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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:53 PM

What's Better than a New Analog Scanner?

A. A new analog scaner AND a kick ass OLD analog scanner!

We had some very scary weather here Sunday night - severe thunderstorms, huge baseball sized hail not far from here, 70 mph winds and a suspected tornado touchdown 50 miles away.

Found myself cursing and scrambling to grab what should have been ready in a go bag.

So, a handheld scanner that runs on batteries is something I found missing.

Ordered a used Whistler WS1010 from epay for $45.

Was considering a more expensive one, but then saw you need special computer programs downloaded just to use the damn thing. I want something fast and easy to set up, and the cheap Whistler fit the bill.

"The Whistler WS1010 is an affordable scanner with innovative features. Frequency coverage is: 29-54, 108-137, 137-174 and 380-512 MHz. 200 memories and five pre-programmed bands (Marine, Fire/Police, Air, Amateur and Weather). There is also a built-in priority channel. The weather alert capability features SAME receiving with 10 FIPS area memories plus there is a Skywarn function. There is a lock-out review key to confirm lock frequencies. There is a key lock for safety and the LCD is backlit. You can turn on the display's back light for easy nighttime viewing.

The Spectrum Sweeper features allows you to sweep the entire range of the scanner's design frequencies, or you can specify those frequency ranges that you wish to sweep and exclude ranges that you do not want to sweep. This allows you to omit frequency ranges with constant strong frequency activity, such as those with paging or broadcast transmitters. This radio is PC programmable and supports unit-to-unit cloning. There is a 9VDC external power jack and an earphone jack (3.5mm stereo).

The Whistler WS1010 comes with a flexible BNC antenna, belt clip, manual, AC adapter, alkaline battery holder and rechargeable battery holder. It requires four AA cells (not supplied). This scanner has a built-in charging circuit that lets you charge nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) or nickel cadmium (Ni-CD) rechargeable batteries (not supplied) while they are in the scanner. To charge rechargeable batteries, you need to use the supplied AC adaptor."

Frequency Range
29- 54 VHF Low Band
108-137 Aircraft Band
137-144 Federal Government
144-148 Amateur Band 2 Meters
148-174 VHF High Band
380-420 Federal Government
420-450 Amateur Band 70 Cm
450-470 UHF Band
470-512 UHF "T" Band

https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanners/1010.html






Then, whilst browsing, I saw an old flame, the Radio Shack Pro 67, for a mere $40 and free shipping...

RX-range
29-54 / 108-174 / 406-512 / 806-1000 MHz (cellular blocked in the US)

Built like a tank. Mine survived numerous drops with no damage, even with the battery case popping open from force of impact. She ain't pretty, but she is built like a brick shithouse.



Be prepared!

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wonderwarthog Apr 15 OP
Nostrings Apr 16 #1
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Hey Mikey Apr 21 #3
wonderwarthog Apr 21 #4

Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:14 AM

1. Hah, I still have an old uniden BC278CLT sitting on my desk.


Its dandy for weather.

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Response to Nostrings (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:55 AM

2. Sweet and simple!


I was looking at a Radio Shack "I Scan", the capabilities are tremendous, but it looks like you need an engineering degree to program it.

I read that most scanner returns are due to difficulty of programming.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:37 PM

3. C Crane emergency radios

All you do is wind 'em up. no batteries needed

ccrane.com

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Response to Hey Mikey (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 03:28 PM

4. Great stuff



from C Crane!


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