996p2 or 536hp for car setup

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    jfleg97 Learning to Drive General User

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    Hello all! Im new here, and this is my first real thread, so forgive me if this question has already been answered. Im looking at getting a police scanner for my car as another countermeasure. Ive already decided I need a digital scanner, but my question ios what one of the two scanners (996p2 or 536hp) would be best suited for a mobile setup in a car. I do a lot of travel between counties here and I cant seem to figure out what device is best for my needs. Any input from people who have/run these setups is appreciated!

    Thanks in advance
    --Jake
     
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    I'm using a BCD436HP with GPS and it's great.
     
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    Jake - First, you are fortunate that Wisconsin doesn't have any prohibitions on mobile scanner usage. However, if you venture into neighboring states, you should be cautious... or have a ham radio license :)

    For future proofing, I'd go with the 536HP, as you can add ProVoice and DMR capabilities for a small key fee as you encounter areas that turn those sorts of systems on (if they do at all). You'd certainly want to take a look at your area in Radio Reference to see which systems you might encounter as well.

    Beyond the scanner, you will need a good antenna while mobile. This choice usually comes down to - do you want to drill a hole in your car, or do you have a trunk lip that you can mount one to?
     
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    Thanks for the input. I'm new to the whole scanner thing. I'm well aware that I will need some half decent antennas and I already have mounting plans. I hate drilling new holes into my car so I'm planning on making a bracket that connects to an OEM bolt on the trunk. The hard part is going to be finding someone to discretely mount the scanner in the car... There's not much free space in a Mustang xD But I'll make it work
     
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    Both the 996P2 and the 546HP are going to be dash mounts. Not a problem if you're willing to do some mods.

    My old BCT15X on the dash before it was retired.
    824523c1e20e42b8c0a5bda4af8282e1. Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 7.40.45 PM by Erick, on Flickr


    I wanted the 536 but found a 436HP for a price too good to pass up however I miss the center mounted display although the 436 is way less conspicuous.

    824523c1e20e42b8c0a5bda4af8282e1. IMG_0013 by Erick, on Flickr
     
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    I didn't even think about using a smaller device like the 436! That would be much easier to find space for. Is there really that big of a difference between the 536 and 436? I'm looking for something that could pick up local LE frequencies and has a half decent range. I'm assuming you have some sort of antenna setup just like the dash mount systems? How does that work for you? would performance be significantly impacted by something like that?
     
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    The 436 is just the portable version of the 536. However, I've yet to find a way to set the display to constant backlit. Best I've gotten is backlit on reception which is not completely ideal. I used to keep the BCT15X on constant backlit then I could listen to music then just glance at the display when there was a transmission.
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    @hiddencam has had good results with the telescoping antenna on the 436HP. I used a glass mount with my BCT15X but a friend of mine that's a comms specialist was really insistent that I ditch the glass mount and go with a ground plane. I fiddled with my balls for a year until I finally decided to drill the whole. Range is not especially improved but clarity of reception is way better. On the repair front when I trade it in I can either replace the truck lid or they sell blanks to cover old antenna holes.

    e25afe022e7786b2e5a06a34d7f8af13. IMG_0014 by Erick, on Flickr
     
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    Once it's on and scanning, quick press the power button.
     
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    Does yours stay on? Mine will just stay lit for a minute then turn back off. I'll try it again tomorrow evening after work. So far my unlimited illumination setting is only active during transmissions.
     
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    I use the RadioShack 800mhz rubber duck and for police channels it's great.

    www.radioshack.com: 800MHz Scanner Antenna
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    Yes it stays on. Maybe it's a setting I chose.
    [doublepost=1515559168][/doublepost]Yeah, just read that the backlight can be set to turn off after 3 seconds to always on.
     

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    I know on the 396xt, I have, it gives a few options. Like 3, 6, seconds, always on. Squelch.
     
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    DISPLAY OPTIONS
    SET BACKLIGHT
    SET MODE
    TIMEOUT
    INFINITE

    Then the power button can toggle it if u want
     
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    I have both the 436HP and the 536HP. A cool thing about the 536HP is that you can purchase software called ProScan and stream the audio to the internet (private stream or share the link with some friends). You can listen to all the traffic on your cell phone without having to lug a scanner around..kinda cool!
     
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    The BCD996P2 has the same options for Provoice and DMR. I don't know that I'd waste my money on the Provoice upgrade as it's pretty much on its way out - many agencies are going back to Phase 1 / 2 P25 systems. Furthermore, Harris Communications is no longer supporting Provoice systems after 2017.

    The other major difference is the 996P2 does not offer the instant gratification the 436/536 does with the automated programming by zipcode. The 996P2 is every bit as capable but it's more designed for experienced scanner users - even then most of us still use computers to program these things as the front panel programming can get very time consuming.

    If you're new to the game you'd probably be better off with 436/536 - and it's not like those units cannot be manually programmed down the road. I'm just pointing out the 996P2 can do pretty much everything the 436/536 can.

    Just my .02
     
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    I have both the 436HP and the 536HP. I use the 436HP in the vehicle and the 536HP at home. I do like the streaming capability of my 536HP and can pull it up on my cell phone from anywhere in the world as needed but it does use up cellular data.

    IMG_20180202_204341. IMG_20170419_132546.
     
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    I'm using a 436 with a 18" laid technology ABSCANC antenna i can routinely pick up stuff from 20mi away

    with the gps antenna i don't even have to think it just switches counties as i go (on a 250mi commute thats important :) )
     
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