Hi all. Just got an HP-1 and love it so far. Noticed a big improvement in reception over my older RS PRO-92. Not much Digital usage here in central Iowa yet so can't report on how well it works. Anybody else around have any "good" finds using the HP-1? :)
Congratulations on the HP purchase. I'm in neighboring Wisconsin,
and up here in the Fox Valley (Neenah-Menasha), we don't have much
digital either. I've been really happy with the unit. Got it
for Xmas present last year with funds from my deceased father-in-laws
estate. I named the HP after him "BOB". I really like the feature
that you can attach the GPS to the unit, and it changes all the
frequencies by itself as you drive. Gotta get a long trip to really
test it good, but I've ranged about 100 miles from home, and the
system works flawlessly. Most of the time, the unit sits on my
sidetable in the LR and is attached to a triband verticle dipole that
I built into a 1" PCV pipe. The system works very well.
I've been in radio since the 1960's (built crystal sets when I was a
kid in 1960-65. Then I got on CB, and finally in 1974, got my ham
ticket. Been WB9OJD since 74. I can honestly say I've had every
kind of scanner since the first ones were invented in mid 60's...starting
with Regency 8 channel crystal units, then the first Sonar radio corp.
10 channel units, and then on... HOWEVER, I got to say the HP is the
best scanner I've had! Although I'm a "hardcore" scanner user (I've
programmed 1000 ch. units with all the bells and whistles,) I like the
HP that programs itself! You on ham radio? DUKE WB9OJD
Been a Ham since the 80's and my call is wd0cwt.
I've has some form of scanner since the 60's. First tunable, then crystal controlled then optical and on and on.
I got a Garmin GPS 18x and all the caballing. Hooked it up and it worked perfectly. I also need to take a trip to test it out but that will wait until I absolutely have to go some place. I love the things I can do with the HP-1.
Good luck with it. I agree on the HP...best thing
since sliced bread! I still haven't explored all
the information that this thing does or has.
I read over this blog, and find something out new
each day almost. I still haven't programmed any
"favorites" yet, but I think I like to pick up one
of the 3rd party software programs to augment the
unit. Haven't decided which one yet. Probably one
that allows you to add in your own channels and
save them. That's the only feature I can see missing
here, since they depend on the Radio Ref DB for
everything. Most of the time, that's enough, but
it would be nice to be able to enter other freqs if
I get the urge. DUKE, WB9OJD