The HP-1 with GPS is exactly how traveling should be with a scanner! After getting about 3/4 of the way to my destination I suddenly realized how much communications I had missed in all my previous trips down here, it was amazing! With the HP-1 loading and unloading systems as I drove. One thing surprised me though, not sure if it was supposed to do it or not, but just about the time I went from Eastern to Central Time Zone the HP-1 reloaded everything. The time on the unit didn\'t change so I wonder if it had something to do with the GPS. Anyway I got to where I was going at 2:30am and was still picking up stuff from all around. Once here I popped the zip code in and all the surrounding counties are now being scanned. I did notice that TN THP seemed to pop up a bit early in the scan list. I was just on the South side of Glasgow, KY, not sure how far the state line is from there but it seems like it is more than 35 miles.
Can\'t wait for the trip back North. I think I\'ll take a different route, going up towards Lexington and Cincinnati just to get something different and see how the HP-1 does there.
I am impressed. Uniden does it again! This is way more than I expected. Well
Re:New user first impression
I\'ve had my HP-1 for about 3 weeks now and absolutely love it! I\'m an experienced scanning buff and ham radio operator. I got my first scanner back in 1982, a 4-channel crystal-controlled radio from Regency. My current monitoring post consists of that Regency (still looks and operates like brand-new!), 2 BC-780\'s, 2 BC-895\'s, 1 BC-890, and 5 various makes of hand-held scanner. I have a BCT-15 in my truck. I also have ham radio gear in my shack consisting of an Icom IC-746 Pro HF transceiver and several Kenwood and Yaesu VHF/UHF rigs. Obviously I have no problem programming radios, though I must admit I do use software to program all of these radios.
Anyway, I love the HP-1. It was so easy to set up and use right out of the box. I live just outside of NYC and even limiting the scan range provided far too many frequencies to easily listen to so I just went ahead and made several of my own scan lists. It couldn\'t have been any easier, just click on the desired agencies and channels and that was it. Not having to enter the correct channel spacing, FM-mode selection, CTCSS/DCS codes, or any of the other, sometimes tedious, entries that need to be made when manually (or via software) programming a traditional scanner make using this radio a complete joy. Due to having family located all across the US means I travel quite frequently. The HP-1 is small enough to travel in my luggage and since it covers all known radio systems means I don\'t have to disassemble my listening post in order to take one, or more, of my other radios with me. I don\'t like traveling with my hand-held scanners since they don\'t offer the same performance and features as my base/mobile scanners do.
The audio is great at home. I\'ve never used the HP-1 as a mobile radio yet but I would think it might need an external speaker, probably amplified, in order to be heard in a vehicle. The display is very well laid out and easy to read, regardless of the room lighting. The menus are very easy to follow as well. I haven\'t been able to use the GPS features yet as my GPS is an older unit and I can\'t connect it to outboard devices.
About the only gripe I can find is that I\'d like to be able to edit the RR.com alpha tags. From what I\'ve been reading that will be an upgradable feature coming along in the near future. Other than that I love this radio.
I\'ll stop rambling now but I will close by saying that I think the HP-1 is a great way to introduce new people to the hobby of scanning. I also think it\'s a great radio for those of us who are radio-experienced as well. It\'s so nice to open the box of a new radio and, after just a few keystrokes, being able to sit back and just listen.
Uniden has a real winner with this radio :cheer: