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Whistler TRX-2 Police Scanner

2018's top selling & highest rated base/mobile scanner


NXDN capable


Removable faceplate

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This is the highest rated and best selling base/mobile scanner of 2018.

In the market for a base/mobile scanner? Read the top line again.


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

The TRX-2 accounts for 90% 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.


We don't have a higher recommendation—it's just the best base/mobile scanner out there.

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Specifics & Compare

Base & Mobile Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner Comparison

Model Number

885HomePatrol-2BCD536HPBCD996P2TRX-200TRX-2

Manufacturer

UnidenUnidenUnidenUnidenWhistlerWhistler

Scanner Type

Base & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & Mobile
Reception

Monitor Digital Phase 2

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Digital Phase 1

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Trunking

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Analog

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Weather & NOAA

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

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

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

ProVoice EDACS

NoNoYesNoTBDNo

NXDN

NoNoNoNoTBDYes

DMR

NoNoWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes

Frequency Range

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

AM/FM Reception

NoNoNoNoTBDNo

Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000TBDVirtually Unlimited
Features

GPS Capable

YesYesYesYesTBDNo

Alpha Tag

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

NAC Decoding

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Fire Tone-Out

NoNoNoYesTBDNo

Location Based Scanning

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Close Call/Stalker

NoNoYesNoTBDYes

Record & Playback

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Lit Keypad

YesNot ApplicableYesYesTBDYes

Color Touchscreen

Not ApplicableYesNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Headset & External Speaker Compatible

YesYesYesYesTBDYes
Programming

PC Programmable

NoYesYesYesTBDYes

Mac Programmable

NoNoNoNoTBDNo

Easy Programming

YesYesYesNoTBDYes

Software Included

NoSentinelSentinelNoTBDEZ Scan

USA & Canada Database

YesYesYesNoTBDYes
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Storage (GB)

4 GB4 GB4 GBDynamicTBD4 GB

SD Card

YesYesYesNoTBDYes

Range (mi.)*

30303030TBD30

Battery Type

Not ApplicableAANot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Battery Life**

Not Applicable8 hoursNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable
Size (inches)TBD6 x 3.25 x 1.257.25 x 2.25 x 6.55.75 x 10.75 x 3.75TBD1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.)TBD329696TBD33.5

Warranty

1 year1 year1 year1 yearTBD1 year
LaunchedSummer 2017Fall 2014Fall 2013Spring 2015TBDSummer 2016
Key FeatureScanner & CB ComboColor TouchscreenWiFi & Siren AppNo Software IncludedTBDNXDN & Removable Face

Included

› Scanner

› Antenna

› AC Adapter

› DC Cable

› 4GB Micro SD Card

› LAN Cable

› Brackets

› Hardware

› User Manual

› Quick Start Guide

FAQ

How is the Whistler TRX-2 different than the other phase 2 base and mobile scanners?
The unique feature about the TRX-2 is it's NXDN capability. The TRX 1 & 2 are the only scanners on the market capable of monitoring this version of digital phase 2. The removable faceplate is also popular.


I need a phase 2 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. Also, we have a best price guarantee.


What’s the difference between the TRX-2 and the WS1098?
There a several small technical updates, but the big difference is NXDN capability.


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

Buyers Say

› Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.
› LAN capable.
› Not GPS capable.

Resources

Download TRX-2 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-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 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.

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 (39)

Uk LcReview by Kelle
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Kelle (Posted on 11/1/2018)
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Arnoldo (Posted on 10/25/2018)
Joshua JonesReview by Joshua Jones
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I couldn’t be happier with the product or service I received off zip scanners, extremely fast postage and amazing attention to detail. Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/6/2018)
.Review by Tim Smero
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hooked me right up (Posted on 8/26/2018)
.Review by Alan Butler
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Got my TRX-2 quickly after ordering. If you are a novice, definitely purchase programming. As soon ss you unbox it, and plug it in, you are scanning. Great product!! (Posted on 8/17/2018)
Eddy BradenReview by Eddy Braden
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Eddy Braden (Posted on 7/22/2018)
.Review by GEORGE TOWSTUK
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Great Product, increased my channel reception on connecting to my hand held scanner. (Posted on 7/17/2018)
PReview by Lara
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works great for Dad (Posted on 6/22/2018)
8Review by Claire
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8 (Posted on 5/20/2018)
Great experience with Zip from start to finish.Review by Ron
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A first time purchase with this company. Very prompt and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them without hesitation and plan to order again with them in the future. The TRX-2 appears to be a great radio as is the Uniden 536 hp. I have used both but find the Whistler a little more intuitive once you become familiar or reacquaint yourself with object oriented scanning. Again, not to knock the Uniden which I’ve used for quite a long time. I also find the Whistler display much brighter and easier to read which is a significant plus for me, particularly when mobile. Thanks to Zip for a good experience. Well satisfied with your service. (Posted on 5/15/2018)
JayReview by Jay
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Came in 4 days set up for roseville the way I wanted. Called a few times and Jessie was able to show me how to change a few setting. GREAT support as it's always same person who was really helpful. (Posted on 4/27/2018)
TRX-2Review by Moshe
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Good1 (Posted on 4/26/2018)
Great experience with Zip from start to finish.Review by Ron
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A first time purchase with this company. Very prompt and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them without hesitation and plan to order again with them in the future. The TRX-2 appears to be a great radio as is the Uniden 536 hp. I have used both but find the Whistler a little more intuitive once you become familiar or reacquaint yourself with object oriented scanning. Again, not to knock the Uniden which I’ve used for quite a long time. I also find the Whistler display much brighter and easier to read which is a significant plus for me, particularly when mobile.

Thanks to Zip for a good experience. Well satisfied with your service. (Posted on 3/1/2018)
Got my scanner and works perfectlyReview by victor h
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Got my scanner and works perfectly! Got a great advice and very attentive customer service! Thanks Zip! (Posted on 1/16/2018)
goodReview by Kerry
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Got for Christmas adn works great so far, no complaints (Posted on 1/2/2018)
Great service talked me through the …Review by James Champagne
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Great service talked me through the whole process and provided me with the best information to make the right choice. Highly recommend. They deliver on what they promise!! (Posted on 12/15/2017)
Good jobReview by John
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I love it. Great support! (Posted on 12/7/2017)
Great scanner sales company with great prices.Review by happy customer
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Great scanner sales company with great prices. (Posted on 11/15/2017)
Positive experience andReview by Wayne M
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prompt service. I ordered my scanner online and received it in less than a week. The folks at zip scanner programmed it for me and all I had to do was turn it on. I was good to go. I would order from them again should the need arise. (Posted on 11/15/2017)
.Review by Jeanie Turner
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The people were extremely helpful in helping pick a scanner. I love my TRX2. It worked right out of the box. Thanks Jesse for your patience. (Posted on 11/15/2017)

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