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hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:57 am
by Micky
I have been told there is a For Sales section, be bowled if I can find it - guide me please, as I am looking for a hand held covering 25 MHz and above W.H.Y. my price range £25to £50 here's hoping, don't say EBay as I have been looking for 3 weeks now and sellers are over priced.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:52 am
by m0lsx
It is not you. There is not a Sales section on the site.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:42 am
by lars
25MHz to what?

Tecsun hand-held receivers change hands on eBay for less than £50, but they don't usually have any coverage between 28MHz and the bottom of the commercial FM bands. I'm not sure, but I suspect that anything that covers that area might be too specialised to be really cheap.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:10 am
by m0lsx
The Tecsuns are SW recivers & not scanners.
Look out for GRE, Realistic & Radio Shack scanners & look at 200 channels & more. But make sure the keypads are working on older Realistic radios. For example on the pro-43's. Keypads can stop working on some buttons & although not a hard issue to fix. Getting replacement keypads is hard.
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There is currently
The reality is looking on ebay is the best place to look. But it's no good being in a hurry. You could also look on Gumtree & on sites like G3CWI's site at http://pub29.bravenet.com/classified/show.php?usernum=2477864602
But take great care on G3CWI's site as it is inhabited by out & out scammers as well as many decent radio enthusiasts.
Also are you on Facebook? There are lots of radio sales sites & one is radios for under £100.
Plus are you a licensed radio amateur? If so join one of the amateur radio sales sites / forums that require a callsign to join, as these are great hunting grounds for decent gear. They ask for as provable call sign to reduce the chances of fraud.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:27 am
by BlackKnight_UK
If you're on Facebook search for "UK Scanner & PMR group".

You can put a wanted ad on there :wink:

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:30 pm
by Micky
Hi Guys.
All very interesting replies, yes I am on Facebook, don't do much with it but worth a look re putting in scanner as in radios, yes I am a Ham - I have looked on Gum tree not much taking my fancy, EBay a bit if-fee but money back no matter what the seller has said as the buyer is always right.
I am now done my sums and looking for these Uniden BC92 which came out in 2004 and has close call plus the 8.33 tuning step also the 95 which came out in 2006. Was thinking of the AE 109 but way to high in price for what it is. Thank you all for the input, what do you think of my short list, I will check out yours.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:24 pm
by Micky
It would seem that the Uniden BCD92 and the 95 need USB cables and a programming disc which I read is quite expensive, I also read up on the BCD 346 and the 396 seems these also need a USB lead and disc, as a come back to scanning guy why has life got more difficult than my AOR AR300 which yes is a bass receiver and I am thinking handheld!!!!! time for a lets forget it.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:40 pm
by lars
m0lsx wrote:The Tecsuns are SW recivers & not scanners.


If it's a receiver and it can scan, how is it not a scanner? :-? Sorry if I'm missing something.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:09 pm
by m0lsx
lars wrote:
m0lsx wrote:The Tecsuns are SW receivers & not scanners.


If it's a receiver and it can scan, how is it not a scanner? :-? Sorry if I'm missing something.


It is not that there is a definition of what is or is not a scanner. But in general usage of the word, there is a difference.
A scanner may have VFO capabilities, but it's main design purpose is to listen to channelised frequencies. So it scans hundreds of channels per minute. While a receiver is made to be operated as a tunable receiver via it's VFO with channels available. So a receiver may scan a few channels, but it is not it's main use.
Also in general when we refer to a scanner we refer to something that has good VHF & UHF coverage. Not just airband or band 2 broadcast.
Some good examples of what are & are not scanners would be an Airband scanner whose sole purpose is to scan airband channels. While a Baofeng UV-5R is a transceiver capable of scanning very few channels per minute, so not a scanner, but a transceiver.
A Tecsun PL-660 may be able to scan a few HF or VHF Band 2 channels,b but it will not I believe scan airband!!. But to be fair, scanning is not it's main purpose. Hence no scan speed (channels per second,) is available. Hence it's dual speed tuning option.
You will also find that receivers are not designed to be capable of scanning between an upper & a lower frequency, while in general most scanner can.

Re: hand held scanner WANTED

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:48 am
by BlackKnight_UK
Scanners allow you to program hundreds of frequencies of your own choosing into channels/memories which the receiver then "scans" until an active one is found.

Receivers like the Tecsun just step through a band "searching" until they find an active frequency.

Scanners can also "search" though :biggrin: