Best hand held scanner

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Forey89
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Best hand held scanner

Post by Forey89 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:18 pm

Hi Guys,

I want to buy a handheld scanner for home/car as i am VFRS member and in my spare time i like to listen to
6ar/6ip and on the way to the station for turn out. What handheld scanner do u guys recommend for just
DFES comcen and major incidents.

Thanks

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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by yorky » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:38 pm

There are many to choose from, but if you can find a second hand Uniden UBC93XLT (or even the 100 channel 73XLT model) that is a safe bet. Just has to support the ~164Mhz range mainly which most scanners do (although watch out for any from the US that might not support it).
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Forey89
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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by Forey89 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:58 pm

Thanks Yorky,

Very much appreciated also what do you think about the Uniden UBC126AT??

Thanks

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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by yorky » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:02 pm

First I've seen it but it appears to be the updated replacement which is good if you want brand new and yes will work fine.
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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by Forey89 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:04 pm

Thanks again mate

roland985
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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by roland985 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:03 pm

I can personally vouch for the Uniden EZI30XLT.

Does the VHF band, as well as (more applicable for me) the UHF band used by the SES. It's handy to listen into when I can't make it to the unit.
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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by Diceman » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:14 pm

roland985 wrote:I can personally vouch for the Uniden EZI30XLT.

Does the VHF band, as well as (more applicable for me) the UHF band used by the SES. It's handy to listen into when I can't make it to the unit.
My old man loves his EZI30XLT

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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by roland985 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:53 pm

It works even better with a scantenna attached.
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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by elvistcb62 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:32 pm

Hand held whistler scanner after getting one i,can truly say thay run rings around the new Bearcats hp series

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Re: Best hand held scanner

Post by rustynswrail » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:59 am

elvistcb62 wrote:Hand held whistler scanner after getting one i,can truly say thay run rings around the new Bearcats hp series
Whistler scanners are NOT sold in Australia, (the source of this forum), it would have to be imported. Then the problems start, our band plans are different to the US and would require alteration to conform. Not to mention the fact that some scanners, including the Whistler would work out rather costly if purchased new from the US (given the current exchange rate). Stick to a local product sold by a local dealer because if it stuffs up you have a better chance of getting it serviced. Will save you time, money and aggravation getting it to and from to the US.

BTW all contemporary scanners (handheld and mobile) sold in Australia cover the VHF high band (164 MHz as mentioned in your OP).

If money is not really a consideration go for the UBC126AT. It can be programmed using software which saves time and makes alteration to any profile easier.

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