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GRE PSR500 Digital Apco-25 Triple-Trunking Handheld Scanner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Handheld Scanner
  • Object Oriented User Interface - 40,744 Objects
  • Wide Band Reception
  • Multi-System Analog
  • Digital Trunking - Including Motorola, Edacs Standard, Edacs Narrow, Ltr & Apco Project 25

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 14.5 x 4.2 cm ; 240 g
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: PSR-500
  • Date first available at Feb. 15 2011
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #556,084 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Gre Psr500 Digital Apco-25 Triple-Trunking Handheld Scanner

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2aef690) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2fc52c0) out of 5 stars FANTASTIC WHEN PROGRAMMED CORRECTLY May 8 2012
By Jerry H. Bond - Published on
This 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.

Radio Shack and others sell Butel software, Netherlands, which means you'll have to register in a foreign country. It is also PC based.

Here's a WARNING based on my experience.

Since I didn't know anyone who could program the scanner for me, I ordered from an online SCANNER retailer that offered pre-programming for 1 county for $69.95. I thought it would be great to have my scanner working right out of the box. Was I ever wrong. This was a huge mistake.

Here's what happened next:

The scanner did not work. The LED display did indicate some of the agencies I wanted to listen to but there was no audio. I emailed the seller twice and explained my problem. I was told 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.

I tried GRE pre-amplifiers and a few expensive antennas to no avail.

Finally, through an Internet search, I located a local radio club. A half dozen members responded who were willing to help me out.

I live in a small county with only eight frequencies. The seller had only programmed four and the primary frequency was not one of them. After an hour of line-by-line evaluation, the radio professional was unable to determine the problem. He had to delete all data and clone my GRE PSR-500 to his. The results were amazing.

This scanner has several color coded lights that can be set by the programmer to flash or stay steady indicating which agency is transmitting. 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.

My pre-programming service did not include this.

Had the 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 works 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.

There are hundreds of amateur radio clubs all over the country with members who are willing to help beginners get started.

There is NO refund on this pre-programming service whether it works or not. I should have paid heed to all the caveats and disclaimers.

A pre-programming service is not for the benefit of the buyer, it merely helps the online retailer make more sales. And making sales is what business is all about.

I am now learning WIN500 at my own speed and having a scanner that is correctly programmed greatly enhances this learning process.

Do it right from the beginning and you will be a HAPPY SCANNER.

I wish I had.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2aefc3c) out of 5 stars Fantastic! Feb. 10 2010
By R. Cummings - Published on
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This is an expensive scanner, but worth every penny. I highly recommend buying the Win500 software, which really simplifies programming.

Very sensitive receiver, pretty good filtering also. GRE has a long history of top rated scanners, this one is their best to date.

Read the specs, does almost everything. I'm using it on conventional, EDACS, Motorola, and digital trunked frequencies. Nothing but grins.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2aefcc0) out of 5 stars Grrrreat March 14 2012
By Michelle N. Buckley - Published on
Great item. Fast delivery as usual. Had to take it to someone to get it programmed which was kind of a hassle but now works great.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By BeerSwine - Published on
Verified Purchase
I have several scanners and this is my second P-25 scanner. If you decide to get one of these you may also want to puchace the programing software and a subcription to radio reference so it can save a ton of time putting in the freqs.
It may take a bit of time to figure this thing out if you a novice to scanning, but thanks to the net there's a wealth of info out there to get you going.
Once you get the hang of it yer gonna love this thing, for example if you need to snoop out a conventional freq for a sevice which is near by what ever it may be this thing will find it in no more than 5 seconds and give you the pl tones too.
And the multi colored led feature is nice for when yer driving you can tell which sevice you're listening to at a glance. EG red for fire, blue fer the cops, green for ham radio ect...
This thing goes everywhere with me and I feel naked with out it.
If yer a radio geek I dont think you'll be disapointed with this one.....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2dda4) out of 5 stars Very Happy Dec 29 2012
By Karen V - Published on
Verified Purchase
Our family is very happy with this scanner. Purchased this scanner as a Christmas gift for my husband. We only use it to monitor our local law enforcement, fire and ambulance transmissions. I was a little afraid of the programming piece as most reviewers said that was the most difficult part. I followed the advice of previous reviewers and utilized the Win500 software along with Radio Reference and the programming really is quite simple. Programming it without the software would have been very difficult. We are very, very happy with this scanner.

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