N8VB RADIO SCANNER INFORMATION PAGE

[Under Construction – Last Update 08/16/2019]

{Click on each scanner for more information about the particular model}

The PSR-800 was manufactured by GRE America in China. The first scanner model to be Micro SD based as well as bring the Radioreference Database (RRDB) and EZScan on said card. After an initial few hiccups, the firmware, was reworked to bring, the new at the time, very first APCO’s P25 Phase II to scanner market, in the death-throws of GRECOM America, as well as the companies last update. Shortly afterwards, all intellectual property for this product was acquired by The Whistler Group. This model became Whistler’s genesis model for which they rebranded and released, the additional badge-engineered models, as their own model WS1080, also manufacturing for RadioShack the RS Pro-668 branded equivalent. Three additional models with direct ancestry, the RS Pro-18 lacking certain features, the WS1095 with additional numeric and function keys on the keypad and their newest overhauled version of a handheld, the TRX-1 in the same form factor.

The PSR-410 was manufactured by GRE America in China. The PSR-410 is very similar to the PSR-310 handheld scanner and uses the same software and scanner cables.

The WS1040 is manufactured by The Whistler Group. It is operationally the same as the original GRE PSR-500, former Radio Shack Pro-651 and former Pro-106 and uses the same software and cables as all those models.

Buy the WS-1040 HERE

The Whistler WS1095 is a desktop/mobile multi-system adaptive Digital tracking trunking scanner with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II capabilities. All USA/Canada services and frequencies are pre-programmed onto the included SD card making it ready to use out of the box; it can even be programmed by entering your ZIP code. This model features a removable front control panel with cable and mounting plate, an easy to use navigation with a multifunction keypad, a PC program for easy customization and includes USB cable and PC software.

The WS1065 is manufactured by The Whistler Group. It is operationally the same as the original GRE PSR-600, former Radio Shack Pro-652 and former Pro-197 and uses the same software and cables as all those models.

Buy the WS-1065 HERE

Whistler WS-1010

The WS1010 is manufactured by The Whistler Group. The WS1010 is operationally the same as the former GRE PSR-100 and very similar in operation to the current WS1025 and former GRE PSR-200 desktop models and uses the same software and cables.

Buy the WS-1010 HERE

Whistler WS-1025

The WS1025 is manufactured by The Whistler Group. It is operationally the same as the former GRE PSR-200 and very similar in operation to the current WS1010 and former GRE PSR-100 handheld models and uses the same software and cables.

Buy the WS-1025 HERE

Whistler TRX-1

The Whistler TRX-1 is a digital handheld scanner, direct sibling to the TRX-2 Desktop/Mobile Scanner, capable of numerous Digital Modes used in today’s Public Safety arena and many amateur & business use digital transceivers. It was announced in May 2016 and released in late June of the same year.

Buy the TRX1 HERE

Whistler TRX-2

The Whistler TRX-2 is a digital desktop/mobile scanner, direct sibling to the TRX-1 handheld Scanner, capable of numerous Digital Modes used in today’s Public Safety arena and many amateur & business use digital transceivers. It was announced in May 2016 and released in late June of the same year. The TRX-2 comes complete with the Radio Reference data base on a micro SD card. 

Buy the TRX2 HERE

The Uniden SDS100 is a handheld scanner manufactured by Uniden America released in Q2 of 2018 with an introductory MSRP of $699 It is the first scanner to incorporate I/Q technology and SDR (Software Defined Radio) in a handheld scanner. This provides superior performance scanning LSM (Linear Simulcast Modulation) systems. It uses the Uniden HomePatrol database and Uniden Sentinel Software for ease of programming. Its front panel interface and menus are functionally identical to the BCD436HP. Its most important new features include water resistance and customizable color LCD.

Buy the SDS100 HERE

The Uniden SDS200 is a mobile/base scanner manufactured by Uniden America announced in Q1 of 2019 with an introductory MSRP of $749 (USD).  As of Q3 2019, the SDS200 is selling for $699.99.

It is the first scanner to incorporate I/Q technology and SDR (Software Defined Radio) in a mobile/base platform. This provides superior performance scanning LSM (Linear Simulcast Modulation) systems. It uses the Uniden HomePatrol database and Uniden Sentinel Software for ease of programming. Its front panel interface and menus are functionally identical to the SDS100.

Buy the SDS200 HERE

The BCD436HP is the first scanner to incorporate the HomePatrol ease of use in a traditional handheld scanner. Simply enter your zip code, and the BCD436HP will quickly select and scan channels in your local area. It’s direct sibling is the mobile/desktop BCD536HP which includes a Wi-Fi Dongle, both utilize the same Sentinel (Uniden software), and can be used interchangeably for both of the BCDx36HP Series on one PC. It should be noted that after introduction Uniden added 3 premium upgrades: EDACS ProVoice, DMR and NXDN.

Buy the BCD436HP HERE

The BCD536HP is Unidens Flagship mobile/desktop scanner which incorporates 2 scanner market firsts; a Wi-Fi dongle and EDACS ProVoice. After introduction Uniden added 3 premium upgrades: EDACS ProVoice, DMR and NXDN. Like its direct sibling, the BCD436HP, they have a couple of firsts for Uniden standard format scanners; the ease of use of the HomePatrol style with the entire Radioreference database (HPDB) on an SD card and the ability to Replay or Record captured transmissions. For many users Location Control will allow you to simply enter your Zip Code, Service Types and Range and away you go. Additionally, the WiFi connectivity allows you to listen and control your scanner using an Apple/Android smartphone/tablet device from a local intranet in your home or Ad-hoc in a vehicle; with optional 3rd Party software – possibly around the world. It utilizes the same Sentinel (Uniden software)to be used interchangeably for both of the BCDx36HP Series on a single PC.

Buy the BCD536HP HERE

Realistic PRO-2004

Radio Shack surprised the scanning world in 1987 when it introduced the revolutionary PRO-2004 scanner. Made by GRE (like most RS scanners at the time), it had 300 channels, totally unheard of at the time. People actually complained that there were too many channels available! Soon it was discovered that the memory could be easily expanded to allow 400 channels. In addition the PRO-2004 had full coverage from 25-520 MHz. and 760-1300 MHz. This was also unheard of at the time. This was one of the first radios that covered the entire spectrum, including Military Air and more. Later versions of the PRO-2004 had the cellular bands removed from the radio.

Realistic PRO-2006

The Pro-2006 is considered by many to be the best scanner ever produced in terms of sensitivity and selectivity. It is a conventional base model, and was made famous by Bill Cheek, because of the extensive amount of innovative modifications. In addition to Bill’s modifications, the radio was also famous for its cellular telephone monitoring modification which allowed one to cut a diode inside the scanner to receive the old analog cell phone range.

RadioShack PRO-95

The Pro 95 is a dual trunking handheld scanner designed by GRE and sold by Radio Shack. It features the ability to track both conventional and trunked radio systems at the same time. It will follow Motorola type I and II systems, as well as EDACS trunked radio systems. The Pro 95 is capable of storing 1000 conventional channels, which are arranged in ten banks of one hundred.

The Bearcat 101 features 16 reprogrammable channels, selectable from 6000 frequencies. No crystals are required. There is the basic five band coverage includes: 30-50, 146-148, 148-174, 450-470, 470-512 MHz plus the 416-450 MHz government band. Scan rate is 20 channels per second. Desired frequencies are programmed from the front panel (using 16 lever switches), using a code table in the manual. There is a built in telescopic whip antenna plus a Motorola antenna jack and RCA speaker jack on the rear panel.

Frequency Range
  •   30-  50 VHF Low
  • 146-148 Ham Band 2 Meters
  • 148-174 VHF High Band
  • 416-450 Federal Government
  • 450-470 UHF Band
  • 470-512 UHF “T” Band