The 2018 Holiday Season is underway
Here are 10 scanners radio accessories that I would recommend as a gift for the scanner radio listener on your shopping list.
10 USB Scanner Cables (USB-1 for the Uniden Scanners)
Uniden's Serial scanners and handhelds have a special serial adapter on them. The Uniden USB-1 allows you to connect your scanner to your computer for programming. Here is our affiliate link for the USB-1: www.scannerschool.com/USB1
9 Scanner Programming Software
I am a huge fan of the software by BuTel. I've been using BuTel's software since my first computer capable scanner and have purchased a copy of the software for every radio that I own that BuTel Supports.
ProScan is another popular programming software suite that I would recommend. I don't use ProScan to program my radios ( I have BuTel for that), but i do use ProScan to manage my radios. It does a great job at logging all of the audio to a hard drive and it also logs all of the traffic that my scanner receives in a spreadsheet.
ProScan is also what I use to stream my scanners to both my own audio server and to Broadcastify. I also have virtual displays setup that a users to monitor of my scanners thanks to ProScan. You can purchase ProScan here.
FreeScan is a free scanner radio programming package. It supports programming, audio control, and virtual displays of your scanner. The nice thing about FreeScan (besides the price) is the ability to quickly migrate a programming from one radio to another.
8 Scanner Radio Case
Scanner Master has nylon cases for many handheld scanners, including AOR, Icom, GRE, Radio Shack, Uniden, and Whistler Scanners
7 External and Set-Top Antennas
These are my recommendations:
6 Printed “Easier to Read” Scanner Manuals
MarksScanners did a great job at rewriting the manual for many of today's scanners. I think Mark did a great job.
You can view these manuals for free at marksscanners.com
In Scanner School Session 30 we talked about coax. Session 30 breaks down the difference between cheaper coax like RG-58 and RG-6, and the more expensive flavors such as RG-213 and LMR-400.
In Scanner School Session 33 we discussed why you should use a MultiCoupler instead of a splitter.
You can buy Stridsberg Multicouplers here. (these are what I use in my own scanner setup)
3 Power Supplies
I personally like Astron Power Supplies. I currently have a RS-20M and a RS-35M under my radio desk. But those aren't the only two in my collection. I have other models by Astron, a few by Radio Shack, and even some other various makes and models.
2 RF Connector Adapters
Every scanner radio ‘junk draw' should have some RF Adapters. These adapters will allow you to match any coaxial end to any radio.
1 Replacement Batteries
I am not a fan of the batteries that are shipped with today's scanners. If you need new batteries because you have a new scanner, or because your batteries are now a bit old, I like to use Tenergy or Eneloop batteries in my scanners.
Bonus Gift Cards
I love gift cards.
You can purchase a gift card for your scanner radio fan here:
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