I have a handy talky programmed with just the one channel for receiving the local police dispatch in Foxboro, Massachusetts (471.1375 MHz) on line power. The radio's audio output is connected to my dedicated house PC via line in and the radio is also connected to an external antenna. This PC is on 24/7 for other network purposes. Both are on an UPS. I am about 0.9 km from the repeater and have excellent reception. This is a small part of my lab/shack.