> I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
> Communication Electronics for $368.95. Does anyone have any
> experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??
> I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
> can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual. Any thoughts is
The 8500. Is that the handheld portable?? If so, read on...
Recently, about 25 radio amateurs in our area, including me, met for our usual
Tuesday evening coffee clutch at a local restaurant. As usual, everyone
brought their latest handheld transceivers and other toys. It's all quite
amusing to the non-hams. Twenty or so people noisily conversing while they
all have their HTs blaring. Quite a little nerd society. ;-)) We practically
own the restaurant, so what can they do?
One guy had the latest Uniden Scanner (the best one they make, the 8500,
right?). Anyway, many of the amateur handy-talkies also receive well out of
band. About 5 different HTs, including the Uniden 8500, were set to the
Milwaukee Fire Dept dispatch freq of 154.385 Mhz. While all the amateur
tranceivers (including some radio shack scanners) were nice and quiet when
the dispatcher was not transmitting, the 8500 would frequently chatter with
noisy and annoying intermod from a near-by paging transmitter.
The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's suseptibility
to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually useless.
This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.
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