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300-Channel Trunk Tracking Scanner
Before you use this scanner, please read and observe the following: EARPHONE WARNING! Be sure to use only the recommended optional monaural earphone earphone or stereo headset may be potentially hazardous to your hearing. The output of the phone jack is monaural, but you will hear it in both headphones of a stereo headset. Set the volume to a comfortable audio level coming from the speaker before plugging in the monaural earphone or a stereo headset of the proper impedance (32 (EP009). You may also use a 32Ω stereo headset. Use of an incorrect
Ω). Otherwise you might experience some
discomfort or possible hearing damage if the volume suddenly becomes too loud because of the Volume Control or Squelch Control setting. This may be particularly true of the type of earphone that is placed in the ear canal. WARNING! Uniden does not represent this unit to be waterproof. To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture. GENERAL BATTERY WARNING! Do not short-circuit any Battery. Do not discard Batteries in a fire; they may explode. Rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium Batteries Must Be Recycled or Disposed of Properly. Uniden voluntarily participates in an RBRC®industry program to collect and recycle nickel-cadmium batteries at the end of their useful life, when taken out of service within the United States. The RBRC® program provides a convenient alternative to placing used nickel-cadmium batteries into the trash or municipal waste stream, which is illegal in some areas. Through the RBRC® program, Uniden makes it easy for you to drop off the used battery at local retailers of replacement nickel-cadmium batteries. You may also contact your local recycling center for information on where to return the used battery. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on Ni-Cd battery recycling in your area. Unidens involvement in this program is part of its commitment to protecting our environment and conserving natural resources. RBRC® is a registered trademark of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Storing Search Frequencies. . . . . . . . . . . 15 Programming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Installing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CONTENTS Introduction . 28 Setting a Search Range . . 25 Restore All Locked-Out Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 SVC Scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Setting the Delay Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Programming with SVC Scan. . 12 Low Battery Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Included with Your Scanner . . . . 3 Important Notice . . . 12 Flexible Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Adapter Safety Feature . 25 Priority Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Restore a Locked Out Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 RF Attenuation Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Where to Obtain More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Changing the Priority Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Setting the Squelch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What is Scanning? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Turbo Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Lockout Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Belt Clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Searching . . . . . . . 10 Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Turn the Scanner On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Data Skip . . . . . . 5 What is Trunk Tracking? . . . 16 Duplicate Frequency Alert . . . 9 Information on the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Charging the Battery Pack . . . . . . . 15 Auto Light . . . . 28 Search Hold Feature . . 29 Frequency Skip . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Feature Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Keylock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Deleting a Stored Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Channel Lockout . . . . . . . . 4 Terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Programming Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 LCD Back Light . . . . . . . . . . 19 Scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 SVC Scan Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Basic Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What is Searching? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
74 General Use . . . 44 Restore all IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Programming ID Scan Lists Manually . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Deleting a Stored ID . . 61 Remote Interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Programming Scan Lists During Search . . . . . . . 42 Frequency Find Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Programming a Hybrid System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ID Scan Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Setting the Squelch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 User Defined Fleet Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Multi-Track . . . . . . . . 56 Selecting a Preset Fleet Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 SmartScan Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 ID Lockout . . . . . . . . 72 Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Remote (PC Control) Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Connecting the scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Toggling the Status Bit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 EDACS® Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Preset Fleet Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Direct Entry ID Hold Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Moving between Scan List Memories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Setting the Base and Offset frequencies for Motorola VHF/UHF trunked systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Searching Tips . . . . . . . . 75 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . 39 Searching a Trunked Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 One Year Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trunk Tracking . . . . . 36 Types of Trunking Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Setting Priority in Trunking Mode . . . . . . . . . 75 Birdies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Programming Trunking Frequencies . . . . . . . . . . 70 Clone Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Channel Activity Indicators . . . . . . . . . 56 Selecting Trunking Programming Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Programming a Fleet Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Fleet Map Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Scan Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Location . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Restore a Single ID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
With the new SmartScanner™ feature.5 kHz 12. railroad. Use your new scanner to monitor: n UHF High Band UHF 800/900 MHz Trunked Public Safety Systems n Police and Fire Departments (including rescue and paramedics) n Trunking for Motorola and EDACS systems n NOAA Weather Broadcasts n Business/Industrial Radio n Utilities n Marine and amateur (ham radio) bands n Air band Frequency Range 29.0-54.5 kHz Transmission 10 Meter Amateur Band VHF Low Band 6 Meter Amateur Band Aircraft Band Military Land Mobile 2 Meter Amateur Band VHF High Band Federal Govt. amateur. fire/emergency.0 MHz 108-137 MHz 137-144 MHz 144-148 MHz 148-174 MHz 406-420 MHz 420-450 MHz 450-470 MHz 470-512 MHz 806-956 MHz Steps 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 12.7 MHz 29.0-29. air.5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 12.7-50.Introduction The BC 245XLT is a state-of-the-art radio with TrunkTracking™ and automatic scanning capabilities. 70cm Amateur Band UHF Standard Band UHF T Band Public Service 800 Band 3 .0 MHz 50. you can also automatically program your scanner by downloading directly from our Uniden/Bearcat national frequency database via a PC or external modem.5 kHz 12. marine. It can store frequencies such as police.5 kHz 12. and other communications into 10 banks of 30 channels each.5 kHz 12.
could void your authority to operate this product. and/or local jurisdictions. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. regulated. or operation of this product in any way other than as detailed by this Operating Guide.Important Notice n This scanning radio has been manufactured so that it will not tune radio frequencies assigned by the FCC for cellular telephone usage. possession. Your local law enforcement officials should be able to provide you with information regarding the laws in your community. cities. as amended. 4 . n The screen displays used in this manual are representations of what might appear when you use your scanner. makes it a federal crime to intentionally intercept cellular or cordless telephone transmissions or to market this radio when altered to receive them. n Changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by Uniden. or require a permit in certain states. n The installation. or use of this scanning radio in a motor vehicle may be prohibited.
Trunking radio systems solve this problem. can search the VHF FM bands at up to 300 channels per second. When the transmission ends.500 MHz . a new feature for Uniden scanners. You can choose between two speeds while searching. many public radio users don’t have enough frequencies to meet their needs. 5 . etc. and this has created a serious problem. As the demand for public communications has increased. What is Trunk Tracking? Conventional scanning is a simple concept. most two-way communications do not transmit continuously. the scanning cycle resumes until another transmission is received. the police in your area may broadcast on 460. You enter a radio frequency in your scanner’s memory which is used by someone you want to monitor. the highway department on 37. What is Searching? The BC 245XLT can search each of its 12 bands to find active frequencies.Terminology What is Scanning? Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations. The BC 245XLT scans the channels you program until it finds an active frequency. and more importantly.900 MHz. Turbo Search. you can stop on a channel and listen to an entire conversation. Scanning stops on an active frequency and remains on that channel as long as the transmission continues. the fire department on 154. you usually know who it is. So when your scanner stops on a frequency. This type of scanning is easy and fun. For example. This is different from scanning because you are searching for frequencies that have not been programmed into your scanner.445 MHz.
But if you’re already an experienced scanner operator. a brief burst of data is broadcast before each transmission. it actually follows the users of a trunked radio system. Understanding scanning fundamentals and its terminology will make trunk tracking much easier. Following a conversation on a trunked system using a scanner is difficult. they are removed from the frequency so another talk group can use it. you won’t miss any of the action. if not impossible. because when there’s a short break during the conversation you’re monitoring. radio users are divided into groups. counties. If the group using a frequency stops broadcasting or pauses between replies for a few seconds. or trunking. it’s possible that the talk group will be assigned to a completely different frequency in the trunked system. Sharing of the available public service frequencies. allows cities.In a trunked radio system. you may want to go to Trunk Tracking on page 36 now. Once you know a talk group’s ID. This type of scanning is difficult and frustrating. The trunking system computer uses this data to temporarily assign each radio in a talk group to an available frequency. If you’re a new scanner enthusiast. TrunkTracker™ changes this! Not only does your new BC 245XLT scan channels like a conventional scanner. you may want to read the first part of this manual and use your scanner in conventional mode before you begin trunk tracking. 6 . which contains up to 28 different frequencies. or other agencies to accommodate hundreds of users with relatively few frequencies. and these talk groups are assigned specific IDs. When someone in a talk group uses their radio. often called talk groups.
10 Banks – Includes 12 bands. 10 banks with 30 channels each are useful for storing similar frequencies to maintain faster scanning cycles or for storing all the frequencies of a trunked system. n Manual Channel Access – Go directly to any channel. n Memory Backup – If the battery completely discharges or if power is disconnected. 7 . n LCD Back Light – An LCD light remains on for 15 seconds when is pressed. n 12 Bands. railroad. the frequencies programmed in your scanner are retained in memory. n Unique Data Skip – Allows your scanner to skip unwanted data transmissions and reduces birdies. n 10 Priority Channels – You can assign one priority channel in each bank. n Multi-Track – Track more than one trunking system at a time and scan conventional and trunked systems at the same time. n 300 Channels – Program one frequency into each channel. You must have at least one channel programmed to use the Scan mode. n Preprogrammed Service (SVC) Search – Allows you to toggle through preprogrammed police.Feature Highlights n Trunk Tracking – Follow UHF High Band UHF 800/900 MHz trunked public safety and public service systems just as if conventional two-way communications were used. aircraft. n Autolight – Automatically turns the light on when it finds a transmission. n 29 MHz-956 MHz – Indicates the range of frequencies that can be searched within the bands of your scanner. Assigning a priority channel allows you to keep track of activity on your most important channel(s) while monitoring other channels for transmissions. with Aircraft and 800 MHz. Note: The frequency coverage is not continuous and excludes the cellular band. and weather frequencies. marine. fire/emergency.
This applies only to transmission bands with 5 kHz steps. n Attenuator – Reduces the signal strength.n Battery Save – In manual mode. (No PC required) n Turbo Search – Increases the search speed to 300 steps per second. 8 . your scanner automatically reduces its power requirements to extend the battery’s charge. n SmartScanner™ – Automatically program your BC 245XLT with all the frequencies and trunking talk groups for your local area by accessing our national database with your PC or just an external modem.
to 5:00 p.com/free.) n Local Dealer Information on the Internet If you have access to the Internet. contact one of the following: n Uniden Parts Department (800) 554-3988 (Hours are from 8:00 a.S. To obtain a copy of the frequency guide.m.bearcat1.) n Bearcat Frequency Hotline (937) 299-0414 (Hours are from 9:00 a.htm For more information about Uniden and our other products. to 5:00 p.m. The Betty Bearcat Frequency Guide lists typical frequencies used around the U. and Canada that you may program into your new scanner.uniden.m. you must program frequencies into available channels.A. Central Time Monday through Friday.trunktracker. you may want to visit www.com or www. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. visit www.m.Where to Obtain More Information Before using your scanner.com 9 .
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n If you need to improve reception. (You can purchase this type of antenna at a local electronics store. Replace cover and press down until it clicks into place. Read the precautions on the inside front cover of this Guide. 11 .Setup These are helpful guidelines when using your new scanner: n If your scanner receives interference or electrical noise.) n Use the included earphone or an optional stereo headset with proper impedance for private listening. move the scanner or its antenna away from the source. Open the cover. 2. 3. Insert the battery pack. use an optional antenna designed for multi-band coverage. Installing the Battery Pack 1.
Low Battery Indicator When the Battery Pack is low and needs to be charged. You can use your scanner while the battery charges. You will also hear a beep every 15 seconds as an audible alert.Charging the Battery Pack Use the AC Adapter/Charger to power the BC 245XLT from an AC outlet. Adapter Safety Feature The AC Adapter included with this scanner may be equipped with a polarized line plug — a plug with one blade wider than the other. leave the AC Adapter/Charger connected for 14 – 16 hours. try reversing the plug. 12 . This plug will fit into a power outlet only one way. Use only the supplied AC Adapter (AD70U) or one of the optional power cords (WZ1015 or WZ1017). If you are unable to insert the adapter’s plug into an outlet. To fully charge the battery. the battery icon appears in the display. Note: Disconnect the AC Adapter/Charger from the unit when charging is complete.
13 . Belt Clip Do not tighten the screws too tight. You can damage the case or clip.Flexible Antenna Attach the flexible antenna to the BNC connector.
Think of the Squelch Control as a gate. Turn the Scanner On Turn the VOLUME control clockwise out of the detent position. 3. This raises the “Squelch Gate” so high that only very strong signals can get through. The scanner automatically starts scanning. 1. and you should not be receiving a signal on your scanner. 2. 4. Press until you do not hear a signal. Make sure that the VOLUME is set to a comfortable listening level. Turn SQUELCH fully counter-clockwise. and strong signals. Turn SQUELCH fully clockwise until you hear a hiss. weak signals. STRONG SIGNALS MEDIUM SIGNALS WEAK SIGNALS NOISE 14 . This lowers the “Squelch Gate” so that everything gets through—noise. you must be in the Manual mode.Basic Operation Note: Fold out the Front Cover to see the Controls and Indicators while reading this Guide. Setting the Squelch To set the squelch. bc245 flashes twice in the display.
press and hold until the symbol appears in the lower right of the display. It remains on for 15 seconds and then goes out. 15 . STRONG SIGNALS MEDIUM SIGNALS WEAK SIGNALS NOISE Keylock Key Lock prevents accidental key entries during conventional scanning or while in trunk tracking mode.5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 LCD Back Light Press and release to turn the LCD light on. Turn SQUELCH back counter-clockwise just until the hiss stops. whenever a transmission is found. press and hold until the symbol in the lower right of the display turns off. 1. To unlock the keypad. To lock the keypad. The scanner will automatically turn the light on for 5 seconds. Auto Light Press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps. Now the “Squelch Gate” allows only clear signals through. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.
Select frequencies from your dealer. Press . or from one of the guides listed on page 9.Programming Before the BC 245XLT can begin conventional scanning. 1. Select a channel. Then press . 3.340 Ambulance operations 155.800 Marine Calling channel 155. from various sources on the internet.950 Ambulance operations 462. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 16 .5625 Family Radio Services (channel one) 2. a. you must program a frequency into at least one channel.280 Ambulance operations 155. Repeat this procedure for each channel you want to program. b. Here’s a list of sample frequencies you should try: 156.160 Ambulance operations 462. Enter the channel number.
Enter the frequency. If you enter a frequency which is outside the scanner’s frequency bands. (See the Table on page 3 or the Band List on the back of the scanner). Then press . b. Press and go back to Step 4. a.4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 17 . a distinctive beep sounds and Error appears in the display. press repeatedly until the display is cleared. Enter the frequency number. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: To clear a mistake while entering the frequency.
when you are programming five new frequencies into Channels 4 through 8. Press to clear and start again. For example. n Put the frequency that you listen to the most or the most important frequency into a Priority channel. Use Service Scan feature to select the weather information band. program police frequencies in channels 1 through 10 and fire/emergency into channels 11 through 20. you hear a beep and the other channel displays. n Group similar frequencies into adjacent channels. since weather channels transmit continuously. n If you want to download frequencies using SmartScan feature. go to that section in this manual. press or to go to the next higher channel. n To quickly program a series of channels. 18 . start with Channel 4. n Write down your programmed channels and frequencies in some convenient place in case the scanner memory is lost. start with the lowest number channel. After you finish programming a channel. For example. Programming Tips n Do not program a weather frequency into one of the channels. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 OR Press again to store the frequency in both channels.Duplicate Frequency Alert If you enter a frequency which is stored in another channel. and so on.
19 . Press . c.Deleting a Stored Frequency To delete a stored frequency: a. b. Note: Channels with no frequencies are automatically locked out. Select a channel. Then press 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .
After programming frequencies. During normal scanning the scanner skips unprogrammed or locked out channels. the first bank is automatically selected.Scanning 1. the LCD back light comes on for five seconds and the scanner stops on that channel. You cannot deactivate all ten banks at the same time. You can deselect banks from active scanning by pressing their number on your keypad. To restore a bank to active scanning. and the bank’s channels are not scanned. simply press to begin scanning. 3. The indicator for each deselected bank turns off. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 . When a transmission is received. SCAN CHANNELS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Frequency not entered Frequency Locked Out (L/O) 4. scanning resumes automatically. The bank’s indicator will display again. If you try to turn all the banks off. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. provided that you have selected the Auto Light feature. and the bank being currently monitored flashes. press the bank’s number on your keypad. Note: One Bank must always be active. The bank indicators selected for scanning appear in the display. When the transmission ends.
press . the signal may overload the scanner. 2. To turn RF Attenuation on: 1. preventing stronger signals from overloading the scanner. press . The scanner may stop repeatedly on that signal and miss other transmissions. Press . The RF Attenuation feature works in all modes and attenuates (reduces) the incoming signal strength by about 15 dB. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 If you want to resume scanning. Press ATT. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 To directly access a specific channel: 1. If you’re near an unusually strong signal source. Enter the channel number you want using the keypad. Press again. 21 . RF Attenuation Feature The BC 245XLT comes with an RF Attenuation feature. 3.If you want to stop on a channel during scanning.
just press ATT again. When your scanner stops on a channel that you want to delay. 22 . DLY displays and scanning resumes two seconds after the transmission ends. Delay in Scan or Search Mode 1. You hear a beep. Press or set a search range and press . To turn RF Attenuation off. Now all incoming signal strength is reduced. press . Setting the Delay Mode A delay can be set for each programmed channel so that when scan or search stops on a channel there is a brief pause before the scanning cycle resumes. and ATT appears in the display begins flashing.2. The ATT icon goes out. 2. Delay must be set for each programmed channel and it can be set when your scanner pauses during a scan or when manual mode is selected.
2. Press again. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Press . Lockout in Manual Mode 1. You can restore the channel to scanning whenever you wish. L/O appears in display. Press and DLY displays indicating the scanner will pause on the channel when a transmission is received. OR Press or to change higher.Delay in Manual Mode 1. Channel Lockout You can lockout any channel so it is not reviewed during normal scanning. Select the channel that you want by entering the number and press . Select a channel. 2. Press to lockout the channel. Press . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 23 . Enter the channel numbers. or to lower the channel.
you may want to keep that channel from scanning. 12. 7. 8. Lockout Tips n To quickly lockout a series of channels. n Record the locked-out channels in some convenient place so you can restore them. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The scanner immediately resumes scanning because the locked out channel is no longer in the scanning sequence. 24 . After selecting channel 4. 3. start with the lowest number channel. Wait until the scanner stops at the channel.Lockout in Scanning Mode If the scanner keeps stopping on a particular channel due to noise or too frequent transmissions. For example. if you are locking out channels 4. 1. and 15. Then press . start with Channel 4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. press . Then press one or more times to step up to the next channel to be locked out.
Select a locked out channel. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Restore All Locked-Out Channels You can restore all locked-out channels in a bank only when a bank is selected for scan. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. If you have deselected a bank and you want to restore all of its locked-out channels using the steps below. 2. b. Press . 1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: You must be in Manual mode before restoring all locked-out channels. a. Press . Enter the channel number. 25 . The L/O icon goes out. you must press and then press the number of the bank on your keypad.Restore a Locked Out Channel 1. Then press again. Press to unlock the channel.
Press again at anytime to deactivate Priority Scan. your scanner checks the priority channel every two seconds for activity. Note: If you have locked out the priority channel. To activate Priority Scan (in either the Manual or Scan Mode): 1. You will hear two beeps when all the channels have been restored. Priority Scan When Priority Scan is turned on. 2.2. then resumes normal scanning. your scanner monitors the channel until the transmission ends. Press . Press and hold for about two seconds. this message appears when you select Priority mode. If a signal is present on the priority channel. You can designate one channel in each bank as a Priority Channel. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 26 .
b. Then press again. Press and hold for two seconds to designate this channel as your new Priority Channel. Note: Priority in Trunking mode works just the same. 27 . a. Press . you set them for talk group ID’s. 2. Enter the channel number. except instead of setting priorities for channels. 1. Select a new Priority Channel. Two beeps indicate that the Priority channel has changed. but you can change it to any of the 30 available channels in each bank. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.Changing the Priority Channel You cannot eliminate the Priority Channel.
(Refer to the table on page 3 for the frequency bands.Searching Setting a Search Range The BC 245XLT can search a specific frequency range to find frequencies if you don’t have a frequency guide available or if new stations have been added since your guide was published. 1. For example. Press to stop scanning. This only applies to the transmission bands which have 5 kHz steps. Using your keypad. 28 . 2. enter the highest frequency of your search range. press again. enter 155. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. enter 157. 6. 4. press when the Search mode is active. Using your keypad. 5. . Press Press .000 MHz. Turbo Search To increase the search speed from 100 to 300 steps per second. Press . enter the lowest frequency of your search range.) Search flashes in the display when Turbo search is active.000 MHz. For example. To cancel Turbo Search.
Search Hold Feature
1. Press at anytime to stop the search. Press to move to the next higher frequency.
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Press to move down to the previous frequency. 3. Press to resume searching.
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A scanner will normally stop on any transmission it receives. This means the BC 245XLT will stop on data signals and unmodulated transmissions. You can automatically skip many of these types of transmissions during searches. 1. Press to activate the data skip feature. The indicator appears on the display. 2. Press again to cancel the data skip feature. The indicator disappears from the display. When data skip is active, your scanner may pause momentarily on an unwanted signal but will resume searching in 2 or 3 seconds. Data Skip does not function when the AIR Band is selected. 29
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If a particular frequency continues to interrupt search scanning, it is possible to set your scanner to skip the frequency. To skip a frequency, press . Note: You can program up to 50 skip frequencies. The 51st skip frequency entered causes the first skipped frequency to unlock. To cancel all skipped frequencies, press for 2 seconds.
Storing Search Frequencies
You can quickly store any frequency you find during Search. Caution: You must select the channel in which you will store the frequency before entering the search mode. Otherwise, you may erase a stored frequency that you want to keep. 1. 2. Press .
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Using your keypad, enter the lowest frequency of your search range. For example, enter 155.000 MHz. Press . Using your keypad, enter the highest frequency of your search range. For example, enter 157.000 MHz.
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Press when the scanner stops at the frequency you want to store. Press to store the frequency in the channel you selected. Note: After this step you are in manual mode.
To store another frequency, select another channel for the new frequency by pressing or or .
10. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for all the Search frequencies you want to store.
The Service Scan feature allows you to toggle through six bands preprogrammed for police, fire/emergency, railroad aircraft, marine, and weather. The frequencies selected for these bands are the most commonly used around the U.S. 1. Press .
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POLICE appears beneath the blinking channel number, and a frequency displays. 2. After a two second delay, scanning begins. Press to start scanning immediately or to continue scanning if you want to skip a frequency. 3. Press to scan the FIRE bank.
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Press to scan the RR bank. When an active channel is displayed, the scanner will alternate between the frequency and the Railroad channel number. Press to scan the AIR bank.
Press to scan the MRN bank.
When an active channel is displayed, the scanner will alternate between the frequency and the Marine channel number. 7. Press to scan the WX band. Note: It’s possible to receive more than one weather broadcast in your area. If the broadcast sounds weak or distant, press again to look for a closer station. 8. To exit SVC Scan mode, press .
During search of one of the preprogrammed service bands, press to stop the scan on a frequency. HOLD appears in the display. Press or to move up or down one programmed frequency, or press to resume scanning. Note: If you want to remain on a channel until a responding transmission is received, press activate the two second delay feature. to
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: You can lockout up to 20 frequencies in SVC Scan mode. The 21st locked out frequency entered causes the first locked out frequency to unlock.SVC Scan Lockout Follow these steps to lockout frequencies during Service scanning: Note: You cannot lockout weather frequencies. press and hold for about two seconds. Press to resume scanning. Press . To cancel the lockout press again. To restore all lockout frequencies. 34 . You will hear two beeps when all frequencies have been restored. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. 1. Press to stop the Service Scan.
5. Press repeatedly to select Service Scan mode you want. When SVC Scan stops on a frequency you want. press . Press to store the frequency in the channel you selected. Note: If a frequency is already stored in the channel you select it will be erased when you save the new frequency. 2. Press to begin scanning. 4.Programming with SVC Scan Follow these steps to program frequencies into a channel during Service scanning: 1. Select a channel you want to program. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 35 . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.
There are really two types of trunking systems (other than EDACS) which are important when using your TrunkTracker™ scanner. you can visit www. * Motorola. These are usually referred to as Type I and Type II systems.htm for current news and frequency information about Trunk Tracking Scanning. Some radios have access to only one talk 36 . Hybrid. and PRIVACY PLUS are trademarks of Motorola Inc. which may be reduced by moving away from strong transmission sources. EDACS is a registered trademark of the Ericsson Corporation. Type II.) n The frequencies for many of the trunked public safety systems are listed in the TrunkTracker™ National Public Safety Trunked System Frequency Guide included with your BC 245XLT scanner. you may want to remember these important points: n Your scanner defaults to monitor Motorola Type II systems. and these talk groups are also assigned unique IDs. Type I only occurs on some 800 MHz systems. SMARTNET. however. n You may experience slight interference in some 900 MHz frequencies. called talk groups. When tracking these types of systems. you can change this if the system in your area is different.com/free.bearcat1. but the way that each system does this is slightly different. (The types of systems are discussed below. Every radio in a trunked system is assigned a unique ID so the central site computer can identify it when it’s used. One important distinction between these two systems is the amount of data transmitted by each radio when its push-to-talk button (PTT) is pressed. Both Type I and Type II systems place radios (or radio users) into groups. SMARTNET™.com or www. All VHF.Trunk Tracking Your BC 245XLT is designed to track Motorola Type I. and EDACS® analog trunking systems* on any band. Types of Trunking Systems Trunking systems divide a few frequencies among many different users. UHF and 900 MHz trunking systems (other than EDACS) use Type II. n If you have internet access.trunktracker. PRIVACY PLUS™.
In a Type II system. but it’s possible to select a Preprogrammed Fleet Map or create a Custom Fleet Map for your area. Determining the exact Fleet-Subfleet hierarchy for a particular area is referred to as Fleet Map Programming. it’s possible for a city using a Type I system to designate 4 Fleets. and as a result Type I systems usually accommodate fewer users than Type II systems. For example. whereas in a Type I system the radio ID and its current affiliation are both transmitted when PTT is pressed. Another difference between the systems is that Type I systems are arranged in a Fleet-Subfleet hierarchy. See page 60 for details. while others have access to many talk groups.group. Detectives. East and West Side Patrols. The talk group (s) each radio can access is called the radio’s affiliation (s). the Fire Department. The disadvantage of a Type I system is that when PTT is pressed. For VHF and UHF Type II trunking systems. only the radio ID is transmitted when PTT is pressed. Even though there are many Type II systems. you will need to know the base and offset frequency. Why the difference? Type II systems are slightly more advanced because the central computer maintains a database which is used to determine each radio’s affiliation (s). when someone uses their radio. Type I systems are still in use. and Supervisors. Their fleets might be the Police Department. This is three times the amount of data a Type II system radio sends. Changes to a Type II system are easier than Type I because the system manager only need update the database instead of reprogramming individual radios. Utilities. the brief burst of data must contain the radio’s ID and its Fleet and Subfleet. each with 8 Subfleets. which is discussed further in this manual. South. Tactical Operations. North. All the available police radios would then be assigned to one of the police subfleets. Your scanner defaults to monitor Type II systems. 37 . The Police may decide to further divide their fleet into subfleets such as Dispatch. and Administration. There are also Hybrid systems which are a combination of both Type I and Type II.
Until now these widely used systems have been almost impossible to monitor with a conventional scanner.EDACS® Tracking TrunkTracker II now allows tracking of EDACS trunked systems. which means that each transmission is assigned a new frequency. your TrunkTracker II automatically follows it. With your TrunkTracker II listening to EDACS is remarkably easy. and perhaps even easier than conventional scanning. showing the frequency transitions that a particular radio conversation might use. Note: Many 900 MHz EDACS® trunking systems (such as those used by some utilities) utilize a control channel that cannot be tracked with the BC 245XLT. As the conversation moves through the system’s frequencies. This graph depicts a 30 second sample of transmission in an EDACS trunked system. EDACS® systems use “Transmission Trunking”. 38 .
Setting the Squelch Since Squelch is automatically adjusted in trunking mode. you can only select channels 91-120 with the or keys. it isn’t necessary to manually adjust the squelch control while trunk tracking. 39 . if you are programming Bank 4. Set SQUELCH in this position before selecting a trunking bank. in some instances. the squelch setting can prevent your scanner from acquiring the data channel at all. consider the following: n You can only program one trunking system in each bank of your scanner. Note: You can change this recommended setting. to provide better performance in your area. Check the frequency guide included with the radio and the listed web sites for details. and. Programming Trunking Frequencies Before you start programming your scanner to track a trunked system. n IMPORTANT: If you are programming an EDACS® trunked system. you must enter the frequencies in a specific order. if necessary. However. n If you’re in the Trunking Programming mode. you cannot select channels in other banks. n Trunking frequencies must be entered while in the Trunking Programming mode. For example. the squelch setting you select before you begin trunk tracking can affect how fast your scanner acquires the data channel.
List of trunking options as follows: E2 800 (Type II 800 MHz) E2 900 (Type II 900 MHz) E2 Hi (Type II VHF 137-174 MHz) * E2 UHF (Type II UHF 406-512 MHz) * Ed (EDACS® )*** E1 (Type I 800 MHz) ** * Requires programming of a base and an offset frequency. Choose the system you want to track. Press second. See appropriate section. See section on Programming a Fleet Map. 40 . for 1. Use or to choose the system. 1.5 You will hear two beeps. by pressing 1 through 0. Select the Bank you want to store the frequency.The first step in tracking a trunked system is storing the frequencies in one of the 10 available banks in your scanner. and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. ** Requires programming of a fleet map. and press . 2. *** Requires programming of frequencies in exact order and location. 3.
press twice. 6. BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SCAN 41 . Then press . and start over. Note: To clear a mistake while entering a frequency. Note: You will see the frequencies quickly displaying as your scanner looks for the data channel which controls the system. 7. 5. For example. Press either or to select the next channel in the bank. Press and go back to Step 3.2625 (Type 1). Press to begin searching the bank you’ve programmed. or enter a frequency of the system you’re going to track. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all frequencies have been entered. Use the keypad to enter a frequency for the trunked system. enter 856. If the frequency is out of the range of the system chosen in this step. an error message displays.4.
the scanner begins trunk tracking. you won’t know exactly who the ID’s are assigned to unless you listen awhile or until ID lists are available in frequency guides or on internet sites. Once the data channel is acquired. you cannot Scan the trunking bank you just programmed unless you enter talk groups into memory. See ahead for details. While searching. it usually only takes a few minutes to figure out police. Talk group ID’s. However. Other IDs may take some time. begin to display. and emergency medical personnel. you’ll be able to find all the active talk groups within the trunked system. fire. 42 . but determining who each ID represents is half the fun of TrunkTracker™.Searching a Trunked Bank If programming a Type I system. which represent different service groups. With the search function.
and the steps are the same. Direct Entry ID Hold Mode During Search mode. however. you can hold on an ID without entering it into memory. Press again. 43 . Use the keypad to enter the ID you want. Channel number flashes in the display. 1. Note: The ID Hold mode works in Scan List mode. Press to return to Search mode. n Press and hold for two seconds and the display will automatically flash the ID and the frequency alternately until you set the condition by pressing the key again.Frequency Find Mode n Press the while a talk group ID is active and the display will flash the frequency on which that talk group is transmitting. SEARCH doesn’t appear in the display. 3. HOLD flashes in the display. press to stop the search mode. 4. 2. When a talk group is active.
press when the ID displays. 4.ID Lockout Like conventional scanning. For information about Scan Lists see page 48. Note: If you lockout an ID in Search mode. To lockout an ID. water meters. and you may want to lock out these unintelligible broadcasts. You can lockout up to 200 IDs. follow these steps: 1. and the next active ID displays. it’s possible to lockout unwanted traffic. Also some departments scramble or encrypt their communications. 3. traffic signals. Conversely. door alarms. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. The ID is unlocked and the next locked ID displays. it is locked out in Search mode. Restore a Single ID To unlock a single ID. if you lockout an ID while in Scan List mode. and other mechanical devices are assigned IDs just like other users. This is particularly important in trunked systems because in many areas. 44 . Use or to select the ID you want to unlock. 2. Press to return to the Search mode. it is also locked out in Scan List mode. The ID is locked out. Press .
This mode holds an ID for 5 seconds while you wait for a reply.Restore all IDs To unlock all locked out IDs at once. Note: If you unlock all the IDs. Press to scan the IDs stored in your Scan Lists or press to return to the Search mode. For Motorola Type II or EDACS. you’ve likely left out one or more of the frequencies used by the system. Other groups may use the system. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. 45 . 3. but your scanner will only look for the ID in the display. if you’re missing pieces of conversations. Note: If you consistently miss responses while in ID Delay mode. follow these steps: 1. Press to unlock all the IDs at once. Searching Tips ID Delay Mode n Use the key to select the Delay mode if it’s not active. 2. then the Scan List Memory mode displays. For information about Scan Lists see page 48. you may need to change the default system type or change the fleet map you’re using if you’re trying to track a Motorola Type I system. Press to return to the Search mode.
46 . and all active talk group IDs begin to display in succession. You can hold a specific talk group. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. You won’t hear conversations in this mode. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. until you hear two short beeps. Channel Activity Indicators The BC 245XLT has 20 Channel Activity Indicators to visually display a trunked system’s activity when you select delay. You’ll always know which frequencies are in use and how much communication traffic is occurring. Note: Locked out IDs display during ID Monitor mode with the L/0 icon turned on. you will select the ID Monitor mode. scan etc.Hold Mode n Press to hold on a particular ID in the display. no matter which frequency the group uses. ID Monitor Mode n If you press and hold for 2 seconds. hold. SEARCH begins flashing in the display. but this is an excellent way to determine which talk groups are the most active. such as fire department on-scene operations.
The way in which the Activity Indicators display provide you with information about the system you’re tracking. n The display may change from showing channel activity indicators to Scan List memory positions. represents the frequency being used as the data channel. These calls are not monitored by your scanner. n Note: n n Note: If more than 20 channels are stored in a bank. n The indicator which remains on. To restore to the previous setting. press . then the channel is probably being used for a telephone interconnect call or a private call. the activity indicators will turn on and off as other groups use the system. the first 8 activity indicators each represent two channels. The Scanner does not show activity bars for private or phone interconnect calls for EDACS® systems. If you’re holding on an ID which isn’t active.Each frequency you program in a trunking bank corresponds to an activity indicator at the top of your scanner’s display. if 28 channels are programmed. 47 . even if when there is no traffic. For example. The indicator which flashes when an ID displays represents the frequency being used by the talk group. then the indicators represent multiple channels. If an indicator turns on and you don’t hear a conversation.
Check the web site www.com/free.trunktracker. you might use List 1 for police IDs. 48 . For example. your scanner sets up 10 Scan Lists. (1000 if you use all banks as trunking banks!) Scan Lists help you organize the trunking system users into categories. select the second memory location in the first scan list. etc. 3. Programming ID Scan Lists Manually 1. BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SCAN 2. Each list can contain up to 10 IDs.bearcat1. For example. which are simply lists used to store your favorite IDs. you can scan them like you scan conventional frequencies. List 2 for fire department IDs. Once IDs are stored in lists. Use and to select the Scan List location you want to program. press . After tracking is started. You can program your scan lists either manually or during trunking search mode.Scan Lists Each bank of your BC 245XLT can be a trunk tracking bank or it can be a conventional scanning bank. Select the Trunking bank you want.com or www. List 3 for emergency medical service IDs. so you can store a total of 100 IDs for each trunk tracking bank. When you designate a bank as a trunking bank.htm for a complete list of talk groups for your area that you can program into your Scan Lists.
b. —OR— To enter a Type I ID: a. and press . and start over. Press . Enter the fleet number. Use the for the “dash”. If you wish to store Decimal style ID. Press . and press . Press or to select the next Scan List location. Enter the subfleet number. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TRUNK Note: To clear a mistake while entering an ID. press twice. 49 .4. Enter the Type II ID you want to store. 5. —OR— To enter an EDACS® ID: a. press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps before step a. b. c. Enter ID you want to store.
AFS Display AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) is the numbering system used in the TrunkTracker II to display and enter EDACS talk groups. Your scanner is designed to use this organization to make your scanning easy. but AFS will help you recognize and program them all. 128 talk groups. 8 talk groups. It has two new features. For example. fleet and subfleet level (such as police patrol east side) of a particular talk group EDACS systems are organized in a logical way that keeps related talk groups together. you can select 2048 talk groups. AFS and XPAND. And AFS works together with XPAND to provide a new kind of scanning flexibility. whether it is an individual channel or an entire department or city. Systems differ. XPAND XPAND lets you expand or narrow searching and scanning to one of 4 levels. you might program every talk group in a police department with just 4 key presses. to let you zero in on just the part of the system you want to hear.An icon will show an “E” in the display when you have programmed an EDACS® system. Note: The BC 245XLT defaults to “AFS” talk group displays for EDACS ®only. AFS describes most systems in the following manner: Using the sample talk group 01-011: 01 is the Agency Level (such as police) 01-01 describes the Agency and fleet level (such as police patrol) 01-011 describes the Agency. 50 . or a single talk group. By entering only the desired part of a talk group.
press and hold for two seconds while in an EDACS trunking bank and the display method will change. 01. for example: 01. for example: 01. you can program the talk groups for an entire agency (there may be hundreds) by pressing. It will stay changed until you press and hold again for two seconds while in EDACS operation. or. Decimal mode will not work with partial talk groups entered in AFS mode into Scan List memory.You can also enter or display EDACS talk groups in decimal format (0-2047). with AFS mode. Agency numbers range from 00 through 15. please see the Appendix. (all 01 talk groups within the 01 Agency will be scanned) You can also “Blockout” a large number of talk groups by pressing after entering an Agency or an Agency and Fleet into memory. . Just press and hold to switch the scanner between AFS and decimal mode. If you prefer to view and program talk groups in “decimal” mode. You can program a specific talk group such as 01-011 into Scan List memory. 51 . This is a very powerful feature! Note: In AFS mode. For further details and examples. (all 01 groups will be scanned) Or you can program all the talk groups within one fleet of an Agency by pressing. But you cannot use XPAND when in decimal mode. .
If you haven’t programmed any IDs. Note: One Scan List must always be active. Scan List 1 will automatically be active. The Scan List indicator turns off.ID Scan Mode 1. To alternate your display between the trunking repeater indicators and the Scan List indicators. 52 . 4. 2. press the number of the Scan List on your keypad. To restore a Scan List to active scanning. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TRUNK SCAN 3. press . Press to begin scanning the lists you have programmed. press its number again. Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode. and the IDs in that list are not scanned. SCAN displays but your scanner cannot stop on an active conversation. To remove a Scan List from active scanning. If you try and deactivate all the Scan Lists.
etc. channel 1. For example. Setting Priority in Trunking Mode You can set priority in your trunking banks. 53 . It’s very similar to conventional priority although there is no “interrupt” during the transmissions. 21. The lowest numbered priority will be checked first. After you’ve set up your Scan List. and the scanner will check all the priorities in all the active Scan Lists every few seconds and in between any transmissions on the ID on which you’re holding. 11. Since each trunking bank holds 10 Scan Lists of 10 memory channels each.Note: Once you press or in one bank. Priorities are checked in between transmissions. The radio will default to setting the first “channel” in each of your Scan List as a priority. through 91 are all default priorities. just as you do in your conventional ones. With Priority on. you can hold on an ID in your Scan List. press to activate it. the priority channel in List 1 will be checked before the priority in List 2. You can adjust which talk group in each List is the priority by pressing and holding . memory position 7. such as Scan List 6. all trunking banks will change to that mode.
3. 54 . 2. Press when your scanner stops on an ID you want to store. follow these steps: 1. When your scanner stops on an ID you want to store. Press . 2. To let your scanner automatically store an ID in an available Scan List location. Then press . follow these steps: 1. Use or to select the Scan List memory location you want. press . b. Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode. then press . Deleting a Stored ID To delete a stored ID: a.Programming Scan Lists During Search To select a Scan List location and store an ID during Search mode. Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode.
select the banks you wish to be active with trunking off. . You can switch to SEARCH mode and the scanner will search for any active ID’s on the system. 3. press: . Press repeatedly.You can program conventional frequencies in the same bank as trunking systems. If you have not programmed a trunking bank with talk group ID’s. 3. Or. After the radio finishes checking a trunked system for activity. then press or . Press . The radio will instantly begin scanning. Next press 0-9 (scan list number). then press . 55 . To scan a mix of trunking and conventional banks. Press 2.You can actually track up to 10 trunking systems at one time! 2. 4. For example. Here are some highlights of this new feature: 1.Moving between Scan List Memories There are a number of ways to step and move through your Scan List memories: 1. Or. Multi-Track The BC 245XLT allows you to track more than one system at a time. you will receive an ERROR message for that bank.You can trunk scan or search and scan conventional frequencies at the same time. memory position 10. 0. To move to Scan List 4. then press 0-9 (memory position). only trunking frequencies are programmed in TRUNK mode). it will conventionally scan the other frequencies in the bank (remember.
if you notice a mix of odd and even user IDs. Since the BC 245XLT defaults to Type II systems. what isn’t always easy is selecting or programming a map that matches your particular area. To select this mode. all the IDs will appear as numbers. 2. and these are usually a good place to start when setting up a Type I/Hybrid trunk tracking bank. Selecting Trunking Programming Mode To change the system type which your scanner monitors. etc. you will see user IDs display on your screen. then you’ll have to program your own Fleet Map. 6144. It’s easy to select a Fleet Map for your scanner. However.. Type I/Hybrid systems require a Fleet Map that sets specific Fleet-Subfleet parameters. for example 6477. you must be in the Trunking Programming mode. 1167. follow these steps: If you are in Conventional Scan mode: 1. If you choose a preset map and still have difficulty following complete conversations. There are 16 preset Fleet Maps listed in the appendix that you can choose.Fleet Map Programming If you have programmed a trunk tracking bank and select . 6481. You may also notice that you’re missing responses when you hold on an active ID. 56 . Unlike Type II and EDACS systems. You’ll hear two short beeps and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. Select the trunking bank you want to program. then you are probably monitoring either a Type I or EDACS system. 2560. Press and hold .
You’ll hear two short beeps and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. Selecting a Preset Fleet Map 1.If you are in Trunking Scan mode: 1. For example. E1P2. Press . Then press . 2. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. TRUNK icon goes out. Use or to select E1. Press to return to conventional mode if you have been monitoring a trunking bank. Select the trunking bank you want to program. Select the Trunking Programming mode and the bank you want to change. 3. 3. 57 . Note: It is required that the trunked frequency has been programmed before selecting a preset fleet map. 2. Use or to choose the map you want. 4.
etc. as well as a table listing the Fleet Map Size Codes. 5. It contains a detailed explanation of Scanner Fleet Map Programming. to choose E1. Press . 000-12. 3. Press . Programming a Fleet Map You may want to read User Defined Fleet Maps in the Appendix before programming a fleet map. 58 . See User Defined Fleet Maps in the Appendix for more information about Type I IDs. and press . Use or to choose USr. 400-8. Press . How do you know if the preset map is correct? You’ll have to listen to see if you’re following complete conversations. Use or to select the size code for the first block. Note: You will now begin to see Type I Fleet-Subfleet IDs.5. 4. 1. The scanner returns to Programming Bank selecting mode. 100-12. 6. 100-9. you should try another preset map. If not. Use or. For example. 2. Select the Trunking Programming mode and the bank you want to change.
9. you will see both types of system Ids. Type II Ids usually appear as an even number without a dash. Type I Ids appear as a three or four digit number. See page 68 for more information. The next available block displays. Programming a Hybrid System A Hybrid system is simply a Type I system with some blocks designated as Type II blocks. select Size Code S-0. see Fleet Map Size Codes in the Appendix. That is. 59 . However. follow the steps listed in Programming a Fleet Map in the previous section. The scanner exits the Trunking Programming mode. Note: It is required that the trunked frequency has been programmed before programming a fleet map. followed by a hyphen. Press . acquires the data channel. and begins searching using the map you’ve programmed. For specifics about each size code.7. Press . Repeat Steps 8 and 9 until you have selected a size code for each block. 8. followed by a one or two digit number. if you want a block to be Type II. When you begin searching a trunking bank with a Hybrid Fleet Map. To program a Hybrid system.
. Select the system type (Type II VHF or Type II UHF) by scrolling through the system selector. Press press . To find these out.htm and other web sites and frequency resources. Note: If the system is not tracking properly. Or. 7.000 is the default bAS frequency .Setting the Base and Offset frequencies for Motorola VHF/UHF trunked systems To properly track Motorola VHF and UHF trunked systems you must enter what is known as the “base” and the “offset” frequencies for each system. 25. Press 50 or 100. 8.trunktracker. Or. you may need to try a new base or offset frequency or you may be missing frequencies from the system. to begin trunking. Select the bank into which you want to program the trunking system. 2.com or www. To enter the base and offset frequency: 1. enter another offset including: 12. 3. enter a new base frequency and 4.bearcat1. Press . Press .com/free. 6.5. 60 . The screen will show the OFS (offset) frequency default of 50 kHz. check the www. (406. Press for UHF) 5. Enter the frequencies for the system.
Toggling the Status Bit On Type II trunking systems there is a method by which specialized types of communications utilize unique talk group numbers. The only time you may wish to turn Status Bits off is if you’re trying to figure out the proper fleet map of a Type 1 trunking system. (This feature does not apply to EDACS® operation within the scanner. and there is an emergency call within the group. Because the BC 245XLT defaults to Status-Bit On mode. for example. To turn Status Bits off. press and hold for two seconds while in the Motorola system you wish to adjust.) Then use or to change the setting (on to off) and press to program your change. If you’ve programmed talk group 33264 into Scan List memory. An emergency call will occur on a unique talk group from its primary assignment. you never need to worry about missing these transmissions. 61 . for example. you will hear it on 33264.
available at most computer stores. To download this free program. you will need a small custom software program to allow the serial port to talk with the internal modem and act as a simple “pass through” device. for the 62 . go to Uniden’s website. make sure your PC is turned on. trunking talk groups and fleetmaps from the Uniden National Frequency Database server into your scanner using an external modem or an internal modem included with a PC. look up under Scanners “SmartScanner” or the BC 245XLT scanner. n REMOTE (PC Control) MODE Program and control your scanner remotely from a PC using third party software (see the flyer included in the box). Plug the other end of the cable (DB-9 serial connector) into a personal computer’s serial port. Connecting the scanner Scanner to PC BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 888 888.8888 ATT BATT DATA POLICE FIRE RR AIR MRN W X SCAN SEARCH PRI HOLD DLY L /O Plug the smaller end of the supplied RS232C cable into the remote port which is on the right side of the scanner. This radio offers the following modes: n SMARTSCAN MODE Automatically load frequencies.Remote Interface You can communicate and program your BC 245XLT in numerous ways with peripheral devices using the RS232C port. Of course. most will not. A few PC’s may require an adapter. To use SmartScan mode with an internal modem. You may need a DB-9 to DB-25 null modem adapter. n CLONE MODE Clone all the frequencies and trunking talk groups and fleet maps programmed into your scanner to another BC 245XLT.
To use the Remote (PC Control) mode. Scanner to Scanner Plug the smaller end of each of the supplied RS232C cables into the remote ports which are on the right sides of each of the two scanners. Make sure that you have a phone line plugged into the modem jack on the back. available at most computer stores. make sure your external modem is turned on. 63 . Plug the other end of the cable (DB-9 serial connector) into the external modem.SmartScanner software. Make sure that your scanner is connected to the serial port of the PC using the supplied cable. Of course. available at most computer stores. Make sure that you have a phone line plugged into the modem jack on the back of your PC and your scanner is connected to the serial port of the PC using the supplied cable. Plug the other ends of the cables (DB-9 serial connector) together using a DB-9 to DB-9 null modem adapter. Scanner to External Modem Plug the smaller end of the supplied RS232C cable into the remote port which is on the right side of the scanner. you must purchase third party software and use as directed. You may need a DB-9 to DB-25 null modem adapter. Run this program and it should automatically set the port setting for you (although you can override the settings).
press or . The following screen appears. If you want to prevent some banks from being overwritten by the frequency download. talk groups. The scanner dials to the database server. and fleetmaps from the Uniden National Frequency Database server. (See page 66) Press key. (SmartScan Mode) To select SmartScan mode. 4. 64 . you must enter your zip code. go to Program Lock. Note: 5. Using the keypad.SmartScan Mode You can automatically download frequencies. After connecting the scanner to a modem using the Scanner to PC or Scanner to External Modem steps (see page 62). Press key. bc245 will flash on the display. Before starting the frequency download. The following screen appears. The dial-in telephone number appears in the display. the ZIP code is stored into memory. 1. Press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. enter the ZIP code for the area you will be using your scanner. Then release the key. 3. 2. For example if your ZIP code is 02135. turn the radio off.
8. To get current frequencies. 65 . check with your local phone company to find out if you have a “900” block on your phone line. Err01: MODEM ACCESS ERROR Err02: NO CARRIER Err03: TELEPHONE LINE BUSY Err04: NO ANSWER Err05: SERVER CONNECT ERROR Err06: DATA IDLE TIME OUT NOTE: If the scanner does not display LoAd (see step 6). If the connection is successful. at a minimum.6. one of the following error messages will appear.99 per minute charge for using the SmartScan database. If downloading is not successful. you must turn the unit off/on. To start the scanner. the scanner starts frequency downloading. NOTE: If you are unable to dial a “900” number. donE will be displayed when your downloading is completed. disconnect the access by pressing Then. make sure the modem is connected properly. This will prevent you from dialing to the server. . The frequencies in the SmartScan database are updated. NOTE: The number preprogrammed into your scanner for downloading frequencies is 1-900-225-4822. and try again. regularly update your scanner by using SmartScan. as well as special /sporting event frequencies. 7. every 6 to 12 months. There is a $0.
With the phone number on the display. After you enter your zip code. to place 4. Press again. Press the call. The zip code is displayed. 5. 66 . PrgLoc appears in the display. you can lock out specific banks prior to calling the database as follows: 1. Press . 6. press . 3.Program Lock SmartScanner will overwrite frequencies that you have already programmed into your scanner. The phone number appears. To save the previously programmed frequencies. Press the bank numbers using the 1-9 and 0 key (for bank 10) that you wish to lock out from programming so that they will not be overwritten during the download. 2. press .
You can change it to PULSE by pressing .14400 bps 9600 is the default. Press for RTS/CTS. again for non Press when desired setting is displayed. 2400. Flow Control You can choose the following flow control settings. Transfer speed 300.Menu for SmartScan Press key and you can change several parameters used for SmartScan. Tone is set as a default.(9600). RTS/CTS. The initial display appears.2400. 1200. Off Dial type (TONE). Dial Type You can choose the Dial Type setting. PULSE Transfer Speed You can choose the following transfer speeds. Press flow control. 300. (9600) bps Flow control setting (Xon/Xoff). Xon/Xoff is the default. 67 .1200. Press to exit.
National licenses (such as common ambulance. P. Look at the web sites Uniden. All the licenses for all the communities within your county (in random order).com and Trunktracker. The SmartScanner database downloads frequency and trunking talk groups (if applicable for your area) to the scanner using the following order: 1. you may not receive a reply. If you find any flaws in your data and you would like to offer suggestions. but not trunking) 6. Due to the volume of mail we receive. All licenses within your zip code. state forestry. Statewide licenses (such as Highway Patrol. please e-mail them to us at smartscanner@aol. 5.O. Box 610428. All your county licenses (such as County Sheriff) 4. 2. Newton Highlands. marine. The editors of the Uniden National Frequency Database have poured over these records to provide you with the most accurate possible download of frequencies for whichever area of the country you desire. Because of the volume of data. we cannot guarantee that you will receive every active public safety frequency in your area. DOT. and Family Radio Service channels). All licenses within your community (with more than one zip code) 3. MA 02468. 68 .SMARTSCANNER TIPS There are literally hundreds of thousands of public safety radio licenses in the United States. and because some systems operate on expired licenses or digital radio systems (which are not included in the dataset as they cannot be monitored).com or mail them to us at SmartScanner National Database. The downloads are not available through the Internet at this time.com for further information.
2. The database will be updated every 6 to 12 months at a minimum. Therefore. The scanner fills up less than its allotted 300 channels if there are not more than 300 of the above types of licenses in your area. or you have locked-out some banks prior to the download using the Program Lock feature. Performance of the scanner is not hindered if you have TRUNK mode on and you do not have a trunk system programmed. 6. 7. then you should lock these frequencies out or delete them by entering a new frequency or entering 0. If not. If you have a trunk system programmed (you can tell by seeing if the display shows Id SCAN at any time). be sure to put the radio into Trunk Search mode at some point to discover new talk groups within the trunk system that have not been pre-programmed into the SmartScanner database. turn it back on again and enter the SmartScanner download mode. If there are more than 300 of the above listed types of licenses. you may hear some non-voice transmissions on the frequencies downloaded into your scanner. The SmartScanner editors used their best efforts to delete digital and MDT (mobile data terminal) computer records from the database. state or nationwide data. Important: After the download. 5. for example.A few notes about the frequency download order: 1. Make sure you have TRUNK mode on to see if these are control channels for a trunking system. receive part or all of your county. shut the scanner off. . however. the scanner may run out of memory locations and you may not. it would be impossible to delete them all. If you wish to also receive a download of frequencies and talk groups from an adjacent county. Then enter a zip code from a community within the adjacent county. lock those banks you wish to keep. 3. The BC 245XLT cannot track such systems unless the trunking mode is on. 69 . be sure to press the trunk key to see if you have trunk systems now loaded for your area. 4.
During REMOTE Control mode. press . then turn it on again. until you hear two short beeps. see the flyer included in the box with this radio. BANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DATA SCAN PRI 70 . turn the radio off. the scanner will ignore any key (except REMOTE key). 2.Remote (PC Control) Mode You can program and control your scanner remotely from a PC using third party software. The following screen appears. REMOTE mode is selected. After connecting the scanner to a PC using the Scanner to PC steps (see page 62). 1. Press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. Then release the key. 3. press or until this screen is displayed. bc245 will flash on the display. Or. “KEYLOCK” icon flashes. Use the third party software as directed. Press REMOTE key. For information on purchasing third party software to program and control your BC 245XLT. Then press to select the Remote mode. To distinguish from Normal operation mode. To control your scanner using a PC. Start Remote Mode Turn off the power.
While pressing REMOTE key. 3. To change the transfer speed. turn the power on. 2. Then press to display Transfer Speed. 1 bit : 8 bit : None : ASCII code : None : Carriage Return only Change Transfer Speed 1.PC Control Parameter For your information: BPS rate Start/Stop Data Length Parity bit Code Flow Control Return Code : 2400/4800/9600/19200 bps : 1 bit. press and . Press . 71 . then changes to SCANr. “bc245” flashes on the display. Or. Then press to select. press or until this screen appears.
After connecting the two scanners. On the scanner that is the” Slave Unit”. 1. press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. press . 5. bc245 will appear on the display. Or press or until this screen is displayed on both scanners. Press the key on both scanners. On each scanner. Then press . using the Scanner to Scanner steps (See page 63). 4. (Clone Mode) Determine the scanner that has the frequency data that you want to transfer. On the scanner that is the” Master Unit”. On each scanner. press the key until FirSt appears in the display. 2. This one must be set up as the “Master Unit”. Then release the key. make sure the scanners are turned off. and the other must be set as the “Slave Unit”. 3. press the key until ClonE appears in the display. The data transfer is started from the Master Unit to the Slave Unit.Clone Mode You can clone the frequency data of one BC 245XLT scanner to another. 72 .
donE displays. FirSt” and CLONE characters will continue to flash. the following error message will appear. 73 . If the data transfer is not successful.During the data transfer. When the data transfer is completed.
n If the scanner receives strong interference or electrical noise. Be careful not to rub the LCD window. n Avoid placing the unit in direct sunlight or near heating elements or vents.000 in all channels when there has been a memory loss. do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents. a higher elevation. may provide better reception. n Always write down the programmed frequencies in the event of memory loss. If possible. Cleaning n Disconnect the power to the unit before cleaning. n Always press each button firmly until you hear the entry tone for that key entry. n If memory is lost. Also try changing the height or angle of the antenna. move it or its antenna away from the source of the noise. To prevent scratches. Location n Do not use the scanner in high-moisture environments such as the kitchen or bathroom. 74 .Care and Maintenance General Use n Turn the scanner off before disconnecting the power or replacing the batteries. n Do not use excessive amounts of water. n Clean the outside of the scanner with a mild detergent. simply reprogram each channel. The display shows 000.
Birdies are internally generated signals inherent in the electronics of the receiver. Contact the Uniden Customer Service Center or take it to a qualified repair technician. 75 .Repairs n Do not attempt any repair. and then press to resume scanning. it may be receiving a birdie. If your scanner stops during Scan mode and no sound is heard. Press to lockout the channel. Birdies n All radios can receive “birdies” (undesired signals). The scanner contains no user serviceable parts.
3. Move the AC Adapter to another wall outlet or replace the battery pack. 5. Check with your dealer or local electronics store. Weather Scan wont work. If so. Turn on the wall switch of your room. Adjust squelch threshold . Scan wont start. try the following steps.Troubleshooting If your BC 245XLT is not performing properly. 76 . 2. 3. the scanner has less chance of finding an active channel. You could be using an outlet controlled by the wall switch. Suggestion Check the connections at both ends of SQUELCH control.refer to page 14. 2. Check the antenna connection or move and reposition the antenna. Its possible that none of the programmed frequencies are currently active. 3.refer to page 14. 1. Check the antenna. 1. 3. You may be in a remote area which could require an optional multi-band antenna. the AC Adapter. Check to see if many of the channels are locked out. 1. Adjust squelch threshold . Review each channels frequency to see if it is still stored in memory and is correct. Move the scanner. Scan wont stop. 2. 2. Setting the Squelch. 2. Check to see if all channels are locked out. 4. Press the Adjust the key again. 1. Improper reception. Problem Scanner wont work. Check the antenna connection. 1. Setting the Squelch.
Not all frequencies for the system are programmed.bearcat1. If you have internet access. Change to a Type 1 Scanner setup. May be a private or telephone interconnect call.trunktracker. 1. Channel Activity Indicators are flashing but no sound is heard. Check your frequency list. Missing replies to conversations. 2.htm for additional information. Check to see that all of the systems frequencies have been entered. 3. See page 39. your scanner. Logical channel numbers ( frequencies) for the system are not programmed in the correct order. 1. The address and phone number are listed in the Warranty at the end of this manual. 2. Check frequency resources and reprogram. Scanner not tracking an EDACS system properly.com/free. 2. The IDs you have stored are not active. 1. Try another Preset Fleet Map or Program your own Fleet Map. which are intentionally blocked by your scanner. 1.If you experience difficulty while in TrunkTracker™ mode. Adjust the squelch for trunking mode. 77 . please call or write the Uniden Parts and Service Division.com or www. Missing the frequency used for the data channel. Problem Scanner wont track the trunked system.uniden. Review Fleet Map Programming on page 56. Check frequency resources. Missing the data frequency. No IDs have been programmed. 2. 1. The ID in your display is not active. Review Fleet Map Programming on page 56. 2. If you would like immediate assistance. Scanner wont stop during Scan List mode. Suggestion May not be a system which can be tracked by Scanner will not acquire data channel.com or www. you can visit www. 3. please call Customer Service at (800) 297-1023. Change to a Type 1 Scanner setup. If you still cannot get satisfactory results while using your scanner or if you want additional information. 1. 2. try the following steps.
Features.0 Mhz VHF Low Band 50. (D) x 6 in. (W) x 1¾ in. and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice. DC 12V power jack 2½ in. specifications. as of date of manufacture.8 VDC 800mAh (internal battery or Requirements: AD70U AC Adapter Antenna: External Jacks: Size: Weight: Rubber Antenna (included) External earphone.7-50. (H) 11 oz.0-29.7 Mhz 10 Meter Amateur Band 29.5 kHz steps -20°C to +60°C 100 channels per second (conventional mode) 100 steps per second (Normal Search) 300 steps per second (Turbo Search) 2 seconds 210 mW nominal into 8Ω internal speaker 39 mW nominal into 32Ω stereo headphone 8 mW nominal into 64Ω earphone Operating Temperature: Scan Rate: Search Rate: Scan Delay Audio Output Power 4.Specification Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15. 78 . Subpart C. Channel: Banks 300 10 (30 channels each) Service Bands: 5-preprogrammed search bands (including the NOAA Weather Service band) Frequency Range: 29.0-54.0 MHz 6 Meter Amateur Band 137-144 Mhz Military Land Mobile 144-148 MHz 2 Meter Amateur Band 148-174 MHz VHF High Band Above bands in 5 kHz steps 108-137 MHz Aircraft Band 406-420 MHz Federal Government 420-450 MHz 70 cm Amateur Band 450-470 MHz UHF Standard Band 470-512 MHz UHF “T” Band 806-956 MHz “800” Band Above bands in 12.
Appendix Preset Fleet Maps Preset Map E1P1 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 Preset Map E1P2 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 Preset Map E1P3 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S12 -- Preset Map E1P4 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S12 -S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 Preset Map E1P5 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S4 S12 -S4 S4 S4 S4 Preset Map E1P6 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S3 S10 S4 S4 S12 -S12 -- Preset Map E1P7 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S10 S10 S11 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 Preset Map E1P8 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S1 S1 S2 S2 S3 S3 S4 S4 79 .
Preset Map E1P9 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S4 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 Preset Map E1P10 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S4 S4 Preset Map E1P11 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 Preset Map E1P12 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S4 Preset Map E1P13 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S3 S3 S11 S4 S4 S0 S0 S0 Preset Map E1P14 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S3 S10 S4 S4 S4 S12 -- Preset Map E1P15 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S4 S4 S4 S11 S11 S0 S12 -- Preset Map E1P16 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Size Code S3 S10 S10 S11 S0 S0 S12 -- 80 .
When you program your scanner to track a Type I system. the address information for all the IDs is divided into 8 equal sized blocks. Your task is to program your fleet map with the same size code assignments as the trunked system. you’ll have defined the Fleet Map for the system you’re tracking. while another organization may want only a few subfleets with many radios each. and it has a total of 512 individual IDs.User Defined Fleet Maps Type I Programming Information When a Type I system is designed. In other words. the leftmost digit represents the block which contains the ID. When a Type I ID displays. Each size code determines the number of Fleets. When you have assigned a size code to all 8 blocks. and the last digit(s) identifies the Subfleet. a size code of S-4 has one Fleet. 4 05-12 Block (1 digit) Subfleet (1 or 2 digits) Which Fleet within the Block (2 digits) The details concerning how the size codes are selected by a Type I System designer are highly dependent on the specific needs of the system’s users. you must select a size code for each of these blocks. For example. The next two digits identify which Fleet is active. you’ll track all the Fleet-Subfleet combinations used by the system. the Fleet or Fleets created within the block are assigned a Type I ID. If you do this accurately. Subfleets. and IDs each block will have. When a block is assigned a size code. you’ll hear complete communications while monitoring a trunked system. Some organizations may want many subfleets with only a few radios each. 81 . numbered 0–7. which is divided into 16 separate Subfleets. The way these IDs display on your scanner depend on the block number and the block’s size code.
you’ll have to guess at them. this isn’t as hard as it seems. But since you don’t have to figure out all the blocks at once. Fleet Map Size Codes Size S–0 S–1 S–2 S–3 S–4 S–5 S–6 S–7 S–8 S–9 S–10 S–11 S–12 S–13 S–14 Fleets Subfleets IDs Blocks Used + 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 8 Reserves block for Type II IDs 128 16 8 1 64 32 32 16 8 4 2 1 1 1 4 8 8 16 4 8 4 4 4 8 16 16 16 16 16 64 128 512 32 32 64 128 256 256 256 1024 2048 4096 82 . Finally. Now listen to the communications. If you decide you are receiving most of the replies to the conversations with IDs assigned to the block you just programmed. for most public safety systems there are some size codes which are more common. and then press . S-11. then you’ve probably selected the right size code and can work on the next block of the map.If you don’t already know the size codes used. followed by S-10. Select a size code for a block. and S-12. S-3 and S-4 are probably the most common.
Size Code Restrictions If you select size code S-12. you would not see another prompt because it uses all available blocks. the next block available. if you assign Block 0 as an S-12. or S-14. n S-14 can only be assigned to Block 0. Since these size codes require multiple blocks. For example. 4. And if you assign Block 0 as an S-14. there are some restrictions as to which blocks can be used for these codes. S-13. 2. or 6. 83 . n S-13 can only be assigned to Blocks 0 and 4. you will be prompted for the next available block when programming a Fleet Map. instead of b1. n S-12 can only be assigned to Blocks 0. you will be prompted for b2.
But decimal format does not give you any information about the system hierarchy. For example. uses channels from 384 to 511. in decimal format. you key in zero. three. And with the XPAND feature (see page 50) you can easily include nearby. six. The system is logical and easy to understand. The FLEETS and SUBFLEETS cannot be shown at this scale because there are 2048 possibilities. you can select a desired city by simply searching on the AGENCY part of the AFS talk group number. But it will help you if you need to use decimal talk group lists. capture it to your scan list by pressing E during the transmission. Adams Hill and Matthew Junction share Agency 08. three. is 434. in decimal. who you are monitoring. SRCH. Sizes vary but most large cities and other agencies have blocks of 128 channels. Your scanner shows EDACS talk groups in AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) format. In this example. This is not as easy to remember as Agency 03. you can select the entire city of Sullivan with 4 key presses zero. If you want to monitor the Sullivan Police Dispatch channel (which is talk group 03-062). dot. Assuming that you have the system frequencies programmed. the County Sheriff is Agency 01. For example Sullivan. This channel. and your scanner is locked to the control channel. 84 . SRCH. System users are given blocks of talk groups. two. Smaller cities have only 64 or 32 channels. The city of Sullivan is Agency 03. dot. Your scanner can switch between AFS and DECIMAL display. zero. If you hear an interesting talk group.An EDACS Trunked System This chart shows how talk groups may organized within an EDACS system at the AGENCY level. related channels in the same Fleet or Agency. This helps you see. at a glance.
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