I want to buy a scanner to aid in my detection of LEO's around the area but also to monitor Fire/EMS frequencies because I volunteer for one of the local fire departments and my issued pager is pretty poor quality. I am considering the Uniden BCT-7, BCT-8, and 785D (non-digital one, upgrade only), and also the Radio Shack Pro-2051.
I am wondering what you guys think about these scanners. The BCT-7 seems very similar to the BCT-8 except for no trunking, but my area is going to digital soon so trunking won't matter. The Radio Shack scanner has a 1,000 foot transmission pop feature that might help pick up cops talking while travelling, but I don't know if it also has the 3-mile alert that the BCT-8 has. Does anyone know?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.