Digital scanner setup for use in the UK?

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Digital scanner setup for use in the UK?

Post by tomos » 08 Aug 2018, 23:39

I am looking to buy a handheld scanner that I can also use at home with an external antenna, either a wide band vertical such as the SSS Superscan stick 0 - 2000 Mhz or a coliniear vertical such as the x30 or 50 ? .. no sure which antenna to go for, the neighbours will not appreciate a discone!

I am thinking of either the Uniden 3600xlt or the Whistler TX1 but having not used either are there any gotchas or major PRO's or CON's for either ?
when at home I already have a dedicated air band setup for at home (AOR 8600 + D777) so it will mainly be PMR,HAM,amateur satellites etc I guess.

Ideally I would like to be able to program and control the scanner from a PC whilst it is at home (Hampshire)

What do you recommend?

Many thanks

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Re: Digital scanner setup for use in the UK?

Post by thelad » 10 Aug 2018, 08:05

Tx1 is much better, as much as i love Unidens.
Uniden UBC120XLT
Uniden USC230E
Uniden UBC3500XLT
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Re: Digital scanner setup for use in the UK?

Post by Metradio » 10 Aug 2018, 10:13

TRX1 works better, 3600 looks better...

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Raspberry Pi 2 and DV4Mini HotSpot.
AOR AR-DV1 Digital Voice Receiver / eSPY on ARD V1.

Whistler WS1088 / TRX-1 / Whistler Q / UBCD3600XLT / WTR Browser.

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Re: Digital scanner setup for use in the UK?

Post by radiosification » 10 Aug 2018, 20:25

I have the TRX 1 and it's nowhere near as good as my old USC230-e for analogue stuff. It has a delay before un-muting whenever a signal appears. And on airband it doesn't even break the squelch for perfectly readable signals a lot of the time.

For DMR and NXDN it works very well though.
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