dealsuniden bc-95xlt nascar bearcat 200-channel…

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Good basic scanner. I have brought mine to numerous IndyCar and NASCAR events. The antenna is kind of long and may get in the way if you clip the scanner to your belt. I bought a shorter stub of an antenna from a seller on eBay. I also suggest getting noise-canceling headphones if you are going to use this at a track. The scanner can also be used to listen to police, fire, etc. (but not trunked systems).

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Is it worth the extra $100 or so to get a scanner that can pick up trunked systems?

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@crab: You seem strangely familiar? Have we met?

This feels like a soap opera. Gasp, that must mean....you're my evil twin!

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I just got crabs from these comments

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I can't speak for this unit, but I just got a hand held Uniden marine radio that is about the same size. The thing is top notch.

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Can't speak for the particular radio, but 2 other Uniden's I have have are great. Only problems are the short antennae range. You can find a radio for about this price else-ware that has the ability to go through channels 1-(over)1000. Its great for EVERYTHING, including air shows. Hope this helps.

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@crab: I believe this scanner will pick up frequencies used by a trunked system, but it'll be a little harder to follow the conversation on this model because each person may be on a different freq and several freqs may be in use at the same time. The TrunkTracker technology (as it works on my old tabletop 895XLT) will show a group number. In my town's system, 1648 is police, 48 is fire. Figure out if there are any trunked systems you will be listening to in your area. $100 is quite a bit of money to pay for one more feature, but if it's one you'll use a lot, it will be worth it.

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Uniden equipment has always been top notch. They make equipment sold under other names as well. If you decide on a higher end scanner, in addition to trunked systems you may need a digital scanner too- which gets you into a much higher price range. There's a LOT of interesting stuff out there in non-digital, non-trunked land though.

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I got this scanner on eBay about 2 years ago in a package with 2 headsets, splitter, and stub antenna. Great for race fans. Runs on 2 AA batteries, you can even use rechargeable batteries and charge them inside the radio with the included AC adapter. Auto scan feature works great for picking up nearby broadcasts. I had this on in my car one day and picked up transmissions from a crew doing road maintenance.

Great performance, I highly recommend this model.

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will this pick up chatter on the CB radio?

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@crabnebula: I am evil. But for your sake, I hope we're not twins! I've got a face made for radio, if you catch my drift...

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@geognerd: Mostly just for curiosity / casual use, so probably not worth the $100. Thanks.