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Postby Iain59 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:02 pm

I'm thinking of getting a Base Scanner currently have a UBC125XLT how does a UBC785XLT compare if anyone has one?

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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby m0lsx » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:27 pm

The main thing to consider if you are getting a base scanner is the antenna. The antenna is what is going to make any base radio better than a handheld.

Can you put a larger antenna up outside? It is not the end of the world if you cannot. But height & clean line of sight are king & the higher & the clearer the air is between what you want to hear & your the antenna is, the more you will hear.

With an outdoor antenna consider the distance between the antenna & the radio. That distance needs to preferably, be as short as possible. Coax needs to be good quality & have a minimum quality of RG-213. so about £1 per meter. Then add in the cost of a mounting bracket for the wall or chimney & a pole to place the antenna on & then the antenna.

Indoor antennas are not terrible. I sometimes use indoor antennas, when out & about, or running several scanners at home & as long as you accept the compromise of being both lower & indoors. They work better than a small duck antenna on a handheld.
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby m0lsx » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:29 pm

An after thought. As long as you do not have any strong local signals. A base antenna on a handheld, can work very well.
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby Iain59 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:46 pm

Yes I have a Scan King S-2000 on a 20ft mast so looking for a base scanner with simular performer as my handheld.
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby m0lsx » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:35 pm

Iain59 wrote: so looking for a base scanner with similar performer as my handheld.


Have a look at the 15X, it is very similar in many respects to the 125. And being an older analogue scanner they can be picked up for a very sensible price too.
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby Iain59 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:50 am

Is the Whistler WS1065 simular
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby m0lsx » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:45 pm

Iain59 wrote:Is the Whistler WS1065 similar


I do not that much about the Whistler 1065. It tends to be a radio that some people buy (wrongly,) when they want a cheap digital scanner & it is not a digital scanner. From what I understand of Whistler radios they are not the simplest to use, with complicated menu options. Their digital radios are fairly good, for what they are. But for me on the analogue side of things, the 15X is one of the better low budget scanners.
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Postby Iain59 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:50 pm

The only thing about the BCT-15X GPS is it is no bigger than a old car radio.
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby Dawly » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:40 pm

Hi Iain,

There are a couple of classic scanners that you can't go far wrong with and that I also have some experience of and they are the Uniden 9000xlt (I have been using this daily for almost 20 years), Realistic PRO 2005/6. The Uniden 125XLT which is my main handy is most similar to the 9000XLT in terms of how it works. I also like the alpha tags. All three radios the 125 the 9000 and the 2005 all seem to have pretty much identical performance at least I can't tell any difference just listening. Also if you ever want to do the discriminator mod to allow you to do decoding, then the 9000xlt is really easy.

Both the 9000 and 2005 can be had for between £50 and £100 second-hand so good options if you need to keep the cost low
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Re: Scanner comparison

Postby Iain59 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:33 pm

Just found this is it too good to be true https://www.nevadaradio.co.uk/radio-sca ... ht-ae-355m
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