So I bought the Uniden SDS100 hardware scanner, and I love it. But it cost $700, and then I added DMR decoding for $60, and NXDN decoding for $50. So I’m into this in a big way. The SDS100 is POWERFUL. It is not a toy by any stretch of the imagination. It comes with free control software called Sentinel (yeah the download is hard to find on that page). Sentinel is adequate for managing favorites and reading and writing to the scanner and it is all you NEED.
However I stumbled across this hunk of software called Proscan which looked interesting but it also costs $50. Where does the cost with this scanner end? Well, like most programs Proscan has a 30 day trial version so I gave it a shot. After playing with it for like an hour I knew it was worth the cost so I bought it. It does NOT disappoint.
Ok, I’m more and more impressed with my new SDS100 scanner and just learned that it has GPS capability (with an added external module). Heck I was impressed that you could just type in the zip code and pull in all the local services fit to scan.
And that’s all good unless you are MOVING because as you move on down the highway your zip code obviously changes. Also if you have a GPS module then you don’t even have to know what zip code you are in. Win, win.
Trouble is the “official” accessory for the SDS100 GPS module costs another $100 (with shipping) or so on top of the scanner which already costs about $700. In addition to that you need a $20 cable not included. Ouch! So…..$120 for GPS or roughly $40. You decide!
This module was designed by a poster at RadioReference.com named Hit_Factor who came up with a $42 DIY module.
This is what we are going to make. We need:
GPS Receiver – $35
Mini USB Connector – $7.50 for 10
A USB cable with a USB “A” connector on one end. You probably have one laying around somewhere. Doesn’t matter what is on the other end as you’ll chop it off anyway. It needs to be of sufficient wire gauge so it can carry current. Some cables have tiny, tiny 28 ga. wire. That won’t cut it.
I have a Uniden SDS100 scanner however the only software available for programming and firmware and database updates is Windows only. Sigh. I’m a Mac guy. Wineskin to the rescue. Download Wineskin and double click.