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Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:26 pm

I would like to buy a Handheld Scanner for Marine mostly transmissions (e.g.on board a Cruise liner) with a budget up to £60.00. The trouble is there so many to choose all with varying positive & negative reviews.

Could anyone advise what suitable products out there for me as a Beginner?

Thanks in advance.

Andy :-?
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby m0lsx » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:24 pm

If you are going to be on a cruise liner, then, you will probably not hear much on VHF marine as it is very short distance.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby FreqFreak » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:11 pm

Which ones have you looked at?
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby thelad » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:33 pm

Wont get much onboard hanheld wise as most are using DMR now.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby m0lsx » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:17 pm

thelad wrote:Wont get much onboard hanheld wise as most are using DMR now.


Presumably it's a cruise outside of the UK, so I am not so sure, as they will need to abide by the radio laws of each individual country & that is most easily achieved using marine band which is international & which has ship board frequencies allocated.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:13 am

Thank you for your replies

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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:17 am

FreqFreak wrote:Which ones have you looked at?


In response to this question I've been looking at:-

Aircontrol M8 Airband & Multiband Radio Scanner

M10 Airband Radio With LCD Screen

Intek AR-109 Airband FM Scanner

Uniden Bearcat EZI33XLT Handheld Air Marine VHF Scanner

I realise my budget is tight but hope any of the above will suit my requirements?

Thanks

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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Chris P » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:18 pm

Beechy2000 wrote:
FreqFreak wrote:Which ones have you looked at?


In response to this question I've been looking at:-

Aircontrol M8 Airband & Multiband Radio Scanner

M10 Airband Radio With LCD Screen

Intek AR-109 Airband FM Scanner

Uniden Bearcat EZI33XLT Handheld Air Marine VHF Scanner

I realise my budget is tight but hope any of the above will suit my requirements?

Thanks

Andy



Neither the M10 or M8 are suitable I would suggest the EZ133xlt is the best out of your suggestions as it covers the marine band and the UHF band where you may find onboard ship comms channels

a GRE255 or UBC72XLT second hand would also be suitable the 255s can be found on ebay for around £20
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby thelad » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:24 pm

My TTI TSC-100R is very good for Marine, works well with the stock antenna aswell.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TTI-TSC-100R-air-band-receiver/dp/B004FQQ6J4
May be found cheaper on Ebay as its £9 over your budget.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby alpha_india » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:27 pm

It's outside budget, but the Uniden 125xlt has to be considered for ease of programming (using Scan125) of both the Scan banks and the Search parameters. It would easily re-sell on return from the voyage for a high percentage of the original purchase price.

- Two banks would cover all the international marine frequencies.
- PMR446 and the Baofang default channels cover a lot of informal in-ship and ship-to-shore communications in harbour.
- add the MSI frequencies if you're going to be a while in UK coastal waters.
- I'd add 123.4500, and the NATO channels as these are widely (even if not frequently) used across a wide geographic area. Perhaps polycon too in case things get interesting, plus 123.100, 121.500, 243.000 and 282.800.

^ I can provide most of these as a txt file that Scan125 an upload to the scanner in one go. I don't have all the MSI in the database yet.

Add to these any local frequencies you can find for the harbours/ports you'll be visiting.
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