Hey Race Fans! If you have ever been to a auto race or are considering attending you must take three things along: a scanner, noise reducing headphones, and sunscreen -- although many would argue that a cold beverage in a 12oz can is more important than all three. A scanner allows you to hear the conversations between a driver and his team, race officials, and audio from the radio & television broadcasts. This is totally changes the experience.
The Radio Shack Pro-74 scanner is a basic manually programmable scanner. There a couple of bells & whistles but not as fancy as many of the others that are on the market. With 100 channels, it has enough capacity to store the primary numbers for all of the race teams, the radio & TV broadcast feeds, race officials channels, and many of the secondary channels each team uses.
Pros: has enough capacity, allows user to program a car number (you hear conversation on a channel and the screen shows the number of the car talking), it also has priority channels.
Cons: Manually programmable with small buttons (get ready for 20-30 mins of prep time) and heavy.
The scanner also receives UHF/VHF/Air/800 MHz. So you can program it to listen to the police & fire, use it to listen to an emergency weather channel, or what it was designed for .... attending car races.