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Whistler WS1040 Scanner Radio

Only handheld phase 1 digital scanner

We do not program this scanner

SKU: WS1040
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The WS1040 is an updated version of the popular GRE PSR500 which was rebranded when Whistler acquired GRE in 2013. The WS1040 is the only handheld phase 1 digital police scanner radio left on the market. As all communication in the U.S. is moving (most has already moved) to digital phase 2, we highly, recommend buying a phase 2 scanner.

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Specifics & Compare

Digital Phase 1 / Trunked Police Scanner Radio Comparison

Model Number




Scanner Type


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


Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz29 MHz - 1.3 GHz29 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Reception


Number of Channels


GPS Capable


Alpha Tag


NAC Decoding


Fire Tone-Out


Location Based Scanning


Close Call/Stalker


Record & Playback


Lit Keypad


Color Touchscreen


Headset & External Speaker Compatible


PC Programmable


Mac Programmable


Easy Programming


Software Included

Not IncludedNot IncludedNot Included

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

Not ApplicableDynamic memoryDynamic memory

SD Card


Range (mi.)*


Battery Type

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableAA

Battery Life**

Not ApplicableNot Applicable8 hours
Size (inches)10.4 x 3.4 x 8.25.3 x 7.3 x 2.21.6 x 2.6 x 5.7
Weight (oz.)4541.625


1 year1 year1 year
Key FeatureOnly trunking scannerBase/MobileHandheld


› Antenna (Rubber Duck)

› Belt Clip
› AC Adapter
› PC/IF Cable

› Battery Holder

› User Guide

› Quick Start Guide

› 4 AA batteries are NOT included


I need a phase 1 digital scanner, why should I buy the WS1040?

The WS1040 is the only Whistler phase 1 handheld digital scanner so if you're not a fan of Uniden (the other scanner manufacturer) then this is the scanner for you.

Will the WS1040 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.

What’s the difference between the WS1040 and the old GRE PSR 500 ?
Not much. Whistler bought GRE in 2013 and relaunched all the existing GRE scanners under new model numbers. So the PSR 500 turned into the WS1040.


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.


Buyers Say

› 4 AA batteries are not included.
› WS1040 is not GPS capable.

› The WS1040 is basically the old GRE 500, so when looking for videos and reviews, this will help in your search.


› Mark's Scanners is an excellent website which has a very detailed digital owner's guides for all police scanner radios including the WS1040. We highly recommend this page to all WS1040 owners (and potential owners). It is loaded with how-to's, screenshots, and more.

› Download WS1040 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 favorites 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.

WS1040 Owner's Manual. This is the official WS1040 owner's manual, but we highly recommend Mark's Scanners WS1040 guide over this.

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the WS1040 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by WS1040 owners.

› There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the WS1040.

› View our customers' reviews of the WS1040 which is under the 'Reviews' tab above.

› eHam is a great source for unfiltered user reviews of the WS1040. While not as in-depth as professional reviews, you can get a good general idea of what users think about the WS1040.

› Our WS1040 YouTube playlist contains several reviews of the WS1040 from users.

› Radio Reference has several pages dedicated to the WS1040 with several reviews from WS1040 owners.


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 scanner's 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 (9)

1040 whistlerReview by Theo
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I have a new zip scanners Whistler 1040 but need to be progamming. I just order this scanners two weeks ago. (Posted on 12/6/2017)
IMD problems and S meter stops working Review by Ronsky
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Hi Had this scanner for 3 months and it started having serious intermod problems (hearing more that one frequency on a programed channel, distortion howls and squeals. ALso when programming with butel Ar500 pro and uploaded a change in frequency the S meter stops working the fix was to do a global reset and the S meter comes back, I just sent the scanner in for repair under warrenty lets see what comes back (Posted on 4/27/2017)
Great scanner for Phase 1Review by Myles
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Being a scanner hobbyist for over 40 years and having many many scanners over the years this 1040 is a well designed scanner (previous GRE design) other than the Whistler company buying GRE its the same just rebadged.

just sold my Uniden HP-2 the 1040 is much more sensitive plus you can add frequencies both trunking and conventional. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
5Whistler WS 1040 digital scannerReview by Jim
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The Whistler WS 1040 digital scanner is of very good quality, and is simple to manually program. It is a bit overwhelming at first with all of the menu items it has. I had thoughts of returning it at first but I am glad I didn't. It is very easy to program frequencies into. It comes with the computer programming cable, the ac adapter, and a battery case for rechargeable batteries. You can also use alkaline AA batteries in it. The user manual has a lot of information in it and is 74 pages. The audio is very good. I am very glad I bought the scanner. I have to give it 5 stars based on the quality, looks, audio, and price.
(Posted on 9/1/2015)
Ease of program,well packaged,new in box ,pro106 cloneReview by Hank
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This scanner is a twin to the radio shack pro106.. GER sold the intellectual property to whistler who now makes this scanner it is awesome !! Easy to clone from scanner to scanner and whistler offers a trade in program for old scanners .i purchased this to replace my pro106 wich has a receiver malfunction.... Came new in the box and well packaged ,as stated above it was easy to clone with 1/8" mini at the PC interface. If you have a problem with this you haven't read your manual. Purchased another pro106 as well and was able to clone to it (pro106) from the WS1040!!!!!
(Posted on 9/1/2015)
Excellent scanner!Review by Gus
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Excellent scanner!
Whistler processed the GRE PSR-500/Radio Shack PRO-106 into a fine tuned device. I know a little about scanners I purchased my first one in 1976. This unit has all the right stuff for my area, the P-25 is very clear with excellent audio same for the local analog trunking. The sensitivity is the best that I have ever owned or listened too. Support also amazing, Called Whistler with a technical question about the settings went from the call taking to the manager who put their engineer on the phone all within five minutes resolved all my questions I'm impressed. Great Stuff! Also comes with a ac adapter and a computer cable printed manual and two battery holders.

Update April 2015 I have had this turned on since purchase still works very well no problems and the sound quality is top notch! I've used it in the car and found no need for car antenna works great with stock antenna. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
What I expectedReview by Doug
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great product. I found it easy to program even with out PC. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
five startsReview by Brett
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It's exactly what I wanted (Posted on 9/1/2015)
GREAT GIFTReview by Kara
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