The promise of new Whistler digital scanners has been on the cards since they inherited GRE’s legacy but vague details and some pictures are not guarantees that these shiny new toys will end up in our hands.
Things have defiantly moved on since we first wrote about Whistlers new products with Amazon now having the WS scanner range listed for sale along with more information on the general functions we can expect to see when they are finally released.
The last batch of pictures we got hold of from Whistlers site weren’t that high resolution but the Amazon ones give a much better view of the control panel. Always eager to see how users react to new scanners it’ll be interesting to read some reports once these radios have been let out into the world.
Whistler Desktop Scanner
Here are some details of the features on the new radio scanners
- Menu Driven Programming with Context Sensitive Help – Each menu item provides a few lines of help text that provide assistance with programming and using the scanner
- Scan List-functionality allows you to arrange, group and scan objects according to your preference
- Free-Form Memory Organization – Allocation of memory dynamically and efficiently as it is needed. This differs from low cost and older scanners that had memory organized in rigid and wasteful memory banks
- Digital AGC – Instantly compensates for low user audio levels that are common on digital systems
One thing that did catch our eye is a function called Skywarn storm spotter. Our first thought that this was just another name for NOAA WX channels looked sort of right but having had no experience using NOAA this is going to need a bit more investigation.
Whistler Handheld Scanner
More information on pricing and availability can find over at Amazon along with the analogue scanners that complete the new range
We’ll be keeping this page updated as things move forward and hopefully include a price comparison chart of where the cheapest place is to get hold of a new Whistler scanner.