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Best allround scanner.

Post by Kaos » 06 Aug 2018, 18:29

Evening all.

As the title suggests.....Whats the best allround scanner.

I have been using SDR type scanners for some time but want to "return" to the old fashioned way of scanning for freqs.

All that I would req is VHF (with Mil Airband) and close call. Uniden seem to the leader in this.

With so many models (Uniden) to choose from and billions of you tube vids, alot of which are just watch this 2m repeater, its a minefield.

Any pointers please Gent........

Many thanks.

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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by ch25 » 06 Aug 2018, 18:39

I was using BCT-15x, fast machine, trunktracker was ++ for me. Good rig. I can recommend.
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by radiosification » 10 Aug 2018, 20:27

Assuming you don't want digital, then I'd go for the UBC3500XLT
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by thelad » 10 Aug 2018, 21:01

Or the 125
Uniden UBC120XLT
Uniden USC230E
Uniden UBC3500XLT
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Magiksun TM-490 (BF-888) x3
Baofeng BF-888
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by kilimax » 12 Aug 2018, 15:40

Uniden Bearcat BCT-15X or UBC-780/785xlt are very good.
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by sickboy » 12 Aug 2018, 15:50

The Yupiteru 7100 still goes for £100+ on ebay, fantastic old school scanners, and still highly sought after. No close-call mind you.
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by Kaos » 12 Aug 2018, 16:42

Cheers for the replies folks.

Bought a Albrecht AE72H for the time being to explore this Close Call gimmick. I have a few Ae's on the roof for various frequencies and its outperforming my 857d on Air Band RX and also 2m.

Will upgrade to a more user friendly scanner once I have "collected" frequencies.

Again cheers.

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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by ch25 » 12 Aug 2018, 17:05

100 memories... Not much space to "collect"
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by Kaos » 12 Aug 2018, 17:28

ch25 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 17:05
100 memories... Not much space to "collect"
Ahhhhh but the old fashioned way of pen n paper also is a good tool.

Yes I know 100 aint alot......but hey for 10€ its gonna do just fine for now.

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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by radiosification » 13 Aug 2018, 17:24

Kaos wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 16:42
Cheers for the replies folks.

Bought a Albrecht AE72H for the time being to explore this Close Call gimmick. I have a few Ae's on the roof for various frequencies and its outperforming my 857d on Air Band RX and also 2m.

Will upgrade to a more user friendly scanner once I have "collected" frequencies.

Again cheers.
You know that one doesn't cover military air band? There is a gap in its coverage between 174 and 406 MHz.
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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by 26TM944 » 14 Aug 2018, 07:28

I had a 3500XLT for years and it was very very capable. However, with most services moving to digital modes you might want to consider a UBC3600XLT but the latest Motorola update will enable RAS for all handsets and that might put the Uniden's at a slight disadvantage over other makes unless they tweak the firmware.

The AOR DV10 seems to have lots of issues and is bloody expensive! Older Uniden's like the 780XLT and BCT15X etc all work fine on analogue transmissions.

I have a TRX1 now from Whistler and very happy with that I played with a UBC3600 but I was unconvinced.

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Re: Best allround scanner.

Post by Mikel » 14 Aug 2018, 08:05

Kaos wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 17:28
ch25 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 17:05
100 memories... Not much space to "collect"
Ahhhhh but the old fashioned way of pen n paper also is a good tool.

Yes I know 100 aint alot......but hey for 10€ its gonna do just fine for now.
My memory is so bad that I have to write everything down! But, yes a paper log can still be a useful way of recording things heard. I have a copy of the 8th edition 'The UK Scanning Directory' book, all 540 pages of it.

As soon as anything is heard, the frequency gets highlighted and a comment gets written in the margin - great fun, better than stamp collecting anyday.

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