For a while I've been wanting to get a handheld radio. It would be nice to have in case of emergiencies and travelling and such, and I want a handheld so I can take it where ever I want. But I admit that most likely I would rarely (never?) transmit on it. For me it would basically be a scanner. So how does a handheld, like the Yaesu vx-7r for example, compare to a regular scanner. Are there any negatives, like significantly slower scanning, or worse reception, or anything like that? I like them because they appear to have a much wider scanning range, and they really aren't that much more expensive than a good scanner, especially if I buy a used one. If I do buy one, I can and would get at least a technician class license. (In KY, having an amateur radio license is also the only way to legally have any kind of scanner in a car.) So overall, how do the they compare? Would it be terribly dumb to buy one knowing that it would mostly be a scanner?