Adding yet another radio to their range, this is the new WS1095 digital radio scanner from Whistler. Since the first four bundled debut releases, the company have been upping the specs on every new product its designed since.
At the time of writing the WS1095 is their flagship model and along with the base functions needed for a trunking radio scanner, Whistler have thrown in a lot more for good measure.
25 – 54 MHz
108 – 174 MHz
216 – 512 MHz
764 – 960 MHz
1240 – 1300 MHz
Decode including P25, Motorola, EDACS and LTR analog
Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II digital capabilities
There’s a lot packed into the WS1085 and here we look at some of the main functions.
Data Ready Radio Scanner
One of the problems with complicated trunking scanners is getting the radio all set up with the necessary data. This can be made even worse if your not computer savvy or are moving up to trunking scanners for the first time.
Whistler have taken away the step of connecting the scanner to a computer or having to download frequency lists by including the complete RadioReference (USA/Canada) database on an included SD memory Card.
This database can be updated for free at any time as changes are made, although this is ultimately going to involve the need for an Internet connection.
The old school way of recording what your listening to was by connecting the radios audio to a computer or a separated media recorder. This isn’t necessary with this scanner as it has its own built in recording function that leaves you with a compressed Windows friendly audio file.
A 4 GB SD memory card will store up to 100 hours of audio and the saved files can be played back on the scanner itself or exported to a computer for processing.
Remote Head Unit
Having the ability to remove the front control interface means the scanner can take up minimum space when used at home or in a vehicle. A simple LAN cable (included) connection connects the two pieces together.
Everything you need to control the scanner is mounted on the head unit with all other audio/data connections accessible from the base unit.
The WS1095 provides you with 200 Scanlists.
Unlike the analogue scanners way of allowing you to select banks of channels during scanning, Scanlists give the option to group unrelated ‘objects’ into a list that can be recalled quickly.
This function alone demonstrates how powerful the object architecture that modern radio scanners use actually is.
In The Box
One of the hidden costs of buying a new trunking scanner can be the cables and accessories to get the most out of your new radio, with even the simplest connector being surprisingly expensive.
Whistler have thrown in everything (listed below) you need to use all the immediate features on this radio.
Antenna, USB cable, SD Card, AC Adapter, DC Power cord, Mounting brackets w/hardware, LAN cable, Users Guide
Another Learning Curve?
Depending on what age of radio scanner your used to, this radio may take some time to get to grips with.
That said anything new is always going to require a few hours with your head in the manual and as the way this scanner works is what we can expect in future scanner tech, getting on board now may make it less painful further down the line 🙂