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Whistler WS1080 Digital Handheld EZ Police Scanner
Whistler WS1080 Digital Handheld EZ Scanner

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Discontinued replaced by - Whistler WS1088 Digital Handheld EZ Police Scanner.
List Price: $499.95
Our Price: $379.95
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Product Code: 55-501879

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The Whistler WS1080 is a handheld multi-system adaptive Digital tracking trunking scanner with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II capabilities. All USA/Canada frequencies are pre-programmed onto the included SD card making it ready to use out of the box. This model features an easy to use navigation with a multifunction keypad and includes a PC program for easy customization. It also includes a USB cable and PC software. It also has Virtual Scanner mode that can store 200 various scanner configurations. The WS1080 permits recording by scannable object and saves into a Windows compatible file. The clock and calendar function adds date/time info to the recordings and has the ability to power the scanner on at a specific time. The dedicated Skywarn/Weather button allows quick access to frequencies used by storm spotter networks and NOAA weather reports. Additionally, this model features Whistler’s Spectrum Sweeper and a programmable audio and visual alert system.

200 Scanlists
  • The WS1080 provides the unprecedented ability to group your stored objects using up to 200 Scanlists plus a special Skywarn scanlist. Objects can be mapped to as many Scanlists as desired, giving you complete flexibility for grouping objects and selecting groups in any combination for scanning.
Audible Alarms
  • Programmable audible alarms can be configured to sound when certain Scannable Objects are active. Can be used in conjunction with, or separately from, the Alert LED described above.
Audio Recording
  • Record received audio from selected objects and searches to the Micro SD card. Replay recorded audio using powerful built-in playback system or transfer to PC for playback and archiving. Record up to 50 hours of audio on the 2 GB microSD
Built-In Clock/Calendar
  • Date and time stamp recorded audio files, and “alarm clock” function allows you to program the scanner to wake up and start scanning at a specific time each day.
Built-In Discriminator Output
  • A built-in Discriminator Output provides raw discriminator signal to third party signal decoding software without risky hardware modifications.
Built-in Service Searches
  • Predefined service search ranges make it easy to find activity in your area.
Easy to Understand User Interface
  • A simplified keypad and display with familiar Scan, Pause, Skip and Navigation controls make it easy for you to use your WS1080. Behind the scenes, Whistler’s exclusive Object Oriented database runs the show, with support for millions of stored objects, limited only by MicroSD card capacity.
Expanded V-Scanner II Storage System
  • With the expanded V-Scanner II (VS-II) storage system, you can use the WS1080 PC Application to save up to 200 V-Scanner configurations on the MicroSD Card, which can be recalled at any time in the field using the radio’s keypad.
Full USB Interface
  • Industry standard Composite Device USB interface with USB Mass Storage Device (MSD) and Serial Data (CDC) support. Access the MicroSD card without removing it from the radio, stream decoded Control Channel data and upgrade your radio’s firmware over USB. Mini USB cable included.
Improved P25 Functionality
  • The WS1080 detects and masks digital voice audio, and decodes RadioID/TalkgroupID data embedded in voice packets.
MicroSD Card
  • Uses an industry standard MicroSD card to store the RadioReference data library and all of your programming - capacity for millions of stored objects! Supports cards up to 32 GB
Multi-System Trunking
  • Scans most common trunked radio system signaling formats, including Motorola, EDACS, LTR and P25 trunked radio networks. Both talkgroup and individual call monitoring are supported.
Powerful Spectrum Sweeper
  • Quickly sweeps the WS1080’s frequency ranges for transmissions from nearby sources. When a nearby transmission is found, the WS1080 automatically tunes to that frequency and receives the traffic. Lock out found frequencies and continue searching the same band.
Powerful WS1080 PC Application Software Included
  • Customize existing programming or add new objects to scan, and keep your WS1080 firmware and Library data up to date.
Programmable Backlight and Alert LED Flash Patterns
  • The backlight can be programmed to flash with custom flash patterns when certain objects are active, providing another way alerting the operator when important radio traffic is present.
SAME and All Hazards Weather Alerting
  • displays the weather event and sounds an alert for a specific county or counties of your choice.
Scan Sets
  • Scan Sets expand the functionality of Scanlists by allowing you to define different combinations of enabled Scanlists as Scan Sets, then you can select one or more Scan Sets for scanning using a simple menu system. With Scanlists and Scan Sets you have unlimited possibilities for grouping, enabling and disabling objects for scanning.
Signal Strength Meter
  • Shows relative strength of received signals. Slim, compact case design with textured exterior finish and large speaker - Designed for durability, one-handed operation and ease of use.
Skywarn Storm Spotter Functionality
  • provides instant access to frequencies used by storm spotter networks. Monitor storm conditions as they occur, and become aware of dangerous conditions before the media or emergency management officials are able to announce them to the general public.
The Complete RadioReference USA and Canada Database On MicroSD Card
  • The entire USA and Canada databases from www.radioreference.com are stored on a standard MicroSD Card that is included with the WS1080, giving you access to the most comprehensive radio data available without connecting the WS1080 to a computer or the Internet! Free downloads of updated database, CPU and DSP firmware.
Upgradeable CPU Firmware, DSP Firmware and Library
  • Keep your radio’s CPU and DSP firmware and RadioReference library current with enhancements and updates as they become available with free upgrades!
Whislter’s Exclusive Alert LED
  • Programmable tri-color LED displays thousands of colors that can be used to indicate different types of activity or activity on special channels. Program color sequences with multiple colors for special alerts, even emulate the red/blue strobe of police vehicles.


Miscellaneous Features
Min Operating Temperature: 14 Fahrenheit
Max Operating Temperature: 140 Fahrenheit
Supported Languages: English


PC interface (1)
1/8" headphone (1)
Antenna (1)

Power Features
Power Device: "AA" batteries

Battery Features
Battery Type: Product
Chemistry: Alkaline
Rechargeable: Yes

Radio System Features
Channel Scan: Yes
Includes SAME Alerts: Yes
Weather Alert: Yes

Display Features
Type: Backlit
Display Illumination Color: Orange

Antenna Features
Antenna Type: Rubber

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 3.5 of 5 3.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
3 of 5 Whistler WS1080 August 5, 2017
Reviewer: unicationisbetter from Chicago IL  
Smooth digital sound, not ducky sounding. Does better on analog VHF/UHF than it does with P25 Simulcast systems. You may get lucky where you live, but a  base 700/800mhz YAGI antenna is needed to get a digital trunked system. Mobile use is difficult, the volume of the scanner is very low on analog. Digital is better but you still need an amplified speaker.

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Better than good! March 5, 2015
Reviewer: Jeremy Irwin from Houston, TX United States  
Had mine now for a few months and I love it.  Battery life is great, programming is a breeze and it looks great too!

I bought mine on Amazon though because its almost $100 cheaper there.  Here is where I got mine http://amzn.to/18UVT1r brand new including shipping.

I have always shopped on Scanner Master and the support here is beyond great but the prices lately are way off.

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  1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
2 of 5 Whistler WS 1080 January 23, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Camden, TN United States  
First off, the speaker is not loud enough on the WS 1080.  On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being poor the WS 1080 is at best a 5 on the P25 systems.  The P25 Phase II might be a 2 at best.  Sorry, but my $100 Bearcat is a better scanner even though it doesn't receive P25. Very disappointed especially with how much it cost.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 WS1080 Scanner December 30, 2014
Reviewer: Murray Wood from Santa Rosa, CA United States  
Good clear sound. Light weight. Low battery use to date. Complicated to program. Still trying to figure it out. Find the instruction manual difficult to understand and incomplete.

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
2 of 5 Suffers from multipath problems on P25 simulcast October 29, 2014
Reviewer: Ben Saladino from Bedford, TX United States  
I was a Uniden customer for a long time, but since their scanners suffer from problems decoding simulcast P25 sites, I thought I'd give Whister a shot. Unfortunately, the Whistler, like the Uniden 396XTs, 996XTs, BCD436HP, and BCD536HP all suffer from poor performance on these systems because they don't use the proper hardware and design to work well. Otherwise, the scanner is OK.

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