scanners have Priority Modes where you can set your favorite things to high priorities. All very cool and all very complicated. If you aren’t a super geek ready to dive in deep it could be VERY FRUSTRATING.
So, lets see what is out there. There are a couple good resources to let you know what is available. First is radioreference.com. Go to the Database tab at the top of the page and select your listening area by clicking on “Frequency Database”.
Radio Reference.com Database tab
Click on your state and then your county and it will list analog channels and digital systems. Here is just a partial snip of what is available where I live. Note that the ones that show the first field of “Frequencies” are Analog and under the Trunked Systems on the right of each system it shows what kind of system it is.
RadioReference database results
If I wanted to listen to EVERYTHING here I would need a scanner that does Analog, Digital P25 Phase 1 and 2, DMR, and Motorola Type II. Now let’s get realistic for a moment. I could give a crap about Progress Energy. Also the Marine Bases probably use encrypted radios. The DMR stuff is ham radio repeater things and I have a DMR ham radio system already. Realistically, all I care about here is North Carolina VIPER and New Bern Public Safety which are both P25 Phase 1 systems.
That narrows things down quite a bit. If that is all I care about I can get a scanner that does P25 Phase 1 and call it a day. You can save quite a few dollars by narrowing it down somewhat like this.
BUT WAIT! There’s more! Radio Reference doesn’t capture it all. Try this web page; Digital Frequency Search. For example let me pull down an NXDN system example where I live. There are 59 NXDN channels which include Fairfield Harbour (not where I live), Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Craven County Schools.
NXDN Search Results
None of those things interest me at all, however I guess if there were a rail accident/incident it might be interesting to listen to. I could create a Favorites list and just not enable it and turn it on when I thought it might be interesting.
Your mileage could vary here. Your NXDN system could be your police or something that really interests you. In that case you need a scanner that does NXDN. Some scanners make you PAY EXTRA to turn on NXDN support. Yikes!
So in my case I’m still back to where I was a minute ago. I have two P25 Phase 1 systems which interest me. The cheapest route for me to go is by making a software defined radio. In this case I need a Raspberry Pi (or laptop with Linux on it) and an RTL-SDR device which costs maybe $25 or so. I have captured the process for making a software scanner on this web page. This is BY FAR THE CHEAPEST WAY TO LISTEN TO P25 PHASE 1 AND 2.
Okay, what are the limitations here? Digital only. No analog. There are some interesting analog channels around me and very small towns and townships that use analog still. The city I live in has quite a bit of analog stuff.
Here’s another consideration. Are you on the move? Do you run up and down the road? Some Scanners will allow you to attach a GPS module which will adjust as you travel from location to location. Those modules are usually pretty expensive. I have a website that shows you how to DIY one for much less money.
As I mentioned before I travel a lot and when I’m in the hotel I always enjoyed having a scanner on for background noise. I’ve heard plenty of interesting stuff.
What I haven’t mentioned yet are specific scanners and I guess it is time to get into that. First and foremost is that a digital scanner that does P25 Phase 1 is going to be upwards of $250, maybe even used. Anything that does P25 Phase II is going to cost more than that. Seems like the decent offerings are in the high $300 range. Top of the line digital scanners are going to cost upwards of $600. In a scenario where you only wanted to listen to one digital trunked system, you might want to look into making your own scanner with a Raspberry Pi and RTL-SDR as I discussed earlier. You can do it for a FRACTION OF THE COST. It all depends on what you want to listen to.
Here is my opinion of the best scanner in the land, bar none.
Uniden SDS100 – It ain’t cheap though, let me tell you. Right now it runs about $650 and DMR and NXDN capability costs extra. Yikes. You’re talking real dough here. But it does it all. And with some 3rd party software like ProScan it adds capabilities that Uniden itself doesn’t give you, like the ability to stream your scanner feed to a webpage and to record. You can program it by zip code and you can easily make a favorites list and turn on and turn off systems you don’t want to hear. Arguably, this is the best scanner in the world. The other exception to that might be its brother, the Uniden SDS200 which is the same scanner essentially in a desktop version.
Whistler Scanners – I’m not a fan of Whistler scanners. I have a TRX-1 and it struggles with the New Bern Public Safety P25 system. Remember when I talked about P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2? Well guess what? In P25 Phase 1 there are two types of simulcast modulation. C4FM and LSM. The TRX-1 is NOT GOOD AT LSM. It is a well known limitation. Guess what New Bern Public Safety is? Yep. It drops, has lots of digital hash and crap and just isn’t reliable. Don’t get me wrong though. The TRX-1 is an INCREDIBLE SCANNER…….just not on LSM systems. If you live in an area that doesn’t have P25 Phase 1 LSM……….by golly a TRX-1 is your Huckleberry. Also it is cheaper than a Uniden SDS 100 and NXDN and DMR modes are FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Free Baby, yeah!
Uniden Homepatrol 2 – This might be a close runner up to the SDS 100. This has a touch screen interface, is probably a lot more user friendly than either of the two listed above, and it can be used as a desktop scanner or as a handheld. It is ridiculously feature rich but in a very easy and more intuitive fashion than the other mentioned scanners. Basically the “2” stands for P25 Phase 2. If you don’t have a Phase 2 system you can get the Homepatrol 1 for considerably cheaper. The “1”, you guessed it, is for P25 Phase 1. Uniden doesn’t show them as being for sale anymore but you can still find them on eBay. Neither the 1 or the 2 does DMR or NXDN so again, you gotta know what you want to listen to. The downside here is that it doesn’t come with an AC adapter. #YOUGOTTABEKIDDINGME. But you can add a GPS module to it which is really cool.
Uniden Homepatrol 2 radio scanner
Uniden Bearcat BC355N – This could be a tempting choice because it only costs $100. The downside here is that it is ANALOG ONLY. Don’t get fooled by the low price tag. If you live in a town that is analog only this would work just fine. Also you could buy one of these as a secondary device to only scan analog channels and free up the expensive device to only listen to Trunked Radio which of course would speed up the scan time. You’d have to be kind of ate up to have two scanners running all the time. Also you can do the same thing with an RTL-SDR device and free software such as SDR#. In short, beware the low price unless you know exactly what you are getting and it fits your needs.
There is an old ham radio adage that roughly states: “For every dollar you spend on a radio, spend 2 on the antenna”. Your overall experience will be better with a good outdoor antenna. I took an old phone booster antenna that is tuned to 800-1000MHz (approximately) and attached it outside. Even though some police VHF analog transmissions are around 150MHz and technically out of the frequency range of the antenna my analog reception has improved wildly. Heck, anything is better than the rubber duck and having 15′ of coax connected probably acts like a VHF antenna anyway somewhat.
Everything I have mentioned (except making your own scanner) is relatively expensive. There are some cheaper trunking scanners out there but I recommend this…………Don’t just buy one off of the internet. Search out scanner users in your area or ask questions on the Forums at radioreference.com about limitations. Just because someone says it is great on the internet doesn’t mean it is what you need WHERE YOU PLAN TO USE IT. On paper it may say it works such as my Whistler TRX-1 and then $500 later when you get it home…………….Crap. It doesn’t work on the system where you live as per my example of the TRX-1 not working on P25 Phase 1 LSM modulation.
In regards to purchasing a scanner……………..there is some homework involved. Now more than ever in the times of COVID and rampant bad news such as impromptu riots and demonstrations it may never be more important to listen to your local police, fire, and EMS transmissions than it is right now.
Last point: A scanner that works great where you live might be nearly useless 40 miles away in a city that uses a different system. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
P25 scanner digital
Police Scanners You Might Be Interested In
We have picked out a few scanner you might be interested in.
#1 UNIDEN SDS200
This is by far the best police scanner on the market.
You can read more about it at ~ CLICK HERE
- True I/Q Receiver, Trunk Tracker X
- Direct Ethernet Connectivity for Streaming and Control
- Complete USA/Canada Radio Database
- Location Control for Simple Operation
- 3. 5″ Customizable Color Display
The Uniden Bearcat SDS200 is the most Advanced Digital trucking scanner. Frequency Range of 25-512Mhz, 758-824, 849-869, 895-960 and 1240-1300MHz. True I/Q receiver technology, which provides unsurpassed digital performance! Features include: True I/Q Receiver, Trunk Tracker X, Direct Ethernet Connectivity for Streaming and Control, PL/DPL/NAC, Complete USA/Canada Radio Database Built in with Alphanumeric, Frequencies, , and more, with free lifetime updates, Location Control , 3. 5″ Customizable Color Display. The SDS200 includes APCO P25 Phase I and II, Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trucking, Air band, Marine Weather and Analog! With Optional paid downloadable upgrades and/or Optional software from the Mfg.’s websitem, it can also do Capacity + and Connect +, DMR Tier III, XPT, Single-Channel DMR, NXDN 4800 and 9600 and EDACS . Free Uniden Sentinel Software keeps the SDS200 database and firmware up to deludes AC adapter, 12Vdc Power Cables, USB cable, 8 Gb MicroSD card, BNC telescopic antenna Mounting bracket and printed owner’s manual.
You can read more about it at ~ CLICK HERE
#2 Uniden BCD536HP
- The BCD536HP continues Uniden’s tradition of leading innovation. Home Patrol Programming makes it the easiest-to-program mobile professional scanner we’ve ever made.
- Plus, the Wi-Fi feature lets you use the exclusive Uniden Siren App on your smartphone or tablet to access your scanner from anywhere in your home or vehicle.
- The 536HP digital Trunk Tracker V is the first full mobile/desktop unit that requires no user programming. Simply turn it on, enter your zip code and Trunk Tracker V does the rest.
- This user friendly digital scanner will immediately begin receiving communications systems used by Public Safety, Police, Fire, EMS, Ambulance, Aircraft, Military, Weather, and more.
- This functionality is made possible by combining the rich radio system database from Radio Reference with Uniden’s patented radio system selection methods to correctly identify and monitor only nearby systems in the USA and Canada.
- Scan by location allows you to set your location(s) by zip/postal code or GPS coordinates
Scan Mode, Nothing to Scan 1. Make sure you Set Your Location to scan the Database. 2. Make sure Favorites Lists are enabled in Set Scan Selection. 3. Make sure Service Types are enabled for the Channels you want to hear. 4. Make sure you have locations programed if Use Location Control is On. 5. Make sure longitude and latitude are N and W (for N America). 6. Make sure Systems/Departments/Channels are not Avoided. 7. Make sure Favorites List/System quick key is enabled. 8. (Search with Scan) Make sure Troubleshooting Search with Scan is enabled in Select Lists to Monitor and the Search for Menu and for the Custom Search. With Scanning Interrupted 1. Turn off Priority Scan. Change Priority Interval. 2. Turn off Close Call Priority. 3. Turn off Weather Priority. 4. Set Channel Delay longer. 5. Set positive Channel Delay. All Channels Out of Range 1. Increase your range. 2. Turn Location Control off for the Favorites List.. Backlit Keypad & LCD. Simple-to-use Sentinel PC Software keep your scanner’s database and firmware up to date
More information on it at CLICK HERE
#3 Uniden BCD996P2
Uniden BCD996P2 Digital Mobile TrunkTracker V Scanner, 25,000 Dynamically Allocated Channels, Close Call RF Capture Technology, 4-Line Alpha display, Base/Mobile Design, Phase 2, Location-Based Scanning
More information at CLICK HERE
- Uniden’s BCD996P2 Digital Base/Mobile Scanner is a full-featured design with the serious hobbyist in mind. With an advanced digital decoding system and large memory bank, the Bearcat BCD996P2 scanner is an extremely powerful and useful Public Safety scanner.
- The BCD996P2 comes equipped with Uniden exclusive features like Advanced Dynamic Memory System, Close Call RF Capture Technology, and GPS compatibility. It includes support for digital systems, including the latest APCO Project 25 Phase II systems.
- Stay safe and informed with state of the art NOAA weather access and S.A.M.E. weather alerts that warn you of severe conditions in your area.
- This mobile scanner radio offers 25,000 channels an advanced dynamic memory system, TrunkTracker V technology, and more. Enjoy location-based scanning and location alerts by connecting the BCD996P2 to an optional GPS receiver so you can stay informed when you’re on the go.
- Included in the Box: BCD996P2 Scanner, AC Power Adapter, Vehicle Accessory Power Cord, Three-Wire Harness, Mounting Bracket and Hardware, Antenna, Owner’s Manual, APP Form, FREQ Form, other printed materials, and USB Cable.
- NOTE:Kindly refer to the user manual provided as a PDF manual in the product description section
More information at CLICK HERE
#6 Whistler WS1065 Desktop Digital Scanner
More information at CLICK HERE
- Menu Driven Programming with Context Sensitive Help – Each menu item provides a few lines of help text that provide assistance with programming and using the scanner
- Scan List-functionality allows you to arrange, group and scan objects according to your preference. Memory Backup – Frequencies remain stored in memory for an extended time even without batteries.
- Free-Form Memory Organization – Allocation of memory dynamically and efficiently as it is needed. This differs from low cost and older scanners that had memory organized in rigid and wasteful memory banks
- Skywarn Storm Spotter Function – Instant access to frequencies used by storm spotter networks. Multi-System Trunking.
- Digital AGC – Instantly compensates for low user audio levels that are common on digital systems
- Scans most common trunked radio system signaling formats, including Motorola, EDACS, LTR and P25 trunked radio networks. Both talkgroup and individual call monitoring are supported
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#7 Uniden Bearcat BC125AT
Uniden Bearcat BC125AT
- Listen in and stay informed, this sophisticated scanner has 500 alpha-tagged channels in a convenient compact design with loads of features. Close Call RF capture technology instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters and the Do Not Disturb Mode prevents Close Call checks during a transmission.
- Listen to Over 40,000 Frequencies, you can listen to both civilian and military bands, including Police, Ambulance, Fire, Weather, Marine, Aircraft, Railroad, Civil Air, Amateur radio services, and Racing events.
- Search More Efficiently with 500 Alpha-Tagged Channels Finding the channel you want to listen to is easy, with 500 channels divided into 10 storage banks. Organize your channels by department, location, area of interest, or any other way you prefer. Alpha Tagging lets you assign names to your channels, so you can keep track of who you are listening to.
- Lightweight, Portable Design, take this Bearcat handheld radio scanner with you on the road, or on outings. It packs plenty of features, the orange backlight display is easy to read, even in low light conditions.
- Get started listening right away with convenient Pre-sets for the most popular searches. Frequencies are preset in ten separate Police, Fire/Emergency, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Civil Air, Military Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS, and Racing search bands. This makes it easy to find channels that interest you.
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United States Digital P25 Phase 1 & 2 Frequency Search
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To search, enter your county and state (two letter abbreviation). Click here for a list of all counties and other jurisdictions that you may search. Please see the information below the search form for more information about this search tool.
Information about the P25 search tool:
- The frequencies in this database contain an emission designator associated with P25 Digital radio systems. Both conventional and trunked frequencies will be returned, as well as both Phase 1 and Phase 2 frequencies. The Project 25 Technology Interest Group created a useful list of conventional P25 radio systems.
- Many of the frequencies in this database contain multiple emission designators in addition to P25 voice. These frequencies might be carrying data only or analog FM voice traffic, for instance.
- This FCC license data is updated every week on Sunday. The licenses for all frequencies in the database were active as of the date listed at the bottom of the search result page. Frequencies for non-active licenses are excluded from the search results.
- The database contains over 310,000 frequencies authorized to use P25 digital voice.
- The data is from the FCC Land Mobile - Commercial and Land Mobile - Private, Land Mobile - Broadcast, and Market databases.
- To view frequencies with a statewide area of operation, leave the county field blank. To view frequencies with a nationwide or "other" area of operation, leave both the county and state fields blank.
- As a condition of using this website, users of this website assume all risk and will comply with all applicable laws regulating radio scanning. Every attempt is made to make this database complete and accurate; however, it is meant for educational and hobby purposes only. Please use the official FCC License Search for any critical, regulatory, or professional applications.
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Whistler TRX-1 Digital/Analog Police Scanner Handheld DMR TRBO P25-PI/II EZ-Scan
The Whistler TRX-1 is a handheld digital scanner capable of DMR and Motorola TRBO.
- It is a multi-system adaptive Digital tracking trunking scanner with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II capabilities. All USA/Canada frequencies are pre-programmed onto the included SD card making it ready to use out of the box.
- This model features an easy to use navigation with a multifunction keypad and includes a PC program for easy customization and includes USB cable and PC software. It also has Virtual Scanner mode that can store 200 various scanner configurations.
- The TRX-1 permits recording by scannable object and saves into a Windows compatible file. The clock and calendar function adds date/time info to the recordings and has the ability to power the scanner on at a specific time. The dedicated Skywarn/Weather button allows quick access to frequencies used by storm spotter networks and NOAA weather reports.
- Additionally, this model features Whistler’s Spectrum Sweeper and a programmable audio and visual alert system. Scanner comes with a removeable rubber case with two additional interchangeable colored inserts for the back.
- MULTI-SYSTEM TRUNKING - scans most common analog trunked radio system signaling formats, including APCO P25 Phase I and II, Motorola, EDACS and LTR. Both talkgroup and individual call monitoring are supported.
- EASY TO USE FULL KEYBOARD - and display with backlit Alphanumeric keypad familiar Scan, Pause, Skip and Navigation controls make it easy to use.
- NEW OBJECT ORIENTED MENU DRIVEN USER INTERFACE - provides common data entry, browsing, and control methods for every scannable object with support for millions of stored objects, limited only by Micro SD card capacity.
- EASILY CREATE NEW OBJECTS - and edit existing trunked Systems, Sites, and Talkgroups without connecting to a PC.
- THE COMPLETE RADIO REFERENCE USA AND CANADA DATABASE ON MICRO SD CARD - from www.radioreference.com is included, giving you access to the most comprehensive radio data available without connecting to a computer or the Internet! Free downloads of updated database, CPU and DSP ﬁrmware.
- IMPROVED P25 FUNCTIONALITY - detects digital voice audio, and decodes RadioID/TalkgroupID data embedded in voice packets.
- BUILT-IN DISCRIMINATOR OUTPUT - provides raw discriminator signal to third party signal decoding software without risky hardware modiﬁcations.
- UPGRADEABLE CPU FIRMWARE, DSP FIRMWARE AND LIBRARY - keep your radio’s CPU and DSP ﬁrmware and RadioReference library current with enhancements and updates as they become available with free upgrades!
- MICRO SD CARD - uses an industry standard Micro SD card to store the RadioReference data library and all of your programming - capacity for millions of stored objects! Supports cards up to 32 GB. Entire USA & Canada data included on card.
- FULL USB INTERFACE - industry standard Composite Device USB interface with USB Mass Storage Device (MSD) and Serial Data (CDC) support. Access the Micro SD card without removing it from the radio, stream decoded Control Channel data and upgrade your radio’s ﬁrmware over USB.
- POWERFUL PC APPLICATION SOFTWARE INCLUDED - customize existing programming or add new objects to scan, and keep your ﬁrmware and Library data up to date.
- SKYWARN® STORM SPOTTER FUNCTIONALITY - instant access to frequencies used by storm spotter networks. You can monitor storm conditions as they occur, and become aware of dangerous conditions before the media or emergency management ofﬁcials are able to announce them to the general public.
- SAME AND ALL HAZARDS WEATHER ALERTING - features a Dedicated SAME Weather Alert Receiver mode, alerting you to severe weather and other hazards in the speciﬁc area(s) that you select, or, can check your local NOAA weather frequency periodically, even while scanning, and alert you when an All Hazards alert occurs.
- POWERFUL SPECTRUM SWEEPER - quickly sweeps the frequency ranges for transmissions from nearby sources. When a nearby transmission is found, the scanner automatically tunes to that frequency and receives the trafﬁc. Lockout found frequencies and continue searching the same band.
- 200 SCANLISTS - provides the unprecedented ability to group your stored objects using up to 200 Scanlists plus a special Skywarn® scanlist. Objects can be mapped to as many Scanlists as desired, giving you complete ﬂexibility for grouping objects and selecting groups in any combination for scanning.
- SCAN SETS - expand the functionality of Scanlists by allowing you to deﬁne different combinations of enabled Scanlists as Scan Sets, then you can select one or more Scan Sets for scanning using a simple menu system. With Scanlists and Scan Sets you have unlimited possibilities for grouping, enabling and disabling objects for scanning.
- EXPANDED V-SCANNER ll STORAGE SYSTEM - with the expanded V-Scanner II (VS-II) storage system, you can use the PC Application to save up to 200 V-Scanner conﬁgurations on the Micro SD Card, which can be recalled at any time in the ﬁeld using the radio’s keypad.
- AUDIO RECORDING - record received audio from selected objects and searches to the Micro SD card. Replay recorded audio using powerful built-in playback system or transfer to PC for playback and archiving. Record over 50 hours of audio.
- BUILT-IN CLOCK/CALENDAR - date and time stamp recorded audio ﬁles, and “alarm clock” function allows you to program the scanner to wake up and start scanning at a speciﬁc time each day.
- BUILT-IN SERVICE SEARCHES - provide predeﬁned service search ranges make it easy to ﬁnd activity in your area.
- WHISTLER’S EXCLUSIVE ALERT LED - programmable tri-color LED displays thousands of colors that can be used to indicate different types of activity or activity on special channels. Program color sequences with multiple colors for special alerts, even emulate the red/blue strobe of police vehicles.
- PROGRAMMABLE AUDIBLE ALARMS - can be conﬁgured to sound when certain objects are active.
- PROGRAMMABLE BACKLIGHT AND ALERT LED FLASH PATTERNS - The backlight can be programmed to ﬂash with custom ﬂash patterns when certain objects are active, providing another way alerting the operator when important radio trafﬁc is present.
- SIGNAL STRENGTH METER - Shows relative strength of received signals.
EZ SCAN™ Digital Scanning Receiver
|25-54 MHz||VHF Low Band|
|108-137 MHz||VHF Aircraft Band|
|137-174 MHz||VHF High Band|
|216-300 MHz||220 MHzCommercial/Amateur Band|
|300-406 MHz||UHF Military Air Band|
|406-470 MHz||UHF Band|
|470-512 MHz||UHF-T Band|
|764-782 MHz||700 MHz Band|
|791-797 MHz||700 MHz Band|
|806-869 MHz||800 MHz Band|
|894-1300 MHz||900 MHz Band, 23 cm Amateur Band|
|33.4-46.5 MHz||VHF Low Band|
|151-170 MHz||VHF Aircraft Band|
|453-467 MHz||VHF High Band|
|764-782 MHz||700 MHz Band|
|791-797 MHz||700 MHz Band|
|806-869 MHz||800 MHz Band|
Digital Handheld Scanner, Antenna, USB Cable, Micro SD Card, Swivel Belt Clip, User Manual, Quick Start Guide, Case and 2 colored inserts (Green and Grey)
System Requirements works only with Windows Operating System