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Very simple to operate, you can be up and running in 3 minutes or less. No programming needed, just your zip code. Once your Zip Code is entered, HomePatrol will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
List Price: $499.95
Our Price: $429.95
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Stock Status: In Stock
Product Code: 10-501530


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What's So Amazing about HomePatrol?

It's hard to know where to start, but we'll try. First we should note that Uniden doesn't even call this product a scanner—it’s simply HomePatrol. One reason for this is that unlike so many police scanners, particularly those of recent vintage, HomePatrol is so easy to operate that anyone can use it. You don't have to know a thing about police radio scanners. All you need to do is enter your zip code (or a city name) and the device will autoload the frequencies, alpha tags, trunking systems and sub-audible tones for that area. HomePatrol includes the entire RadioReference.com U.S. and Canadian databases of radio systems. If you travel with HomePatrol, with a special GPS receiver (available from Scanner Master for $89.95 + $19.95 for the GPS accessory kit that provides the necessary cabling), the radio will automatically re-tune itself based on its location (so long as GPS coordinates for the various systems have been entered into the RadioReference databases, which in very many cases they are). This means no more programming!

HomePatrol also has a color touch screen, another first in the industry. What we particularly love about this radio is its capacity for hierarchical tuning. You can now tell the radio with just a few clicks: I want to monitor all the agencies in County X, or I want to monitor all the agencies in City Y within County X, or I want to monitor the fire department in City Y. You can go further and state that you only want to scan, for example, Police, EMS and utilities within any group of counties. This allows tremendous flexibility in monitoring, and with the beautiful full-color display it's a pleasure to use.



HomePatrol's new Extreme Software Upgrade

Uniden has now taken a ground-breaking new police scanner and brought it up to incredible new heights of functionality and fun. The Extreme Software Upgrade for the HomePatrol HP-1 radio is the ultimate toolkit for the communication professional and serious scanner hobbyist. This optional upgrade allows the radio to not only perform all the regular scanner functions but also to analyze trunking systems in great detail, find new talk groups and frequencies, enhance search functionality, perform direction-finding analysis and much more. Using Extreme is like owning a whole suite of custom radio research scanner apps -- the software is informative, exciting and entertaining. This is a powerful tool for both communications professionals and radio hobbyists. Even novices will enjoy the features as it will boost their understanding of radio systems, particularly trunked systems. Check out the details of the HomePatrol Extreme Software Upgrade option.

Note that HomePatrol owners can download and install their own Extreme Upgrade for $100 or Scanner Master can handle the installation when purchasing the radio new for $112.95.


HomePatrol Features:

• An absolutely astonishing receiver. We're hearing far more with this radio than we ever heard before!

• Mounting bracket included

• Rechargeable batteries included

• Simple database and firmware upgrade capability

• A true USB cable included

• Programming software included to customize what you scan

• Record/Replay capability built-in

• Create Favorites Lists

• Super-detailed channel descriptions

• Sentinel Software works with a PC only, not a Mac.

We want to describe the last bullet point in a little greater detail because it's so important and so useful. We're looking at a HomePatrol screen right now as we write this report. It's showing an active Boston Police channel.

Where on other scanners we typically are only able to see:
01-0003
CONV P1D
(Channel/Bank Number/Priority Condition)
au460.400000(Receive mode -default-; Frequency)
PATROLANDDISPATC
(A 16 character channel description)
DC:346

(Sub-audible tone status)







or on other scanners two lines X 16 characters of a channel description.

Yet on Home Patrol we see:
Suffolk

(County)
Boston Police

(Agency name)
Patrol and Dispatch

(Channel use)
District B-2/B-3

(Channel area)
Law Dispatch460.2250 HOLD (Channel Type, frequency, Hold condition)








Note that depending on the detail provided by the database administrators this will vary from one agency to another, but in many cases you'll see this kind of amazing channel detail. (Note that you do not see sub-audible tones.)

Where on other police scanners you do not have the text flexibility to easily identify the agency, HomePatrol never has that problem. Because it uses a full graphics display it's much easier to describe a channel clearly and as you wish. Because of the hierarchical structure of the data channel and bank locations have far less importance. We do note that other scanners have sub-audible tone display and a more distinct and easy-to-read signal strength meter. These are the reasons why many serious hobbyists and professional users consider radios such as the GRE PSR-600 and the Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT better radios for their purposes.



For serious scanner hobbyists and professionals we continue to recommend high-end models that give you the full capacity to program and tune as you wish. But even for this of group of users, HomePatrol is a fantastic choice when traveling when you don't have the time to pre-program a police radio scanner for your visit.

Specifications
Specifications for this unit are subject to change without notice by the manufacturer.

Accessories Included:
  • Flex Antenna
  • AC Power Adapter
  • DC Power Cable
  • Desk Stand
  • USB Cable
  • 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

For a list of all accessories specifically for this scanner only, visit the HomePatrol Accessories page.


Scanner Master Blog
First Look at Uniden HomePatrol

HomePatrol Website
http://www.homepatrol.com/

HomePatrol Yahoo Group.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomePatrol/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomePatrol/links

HomePatrol on YouTube (videos made before product release)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-usqzuLnzI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr6igaf1UGU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmop5MFFkC4

HomePatrol Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual on PDF

HomePatrol Quick Reference Guide
Quick Reference Guide on PDF

HomePatrol Sentinel Software
Sentinel software for managing your HomePatrol on a PC

Set-up & Optimize Package Details
With Scanner Master's exclusive Set-up & Optimize Package we see to it that your HomePatrol is fully updated and ready to use for your area, perfect for your own use and especially perfect for a gift. First we optimize the internal database by updating the frequency library, which changes daily. We will also check and install any firmware updates to the HomePatrol before the radio ships. (The firmware is the operating system for the radio, which may have been updated or tweaked by the factory following its production in Asia.) Scanner Master will then build a Favorites List for the customer (based on the ship-to address of your order), or for the area in which this police scanner will be used if the customer specifies a different city and county (if the radio is given as a gift, for example).

(The benefit of this Favorites List work is that we ensure that the most important data to the user is readily accessible, as oftentimes if the database for the end user's area hasn't been completely prepared with what's known as "geo-tagging," then some or all of the local agencies will not activate for scanning. Scanner Master ensures that this will not be the case.)

Scanner Master will also pre-tune the radio by entering the end-user’s zip code. Finally we will give the radio's installed re-chargeable batteries a brief charge to ensure that the radio will be ready to use right out of the box. We also set the clock for the user's time zone.

The charge for this service is $39.95 if the scanner is purchased from Scanner Master and $49.95 for customers who have already purchased the scanner elsewhere. Note that this service will add approximately 2 to 3 business days for processing before the radio will be shipped.


ARC Patrol Software
HomePatrol comes with software, but the included software has some limitations.
With the optional ARC PATROL you expand the functionality of your HomePatrol HP-1:
• Add a frequency that is not in the built-in database
• Add a talkgroup that is not in the built-in database
• Add a trunk system that is not in the built-in database
• Add NASCAR and other race frequencies
• Change Alpha tags
• Change or add subtones
• Add Airband, CB, Marine, Railroad, FRS and GMRS frequencies
• Change the service type of frequencies and/or talkgroups
• Search a frequency range

GPS Accessory Kit

In order for the GPS receiver to connect to the radio you need three additional components: A special Uniden serial cable which includes the proper micro-serial connector to connect to the radio itself and a DB9. Additionally you need a gender-change adapter and a null modem adapter. This GPS accessory kit contains all three components which are then connected to the DB9 jack on the GPS receiver. The reason for this configuration is that the GPS receiver also connects to the Bearcat BCT15X and BCD996XT which requires a standard serial port connection. Note that due to limited production of the serial cable we may at times be out of stock of this kit. Please also note that your everday GPS unit will not work with HomePatrol. This radio requires the antenna for the GPS and must have its own power source. The SpectrumForce GPS receiver along with this accessory kit is exactly what is needed. This is a very specialized requirement.




AGENCY INFORMATION
Lets you see at a glance the Agency, Department, and Channel you are monitoring.
ON-SCREEN CONTROLS
Let you quickly access the features you'll use the most. Just tap the desired control to apply the feature or to bring up a function menu.
CONTEXT SIDE MENUS
Give you quick access to control HomePatrol-1's operation. From avoiding systems, channels, or departments you don't want to monitor to adding channels to Favorites Lists, we could not have made it any simpler.
QUICK HOLD
Just Tap on a System, Department, or Channel to hear only those comms. Tap again to return to normal monitoring
EASY-TO-NAVIGATE MENUS
Lets you quickly get to the options you want.

MULTIPLE SETUP OPTIONS
You can set your location using Zip Code, City, GPS or even have HomePatrol-1 automatically determine its location using a patent-pending search algorithm. For precise location, connect a GPS or manually enter your latitude and longitude coordinates.

HEAR WHAT YOU WANT
Hone HomePatrol-1's selection by picking just the types of agencies you want to hear. By default, HomePatrol-1 picks Fire, Ambulance, and Law dispatch channels, but you can explore to hear even more!




Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 54 Write a review.

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Plug and play ease September 17, 2014
Reviewer: steveintampa from Tampa, FL United States  
This thing, with the Home Town programming was a breeze to set up and use. Highly recommend for a first scanner.

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Works Great July 22, 2014
Reviewer: Jimmy Blue from NJ United States  
Works right out of the box in about 1 minute. Just punch in some ufo and off you go.

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HomePatrol July 16, 2014
Reviewer: John Dailey from Woodstock, GA United States  
Worked like a champ right out of the box!

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Thank you Uniden and Scanner Master. June 6, 2014
Reviewer: John Citron from Haverhill, MA United States  
The HP-1 is awesome. It worked out of the box as advertised.  This is the first new scanner I have purchased in over 15 years and I am surprised by the clarity and the range of this little unit.

I want to thank Craig  at Scanner Master for his concern regarding my area since my local police are now using an encrypted channel. I ordered the unit anyway, and I received the scanner days ahead of the shipping date.

I am absolutely pleased with the product and their service.


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Home Patrol June 3, 2014
Reviewer: John G. from Cypress, CA United States  
I found the Home patrol easy to set up and use.  I only use it now and then, and I don't have to relearn the manual every time I pick it up.  I like that I can change to a new location by putting in a city or zip code, so I use it while traveling.

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