Re: SDS Radios

Dan Bowman

The SDS series literally scans slower, but you also have people making unfair comparisons, scanning different things, with different reception styles between the BCDx36HP series and the SDS series. One setting in the SDS with the filters can make the scanner seem like it's scanning at half-rate.  Unfortunately, I don't really see many members, of groups, being very specific and can see some of the inherent and then passed on, fallacie. The BCDx36HP series won't get this person a Simulcast Digital Distortion beating scanner, instead a scanner that can constantly fail on the most important of replies.  Most of the Eastern Shore is flat, and while the Non-Simulcast "ASR" Sites might not need the SDS almost all the rest of the Sites and the 2 Systems he mentioned have Simulcast used exclusively.  Be a real bear for him to spend $450 to find out he need to spend another $60 to return it to spend $550 once and get the right product.  Now if he wants to listen to Baltimore fire dispatch on 46.46mHz he could spend as little as $15 to get the old Analog stuff around here that is left.

Dan Bowman

From: <> on behalf of John C. Lowe <gianni777s@...>
Sent: Friday, September 3, 2021 2:45 PM
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Subject: Re: [Uniden] SDS Radios
To Dewey: I keep reading in these threads that the SDS’s scan slower. Just how much slower and is it recognizable enough to make a difference?

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via <arswa3toy@...> wrote:

Be aware that a lot of the Eastern Shore is going encripted.

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via
Dewey and anyone else:

Forgive my ignorance. I just moved to Maryland from Pennsylvania. All my scanners are older analog models. They served me well in PA but are limited here.

My primary counties of interest are Queen Anne’s and PG. Am also interested in all Eastern Shore counties. I am living in QAC and have relative PO in PG.

Which handheld scanner should I buy?
Would the Home Patrol work?

I no longer have windows computers for programming.



I think you'll get differing opinions, but my personal opinion, worth what you're paying for it, is that the SDS' biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest difference is the simulcast reception, what the SDS was designed for. I know that has been said many many times already, but I'm a firm believer after personally experiencing the difference on the PG County, MD ( TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.


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