Part of my EDC suite is my Radio Shack Pro-83 Scanner. Its frequency coverage is from 25.0000mhz to 956.0000 mhz so it more than covers everything I need in my area (police/fire/emer. mgt./HAM, etc) to keep me on top of any emergency. It's an excellent middle-of-the-road priced scanner and one thing about it set it apart from the other scanners I looked at. It's very compact and lightweight! It comes with a belt-clip and carrying it around is a breeze. It also has a couple of other features to recommend it. One is a fast two-button touch and you get live National Weather Service broadcasts no matter where you are. This is because you don't have to program any NWS freqs into it as this little scanner will instantaneously locate and lock onto the nearest NWS broadcast frequency. Another plus to the Pro-83 is its "Signal Stalker" feature. Simply pick the frequency range you want (VHF-Hi, UHF-Lo, T-band, whatever) and the Signal Stalker will go hunting for active signals and notify you when its found one. You can even continue your normal everyday scanning while Signal Stalker does its own thing. There are plenty of scanners out there of both better and lesser quality than the Pro-83. But if you want a solid, good-capability scanner that's still compact enough for very-comfortable EDC, I recommend the Radio Shack Pro-83. I've seen them priced on eBay at widely varied prices. I've seen everything from $25 for a used one up to $100 for a new one in the box I've no doubt you could easily land a used one in excellent condition for around $50.