- Feb 7, 2012
Is anyone currently using the latest Bearcat handheld -- Uniden SDS100, and can you share your experience with it as far as sensitivity, selectivity, clarity? Pluses and negtives?
under $600 is a steal!I got a great deal from HRO---I think it stands for Ham Radio Operators (or something) they only have a few stores, but they are spread geographically throughout the county. Less than $600 and free shipping. Be sure you get the newer version with the extra built in battery for great battery life. For those of you younger and smarter, yon can relay customize the unit to meet your needs
Programming isn't too too bad. These aren't like your old school scanners where you'd have x amount of banks of 16 channels. With the new SDS scanners you can have 1 to 100 channels or more in a bank. Also banks aren't called banks any more. They have what are called favorites lists. Then inside the favorites lists you have what they call systems. Then inside a system you can have groups. Groups are what you would call a bank in an older scanner. Confused yet? lolHRO stands for Ham Radio Outlet i would like to know more about others experience with the SDS100 especially the programming aspect...i googled some "you tubes" but they look confusing
I have a new portable scanner that I am willing to part with. Too complicated for me! scans 800mhz.Any further info on the Uniden SDS 100 handheld ?..... programming ...reliability ...difficulties....decent price or distributor ....availability etc.......any info or feedback is welcomed....Thanks in advance .
WHAT SYSTEM ARE THE DIVISIONS USING NOW, 8 15 etc? I KNOW THERE WAS A CHANGE BACK ON JUNE 30, I BELIEVE. I NEED TO RE-PROGRAM MY SD-100. THE NEW P-25 PHASE 2 BREAKDOWN IS NOW ON MY UNIT(from RadioRefence). THE ONLY FD RELATED ITEM IS "HOSPITAL NOTIFICATIONS", WHICH SO FAR HAS NO TRANSMISSIONS. Thanks.I have programmed a few SDS100's. I myself own the sister radio, the SDS200 and I love it. It works great for simulcast phase 2 trunking systems. Sensitivity is good on all bands.
I love the fact you can record all transmissions or use the instant recall feature. Unfortunately you can't do both at the same time. I will set the radio to record then play it back when I have a chance. helps to identify new frequencies and talkgroups for trunking systems. On the other hand the instant recall feature is very helpful in case you miss an address or a size up.
It is a bit pricey but it is the latest technology. It will decode P25. It will also do DMR, Nexedge and Provoice digital formats for additional fees.
You can also do custom programming or use can use the database search. You plug in your zip code and it unlocks everything in that area and scans it.
If anyone has an specific questions I can try to answer them for you.
So are you saying that you are on SI but it does not receive SI FDNY well ?Located on the South shore of Staten Island I find that it is great for digital systems like the NJICS, which covers Newark and Elizabeth, but provides poor reception with alot of static for FDNY Staten Island.
Correct. I can understand the transmissions but there is alot of static. This is a well known issue, that this radio is excellent for digital but can be problematic for UHF. Apparantly they haven't perfected a radio that receives both types of transmission equally well.So are you saying that you are on SI but it does not receive SI FDNY well ?