TRX-2 Whistler Police Scanner

  • Whistler's top-selling & highest rated base/mobile scanner
  • DMR/EDACS/NXDN capable
  • Removable faceplate
  • Trade-in your old scanner
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This is Whistler's highest-rated and best-selling base/mobile scanner.

We sell more of the handheld TRX-1 (handheld = 75% of scanner market, base/mobile = 25%)

The TRX-2 accounts for 50% of base/mobile sales.

Whistler’s flagship base/mobile scanner & the only NXDN capable base/mobile scanner.

Whistler kept the popular removable faceplate from the older WS1095 & WS1098 & made several technical upgrades.

It's fast, user friendly, has great reviews, and Whistler continues to push free upgrades and capabilities.

I need a digital scanner, why should I buy the TRX-2?

The TRX-2 is the newest scanner on the market and comes with several minor updates on older scanners, including faster processing. NXDN is a long sought after format to monitor—the TRX is the only base/mobile scanner capable of monitoring this.

When will the TRX-2 go on sale?

We don't know. Whistler does not disclose when they will be dropping prices and even when prices do drop, it is usually only $5 -$10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted.

Additional Memory?

You can add a larger memory (SD card) to increase favorites lists and recording space. Recording time by SD card size:

  • 2 GB = 6 hours
  • 4 GB = 12 hours
  • 8 GB = 24 hours
  • 16 GB = 50 hours
  • 32 GB = 100 hours
  • 64 GB = 200 hours
Why is the faceplate removable?

Security. If you install in your vehicle you can remove the faceplate so it does not get stolen. Think 1990's era CD player.

What do TRX-2 buyers say?
  • Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • LAN capable.
  • Not GPS capable.
How is the Whistler TRX-2 different than the other base and mobile scanners?

The unique feature about the TRX-2 is it's NXDN capability. The TRX-1 & TRX-2 are the only scanners on the market capable of monitoring this version of digital. The removable faceplate is also popular.

What’s the difference between the TRX-2 and the SDS200?

There are several small technical updates, but the big difference is NXDN capability that comes standard on the TRX-2.

Compare Base Digital Police Scanners

Model Number

BearTracker 885 HomePatrol-2 BCD536HP BCD996P2 SDS200 TRX-2


Uniden Uniden Uniden Uniden Uniden Whistler


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

No No Yes No With Paid Upgrade Yes


No No No No With Paid Upgrade Yes


No No With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade Yes

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Radio

No No No No No No


Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited 25,000 Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited


No No No No Yes No

GPS Capable

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Alpha Tags

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Fire Tone-Out

No No No Yes Yes No

Location Based

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Close Call/Stalker

No No Yes No Yes Yes

Record & Playback

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

PC Program

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mac Program

No No No No No No

Software Included

No Sentinel Sentinel No Sentinel EZ Scan

USA & Canada Database

Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Storage (GB)

4 GB 4 GB 8 GB Dynamic 8 GB 4 GB

SD Card

Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Range (mi.)

30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi.
Battery Type Not Applicable AA Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Battery Life

Not Applicable 8 hours Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Size (inches) TBD 6 x 3.25 x 1.25 7.25 x 2.25 x 6.5 5.75 x 10.75 x 3.75 7 x 5 x 3 1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.) TBD 32 96 96 96 33.5


1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched Summer 2017 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Spring 2015 Winter 2019 Summer 2016
Key Feature Scanner & CB Combo Color Touchscreen WiFi & Siren App Software Not Included Ethernet connectivity for remote streaming & control NXDN & Removable Face
  1. Scanner
  2. Antenna
  3. AC Adapter
  4. DC Cable
  5. 16GB Micro SD Card
  6. LAN Cable
  7. Brackets
  8. Hardware
  9. User Manual
  10. Quick Start Guide

Looking to deeeep dive?

We took the time to scour the internet for you.

  • Download TRX-2 EZ Scan Software. Download the software for this scanner for free. Set up scanlists, configure for your area & see if you're comfortable operating before you buy. If you buy, you'll have everything set up & ready to go.
  • TRX-2 Owner's Manual.
  • Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the TRX-2 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by TRX-2 owners.
  • YouTube playlist for the TRX-2.
  • This Facebook group of TRX-2 owners is private but they are very good about accepting new members, usually within minutes. This is a good place to chat with folks that actually own the TRX-2.
4 Part Whistler Programming Video Series

Deep dive on programming here.

We HIGHLY recommend letting our experts program your scanner.

Programming issues are, by FAR, the #1 reason for...

  • Returns
  • 99% of any negative comments about the TRX-2 you'll read while researching
  • 99% of any negative comments about us
  • 90% + of all support questions
  • Our receding hairlines

Basically, you're about to spend hundreds of dollars on a snappy new gadget, might as well spring a few extra bucks so it will actually work right out of the box.

What is 'one touch start up'?

Adding this with programming allows our technicians to make hardware, software & frequency updates prior to shipping your scanner. You can buy only the programming, which will give you everything needed to listen in your area, but "One Touch Start Up" ensures a smooth experience right from the start with zero technical know-how. "One Touch Start Up" is popular with gifts as this allows the scanner to simply 'work' by powering on.

Air, Rail & Race programming?

Each of these will count as "1 County." If you want to listen to Air and Rail you would buy "2 Counties" of programming and in the text area, type the name of the Airport and Rail you'd like to hear.

How long does this take?

Programming adds 1-2 additional business days to delivery.

What if this does not work?

We have a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your programming.

How are you so much cheaper than other scanner programming places?

We’re awesome.

Can you program X, Y, Z?

We can program anything that is in Radio Reference. If you have frequencies that are not in Radio Reference, as long as you can put them in a CSV file, we can program them.

What if I need help?

We’re always here to help.

Can I program this scanner myself?

We created a programming decision tree as well as programming videos (above) to help you decided on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner, but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming. 

Can't I just punch in my zip code for programming?

When you type in your zip code, it scans EVERYTHING in your area, which is kinda like getting the phone book thrown at you. This is why over 95% of orders include programming & why we highly recommend. Our professional programming filters the junk out so you don't have to listen to things such as the dog catcher, repo guy, power company & such.

How long does programming take?

It takes our scanner tech over an hour to program each scanner & this is ALL he does. For new & moderate scanner users we estimate 3-12 hours of programming. Setup time varies wildly based on scanner, area, scanner experience & general tech familiarity.

Why should I buy programming?

Programming is the #1 reason police scanners are returned. While scanner programming is much easier than the days of crystal scanners, there is a learning curve like any other electronics purchase. While some scanner enthusiasts are highly technical and want to learn the ins and outs of programming, others want their scanner to just "work" right out of the box.

95% of all scanner sales include programming, so unless you’re familiar with scanners, scanner terminology, own a PC (Macs do not work), and want to learn the nuances of programming, we highly recommend having your scanner professionally programmed.

Scanner technology is fairly user friendly, but scanners are not smartphones or iPads. If you're spending hundreds on a scanner; we recommend springing a few extra bucks so it works right out of the box.

Can't you teach me programming with your lifetime technical support?

No. Lifetime technical support is not unlimited technical support. We are always here to help, love to do so. We made how to videos and can help point you in the right direction, but we will not teach programming.

Customer Reviews

Based on 98 reviews
William H.

Scanner is a great addition to my tiny collection. Works great and I think I got a great deal with the programming.

Top Quality!

This scanner delivers exceptional performance, worth every cent.

Exceptional Buy

Easy setup and outstanding performance make this scanner a winner.


The value for money is unbeatable, considering its performance.


Exceptional clarity and range, a must-have for scanning hobbyists.

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