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Whistler TRX-2 Police Scanner

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

NXDN capable

Removable faceplate

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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.

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Specifics & Compare

Base & Mobile Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner Comparison

Model Number




Scanner Type

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

Monitor Digital Phase 2


Monitor Digital Phase 1


Monitor Trunking


Monitor Analog


Monitor Weather & NOAA


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


ProVoice EDACS

NoNoYesNoWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes


NoNoNoNoWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes


NoNoWith Paid UpgradeWith 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 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Reception


Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000Virtually UnlimitedTBDVirtually Unlimited

GPS Capable


Alpha Tag


NAC Decoding


Fire Tone-Out


Location Based Scanning


Close Call/Stalker


Record & Playback


Lit Keypad

YesNot ApplicableYesYesYesTBDYes

Color Touchscreen

Not ApplicableYesNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Headset & External Speaker Compatible


PC Programmable


Mac Programmable


Easy Programming


Software Included

NoSentinelSentinelNoSentinelTBDEZ Scan

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

4 GB4 GB4 GBDynamic8 GBTBD4 GB

SD Card


Range (mi.)*


Battery Type

Not ApplicableAANot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Battery Life**

Not Applicable8 hoursNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable
Size (inches)TBD6 x 3.25 x 1.257.25 x 2.25 x 6.55.75 x 10.75 x 3.757 x 5 x 3TBD1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.)TBD32969696TBD33.5


1 year1 year1 year1 year1 yearTBD1 year
LaunchedSummer 2017Fall 2014Fall 2013Spring 2015Winter 2019TBDSummer 2016
Key FeatureScanner & CB ComboColor TouchscreenWiFi & Siren AppNo Software IncludedEthernet connectivity for remote streaming & controlTBDNXDN & Removable Face


› Scanner

› Antenna

› AC Adapter

› DC Cable

› 4GB Micro SD Card

› LAN Cable

› Brackets

› Hardware

› User Manual

› Quick Start Guide


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.


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.


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 (40)

.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)
I spent about 25 minutes with a …Review by JD
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I spent about 25 minutes with a representative of this company going over my requirements for my new Whistler TRX2 scanner. I had specific requests for the programming and they happily accommodated me with no additional charges. The scanner arrived in just a few days and its worked well, right out of the box. I think that one of the local police dispatch channels is missing and when I have time, I'll call them and have them walk me through the steps to add this channel.

5 stars overall! (Posted on 11/6/2017)
Very good purchase experience with Zip ScannersReview by JC
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I thought the overall ordering experience went well. I placed the order in the evening, and they called to verify it the next day. It did take a little while to connect with them, but I think it is fair to say that this is a small company. They did offer a few additional accessories, as well as their programming service, but were not at all pushy when I declined. I was upgrading from an older Uniden scanner, so had already had an vehicle antenna and experience with programming. New scanner arrived in two days. Price was the best I could find in the internet. If you have never programmed a scanner before, you may want to take them up on their programming services. I switched from a Uniden to a Whistler TRX-2 scanner, which meant using a different programming software. There definitely was a learning curve with the new software as well as the scanner itself. If I had not already had experience programming scanners for trunked systems, there's no way I would have figured out how to get the new scanner up and running on my own. After a little trial and error, the new scanner is working great. (Posted on 11/6/2017)
Excellent experienceReview by William
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Excellent experience, from prepurchase discussions to turning the on the unit...I also recommend the preinstalled fq and one button option, I think that's what it's called...I had no previous experience with scanners, and they made it easy and trouble free. (Posted on 11/3/2017)
okReview by William J. Cruz
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replaced old pro. much better. great videos. good support. will recommend (Posted on 9/21/2017)
love itReview by charles
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let me tell you this scanner is to me better then the home patrol i have the home patrol in the house with a outside antenna and the trx2 in my truck and the trx2 out receives the home patrol by far (Posted on 6/10/2017)
Great scannerReview by Dave
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I'm not new to scanners, but this one was a little different, in fact I'm still trying to figure out all it's bells and whistles, I recommend this product to anyone that is a little more into the hobby of scanners, as this is about as advanced of a scanner as you can buy, I ordered this from zip scanners on a Tuesday and it was in my hands by Friday, now that's awesome service!! (Posted on 4/9/2017)
FantisticReview by David
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Bu far the best scanner I ever owned.I like it so much I an going to purchase the hand held version TRX-1 (Posted on 1/30/2017)
The Best out there!Review by Ferrell
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I bought the TRX-2 Scanner, it's way far.the best scanner, I've ever owned. Easy to operate and very easy to program. Updating from internet; ( couldn't be easier to understand and download new files to the TRX-2. Simple, fun and outstanding software....When I needed advice Zip Scanners is quick to help.
D (Posted on 1/30/2017)
Great ProductReview by Joel
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Does everything and more, 5 Bearcat and now a Whistler fan. (Posted on 1/18/2017)
trx-2Review by michael
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i find that this scanner fits my needs better than the uniden bcd536hp (Posted on 1/11/2017)
trx-2Review by michael
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i find that this scanner fits my needs better than the uniden bcd536hp (Posted on 1/11/2017)
My Dad loves itReview by Catherine
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Really cool devise. I got it for my dad who is no longer able to travel. Now he keeps track of the goings on in his community in a new way! (Posted on 1/10/2017)
.Review by Mike
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. (Posted on 1/3/2017)
Great unitReview by Sal
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Replaced the homepatrol one with this. Was not sure about moving from bearcat uniden but after reading everything on zip's site, watching videos and talking to them they talked me into it. Really can't recommend more as the ezscan is easy to use and the videos they have here were really helpful. (Posted on 12/15/2016)
Perfect giftReview by Ellen
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I got this scanner for my husband for his birthday, and he loves it!!! I bought the extra start-up programming, so that it worked right out of the box. Many thanks! (Posted on 11/23/2016)
replacementReview by Steve
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my area went digital and this repalces my old scanner. So far so good - lots of new features to try still. (Posted on 9/27/2016)
Top notch scannerReview by Roy
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Great scanner with exceptional clear sounding speaker. Easy set up, I watched a YouTube video and entered my zip code. Next thing I know this well built scanner is up and running. You get what you pay for with this one. No batteries to replace or charge every 8 hours. (Posted on 8/22/2016)
QualityReview by Jake
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Pretty nice scanner. I replaced this with my old 1065 and I got to say it is a nice improvement. Range and sound quality is amazing. I'll be keeping this scanner for a long while. (Posted on 8/10/2016)
Worth the waitReview by Rob
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Waited for this to replace my GRE and this is so much better than my old scanner. Very happy. (Posted on 7/5/2016)

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