posted on May, 10 2012 @ 08:32 AM
Alot of this will depend on your location of coarse, but I have had a scanner for years and can hear everything in the DFW area you would ever want to
hear or could hear. For some reason 99% of the DFW and surrounding areas are NOT encrypted, I believe this holds true for most of the US. They have
almost all converted to digital, except for Dallas proper, all suburbs are on digital now and only 1 city in the entire DFW metroplex is encrypted,
McKinney Tx. The FBI and DHS is encrypted for the most part, you can hear some federal stuff like some DEA field agents but you guys have to
understand, when they have to cooperate with local police and fire, they have to use the open channels so you will get that info. When used you can
hear SWAT as well, no idea why they are not encrypted, but in Dallas they are not.
I listen to all local police and fire, DPS, I listen to the local ARES HAM frequencies for weather when it gets bad, they are the guys that actually
chase the storms and report directly to the weather guys(NOAA). Im sure if there was an emergency these guys would be involved on the backup side of
things. I programed the local power company as well for the bad weather, power goes out at home, I know where the problem is and how long they think
its going to take to fix, I know the moment its about to get turned back on. With a good scanner you can hear just about anything that transmits, CB,
HAM, FRS, GMRS, Marine, aircraft. You would be amazed what you can hear sometimes. Go to RadioReference and they maintain the frequencies for pretty
much the entire US, and I mean pretty much everything is there to program into your scanner.
A scanner is a wonderful tool to add to your "stuff". I would for sure get a DIgital unit, any of those you named would work fine, also might want
to include the Radio Shack units as well, they are normally the cheapest cost when they go on sale you can get one for $250, most the others if new
will run you $400ish