It is so simple to start listening. Just enter the date and time along with your zip code and all the local scanner frequencies are populated and you are listening to the first responders. Like everything else these days it is much more capable than my abilities and I have just scratched the surface on its usability.
Read about the Uniden bCD536HP here
Here is a picture of mine in the shack:
|the scanner at work|
|antenna on back of deck up around 17 feet|
Since my HF vertical is down at the moment as Lynn and I attempt to landscape our backyard this is really the only working radio, save the Collins R388, I have in the shack at the moment.