• Whistler Ws1065 Desktop Digital Scanner,Black
  • Whistler Ws1065 Desktop Digital Scanner,Black
Whistler Ws1065 Desktop Digital Scanner,Black
Whistler Ws1065 Desktop Digital Scanner,Black

Whistler Ws1065 Desktop Digital Scanner,Black

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  • 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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Whistler TRX-2 (P-25 Simulcast and NXDN work!) Allow me to say that 4 Stars is Very Good, just with a few minor exceptions.The radio comes "Pre-Programmed" with a nationwide database and allows you to enter your zip code to begin scanning. It will start scanning everything, mostly stuff you aren't interested in. You'll want to build a custom profile in very short order. There will be no doubt you have a working radio out of the box.The positives: Whistler provides frequent free updates to the radio firmware and the programming software and is easily downloaded. I purchased this radio to receive NXDN, and after the firmware upgrade, to allow decoding, NXDN reception works well. I haven't tried DMR, but assume it works just as well. I live in an area with P-25 simulcast which is intolerable to older generation receivers. The TRX-2 does a very good job of reception with very little digital garble. It's on par with my Uniden BCD536HP. I also purchased the TRX-2 for the detachable control head for mobile operation. This is a great feature as well and only requires a standard 8 conductor LAN patch cable (included) to connect with the radio portion. The included programming software is quite good with some room for improvement. You won't need to spring an extra $45 or more for a third party programming application. I can't understand why the program won't allow you to copy a setting down an entire column, like a spreadsheet though. (Suggestion for a firmware upgrade?) Enabling and disabling scanlists is very easy.Negatives: The LCD display is not as "polished" and smaller as compared to the BCD536HP display. The radio lacks an automatic shut-off. (Sleep timer) This could be solved with a firmware upgrade.Summary: This radio, like any other P-25 trunking scanner is not easy to program correctly. YOU WILL SPEND HOURS becoming familiar with digital trunking, frequencies, talkgroups, software, and programming (and re-programming). To me, this is part of the ownership experience. The TRX-2 manual (along with any other brand's) does not take you by the hand. Trial, error and patience. Or find someone who has programmed one and is willing to share.In conclusion: I'm glad I got this radio. I'm very pleased with the performance, the included programming software and especially the continued firmware upgrade process that will keep this radio fresh for years. If you are ready to spring for one of the "Big Iron" P-25 scanners, the TRX-2 is one of the choices you have to consider.Updated May 16,2017After 4 months of ownership and installation into my vehicle.For mobile applications, I strongly recommend the TRX-2 over the Uniden models. The control head is held in place and has never slipped out of place. The strong magnets hold the control head rock solid. I had to be a bit creative about how to mount the control head, but the nylon spacers worked great. Mobile VHF P-25 works well, 850 MHz is much more prone to multipath distortion.If you are planning on going mobile, the TRX-2 would be the more appropriate choice for digital scanner radio. 4Excellent RadioExcellent scanner. Requires a bit of a learning curve to program, including a few hours of frustration, but once mastered, it's a breeze. Lots of nice features, including identification of the currently active channel by name, and if needed, a multi-color ID light. Slick. Additional software ($40) and a subscription to the radio frequency database ($7 or $15, as I recall) is required for anything more than very basic programming. The software is necessary, and should be included with the radio though, and not an added cost. A free temporary subscription to the frequency database should also be included. These are both added hidden costs, making the radio more expensive than it appears.5State of the art public service scanner with many features; learning curve required I bought the TRX-2 just over a year ago. I ve been a ham radio operator for 45 years and have generally kept up with technology in my station. That said, the Whistler TRX-2 takes scanning and subsequent programming to a new level. Programming from the font panel is to be avoided unless you want to press button after button to enter a frequency, talk group, etc and then further program additional options. I finally started teaching myself how to use the included software to handle programming; something I should have started doing much sooner.That said, the unit itself is well made and has a detachable front panel. Behind it lies the memory card which also has the Whistler programming software. You ll need to download this to your windows PC to use it. The micro SD card is where all your programming is held. The scanner accesses it to operate as programmed.Technical support is available at Whistler if needed. The user manual does provide considerable assistance. 4imposible to programWell I have this four months now. It's been back to the manufacturer twice to be programmed they can't get right it's the biggest pile of . Do not buy one throw your money in the fireplace you will get more fun out of it. Amazon said no refund it's been over 30 day it's been set back to the manufacturer for 45 of them days.1GREAT SOUNDING SCANNER WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLERSI love this scanner. I am a licensed communications tech, and have owned many shortwave and scanner radios. This scanner is far and above the best for size, sound quality, and reception. I love the fully lit up display and buttons because I monitor late at night. If you buy this scanner don't even think about programing it manually. Pay the subscription fee to RadioReference.com and program the scanner through your computer. It is really fun and challenging to program. And when you travel to other areas, you can easily program it for the scanner channels in the area you are visiting. It works on 12 volt dc or 115 volt ac, and comes with all the cords.5Reliable design at a low price.Whistler has taken over the design from GRE, but the heart of this radio is still the same. As such, all accessories like programming cables and brackets will work across the board from GRE/Radio Shack/Whistler.The scanner is a Phase 1 capable, digital trunking unit. It does not have the most robust front-end (particularly on VHF) but handles other bands extremely well. It does an okay job on VHF if you fiddle with the programming and understand how it acts around strong signals such as in simulcast systems. This is a minor annoyance when you consider the price. At around half the cost of a scanner which only marginally handles dense RF environments better, I can easily look beyond the shortcomings.Be aware however, if you need TDMA (Phase 2 or DMR) reception, NeXTEL, or a few other newer protocols, this scanner cannot and WILL NOT be able to listen to them. Also be aware that this does not decode encryption. If your local agencies are encrypted, this scanner nor any other will allow you to listen to them.If you are coming from the world of analog scanning, the step up into trunking and digital worlds can be daunting. Expect to spend a little time with this unit to get everything firing on all cylinders. If you are a long-time scanner buff, you can have this thing tracking a local system within a few minutes of opening the box. Everything is just easy and intuitive.For the price, if you only need phase 1, this scanner is hard to beat. It is also probably the most user friendly option for someone who wants to get into modern scanning but still tinker with things. You can get touchscreen scanners which run off a database that requires no previous knowledge. But if you want to finagle with settings and aren't afraid to learn new things, this is a fine scanner to cut your teeth on.5So confusing to operate! I can t even figure out ...So confusing to operate! I can t even figure out how to program the darn thing! I need help! I did read a few reviews that said it was confusing but thought, how hard can it be? It s freaking hard! I m beyond frustrated.1Great radio - if you don't get a lemonThis review is for Whistler WS1065 Digital Desktop Scanner (Black)The first one I received was deaf compared to my PSR-600, PRO-106, and two PRO-197s, but the replacement is fine. This may indicate QC issues, though it is a sample size of only two units so maybe I just got "lucky" the first time.The LCD and button backlighting appears to be substantially brighter than the above mentioned predecessors. The "Dim" setting is about the same brightness as the "Bright" setting on the older units. Definitely not complaining.Apart from that and some other minor cosmetic and internal changes, Whistler wisely didn't mess with a great radio. Would like to see a future model with P25 Phase 2 capability.5Excellent choice for a radio enthusiast!This is a great scanner! It was quick & intuitive to program the conventional frequencies... didn't even look in the manual. The trunked systems were simple enough with the free trial version of Arc500. I would import a selected freq list from radioreference.com, like railroad for example. Then I selected that entire list and assigned it to List 8. Same procedure for CBP, SBI, FBI, police, fire, etc. Some of the big brother feeds are encrypted, so even if you scan them, you can't understand.5This is the one, just be patient with it. Great gadget! Decodes DMR (even on HAM freqs) and P25 like a champ. My only caveat is that there's a known glitch with it locking up. You have to power down, pull the card out, and then put it back together and power up. I've only had to do it twice in the several months I've had mine. Just wish Whistler would fix that, or at least put it in the notes somewhere. I had to email tech support. (They were very prompt, by the way.)Software was easy to use. Already had most everything I wanted to see in the database, and it was easy to add my Ham stuff to it. Only thing it lacks now is D-STAR and Fusion....The remove head allows me to put the controls with my other radios, which is very nice. It's magnetic, so I just stuck it to my 19" rack. 4Radio works great, but it's time consuming and tricky to set up.It works great...if you can figure out how to program it. It's rather difficult if you're not familiar with programming scanners. I believe there is an option where it will assist you with the programming, but it requires a subscription of some sort to do that. If you have a lot of time and you're good at reading manuals and logical thinking, you can probably get this to work. But beware, you'll need a lot of time and patience.3Great scanner at a price that won't break you.This is a great scanner at a price that won't break you. I've had several scanners for many years. This one was in the price range I was willing to spend. I read the reviews and decided to give it a try, even though there were several negative reviews. I am happy with my purchase.If you are not a technical person or are not familiar with radios, you might want to skip this one. Many of the negative reviews were from people who just could not figure out this scanner. Once you get it set up, it is so easy to make and change scan lists. If you're not going to use a computer to program the scanner, you might also want to skip it. What makes it so easy to use is the software that allows you to program the scanner. The scanner comes with a USB programming cable that plugs into a socket in the scanner's front panel.For software, you'll need to go to RadioReference dot com and download your choice of programming software. I tried the WIN500 application and didn't like it. After trying ARC500, it worked well and was easy to learn. Now when I want to make a change on my scanner, I start the computer application, make the changes, connect the programming cable and then click Upload. It couldn't be easier.The scanner comes with a telescoping antenna that isn't much good, unless you live in an area with strong signals. I bought a mobile magnetic mount antenna. I have an upper dormer window in my office and the window sill has metal flashing under the paint, so the antenna sits securely.One last suggestion before you order. You might want to look for a vendor that shows it is fulfilled by Amazon or is sold directly by Amazon. I initially chose a vendor that shipped directly. Three days after I had placed the order, the scanner still hadn't been shipped. I did a search again and found one fulfilled by Amazon for $5 more. It promptly arrived 2 days later.5Easy to program through RadioReferenceI got this in the mail yesterday, I brought to work this morning, downloaded the software (WIN500), downloaded directly from Radioreference and had this programmed in under 5 minutes.5TRX-2 vs BCD536HP - - - 01/30/18 Update - - -I had interference from 100mW on 70cm and again, the only radio with issues. Manufacturer said they couldn't do anything and wasn't the radio for me. Just submitted for refund and not bothering with a return to find the same issues. This has been such a bothersome radio in general operation and so glad it's gone! Still enjoying my BCD536HP and BCD436HP, just wanted to add to the collection. And I don't care about NXDN so no lost there. Now patiently waiting for Uniden to come out with something new...SDS?- - - 01/11/18 Update - - -Their support continues to drag on with delayed responses, asking basic questions and proposing no real alternative. Last one was to use a filter with a suggested $50 model; told them I'd try if they would supply with no answer. Hmmm Filter out the whole 140-160Mhz range where I want to listen to signals. Smart move. I'm coming up on return policy so that's what is going to happen.It's an annoying radio to operate compared to the Uniden, even the new BCD436HP I picked up recently. There's nothing with NXDN of worth listening to around here so no loss. That's what the fanboys always want to claim.The more I work on tweaking, the better I'm finding that Sentinel works compared to EZScan on some bulk changes.- - - 12/15/17 Update - - -I ve owned the Uniden BCD536HP for almost 3 years, purchased the DMR upgrade and enjoying it ever since. I did have the RTC issue and finally decided to send it in for repair about a week ago; I m surprised they accepted it after so long. Thank you, Uniden!I picked up a Whistler TRX-2 about 2 weeks ago and can say the BCD536HP was the better choice thus far. Once I get my BCD536HP back then I ll have time to use them simultaneously more.TRX-2 The Digital Trunking Scanner Programming System is more polished than Uniden s and makes it easier to upgrade all components from a single interface. The ability to store different configurations via V-scanner is a nice function. The NXDN system upgrade was offered for free. Speaker isn't as loud and listening to people I talk with locally on Ham bands, sounds hollow. Feels like a tin can and the detachable head (something I don't care for) feels light and cheap; even the mount is thin. Screen is small and belongs on a handheld, not mobile/desktop scanner; has 16 characters across with smaller font. The supplied Whistler USB cable is way too short unless you're using a notebook on the same desk as the scanner. Only two of five white keys have lights and all other keys don't appear to have any lights behind them. Noticed backlighting display flickering and reported by others as well. Scanning shows top level lists instead of actual targets names. Paging system intermod on 2m Ham and 150-160MHz bands but not present on BCD536HP, receivers, SDRs or Ham gear. Too easy to accidentally edit config since clicking on something will automatically save config. Copying initial Library was extremely slow and stuck at 42%; clicking in the window appeared to wake it up as it looked like it was freezing. The same cable used with the BCD536HP updates the database much faster. Starts scanning 3 minutes and 7 seconds after holding button (for about 3 seconds) to power on. Every time you go into the Menu and back out, the lists reload again and you have to wait! No third-party software support.BCD536HP Screen is larger and displays more details about target; has 32 larger font characters across another 4 for HOLD status. Boots up much faster than the TRX-2, even with the RTC error asking me to reset the clock and letting it time out. Starts scanning 16 seconds after turning knob to power on after RTC repair. Speaker is louder; listening to people I talk with locally on Ham bands and has natural sounding audio. GPS scanning capability for those interested although I haven t purchased or used the unit. Support for third-party software like ARC536. It s about $10 cheaper; HRO has it for an additional $5 less today. The Sentinel programming software is basic and not as polished as Whistler s; need to manually find updates to it on their website. 2
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Whistler TRX-2 (P-25 Simulcast and NXDN work!) Allow me to say that 4 Stars is Very Good, just with a few minor exceptions.The radio comes "Pre-Programmed" with a nationwide database and allows you to enter your zip code to begin scanning. It will start scanning everything, mostly stuff you aren't interested in. You'll want to build a custom profile in very short order. There will be no doubt you have a working radio out of the box.The positives: Whistler provides frequent free updates to the radio firmware and the programming software and is easily downloaded. I purchased this radio to receive NXDN, and after the firmware upgrade, to allow decoding, NXDN reception works well. I haven't tried DMR, but assume it works just as well. I live in an area with P-25 simulcast which is intolerable to older generation receivers. The TRX-2 does a very good job of reception with very little digital garble. It's on par with my Uniden BCD536HP. I also purchased the TRX-2 for the detachable control head for mobile operation. This is a great feature as well and only requires a standard 8 conductor LAN patch cable (included) to connect with the radio portion. The included programming software is quite good with some room for improvement. You won't need to spring an extra $45 or more for a third party programming application. I can't understand why the program won't allow you to copy a setting down an entire column, like a spreadsheet though. (Suggestion for a firmware upgrade?) Enabling and disabling scanlists is very easy.Negatives: The LCD display is not as "polished" and smaller as compared to the BCD536HP display. The radio lacks an automatic shut-off. (Sleep timer) This could be solved with a firmware upgrade.Summary: This radio, like any other P-25 trunking scanner is not easy to program correctly. YOU WILL SPEND HOURS becoming familiar with digital trunking, frequencies, talkgroups, software, and programming (and re-programming). To me, this is part of the ownership experience. The TRX-2 manual (along with any other brand's) does not take you by the hand. Trial, error and patience. Or find someone who has programmed one and is willing to share.In conclusion: I'm glad I got this radio. I'm very pleased with the performance, the included programming software and especially the continued firmware upgrade process that will keep this radio fresh for years. If you are ready to spring for one of the "Big Iron" P-25 scanners, the TRX-2 is one of the choices you have to consider.Updated May 16,2017After 4 months of ownership and installation into my vehicle.For mobile applications, I strongly recommend the TRX-2 over the Uniden models. The control head is held in place and has never slipped out of place. The strong magnets hold the control head rock solid. I had to be a bit creative about how to mount the control head, but the nylon spacers worked great. Mobile VHF P-25 works well, 850 MHz is much more prone to multipath distortion.If you are planning on going mobile, the TRX-2 would be the more appropriate choice for digital scanner radio. 4Excellent RadioExcellent scanner. Requires a bit of a learning curve to program, including a few hours of frustration, but once mastered, it's a breeze. Lots of nice features, including identification of the currently active channel by name, and if needed, a multi-color ID light. Slick. Additional software ($40) and a subscription to the radio frequency database ($7 or $15, as I recall) is required for anything more than very basic programming. The software is necessary, and should be included with the radio though, and not an added cost. A free temporary subscription to the frequency database should also be included. These are both added hidden costs, making the radio more expensive than it appears.5State of the art public service scanner with many features; learning curve required I bought the TRX-2 just over a year ago. I ve been a ham radio operator for 45 years and have generally kept up with technology in my station. That said, the Whistler TRX-2 takes scanning and subsequent programming to a new level. Programming from the font panel is to be avoided unless you want to press button after button to enter a frequency, talk group, etc and then further program additional options. I finally started teaching myself how to use the included software to handle programming; something I should have started doing much sooner.That said, the unit itself is well made and has a detachable front panel. Behind it lies the memory card which also has the Whistler programming software. You ll need to download this to your windows PC to use it. The micro SD card is where all your programming is held. The scanner accesses it to operate as programmed.Technical support is available at Whistler if needed. The user manual does provide considerable assistance. 4imposible to programWell I have this four months now. It's been back to the manufacturer twice to be programmed they can't get right it's the biggest pile of . Do not buy one throw your money in the fireplace you will get more fun out of it. Amazon said no refund it's been over 30 day it's been set back to the manufacturer for 45 of them days.1GREAT SOUNDING SCANNER WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLERSI love this scanner. I am a licensed communications tech, and have owned many shortwave and scanner radios. This scanner is far and above the best for size, sound quality, and reception. I love the fully lit up display and buttons because I monitor late at night. If you buy this scanner don't even think about programing it manually. Pay the subscription fee to RadioReference.com and program the scanner through your computer. It is really fun and challenging to program. And when you travel to other areas, you can easily program it for the scanner channels in the area you are visiting. It works on 12 volt dc or 115 volt ac, and comes with all the cords.5Reliable design at a low price.Whistler has taken over the design from GRE, but the heart of this radio is still the same. As such, all accessories like programming cables and brackets will work across the board from GRE/Radio Shack/Whistler.The scanner is a Phase 1 capable, digital trunking unit. It does not have the most robust front-end (particularly on VHF) but handles other bands extremely well. It does an okay job on VHF if you fiddle with the programming and understand how it acts around strong signals such as in simulcast systems. This is a minor annoyance when you consider the price. At around half the cost of a scanner which only marginally handles dense RF environments better, I can easily look beyond the shortcomings.Be aware however, if you need TDMA (Phase 2 or DMR) reception, NeXTEL, or a few other newer protocols, this scanner cannot and WILL NOT be able to listen to them. Also be aware that this does not decode encryption. If your local agencies are encrypted, this scanner nor any other will allow you to listen to them.If you are coming from the world of analog scanning, the step up into trunking and digital worlds can be daunting. Expect to spend a little time with this unit to get everything firing on all cylinders. If you are a long-time scanner buff, you can have this thing tracking a local system within a few minutes of opening the box. Everything is just easy and intuitive.For the price, if you only need phase 1, this scanner is hard to beat. It is also probably the most user friendly option for someone who wants to get into modern scanning but still tinker with things. You can get touchscreen scanners which run off a database that requires no previous knowledge. But if you want to finagle with settings and aren't afraid to learn new things, this is a fine scanner to cut your teeth on.5So confusing to operate! I can t even figure out ...So confusing to operate! I can t even figure out how to program the darn thing! I need help! I did read a few reviews that said it was confusing but thought, how hard can it be? It s freaking hard! I m beyond frustrated.1Great radio - if you don't get a lemonThis review is for Whistler WS1065 Digital Desktop Scanner (Black)The first one I received was deaf compared to my PSR-600, PRO-106, and two PRO-197s, but the replacement is fine. This may indicate QC issues, though it is a sample size of only two units so maybe I just got "lucky" the first time.The LCD and button backlighting appears to be substantially brighter than the above mentioned predecessors. The "Dim" setting is about the same brightness as the "Bright" setting on the older units. Definitely not complaining.Apart from that and some other minor cosmetic and internal changes, Whistler wisely didn't mess with a great radio. Would like to see a future model with P25 Phase 2 capability.5Excellent choice for a radio enthusiast!This is a great scanner! It was quick & intuitive to program the conventional frequencies... didn't even look in the manual. The trunked systems were simple enough with the free trial version of Arc500. I would import a selected freq list from radioreference.com, like railroad for example. Then I selected that entire list and assigned it to List 8. Same procedure for CBP, SBI, FBI, police, fire, etc. Some of the big brother feeds are encrypted, so even if you scan them, you can't understand.5This is the one, just be patient with it. Great gadget! Decodes DMR (even on HAM freqs) and P25 like a champ. My only caveat is that there's a known glitch with it locking up. You have to power down, pull the card out, and then put it back together and power up. I've only had to do it twice in the several months I've had mine. Just wish Whistler would fix that, or at least put it in the notes somewhere. I had to email tech support. (They were very prompt, by the way.)Software was easy to use. Already had most everything I wanted to see in the database, and it was easy to add my Ham stuff to it. Only thing it lacks now is D-STAR and Fusion....The remove head allows me to put the controls with my other radios, which is very nice. It's magnetic, so I just stuck it to my 19" rack. 4Radio works great, but it's time consuming and tricky to set up.It works great...if you can figure out how to program it. It's rather difficult if you're not familiar with programming scanners. I believe there is an option where it will assist you with the programming, but it requires a subscription of some sort to do that. If you have a lot of time and you're good at reading manuals and logical thinking, you can probably get this to work. But beware, you'll need a lot of time and patience.3Great scanner at a price that won't break you.This is a great scanner at a price that won't break you. I've had several scanners for many years. This one was in the price range I was willing to spend. I read the reviews and decided to give it a try, even though there were several negative reviews. I am happy with my purchase.If you are not a technical person or are not familiar with radios, you might want to skip this one. Many of the negative reviews were from people who just could not figure out this scanner. Once you get it set up, it is so easy to make and change scan lists. If you're not going to use a computer to program the scanner, you might also want to skip it. What makes it so easy to use is the software that allows you to program the scanner. The scanner comes with a USB programming cable that plugs into a socket in the scanner's front panel.For software, you'll need to go to RadioReference dot com and download your choice of programming software. I tried the WIN500 application and didn't like it. After trying ARC500, it worked well and was easy to learn. Now when I want to make a change on my scanner, I start the computer application, make the changes, connect the programming cable and then click Upload. It couldn't be easier.The scanner comes with a telescoping antenna that isn't much good, unless you live in an area with strong signals. I bought a mobile magnetic mount antenna. I have an upper dormer window in my office and the window sill has metal flashing under the paint, so the antenna sits securely.One last suggestion before you order. You might want to look for a vendor that shows it is fulfilled by Amazon or is sold directly by Amazon. I initially chose a vendor that shipped directly. Three days after I had placed the order, the scanner still hadn't been shipped. I did a search again and found one fulfilled by Amazon for $5 more. It promptly arrived 2 days later.5Easy to program through RadioReferenceI got this in the mail yesterday, I brought to work this morning, downloaded the software (WIN500), downloaded directly from Radioreference and had this programmed in under 5 minutes.5TRX-2 vs BCD536HP - - - 01/30/18 Update - - -I had interference from 100mW on 70cm and again, the only radio with issues. Manufacturer said they couldn't do anything and wasn't the radio for me. Just submitted for refund and not bothering with a return to find the same issues. This has been such a bothersome radio in general operation and so glad it's gone! Still enjoying my BCD536HP and BCD436HP, just wanted to add to the collection. And I don't care about NXDN so no lost there. Now patiently waiting for Uniden to come out with something new...SDS?- - - 01/11/18 Update - - -Their support continues to drag on with delayed responses, asking basic questions and proposing no real alternative. Last one was to use a filter with a suggested $50 model; told them I'd try if they would supply with no answer. Hmmm Filter out the whole 140-160Mhz range where I want to listen to signals. Smart move. I'm coming up on return policy so that's what is going to happen.It's an annoying radio to operate compared to the Uniden, even the new BCD436HP I picked up recently. There's nothing with NXDN of worth listening to around here so no loss. That's what the fanboys always want to claim.The more I work on tweaking, the better I'm finding that Sentinel works compared to EZScan on some bulk changes.- - - 12/15/17 Update - - -I ve owned the Uniden BCD536HP for almost 3 years, purchased the DMR upgrade and enjoying it ever since. I did have the RTC issue and finally decided to send it in for repair about a week ago; I m surprised they accepted it after so long. Thank you, Uniden!I picked up a Whistler TRX-2 about 2 weeks ago and can say the BCD536HP was the better choice thus far. Once I get my BCD536HP back then I ll have time to use them simultaneously more.TRX-2 The Digital Trunking Scanner Programming System is more polished than Uniden s and makes it easier to upgrade all components from a single interface. The ability to store different configurations via V-scanner is a nice function. The NXDN system upgrade was offered for free. Speaker isn't as loud and listening to people I talk with locally on Ham bands, sounds hollow. Feels like a tin can and the detachable head (something I don't care for) feels light and cheap; even the mount is thin. Screen is small and belongs on a handheld, not mobile/desktop scanner; has 16 characters across with smaller font. The supplied Whistler USB cable is way too short unless you're using a notebook on the same desk as the scanner. Only two of five white keys have lights and all other keys don't appear to have any lights behind them. Noticed backlighting display flickering and reported by others as well. Scanning shows top level lists instead of actual targets names. Paging system intermod on 2m Ham and 150-160MHz bands but not present on BCD536HP, receivers, SDRs or Ham gear. Too easy to accidentally edit config since clicking on something will automatically save config. Copying initial Library was extremely slow and stuck at 42%; clicking in the window appeared to wake it up as it looked like it was freezing. The same cable used with the BCD536HP updates the database much faster. Starts scanning 3 minutes and 7 seconds after holding button (for about 3 seconds) to power on. Every time you go into the Menu and back out, the lists reload again and you have to wait! No third-party software support.BCD536HP Screen is larger and displays more details about target; has 32 larger font characters across another 4 for HOLD status. Boots up much faster than the TRX-2, even with the RTC error asking me to reset the clock and letting it time out. Starts scanning 16 seconds after turning knob to power on after RTC repair. Speaker is louder; listening to people I talk with locally on Ham bands and has natural sounding audio. GPS scanning capability for those interested although I haven t purchased or used the unit. Support for third-party software like ARC536. It s about $10 cheaper; HRO has it for an additional $5 less today. The Sentinel programming software is basic and not as polished as Whistler s; need to manually find updates to it on their website. 2
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