A scanner is essentially a kind of radio receiver that is built to tune or scan multiple frequencies at the same time. It stops when it finds a signal and then goes on to scan other frequencies. Modern scanners, both the desktop and handheld varieties, today come with powerful microprocessor which can tune into hundreds of channels each second and store thousands of channels too. Handheld police scanners help the police in their crime investigation and so on.
While handheld scanners are also widely used by other emergency services, we are going to concentrate on handheld police scanners in this particular post. We bring you a list of the top devices this year.
Uniden BC92XLT Bearcat Handheld Scanner
The Uniden BC92XLT Bearcat Handheld Scanner is an efficient handheld largely used by the police, fire and weather department and ham radio banks. Including 200 channels in 10 bands, this police scanner is compact to carry and easy to port. This device also gives the user 6 preprogrammed service searches, 10 programmable search ranges, bright backlit display, priority scan function and delay feature, which prevents missed replies in course of the conversation.
The Close Call RF technology that this handheld provides, helps the user clearly identify signals that are close by. All-in-all, this product has been given the thumbs-up by all users alike.
PRO-164 Handheld Radio Scanner
The PRO-164 Handheld Radio Scanner can store up to a 1,000 frequencies and so, is very popular for police use in most metropolitan areas. This device transmits frequencies up to 1,000 feet of the radio, which is especially useful to the police to monitor a certain area.
Users can also hear storm reports before they are broadcast over radio waves or on TV. They can additionally program a name to each service they use and also get to see who they are listening to.
The best thing about the PRO-164 Handheld Police Scanner is that is gives good sound quality and also comes with a 90-day warranty.
Radio Shack Pro 97 Triple-Trunking Handheld Scanner
The Radio Shack Pro 97 Triple-Trunking Handheld Police Scanner is a high-performance device that gives good coverage and can scan both conventional and trunked at the same time. The user can program up to 100 frequencies in 10 banks and the triple-trunking feature lets the user follow the signal in any location that uses an analog trunking system.
The Signal StalkerTM feature searches for close-range frequencies and Skywarn gives you local weather reports before they reach the TV or radio stations.
This device also gives the user AM/FM mode selector and one priority channel. Key lock prevents communication dropouts and frequency lockouts can block unnecessary frequencies.
Nascar Bearcat Portable Scanner
This scanner features devices with both 10 and 20 banks. It is on the heavier side and an update of the earlier Uniden model that also had railroad band searching. The built-in speaker is of good quality and comes with a mini-plug for monaural earphone. It also features a separate BNC antenna jack. The backlit display is bright and clear and the set offers all the features that its predecessor included, so that is a big plus. But this device may not work very effectively in very big cities, where trunk-tracking is necessary.
The negatives are that the unit’s belt can be removed only by unscrewing it. also, the USB cable for sync with PC has to be purchased separately.