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Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby p7hut » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:31 am

Morning all, I'm looking to upgrade from my Pro-43 which I've had for 25 years.
I've just bought a holiday home near Linton, Topcliffe, Leeming etc so looking forward to having something extra to listen to (currently use it for marine and civilian air).

Current:
Pro-43 - 200 channels, no channel tags, 66-88 / 118-174 / 220-512 / 806-999

Looking at:
Uniden UBC125XLT - 500 channels, alpha tags, 25-88 / 108-174 / 225-512 / 806-960
Uniden UBC3500XLT - 2500 channels, alpha tags, 25-512 / 806-960 / 1240-1300

I'm also looking at the Uniden UBCD3600XLT but I'm not clever enough to know what that would do for me and if the extra £ is worth it but am interested to find out.

Alpha tags interest me as well as lots of channels for the future (currently struggle with 200) so the 3500 would seem ideal but I'm struggling to find one.

Is there anything else you would recommend I look at and if so, why would you recommend it?

TIA
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Re: Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby m0lsx » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:23 pm

The channels available on the Unidens are a maximum, or at least I assume it's the same on the 125 as the 3500. So the channels given are not an exact number for everyone. I do not alpha tag, so I would get the maximum, but if you alpha tag, then that reduces the maximum slightly, as each channel takes up more space.
I would image the 3600 is more complicated to use. BUT, you cannot expect to get a lot more scanner for less work. And especially not with Uniden who love their menus.
I have a 3500 & a 230. The 230 being the 125's younger brother & personally if I were looking for a new uniden I would either go for the 125 or the 3600. My logic being that the more channels I have programmed, the slower my scanner is & thus what I get for the extra money of the 3500 is not worth it, whilst the 3600 gives me the option of digital for similar money to the 3500.
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Re: Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby mickydt » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:37 pm

the 3500 has been discontinued and replaced with the digital 3600. i owned the 3600 but it was not sensitive enough for the area i am in and it struggled to pull in weaker signals which are clearly there on the other radios i have.

the 3600 is not that hard to program with basic butel software.
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Re: Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby p7hut » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:42 pm

Throwing cost in to the mix as I found a 3500 and a 3600 second hand, would value for money change your recommendation on what to buy?


Uniden UBC125XLT - £120 (new)
Uniden UBC3500XLT - £160 ish (2nd hand)
Uniden UBCD3600XLT - £430 ish (new)
Uniden UBCD3600XLT - £350 (2nd hand)
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Re: Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby p7hut » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:55 pm

I went with the 125...
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Re: Pro-43 Upgrade

Postby m0lsx » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:45 am

p7hut wrote:I went with the 125...


Most Unidens take some getting use to, but if you stick with it, you will not regret it. The only down side is that the antenna is a little short, a larger antenna will improve weak signals. Ignore the "Super Gainer" type labels. They will not make a massive difference to what you can hear. Mostly the improvement is in how you can hear weaker signals.So good antennas for scanners, just a poor choice of name.
Also if you want to spend any time listening to Air Band only, or Marine band. Then a good band specific antenna will make a big difference too.
Anther option is something like a Spectrum Communications Nomad antenna. The one without the pre amp. I have several of these type of antennas & they do make a big difference to what you can hear. They will hang in a window, in a corner, tape to a little fibreglass rod, hang from a tree or in your loft.
Spectrum also sell band specific antennas too, they are listed as "Flexiwhip." All prices on the site include postage.
http://www.spectrumcomms.co.uk/Aerials.htm

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