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BCD396T/UBCD396T Digital Scanner Manual

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Easier to Read (U)BCD396XT Digital Scanner Manual

Last Updated August 02, 2014

Contents  
Introduction Scanning 'Systems' with Search
Main Features   Viewing Tags or Frequencies/IDs
Scanning Terminology   Changing ID Scan/ID Search Mode
Understanding Dynamic Memory   Turning System Quick Keys On/Off
Understanding Quick Keys   Turning Group Quick Keys On/Off
Conventional Simplex and Repeater Systems   Holding...
Understanding CTCSS/DCS   Storing...
Understanding Trunking   Lockout...
Understanding IDs   Attenuation
Turning on the Scanner/Setting the Squelch/Volume   View Repeater Frequency
Navigating the Menu   Viewing Active IDs
Keypad and Knob Controls   Trunking Activity Indicators
A Look at the Display   Changing Priority Modes
Auto Step Size Chart   Weather Alert Priority
**Settings Menu**   Changing Close Call Modes
  Set Backlight   P25 Display Mode
  Set AGC Settings Optimizing P25 Performance
  P25 Waiting Time Locking/Unlocking Systems/Searches
  Memory Used Locking/Unlocking Groups
  Firmware/Updates Locking/Unlocking Channels
  Locking/Unlocking the Keypad   Reviewing L/O IDs
  Viewing Battery Level **Search/Close Call Options Menu**
  Cloning   Broadcast Screen
  Scanner Reset **Search For... Menu**
Planning 'Systems'   Service Search
  Worksheets   Custom Search
Entering Text   Search and Store
**Program 'Systems' Menu** Searching
  Conventional Systems   Quick Search
  Motorola Systems   Storing a Displayed Frequency
  EDACS Systems   Reviewing Locked out Frequencies
  LTR Systems **Close Call Menu**
  Edit System Name   Close Call Only
  Motorola/LTR System Modulation   Close Call Autostore
  Trunked System Attenuation   Managing Close Call Hits
  Copying/Deleting Systems **Weather Operation Menu** (no UBCD396T)
  **Edit 'System' Options Menu**   Weather Scan
Creating 'Groups'   Program SAME
  **Edit Group Menu**   Weather Alert
Programming Freqs/IDs into 'Groups' **Tone-Out For... Menu**
  Quickly Storing a Frequency Related Links/Info
  Quickly Storing an ID Preprogrammed Systems
  Manually Programming Frequencies/IDs  
  **Edit Channel Options Menu**  
Priority/Priority Plus Scan  

Introduction Contents
Again, the manual is like trying to set a watch made in China. My biggest gripe is that it doesn't follow the menus of the radio. So, I have written this manual for myself so I can actually use the scanner and will share it with you.
 
I have tried to write my manual to follow the menu sequences as closely as possible so you can find things a little easier in the radio.
 
The scanner does have some cool new features: Scan and Search, Close Call with Close Call Do Not Disturb, Dynamic Memory, an adjustable 'Hold (scan) time' for each system and search band, Auto Store (actually an old feature brought back), signal strength bars, and a numeric battery meter. The (U)BCD396T can hold about 6000 tagged channels. You can store up to 400 different systems (if there is enough memory). The 'Automatic Channel Setup' allows you to enter a frequency without having to change a step size setting. The Fire Tone-Out sounds like something to try out. The 'Broadcast Screen' for Close Call is a plus if you live in a busy area. You can program alerts for selected channels, Close Call hits, and Tone-Outs with different alert sounds and adjustable volumes. I have also been able to enter partial IDs for Motorola (type I,IIi) and LTR systems, not just in EDACS systems. And, of course, computer upload/download/clone and control.

The '
Quick Keys' allow you to scan any combination of systems. There doesn't seem to be a limit to how many priority channels you can program (100 like the 396XT?). The sound quality is great for a 'mini' scanner. When 'tone search' is enabled for searching or for a channel, it will search for CTCSS and DCS tones, not just one or the other. The Close Call and Weather Alert Priority features will run in the background while scanning and/or searching. An AC adapter, computer cable, and batteries come with the scanners. The firmware is upgradeable for re-banding. One thing to remember is that IDs go into channels also (no more scan lists). There is also the (optional; expensive) BC-RH96 remote head for those of you that wish to hide your scanner in the trunk. 
 
Now the annoying stuff. Dynamic Memory has its drawbacks because you have to build everything first then program it. Press and hold for 2 seconds to turn the scanner on?? Press and hold Func then tap the scroll control to adjust the squelch?? Why the SMA antenna all of a sudden? No belt clip; a knob screwed to the back of the scanner to slide a cumbersome rotating clip. Alpha tagging is best left to the software. Scans multiple trunking systems relatively slow even with the hold time set to 0 (especially if you have a lot of IDs programmed). The channels and IDs aren't numbered so they can be hard to find if you have a lot of them in a group. The squelch tail is long giving a distinct 'chop' at the end of transmissions; not the nice clean 'click' of my Pro-97. There is no 'per channel' delay; you must set the delay for the whole system (all groups, all channels). The bottom lit display isn't as bright as my BC246T or Pro 97. The keypad is probably brighter.

There are better antennas out there to use than the one that comes with the scanner. The stock rubber duck isn't fabulous. RS has the Center-Loaded Telescoping Whip for $15 - better for VHF/UHF. The 800MHz Scanner Antenna  for $25 - 100% better for 700+ MHz. You may be able to find others on the web but RS is convenient so you can buy it and take it back in the same day if you don't like it. Read the reviews for each at the site.

An overview of the features can also be viewed at my
Trunking Radio Comparison Chart page.
 
It is also recommended that you download and install the latest firmware upgrade for the scanners if you don't have it. If you have a big database of channels to program you will definitely need the programming software.
 
For those of you who are new to trunking, dynamic memory, or haven't had a scanner in the last 10 years it is a good idea to read the respective sections on those topics. You really have to know how trunking works in order to program a trunking system. It won't do you any good to try to program a trunking system unless you know what the radio needs and is going to do with the data (control channel, IDs, LCN order, etc).
 
I will assume you know how to obtain the basic information from the original manual such as following safety procedures, putting the batteries in, connecting the antenna, finding specs, etc. and concentrate on the main functions of the scanner.
 
I hereby absolve myself from anything that happens to anyone or the scanner as a result of the information you will be reading. You are welcome to copy and/or print these pages and use them in the scanning hobby as long as you don't change, redistribute, or charge/accept money for them. I have tried the best I can to make sure everything is accurate here but if I missed a step or you see something that's obviously wrong, please email me.
 
Check back often as this document will be updated and revised from time to time.

Main Features Contents
Trunk Tracker IV Operation - follows unencrypted conversations on analog Motorola, Motorola Astro 25 (APCO 25), EDACS, EDACS SCAT, and LTR trunked radio systems, including systems in VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands. The scanner can scan both conventional and trunked systems at the same time.
Dynamically Allocated Channel Memory - organized into 'Systems', 'Groups' (within systems), and channels (within groups). Up to 400 systems, 20 groups per system, and 6,000 channels (200 max IDs per system).
Control Channel Only Scanning - allows you to enter just the control channels to trunktrack a Motorola system and the scanner will find the voice channels.
EDACS ESK Support - provides the ability to monitor analog talkgroups on those systems. (Requires firmware 3.00 or newer).
Trunking Activity Indicators - shows you trunking activity when you hold on a control channel.
Analog and Digital Audio AGC - helps automatically balance the volume level between different radio systems.
Preprogrammed Systems - your scanner is preprogrammed with systems with the 25 most populated counties in the US (and local systems for Australia and NZ for the UBCD396T).
Search with Scan Operation - lets you include selected service/custom search ranges during scan operation.
100 Quick Keys - you can assign the number keys to systems or groups to scan them. This makes it easy to listen to or quickly turn off those systems or groups you don't want to scan.
CTCSS and DCS Tone Decode - decodes and displays Continuous Tone Code Squelch System tones being transmitted and plays Digital Coded Squelch being received. Also, a tone code only receive option (per channel).
CTCSS/DCS Search - lets you search for CTCSS and DCS tones when it finds an active frequency in search and close call modes.
Close Call RF Capture Technology - lets you set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions. Close Call 'Do-not-Disturb' checks for Close Call activity in between channel reception so active channels are not interrupted.
Signal Strength Meter - shows the signal strength for the more powerful transmissions.
Battery Meter - shows the battery strength.
Fire Tone-Out Standby - lets you set the scanner to alert you if a two-tone sequential page is transmitted. You can set up to 10 settings (transmit frequency, tone frequencies) then select one for standby monitoring.
Frequency/ID Search and Store - the scanner can be set to automatically store all active frequencies from a service or limit search in a conventional system you select or automatically store all new talk group IDs into a trunked system you select.
Custom Alerts - you can program your scanner to alert you when, a channel is received, you receive a Close Call hit, a talkgroup ID is transmitted with an emergency alert, or you receive a Tone-Out hit. For each alert in the scanner, you can select from 9 different tone patterns and also set the alert volume level independently from the main volume level.
Priority/Priority Plus Scan - priority channels let you keep track of activity on your most important channels while monitoring other channels for transmissions and you can scan just the priority channels.
Repeater Reverse - tells the scanner to try to switch to the repeater if an input frequency is found.
Broadcast Screen - allows the scanner to ignore hits on known broadcast frequencies including pager frequencies in search and Close Call modes. You can also program up to 10 custom frequency ranges that the scanner will ignore.
Text Tagging - you can name each system, group, channel, talk group ID, custom search range, Tone-Out, and SAME group, using up to 16 characters per name.
SAME Weather Alert/Priority (not w/ UBCD396T) - (with programmable FIP codes) lets your scanner alert you when a SAME weather alert is transmitted on a NOAA weather channel. The scanner also displays the alert type.
Adjustable Hold (Scan) Time per System/Search - allows you to adjust the length of time spent scanning each system.
PC Control/Clone - you can transfer data to and from your scanner or another scanner and your personal computer, and control the scanner using a computer.
9-12 Service Searches (Both, BCD396T only, UBCD396T only) - frequencies are preset in separate Marine, Railroad, Air, CB radio, UHF CB Radio, Police, FM Broadcast, TV Broadcast, Racing, Public Safety, FRS/GMRS, News, Ham Radio, and Special (Itinerant) searches to make it easy to find specific transmissions.
10 Custom Searches - lets you program up to 10 custom search ranges.
Quick Search - lets you search from the currently-tuned frequency if you are searching a conventional system.
Automatic Channel Setup - allows you to program frequencies on any valid channel step without having to set a step setting.
Adjustable Channel/Frequency Step - allows you to set the step (5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz) for Quick search or Custom search or select auto mode.
Adjustable Scan/Search Delay - from 1 to 5 seconds or off (per system or search).
Attenuator - you can set the scanner's attenuator to reduce the input strength of strong signals by about 18 dB per channel, search band, close call band, or trunked system.
Data Skip - allows your scanner to skip unwanted (conventional) data transmissions and reduces birdies.
Duplicate Frequency Alert - alerts you if you try to enter a duplicate name or frequency already stored in the scanner.
Search Lockouts - you can lock out up to 200 frequencies in search or close call search.
Low Battery Alert - the scanner alerts you if the batteries need to be recharged or replaced.
Battery Saver - you can set the scanner so it reduces the amount of power it needs if there are no transmissions.
Key Lock - you can deactivate the scanner's keys to help prevent accidentally changing the scanner's programming.

Scanning Terminology Contents
Channel- a programmed frequency or talk group ID location.
Scanning- the process of stepping through conventional channels in groups, which are in programmed 'systems'.
ID Scan Mode- the process of monitoring trunked systems for programmed active talkgroup IDs in ID groups, in programmed 'systems'.
ID Search Mode- the process of monitoring trunked systems for all active talkgroup IDs in ID groups, in programmed 'systems'.
Searching- the process of searching for active frequencies in quick search, service, custom search, Close Call search, auto search and store, or close call auto store.
Function Mode- the mode the radio is in when it's waiting for another key press or scroll.
Hold Mode- used for monitoring a single channel, frequency, or Close Call Hit.
Menu Mode- used for programming frequencies, IDs, trunking frequencies/systems/groups/fleet maps, and other 'system' settings.
Tone-Out Mode- the mode the radio is in when it's monitoring paging tones.

Understanding Dynamic Memory Contents
The scanner's memory is organized in an architecture called Dynamic Allocated Channel memory. This type of memory is organized differently and more efficiently than the bank/channel architecture used by traditional scanners. Dynamic Allocated Design matches how radio systems actually work much more closely and make it easier to determine how much memory you have used and how much you have left. No memory space is wasted.

Since you can only program one trunking system per bank in a traditional scanner, and let's say you only have 10 banks, you can only store 10 trunking systems. Also, since some trunked systems might have hundreds of talk groups you wish to monitor, you might have to enter those systems into multiple banks in order to monitor all the ID's.
 
Instead of being organized into separate banks and channels, the scanner's memory is contained in a pool. You build the systems and groups then use as much memory as you need in the pool to store frequencies, talk group ID's, and alpha tags. With all previous scanners, you selected banks to scan that had channels stored in them. With this scanner, you select 'Systems' to scan that have channel 'Groups' stored within the 'Systems'. Conventional systems have frequency groups and trunking systems have ID groups. The trunking frequencies go into a 'system editor', not a system or a group.

You can store as many as 400 'Systems' and you can have as many as 20 groups per 'System' with up to 200 frequencies or IDs in each 'Group' (if you have enough memory). The (U)BCD396T will give you up to 6000 tagged channels.

Understanding Quick Keys
There are 100 'System Quick Keys' (0-99) and 10 and 'Group Quick Keys' (0-9).

'Quick Keys' are used to turn systems and channel groups on and off. This is not the same as locking out or unlocking systems/groups (which you can also do). They are just the number keys on the scanner but once assigned to systems/groups they become the 'Quick Key's. You can program one or more system/group to any quick key or, program one or more system/group with no quick key. Any system, Close Call system, group, or 'Quick Save' system/group not assigned to a
quick key (and/or not locked out) will be scanned.

My advice is to assign everything to quick keys so you don't have to remember what to turn off/on or what to unlock/lockout. There are no indicators in the display showing systems/groups with no quick key so you won't know if they are being scanned unless you see (or don't see) them scroll by in the display.

Conventional Simplex and Repeater Systems Contents
Simplex systems use a single frequency for both transmit and receive. Most radios using this type of operation are limited to line-of-sight operation. This type of radio is frequently used at construction job sites, and with inexpensive consumer radios such as GMRS/FRS radios. The range is typically 1-8 miles, depending upon the terrain and many other factors.
 
Repeater systems use two frequencies: one transmits from the radio to a central repeater; the other transmits from the repeater to other radios in the system. With a repeater based system, the repeater is located on top of a tall building or on a radio tower that provides great visibility to the area of operation. When a user transmits (on an input frequency), the signal is picked up by the repeater and retransmitted (on an output frequency). The user's radios always listen for activity on the output frequency and transmit on the input frequency. Since the repeater is located very high, there is a very large line of sight. Typical repeater systems provide coverage out to about a 25-mile radius from the repeater location.

Understanding CTCSS/DCS Contents
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) and Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) are two methods used to prevent interference by other radio communications. Your scanner can receive transmissions that use these codes (or more commonly referred to as tone codes).

CTCSS and DCS systems all use some form of coded squelch. Coded squelch techniques involve the transmission of a special 'code' signal along with the audio of a radio transmission. A receiver with coded squelch only activates when the received signal has the correct 'code'. This lets many users share a single frequency, and decreases interference caused by distant transmitters on the same channel. In all major metropolitan areas of the United States, every available radio channel is assigned to more than one user. Public safety radio systems on the same frequency are usually set up at a distance of 40 miles apart, or more. This means that you may hear transmissions from a distant system when your local system is not transmitting. By programming the CTCSS tone for a local channel the scanner will not stop on transmissions from the distant system. With few exceptions, such as the VHF Aircraft and Marine bands, almost every other VHF or UHF radio system uses some form of coded squelch. By far, CTCSS is the most popular mode among non-trunked systems.

For more information visit Radio Reference's respective pages on CTCSS and DCS.

Understanding Trunking Contents
Trunking systems let a large group of 2-way radio users (or even different groups of 2-way radio users) efficiently use a set of frequencies. Instead of selecting a specific frequency for a transmission, the user’s radio selects a programmed trunking bank in the system when that user presses their PTT (push to talk) button. The trunking system automatically transmits the call on the first available frequency, and also sends (on a different frequency called a Data or Control channel) a code that uniquely identifies that transmission as a talkgroup ID (or just ID.) So when you are trunktracking a system, you are listening to active IDs transmitting in the system (each using the first available frequency in the system.) Trunking systems in general allocate and use fewer frequencies among many different users.

Since the trunking system might send a call and its response on different frequencies, it is difficult to listen to trunked communications using a conventional scanner. These scanners let you monitor the control channel frequency so you can hear calls and responses for users and more easily "follow" conversations than with a conventional scanner.

This trunking scanner trunktracks the following types of systems:
  • Motorola Type I
  • Motorola Type II
  • Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
  • Motorola Type II Smartnet
  • Motorola Type II Smartzone
  • Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
  • Motorola Type II VOC
  • Project 25 Standard
  • EDACS Standard (Wide)
  • EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
  • EDACS Networked (Wide/Narrow)
  • EDACS SCAT
  • EDACS ESK
  • LTR Standard
When you program Motorola/P25 and EDACS system frequencies into the scanner, one frequency is the control (or data) channel, and the rest are voice frequencies shared by all the users. There may be 3 or 4 frequencies assigned as (primary or alternate) control channels but only one control channel will be active at a time. These scanners will allow you to program just Motorola/P25 control channels into the trunking system and the voice channels will automatically be found (but not programmed). EDACS systems need all the frequencies for the system programmed and in the correct LCN (Logical Channel Number) order.

The control channel is continually transmitted to the field units and has a sound similar to listening to a boat engine over the phone (in manual mode; you won't hear this when you are trunking the system.) This control channel is also a good check to see if you can trunktrack the system. If you can't hear a control channel when you step through the trunking frequencies (in manual mode), you either don't have all the frequencies or are too far away to receive the control channel and the system.
Motorola systems are limited to a maximum of 28 frequencies per system or site. Ericsson EDACS systems are limited to 25 frequencies per system or site. Motorola and EDACS systems can be either analog, digital, or mixed (digital and analog talkgroups). Mixed Motorola systems should be programmed as Motorola systems and not P25 digital systems. That way the talkgroup options will allow you to select if it is a digital or analog.

LTR systems work a little differently. LTR systems typically do not have a dedicated control channel.
This type of system encodes all trunking information as digital subaudible data that accompanies each transmission. The frequencies also have to be in LCN (Logical Channel Number) order or the correct 'slot' for the system to trunktrack properly. Each repeater has its own controller, and all of these controllers are synchronized together. Even though each controller monitors its own channel, one of the channel controllers is assigned to be a master that all controllers report to. Each of these controllers sends out a data burst approximately every 10 seconds so that the subscriber units know that the system is there. This data burst is not sent at the same time by all the channels, but happens randomly throughout all the system channels. If you listen to the frequencies of an LTR system in manual mode (not trunking), on every channel in the system you will hear this data burst that will sound like a short blip of static like someone keyed up and unkeyed a radio within about 500 msec. LTR systems are limited to 20 frequencies per system.

Trunkscanning is basically scanning IDs that are programmed into ID locations (same concept as frequencies into channels). You can then trunkscan just the programmed IDs. Trunktracking is searching for all IDs in a system (same concept as searching for frequencies in a band).

 
Radio Reference.com has an excellent page explaining the various types of trunking systems in more detail here.

Understanding IDs Contents
IDs are what you see instead of frequencies when you monitor a trunking system.
 
Motorola IDs come in two formats: Type I and Type II. Each format displays and uses talk group IDs in slightly different ways. Type I/II hybrid systems use both fleet-subfleet and 5-digit formats for talk group IDs.
 
Type I IDs are in the format FFF-SS where FFF is the fleet and SS is the sub-fleet. Type I systems are usually organized with different IDs assigned to different fleets. For example, a valid fleet/subfleet ID identifying all detectives within a police department might be 000-12, where 000 identifies all police IDs and 12 identifies the Detective division. To properly trunk a Type I system, you have to program the fleet map for the system.
Type II IDs are identified by a 5-digit number.
 
EDACS IDs come in two formats: AFS and Decimal.
 
AFS IDs are in the form AA-FFS where AA is the agency, FF is the fleet, and S is the sub-fleet. EDACS systems are organized with different IDs assigned to different fleets and agencies. For example, a valid agency/fleet/subfleet ID identifying all detectives within a police department in an agency might be 06-101, where 06 identifies the agency (Police), 10 identifies the Police division (East side), and 1 identifies the Detective division.
Decimal IDs are shown as a decimal number from 0 to 2047.
You can find a chart showing Decimal and AFS IDs here: Conversion Chart.
 
I-Call IDS (Motorola/EDACS only) are direct unit-to-unit transmissions that are not heard by other system users. I-call IDs are usually 6-digit IDs (ex: 700152).
 
LTR IDS are in the format A-HH-UUU where A is the area code (0 or 1), HH is the home repeater (01-20), and UUU is the user ID (000-254).

Turning on the Scanner/Setting the Squelch/Volume Contents
Note: this applies to a fresh scanner right out of the box or one that has been reset.

Press and hold for about 2 seconds to turn on the scanner. The scanner should start scanning one of the preprogrammed systems after the welcome screen disappears. If the screen is too dark, press to turn on the
backlight. Press Hold. Press the scroll control to display the volume level. Turn the scroll control (within 10 seconds) to adjust the volume. Press the scroll control again to close the volume level (or let it disappear after 10 seconds). Press and hold Func then press the scroll control to display the squelch level. Turn the scroll control counter-clockwise all the way then clockwise until the noise stops, then one notch more. Press the scroll control to close the squelch level.
 
Right away you may want to check these settings in the 'Settings' menu. Set Backlight, Adjust Key Beep, Adjust Contrast, and PC Control (if you plan to upload/download).
 
The only things you will be able to scan right out of the box are the preprogrammed systems in the scanner. You will also be able to do a service search, custom search, weather scan, search and store, close call search, or close call auto store.

Navigating the Menu  
The scanner's menu lets you select options that let you set up and use the scanner. To use the menu, press the Menu button on the left side of the scanner. To select a menu item, rotate the scroll control clockwise or counterclockwise. The currently-selected menu item is highlighted with a bar on the display. When the menu item you want to select is highlighted, press E/yes or the scroll control to select it. To back up a level, press Menu. To exit all menus press L/O or Scan.

Keypad and Knob Controls Contents
Each of the knobs and keys on these scanners produces several different results depending upon how you activate them. You can, for example, rotate the knobs as well as press them. Some keys provide one operation when briefly pressed while pressing and holding a key or knob gives a different result. Many controls and keys behave differently depending on the mode your radio is in when you use the key or control.
 
 

 

Key Function(s)
Scroll Control,
Sql, Vol
Press to select a menu item or save an entry in Menu Mode.
Press then turn to adjust volume level in Scan Mode.
Press to view battery info in Scan Mode.
Press to view trunking activity indicators for a trunked system in Scan Mode.
Turn to select scan/search direction and to continue scan/search in Scan/Search Modes.
Turn to select channel or frequency in Scan/Search Hold Modes.
Turn to scroll to a menu item in Menu Mode.
Turn to select Tone-Outs in Tone-Out Standby.
Turn to select characters when editing text.
Press and hold Func then Vol once to adjust squelch in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then Vol twice to view the APCO threshold display in Scan Mode.
Turn to adjust the digital decode threshold in Threshold Settings Mode.
Press and hold Func then Vol 3 times to view the AGC menu in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then turn Vol to select AGC settings in Scan Hold Mode.
Turn to adjust AGC settings in AGC Settings Mode.
Menu Press to enter Menu Mode.
Press to return to previous menu.
Press and hold Func then Menu to go to the 'Edit' menu for the current system in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to go to the 'Search for...' menu in Search Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to go to the 'Close Call' menu in Close Call Only Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to go to the 'WX Operation' menu in Any Weather Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to switch to Weather Alert in Weather Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to switch to Weather Scan in Weather Alert Mode.
Press and hold Func then Menu to go to the 'Tone-Out for...' menu in Tone-Out Standby.
Func Press and hold to enter Function Mode.
Hold/ Press to hold on a channel, frequency, search, Close Call hit, or Tone-Out search. Press again to resume.
Press to recall the last Close Call Hit in Close Call Only Mode.
Press and hold Func then Hold/ to toggle Close Call DND, Close Call Priority, or Close Call Off in Any Mode except Tone-Out.
Scan/Srch Press to start/continue/resume scanning in Scan Mode.
Press to toggle 'ID Search' or 'ID Scan' while scanning a trunked system in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then Scan/Srch to start/continue/resume searching in Search Mode.
Press and hold Func then Scan/Srch to start a 'quick search' at the current frequency while scanning a conventional system in Scan Mode.
L/O Press to lockout a channel in Scan Mode.
Press to lockout a frequency in Search Mode.
Press and hold to unlock (and enable) all groups and channels in a system in Scan Hold Mode.
Press and hold to unlock all frequencies of all search ranges/Close Call in Search Hold Mode.
Press and hold Func then L/O to lockout a system/search in Scan Hold Mode.
Press and hold Func then L/O to review and unlock search frequencies in Search/Close Call Only Modes.
Press to exit Menu Mode or return to the last mode.
/ Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to turn the scanner on or off.
Press to turn the display backlight on or off.
Press and hold Func then
to toggle the key lock on or off in Any Mode.
Number Keys Enter any frequency/ID then Hold to go directly to in Scan/Search Hold Modes.
Press 0-9 to toggle single-digit system quick keys on or off in Scan Mode.
Press 0-9 to toggle custom searches on or off in Search Mode.
Press <4 to move the cursor to the left when editing text.
Press 6> to move the cursor to the right when editing text.
Press and hold Func then 1(Pri) to toggle priority modes in Scan Hold Mode.
Press and hold Func then 2(Wx) to enter Weather Scan in Any Hold Mode.
Press and hold Func then 0-9 to toggle group quick keys on or off in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then 5 to
toggle between frequency/ID or text display in Scan Hold Mode.
Press and hold Func then 7 to scroll to a system/group/channel in Scan Hold Mode.
(.)no /rev Press to cancel an error or warning message.
Press before entering a 2-digit system quick key to turn on or off in Scan Mode.
Press to enter a decimal point for a frequency while programming.
Press twice to delete current character when editing text.
Press 3 times to delete all characters when editing text.
Press to enter a hyphen when entering an ID while programming.
Press to enter an 'i' when entering an 'I-Call' ID while programming.
Press and hold Func then press and hold (.)no
/rev to view the repeater frequency in Scan/Search/Close Call Only Hold Modes.
E/yes(att) Press to select a menu item or save a name in Menu Mode.
Press to enter the Menu Mode for a displayed channel in Scan Mode.
Press to enter the Menu Mode for the current Tone-Out in Tone-Out Standby.
Press to store an ID in 'ID Search' mode while scanning a trunked system in Scan Mode.
Press to 'quick store' a frequency in Search/Close Call Only/Weather Modes.
Press and hold Func then E/yes(att) to toggle the attenuator on/off for a conventional channel in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then E/yes(att) to toggle the attenuator on/off for a trunked system in Scan Mode.
Press and hold Func then E/yes(att) to toggle the attenuator on/off in Search/Close Call Only/Tone-Out/Weather Modes.

A Look at the Display Contents
 

The display has indicators that show the scanner's current operating status. The display information helps you understand how your scanner operates.
 
Top Line
appears when you press and hold Func to select Function mode in Any Mode.
DSKP appears when data skip is on in Scan/Search Modes.
HOLD appears in Hold Mode.
L/O appears if the system/group/channel/frequency/search is locked out in Hold Mode.
PRI appears in priority mode and blinks in priority plus mode in Scan Mode.
appears to show the signal strength of the Receiving channel or frequency.
appears if the keylock is on in Any Mode.
appears and blink (with a tone) if the battery is low in Any Mode.
shows the
battery level when you press Vol in Any Mode.
2nd Line
shows the name of the currently scanned system in Scan Mode.
shows the name of the currently searched custom/service search in Search Mode.
will
alternate the system name and channel group name for a system in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
will alternate the custom search name and system name for a trunking system for a 'C-Ch only Search' in Receiving or Search Hold Modes in text display mode.
will alternate the custom search name and 'SID' for a trunking system for a 'C-Ch only Search' in Receiving or Search Hold Modes in ID/frequency display mode.
3rd Line
will scroll 'SCAN' (for a conventional system), 'ID SCAN', or 'ID SEARCH' (for a trunked system) and show an up or down arrow to indicate the scan direction in Scan Mode.
will display the search frequency range/channels and an up or down arrow to show the scan direction in Search Mode.
shows the frequency or ID (or text tag if programmed) for a channel in
Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the search frequency (and the channel number for CB, Rail, and FRS/GMRS/MURS service searches) in
or Search Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the ID (with C-Ch only on) in Receiving or Search Hold Modes.
will scroll SEARCH in Close Call Only Mode.
4th Line
appears when receiving a conventional priority channel in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the acquired control channel frequency of a trunking system in Scan Mode.
shows the modulation and attenuation (if on) of a non-acquired trunked system in Scan Mode.
shows the voice channel of a trunked system
in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the receive modulation of the conventional channel
in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the receive modulation of the custom/service search
in Search Mode.
ATT appears if the channel/search is attenuated in Receiving or Hold Modes.
shows the tone code (if received) for a conventional frequency if programmed and blinks in CTCSS/DCS search mode
in Receiving or Hold Modes.
P25
appears if the channel is receiving digitalized voice in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
LNK
appears if the channel is receiving data in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
DAT
appears if the control channel is being received in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
ENC
appears if the channel is receiving encrypted voice in Scan Receive/Hold Modes.
shows the trunking activity indicators (when scanning a trunked system) for 10 seconds when Vol is pressed in Scan Mode.
5th Line
S0-9: shows the first digit of (systems assigned to) the currently scanned quick key on the left with the blinking second digit (1-0) on the right in Scan/Receive Modes.
S0-9: shows the first digit of the system quick key assigned to the displayed channel on the left with the second digit (1-0) on the right in Hold Mode.
  a non-blinking number on the right indicates the quick key is enabled waiting to be scanned.
a - (dash) means nothing is assign to the quick key.
an * (asterisk) means the quick key is turned off.
appears if the Close Call 'Priority' feature is on in Any Mode except Tone-Out.
appears if the Close Call 'Do-Not-Disturb' feature is on in Any Mode except Tone-Out.
SCR appears if one or more broadcast/custom screen bands is turned on in Search/Receive Modes.
REP appears if repeater reverse is turned on in Search/Receive Modes.
shows the volume level is ready to adjust if you press Vol.
shows the squelch is ready to adjust if you press and hold Func then Vol.
6th Line
GRP shows the group quick keys (1-0) for each system with (groups assigned to) the currently scanned quick key blinking in Scan/Receive Modes.
GRP shows the group quick key for the displayed channel in Hold Mode.
  a non-blinking number on the right indicates the quick key is enabled waiting to be scanned.
a - (dash) means nothing is assign to the quick key.
an * (asterisk) means the quick key is turned off.
WX appears if the weather alert priority feature is on in Any Mode except Tone-Out.

BCD396T Auto Step Sizes/Auto Modulation Contents
Frequency Range Step (kHz) Mode Band Frequency Range Step (kHz) Mode Band
25-29 5 AM CB/Business 174-216 50 WFM VHF TV
28-29.680 20 NFM 10 Meter Ham 216-225 20 NFM 1.25 Meter Ham
29.7-50 10 NFM VHF Low 225-400 25 AM UHF Air
50-54 20 NFM 6 Meter Ham 380-400 12.5 NFM Military Trunked
54-72 50 WFM VHF TV 400-420 12.5 NFM Federal Trunked
72-76 5 FM Astronomy 420-450 12.5 NFM 70 cm Ham
76-88 50 WFM VHF TV 450-470 12.5 NFM UHF Standard
88-108 100 WFM FM Broadcast 470-512 12.5 NFM UHF TV
108-137 25 AM Commercial Air 764-776 12.5 NFM PS Trunked
137-144 12.5 NFM Military Land Mobile 794-806 12.5 NFM PS Trunked
144-148 5 NFM 2 Meter Ham 806-824 12.5 NFM Public Service
148-150.7875 12.5 NFM Military Land Mobile 849-869 12.5 NFM PS Trunked
150.800-162 5 NFM VHF High 894-956 12.5 NFM UHF Hi, 33 cm Ham
162-174 12.5 NFM Federal 1240-1300 25 NFM UHF Hi, 25 cm Ham
  UCBD396T Auto Step Sizes/Auto Modulation  
Frequency Range Step (kHz) Mode Frequency Range Step (kHz) Mode
25-28 5 AM 174-225 100 WFM
28-70 10 FM 225-400 50 AM
70-88 12.5 FM 400-512 6.25 NFM
88-108 100 WFM 764-776 12.5 NFM
108-137 12.5 AM 794-806 12.5 NFM
137-148 5 FM 806-956 12.5 NFM
148-174 12.5 FM 1240-1300 12.5 NFM
 
When you select 'AUTO' for a channel or mode’s modulation or step, the above values are used. Although TV bands are listed, the scanner cannot decode digital TV audio.

Settings Menu  
To Edit Settings press Menu. Scroll to 'Settings' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the settings and options below (
in Blue) and press E/yes.
 
Set Backlight Adjust Contrast P25 Waiting Time Locking/Unlocking the Keypad
Adjust Key Beep PC Control See Scanner Info Viewing Battery Level
Set Battery Save P25 Adjust Mode (hidden)   % Memory Used Cloning
Set Audio AGC P25 Adjust Level (hidden)   Firmware Version and Serial Number Scanner Reset
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Set Backlight to use the backlight press . There are 5 different ways to use the backlight:
  Scroll to 'Set Backlight' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1 of the 5 settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
10 sec - The backlight stays on for 10 seconds after you press .
30 sec - The backlight stays on for 30 seconds after you press .
Squelch - The backlight turns on when the squelch opens then stays on for 5 seconds.
Keypress - The backlight turns on when any key is pressed then stays on for 10 seconds.
Infinite - The backlight turns on when you press then stays on until you press again.

Adjust Key Beep this setting turns the key beep on or off and adjusts the volume level.
  Scroll to 'Adjust Key Beep' and press E/yes.
At 'Set Level' scroll to '
Level 1-15 or Auto' (the scanner sets the alert beep to the master volume level) and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Battery Save this setting turns the battery saver on or off. The scanner turns off power for 1 second and turns it on for 300 ms when you monitor a channel/frequency that has no activity for more than a minute.
Note: No Icon will appear in the display to tell you if the battery save feature is on or off.
  Scroll to 'Set Battery Save' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Audio AGC (Requires firmware 3.00 or newer). This setting helps balance the audio level you hear as you listen to different radio sources so you can hear them at a similar volume.
Note: It is important that you correctly set the modulation type for the channel you are programming. If you program a channel as NFM that is transmitting in FM mode, the audio will sound too loud as compared to correctly programmed channels. Similarly, if you program a channel as FM that is transmitting in NFM mode, the audio will be too quiet as compared to correctly programmed channels. Incorrectly matching the modulation setting to the actual modulation used is the biggest reason for unbalanced audio between channels.
  To adjust the Analog AGC settings:
Scroll to 'Set Audio AGC' and press E/yes.
Turn the Analog AGC option On and turn the Digital AGC option Off.
Press Scan/Search to exit and start scanning.
  1. Press and hold Func then press the scroll control 3 times until the scanner displays the current ANALOG AGC RESPONSE TIME.
2.
Rotate the scroll control to change the setting.
3. Press and hold Func then turn the scroll control
to select another setting.
4. Return to step 2.
Press the scroll control to exit.
  ANALOG AGC RESPONSE TIME:
Range: -4 to +6 (0 is default)
This parameter determines how frequently the AGC factor updates. Decreasing this value makes AGC respond faster, but could result in "pumping." A higher value decreases the response time.
ANALOG AGC REFER GAIN:
Range: -5 to +5 (0 is default)
This parameter determines the reference level that AGC attempts to adjust the volume to. If digital/analog volume is not matched, adjust this parameter.
ANALOG AGC GAIN RANGE:
Range: 0 to 15 (6 is default)
This parameter controls the total dynamic range of the AGC adjustments. A larger value allows a wider variation in volume.
  To adjust the Digital AGC settings:
Scroll to 'Set Audio AGC' and press E/yes.
Turn the Digital AGC option On and turn the Analog AGC option Off.
Press Scan/Search to exit and start scanning.
  1. Press and hold Func then press the scroll control 3 times until the scanner displays the current DIGITAL AGC RESPONSE TIME.
2.
Rotate the scroll control to change the setting.
3. Press and hold Func then turn the scroll control
to select another setting.
4. Return to step 2.
Press the scroll control to exit.
  DIGITAL AGC RESPONSE TIME;
Range: -8 to +8 (0 is default)
This parameter determines how frequently the AGC factor updates. Decreasing this value makes AGC respond faster, but could result in "pumping." A higher value decreases the response time.
DIGITAL AGC REFER GAIN;
Range: -5 to +5 (0 is default)
This parameter determines the reference level that AGC attempts to adjust the volume to. If digital/analog volume is not matched, adjust this parameter.
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Adjust Contrast this setting controls the display's contrast (how light or dark it appears).
  Scroll to 'Adjust Contrast' and press E/yes.
At 'Contrast 1-15' scroll to the preferred contrast level and press E/yes to save and exit.

PC Control to connect your scanner to a personal computer, you must first set the scanner's baud rate (the rate at which data is transferred between the scanner and the computer, in bits per second [bps]). Try the fastest settings first. If you have trouble transferring data between your scanner and your computer, try setting the baud rate to a slower setting.
  Scroll to 'PC Control' and press E/yes.
Scroll to Off, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, or 115200 and press E/yes to save and exit.

 

P25 Adjust Mode this is a hidden setting accessible only by turning off the radio and pressing Hold when you turn the scanner back on. (For now, this is just a test setting and can be ignored). This mode sets the algorithm for P25 decode. Leave it at 3. Anything higher than 3 will just act like 3. Anything lower will have the reduced performance of previous firmware versions.
  Scroll to 'P25 Adjust Mode' and press E/yes.
Enter 1-15 and press E/yes to save and exit.

P25 Adjust Level this is a hidden setting accessible only by turning off the radio and pressing Hold when you turn the scanner back on. Sets the RSSI value below which the scanner will not attempt to make P25 fine tune adjustments. If the signal is too low, RX reliability is not high enough to make P25 adjustments correctly. The default value is 50.
  Scroll to 'P25 Adjust Level' and press E/yes.
Enter 1-200 and press E/yes to save and exit.

P25 Waiting Time (Requires firmware 3.00 or newer). This setting basically gives the scanner time to determine if channels on conventional and Motorola analog or mixed systems (not P25 only) have digital or analog transmissions. During this time, the scanner will evaluate the received signal and, if it detects P25 data, will open squelch immediately. If P25 is not detected before the delay expires, the scanner will open squelch at the end of this delay. This is to prevent "false decode" problems (digital noise at the beginning of transmissions). The default setting is 400 ms. This setting only affects conventional channels that have CTCSS or DCS set to 'Off' and  channels on Motorola (non P25) systems.
  Scroll to 'P25 Waiting Time' and press E/yes.
Set the Wait Time from 0 to 1000 mS and press E/yes to save and exit.

% Memory Used this setting lets you view the amount of memory left in the scanner.
  Scroll to 'See Scanner Info' and press E/yes.
Scroll to '% Memory Used' and press E/yes.
Press Menu twice to exit.
Contents
Firmware Version and Serial Number allows you to view the firmware version. It is recommended that you download and install the latest firmware upgrade for the scanner if you don't already have it. Uniden has a new Wiki where you will find all the information necessary to upgrade your firmware.
  Scroll to 'See Scanner Info' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Firmware Version' and press E/yes.
Press Menu twice to exit.

Locking/Unlocking the Keypad
  Hold on any channel. Press Func then to lock or unlock the keypad. The only keys/knobs that work are Func, Hold, and the scroll control for volume.

Viewing the Battery Level to view the battery level (in volts) press the scroll control and look at the small numbers in the upper right of the display. Press the scroll control again to close the volume level (or let it disappear after 10 seconds).

Wired Clone to clone (copy) data from one (same) scanner to another, you must first connect the scanners to each other using the included connection cables and a DB9 null modem adapter (not included, available at most computer stores). Plug the smaller end of each of the included connection cables into the Remote jack on the side of each scanner. Then connect the other end of the cables together using the null modem adapter.
Then set up both scanners:
  For each scanner, press Menu. Scroll to 'Xfer Information' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Wired Clone' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Master' and press E/yes for the source scanner.
Scroll to 'Slave' and press E/yes for the destination scanner.
When you are ready to clone the scanner, press Scan on the slave scanner first, then Scan on the master scanner. The master scanner checks the connection between the two scanners, then transfers its data to the slave scanner. When the transfer is complete, 'Complete' appears on both scanners. If the transfer did not work, 'Error' appears on the master scanner.
 
On-Air Clone To clone data from a PC to the scanner, you need a transceiver, a PC that has an audio input, and a cable to connect your PC’s sound card to the transceiver. Follow the directions supplied with the Uniden Advanced Scanner Director Software (available online at My Uniden) to construct a cable and use on-air cloning. When you are receiving the cloning broadcast and are ready to clone the scanner, select Start Cloning on the scanner. The scanner receives the data from the transmission. When the transfer is complete, Complete appears. If the transfer did not work, Error appears.

Scanner Reset to initialize the scanner's memory, turn off the scanner. Then press 2, 9, and Hold while turning it on (It helps if you can lay it flat).
  Important! This deletes all programmed data. You cannot restore the preprogrammed data that has been deleted.

Planning Conventional Systems and Groups Contents
Planning your systems will be very important even if you do have the software. Organizing your quick keys will be the hardest part of the planning. You can assign quick keys and copy and paste most of the freqs, alpha tags, and IDs easily into the software.

Most people can get everything they scan into the scanner. I like to scan by general interest so I set my system quick keys accordingly; 1-Public Safety systems, 1-Trunked PS systems, 2-Air, 2-Air Trunked systems, 3-Military, 3 Military Trunked systems, 4-Federal, etc. Then I will nest my groups (ex: Fire, Police, EMS) within the conventional systems, (Fire IDs, Police IDs, EMS ID within trunked systems) and give them all group quick keys.

So, you have to figure out which systems and groups to assign to your quick keys so you can scan them without a table of contents and with some sort of logic you can remember. Use the worksheets below to help you plan your systems and groups.

Alerts You can program your scanner to alert you when, a channel is received, you receive a Close Call hit, a talkgroup ID is transmitted with an emergency alert, or you receive a Tone-Out hit. For each alert in the scanner, you can select from 9 different tone patterns, and 15 volume settings.

Worksheets  
I have put together complete worksheets ready to print to help you plan your systems, Close Call, and Fire Tone-Out, etc. settings. Even if you don't fill them out, they are a good check list for programming.
Conventional Worksheet   Motorola P25 Worksheet   Motorola 800-900 Worksheet   Motorola VHF/UHF Worksheet   EDACS Worksheet   LTR Worksheet
BCD396T Settings Worksheet
UBCD396T Settings Worksheet

Entering Text Contents
To program text you must first program the system, group, channel, custom search, Tone-Out, or SAME group. There are links to refer you back here while you are programming.
 
To enter a letter, turn the scroll control until the character you want appears.
(character order clock-wise is upper-case, lower-case, numbers, then special characters).
To enter a decimal point, press (.)no.
To move the cursor to the right, press 6>.
To move the cursor to the left, press <4.
To clear a character or enter a space, press (.)no twice.
To clear all characters, press (.)no 3 times.
Press E/yes when finished to exit.
Press the 'Back' button in your browser to return to programming.

Programming Systems Contents
You have to create systems first, create groups in the systems, create channels in the groups, then program your frequencies or IDs into the channels. Or, you can Quickstore freqs or Quickstore IDs (only after you program the trunking system). Trunking IDs go into trunking system groups and conventional frequencies go into conventional system groups. You can only store one trunking system per 'system'. You can store up to 400 systems, up to 20 groups per system, and up to 200 channels or IDs per group. Note: Once a system has been created, the system type cannot be changed.

The (U)BCD396T will give you about 6000 tagged channels. Also, remember that conventional frequencies and IDs are considered as channels.

One suggestion; assign every group and every system to a quick key. You can assign as many systems you want to a system quick key and as many groups you want to a group quick key. That way you can just turn systems and groups on and off and not have to worry about locking them out. If you don't assign a system or group to a quick key, you have to lock it out if you don't want to scan it.

See also
Deciphering Trunked Systems at the Wiki.

Use the
worksheets to help you program your systems and groups.
   
To Create a New Conventional System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to 'New System' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Sys Type' scroll to 'Conventional' and press E/yes. At 'Confirm?' press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. See
Entering Text.
Then see
Editing System Options to customize the system. Then see Creating Groups. Then see Programming Frequencies/IDs to program frequencies.
   
To Program a New Motorola/P25 System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to 'New System' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Sys Type' scroll to 'MOT' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the type of Motorola system you want to program and press E/yes.
  Note for Motorola/P25 systems: If you are not sure if the system is Motorola or P25, look at the system voice in the RR database for your system. Those entries that say System Voice: Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface are not true Project 25 systems as they have one or more analog talkgroups. Program these systems as a Motorola system and let the scanner detect the digital. If the System Voice says System Voice: APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive then the system is a true Project 25 system and program it as a P25 system.
  Use '800MHz Standard' for 800 MHz systems that use the standard band plan.
Use '800MHz Custom' for rebanded 800 MHz systems that use a custom band plan.
Use '800MHz Splinter' for 800 MHz systems that use the splinter band plan
(analog 800Mhz  systems with frequencies between 866-869 MHz [or rebanded 851-854 MHz] ending with 0 instead of 5 e.g. 852.1250, not 852.1375).
Use 'P25' for a Motorola Astro APCO 25 system in any band.
  At 'Confirm?' press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. To name the system, see
Entering Text.
Scroll to 'Set Frequencies' and press E/yes.
At 'New Frequency' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Frequency' enter the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Edit Frequency' press Menu and scroll down to 'New Frequency', then press E/yes. Repeat to program the rest of the trunking frequencies. Press Scan to exit.
Then see
Editing System Options to customize the system. Then see Creating Groups. Then see Programming Frequencies/IDs to program IDs.
   
To Program a New EDACS System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to 'New System' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Sys Type' scroll to 'EDCS' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'WIDE', NARROW', or 'SCAT' and press E/yes. At 'Confirm?' press E/yes.
  Note: EDACS Wide is the same as EDACS Standard and use a 9600 baud control channel. EDACS Narrow-band systems use a 4800 baud control channel. See here at RR for a description of SCAT.
  At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. To name the system, see Entering Text.
Scroll to 'Set Frequencies' and press E/yes.
At 'New Frequency' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Frequency' enter the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Input LCN' enter the LCN number and press E/yes. See
Finding EDACS LCN Order.
At 'Edit Frequency' press Menu and scroll down to 'New Frequency', then press E/yes. Repeat to program the rest of the trunking frequencies. Press Scan to exit.
Then see
Editing System Options to customize the system. Then see Creating Groups. Then see Programming Frequencies/IDs to program IDs.
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To Program a New LTR System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to 'New System' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Sys Type' scroll to 'LT' and press E/yes. At 'Confirm?' press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. To name the system, see
Entering Text.
Scroll to 'Set Frequencies' and press E/yes.
At 'New Frequency' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Frequency' enter the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Input LCN' enter the LCN number and press E/yes. See
Finding LTR LCN Order.
At 'Edit Frequency' press Menu and scroll down to 'New Frequency', then press E/yes. Repeat to program the rest of the trunking frequencies. Press Scan to exit.
Then see
Editing System Options to customize the system. Then see Creating Groups. Then see Programming Frequencies/IDs to program IDs.
 
To Edit the System Name, press the Menu button. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to the system that you want to assign a name to and press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. See
Entering Text.
Press Scan to exit.
   
To Set the Modulation for a Motorola or LTR System, press the Menu button. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to the system you want to set the modulation in and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Set Modulation' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of three settings and press E/yes.
Auto- the scanner uses the default modulation for the frequency band.
FM- the scanner uses FM for the frequency band.
NFM- the scanner uses NFM for the frequency band.
Press Menu to exit.
 
To Set the Attenuator for a Trunked System: Attenuation can help reduce interference by about 18 dB. Turn on this setting if you are near strong signal sources. The default setting is off.
  While scanning the system, press the Func then E/yes(att).
Or
, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system you want to attenuate and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Set Attenuator' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes.
Press Menu to exit.
   
To Copy a System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to the system you want to copy and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Copy System' and press E/yes.
At 'New Sys Name?' enter a name for the new system. See
Entering Text.
Press Menu to exit.
Copying a system will copy all groups, channels, and settings including quick key assignments.
 
To Delete a System, press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
  At 'Select System' scroll to the system you want to delete and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Delete System' and press E/yes.
At 'Confirm Delete?' press E/yes.
Press Menu to exit.

Edit System Options Menu  
Once you have your Systems Created you can configure your System options.
To Edit System Options press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system that you want to edit and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Sys Option' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.
 
Set Quick Key Edit Band Plan (Motorola Custom/P25/VHF/UHF only) Set Emergency Alert (Motorola/EDACS only)
Set Lockout Edit Fleetmap (Motorola Type I/lli only) Set C-Ch Only (Motorola only)
Set Hold Time Set Status Bit (Motorola only) EDACS ID Format (no EDACS SCAT)
Set Delay Time Set End Code (Motorola only) Rvw ID:Srch L/O
Set Data Skip (Conventional only) Digital End Code (Motorola only) Clr All L/O IDs
Set ID Scan/Search Set I-Call (Motorola/EDACS only) Adjust P25 Level (Motorola/Conventional only)
Contents
Set Quick Key assigns a system to a quick key and will be scanned when the key is turned on. The default setting is no quick key.
  Scroll to 'Set Quick Key' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the quick key number (or . for no quick key) you want to assign to the system and press E/yes to save and exit.
  Note: Pressing the first number of a 2-digit quick key will get you closer, 1 for 10, 2 for 20, etc.

Set Lockout determines whether a system will be scanned or not even if the quick key for the system is turned on. The default setting is unlocked.
Note: You can also toggle system lockout by holding on the system in scan mode and pressing and holding Func then L/O.
  Scroll to 'Set Lockout' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Locked' or 'Unlocked' and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Hold Time sets (in seconds) the amount of time the scanner will scan the system before moving on to the next (unlocked) system. If you select 0 for trunking systems, the scanner stays on the system for at least 1 second. For conventional systems, all unlocked channels will be scanned at least once regardless of this setting. The scanner moves to the next system after the hold time expires, any current transmission ends, and the channel delay time expires. The default setting is 2 seconds for each system.
Tip: set your systems to 0.
  Scroll to 'Set Hold Time' and press E/yes.
Enter the hold time (0-255 seconds) you desire and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Delay Time for the system sets (in seconds) the amount of time the scanner stays on a channel after the transmission has ended before resuming scanning. This setting applies to all channels in the system. You cannot set the delay on a 'per channel' basis. The default setting is 2 seconds.
  Scroll to 'Set Delay Time' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the desired delay time (1-5 seconds or Off) and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Data Skip (Conventional only) with the setting set to on, when it receives a data signal, the scanner stops briefly on the channel, then immediately resumes scanning automatically. With the setting set to off, the scanner remains on the channel until the transmission stops. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Set Data Skip' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

ID Scan/Search sets whether the scanner scans the programmed ID groups (ID Scan) or searches for all IDs (ID Search) in a trunking system. The default setting is ID search.
Note
: You can also do this while scanning the system by pressing SCAN while scanning the trunked system.
  Scroll to 'ID Scan/Search' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'ID Scan' or 'ID Search' and press E/yes to save and exit.
Contents
Edit Band Plan (Motorola Custom/P25/VHF/UHF only) Band plans are required so the scanner can correctly determine the voice channel frequencies.
  For P25 Systems there are two types of P25 systems: Explicit mode and Implicit mode channel assignment. Explicit mode systems include all information needed to determine voice frequencies on the control channel. For Explicit mode systems, leave all entries blank. The system will automatically detect the band plan and fill in the entries. You must supply the system's band plan for Implicit systems for the scanner to correctly determine voice frequencies.
  Scroll to 'Edit Band Plan' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Plan' scroll to 'Band Plan 0-9/A-F' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Base Freq' enter the base frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Input Spacing' enter the step size and press E/yes.
Scroll to the next band plan and repeat for each band plan as needed.
Press 'Menu' to return.
  For Custom (rebanded) Motorola Systems (Requires firmware 3.00 or newer) allows you to create a custom band plan for rebanded systems. Custom band plans require that you enter both a lower and an upper base frequency value. The lower base frequency (or base) is always the base frequency as provided in the Radio Reference Database. Use this Excel spreadsheet to calculate the upper base frequency value: CustomBandPlanCalculator.xls. If you don't have Excel you can download and install a viewer here. If you don't have the lower base frequency value, the Trunked Radio Systems User’s Page has an explanation on how to find it. Look for 'Determining Base and Offset Frequencies for the BC245xlt' by John C.
  Scroll to 'Edit Band Plan' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Plan' scroll to 'Band Plan 1-6' and press E/yes.
At 'Set Base Freq' press E/yes.
At 'Input Lower' enter the lower base frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Input Upper' enter the upper base frequency and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Set Offset' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Offset' enter the offset and press E/yes.
At 'Select Polarity' scroll to  + or - and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Set Spacing' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the step size and press E/yes.
Press 'Menu' to return and repeat for each band plan as needed. Press 'Menu' to return.

For standard Motorola 800 MHz rebanded systems you need to set Band Plan 1 and Band Plan 2 as follows:

Band Plan Lower Base Freq Upper Base Freq Offset Polarity Spacing
1 851.025 854.000 440 + 25 kHz
2 851.0125 868.9875 0 + 25 kHz
 
  For VHF/UHF Motorola Systems allows you to set the base frequency, step size, and offset for the system. You can set up to 3 different band plans. A band plan is required so the scanner can correctly determine the voice channel frequency. I have found an explanation at the Trunked Radio Systems User’s Page  that describes how to find some of this information. Look for 'Determining Base and Offset Frequencies for the BC245xlt' by John C. Radio Reference.com also has an explanation.
  Scroll to 'Edit Band Plan' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Band Plan 1' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Base Freq' enter the base frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Select Step' scroll to the step size and press E/yes.
At 'Offset' enter the offset and press E/yes.
Repeat for each band plan. Press 'Menu' to return.

Edit Fleetmap (Motorola Type I/lli only) allows you to select a preprogrammed fleetmap or program a fleetmap for Motorola Type I systems. You must program a system fleet map in order for the scanner to properly track and display talk group ID's. If you don’t know which fleet map to use, you can try a method I found at Radio Reference.com. Since it is rather lengthy, I will just give you the link. Determining Type I Motorola Fleet Maps by Dave Goodson.
  Scroll to 'Edit Fleetmap' and press E/yes.
  To select a Preset Fleetmap, scroll to 'Preset' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the number of the preset fleetmap and press E/yes to save and exit. See
Preset Fleetmaps.
To program a Custom Fleetmap, scroll to 'Custom' and press E/yes.
At 'Block 0' scroll to the size code (0-14) and press E/yes. See
Size Codes.
The scanner will prompt you to the next available block so you can scroll to and enter the next size code (0-14) then press E/yes.
Repeat for each block as needed (0-7) and you will return to the 'Edit Sys Option' menu.
  Note: If you select size code 12, 13, or 14, these restrictions apply:
  12 can only be assigned to Blocks 0, 2, 4 or 6.
  13 can only be assigned to Blocks 0 and 4.
  14 can only be assigned to Block 0.
  Since these size codes require multiple blocks, you will be prompted for the next available block. For example, if you assign Block 0 as 12, the scanner prompts you for block 2, the next block available, instead of block 1. If you assign Block 0 as 14, you would not see another prompt because 14 uses all available blocks.
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Set Status Bit (Motorola only) sets how your scanner works with status bits (also called S-bits), letting you control how the scanner interprets and displays Motorola talkgroup IDs. The default setting is ignore.
  Scroll to 'Set Status Bit' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of two settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Yes- the scanner treats all received ID's as unique ID's.
Ignore- the scanner rounds all received ID's down to the next interval of 16.

Set End Code (Motorola only) sets how the scanner handles the transmission end code sent by most Motorola systems.  
  Scroll to 'Set End Code' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of two settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Yes- the scanner immediately returns to the control channel when it detects the end code.
Ignore- the scanner does not return to the control channel until the carrier drops.

Digital End Code (Motorola only) sets how the scanner handles the transmission end code sent by digital Motorola systems.  
  Scroll to 'Set End Code' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of two settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
(Requires firmware 3.00 or newer).
Yes- the scanner immediately returns to the control channel when it detects the end code.
Ignore- the scanner does not return to the control channel until the carrier drops.

Set I-Call (Motorola/EDACS only) sets whether the scanner will monitor I-call IDs. I-calls (or private calls) are transmissions made from one radio user to another radio user and not heard by everyone else in the trunking system. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Set I-Call' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of three settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Off- the scanner ignores I-call IDs.
On- the scanner tracks I-call IDs.
Only- the scanner tracks only I-call IDs and ignores other radio traffic on the system.

Emergency Alert (Motorola/EDACS only) sets how your scanner handles IDs that have the emergency flag set. The default setting is off.
Scroll to 'Emergency Alert' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the alert (Alert 1-9 or Off) and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Level' scroll to:
Auto- the scanner automatically sets the emergency alert beep to the master volume level. Press E/yes to save and exit.
Level 1-15- scroll to the volume level preferred. Press E/yes to save and exit.

Set C-Ch Only (Motorola only) allows you to enter just the control channels for a Motorola system. The scanner will then find (but will not program) any active voice channels and any new voice channels. Tip: Enter all of the frequencies and set the system for C-Ch Only in case the control channels change. The default setting is on.
Scroll to 'Set C-Ch Only' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of two settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Off- you must enter all voice and control channel frequencies.
On- you only need to enter control channel frequencies.
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EDACS ID Format (no EDACS SCAT) sets how your scanner displays EDACS IDs. They can be displayed in two formats: AFS and Decimal. The default setting is AFS.
  Scroll to 'EDCS ID Format' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'AFS Format' or 'Decimal Format' and press E/yes to save and exit.

Rvw ID:Srch L/O allows you to review locked out IDs in a system and unlock them.
  Scroll to 'Rvw ID:Srch L/O' and press E/yes.
At '
Unlock?' scroll to the ID and press E/yes to unlock. 'Nothing Locked' appears if nothing is locked out.
Press 'Menu' to return.

Clr All L/O IDs allows you to unlock all the locked IDs in a system.
  Scroll to 'Clr All L/O IDs' and press E/yes.
At 'Confirm?' press E/yes to save and exit.
'Nothing Locked' appears if nothing is locked out. Press 'Menu' to return.

Adjust P25 Level (Motorola and Conventional only) This setting determines some system-specific parameters for digital channels. In most cases, setting this to Auto provides the best performance. However, you can also manually set the digital decode threshold. This setting affects all digital channels in the current system.
  Scroll to 'Adjust p25 Level' and press E/yes.
Scroll to one of three settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Auto- the scanner automatically adjusts the digital decode threshold to match the transmission you are hearing when it receives a strong signal and has a high decode rate.
Manual- lets you manually adjust the digital decode threshold. See Optimizing P25 Performance.
Default- sets the digital decode threshold to the default value. This is handy if you have manually adjusted the value to a setting that prevents proper decoding.

Creating Groups  
Once you have your Systems Created and your Systems Options configured you can create your groups.
 
To Create a New Group (no EDACS SCAT) press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to system where you want to create a group and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Group' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to 'New Group' and press E/yes.
Press Menu and scroll to 'New Group' to create more groups.
Continue at '
Edit Name' below.
Then see
Programming Frequencies/IDs to program frequencies.
 
To Edit Group Options press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system that has the group you want to edit and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Group' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group you want to edit and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.
 
Edit Name Edit Channel Set Lockout
Set Quick Key Delete Group
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Edit Name allows you to change the name of a group.
  At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. See Entering Text.
Press Scan to exit or Menu to return.

Set Quick Key sets the quick key for the group.
  Scroll to 'Set Quick Key' and press E/yes.
Scroll to or enter the quick key number (0-9 or . for no quick key) you want to assign to the group and press E/yes to save and exit.

Edit Channel creates channels and edits channel options.
See
Programming Frequencies/IDs.

Set Lockout locks or unlocks a group (even with its quick key enabled).
  Scroll to 'Set Lockout' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Unlocked' or 'Lockout' and press E/yes to save and exit.

Programming Frequencies/TGIDs Contents
Once you have your Systems Created, Systems Options configured, and Groups Created, you can (finally) program your channels. Channels are not numbered in the scanner.

Quickly Storing a Conventional Frequency
  To Program a Frequency into a 'Quick Save Group' in a 'Quick Save System', in scan mode press Hold to hold on any channel.
Enter the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Quick Freq Save?' press E/yes.
  Note: If the frequency is already stored in the group, 'Frequency Exists Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return.
  The scanner will save the frequency in a (created) group called 'Qck Save Grp' in a (created) system called 'Qck Save Cnv Sys' (with no quick keys assigned) and you will be at the 'Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to 'Hold' to enter another frequency or Scan to exit.
Then see
Edit Channel Options, Edit Group Options, and Edit Systems Options to customize the channel(s), group, and system.
 
  To Program a Frequency into an Existing Group, Hold on any channel.
Enter the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Quick Freq Save?' press (.)no.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system where you want to store the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group where you want to store the frequency and press E/yes.
  Note: If the frequency is already stored in the group, 'Frequency Exists' Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return.
  After storing the frequency, you will be at the 'Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to 'Hold' to enter another frequency or Scan to exit.
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Quickly Storing an ID Note: You have to program the trunking system first. See Programming Trunking Systems.
  To Program an ID into a 'Quick Save Group' in scan mode Hold on any channel in the system you want to store the ID in.
. Enter the ID (see Entering IDs) and press E/yes.
  At 'Quick TGID Save?' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system where you want to store the ID and press E/yes.
  Note: If the ID is already stored in the group, 'TGID Exists Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return.
  The scanner stores the ID into a (created) channel group called 'Qck Save Grp' (with no quick key assigned) and you will be at the 'Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to 'Hold' to enter another frequency or Scan to exit.
Then see
Edit Channel Options and Edit Group Options to customize the channel(s), and group.
   
  To Program an ID into an Existing Group in scan mode Hold on any channel.
. Enter the ID (see Entering IDs) and press E/yes.
  At 'Quick TGID Save?' press (.)no.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system where you want to store the ID and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group where you want to store the ID and press E/yes.
  Note: If the ID is already stored in the group, 'TGID Exists Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return.
  After storing the ID, you will be at the 'Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to 'Hold' to enter another frequency or Scan to exit.

Manually Programming Channel Frequencies/TGIDs Contents
  To Program a New Channel press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to system where you want to program a channel and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Group' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group that you want to program the channel in and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Channel' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Channel' scroll to 'New Channel' and press E/yes.
At 'Input Frequency (or TGID)' enter the frequency or ID and press E/yes.
  To enter a Conventional Frequency enter the frequency and press E/yes.
  To enter a Motorola Type II ID enter the ID and press E/yes.
  To enter a Motorola Type I ID enter the fleet number, press (.)no once for a hyphen, then enter the subfleet and press E/yes.
  Note: If you omit the subfleet (still need the hyphen), the scanner treats this field as a wildcard (will treat the subfleet as 1 ID and receive all IDs in the subfleet).
You can also lock out this subfleet ID so you will not receive it.
  To enter a Motorola I-Call ID, press (.)no once then enter the ID and press E/yes.
  To enter a Motorola Wildcard (receive any) I-Call ID, press (.)no once then enter 0 and press E/yes.
  Note: You can also lock out this wildcard ID so you will not receive I-Calls.
  To enter an EDACS ID in AFS (default) format, enter the agency number, press (.)no once for a hyphen, then the fleet and subfleet and press E/yes.
  Note: If you omit the fleet and/or subfleet (still need the hyphen), the scanner treats these fields as wildcards (will treat the fleet and/or subfleet as 1 ID and receive all IDs in the fleet and/or subfleet).
You can also lock out this fleet and/or subfleet ID so you will not receive it.
  To enter an EDACS ID in Decimal format, enter the ID and press E/yes.
  To enter an EDACS I-Call ID, press (.)no once then enter the ID and press E/yes.
  To enter an EDACS Wildcard (receive any) I-Call ID, press (.)no once then enter 0 and press E/yes.
  Note: You can also lock out this wildcard ID so you will not receive I-Calls.
  To enter a LTR ID, enter the area code (0 or 1) and press (.)no once, then enter the home repeater number (01-20) and press (.)no once, then the user ID (1-254) and press E/yes.
  Note: If you omit the user ID (still need the hyphen), the scanner treats this field as a wildcard (will treat the home repeater as 1 ID).
You can also lock out this home repeater ID so you will not receive it.
  Note: If the channel is already stored in the group, 'TGID or Frequency Exists Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return.
  Continue at Edit Name below.
Press Menu to return to 'Select Channel'. Scroll to 'New Channel' and press E/yes.
Program the rest of the channels the same way.

Edit Channel Options Menu  
Once you have your Systems Created , Systems Options configured, Groups Created, and your Channels Programmed, you can set your channel options.
 
To Edit Channel Options press Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system that contains the channel and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Group' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group that has the channel you want to edit and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Channel' press E/yes.
At 'Select Channel' scroll to the channel you want to edit and press E/yes.
You can also press E/yes when the channel is displayed in scan mode.

Scroll to the options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.
 
Edit Name Copy/Paste Channel Set Modulation (conventional only)
Set Priority (conventional only) Edit Frequency or TGID Set Attenuator (conventional only)
Set Alert Set CTCSS/DCS (conventional only) Set Lockout
Delete Channel    
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Edit Name The channel name appears on the second line of the display when the scanner stops on a channel. If you do not enter a channel name, the scanner displays the frequency for conventional systems or the talk group ID for trunked systems.
  Scroll to 'Edit Name' and press E/yes. See Entering Text.
Press Scan to exit or Menu to return.

Set Priority (conventional only) This setting controls whether the scanner treats the channel as a priority channel while scanning. There doesn't seem to be a limit to how many channels you can set. When you turn on the Priority feature, the channel(s) will be scanned every 2 seconds. P appears at the end of the default (not the tagged) name in the display to denote the channel is a priority channel. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Set Priority' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Alert This setting controls whether the scanner will alert you when the channel becomes active. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Set Alert' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the alert (Alert 1-9 or Off) and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Level' scroll to 'Level 1-15 or Auto' (the scanner sets the alert beep to the master volume level) and press E/yes.

Copy/Paste Channel The scanner can copy a channel (and all its settings) into a copy buffer to paste into the same system (in a different group) or a group in another system.
  Scroll to 'Copy Channel' press E/yes to save to the channel buffer.
  To Paste the Channel, press Menu until 'Select System' appears.
At 'Select System' scroll to system where you want to paste the channel and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Group' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group that you want to paste the channel in and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Channel' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Channel' scroll to 'Paste Channel' and press E/yes to save and exit.
  Note: You can only copy and paste from like systems -conventional to conventional or trunking to trunking.
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Edit Frequency or TGID See also 'Entering IDs'.
  Scroll to 'Edit Frequency' or 'Edit TGID' and press E/yes.
Enter the frequency or ID and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set CTCSS/DCS (conventional only) This setting controls how a subaudible CTCSS or DCS is used for the channel. The default setting is off. See Understanding CTCSS/DCS.
Note: The scanner does not detect or decode a P25 digital signal if 'CTCSS', 'DCS', or 'Search' is enabled.
  Scroll to 'Set CTCSS/DCS' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1 of 5 options and press E/yes to save and exit:
Off - any (conventional/digital) signal opens the squelch.
Search - the scanner searches for and displays any CTCSS or DCS tone that accompanies the transmission.
CTCSS - the scanner only opens squelch if the CTCSS tone you select is also present with the signal. The scanner then prompts you to enter or scroll to the desired tone.
DCS- the scanner only opens squelch if the DCS tone you select is also present with the signal. The scanner then prompts you to enter or scroll to the desired tone.
Set Lockout - the scanner does not stop on the channel if the tone you select is present. The scanner prompts you to select a CTCSS or DCS tone.

Set Modulation (conventional only) This setting selects the modulation used for the channel. The default setting is Auto (NFM for FM channels).
  Scroll to 'Set Modulation' and press E/yes.
Scroll to Auto, AM, FM, NFM, or WFM and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Attenuator (conventional only) This setting controls whether the scanner attenuates signals on The channel by about 18 dB. The default setting is off.
Note: You can also toggle attenuation for a conventional channel in scan hold mode by pressing Func then E/yes(att).
  Scroll to 'Set Attenuator' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Lockout determines whether a channel will be scanned or not. The default setting is unlocked.
Note: You can also toggle lockout for a channel in scan mode by pressing L/O.
  Scroll to 'Set Lockout' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Unlocked' or 'Lockout' and press E/yes.

Priority/Priority Plus Scan Contents

Priority Scan When the scanner is scanning a conventional system, it interrupts scanning every 2 seconds to check priority channels for activity. The more channels you have set to priority, the longer the interruption will be. The quick keys for the system(s) and group(s) containing the priority channel(s) have to be turned on (and unlocked) or the scanner will display 'Priority Scan No Channel'.

Priority Plus Scan The scanner only scans priority channels in (unlocked) conventional systems with system and group quick keys enabled.

The highest priority is for channels in system and group quick key 1. The lowest priority is for channels in system quick key 90 and group quick key 0. Priority for priority channels in the same channel group follows the order in which the channels were created.

To use Priority Scan you must first set your priority channels.
 

To Turn the Priority Feature On press Menu. Scroll to 'Priority Scan' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1 of 3 options and press E/yes. You can also toggle these modes by pressing  Hold to hold on any channel then press and hold Func then press 1/Pri (each time) to select one of two priority modes or off.
  Off - scans normally with no priority.
  On - the scanner interrupts every 2 seconds and checks the priority channels. PRI appears in the display when you select this mode.
  Plus On - the scanner only scans the priority channels. PRI flashes in the display when you select this mode.

Scanning 'Systems' Contents
With all previous scanners, you selected banks to scan that had channels stored in them. With this scanner, you select 'System Quick Keys' to scan that have 'Systems' assigned to them. So, now you turn 'System Quick Keys' on and off and 'Group Quick Keys' on and off (within each 'System'). Turning quick keys on and off for systems/groups is not the same as locking and unlocking systems/groups. You can still do that separately (if you really want to confuse yourself). See also Using Quick Keys.

First, all (unlocked) systems belonging to Quick Key 1 are scanned. Then systems that belong to Quick Key 2,…,9,0,11,…19,10,21,… … 80,91…,99,90 are scanned in order. Systems with the same quick key are scanned in order of creation. Systems with no quick key are scanned last and in order of creation (including created 'Quick Save' systems). Groups within the systems are scanned with the same rules. Conventional channels within the groups are scanned in order of creation.

IDs are not really scanned. The scanner checks for any activity in the trunking system and if any ID becomes active, the scanner will display it in 'ID Search' mode. In 'ID Scan' mode, the scanner will only display IDs programmed in to groups.

Then the scanner starts any (unlocked) service searches, searching them in the menu order. Then custom (unlocked) searches from 1 to 10 in turn.

Then the scanner scans the system called 'Close Call'. This system is created if you do a Close Call 'Auto Store'.

Then the scanner starts all over.

 
You can also unlock any service or custom search to include it while scanning. Service search bands and custom searches don't have quick keys and can be only locked or unlocked.

   
Press Scan/Srch. The scanner scans a system for the duration you set using the 'system hold time' option. For trunked systems, the scanner moves to the next system after the hold time expires, the current transmission ends, and the channel delay expires. Conventional systems operate similarly, but all (unlocked) channels are scanned at least one time regardless of the hold time setting.
 
Notes: If no systems are programmed, or all systems (or groups in a system) are locked out or turned off, 'Nothing to Scan' appears. Turn on a system quick key or unlock a system to scan. If you turn off all groups in a system you will not be able to turn any back on and also see 'Nothing to Scan'. This is a bug that frustrates everybody. In that case, while in Scan mode, press and hold Func-don't let go. Scroll to the system then press the number of the group quick key(s) you want to enable then let go of Func.

Any conventional system, Close Call system, trunked system, group, service search, custom search, or 'Quick Save' system/group
not assigned to a quick key (and/or not locked out) will be scanned.
 
  To continue scanning (move on to the next channel) press Scan or turn the scroll control.
  To change the scan or search direction turn the scroll control backward or forward.
To toggle between frequency/ID or text display Hold on any channel. Press and hold Func then 5. Press Hold to resume.
  Note: You can't view the frequency in 'control channel only' mode (with just the control channel programmed) scanning a Motorola system.
To toggle between ID Scan or ID Search mode while scanning each trunked system, quickly press (not press and hold) Func then Scan.
To toggle System Quick Keys on or off for a single digit system, press the number key assigned to the system. To turn a double-digit system on or off, Press (.)no first then enter the 2 digits.
To toggle Group Quick Keys on or off while scanning the system, quickly press and hold Func then press the number key assigned to the group.
  To toggle Group Quick Keys on or off in another system press and hold Func-don't let go. Scroll to the (enabled) system that contains the (enabled) group you want to turn on/off then press the corresponding number key(s) on the keypad.
To toggle Search Bands locked or unlocked press and hold Func-don't let go then scroll to the service or custom search and press L/O.
To hold on a frequency/ID press Hold. To step through IDs/frequencies, turn the scroll control backward or forward. Press Hold to resume.
  To hold on any specific frequency Hold on any channel in a conventional system. Enter the new frequency and press Hold. Press Scan/Srch to exit.
  To hold on a specific ID in the current system Hold on the system. Enter the new ID (press .. [2 dots] for a dash-EDACS AFS) and press Hold. Press Hold to resume.
To hold on a system press and hold Func-don't let go. (You won't see IDs or tags). Release Func to resume.
  To edit the current channel press E/yes.
To lockout a channel or frequency quickly press L/O.
  To lock or unlock a group Hold on any channel or frequency. Press and hold Func then 7/Rcl. At 'Select System' scroll to system that contains the group and press E/yes. At 'Select Group' scroll to the group you want to lock/unlock then press and hold Func then L/O. Press Scan to resume scanning. See also Locking/Unlocking Groups.
  To lockout a system/search while receiving the system/search, quickly press Func then L/O.

To store a displayed ID during ID Search mode press E/yes. Then see Storing a Displayed ID.

 

To store a search frequency press E/yes. Then see Storing a Displayed Frequency.

To toggle the attenuation for a conventional channel on or off quickly press and hold Func then press E/yes(att) while the frequency is in the display. (Or hold first).
  To toggle the attenuation for a trunking system or search on or off quickly press and hold Func then press E/yes(att) while scanning the system/search band. (Or hold first).
To check for a repeater frequency on a conventional channel quickly press and hold Func then press and hold .no(rev). (Or hold first).
To view active IDs in a trunked system press Hold while scanning the system you want to monitor. Scroll to the (noisy) control channel. Active IDs will appear in the display. Press Scan to resume.
To view the Trunking Activity Indicators press Vol while scanning a trunked system. You will be able to see the indicators for 10 seconds.
  Note: For Motorola systems you must program all system frequencies (control and voice frequencies) for this feature to work.
To toggle Priority Modes Hold on any channel then press and hold Func then 1(Pri). Press Hold to resume.
To start Weather Alert Priority on or off Hold on any channel then press and hold Func then 2(WX). Scroll to 'WX Alt Priority' and press E/yes.
To toggle Close Call modes  press and hold Func then press Hold/.

 

To view a Close Call hit (CC Override On) press any key to view the frequency (even if it's gone).

 

To view and listen to a Close Call hit (CC Override Off) press Func to listen to and view the frequency (only if it's still there).

  To unlock a conventional channel Hold on any channel or frequency. Press and hold Func then 7/Rcl. At 'Select System' scroll to system that contains the channel and press E/yes. At 'Select Group' scroll to the group that contains the channel and press E/yes. At 'Select Channel' scroll to the channel you want to lock/unlock then press and hold Func then L/O. Press Scan to resume scanning. See also Locking/Unlocking Channels.
  To unlock and/or review locked out IDs see Reviewing Locked out IDs.
  To unlock all IDs see Clear All L/O IDs.
  To unlock a system/search press and hold Func-don't let go then scroll to the system/search and press L/O. Releasing Func will return to scanning. See also Locking/Unlocking Systems/Searches.
  To unlock search frequencies press and hold Func then L/O while searching. Scroll to the frequency and press E/yes to unlock.
  To start Weather Scan Hold on any channel then press and hold Func then 2(WX). Scroll to 'Weather Scan' and press E/yes.
To view P25 Display Mode While holding down Func, press the scroll control twice. Press the scroll control to exit.

Storing a Displayed ID (in ID Search Mode) Contents
  To store a displayed ID into an existing group during ID Search, press E/yes.
You will see 'Quick TGID Save?' in the display then press (.)no.
At the 'Select Group' prompt, scroll to the group where you want to store the ID and press E/yes.
After storing the ID, you will be at the '
Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel.
If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press Scan to return to scanning.
  To store a displayed ID into a 'Quick Save Group' during ID Search, press E/yes.
You will see 'Quick TGID Save?' in the display then press E/yes again.
The scanner stores the ID into a (created) channel group called 'Qck Save Grp' and you will be at the '
Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel.
If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press Scan/Srch to return to scanning.
  Note: If the ID is already stored in the group, 'TGID Exists' Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return to searching (or search hold) or E/yes to go to the 'Edit Channel' menu.
 
Optimizing P25 Performance  
These steps work only when you can clearly receive the system. If you are in a weak-signal area or receive interference, these steps will not work. These steps do not compensate for weak signals or signals subject to interference.
If you set an incorrect decode threshold level in Step 5, the scanner might stop decoding all digital signals in the system. If this happens, change the setting to a value between 8 and 12 then repeat these steps.
See also:
P25 audio level decode adjustment at Radio Reference.com.
  1. Make sure the system's 'Adjust P25 Level' option is set to 'Auto'.
  2. Hold on any active digital channel in the system.
  3. Press and hold Func then press the scroll control twice. The next to last line on the display now shows the digital error rate and the AUTO decode threshold start level (0-20).
The last line on the display shows the decode threshold levels for the system.
 
  4. Allow the scanner to monitor channel activity for several minutes. The error rate should drop for each transmission and the threshold levels should automatically adjust to a more optimal setting. Once the threshold level settles to a stable setting make a note of the value. This is the system's optimum decode threshold.
  5. While holding down Func, rotate the scroll control to set the AUTO decode threshold start level to a setting that most closely matches the system's optimum decode threshold. When the scanner stops on a system it will use this threshold as the starting point for automatic optimization.
  6. Press and hold Func then press the scroll control to exit.

Then see the following settings to make additional adjustments:
P25 Adjust Mode, P25 Adjust Level,
P25 Waiting Time.

Locking/Unlocking 'Systems' and Searches Contents
Remember, unlocking or locking out a system is not the same thing as enabling/disabling it (turning the quick key on or off).
 
To Lock out a System (or a search set to search with scan) in Scan Mode While receiving the system/search, quickly press and hold Func then L/O.
Or, Hold on any channel/frequency. Press and hold Func then 7(rcl). Scroll to the system/search you want to lockout and press and hold Func then L/O.
Or, use the Menu to drill down to the system/search options and lock it out there. See 'Edit System Options', 'Edit Service Search', or 'Edit Custom Search'.
 
To Unlock a System (or a search set to search with scan) in Scan Mode press Hold to hold on any channel.
Press and hold Func then press 7/rcl.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system/search you want to unlock.
Press and hold Func then L/O to unlock the system/search. Press Scan/Srch to return.
Or, use Menu to drill down to the system/search options and unlock it there. See 'Edit System Options', 'Edit Service Search', or 'Edit Custom Search'.

Locking/Unlocking Groups  
Remember, unlocking or locking out a group is not the same thing as enabling/disabling it (turning the quick key on or off).
 
To Lock out or Unlock a Group in Scan Mode press Hold to hold on any channel.
Press and hold Func then press 7/rcl.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system that contains the group and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group you want to lock or unlock.
Press and hold Func then L/O to lock or unlock the group.
Press Scan to exit.
  Or, use Menu to drill down to the group options and lock/unlock it out there. See 'Edit Group Options'.

Locking/Unlocking Channels Contents
There are several ways to get to a channel. Some ways are quicker than others. Some ways you have to be quick with those keys, other ways you can take your time pressing them. Use what works best for you.
 
To Lock out a Channel while Scanning quickly press L/O when the channel appears in the display.
  Or, quickly press Hold to hold on the channel. Press L/O.
  Or, quickly press E/yes to go to the menu for that channel.
Scroll to 'Set Lockout' and press E/yes. Scroll to 'Lockout' and press E/yes.
  Or, use Menu to drill down to the channel options and lock it out there. See 'Edit Channel Options'.
 
To Unlock a Single Channel in Scan Mode press Hold to hold on any channel.
Press and hold Func then press 7/rcl.
At 'Select System' scroll to (enabled) system that contains the channel and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group that contains the channel and press E/yes.
At 'Select Channel' scroll to the channel and press and hold Func then L/O to unlock the channel.
  Or, use Menu to drill down to the channel options and unlock it there. See 'Edit Channel Options'.
 
To Unlock All Channels in a Conventional System in Scan Mode press Hold to hold on any channel in the system.
Press and hold
L/O until 'All Unlocked' appears.
Press Hold or Scan/Srch to resume scanning. Note: This will also enable all your groups (turn the quick keys on).
 
To Review and/or Unlock Locked out IDs in a System:
Press
Menu. At 'Program System' press E/yes.
At '
Select System' scroll to the system that has the ID(s) you want to unlock and press E/yes.
Scroll to '
Edit Sys Option' and press E/yes.
Scroll to '
Rvw ID:Srch L/O' and press E/yes.
At '
Unlock?' scroll to the ID and press E/yes to unlock.
'
Nothing Locked' appears if nothing is locked out.
Press '
Menu' to return.
To Unlock
All IDs in a System
Scroll to 'Clr All L/O IDs' and press E/yes.
At '
Confirm?' press E/yes to save and exit.

Search/Close Call Options Menu  
These are the settings you should look at before you perform a Quick Search, Close Call Search, Search and Store, or Close Call Autostore.
To Edit Search and Close Options press Menu. Scroll to 'Srch/CloCall Opt' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.
 
Freq Lockouts CTCSS/DCS Search Max Auto Store Set Modulation Set Data Skip
Broadcast Screen Repeater Find Set Delay Time Set Attenuator Set Step
  Contents
Freq Lockouts allows you to review locked out frequencies or unlock all frequencies for Searching and Close Call search.
  Unlocking All Frequencies:
Scroll to 'Freq Lockouts' press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Unlock All' press E/yes.
At 'Confirm?' press E/yes.
Press Menu to return.
  Note: You can also do this in search mode by pressing and holding Func then pressing and holding L/O.
  Reviewing Locked Out Frequencies:
Scroll to 'Freq Lockouts' press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Rvw Search L/O' and press E/yes. If no frequencies are locked out, you will see 'Nothing Locked'.
Scroll to the frequency (or press (.)no to go to the next) and press E/yes to unlock the frequency.
Press Menu twice to return.
  Note: You can also do this in search mode by pressing and holding Func then L/O.

Broadcast Screen This setting determines whether the scanner automatically ignores transmissions that are on common broadcasts, paging systems, and other annoyance radio sources during Custom Search, Service Search, or Close Call Search. Note: Broadcast screen is not effective during some service searches.
  Scroll to 'Broadcast Screen' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1 of 4 options and press E/yes.
Set All Bands On - turns on broadcast screen on for all bands. Press Menu to return.
Set All Bands Off - turns off broadcast screen off for all bands. Press Menu to return.
Set Each Band - then scroll to each band and press E/yes to turn off or on. Press Menu to return.
  Pager - the scanner skips known paging system frequencies.
FM - the scanner skips known FM frequencies.
UHF TV - the scanner skips known UHF TV frequencies.
VHF TV - the scanner skips known VHF TV frequencies.
NOAA WX - (not w/UBC396T) the scanner skips known NOAA weather frequencies.
Band 1-10 - the scanner skips known frequencies for custom broadcast ranges.
  Program Band - then scroll to the custom band (1-10) and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Lower Limit' enter the lower limit of the frequency range and press E/yes.
At 'Set Upper Limit' enter the upper limit of the frequency range and press E/yes.
Scroll to the next band and repeat. Press Menu twice to return.

CTCSS/DCS Search This setting controls whether the scanner will search for a subaudible tone when it stops on a transmission during Searching and Close Call search. The default setting is Off.
Note: The scanner does not detect or decode a P25 digital signal if 'CTCSS/DCS Search' is turned on.
  Scroll to 'CTCSS/DCS Search' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

Repeater Find This feature sets whether the scanner tries to tune to a repeater output frequency when it detects a transmission on a repeater input frequency in Search and Close Call modes. Since you can normally only hear one side of a conversation when you listen to an input frequency transmission, turning this feature on can let you hear both sides of the conversation on the output frequency. If the scanner detects the transmission on the output frequency, it beeps and 'Repeater Found' appears, and it remains on the output frequency until transmissions end. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Repeater Find' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes  to save and exit.
  Contents
Max Auto Store This value sets how many hits the scanner will automatically store when it is in either Search and Store or Close Call Auto Store mode. When the scanner reaches the maximum number of hits you set, it stops the auto-store operation.
  Scroll to 'Max Auto Store' and press E/yes.
Enter a value from 1-255 then press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Delay Time This setting determines how long the scanner waits after a transmission ends before resuming Quick Search and Close Call Search operations. The default setting is 2 seconds.
  Scroll to 'Set Delay Time' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (seconds) or Off then press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Modulation This setting controls the modulation type used for Quick Search and Close Call Search operations.
  Scroll to 'Set Modulation' and press E/yes.
Scroll to Auto, AM, FM, NFM, or WFM to choose the modulation then press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Attenuator This setting controls the attenuator for Quick Search and Close Call Search operations. Turn on this setting if you are near other strong signal sources to attenuate about 18dB. Attenuation sometimes helps to reduce interference and desensitization that strong signals create. The default setting is Off.
  Scroll to 'Set Attenuator' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off then press E/yes to save and exit.
  Note: You can also toggle attenuation for search/close call mode by pressing and holding Func then E/yes(att).

Set Data Skip This setting controls how the scanner behaves when it detects a data transmission during Quick Search and Close Call Search operations. The default setting is Off.
  Scroll to 'Set Data Skip' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off then press E/yes to save and exit.
  Note: If you are trying to test the Close Call feature with a nearby transmitter and you do not talk into the transmitter, the scanner will detect this as data and will skip the frequency when Data Skip is on.

Set Step This setting selects the frequency step used for Quick Search. The default setting is Auto. See also Auto Step Sizes.
  Scroll to 'Set Step' and press E/yes.
Scroll to Auto, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 to set the step then press E/yes to save and exit.

Search For... Menu  
Important! There are many options and setting in Search/Close Call Options that affect and compliment the settings for searching. Please review those first.
Note: The items below (
in Blue) do not follow the radio's menu order because (IMHO) they should be in the following order to properly setup and use the Search features.

Edit Service Search
Search and Store Storing a Displayed Frequency
Service Search Quick Search Reviewing Locked out Frequencies
Edit Custom Search Searching Auto Step Size Chart
Custom Search    
Contents
Editing a Service Search
  To Edit a Service Search, press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch. At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
Or, Press Menu. Scroll to 'Search For...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Edit Service' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the service search you want to edit and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Delay Time and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, seconds or Off to set delay and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Attenuator and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Search with Scan and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Lockout and press E/yes. (Used for 'Search with Scan' only).
Scroll to 'Unlocked', 'Temporary L/O', or 'Lockout' and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to
Set Hold Time (the amount of time the search will search in Scan Mode) and press E/yes.
Enter the hold time (0-255 seconds) you desire and press E/yes to save and exit.
  Press Menu and scroll to another service search and repeat the previous steps or press L/O to exit.

Service Search lets you quickly select and search the scanner's preprogrammed frequencies. See Edit Service Search first.
  To start a Service Search, press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch. At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
Or, Press Menu. Scroll to 'Search For...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Service Search' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the service search and press E/yes to start searching. Then see
Searching.

Editing a Custom Search allows you to edit the 10 custom search ranges. The default custom search range names appear as Custom 1, Custom 2, and so on.
  To Edit a Custom Search, in scan mode Press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch.
At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
At 'Search for...' scroll to 'Edit Custom' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the custom search you want to edit (1-10) and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Edit Name and press E/yes. See Entering Text.
  Scroll to Edit Srch Limit and press E/yes.
At 'Set Lower Limit', enter the lower limit of the search range and press E/yes.
At 'Set Upper Limit', enter the upper limit of the search range and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Delay Time and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, seconds or Off to set delay and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Modulation and press E/yes.
Scroll to Auto, AM, FM, NFM, or WFM to set the modulation and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Attenuator and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off to set the attenuation and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Data Skip and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off to turn Data Skip on or off and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Step and press E/yes. See also Auto Step Sizes.
Scroll to Auto, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 to set the step size and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set C-Ch only and press E/yes. (for Motorola and LTR systems).
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Adjust P25 Level and press E/yes.
  Scroll to one of three settings and press E/yes to save and exit.
Auto- the scanner automatically adjusts the digital decode threshold to match the transmission you are hearing when it receives a strong signal and has a high decode rate.
Manual- lets you manually adjust the digital decode threshold. See Optimizing P25 Performance.
Default- sets the digital decode threshold to the default value. This is handy if you have manually adjusted the value to a setting that prevents proper decoding.
  Scroll to Search with Scan and press E/yes.
  Scroll to Set Lockout and press E/yes. (For use for with 'Search with Scan').
Scroll to 'Unlocked', 'Temporary L/O', or 'Lockout' and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to
Set Hold Time (the amount of time the search will search in Scan Mode) and press E/yes.
Enter the hold time (0-255 seconds) you desire and press E/yes to save and exit. (0 will search the whole band before continuing).
Press Menu to exit.
  Press Menu and scroll to another custom search and repeat the previous steps or press L/O to exit.

Custom Search lets you search the scanner's 10 programmed frequency ranges. See Editing a Custom Search first. Contents
  To start a Custom Search, in scan mode Press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch.
At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
At 'Search for...' scroll to 'Custom Search' and press E/yes to start searching. Then see
Searching.

Search and Store  
Lets you search and store frequencies from enabled custom search ranges or a service search range into a conventional system, or new talk group IDs into a trunked system. To store frequencies or talk group IDs you find during Auto Store, you must first select a system where the frequencies or talk group IDs will be stored. You will not hear any audio in this mode.
See
Max Auto Store first to set the maximum number of hits the scanner will store. Tip: Before you start an search and store, run the custom search(es) or service search first to lock out the birdies, data, noise, etc. This will prevent the scanner from stopping on them and doing a memory check each time it passes.

  To Auto Store Conventional Frequencies, press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch. At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
Or, Press Menu. Scroll to 'Search For...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Search and Store' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Store Sys' scroll to the conventional system you want to store the frequencies in and press E/yes.
At 'Select Range' scroll to the 'service search' or to 'custom search' to select where to search from and press E/yes.
Press Scan to exit.
  Notes: If you select custom search, all enabled custom search ranges will be searched for frequencies. Start a custom search and disable search ranges you don't want searched first. See Custom Search. The quick key for the system must be turned on (if one is assigned to the system) and not locked out to select the system to store frequencies in otherwise you will see 'System Locked'. If no systems are programmed 'No System Stored' appears.
When you have selected a service search or custom search range(s), the scanner looks for active frequencies within the range(s) and 'Search and Store' appears on the display's lower line and the system name and search range name(s) appear on the display's upper line. When the scanner finds an active transmission, it checks to see if the frequency has already been stored in the system ('Memory Check' in the display). If the frequency has already been stored, the scanner continues to search. If the frequency has not been stored, it stores the frequency into a (created) group named 'Found Channels', then resumes searching. 'Limit Reached' will appear in the display when the Max Auto Store value is reached.

  To Auto Store IDs, press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch. At 'Quick Search?' press (.)no.
Or, Press Menu. Scroll to 'Search For...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Search and Store' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Store Sys' scroll to the trunked system you want to store the IDs in and press E/yes.
Press Scan to exit.
  Notes: The quick key for the system must be turned on (if one is assigned to the system) and not locked out to select the system to store IDs in otherwise you will see 'System Locked'. If no systems are programmed, 'No System Stored' appears. Search and store does not work if an EDACS SCAT system is selected.
'ID Search and Store' appears on the display's lower line and the system name appears on the display's upper line. When the scanner finds an active transmission, it checks to see if the ID has already been stored in the system ('Memory Check' in the display). If the ID has already been stored, the scanner continues to search. If the ID has not been stored, it stores the ID into a (created) group named 'Found Channels', then resumes searching. 'Limit Reached' will appear in the display when the Max Auto Store value is reached.
Contents
Quick Search lets you search from the currently-tuned frequency if you are scanning, or enter a frequency to start searching from.
Quick Search will search all the way up to 1300 MHz or all the way down to 25 MHz then start over.
  To start searching at the currently displayed frequency in scan mode quickly press Hold to hold on the frequency. Press and hold Func then press Scan/Srch.
At 'Quick Search?' press E/yes to start searching. Then see
Searching.
  To start searching at a specific frequency while scanning or searching, press Hold to hold on any channel or frequency.
Enter the new frequency you wish to start at then press Hold to set the new starting frequency.
Press Hold again to release hold mode and start searching. Then see
Searching.

Searching (only, not Search with Scan)
To start a search see Quick Search, Service Search, or Custom Search.
 
To toggle search bands on or off (custom search) press the number key of the search band.
To change search direction or continue searching turn the scroll control back or forward.
To hold on a frequency press Hold. Press Hold to resume.
  To step through the frequencies turn the scroll control. Press Hold to resume.
To store a frequency press Hold to hold on the frequency then see Storing a Displayed Frequency.
To lock out a frequency press L/O.
To attenuate a search press and hold Func then press E/yes(att).
To check for a repeater frequency press Hold to hold on the frequency then press and hold .no(rev). Press Hold to resume.
To toggle Close Call modes, press and hold Func then Hold/.
To review and unlock search frequencies press and hold Func then L/O.
To unlock all frequencies of all search/close call ranges Hold on any search and press and hold L/O.

Storing a Displayed Frequency (while searching)
  To store a displayed frequency into an existing group, quickly press E/yes.
At 'Quick Freq Save?' press (.)no.
At 'Select System' scroll to the system where you want to store the frequency and press E/yes.
At 'Select Group' scroll to the group where you want to store the frequency and press E/yes.
After storing the frequency, you will be at the '
Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel.
If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to searching.
  To store a displayed frequency into a 'Quick Save Group' in a 'Quick Save System', quickly press E/yes.
At 'Quick Freq Save?' press E/yes.
The scanner will save the frequency in a (created) group called 'Qck Save Grp' in a (created) system called 'Qck Save Cnv Sys' (with no quick key assigned) and you will be at the '
Edit Channel' menu to complete the settings for the new channel. Then see Edit Group Options and Edit Systems Options to customize the group and system.
If you don't want to edit the channel settings or are done editing the channel, press L/O to return to searching.
 
  Note: If the frequency is already stored in the group, 'Frequency Exists' Accept? (Y/N)' appears. Press (.)no to return to searching (or search hold) or E/yes to go to the 'Edit Channel' menu.

Close Call Menu  
Your scanner's Close Call feature lets you set the scanner so it detects, alerts you to, and displays the frequency of a nearby strong radio transmission. You can set the scanner so the Close Call feature checks for a Close Call hit every 2 seconds in the background while you are scanning or searching or use Close Call only mode. 'Close Call Do-Not-Disturb' will only check for close call signals when you are not receiving transmissions.  You can also set the frequency band(s) where you want the scanner to look for transmissions. When the scanner detects a Close Call hit, it alerts you according to the Override and Alert settings. You can also set the scanner to Auto Store Close Call hits. The system 'Close Call' is created when you run a Close Call AutoStore.

The Close Call feature works well for locating the source of strong local transmissions such as mobile and handheld two-way radios in areas with no other strong transmission sources. Several factors affect Close Call performance. Performance is increased with higher transmit power, receive antenna tuned to the target band, and a low background RF level. Other than the antenna, you have no control over these factors, but they explain why performance might vary by both location and time. The Close Call feature works better with some types of transmissions than others. It might not correctly display frequency information for transmitters using a highly directional antenna (such as an amateur radio beam antenna) or if there are many transmitters operating at the same time in the same area.
 
To Edit Close Call Options press Menu. Scroll to 'Close Call' and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.

Important! There are many options and settings in
Search/Close Call Options that affect and compliment the settings for Close Call. Please review those first.
Note: The items below (
in Blue) do not follow the radio's menu order because (IMHO) they should be in the following order to properly setup and use the Close Call features.
 
Set CC Bands Set CC Override Close Call Only Using Close Call Modes
Set CC Alert Set CC Mode CC Auto Store Managing Close Call Hits
Contents
Set CC Bands lets you select the Close Call bands to be searched or auto stored.
  Scroll to 'Set CC Bands' and press E/yes.
Scroll to each band and press E/yes to toggle on or off.
Press Menu to return.
  VHF Low 1- 25-54MHz VHF High 2- 225-320 MHz
  VHF Low 2- 54-108 MHz UHF- 320-512 MHz
  Air Band- 108-137 MHz 800MHz+- 764-956, 1240-1300 MHz
  VHF High 1- 137-225 MHz  

Set CC Alert lets you select how the scanner alerts you when it receives a Close Call signal. Pause lets you select how long the scanner waits after a hit before it returns to the previous operation.
  Scroll to 'Set CC Alert' and press E/yes.
  At 'Set CC Alert' scroll to 'Select Mode' and press E/yes.
  At 'Select Mode' scroll the mode you prefer and press E/yes.
Beep, the scanner beeps when it receives a Close Call signal.
Light, the backlight turns on when it receives a Close Call signal.
Beep+Light, the scanner beeps and the backlight turns on when it receives a Close Call signal.
None, the scanner does not alert.
  Scroll to 'Select Beep' and press E/yes.
  At 'Select Beep' scroll to 'Alert 1-9 or Off' and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Level' scroll to 'Level 1-15 or Auto' and press E/yes.
  Scroll to 'Set CC Pause' and press E/yes.
  Scroll to '3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 sec, or Infinite' and press E/yes.
  Press Menu to return.

Set CC Override lets you select how the Close Call feature works while scanning or searching. This setting has no effect in 'Close Call Only' mode.
  Scroll to 'Set CC Override' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes.
  With this feature On, when the scanner detects a Close Call signal while scanning, the scanner overrides the current audio with the Close Call hit.
'CC Found!' and 'Press Any Key' appear for the length of time set in
Close Call Pause (or until the signal is lost if longer).
  With this feature Off, when the scanner detects a Close Call signal while scanning, the scanner does not override the current audio.
'CC Found!' and 'Press Func Key' appear for the length of time set in
Close Call Pause. (only if it's still there).

Set Close Call Mode this turns Close Call on when scanning or searching. You can also do this by pressing and holding Func then pressing Hold while scanning or searching.
  Scroll to 'Set CC Mode' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1 of 3 modes and press E/yes to save and exit.
Off- Close Call is turned off.
CC DND- (Requires firmware 3.00 or newer) Close Call checks for frequencies every two seconds between transmissions.
Pri- Close Call checks for frequencies every two seconds.

Close Call Only this setting puts the scanner in Close Call Only mode. The scanner will not scan or search programmed frequencies.
  At 'Close Call Only' press E/yes.
Press Scan/Srch to exit.

Close Call Auto Store  
Allows you to automatically store Close Call hits into channels. If you turn this feature on, the scanner mutes, starts Close Call Only mode, and stores any Close Call hits from the bands selected in 'Set CC Bands' up to the maximum you specified in the 'Max Auto Store' setting. The scanner looks for active frequencies within the range(s) and 'Search and Store' appears in the display. When the scanner finds an active transmission, it checks to see if the frequency has already been stored in the system. If the frequency has already been stored, the scanner continues to search. If the frequency has not been stored, it stores the frequency into a (created) system called 'Close Call' and a (created) group named 'Found Channels' then resumes searching. This new system and group have the same options as any conventional system/group and can be edited the same way.
See also Broadcast Screen.
  Scroll to 'CC Auto Store' and press E/yes.
'Limit Reached' will appear in the display when the Max Auto Store value is reached.
Press Scan to exit.

Using Close Call Modes
To Start Close Call Only mode press Menu. Scroll to 'Close Call' and press E/yes. At 'Close Call Only' press E/yes.
To Use Close Call while Scanning or Searching, press and hold Func then Hold/ to toggle Close Call Priority, Close Call DND, or Off.

Managing Close Call Hits

Contents
In Close Call Only Mode:
When the scanner detects a Close Call signal, 'CC Found!' and 'Press Any Key' appear for the length of time set in Close Call Pause (or until the signal is lost if longer).
Press any key (except Hold) to display the frequency for the delay time set in Search/Close Call Options (even if it's gone).
  To hold on a CC hit press Hold. Press Hold again to resume. See Close Call Hold Mode.
  To store a frequency press 'Any key' then E/yes then see Storing a Displayed Frequency.
  To cancel a CC hit turn the scroll control.
  To lock out the frequency press L/O.
  To view the last CC hit press Hold. Press Hold again to resume.
  To review and unlock search frequencies press Func then L/O.
  To go to the Close Call Menu in Close Call Only mode press and hold Func then Menu.
  To toggle the attenuation on or off (for all bands) press and hold Func then E/yes(att).
  To exit CC only press Scan.
 
While Scanning or Searching with Close Call Override set to On, when the scanner detects a Close Call signal, the scanner overrides the current audio and goes to the Close Call hit.
'CC Found!' and 'Press Any Key' appear for the length of time set in Close Call Pause (or until the signal is lost if longer). If you do not press 'Any Key', the scanner will return to scanning after 'pause' times out.
Press any key (except Hold) to listen to and display the frequency for the delay time set in
Search/Close Call Options (even if it's gone).
Quickly press Hold to stay on the frequency. Press Hold again to resume.
 
While Scanning or Searching with Close Call Override set to Off, when the scanner detects a Close Call signal, the scanner does not override the current audio.
'CC Found!' and 'E to Listen' appear for the length of time set in
Close Call Pause. If you do not press E/yes, the scanner will return to scanning after 'pause' times out.
Press E/yes to listen to and display the frequency for the delay time set in
Search/Close Call Options (only if it's still there).
Quickly press Hold to stay on the frequency. Press Hold again to resume.
While in Hold Mode:
  To store a frequency press E/yes then see Storing a Displayed Frequency.
  To lock out the frequency press L/O.
  To start a 'Quick Search' at the current frequency turn the scroll control then press Hold.
  To check for a repeater frequency quickly press Hold to hold on the frequency. Press and hold Func then press and hold .no(rev). Press Hold to resume.

Weather Operation Menu (BCD396T only)  
Your scanner allows you to search for a local NOAA weather broadcast and set it to alert when a SAME weather alert is broadcast on a NOAA weather channel. You can also program FIPS codes into the scanner and use weather priority that will check the weather channel every 5 seconds for a weather alert signal. For a table of all the alerts and the code meanings, click here.
 
To Edit Weather Options press Menu. Scroll to 'WX Operation' and press E/yes.
Or, in scan or search modes, press Hold to hold on any channel. Press and hold Func then press 2/(WX).
Scroll to the settings and options below and press E/yes. Press Scan/Srch to return to scanning when done with editing.

Note: The items below do not follow the radio's menu order because (IMHO) they should be in the following order to properly setup and use the weather operation features.
 
Weather Scan Program SAME Set Attenuator
Weather Alert Priority Set Delay Time Weather Alert
Contents
Weather Scan The scanner starts scanning the preprogrammed weather frequencies and stops on the first good signal. If the signal is lost, the scanner resumes searching for another weather transmission.
Note: You can also turn on weather scan by holding on any channel/frequency and pressing and holding Func then 2(wx) then E/yes.
  Scroll to 'Weather Scan' press E/yes.
Press Scan to exit.
In Weather Scan Mode:
  To search for another weather channel turn the scroll control.
  To start Weather Alert in Weather Scan press and hold Func then press Menu. Scroll to 'Weather Alert' and press E/yes.
  To store a frequency press E/yes then see Storing a Displayed Frequency.
  To toggle the attenuation on or off press and hold Func then E/yes(att).
  To go to the Weather Menu in any weather mode press and hold Func then Menu.

Weather Alert Priority Turning the weather alert priority feature on allows the scanner to check the weather channels every 5 seconds for a 1050 Hz weather alert signal and still scan or search. If you should receive an alert, you will hear a loud warbling then the weather channel audio. You will see WX in the display when Weather Alert Priority is on. Warning! If you receive an alert it will be at FULL volume.
  Scroll to 'WX Alt Priority' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On and press E/yes.

Programming SAME Groups SAME (Specific Area Messaging System) is a system developed by the National Weather Service to reduce the number of alerts received by consumers by allowing them to hear alerts only for the county(ies) they are interested in. Each alert contains information about the type and severity of the alert, as well as the specific geographic locations affected by the alert. In addition, certain special regions and wildcard settings can be assigned. Your scanner can receive all SAME alert signals broadcast within about a 50-mile radius of where you installed it.

To receive SAME alerts and broadcasts about weather occurring only in particular counties within that area, you can program up to 5 (tagable) groups of 8 FIPS codes (40 codes) into the scanners memory. This lets you avoid hearing an alert that applies to an area within a 50-mile radius but not necessarily to your county or parish.

For the purpose of broadcasting weather information, the NWS has divided the United States into regions by state and county (or parish, where applicable) then assigned a 6-digit FIPS code to identify each county or parish. For example, the code for Tarrant County, Texas, is 048439. The first digit in a FIPS code identifies the county subdivision, the next two digits identify the state, and the last three digits identify the county or parish. Most FIPS codes begin with 0, which means the code represents an entire county. The NWS, however, plans to eventually subdivide some large counties. When that happens, each subdivision will be assigned a digit from 1-9, resulting in codes such as 148439, 248439, and so on.

To obtain the FIPS code for the location where you installed your scanner call the NWS toll free at 1-888-697-7263 (follow the instructions you hear) or see
FIP codes for the United States and its Possessions.

FIPS codes are in the format nSSCCC:

n: A special subcounty designator. For an entire county, use 0.
SS: The state code.
CCC: The county code.
  Scroll to 'Program SAME' and press E/yes.
At 'Select SAME' scroll to the SAME group (1-5) and press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' see
Entering Text to edit the name otherwise scroll to 'Edit County' and press E/yes.
At 'Select Code No' scroll to the spot for the code# (1-8) and press E/yes.
At 'Edit FIPS Code' enter the FIPS code and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to the next spot for the next code and repeat
Press Menu twice to return and select a different SAME group.
Press Menu to save and exit.

Set Delay Time Sets the number of seconds the scanner should wait after a transmission stops before moving on to the next channel during weather scan. The default setting is 2 seconds.
  Scroll to 'Set Delay Time' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (seconds) or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.

Set Attenuator Sets the attenuator (18 dB) for weather operation. The default setting is off.
  Scroll to 'Set Attenuator' and press E/yes.
Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.
  Note: You can also toggle attenuation for weather scan by pressing and holding Func then E/yes(att).

Weather Alert This setting turns on weather alert and determines which types of signals will trigger an alert. The scanner will mute and scan only the weather channels.
Warning!
If you receive an alert it will be at FULL volume.
Scroll to 'Weather Alert' and press E/yes. Scroll to 1 of 7 options and press E/yes.
  Alert Only - the scanner immediately sounds a weather alert siren when it detects the 1050 Hz weather alert tone, then opens the squelch and remains on the weather channel.
  SAME group 1-5 - the scanner sounds a weather alert siren for the programmed county, then opens the squelch and remains on the weather channel.
  All FIPS - the scanner sounds a weather alert siren for any programmed county, then opens the squelch and remains on the weather channel.
Press Scan to exit.

Using Fire Tone-Out Contents
With the tone out feature, the scanner monitors up to 10 different channels for paging tones (two-tone sequential, single tone, and group tone).
See also
Hardware: Tone-Out at WPA Scanner.

Setting up Tone-Out  
Press Menu. Scroll to 'Tone-Out for...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Tone-Out Setup' and press E/yes.
Scroll to '
Tone-Out 1' and press E/yes.
At 'Edit Name' press E/yes. See
Entering Text.
Scroll to '
Set Frequency' press E/yes.
  At 'Edit Frequency' press E/yes. Enter the frequency to monitor for Tone-Out and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to 'Set Modulation' and press E/yes. Scroll to Auto, FM, or NFM and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to 'Set Attenuator' and press E/yes. Scroll to On or Off and press E/yes to save and exit.
Press Menu to return.
Scroll to 'Set Tone' and press E/yes.
  Notes: For two-tone pages, enter the tones (in Hz) for tone A and tone B.
For one-tone pages using short tones between 1.25 and 3.75 seconds, enter tone for tone A, and 0 for B.
For long-tone pages, such as group pages of more than 3.75 seconds, enter 0 for A and the tone for B.
  Scroll to 'Edit Tone A' and press E/yes. Enter the tone and press E/yes to save and exit.
Scroll to 'Edit Tone B' and press E/yes. Enter the tone and press E/yes to save and exit.
Press Menu to return.
Scroll to 'Set Delay Time' and press E/yes.
  Scroll to one of 3 settings and press E/yes to save and exit:
Off - the scanner resumes standby as soon as the carrier drops after a page.
1-30 - (seconds): the scanner resumes standby mode after the carrier drops and the selected time expires.
Infinite - you must press Hold after a page to resume standby mode.
Scroll to 'Set Alert' and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Tone' scroll to the alert (Alert 1-9 or Off) and press E/yes.
  At 'Set Level' scroll to 'Level 1-15 or Auto' (the scanner sets the alert beep to the master volume level) and press E/yes to save and exit.
Press Menu to return then scroll to 'Tone-Out 2' and repeat to program more tones.
Press Menu to return.
 
Using Tone-Out Standby See Setting up Tone-Out first.
Press Menu. Scroll to 'Tone-Out for...' and press E/yes.
Scroll to 'Tone-Out Standby' and press E/yes.
Scroll to monitor a Tone-Out channel (1-10).
Press Scan to exit.
  The display will show the Tone-Out name, channel number (1-10), and tone settings. Any transmission received on the frequency will not be heard but you will still see the signal strength bars.

All Tone-Outs (channels) that have the same frequency (and modulation and attenuation) as the one you select will also (and only) be monitored so you can monitor up to 10 Tone-Out channels for one frequency. In this case, the scanner displays each Tone-Out channel for two seconds. It does not scan them; Tone-Out monitors the frequency for all Tone-Out channels with the same frequency. Regardless of the current display, the scanner will alert on any received tone out that matches a stored setting (channel) for the frequency.

To monitor a different frequency, scroll to a Tone-Out (channel) with a different frequency.

If you press Hold while in standby mode, the scanner temporarily exits standby and you will be able to hear any transmissions on that frequency. No alerts sound, even if a Tone-Out matches one you have stored in hold mode. Press Hold again to return to standby mode.

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Determining Type I Motorola Fleetmaps You can try a method I found at Radio Reference.com. Determining Type I Motorola Fleet Maps. By Dave Goodson.
 
Determining Motorola VHF/UHF Base and Offset Frequencies I have found an explanation at Radio Reference.com that describes how to do this if you don't have the information. The Trunked Radio Systems User’s Page also has an explanation. Look for 'Determining Base and Offset Frequencies for the BC245xlt' by John C.

Finding EDACS LCN order EDACS frequencies have to be programmed in LCN (Logical Channel Number) order. I have found a procedure at the Trunked Radio Systems User’s Page which explains how to find the LCN order for an EDACS system if you don't know the order. Look for 'Finding EDACS Logical Channel Numbers' by Todd Hartzel near the bottom of the page.

Finding LTR LCN order LTR frequencies have to be programmed into certain channel slots for the system to trunktrack properly. Radio Reference has a good webpage here: Mapping LTR Systems.
 
Decimal/AFS Conversion Chart Here is a Conversion Chart to help convert your IDs.
 
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Preprogrammed Systems Contents
  BCD396T USA  

State

Area

System

QK

--

Nationwide

Nationwide.usd

20

AK

All

Alaska.usd

21

AZ

Phoenix

Chandler MOT.usd

22

AZ

Phoenix

Maricopa Conv.usd

22

AZ

Phoenix

Phoenix-Mesa.usd

22

AZ

Phoenix

Tempe MOT.usd

22

AZ

Tucson

Marana.usd

23

AZ

Tucson

Tucson.usd

23

CA

Alameda

Alameda Conv.usd

24

CA

Alameda

Alameda MOT.usd

24

CA

Los Angeles

Culver City MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Glendale.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Conv.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Orange MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Palm Springs MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Riverside Conv.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

San Bernadino A MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

San Bernadino B MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

San Bernadino C MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

San Bernadino D MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

San Bernadino E MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Signal Hill MOT.usd

25

CA

Los Angeles

Torrance County.usd

25

CA

San Diego

National City MOT.usd

26

CA

San Diego

San Diego Conv.usd

26

CA

San Diego

San Diego MOT.usd

26

CA

San Diego

San Diego City MOT.usd

26

CA

San Francisco

Oakland EDACS.usd

27

CA

San Francisco

Santa Clara Conv.usd

27

CA

San Francisco

SantaClaraMOT.usd

27

CO

Statewide

Colorado.usd

28

FL

Miami

Broward Cnty MOT.usd

29

FL

Miami

Broward Conv.usd

29

FL

Miami

Coral Springs MOT.usd

29

FL

Miami

Dade Conv.usd

29

FL

Miami

Dade EDACS.usd

29

FL

Miami

Dade Fire EDACS.usd

29

FL

Miami

Ft. Lauderdale MOT.usd

29

FL

Miami

Miami Beach MOT.usd

29

FL

Miami

Miami MOT.usd

29

State

Area

System

QK

FL

Miami

Plantation MOT.usd

29

GA

Atlanta

Atlanta.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Cherokee County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

DeKalb County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Fayette County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Forsyth County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Forsyth.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Fulton County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Gwinnett County.usd

30

GA

Atlanta

Rockdale County.usd

30

GA

Houston County

Houston County.usd

31

IL

Chicago

Chicago Area.usd

32

IL

Chicago

Cook Conv.usd

32

IL

Chicago

NW Central MOT.usd

32

IL

Chicago

Schaumburg MOT.usd

32

IL

St. Louis

St. Clair County.usd

33

MA

Boston

Boston Area.usd

34

MA

Boston

Cambridge.usd

34

MA

Boston

Marshfield.usd

34

MA

Boston

Middlesex Conv.usd

34

MA

Statewide

MA State Police.usd

35

MI

Detroit

Wayne Conv.usd

36

MI

Statewide

Michigan MPSCS.usd

37

MN

Statewide

Minn ARMER.usd

38

MT

Statewide

Montana.usd

39

NC

Charlotte

Cabarrus County.usd

40

NC

Charlotte

Charlotte Area.usd

40

NC

Charlotte

Charltte-Mcklnbg.usd

40

NE

Omaha

Douglas County.usd

41

NJ

Newark

East Brunswick.usd

42

NJ

Newark

East Hampton MOT.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Edison.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Monroe.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Old Bridge.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Piscataway.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Sayreville.usd

42

NJ

Newark

Union City.usd

42

NM

Albuquerque

Bernalillo County.usd

43

NM

Albuquerque

Los Alamos County.usd

43

NM

Albuquerque

Sandoval County.usd

43

NM

Albuquerque

Valencia County.usd

43

NM

Santa Fe

Santa Fe City.usd

44

NM

Santa Fe

Santa Fe County.usd

44

NV

Las Vegas

Clark County MOT.usd

59

NY

New York City

East Fishkill L.usd

45

NY

New York City

New York Conv.usd

45

NY

New York City

NY Area Conv.usd

45

NY

New York City

Suffolk County MOT.usd

45

OH

Cincinnati

Brook Park MOT.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Butler County.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Cincinnati Area.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Clermont Cnty TRS.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Clermont Cnty TRS.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Hamilton Cnty TRS.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Warren Cnty TRS.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

Warren County.usd

46

OH

Cincinnati

West Chester TRS.usd

46

OH

Cleveland

Cuyahoga Conv.usd

47

OH

Cleveland

Parma EDACS.usd

47

OH

Statewide

Ohio MARCS.usd

48

PA

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Conv.usd

49

PA

Westmoreland

Westmoreland.usd

50

TX

Austin

Austin.usd

51

TX

Austin

Bastrop County.usd

51

TX

Austin

Hays County.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Austin.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Bastrop.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Blanco North.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Blanco South.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Boerne.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Brenham.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Comal County.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Creedmoor.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Doss.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Elgin.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Flatonia.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Gonzales.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Haletsville.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Kendall.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Kerrville.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Kingsbury.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Lago Vista.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Llano.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA New Tatian.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Peters.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Rutersville.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA San Marcos.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Seward Jnct.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Washington.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Austin-Dobie.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Council Creek.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA Fredericksbg.usd

51

TX

Austin

LCRA New Braunfels.usd

51

TX

Austin

Travis County.usd

51

TX

Austin

Williamson Cnty.usd

51

TX

Austin

Williamson County.usd

51

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Arlington MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Carrolton MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Conv.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Fort Worth MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Garland MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Grand Prairie MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Irving EDACS.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Lewisville MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Mesquite MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

NE Tarrant MOT.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

RichardsonEDACS.usd

52

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Tarrant Conv.usd

52

TX

Houston

Caldwell County.usd

53

TX

Houston

Harris Conv.usd

53

TX

Houston

Luling.usd

53

TX

San Antonio

Bexar Conv.usd

54

TX

SouthTexas

STARNET MOT.usd

55

VA

Statewide

Virginia.usd

56

WA

Seattle

Port Of Seattle MOT.usd

57

WA

Seattle

Seattle MOT.usd

57

WV

Harrison

Harrison.usd

58

Preset Fleetmaps Contents
There are 16 preset fleet maps programmed into your scanner to choose from. In Motorola II systems, all the blocks have size code 0. In Type I systems, size codes are used in different blocks to denote the maximum number of users in that block. Notice that size code 12 uses 2 blocks. A Motorola Hybrid system (Type IIi) has 'blocks' of the system that are Type I Fleets/Subfleets and Type II talkgroups.
The maps that are Hybrid systems are in bold.
Preset Map 1 Preset Map 2 Preset Map 3 Preset Map 4 Preset Map 5 Preset Map 6 Preset Map 7 Preset Map 8
Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code
0 S-11 0 S-4 0 S-4 0 S-12 0 S-4 0 S-3 0 S-10 0 S-1
1 S-11 1 S-4 1 S-4 1 (S-12) 1 S-4 1 S-4 1 S-10 1 S-1
2 S-11 2 S-4 2 S-4 2 S-4 2 S-12 2 S-4 2 S-11 2 S-2
3 S-11 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 (S-12) 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-2
4 S-11 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-12 4 S-4 4 S-3
5 S-11 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 (S-12) 5 S-4 5 S-3
6 S-11 6 S-4 6 S-12 6 S-4 6 S-4 6 S-12 6 S-4 6 S-4
7 S-11 7 S-4 7 (S-12) 7 S-4 7 S-4 7 (S-12) 7 S-4 7 S-4
 
Preset Map 9 Preset Map 10 Preset Map 11 Preset Map 12 Preset Map 13 Preset Map 14 Preset Map 15 Preset Map 16
Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code
0 S-4 0 S-0 0 S-4 0 S-0 0 S-3 0 S-4 0 S-4 0 S-3
1 S-4 1 S-0 1 S-0 1 S-0 1 S-3 1 S-3 1 S-4 1 S-10
2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-11 2 S-10 2 S-4 2 S-10
3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-11 3 S-11
4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-11 4 S-0
5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-4 5 S-0 5 S-0
6 S-0 6 S-4 6 S-0 6 S-0 6 S-0 6 S-12 6 S-12 6 S-12
7 S-0 7 S-4 7 S-0 7 S-4 7 S-0 7 (S-12) 7 (S-12) 7 (S-12)
 
Size Code Fleets Sub Fleets Number of Blocks Number of Talkgroups per Block Max IDs per Talkgroup Max Radios per Block
S0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 512?
S1 128 4 1 512 16 16
S2 16 8 1 128 64 64
S3 8 8 1 64 128 128
S4 1 16 1 16 512 512
S5 64 4 1 256 32 32
S6 32 8 1 256 32 32
S7 32 4 1 128 64 64
S8 16 4 1 64 128 128
S9 8 4 1 32 256 256
S10 4 8 1 32 256 256
S11 2 16 1 32 256 256
S12 1 16 2 8 1024 512
S13 1 16 4 4 2048 512
S14 1 16 8 2 4096 512
 
You can tell which block a Motorola ID is in by its number.
Block Lower ID# Upper ID#
0 0000 8191
1 8192 16383
2 16384 24575
3 24576 32767
4 32768 40959
5 40960 49151
6 49152 57343
7 57344 65535

Thanks to
Radio Reference.com for most of this information.

Type II Special Status Bits Contents
Type II Motorola Smartnet systems use these status bits for special transmissions such as emergency, patches, DES/DVP scrambled transmissions, and multiselects. Motorola trunking radios directly interpret them for their special functions, thus no difference is noticed by the person with the radio. The scanner however interpret these special talkgroup status bits as different talkgroups entirely. Below is the conversion chart for these special status bits.
 
TT ID + # Usage TT ID + # Usage
ID+0 Normal Talkgroup ID+8 DES/DVP Encryption talkgroup
ID+1 All Talkgroup ID+9 DES All Talkgroup
ID+2 Emergency ID+10 DES Emergency
ID+3 Talkgroup patch to another ID+11 DES Talkgroup patch
ID+4 Emergency Patch ID+12 DES Emergency Patch
ID+5 Emergency multi-group ID+13 DES Emergency multi-group
ID+6 ? ID+14 ?
ID+7 Multi-select (initiated by dispatcher) ID+15 Multi-select DES TG
 
Therefore, if a user was transmitting a multi-select call on talkgroup 1808, the scanner would actually receive those transmissions on 1815. Some common uses of these status bits are as follows:
 
- When a user hits their emergency button, all conversations on the talkgroup revert to the emergency status talkgroup (ID+2) until the dispatch clears the emergency status. Therefore, if someone hit their emergency button and their radio was on talkgroup 16, all communications would switch to talkgroup 18.
 
- A lot of Fire and EMS departments dispatch tone-outs and alarms as Multi-select communications (ID+7). Therefore, if your fire department dispatch talkgroup is 1616, and they do dispatch tone-outs and alarms as Multi-selects, then those communications will be on talkgroup 1623.
 
Thanks to the Radio Reference.com for this information.

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