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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby FreqFreak » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:43 pm

If you really don't want to spend more than 60, the Bearcat EZI-33XLT would seem reasonable to me.
Having airband, 137-174 and 400-470 MHz will give you 90%+ of what's going on.
Have you seen anything negative about this one?
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby FreqFreak » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:55 pm

Ignore the 1 or 2 star reviews on Amazon, they're usually from clueless buyers, those with unreasonable expectations, and there are always bad reviews from cheesed off customers who had the bad luck of getting the odd inevitable faulty ones. Go by the relative numbers of each star category :smiles:
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:59 am

alpha_india wrote: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.


Hi and many thanks for your detailed reply, I think for now I'll opt for 1 of the 2 suggested previously until I become experienced at this hobby.

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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:13 am

thelad wrote: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.


Many thanks for the recommendation, with it being slightly above budget spending a few pounds more would be worth it as I'm primarily interested in Marine, is there a book listing Marine / Port channels to help get me started?

Cheers

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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:17 am

FreqFreak wrote:If you really don't want to spend more than 60, the Bearcat EZI-33XLT would seem reasonable to me.
Having airband, 137-174 and 400-470 MHz will give you 90%+ of what's going on.
Have you seen anything negative about this one?


Thank you for your reply, there have been only minor negative comment concerning reception/channel range, it looks like a choice between this and the TTI TSC-100R!

Cheers

Andy :smiles:
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby FreqFreak » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:37 am

Bear in mind that the Tti scans at 20 channels per second, the Bearcat at 30ch/sec - so you can scan quite a few more channels in any given time with the same chance of latching onto transmissions.

Also the Tti doesn't have UHF. There is a lot going on between 410-470MHz and you'd be missing out there.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby thelad » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:46 pm

Yes its VHF only, Marine freqs can be found on the forum have a look around :smiles:
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:54 pm

thelad wrote:Yes its VHF only, Marine freqs can be found on the forum have a look around :smiles:

Okay, many thanks for your help
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby FreqFreak » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:56 pm

Cruiseliners use specific frequencies for "on board" by international agreement at 457/467 MHz, if that's likely to be something you want to earwig on.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby m0lsx » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:28 pm

Google has produced the following database of cruise ship frequencies..


http://scanmaritime.com/frequencies.htm

One thing to concider is some cruise companies specifically ban the the use of amateur radio equipment as part of their terms & conditions & do not specify more than "Ham" or "Amateur radio." So a scanner could be in breech of their interpretation of what is permitted.
Edited to add, looking around some amateurs are saying some cruise operators are definitely using DMR now.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
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