Uniden held an event at their headquarters in Fort Worth, TX this weekend where they unveiled a revolutionary new easy-to-use radio scanner called HomePatrol. For new scanner users, programming the correct police, fire, medical, and other interesting frequencies can be daunting. The HomePatrol scanner only requires that you enter your city or zip code, and the scanner automatically programs all of the frequencies from the RadioReference database. Connect your GPS to the HomePatrol scanner, and it can automatically pickup nearby radio frequencies in the area (including digital signals).
Last year I purchased the Uniden BCD396XT, and have really enjoyed it. Whenever I travel to a new location and I want to monitor, I have to spend at least an hour or so programming my scanner. This task is made much easier using a program such as FreeSCAN for Windows. However, with the HomePatrol scanner, listening in unfamiliar locations will make radio monitoring a more enjoyable and accessible hobby for more people. As long as the price point is right, this could really change the scanner radio market. Exact price and release date have yet to be announced.