The PX-888 comes in 3 versions with the only difference being the frequency range. Receiver sensitivity is very good with 0.2µV or better. The PX-888 can be used for both amateur and commercial applications. The programmable channel shift allows for easy communication with repeaters and makes mariphone use possible.
I have the VHF version, which has a frequency range from 136 to 174 MHz. I ordered it from an Asian online store and got it in the mail about 10 days later. Total cost was about 60 euros.
Sensitivity of these rigs is known to be good and I can only confirm this. It is at least as good, and maybe even better as my Uniden UBC3500XLT scanner, which cost 3 times as much.
I ordered a PC cable (RS-232) with my PX-888 and the package comes with a CD with drivers for all current portable devices. I installed the software on my Windows 7 computer and all works perfectly. Usability of the software is not great, but it does the job well enough. I've programmed my local repeaters and some mariphone channels. With 1750Hz tone and DCS you should be able to use just about every repeater currently in use. I live about 50km from my 2m repeater, and I'm able to push it open most of the time. In the garden I do have to find a spot without too much trees in the way. I can live with that.
One more thing, to activate alpha tags, hold down the MENU key while switching on the unit. That should have been in the manual...
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