Home-based police scanners are popular among off-duty police officers and firefighters, as well as civilians who want to take an interest in what is happening in their community. There are two types of police scanners: hand-held and base units. Hand-held scanners are mobile, while base units are stationary. Like any type of electronics, there are some police scanners that are rated higher than others.
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Radio Shack Pro-197
Radio Shack's Pro-197 stores up to 39,000 objects and allows storage of up to 1,800 frequencies. In addition to searching police frequencies, this scanner allows listeners to hear weather reports. Three function buttons allow the user to change the purpose, and help is available on the display screen while setting up and in use. This is a desktop scanner and retails for £259.90.
Uniden Bearcat BC898T
The Uniden Bearcat BC898T is a base unit that features 500 multiple channels and allows users to hear some of the more popular bands, such as police, fire, weather and public utilities. The Uniden Bearcat also covers frequencies that include amateur radio stations. Bearcat features TrunkTracker III technology, allowing users to stay up to date with several systems, such as Motorola, LTR and EDACS. If you're a weather bug, you'll enjoy the weather feature that gives you specific information to your location in an emergency. The Uniden Bearcat BC898T retails for around £273.
AR Mini Receiver
The AR Mini Receiver features two models: a government model and a consumer model. The consumer model features 100kHz, a voice inverter, a battery life of about 22 hours, bandwidths in a wide range and 1,000 memory channels. The AR Mini Receiver is hand-held, so it allows for more mobility. The AR Mini Receiver retails for about £195.
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