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    I'm looking at the BC72xlt by uniden and the closeout scanner radio shack has the Pro-84. Are they the same scanner just one rebadged?

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    Most, if not all, of Radio Shack's are Uniden products. I believe the Pro84 and BC72xlt are the same unit.

    The Pro84 is an ok race scanner. I have one that I use often. Biggest problem is it's not a very sensitive scanner (better antenna helps some), Ok for race use where transmitters are close and you have good line-of-sight. The headphones are marginal, poor noise isolation.
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    • #3
      People, if you've got the "nut", do yourselves a BIG favor and get a scanner along the lines of the Bearcat SC230 that offers DCS/CTCSS decode. These are basically the same thing as the "privacy" codes on FRS "TalkAbout" radios and will TOTALLY eliminate interference from Indy businesses that use the same business band frequencies as the race teams. No more taxi dispatchers, no more school bus drivers, no more caterers, no more plumbing companies,... nada. Previously such interference was handled by using a "stubby" antenna, but that can also block out cars on the far side of the track from you if you're at ground level on occasion. I bought the SC230 two years ago, and it rocks!!! With DCS/CTCSS you can use the full size antenna to pull in the strongest signals from the teams as possible.

      I'm sure that there are other units out there that offer such decoding, but make sure that any unit offers both DCS and CTCSS. Some offer one, but not the other. CTCSS is the exact same thing as "privacy codes"... it superimposes a sub-audible frequency on the signal, but DCS is different. DCS uses a digital code with the radio signal. Teams at Indy will use a combination of DCS as well as CTCSS.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gizmologist
          People, if you've got the "nut", do yourselves a BIG favor and get a scanner along the lines of the Bearcat SC230 that offers DCS/CTCSS decode. These are basically the same thing as the "privacy" codes on FRS "TalkAbout" radios and will TOTALLY eliminate interference from Indy businesses that use the same business band frequencies as the race teams. No more taxi dispatchers, no more school bus drivers, no more caterers, no more plumbing companies,... nada. Previously such interference was handled by using a "stubby" antenna, but that can also block out cars on the far side of the track from you if you're at ground level on occasion. I bought the SC230 two years ago, and it rocks!!! With DCS/CTCSS you can use the full size antenna to pull in the strongest signals from the teams as possible.

          I'm sure that there are other units out there that offer such decoding, but make sure that any unit offers both DCS and CTCSS. Some offer one, but not the other. CTCSS is the exact same thing as "privacy codes"... it superimposes a sub-audible frequency on the signal, but DCS is different. DCS uses a digital code with the radio signal. Teams at Indy will use a combination of DCS as well as CTCSS.
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          • #6
            What do you guys recommend if you just want to pick up the IMS Radio broadcasts, do local stations pick it up?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SandWedge
              What do you guys recommend if you just want to pick up the IMS Radio broadcasts, do local stations pick it up?
              A good quality AM/FM headset is fine as local radio does carry the race. You can pick up the broadcast on your scanner as well though. I love to listen to drivers obviously, but you can listen to race control, safety, TV, radio.............fun, fun, fun.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gizmologist
                People, if you've got the "nut", do yourselves a BIG favor and get a scanner along the lines of the Bearcat SC230 that offers DCS/CTCSS decode. These are basically the same thing as the "privacy" codes on FRS "TalkAbout" radios and will TOTALLY eliminate interference from Indy businesses that use the same business band frequencies as the race teams. No more taxi dispatchers, no more school bus drivers, no more caterers, no more plumbing companies,... nada. Previously such interference was handled by using a "stubby" antenna, but that can also block out cars on the far side of the track from you if you're at ground level on occasion. I bought the SC230 two years ago, and it rocks!!! With DCS/CTCSS you can use the full size antenna to pull in the strongest signals from the teams as possible.

                I'm sure that there are other units out there that offer such decoding, but make sure that any unit offers both DCS and CTCSS. Some offer one, but not the other. CTCSS is the exact same thing as "privacy codes"... it superimposes a sub-audible frequency on the signal, but DCS is different. DCS uses a digital code with the radio signal. Teams at Indy will use a combination of DCS as well as CTCSS.
                Will this type of a radio unscramble AGR/Penske?
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                • #9
                  Race communications cannot be scrambled.

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                  • #10
                    I am currently using a 15 year old scanner and I think that I am going to upgrade this year. I am glad that this topic is up b/c I have a few questions... What model do the teams use? I read somewhere that there was a VERY nice Blaupunkt model on the market, but I have been unable to get any info on it. Is that what Penske uses? If cost were not an constraint, what unit would you buy? Thanks.

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                    • #11
                      I believe that would be The Blaupunkt CMF-99950

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                      • #12
                        Excellent recommendation.

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                        • #13
                          where would you buy this??? I am guessing not Best Buy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rrrr
                            Race communications cannot be scrambled.
                            They scramble during practice/quals.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by diftw
                              They scramble during practice/quals.
                              Which is why I specified race communications.

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