Whistler TRX-2 Base Station scanner

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A Whistler TRX-2 Base Station scanner, which has been preloaded with more than 1,600 UK frequency channels.

Reviewed by: Georg Wiessala

wiessala@hotmail.com

A Whistler Weekend

As wireless weekends go, this one was outstanding. It was unseasonably cold outdoors, the Lancashire rain was pattering down gently outside the window, in what is a typical British bank holiday weekend scenario, and I was trying to detect Morse code patterns in the rain’s soft knocking.

Two new aerials went on the roof this last week, one for HF and one for VHF/ UHF, and it is the latter that I now connected to my guest scanner for this weekend.

Chris Taylor (Moonraker) had been kind enough to lend me a Whistler TRX-2 Base Station scanner. The radio now comes with a host of frequencies, across a number of modes, pre-installed. I am not one for spending time programming radios, so I was curious what this ‘switch-it-on-and-let-it-fly’ radio could do.

And what it could do was impressive: the receiver goes through a short loading and verifying data sequence (Init SD File Sys) from the in-built SD-card at start-up.

Subsequently, it scans Airband, Marine, PMR446, DMR446, DMR Repeater, FM Repeater, NXDN Repeater, P25 Repeater, DMR Simplex, FM Simplex in turn, to look for signals.

This is, of course, not a full review of this scanner, I merely focus on some of those digital signals that my other scanners cannot resolve. I was pleasantly surprised by two things, in particular; first, the (digital) amateur radio activity I had so far missed; and, second, the amount of information available on the display.

I hope that the photographs on this page speak for themselves.

The radio also found many conventional marine and airband signals, which were new to me, and which are somewhat of a mainstay here in my north-western shack.

This scanner is well-known in the USA. Loaded with UK data, as in the model I had in my shack (and took mobile), this is an extremely capable and informative radio, which can significantly expand your horizons ‘straight out of the box’, as it were.

And I am not even going onto the details of the innumerable ways in which you can operate, tweak and customise this radio. The manual is online.

 

https://tinyurl.com/y5smdvlp

This article was featured in the June 2019 issue of Radio User.