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Whistler WS1088 Digital Handheld EZ Police Scanner
Whistler WS1088 Digital Handheld EZ Scanner

Replaced by the TRX-1

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Product Code: 55-501911

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The Whislter WS1088 will feature a Full backlit alphanumeric keypad in addition to the familiar Scan, Pause, Select and Navigation controls. A raised homing bar on the #5 key, various button shapes, and different backlight features improve accessibility. The full keyboard allows you to easily create new and edit Trunked systems, Sites, and Talkgroups directly from the scanner without the use of a pc for when you are on the go. A PC program (EZ Scan) is provided for additional customization.

The Whistler WS1088 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 WS1088 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.

In the box
  • Digital Hand-held Scanner
  • Antenna
  • USB Cable
  • Micro SD Card
  • Swivel Belt Clip
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Unit Dimensions 5.31 in. H x 2.12 in. W x 1.06 in. L
  • Unit Weight .46 lbs.
200 Scanlists
  • The WS1088 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 WS1088. 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 WS1088 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 WS1088 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 WS1088’s frequency ranges for transmissions from nearby sources. When a nearby transmission is found, the WS1088 automatically tunes to that frequency and receives the traffic. Lock out found frequencies and continue searching the same band.
Powerful WS1088 PC Application Software Included
  • Customize existing programming or add new objects to scan, and keep your WS1088 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 WS1088, giving you access to the most comprehensive radio data available without connecting the WS1088 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: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Manual April 5, 2016
Reviewer: Edward Horwitz from Oakford, PA United States  
Scanner is excellent.
Manual leaves much to desired.
69 page manual.
Software installation doesn't appear until page 59.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 WS 1088 Good scanner, but.... February 15, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from California  
I am enjoying my new ws1088, it seems to work as well as my 1080 scanner.  I do have a few issues though.   I find that the instructions that come with the scanners do not tell you all the operating features of the scanner,  all the bells and whistles  I find that the scanner still has an issue with trunk systems that simulcast  also with my particular unit the WS 1088 I have found that the up down left right keypad is a little soft and  it requires you to push very firmly to get a response when I think it should be more light to the touch  I am also amazed that the 1088 and 1080 do not have a lock function on the keypad or pad  itself to prevent accidental  keypresses hopefully the manufacturer can solve this through a CPU update.    To sum up the product it's great for what it does and we are fortunate in the scanner world to have products that can monitor P 25 systems.   Keep up the good work

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Worth it! January 31, 2016
Reviewer: Jeffrey Picard from Germantown, WI United States  
As my local municipalities made the switch to digital systems I got left behind. I recently sold my older scanners and picked up the Whistler WS1088. I've had it now for several weeks and I think I have finally reached a verdict: I love it!  The learning curve is steep, but with a little bit of effort you can bend the scanner to your needs. I've got it set up so that my home county, and all the counties in which I drive through, are in separate scan lists.  It's an easy matter to switch lists as I travel. The rubber ducky antenna does a surprisingly good job at pulling in signals and the speaker is loud and clear. I do have a few "cons" that are worth mentioning: First, the faceplate is easy to scratch.  Second, battery charging is VERY slow. Third, while the EZscan software is nice, it is a bit glitchy and occasionally locks up on Windows 10. It has a few annoyances that could be made better, such as the ability to only import either trunked or conventional fequencies but NOT both.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Everything I was hoping for in a scanner! January 25, 2016
Reviewer: Brandon Collins from New Palestine, IN United States  
With my previous scanners also being made by whistler (just sold as the RS Pro-106 and Pro-197) I felt comfortable and sure I'd be getting a quality product, and I did. This scanner has brought the best of what I was used to with my 106/197 pair, and resolved the main issue I had with those old units, the multi site/simulcast/overload issue with large digital systems. The WS1088 trunks SOOOO much better on AP25, and has much more clarity/follows the voice transmission all the way through!

Can't say anything about Phase II, don't have a system around me to try it on yet.

All in all, great scanner, HIGHLY recommended!

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 WS1088 January 13, 2016
Reviewer: Earl from ,  
This unit works pretty well i have had no problems with it so far. I like having a full key pad and preloaded info. Its like having the best if both worlds.

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