Ok so for awhile I was borrowing my Dad's conventional scanner and it was quite fun. It definitely wasn't a great countermeasure by any means but it was neat listening to everything that was going on around me.
When I had to give it back to him I didn't go out and buy my own because of the number of places switching over to trunking or digital systems and those scanners were much more expensive.
Now I have a chance to pick up a RS Pro-106 Digital scanner for $220 and I'm trying to decide what to do.
I had been eyeing a few of the Uniden scanners due to their ability to be hooked up to a GPS and change frequencies, but I can't get this type of a price break on those models. Besides the fun hobby part of this there are two countermeasure aspects I'd like to get out of a scanner:
1. On a big roadtrip I'd like to use it so that I can possibly hear if my car is called in and they dispatch someone looking for me
2. Same kind of thing but at a test meet.
The GPS thing seemed like it would make this very easy without a ton of programming; however again we come to cost. How much of a PITA is it to program a scanner ahead of time for a long trip and switch scanned frequencies as you go?