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- Simple Zip Code programming. Preloaded USA/Canada MicroSD card included.
- Easy updating via Internet. User upgradable CPU firmware. Spectrum Sweeper. Clock / Calendar.
- APCO P25 Digital Phase I & II.
- CTCSS and DCS subaudible decoder. Dedicated SKYWARN/Weather button.
- Dedicated SKYWARN/Weather button. IF Discriminator Out. Tuning Steps: 2.5, 3.125, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5 ad 25 kHz.
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TRX-1 Digital Scanner Radio - Handheld
System Requirements: Only for use on Windows Operating Systems.
The Whistler TRX-1 is multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR making it capable of monitoring the following unencrypted channels/systems: Conventional DMR (Entered as a DMR trunked system, Hytera XPT, MotoTRBO Capacity Plus, MotoTRBO Connect Plus, and MotoTRBO Linked Cap Plus systems.
What is Object Oriented Scanning? Programming scanning receivers can be challenging, but object-oriented programming simplifies the process by using common conventions for scanning concepts that have common characteristics. A Scannable Object is any defined item that can be scanned or monitored, including:
Now capable of monitoring NXDN.
- Functional keypad and backlit LCD display
- USA/Canada Radio Reference database on SD Card
- Quick Location based Programming (City, Zip, County)
- Detects and masks encrypted voice audio
- Decodes Radio ID/Talkgroup ID data
- Upgradeable CPU Firmware, DSP Firmware and Database Library
- USB Interface 2.0 or earlier
- Size (LWH): 1.06 inches, 2.12 inches, 5.31 inches
- Weight: 7.36 ounces
The Whistler TRX-1 handheld scanner exemplifies Whistler's commitment to the radio market by bringing new capabilities and transmission modes to its customers. This multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanner supports Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR making it capable of monitoring the following unencrypted channels/systems: Conventional DMR (Entered as a DMR trunked system), Hytera XPT, MotoTRBO Capacity Plus, MotoTRBO Connect Plus, and MotoTRBO Linked Cap Plus systems.
Top Customer Reviews
First off, the WS-1040 is a fantastic scanner. When programmed correctly, it has more bells and whistles than a circus train and leaves nothing to be desired in the way of a scanner. The specs are on the money and correct to a T.
The most difficult part is the programming.
If you wish to do it yourself, WIN500 from Radio Reference or Starrsoft is highly recommended but it is a PC based program. It will not work on Mac.
Butel, ARC500 software is what I use. It is also PC based.
Here's a WARNING based on my 4 years of experience starting as a dummy knowing nothing.
In 2012, I didn't know anyone who could program a scanner for me. Numerous negative reviews stating “difficult to program” scared me away from trying it myself. So, I ordered a GRE PSR500 from an online SCANNER retailer that offered pre-programming for 1 county for $70.00. I thought it would be great to have my scanner working right out of the box. This was a huge mistake. I felt like I’d just had a bad night at Vegas and didn’t even get a kiss.
The scanner did not work out of the box. An expensive amplifier was a waste. I emailed the seller twice and explained my problem. They told me to call them.
Having worked on an I.T. help desk for a major corporation for years, I fully understand the obstacles involved in communication between the trained and untrained even when both parties speak the same language fluently. That's seldom the case anymore. I've written trouble-shooting flow charts and know they exist on any help desk, however, they are not about to email them to a customer. Programming a digital scanner is a complicated process. Attempting to do so over the telephone was more than I was willing to endure.
Finally, through an Internet search, I located a local HAM radio club. Almost immediately, a half dozen members responded who were willing to help me out. I was totally impressed and pleasantly surprised.
HAM radios operators are a great group of guys. As Yogi Bear might say, “They are smarter than the average bear.”
I live in a small county with only eight frequencies. The SCANNER seller had not programmed any of them. The HAM operator deleted all incorrect data and cloned my GRE PSR500 to his. The results were amazing.
Whistler bought GRE. GRE made Radio Shack scanners. Therefore, the Pro106, Pro107 and GRE PSR500 are internally the same as the WS-1040. They can all be cloned from each other by pressing 3 keys. The SIMPLE instructions are on page 19 of the WS-1040 owner’s manual. All that’s needed is a cable with a 1/8-inch(3.5 mm) male stereo phone plug on each end, NOT INCLUDED. I use Amazon Basics.
Since my GRE PSR500 settings were saved on ARC500 software in my PC. I plugged in my WS-1040 with the supplied data cable and uploaded. I was scanning in one minute.
The WS-1040 has 7 color coded lights that can be set by the programmer to flash or stay steady indicating which agency is transmitting. I love this feature. I listen to two police departments, county sheriff’s office, EMS and Fire. I can tell by the color and flashing sequence of the lights which agency is transmitting from across the room. This is really helpful anytime you're not holding the scanner in your hand. The LED and keypad can also be programmed to illuminate as the user desires. This is a great amenity in low light conditions.
Pre-programming services do NOT program such luxury features.
There is NO refund on pre-programming service whether it works or not. A pre-programming service is not for the benefit of the buyer, it merely helps the online retailer make more sales to nervous first-time buyers like myself. And making sales is what business is all about.
Had the SCANNER online help desk been able to get me up and running over the phone, I would have never realized what I was missing and would have probably been willing to accept the very minimum this scanner has to offer.
If a new, pre-programmed scanner DOES work out of the box, it will be the very minimum at best and most users will probably be willing to accept it. As a result, they will never know what they're missing.
Here’s the SUGAR FROSTING: Someone in your area owns one of the above mentioned radios and probably has it programmed exactly as you would like. Start by searching the Internet for local HAM Radio clubs and send them an email. They are willing to help beginners get started and will clone it for you in a heartbeat at NO charge. If they have a frequency that you do not want like the FAA tower, delete it.
Do it right from the beginning and you will be a HAPPY SCANNER.
I didn’t do it right from the beginning and it cost me big.
In 2012, the GRE PSR500 was $500.00.
IN 2016, the WS-1040 is about $265.00.
SCANNING IS GETTING CHEAPER AND THAT MAKES ME A HAPPY SCANNER.
Whistler processed the GRE PSR-500/Radio Shack PRO-106 into a fine tuned device. I know a little about scanners I purchased my first one in 1976. This unit has all the right stuff for my area, the P-25 is very clear with excellent audio same for the local analog trunking. The sensitivity is the best that I have ever owned or listened too. Support also amazing, Called Whistler with a technical question about the settings went from the call taking to the manager who put their engineer on the phone all within five minutes resolved all my questions I'm impressed. Great Stuff! Also comes with a ac adapter and a computer cable printed manual and two battery holders.
Update April 2015 I have had this turned on since purchase still works very well no problems and the sound quality is top notch! I've used it in the car and found no need for car antenna works great with stock antenna.
Fast scanning: The sweeper and actual scanning are very fast
Excellent voice quality
Receives nearly all digital modes in use today (excluding ProVoice and NXDN)
Huge amounts of memory, the entire RadioReference database onboard the SD card
Charges/runs off MiniUSB port (NOT MicroUSB, which most phones use). Makes it easy to power from any USB charger.
Start-up speed: The larger the SD Card, the longer it will take to boot, regardless of how much space you have actually used for recordings, systems, and frequencies.
Battery life: When scanning, the unit will chew through batteries. Better get a few sets of Eneloops and a charger, or keep a simple USB charger and cord handy.
Interface: It's got a steep learning curve. I'm very technically minded and I had to read through the manual a few times to get the picture, but once you understand it's not bad.
Price: It's nearly $100 more than for the model with less buttons. Seems steep for identical internals, software, and just a few more added buttons on the front.
EZ-Scan software: While it works well, it's a bit clunky and buggy, and windows-only. Will run through WINE, but not without issues.
Overall, probably one of the best scanners you can buy. Has some neat features like I/F output from the headphone port for those who want to decode their own audio on a computer, V-Scanner (which lets you save entire virtual scanner setups), and the broad functionality of the spectrum sweeper and trunking systems, as well as being able to record directly to the onboard SD card.
It's got it's downsides, but every scanner does, and this one works well for me.