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Whistler WS1025 Scanner

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Details

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The WS1025 by Whistler is an updated version of the popular GRE PSR 200. Whistler acquired GRE in 2013 and the WS1025 is one of the first four GRE police scanners Whistler released.

The GRE PSR 200 was a popular home/base analog scanner with positive reviews and, with the WS1025 being almost identical, the WS1025 continues that trend. The WS1025 is Whistler's answer to Uniden's desktop analog scanners the BC345CRS.

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Specifics & Compare

Analog Police Scanner Radio Comparison

Model Number

BC365CRSBC355NWS1025BC75XLTBC125ATWS1010

Manufacturer

UnidenUnidenWhistlerUnidenUnidenWhistler

Scanner Type

Base/MobileBase/MobileBase/MobileHandheldHandheldHandheld
Reception

Monitor Digital Phase 2

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Monitor Digital Phase 1

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Monitor Trunking

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Monitor Analog

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Monitor Weather & NOAA

YesYesYesYesYesYes

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

NoNoNoNoNoNo

ProVoice EDACS

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 956 MHz29 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 512 MHz29 MHz - 512 MHz

AM/FM Reception

YesNoYesNoNoNo

Number of Channels

500300200300500200
Features

GPS Capable

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Alpha Tag

NoNoNoNoYesNo

NAC Decoding

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Fire Tone-Out

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Location Based Scanning

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Close Call/Stalker

NoNoNoNoYesNo

Record & Playback

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Lit Keypad

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Color Touchscreen

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Headset & External Speaker Compatible

YesYesYesYesYesYes
Programming

PC Programmable

YesYesYesYesYesYes

Mac Programmable

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Easy Programming

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Software Included

Not IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot Included

USA & Canada Database

NoNoNoNoNoNo
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Storage (GB)

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable

SD Card

NoNoNoNoNoNo

Range (mi.)*

303030303030

Battery Type

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableAAAAAA

Battery Life**

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable6 hours6 hours8 hours
Size (inches)8.9 x 3.5 x 8.79.2 x 2.7 x 8.36.9 x 8.2 x 2.41 x 5 x 34.3 x 2.2 x 7.31.6 x 2.4 x 5.7
Weight (oz.)40482414.51610

Warranty

1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
Launched201220112014201220122014
Key FeatureAM/FM RadioLow CostAM/FM RadioLow CostAlpha TagHandheld

Included

› Antenna (Telescopic & AM Loop)

› Antenna (Telescoping & Window Mount)

› AC Adapter

› Owners' Manual

FAQ

I need an analog police scanner, why should I buy the WS1025?

The WS1025 is a solid analog scanner and Whistler’s answer to Uniden’s BC345CRS. You can listen to AM/FM radio from this scanner.


Will the WS1025 go on sale anytime soon?
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 to $10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted. Also, we have a best price guarantee.

Buyers Say

› Does not come with software or frequencies pre-loaded.

Resources

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the WS1025 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by WS1025 owners.

› Download WS1025 Software here or here. Software is not included with this scanner & there is not a free version but you can buy this software, set up favorite lists, configure for your area & see if you're comfortable operating before buying your scanner. If you buy, you'll have everything set up & ready to go.

WS1025 Owner's Manual.

› There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the WS1025.

› Radio Reference has a wiki page for each scanner including the WS1025.

› eHam has user reviews of the WS1025.

› Our YouTube page has several professional and user created reviews of the WS1025.

› Northeast Railfans (a rail fan blog) has a WS1025 review with a rail focus.

› Know of any additional reviews? Let us know & we'll add the link.

Programming

Programming Includes

› Check & install any firmware updates (OS may have updates since production).

› Sync & update frequencies to ensure accuracy.

› Create favorites lists for as many States & Counties as ordered.

› Set clock & date.

› Program with 3rd party software.

› Use national frequency database for frequencies.

 

Programming Details

With 'One Touch Programming' our technician will program your scanner for your area; all you need to do is simply power your scanner on. Choose as many Counties as you'd like and our scanner technician will create favorites lists for police, fire and EMS in that County using frequencies from a national frequency database. When you choose a County we also program the State that County is in. For example, if you choose Cook County Illinois, we will program Illinois State police, fire & EMS in addition to Cook County police, fire & EMS. If your County is large and you want to listen to a specific City within that County, add this to the notes section. Note programming adds 2 to 3 days to shipping. 

 


 

Programming Overview

Programming is the #1 concern of potential police scanner radio buyers. Each scanners' programming is unique & we added how-to's on each scanner product page showing how to program that particular scanner (see above for this model). We recommend following the decision tree graphic below & watching programming videos to determine whether you should have your scanner professionally programmed. 95% of all scanner sales include programming either at purchase or after, when users get frustrated.

 

Can I Program On My Own?

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.

 

Programming Questions?

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Customer Reviews (3)

misleadingReview by junior
Review Rating
It states its a police scanner and it doesn't pick up p-25 frequencies...its misleading...I would like to exchange it for a digital model so I can get police frequencies
(Posted on 5/29/2018)
Whistler ws1025Review by bob
Review Rating
Just got it the other day. Not too bad. The only thing about this radio that really stinks is the sloppy squelch. VERY loose. Cannot squelch out noisy calls, even turn up all the way. Audio output a bit tinny, but usable. Waiting to hook up outside antenna as soon as I decide what I am going to get. Probably a discone. I listen primarily to aircraft and local fire/rescue. Another thing that bugs me about this radio is the ridiculous, and basically USELESS signal strength meter. No matter what level the signal is, it still reads full scale! Worthless. Radio is very easy to program and the backlit amber display is very pleasing. Build quality is what you would expect from a sub $100 scanner. Cheap plastic case, but solid. Buttons nice and firm with good tactile feel. And VERY fast scanning speed. To sum it up, the scanner is nice but the sloppy loose squelch makes in somewhat annoying to listen to because you can't squelch out weaker noisy signals all the way. It might be possible to replace the squelch potentiometer with a better made tighter one. (Posted on 12/31/2017)
Not badReview by Gerry
Review Rating
If you want an easy use scanner that is low price this one is it. No bells and whistles, no screaming alerts, no AM radio, but it does have FM.
Just an easy-to-program, pleasure-to-use scanner. 10 banks, with each bank holding 20 channels. It
comes pre-set with 153 channels, which are easily deleted if you don't want/need them.
The Whistler 1025 is very similar to the Radio Shack Pro-405 Desktop Scanner, but
with far superior reception. If you are looking for superior range you have to spend the money though. Good for the price. (Posted on 8/2/2016)

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