SDS Radios


Joseph Shynn
 

Hi Jim,

What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
Like I need another scanner.

Regards,

Joey
VA3GOC, VE3XMU


Jim Walls
 

Hi Jim,
What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
I like it. I largely bought it for one system. I used to work for Southern California Edison - the electric utility for most of southern California. I ran their trunked system for the last 8.5 years that I was there. They upgraded from analog Motorola SmartZone trunking to P-25 phase 2 a half dozen or so years ago (well after I left). I still like listening to them and it's REALLY nice when there is a power outage. So after having nothing I could listen to them on for several years, I finally got the SDS100 a couple years ago. Although I have a few other systems in it, primarily I use it for the SCE system. I have some stuff on the system I run programmed as well, and it definitely handles simulcast better than the 396 or 996 scanners. I don't need a scanner for my system since I have several issued radios on the system (including most of the encryption), but the scanner was a nice test. I had thought about getting the P2 version of the 996 for my truck, but I will likely go with the SDS200 instead.

What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
The big one is that it is a software defined radio so is far more upgradable. Essentially everything is in firmware. It is more of a battery hog however.

Like I need another scanner.
Don't we all?

73
-----
Jim Walls - K6CCC
jim@k6ccc.org


Dewey
 

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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey

-----Original Message-----
From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joseph Shynn via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, September 2, 2021 11:31
To: main@uniden.groups.io
Subject: [Uniden] SDS Radios

Hi Jim,

What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
Like I need another scanner.

Regards,

Joey
VA3GOC, VE3XMU


Dewey
 

... also, who outside of Uniden knows what's in store for the future of the SDS series. My thought is that the x36 series is already tapped out as far as future *features* go.

Dewey

-----Original Message-----
From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joseph Shynn via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, September 2, 2021 11:31
To: main@uniden.groups.io
Subject: [Uniden] SDS Radios

Hi Jim,

What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
Like I need another scanner.

Regards,

Joey
VA3GOC, VE3XMU


Michael Hunter
 

SDS100 does everything better especially the range! I can pickup outlying areas in town no problem!


On Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 12:21 PM Joseph Shynn via groups.io <qp2trz=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Jim,

What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
Like I need another scanner.

Regards,

Joey
VA3GOC, VE3XMU








Jim Reel RVing
 

Hi, the sds100 is expensive, but you simply type in the zip code and all the available frequency's auto program. Any where I've traveled, it has programed properly. You can also buy the GPS option and it will auto program while you drive.


On Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 11:21 AM Joseph Shynn via groups.io <qp2trz=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Jim,

What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
Like I need another scanner.

Regards,

Joey
VA3GOC, VE3XMU








giebelr
 

My view: the SDS100 is a good scanner wrapped in great eye-candy. You’ll find functionality similar to the 436/536 line.

On the downside, you will find it to have significantly less sensitivity than the 436/536. Side by side the 436/536 will hear more than the SDS100. But, if you’re having real trouble with simulcast systems, the SDS might do the trick. Just keep the sensitivity issue in mind.

Have fun.

On Sep 2, 2021, at 12:57, Jim Walls <jim@k6ccc.org> wrote:



Hi Jim,
What’s your opinion of the SDS100?
I like it. I largely bought it for one system. I used to work for Southern California Edison - the electric utility for most of southern California. I ran their trunked system for the last 8.5 years that I was there. They upgraded from analog Motorola SmartZone trunking to P-25 phase 2 a half dozen or so years ago (well after I left). I still like listening to them and it's REALLY nice when there is a power outage. So after having nothing I could listen to them on for several years, I finally got the SDS100 a couple years ago. Although I have a few other systems in it, primarily I use it for the SCE system. I have some stuff on the system I run programmed as well, and it definitely handles simulcast better than the 396 or 996 scanners. I don't need a scanner for my system since I have several issued radios on the system (including most of the encryption), but the scanner was a nice test. I had thought about getting the P2 version of the 996 for my truck, but I will likely go with the SDS200 instead.

What’s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
The big one is that it is a software defined radio so is far more upgradable. Essentially everything is in firmware. It is more of a battery hog however.

Like I need another scanner.
Don't we all?

73
-----
Jim Walls - K6CCC
jim@k6ccc.org







Dotman
 

Hi Folks,

Just received my SDS200 yesterday and have been comparing it to my other
scanners / VHF transceivers.

My reference target is a transmitter that is 46 air miles away over VERY flat terrain. It is
an APCO 25 trunked system site transmitting on 142 MHz..

I have 2 antennas - a home brew dual band J-Pole designed by Kazimierz Siswiak KE4PT
( the editor of QEX Journal ). It is up at 23' above ground. The other antenna - used exclusively
by my scanners is a Diamond DJ-130 discone up at 15' above ground.

The receivers I compared it to are Radio Shack PRO-2096, PRO-96 hand held and an old
Kenwood TM742 Tri band amateur mobile radio along with a borrowed BCD536HP.

The APCO 25 transmitter comes in at an S7 on my Kenwood using the J-Pole. I can't hear it
at all using either of the RS scanners , and is buried in the noise on the 536HP. With the SDS200
the signal is also very weak ( -109dBm ) but is better copy than the 536HP ( marginally ). There is no
signal from this site on anything using the discone.

WRT to the SDS200 - PROs are the outstanding display. You can view an incredible amount of
info in living color. Performance in simulcast systems is the best. Ease of programming. Use
Sentinel to program the quick keys. Slicker than eel snot! Also the sheer number of system types
it can receive ( even if some require an upgrade )

CONs are the SLOW scan rate. This is not unique to the SDS200. I noticed the same "problem"
on the borrowed BCD536HP I have. I am missing a fair number of transmissions on the local
APCO 25 trunked system compared to the RS PRO-2096. The 2096 is lightning fast and has
limited but functional text tags for the TGIDs. I wonder if the scan rate is the affected by the
DMA architecture having to find the data to display on the screen when it receives a signal.

The other PITA is the load time for the databases on power up. I understand using an SD card to store
everything but boot time would be speedier if it also was stored in an EEPROM local to the processor.
It could be updated the same as the SD card and use the SD card for audio recording, QKs and FLists.

I will be using the SDS200 for the simulcast systems and military aircraft monitoring. I'll stick
with the PRO-2096 for the APCO 25 and conventional single site systems.

All in all the SDS200 is light years ahead of my older scanners and I will enjoy it for many years.

Thanks for plodding through my long winded opinion!

Cheers!

Mark VE3FEX


My view: the SDS100 is a good scanner wrapped in great eye-candy. You´ll find functionality similar to the 436/536 line.

On the downside, you will find it to have significantly less sensitivity than the 436/536. Side by side the 436/536 will hear more than the SDS100. But, if you´re having real trouble with simulcast systems, the SDS might do the trick. Just keep the sensitivity issue in mind.

Have fun.
On Sep 2, 2021, at 12:57, Jim Walls <jim@k6ccc.org> wrote:



Hi Jim,
What´s your opinion of the SDS100?
I like it. I largely bought it for one system. I used to work for Southern California Edison - the electric utility
for most of southern California. I ran their trunked system for the last 8.5 years that I was there. They
upgraded from analog Motorola SmartZone trunking to P-25 phase 2 a half dozen or so years ago (well after I
left). I still like listening to them and it's REALLY nice when there is a power outage. So after having nothing I
could listen to them on for several years, I finally got the SDS100 a couple years ago. Although I have a few
other systems in it, primarily I use it for the SCE system. I have some stuff on the system I run programmed as
well, and it definitely handles simulcast better than the 396 or 996 scanners. I don't need a scanner for my
system since I have several issued radios on the system (including most of the encryption), but the scanner
was a nice test. I had thought about getting the P2 version of the 996 for my truck, but I will likely go with the
SDS200 instead.

What´s the difference between it and my 436/536/TRX-1/TRX-2.
The big one is that it is a software defined radio so is far more upgradable. Essentially everything is in firmware. It is more of a battery hog however.

Like I need another scanner.
Don't we all?

73
-----
Jim Walls - K6CCC
jim@k6ccc.org











Bob Stern
 

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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey


Kurt WA3TOY
 

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


On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via groups.io
<bobbystern@...> wrote:
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey


John C. Lowe
 

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?
Thanks,
Gianni

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io <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 groups.io
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey


Joe M.
 

That depends on your RF environment (for any scanner).

Joe M.

On 9/3/2021 10:45 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
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?
Thanks,
Gianni

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io
<http://groups.io> <arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io
<mailto:arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io>> wrote:

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

Sent from the all new AOL app for Android
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On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via groups.io
<http://groups.io>
<bobbystern=me.com@groups.io <mailto:bobbystern=me.com@groups.io>>
wrote:
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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
(https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system.
Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the
highly customizable screens.

Dewey


John C. Lowe
 

Hi Joe,
Please give me an example of “RF Environment”. I am in North East Ohio and there’s plenty of listening from Cleveland, to the east and to the western suburbs.
Thanks!

On Sep 3, 2021, at 10:53 AM, Joe M. <mch@nb.net> wrote:

That depends on your RF environment (for any scanner).

Joe M.

On 9/3/2021 10:45 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
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?
Thanks,
Gianni

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io
<http://groups.io> <arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io
<mailto:arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io>> wrote:

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

Sent from the all new AOL app for Android
<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aol.mobile.aolapp>

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via groups.io
<http://groups.io>
<bobbystern=me.com@groups.io <mailto:bobbystern=me.com@groups.io>>
wrote:
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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
(https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system.
Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the
highly customizable screens.

Dewey




Joe M.
 

If you are in Cleveland (or any other urban area) or very close to a busy tower, the unit will scan slower due to RF saturation. If you are in a rural area, it will scan faster.

Joe M.

On 9/3/2021 11:13 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
Hi Joe,
Please give me an example of “RF Environment”. I am in North East Ohio and there’s plenty of listening from Cleveland, to the east and to the western suburbs.
Thanks!

On Sep 3, 2021, at 10:53 AM, Joe M. <mch@nb.net> wrote:

That depends on your RF environment (for any scanner).

Joe M.

On 9/3/2021 10:45 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
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?
Thanks,
Gianni

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io
<http://groups.io> <arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io
<mailto:arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io>> wrote:

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

Sent from the all new AOL app for Android
<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aol.mobile.aolapp>

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via groups.io
<http://groups.io>
<bobbystern=me.com@groups.io <mailto:bobbystern=me.com@groups.io>>
wrote:
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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
(https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system.
Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the
highly customizable screens.

Dewey








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
503-435-7606


From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> on behalf of John C. Lowe <gianni777s@...>
Sent: Friday, September 3, 2021 2:45 PM
To: main@uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io>
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?
Thanks,
Gianni

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io <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 groups.io
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey


Bob Stern
 

Ouch.  Sorry to hear that.

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


Dan Bowman
 

Having lived and traveled the area all of my life, the SDS100/200 is definitely the way to go. Prince Georges is on a Phase 2 system and the eastern shore is on a mostly Simulcast Phase 1/2 on the State FiRST System.  Most of the PD/Law side of things on the Eastern Shore have gone encrypted, so not a lot of local PD monitoring. Having just travel through those areas you mentioned, this morning, the SDS100 was the most reliable to decode those Systems will little to no Simulcast Digital Distortion.  Now how well you can monitor PG from Queen Anne I don't know as I mostly turn that off before turning the corner into Anne Arundel county, I can say most of Queen Anne has a few Sites it can receive on FiRST, and some of them simulcast (old meaning now refered to as multicasting) some transmissions from further away. With the Uniden BCDx36HP and SDS series, unlike some other makes and models you don't necessarily have to make 4-5 copies of a System, to listen to various Sites, simply use a few dots .. and you can turn the Sites On and Off at will.

Dan Bowman
503-435-7606


From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> on behalf of Bob Stern via groups.io <bobbystern@...>
Sent: Friday, September 3, 2021 1:09 PM
To: main@uniden.groups.io <main@uniden.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Uniden] SDS Radios
 
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.

Thanks,

Bobby

——-
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 (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system. Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the highly customizable screens.

Dewey


John C. Lowe
 

Thanks Joe.

On Sep 3, 2021, at 12:37 PM, Joe M. <mch@nb.net> wrote:
If you are in Cleveland (or any other urban area) or very close to a busy tower, the unit will scan slower due to RF saturation. If you are in a rural area, it will scan faster.

Joe M.

On 9/3/2021 11:13 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
Hi Joe,
Please give me an example of “RF Environment”. I am in North East Ohio and there’s plenty of listening from Cleveland, to the east and to the western suburbs.
Thanks!

On Sep 3, 2021, at 10:53 AM, Joe M. <mch@nb.net> wrote:
That depends on your RF environment (for any scanner).
Joe M.
On 9/3/2021 10:45 AM, John C. Lowe wrote:
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?
Thanks,
Gianni
On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:59 AM, Kurt WA3TOY via groups.io
<http://groups.io> <arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io
<mailto:arswa3toy=verizon.net@groups.io>> wrote:
Be aware that a lot of the Eastern Shore is going encripted.
Sent from the all new AOL app for Android
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On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:27, Bob Stern via groups.io
<http://groups.io>
<bobbystern=me.com@groups.io <mailto:bobbystern=me.com@groups.io>>
wrote:
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.
Thanks,
Bobby
——-
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
(https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6341) TDMA system.
Other than that, the x36 series scans faster, but the SDS has the
highly customizable screens.
Dewey


Wayne Smith
 

Bob,

And yes, you'll likely need access to a computer running Windows (Parallels on MacOS--at least prior to the M1 chip--should be OK too), at least for the use of EZ-SCAN (Whistler) and/or Sentinel (Uniden) for non-keyboard (or large scale) programming of the unit.  I've had relatively good experiences with recent versions of WINE over Linux (and also older Uniden software, such as for 396/996 programming, under Windows 10) but most folks on RadioReference aren't keen on that approach.  And I don't use it for firmware updates for either manufacturers just because I don't trust the USB/serial connection at that connection layer (I'm paranoid--I suspect that knowledgeable others have gotten it to work).

Someone else can correct me, but I don't think either the manufacturers or third-parties (e.g., Butel) have released binaries for Linux, *BSD, or MacOS for their scanning programming software.

73's,
Wayne, N6LHV


harvey morse
 

I purchased an SD100 and had the seller program a bunch of my “favorite” groups. In the menu, I can see a list of all my groups, however I need some instruction  in learning how to select the one I wish to monitor. Thanks!

 

Harvey

K1DJG