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Uniden EZI-33 XLT Air band Radio Radio Scanner: this is the best product, scored an average review of 4,3 with 451 reviews
Bingfu Ham Radio BNC Male Soft Antenna Police Radio Scanner Antenna 2-Pack Compatible with Uniden SR30C Bearcat BC125AT BCD436HP BC75XLT BCD325P2 Police Radio Scanner Frequency Counter Two Way Radio: This is the cheapest product, the average review is 4,3 with 19 reviews
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Uniden EZI-33 XLT Air band Radio Radio Scanner, Black Without additional batteries
- 180 Channels
- 78-512MHz (with gaps)
- 9 Pre-programmed service banks
- Includes Owner's Manual
Best-in-series Uniden Portable Scanner
Before ordering this Scanner I read with great interest all the very many Reviews and comments from other Amazon buyers and the very contrasting comments included. It must be kept in mind that this Uniden EZI=33 model is actually the lowest priced unit of three similar Scanners being sold through Amazon and produced by Uniden - the next higher UBC-75XLT being priced at just about 50% more .. and the top model UBC-125XLT being literally twice the price of this one under Review. So far as I can see, they are all sold with what I believe is exactly the same little antenna .. a short "rubber duck" type attached via a standard BNC plug/socket arrangement. The other principal difference between all models is the varied seperate frequency ranges available on each one.. and that is wHere this one now under review mostly differs.. lowest price in the range but it has in fact more set frequency ranges than EITHER Of the two HIGHER priced - AND those ranges not only include the standard FM Broadcast band for UK but also include such as the Military frquencies used at varIous sites which are quite dIfferet to the general Civil airband ranges. So this little EZI-33 model actually has quite an extra number of frequency ranges Than both higher priced models..AND covers what are probably some of the very useful features which are a big benefit for a compact PORTABLE Scanner which may be carried and used anywhere you may go .. even giving a truly excellent FM broadcast signal for simple carry-about portable use almost anywhere. But hereby comes the one big major failing of this little Scanner. So many users writing reviews of this Scanner here on Amazon have expressed disappointment on the results 'out of the box' - indeed some saying quite brutally that it is just useless and gives NO results when put into use. And THAT alas is NOT due to any failings of the Scanner itself.. as a 20-year-ago very involved Ham-radio entusiast I then had and still retain much of my old equipment... alas now unused as the hobby has mostly disappeared from popularity .. but I still have amongst other things a very excellent WATSON 889 'Tele-Gainer' portable antenna which I see is still in fact available at very modest price it is a compact metal collapsible type, only some 5-inches high when collapsed down but over 15-inches when fully extended. Putting that onto this Uniden instead of the useless 'rubber-duck' supplied, the Sanner is quite literaly transformed. It is incredible what it can receive if you are of course is a half-decent location with decent outlook country surrounding you and the capability to receive longer range signals (remember most are coming via 'air' transmissions so can travel quite long distances). I live right in the midle of UK, 35 miles from both Manchester and Birmingham Airports, maybe similar from Liverpool Airport .. but particularly to the East and South of me there are fewer problems in getting air-travel frequencies. I can get almost continual pick-up of both Manchester and Birmingham Air-Traffic Approach conversations..I can even get Daventry North transmissions which I believe is from a sort of Satellite Air Control Station for London Airport and for aircraft using the very much higher height paths which do not interfere then with general air-level commercial travel. The potential from this little (and cheapest) Uniden Scanner is just incredible WITH a half-decent antenna on it. THROW away the useless rubber-duck supplied and PLEASE Amazon.. make available this excellent and relatively cheap WATSON 889 Tele-Gainer from a very sound and well-known Seller who I'm sure could supply 'for' Amazon customers.. the Scanner I firmly believe is potentially best of the range and enormously good value with this very modest addition and is heartily recommended as such. Remember.. it has MORE frequency ranges than either more expensive models and it is the ONLY one that has additionally te very useful FM Broacast range which itself can be very useful with total portability.
Cracking little scanner
I've been playing with airband scanners off and on for years, I still have happy memories of the bloody awful manually tuned Steepletone offerings which were my introduction. I bought this with slight trepidation as some of the reviews here suggested - quite reasonably - that the stock whip ariel wasn't up to the job. I needn't have worried. I live north of Edinburgh and can receive radar, tower and ground no problem at all. Additionally I'm picking up the control frequencies clearly, something I haven't been able to do previously. Indoors it's a bit more hit and miss and I bought a cheap telescopic alternative for that which provides way more gain than is desirable but let's me carry on listening. Out and about, especially in the car, the whip does the job more than adequately always allowing for the vagaries of line-of-sight transmissions. I found the 33XLT easy to program and the instructions were more than adequate for the purpose. Once it finds a signal it holds it for the entire transmission unlike a Maycom I used to use. The unit itself is small and feels perfectly solid. The backlight is useful and thankfully turns itself off after about 30 seconds. All in all, given the limitations inherent to a scanner like this it does a good job, certainly for my needs. At some point I may add it's bigger brother to fill in some of the missing frequencies but if you approach this unit with realistic expectations I doubt you'll be disappointed.
I have had a vast array of airband scanners overs the years, my standard of comparison is the old 1980s Signal R532 desktop scanner. Every one I have had since it died have been unsatisfactory in some way, for what I want to get out of it, the best oddly being the cheapest - a Realistic PRO71 bought in the closeout sale when Tandy shut their doors forever in the UK. The old Yupiteru VT-125 was also pretty good, but mine developed a horrendous squeal, and that's why I bought this little radio. It's not quite as hard to program as others I have tried, and as other reviewers have noted the push-to-adjust volume and squelch controls are a real advance. As I generally only listen to one of three frequencies and never scan, the three pre-set frequency buttons are the perfect solution. I live a few miles North of Gatwick and mainly listen to Gatwick tower and ground, but my third frequency is Heathrow Director. Heathrow Director comes through more clearly on all the radios I have ever had, whatever it is that causes the other two to be weak and often muffled has always happened on all radios and antennae I have tried, including a tuned airband antenna in the loft. They vary from day to day, ground transmissions often not even breaking through at all. So I am not going to enter the debate about antenna - clearly and obviously this set will work better with a better antenna, that goes without saying even if so many people do so. I have tried all sorts on it, and the best one so far is the one from my old Signal R532, which did not surprise me a bit. Even so. whether or not I can make out what any of the controllers are saying at Gatwick depends on all sort of things, like where I am in the house, what the weather is like and (sadly) which of the controllers is speaking - some don't seem to manage their microphones very well. There used to be one (now retired) who was always very clear despite being soft-spoken. I actually met him on an aviation trip, and recognised him instantly by his voice: where are you now, Pat ? Anyway, don't assess the capabilities of the radio by what you can hear from your local airport as so many people do. Sure it'll work for you, or not, but at the same time it will be working for others, or not, depending on what their local conditions are. And these have nothing to do with how sensitive the radio is. So far, all I can say is that the radio is no better reception-wise than any of the dozen or so other radios I have had, but only slightly worse than the best of the others, which cost three times as much, and two of those weren't portable. But it's a good deal easier to use. Hard to judge battery life, I only have it on in short bursts and haven't yet exhausted the cells it came with; I have a set of Duracell rechargeable NiMH batteries for when they do. I wish the radio used 4 instead of 3 though, who sells batteries in sets of three ?
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Bingfu Ham Radio BNC Male Soft Antenna Police Radio Scanner Antenna 2-Pack Compatible with Uniden SR30C Bearcat BC125AT BCD436HP BC75XLT BCD325P2 Police Radio Scanner Frequency Counter Two Way Radio
- Frequency Range: 20MHz - 1300MHz; Compatible with: Handheld Public Radio Scanner; Handheld Ham Radio; Two Way Radio;
- Antenna Connector: BNC Male Connector; Net Weight: 78g; Package List: 2 x Antenna (As the Picture Shown)
- Compatible with: Uniden SR30C Bearcat BC125AT BCD436HP BC75XLT BCD325P2 Radio Scanner;
- Compatible with Ham Radio: Kenwood TK100, TK200, TK210, TK220, TK300, TK310, TK320; Icom: IC-V8, IC-V80, IC-V82, IC-U82 ,IC-W32;
- Compatible with Ham Radio: Motorola: HT440, HT90; Maxon: HR, CP500, CP520, 1015; Vertex Standard: 734, 834, HR146, HX300, HX320, HX400, CU32, CP/CS 5015, 0420; Uniden: HH979; Wilson: HH152, HH154, HH156, HH462, HH464;
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