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Whistler TRX-1 Police Scanner

Whistler's best scanner


NXDN capable


Case & color inserts included

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Details

Details

The TRX-1 includes a case with two snap-in inserts in gray and green.


Believe it or not, Whistler is doing more than Apple in terms of protection and color options.


Right up until the Uniden SDS100 launched in June, this was our top selling scanner of 2016, 2017, and 2018.


Customer feedback on the TRX-1 has been overwhelmingly positive.


All of our internal staff sampled this scanner when it launched in 2016...
so that's why our stock count has been off by 5 for nearly three years now(?)

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Battery & Powering Scanner

The TRX-1 is not powerful enough to charge batteries.

The solution is an external 4 bay AA battery charger, which you can add on this page.

We STRONGLY recommend all buyers add this. Some buy 2 sets of batteries so they always having a fresh set.

Specifics & Compare

Handheld Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner Comparison

Model Number

TRX-1SDS100BCD436HPBCD325P2

Manufacturer

WhistlerUnidenUnidenUniden

Scanner Type

HandheldHandheldHandheldHandheld
Reception

Monitor Digital Phase 2

YesYesYesYes

Monitor Digital Phase 1

YesYesYesYes

Monitor Trunking

YesYesYesYes

Monitor Analog

YesYesYesYes

Monitor Weather & NOAA

YesYesYesYes

Monitor P25, TDMA, APCO-25, EDACS, LTR, Analog Motorola, Digital Motorola

YesYesYesYes

ProVoice EDACS

YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid Upgrade

NXDN

YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeNo

DMR

YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid Upgrade

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Reception

NoNoNoNo

Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000
Features

GPS Capable

NoYesYesYes

Alpha Tag

YesYesYesYes

NAC Decoding

YesYesYesYes

Fire Tone-Out

NoYesYesYes

Location Based Scanning

YesYesYesYes

Close Call/Stalker

YesYesNoYes

Record & Playback

YesYesYesNo

Lit Keypad

YesYesYesYes

Headset & External Speaker Compatible

YesYesYesYes
Programming

PC Programmable

YesYesYesYes

Mac Programmable

NoNoNoNo

Easy Programming

YesYesYesNo

Software Included

EZ ScanSentinelSentinelNone

USA & Canada Database

YesYesYesNo
More

Storage (GB)

2 GB8 GB4 GBDynamic

SD Card

YesYesYesNo

Range (mi.)*

30503030

Battery Type

AALi-IonAAAA

Battery Life**

8 hours8 hours8 hours6 hours
Size (inches)1.25 x 2.25 x 5.25N/A2.5 x 6.5 x 12 x 6 x 1
Weight (oz.)12N/A1212

Warranty

1 year1 year1 year1 year
LaunchedSummer 2016Summer 2018Fall 2013Spring 2015
Key FeatureNXDNSimulcast CapableGPS CapableSoftware not included

Included

4 GB SD Card
› Antenna (Rubber Duck)
miniUSB to USB Cable
› Belt Loop
› Case with green and gray inserts
Guide
EZ Scan Software
› 4 AA Batteries NOT Included
AC Adapter NOT Included

FAQ

How is the Whistler TRX-1 different than the the other phase 2 handheld scanners?

› The TRX 1 & 2 are the only scanners on the market capable of monitoring the NXDN. NXDN is a version of digital phase 2.
› The TRX-1 is the only scanner that comes with a case ($34.99 value) standard. The color inserts are also one of a kind.
› The TRX-1 has several minor technical upgrades that, while not game changing, cumulatively they make the scanning experience more enjoyable and easier.

 

I need a phase 2 digital scanner, why should I buy the TRX-1?

The TRX-1 was the best scanner on the market (2016- June 2018) and comes with upgrades over older scanners. NXDN is also a long sought after format to monitor and the TRX is the only scanner capable of monitoring this out of the box. The case and colored inserts are nice free add ons to protect your scanner. The overall user experience is great and Whistler continues to roll out new, free updates to their new flagship scanner. As this is our top seller (and the one all our employees own) we make more guides, tutorials and how-to's on this scanner over any other.

 

When will the TRX-1 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. Also, we have a best price guarantee.

 

What’s the difference between the TRX-1 and the BCD436HP?
Go to 'Specifics & Compare' tab to see technical differences or watch this comparison video. The main differences are:

› TRX can charge while powered on; BCD436HP must be powered off to charge.
› Whistler regularly upgrades their scanners for free; Uniden charges $50+ for upgrades.
› Whistler has knowledgeable staff you can call; Uniden does not offer phone support and limited email support.
› BCD436HP came out in 2013; TRX in June 2016. Like all new technology there have been several upgrades.
› TRX has a free case, BCD436HP does not.
› The BCD436HP has been recalled a few times since it launched.

 

Additional Memory?

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

› 4 GB = 12 hours
› 8 GB = 24 hours
› 16 GB = 50 hours
› 32 GB = 100 hours
› 64 GB = 200 hours

 

How do I remove the case?
It's REALLY on there but it comes off. Remove the color insert before removing the case. this video shows you how to remove .

 

Can I charge the batteries from the scanner when it is on?

Yes, HOWEVER, this takes a very long time and the batteries will not fully charge. We recommend an external battery charger and 2 sets of rechargeable AA batteries; all of which can be added on this page. This way you can always have a fresh set up batteries. The batteries we sell last about 8 hours on single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.

 

External battery charger?

The TRX-1 is not powerful enough to charge the batteries we sell (or any battery) to full power. The solution is an external 4 bay AA battery charger which you can add on this page. We strongly recommend all buyers add this and the only reason we do not make mandatory is some already have.

 

My screen is scratched.

The faceplate is not done with a fine finish and may appear to be scratched but this is how Whistler scanners look. We do not sell used units and we cannot replace your unit due to the finish on the screen.

 

My Battery Life Display is Not Accurate.

The battery display on the TRX-1 does not function properly. Sometimes this works and sometimes it does not - the issue comes and goes with software updates from Whistler. This is an issue with the TRX-1 and we have this here to make buyers aware of this issue before they purchase and to state that we will not replace your unit due to this issue. If you are experiencing this issue we recommend making software update, if this does not fix issue, wait till next software update (usually monthly) and make update again.

Buyers Say

› Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.
› Does not come with batteries (add above).
› AC adapter is not included (add above).
› Not GPS capable.
› Make sure AA batteries are fully recharged prior to putting into scanner.
› TRX cannot fully charge batteries. We recommend 2 sets of batteries and external battery charger.
› The faceplate is not done with a fine finish and may appear to be scratched but this is how all Whistler scanners look.

Resources

Download TRX-1 EZ Scan Software. Download the software that drives this scanner for free. Set up favorite lists, 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-1 Owner's Manual.

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the TRX-1 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by TRX-1 owners.

YouTube playlist for the TRX-1.

› This Facebook group of TRX owners is private but they are very good about accepting new members, usually within minutes. Good place to chat with folks that actually own the TRX.

Mark's Scanners compares digital scanners.

Programming

4 Part Whistler Programming Video Series

#1 How to download and install EZ Scan Software

#2 How to connect scanner to PC

#3 EZ Scan software overview

#4 How to program your area



Police Scanner Programming FAQ



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.

 

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 programming 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 as well as scanner & 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 (Mac’s 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.

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Customer Reviews (81)

.Review by Jerry Lee Englert
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Very pleased with Zip Scanners. (Posted on 7/17/2018)
.Review by Terry Fisher
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Absolutely good customer service (Posted on 6/30/2018)
.Review by Scott lowthorp
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Helpful, friendly staff with fast responses to questions. Fast shipping. (Posted on 6/5/2018)
.Review by John Maggioncalda
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Good customer service. Best price on the scanner, free shipping, no tax. If you want a scanner I can't think of a better place to get it. (Posted on 6/3/2018)
.Review by Doran Russell
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Very happy with this scanner. Definitely would recommend Zip Scanners to anyone that wants to buy a scanner. (Posted on 5/30/2018)
.Review by John Yentes
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Called these people and they real helpful and provide good service! (Posted on 5/30/2018)
ordered a whisterl trx-1 scanner and…Review by Dave Stevens
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ordered a whisterl trx-1 scanner and had the guys program my local counties for police,fire,ems shipping was super fast programming is perfect , they only added the things i wanted best products,best customer service,super fast shipping highly recommend ZIP Scanners (Posted on 5/15/2018)
.Review by Kevin Cholipski
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I purchased a TRX-1 scanner with programming. It shipped out and I received it in two days. It’s quite different from the ones I have and was excited to try it out, however something was wrong and did not work out of the box. I made a call and explained that what I was being told to look for on the scanner was not there. They mailed out a new card right away and as soon as it was installed the scanner was up and running perfectly. Thank you so much for the help and quick response. (Posted on 5/15/2018)
.Review by Billy Bob
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I ordered a battery charger and when arrived it was a different charger than what was pictured I contacted Zip Scanners and they got back to me in just a couple of days and explained what had happened and made it right.. The people at Zip Scanners are great to work with and they do put the customer first and I can assure you I will be ordering from them again (Posted on 5/4/2018)
.Review by Kevin Strege
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Timely and professional service. Saved me a great amount of grief programming my scanner. (Posted on 5/4/2018)
.Review by Judy David
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.. (Posted on 5/4/2018)
.Review by Jake Longanbach
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Great customer service and helped me confirm my needs for a scanner. If you are in Michigan and need a great scanner. the Whistler WRX-1 Is a great option as most counties are on or are switching to digital radios. The only shortcoming I've found with the scanner is the battery life. if you have a lot of trunking tower sites it drains your batter fast, even with Lithium Ion batteries. But as far as Zip Scanners service, it's great!!! they will even take the hassle of programming and do it for you if you don't have a lot of experience. (Posted on 5/4/2018)
.Review by David LaCava
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Good job! Police scanners are very complex devices. Be ready for a challenge. ;) (Posted on 5/4/2018)
.Review by Frank Baker
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.Review by Vicky
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Absolutely love this scanner! We have been so impressed by the clarity of the conversation. Plus, no background noise! (Posted on 5/4/2018)
!Review by William
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Works great, good shipment. (Posted on 4/27/2018)
TRX-1 and Zip Scanners ReviewReview by Saunookweather
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Great scanner !! The folks at Zip Scanners were Great !! Got my new scanner fast and in perfect condition. It was very easy to program and works Great !! Will buy from Zip Scanners again in the future. (Posted on 4/24/2018)
Great scanner even though I've only had it for 3 days!Review by Chris R.
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This scanner is a great radio. I've only had it 3 days and it works great. Some "minor" bugs would be that the case is a bear to get off and on. I watched the video and did what it showed and almost hurt my hand/fingers. It's tighter than tight! I like to leave it on even with the batteries in it and power it on them mostly. I'll plug it in sometimes to run and to charge. The case makes it easy to hang on to and makes it look "Tactical". I also need to learn how to program the 5 Aviation frequencies that our in our area. "AZO" is our Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport. Not too busy but interesting. May do an update at a later date. (Posted on 3/30/2018)
goodReview by drumron
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I enjoy this scanner. and its easy to used too.I like better then the uniden i had before.Its worth the money. (Posted on 3/27/2018)
You have to be carefully taught...Review by wlipman
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This is my first foray into the world of scanners. Although I'm primarily using it for monitoring railroad communications, I'm glad that I chose the TRX-1, because the police in a county two over from mine (I have reason to visit there, frequently) are all trunked, unbeknownst to me when I purchased the scanner.

Initially, I had a bit of trouble programming the scanner the way I wanted it to be...but a little bit of help from Jessie at Zipscanners, and being exhorted to view the programming videos carefully, I succeeded not only in programming my scanner in the way and order of groups that I wanted, but have since gone in to download data updates.

Indeed, it was Whistler's commitment to free updates, as well as the TRX-1's ability to handle NXDN that tipped the scales in their favor.

Thank you, Jessie, and thank you, Zipscanners.com, for enabling a thoroughly ignorant newby to make an intelligent purchase, as well as enabling me to program to my heart's content! (Posted on 3/27/2018)

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