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Uniden BC75XLT 300-Channel Handheld Scanner
Uniden delivers when it comes to wireless communications products. Now you can get first-hand reports from agencies with its Amazon-bestselling handheld radio scanner.
PC-programmable with free software. Detect/tune to nearby transmissions you haven’t programmed in. Preprogrammed service search bands. Ten Scan Banks for easy operation.
Gives you a low-battery notification, but does not give you a way to monitor battery levels.
1 x 5 x 3 inches
Close call RF capture
Whistler WS1025 Desktop/Mobile Scanner Radio
Whistler is an industry leader in radar/wireless electronic products. Get a taste of this company’s expertise with this value-priced, user-friendly analog desktop radio scanner.
Data cloning for easy transfer of data to another WS1025 scanner. Easy reading/programming in low-light situations.Key lock prevents accidental changing of scanner’s programming.
The audio is “thin.” A little bass and midrange would have helped.
Analog desktop radio scanner
6.9 x 8.2 x 2.4 inches
Yes (with 3rd party software)
RadioShack PRO-652 Desktop Digital Radio Scanner
When you want to get serious about monitoring, you look for RadioShack. Meet this powerful digital triple-trunking radio scanner that unlocks “impossible” frequencies.
Great sound. 21 V-scanner memory stores up to 39,000 objects. Intuitive object-oriented user interface. Adapts to multipath/fading for P25 digital systems. Context-sensitive help.
Programming this scanner is quite complicated, because of its monitoring capabilities and range (up to 39,000 objects).
Digital triple-trunking radio
14.3 x 8 x 4 inches
Yes (via USB synch cable)
Group/scan objects without limits
Cobra 29 LX Radio Weather Scanner
Cobra Electronics created the world’s first CB radio half a century ago. Now people on the move can monitor the weather and stay ahead of emergencies with this CB radio/scanner.
Up-to-date weather reports on the move. Emergency alert even when CB is turned off. Selectable easy-to-read display.
Some customers complain that the clock resets whenever they turn their trucks on after it’s been turned off.
7.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches
Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Handheld Police Scanner
When you want highly reliable but affordable communications products, you turn to Baofeng. This handheld transceiver gets the job done, without the cost burning a hole in your pocket.
Clean and crisp audio. Durable metallic housing. Easy-to-read two-color LED display. Charging cradle with LED feedback.Numeric keypad with solid feel and good tactile feedback.
Distortion when you crank up the volume.
4 x 2 x 6 inches
Yes (via programming cable)
Compatible with UV-5R batteries