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Digital Scanner?

Post by smscot » 25 Nov 2017, 12:33

Hi I have to be honest I'm not very clued up when it comes to scanners. I'm looking for a scanner that can pick up digital frequencies (If possible). I currently only have a baofeng receiver & its not picking up much anymore. Can anyone recommend a good scanner that will pick up digital frequencies and ready set up without me having to download things etc? Any help would be much appreciated .

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Post by thelad » 25 Nov 2017, 13:10

Uniden UBC120XLT
Uniden USC230E
Uniden UBC3500XLT
Binatone PMR MR500 x2
Magiksun TM-490 (BF-888) x3
Baofeng BF-888
TTI TSC 100R
Baofeng UVB5
Zastone D900
Icom IC-R6

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Post by radiosification » 25 Nov 2017, 19:55

None of them are very easy to use. If you just want something you can turn on and start listening then forget it and find another hobby. In the UK you have to search for stuff yourself to listen to, unlike in the US where they have databases of systems that you can just load onto your scanner.
If you're interested in digital voice, check out my YouTube channel:
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Post by stanogs68 » 25 Nov 2017, 20:22

radiosification wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 19:55
None of them are very easy to use. If you just want something you can turn on and start listening then forget it and find another hobby. In the UK you have to search for stuff yourself to listen to, unlike in the US where they have databases of systems that you can just load onto your scanner.
that is so true ,and half the fun is findind the channels and then maybe sharing them with friends its part of the hobby :thumbup:
computers mess with my brain !

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Re: Digital Scanner?

Post by pete_uk » 01 Dec 2017, 15:36

AOR AR-DV1 Analogue & Digital Base Scanner would be of more use.

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Post by Metradio » 01 Dec 2017, 16:47

Lots of Whistler and Uniden digital scanner users who could not get their heads around the programming sold up, saved their pennies and went down the AR-DV1 route..

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Re: Digital Scanner?

Post by stanogs68 » 01 Dec 2017, 17:38

are they still really expensive ,i was waiting for them to fall in price?
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Post by Metradio » 01 Dec 2017, 18:23

Still expensive..

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Re: Digital Scanner?

Post by stratocaster » 04 Dec 2017, 10:35

No scanner comes ready set up unless you live in the States which is what is stated in posts above. You have to search for frequencies via the scanner for yourself. There are some lists and frequencies given on this forum as you no doubt will have seen. I may yet invest in one of the Uniden 536 HP or the TRX2 from Whistler to compliment my AOR AR DV1. As digital scanners are SDR (Software Defined Radio), then I'm afraid you will have to download updates for those particular scanners in order to keep them in check and still functioning!
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