Whistler WS1080 Handheld Digital Trunking Scanner (Black)

A modern, well-rounded handheld police scanner, with a few innovative ideas and a weirdly shaped antenna. This is the Whistler WS 1080, but let’s see how it fares against our testing and online scrutiny. A digital, trunking option, this police scanner features compliance with Phase 1 and Phase 2 protocols, a multifunctional keypad, and most […]

Last updateJune 19, 2018
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Whistler WS1080 Handheld Digital Trunking Scanner (Black)

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A modern, well-rounded handheld police scanner, with a few innovative ideas and a weirdly shaped antenna. This is the Whistler WS 1080, but let’s see how it fares against our testing and online scrutiny.

A digital, trunking option, this police scanner features compliance with Phase 1 and Phase 2 protocols, a multifunctional keypad, and most interestingly: a recording function. Press a button and your receiver will start recording both what you say, and what’s being said on the line. End the recording and your scanner will have a Windows - compatible file ready to upload to your PC.

The biggest plus of this device is the fact the digital and trunking builds are very well made, ensuring a large coverage, as well as satisfactory sound quality over the long distance.

Other than that, we were happy that it’s compliant with Phase 1 and Phase 2, and we have to give a shout out to the recording capability.

As a detriment, we should talk about its software.

The thing is complex, with a huge multitude of features, submenus and possible uses, and in turn, the User Interface is sometimes much too complicated and hard to use for the regular folk.

This problem was something our focus group complained about, with 20% of them saying they were unable to do what they wanted on the scanner. Regardless of that, the experts seem to love this device, because the radio amateurs we’ve consulted vehemently supported it, while our opinion itself was somewhere in between.

Features:

  • Digital & Trunked.
  • Compliance with Phase 1 and Phase 2.
  • Multifunctional keypad.
  • Recording function.
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