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  1. 1. Do you currently own a scanner?

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    • No
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  2. 2. If you do own a scanner, how often do you use it?

    • I don't own a scanner
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    • I use it very occasionally
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    • I use it often
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    • I use it daily
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ELMER

Who among us also scans? I have not had a personal scanner for years. I used a pro scanner for work for several decades, but my last 'civilian' scanner dates back to the nineties. I have been looking at the Uniden SDS 100 but have not yet committed. I know that @W4DOI was looking at the SDS 200 (the base version of the 100; or is the 100 the mobile version of the 200 🥴?

Curious how many others actively scan?

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ELMER
6 hours ago, KB7THL said:

I do, pretty much just fire/EMS scanning.  I still have a BCD325P2 on my desk and an SDS100 for on the go, at work, or travelling. 

I am so drawn to the SDS100. I guess the question I have is how many of these fire/EMS/etc. transmissions are now encrypted and not accessible? I think I have this, possibly mistaken, impression that organizations are making it, perhaps justifiably, harder to listen in. How wrong am I? How often do you come across transmissions that are encrypted? Regardless, I think I will, in short order, succumb to any hesitation and hit the buy button. I see that they are now mostly back in stock. For a while, at a time when I was ready to buy, they were impossible to find in stock, I guess courtesy of the post-covid chip shortage and the supply chain backlog.

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I have not found a lot of fire/EMS to be encrypted.  Law enforcement systems seem to almost all be encrypted.  A common misperception is digital, trunked, alternate modes, etc. are encrypted, when they are not.  The last time I was somewhere that I couldn't receive fire/EMS, it turned out to be a NXDN system, which I had not bought with my SDS100, so I added it and all was well.  RadoReference is an outstanding source of system information and I have found it to be very accurate and kept up to date.

I have also found that the benefits of the SDS100 (or 200) in a simulcast system are clear.  In several places in Washington County, MD, my BCD325P2 will not properly receive fire/EMS, but the SDS100 at the same place and time receives clearly.  It's an expensive toy, but does what it is intended to do!

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18 hours ago, KB7THL said:

I have not found a lot of fire/EMS to be encrypted.  Law enforcement systems seem to almost all be encrypted.  A common misperception is digital, trunked, alternate modes, etc. are encrypted, when they are not.  The last time I was somewhere that I couldn't receive fire/EMS, it turned out to be a NXDN system, which I had not bought with my SDS100, so I added it and all was well.  RadoReference is an outstanding source of system information and I have found it to be very accurate and kept up to date.

I have also found that the benefits of the SDS100 (or 200) in a simulcast system are clear.  In several places in Washington County, MD, my BCD325P2 will not properly receive fire/EMS, but the SDS100 at the same place and time receives clearly.  It's an expensive toy, but does what it is intended to do!

I think you bumped/messed up my purchase priority list 🤩

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