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Precautions
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. Uniden’s 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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. . . . . 10 Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 SVC Scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Channel Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Adapter Safety Feature . . . . . . . . . . 19 Scanning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Feature Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Included with Your Scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Installing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Changing the Priority Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Setting the Delay Mode . . . 15 Auto Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Searching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Deleting a Stored Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Search Hold Feature . . 12 Flexible Antenna . . 30 Storing Search Frequencies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Programming with SVC Scan. . . . . . . . . 5 What is Trunk Tracking? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Charging the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Belt Clip . . . . . 4 Terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Important Notice . . . . . 9 Information on the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Programming. . . 15 LCD Back Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Where to Obtain More Information . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Setting the Squelch . . . . . . . . 28 Setting a Search Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Restore All Locked-Out Channels . . 18 Programming Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Lockout Tips . . . . . . . . . 20 RF Attenuation Feature . 25 Priority Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What is Scanning? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Duplicate Frequency Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Basic Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Data Skip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Turbo Search . . 5 What is Searching? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Keylock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Frequency Skip . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Turn the Scanner On . . . . 24 Restore a Locked Out Channel . . . . . . . . 12 Low Battery Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 SVC Scan Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Types of Trunking Systems . . . . . . . . 79 User Defined Fleet Maps . . . . . . . . . 75 Birdies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Scan Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Setting the Base and Offset frequencies for Motorola VHF/UHF trunked systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Toggling the Status Bit . 74 General Use . . . . . . 53 Programming Scan Lists During Search . . . . . 43 Direct Entry ID Hold Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Connecting the scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Programming Trunking Frequencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Frequency Find Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Troubleshooting. . . . 79 Preset Fleet Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ID Scan Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Location . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Searching Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Programming a Hybrid System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Moving between Scan List Memories . . . . . . 44 Restore a Single ID . . . . . . . . . . 43 ID Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Channel Activity Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Selecting a Preset Fleet Map . . . . . . . . 38 Setting the Squelch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Setting Priority in Trunking Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trunk Tracking . . . 78 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Clone Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Searching a Trunked Bank. 55 Fleet Map Programming . . . . . . . 61 Remote Interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Selecting Trunking Programming Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 One Year Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Care and Maintenance . . . . 64 Remote (PC Control) Mode . 48 Programming ID Scan Lists Manually . . . . . . . . . . 44 Restore all IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Deleting a Stored ID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 SmartScan Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Programming a Fleet Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 EDACS® Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Multi-Track . . .

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. you can also automatically program your scanner by downloading directly from our Uniden/Bearcat national frequency database via a PC or external modem. railroad.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. 70cm Amateur Band UHF Standard Band UHF “T” Band Public Service “800” Band 3 .0-54. With the new SmartScanner™ feature.5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 12.5 kHz 12.Introduction The BC 245XLT is a state-of-the-art radio with TrunkTracking™ and automatic scanning capabilities. and other communications into 10 banks of 30 channels each.5 kHz 12. amateur. fire/emergency. air. marine. It can store frequencies such as police.7-50.0 MHz 50.5 kHz 12. 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 29.7 MHz 29.0-29.5 kHz 12.

cities. Your local law enforcement officials should be able to provide you with information regarding the laws in your community. makes it a federal crime to intentionally intercept cellular or cordless telephone transmissions or to market this radio when altered to receive them. n The installation. 4 . The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. and/or local jurisdictions. could void your authority to operate this product. as amended. n Changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by Uniden.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. or use of this scanning radio in a motor vehicle may be prohibited. or require a permit in certain states. regulated. or operation of this product in any way other than as detailed by this Operating Guide. n The screen displays used in this manual are representations of what might appear when you use your scanner. possession.

and more importantly. For example. Trunking radio systems solve this problem.445 MHz. When the transmission ends. the highway department on 37. As the demand for public communications has increased. and this has created a serious problem. the police in your area may broadcast on 460. you can stop on a channel and listen to an entire conversation.Terminology What is Scanning? Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations.500 MHz . can search the VHF FM bands at up to 300 channels per second. many public radio users don’t have enough frequencies to meet their needs. The BC 245XLT scans the channels you program until it finds an active frequency. This is different from scanning because you are searching for frequencies that have not been programmed into your scanner. 5 . You can choose between two speeds while searching. you usually know who it is. Turbo Search.900 MHz. What is Trunk Tracking? Conventional scanning is a simple concept. You enter a radio frequency in your scanner’s memory which is used by someone you want to monitor. the scanning cycle resumes until another transmission is received. a new feature for Uniden scanners. most two-way communications do not transmit continuously. etc. Scanning stops on an active frequency and remains on that channel as long as the transmission continues. This type of scanning is easy and fun. So when your scanner stops on a frequency. the fire department on 154. What is Searching? The BC 245XLT can search each of its 12 bands to find active frequencies.

because when there’s a short break during the conversation you’re monitoring. If you’re a new scanner enthusiast. often called talk groups. Sharing of the available public service frequencies. or trunking. But if you’re already an experienced scanner operator. which contains up to 28 different frequencies. Once you know a talk group’s ID. you won’t miss any of the action. you may want to go to Trunk Tracking on page 36 now. The trunking system computer uses this data to temporarily assign each radio in a talk group to an available frequency. and these talk groups are assigned specific IDs.In a trunked radio system. or other agencies to accommodate hundreds of users with relatively few frequencies. counties. TrunkTracker™ changes this! Not only does your new BC 245XLT scan channels like a conventional scanner. Following a conversation on a trunked system using a scanner is difficult. if not impossible. Understanding scanning fundamentals and its terminology will make trunk tracking much easier. This type of scanning is difficult and frustrating. it actually follows the users of a trunked radio system. it’s possible that the talk group will be assigned to a completely different frequency in the trunked system. If the group using a frequency stops broadcasting or pauses between replies for a few seconds. radio users are divided into groups. 6 . a brief burst of data is broadcast before each transmission. allows cities. you may want to read the first part of this manual and use your scanner in conventional mode before you begin trunk tracking. they are removed from the frequency so another talk group can use it. When someone in a talk group uses their radio.

n Preprogrammed Service (SVC) Search – Allows you to toggle through preprogrammed police. aircraft. fire/emergency. with Aircraft and 800 MHz. n 300 Channels – Program one frequency into each channel.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. n 10 Priority Channels – You can assign one priority channel in each bank. You must have at least one channel programmed to use the Scan mode. Note: The frequency coverage is not continuous and excludes the cellular band. 7 . 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. Assigning a priority channel allows you to keep track of activity on your most important channel(s) while monitoring other channels for transmissions. n Autolight – Automatically turns the light on when it finds a transmission. n Memory Backup – If the battery completely discharges or if power is disconnected. n Unique Data Skip – Allows your scanner to skip unwanted data transmissions and reduces birdies. and weather frequencies. railroad. n LCD Back Light – An LCD light remains on for 15 seconds when is pressed. the frequencies programmed in your scanner are retained in memory. marine. n Multi-Track – Track more than one trunking system at a time and scan conventional and trunked systems at the same time. n 12 Bands. 10 Banks – Includes 12 bands. n 29 MHz-956 MHz – Indicates the range of frequencies that can be searched within the bands of your scanner.

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. 8 . n Attenuator – Reduces the signal strength.n Battery Save – In manual mode. This applies only to transmission bands with 5 kHz steps. your scanner automatically reduces its power requirements to extend the battery’s charge. (No PC required) n Turbo Search – Increases the search speed to 300 steps per second.

S. Central Time Monday through Friday. The Betty Bearcat Frequency Guide lists typical frequencies used around the U.m.m.A. to 5:00 p.bearcat1.com 9 . visit www. and Canada that you may program into your new scanner.) n Local Dealer Information on the Internet If you have access to the Internet.com or www. you may want to visit www. To obtain a copy of the frequency guide.m.) n Bearcat Frequency Hotline (937) 299-0414 (Hours are from 9:00 a.Where to Obtain More Information Before using your scanner.trunktracker. to 5:00 p.com/free. contact one of the following: n Uniden Parts Department (800) 554-3988 (Hours are from 8:00 a. you must program frequencies into available channels. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.m.htm For more information about Uniden and our other products.uniden.

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use an optional antenna designed for multi-band coverage.) n Use the included earphone or an optional stereo headset with proper impedance for private listening. Insert the battery pack. n If you need to improve reception. move the scanner or its antenna away from the source. Replace cover and press down until it clicks into place. 3. Open the cover. (You can purchase this type of antenna at a local electronics store. 2. 11 .Setup These are helpful guidelines when using your new scanner: n If your scanner receives interference or electrical noise. Read the precautions on the inside front cover of this Guide. Installing the Battery Pack 1.

This plug will fit into a power outlet only one way. You will also hear a beep every 15 seconds as an audible alert. Low Battery Indicator When the Battery Pack is low and needs to be charged. 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. If you are unable to insert the adapter’s plug into an outlet. leave the AC Adapter/Charger connected for 14 – 16 hours. try reversing the plug. Note: Disconnect the AC Adapter/Charger from the unit when charging is complete. You can use your scanner while the battery charges. the battery icon appears in the display. Use only the supplied AC Adapter (AD70U) or one of the optional power cords (WZ1015 or WZ1017).Charging the Battery Pack Use the AC Adapter/Charger to power the BC 245XLT from an AC outlet. 12 . To fully charge the battery.

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.

Basic Operation Note: Fold out the Front Cover to see the Controls and Indicators while reading this Guide. The scanner automatically starts scanning. Turn SQUELCH fully counter-clockwise. bc245 flashes twice in the display. Press until you do not hear a signal. Turn the Scanner On Turn the VOLUME control clockwise out of the detent position. STRONG SIGNALS MEDIUM SIGNALS WEAK SIGNALS NOISE 14 . and you should not be receiving a signal on your scanner. you must be in the Manual mode. Setting the Squelch To set the squelch. 1. Make sure that the VOLUME is set to a comfortable listening level. weak signals. This lowers the “Squelch Gate” so that everything gets through—noise. Turn SQUELCH fully clockwise until you hear a hiss. 4. and strong signals. Think of the Squelch Control as a gate. 2. This raises the “Squelch Gate” so high that only very strong signals can get through. 3.

Now the “Squelch Gate” allows only clear signals through. To lock the keypad. Turn SQUELCH back counter-clockwise just until the hiss stops. press and hold until the symbol in the lower right of the display turns off. STRONG SIGNALS MEDIUM SIGNALS WEAK SIGNALS NOISE Keylock Key Lock prevents accidental key entries during conventional scanning or while in trunk tracking mode. Auto Light Press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps.5. 1. It remains on for 15 seconds and then goes out. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. 15 . press and hold until the symbol appears in the lower right of the display. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 LCD Back Light Press and release to turn the LCD light on. whenever a transmission is found. To unlock the keypad. The scanner will automatically turn the light on for 5 seconds.

1. you must program a frequency into at least one channel. or from one of the guides listed on page 9. Press . Here’s a list of sample frequencies you should try: 156.160 Ambulance operations 462. a. Repeat this procedure for each channel you want to program. Select a channel. Then press .950 Ambulance operations 462. Select frequencies from your dealer. 3. b.340 Ambulance operations 155.Programming Before the BC 245XLT can begin conventional scanning. Enter the channel number.800 Marine Calling channel 155. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 16 . from various sources on the internet.280 Ambulance operations 155.5625 Family Radio Services (channel one) 2.

4. Press and go back to Step 4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: To clear a mistake while entering the frequency. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 17 . a distinctive beep sounds and Error appears in the display. Enter the frequency. If you enter a frequency which is outside the scanner’s frequency bands. a. Then press . Enter the frequency number. press repeatedly until the display is cleared. (See the Table on page 3 or the Band List on the back of the scanner). b.

n Put the frequency that you listen to the most or the most important frequency into a Priority channel. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 —OR— Press again to store the frequency in both channels. n Write down your programmed channels and frequencies in some convenient place in case the scanner memory is lost. n Group similar frequencies into adjacent channels. go to that section in this manual. For example. start with the lowest number channel. Use Service Scan feature to select the weather information band. 18 . n To quickly program a series of channels. start with Channel 4. After you finish programming a channel. you hear a beep and the other channel displays. n If you want to download frequencies using SmartScan feature. For example. and so on. press or to go to the next higher channel. Programming Tips n Do not program a weather frequency into one of the channels. Press to clear and start again.Duplicate Frequency Alert If you enter a frequency which is stored in another channel. since weather channels transmit continuously. when you are programming five new frequencies into Channels 4 through 8. program police frequencies in channels 1 through 10 and fire/emergency into channels 11 through 20.

b. c.Deleting a Stored Frequency To delete a stored frequency: a. Press . Then press 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 . 19 . Select a channel. Note: Channels with no frequencies are automatically locked out.

3. simply press to begin scanning. scanning resumes automatically. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. press the bank’s number on your keypad. and the bank being currently monitored flashes. When the transmission ends. After programming frequencies. You can deselect banks from active scanning by pressing their number on your keypad. You cannot deactivate all ten banks at the same time. SCAN CHANNELS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Frequency not entered Frequency Locked Out (L/O) 4. the first bank is automatically selected. If you try to turn all the banks off. Note: One Bank must always be active. The bank indicators selected for scanning appear in the display. provided that you have selected the Auto Light feature. the LCD back light comes on for five seconds and the scanner stops on that channel.Scanning 1. and the bank’s channels are not scanned. The bank’s indicator will display again. When a transmission is received. During normal scanning the scanner skips unprogrammed or locked out channels. The indicator for each deselected bank turns off. To restore a bank to active scanning.

Press . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 To directly access a specific channel: 1. press . The scanner may stop repeatedly on that signal and miss other transmissions. Enter the channel number you want using the keypad. preventing stronger signals from overloading the scanner. If you’re near an unusually strong signal source. 21 . Press again. 2. 3. RF Attenuation Feature The BC 245XLT comes with an RF Attenuation feature. press . To turn RF Attenuation on: 1. Press ATT. 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.If you want to stop on a channel during scanning. the signal may overload the scanner.

The ATT icon goes out.2. just press ATT again. press . and ATT appears in the display begins flashing. 2. DLY displays and scanning resumes two seconds after the transmission ends. 22 . Now all incoming signal strength is reduced. 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. 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. Delay in Scan or Search Mode 1. You hear a beep. To turn RF Attenuation off. Press or set a search range and press . When your scanner stops on a channel that you want to delay.

Press . Press again. You can restore the channel to scanning whenever you wish. L/O appears in display. 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 23 . —OR— Press or to change higher.Delay in Manual Mode 1. Press and DLY displays indicating the scanner will pause on the channel when a transmission is received. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Select a channel. Channel Lockout You can lockout any channel so it is not reviewed during normal scanning. Enter the channel numbers. Press to lockout the channel. or to lower the channel. Press . 2. Lockout in Manual Mode 1. Select the channel that you want by entering the number and press .

if you are locking out channels 4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. Then press one or more times to step up to the next channel to be locked out. start with the lowest number channel. Lockout Tips n To quickly lockout a series of channels. 8. 7. After selecting channel 4. start with Channel 4. 3. 24 . Then press . 12. press .Lockout in Scanning Mode If the scanner keeps stopping on a particular channel due to noise or too frequent transmissions. 1. 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. Wait until the scanner stops at the channel. n Record the locked-out channels in some convenient place so you can restore them. and 15. you may want to keep that channel from scanning. For example.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Press . 25 .Restore a Locked Out Channel 1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: You must be in Manual mode before restoring all locked-out channels. 2. Enter the channel number. Press . you must press and then press the number of the bank on your keypad. a. 1. If you have deselected a bank and you want to restore all of its locked-out channels using the steps below. The L/O icon goes out. Then press again. 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. Select a locked out channel. b. Press to unlock the channel.

You can designate one channel in each bank as a Priority Channel. To activate Priority Scan (in either the Manual or Scan Mode): 1. If a signal is present on the priority channel. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 26 . Press and hold for about two seconds.2. 2. Priority Scan When Priority Scan is turned on. your scanner monitors the channel until the transmission ends. Note: If you have locked out the priority channel. Press . then resumes normal scanning. Press again at anytime to deactivate Priority Scan. your scanner checks the priority channel every two seconds for activity. this message appears when you select Priority mode. You will hear two beeps when all the channels have been restored.

Two beeps indicate that the Priority channel has changed. Press and hold for two seconds to designate this channel as your new Priority Channel. b. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Select a new Priority Channel. Enter the channel number. a. 1.Changing the Priority Channel You cannot eliminate the Priority Channel. Note: Priority in Trunking mode works just the same. except instead of setting priorities for channels. 2. but you can change it to any of the 30 available channels in each bank. Press . you set them for talk group ID’s. 27 . Then press again.

Press Press . For example. 6. To cancel Turbo Search. Turbo Search To increase the search speed from 100 to 300 steps per second. press again. enter the highest frequency of your search range. enter 155. 1. This only applies to the transmission bands which have 5 kHz steps. 4. .000 MHz.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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. press when the Search mode is active.) Search flashes in the display when Turbo search is active. enter 157. Press . (Refer to the table on page 3 for the frequency bands. 5. For example. enter the lowest frequency of your search range.000 MHz. 28 . Using your keypad. 2. Press to stop scanning. Using your keypad.

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To cancel the lockout press again. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Press . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: You can lockout up to 20 frequencies in SVC Scan mode. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2. Press to resume scanning. 1. Press to stop the Service Scan. 34 . The 21st locked out frequency entered causes the first locked out frequency to unlock. press and hold for about two seconds. You will hear two beeps when all frequencies have been restored. To restore all lockout frequencies.SVC Scan Lockout Follow these steps to lockout frequencies during Service scanning: Note: You cannot lockout weather frequencies.

Programming with SVC Scan Follow these steps to program frequencies into a channel during Service scanning: 1. Press repeatedly to select Service Scan mode you want. Select a channel you want to program. 5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 35 . 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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Press to begin scanning. 4. When SVC Scan stops on a frequency you want. press .

Trunk Tracking Your BC 245XLT is designed to track Motorola Type I. All VHF. Hybrid.htm for current news and frequency information about Trunk Tracking Scanning. however. you may want to remember these important points: n Your scanner defaults to monitor Motorola Type II systems.) 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. Type I only occurs on some 800 MHz systems. and these talk groups are also assigned unique IDs. and PRIVACY PLUS are trademarks of Motorola Inc. but the way that each system does this is slightly different. (The types of systems are discussed below. * Motorola. n If you have internet access.bearcat1.com/free. SMARTNET™. Type II. UHF and 900 MHz trunking systems (other than EDACS) use Type II. n You may experience slight interference in some 900 MHz frequencies. EDACS is a registered trademark of the Ericsson Corporation. Some radios have access to only one talk 36 . When tracking these types of systems. which may be reduced by moving away from strong transmission sources. 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. Every radio in a trunked system is assigned a unique ID so the central site computer can identify it when it’s used. you can visit www.trunktracker. and EDACS® analog trunking systems* on any band. PRIVACY PLUS™. These are usually referred to as Type I and Type II systems. There are really two types of trunking systems (other than EDACS) which are important when using your TrunkTracker™ scanner. SMARTNET. Types of Trunking Systems Trunking systems divide a few frequencies among many different users.com or www. Both Type I and Type II systems place radios (or radio users) into groups. called talk groups. you can change this if the system in your area is different.

East and West Side Patrols. whereas in a Type I system the radio ID and its current affiliation are both transmitted when PTT is pressed. Type I systems are still in use. All the available police radios would then be assigned to one of the police subfleets. which is discussed further in this manual. In a Type II system. when someone uses their radio. Detectives. Tactical Operations. it’s possible for a city using a Type I system to designate 4 Fleets. Your scanner defaults to monitor Type II systems. 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). There are also Hybrid systems which are a combination of both Type I and Type II. only the radio ID is transmitted when PTT is pressed. while others have access to many talk groups. The Police may decide to further divide their fleet into subfleets such as Dispatch. Determining the exact Fleet-Subfleet hierarchy for a particular area is referred to as Fleet Map Programming. each with 8 Subfleets. 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. the brief burst of data must contain the radio’s ID and its Fleet and Subfleet. 37 . North. See page 60 for details. Their fleets might be the Police Department. and Supervisors. The talk group (s) each radio can access is called the radio’s affiliation (s). This is three times the amount of data a Type II system radio sends. Even though there are many Type II systems. and Administration. Utilities. For example.group. you will need to know the base and offset frequency. For VHF and UHF Type II trunking systems. and as a result Type I systems usually accommodate fewer users than Type II systems. South. but it’s possible to select a Preprogrammed Fleet Map or create a Custom Fleet Map for your area. The disadvantage of a Type I system is that when PTT is pressed. the Fire Department. Another difference between the systems is that Type I systems are arranged in a Fleet-Subfleet hierarchy.

As the conversation moves through the system’s frequencies. With your TrunkTracker II listening to EDACS is remarkably easy. showing the frequency transitions that a particular radio conversation might use. which means that each transmission is assigned a new frequency. Until now these widely used systems have been almost impossible to monitor with a conventional scanner. and perhaps even easier than conventional scanning. 38 . This graph depicts a 30 second sample of transmission in an EDACS trunked system.EDACS® Tracking TrunkTracker II now allows tracking of EDACS trunked systems. EDACS® systems use “Transmission Trunking”. your TrunkTracker II automatically follows it. 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.

you can only select channels 91-120 with the or keys. it isn’t necessary to manually adjust the squelch control while trunk tracking. in some instances. 39 . if necessary. to provide better performance in your area. the squelch setting you select before you begin trunk tracking can affect how fast your scanner acquires the data channel. and. n If you’re in the Trunking Programming mode.Setting the Squelch Since Squelch is automatically adjusted in trunking mode. For example. Note: You can change this recommended setting. you cannot select channels in other banks. you must enter the frequencies in a specific order. if you are programming Bank 4. n Trunking frequencies must be entered while in the Trunking Programming mode. n IMPORTANT: If you are programming an EDACS® trunked system. Check the frequency guide included with the radio and the listed web sites for details. consider the following: n You can only program one trunking system in each bank of your scanner. the squelch setting can prevent your scanner from acquiring the data channel at all. Set SQUELCH in this position before selecting a trunking bank. Programming Trunking Frequencies Before you start programming your scanner to track a trunked system. However.

Choose the system you want to track. by pressing 1 through 0. Use or to choose the system. See section on Programming a Fleet Map. ** Requires programming of a fleet map. *** Requires programming of frequencies in exact order and location. and press . Select the Bank you want to store the frequency. 3. 1.5 You will hear two beeps. 2. and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. Press second.The first step in tracking a trunked system is storing the frequencies in one of the 10 available banks in your scanner. See appropriate section. 40 . for 1. 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.

Use the keypad to enter a frequency for the trunked system. BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SCAN 41 . or enter a frequency of the system you’re going to track.4. 7. If the frequency is out of the range of the system chosen in this step. Note: You will see the frequencies quickly displaying as your scanner looks for the data channel which controls the system. Then press .2625 (Type 1). Press either or to select the next channel in the bank. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all frequencies have been entered. Press to begin searching the bank you’ve programmed. 5. press twice. Press and go back to Step 3. an error message displays. and start over. 6. For example. enter 856. Note: To clear a mistake while entering a frequency.

the scanner begins trunk tracking.Searching a Trunked Bank If programming a Type I system. 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. begin to display. you cannot Scan the trunking bank you just programmed unless you enter talk groups into memory. Other IDs may take some time. 42 . Once the data channel is acquired. See ahead for details. With the search function. which represent different service groups. fire. and emergency medical personnel. but determining who each ID represents is half the fun of TrunkTracker™. it usually only takes a few minutes to figure out police. However. While searching. you’ll be able to find all the active talk groups within the trunked system. Talk group ID’s.

2. 43 . Press again. you can hold on an ID without entering it into memory. 1. 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. however. Channel number flashes in the display. Note: The ID Hold mode works in Scan List mode. 3. When a talk group is active. and the steps are the same.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. HOLD flashes in the display. 4. Direct Entry ID Hold Mode During Search mode. SEARCH doesn’t appear in the display. Use the keypad to enter the ID you want. Press to return to Search mode. press to stop the search mode.

if you lockout an ID while in Scan List mode. Note: If you lockout an ID in Search mode. Restore a Single ID To unlock a single ID. water meters. Also some departments scramble or encrypt their communications. The ID is locked out. Press . and other mechanical devices are assigned IDs just like other users. Press to return to the Search mode. it is also locked out in Scan List mode. 4. it’s possible to lockout unwanted traffic. Conversely. traffic signals. and the next active ID displays. follow these steps: 1. it is locked out in Search mode. 2. For information about Scan Lists see page 48. and you may want to lock out these unintelligible broadcasts. To lockout an ID. 3. 44 . door alarms. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. This is particularly important in trunked systems because in many areas. The ID is unlocked and the next locked ID displays. press when the ID displays.ID Lockout Like conventional scanning. Use or to select the ID you want to unlock. You can lockout up to 200 IDs.

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. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. 2. but your scanner will only look for the ID in the display. if you’re missing pieces of conversations. follow these steps: 1. Press to unlock all the IDs at once. 3. This mode holds an ID for 5 seconds while you wait for a reply. Note: If you unlock all the IDs. Note: If you consistently miss responses while in ID Delay mode. Other groups may use the system. then the Scan List Memory mode displays. For information about Scan Lists see page 48. Searching Tips ID Delay Mode n Use the key to select the Delay mode if it’s not active. Press to scan the IDs stored in your Scan Lists or press to return to the Search mode.Restore all IDs To unlock all locked out IDs at once. 45 . you’ve likely left out one or more of the frequencies used by the system. For Motorola Type II or EDACS.

no matter which frequency the group uses. ID Monitor Mode n If you press and hold for 2 seconds. Channel Activity Indicators The BC 245XLT has 20 Channel Activity Indicators to visually display a trunked system’s activity when you select delay. you will select the ID Monitor mode. until you hear two short beeps. Note: Locked out IDs display during ID Monitor mode with the L/0 icon turned on. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. such as fire department on-scene operations. You’ll always know which frequencies are in use and how much communication traffic is occurring. but this is an excellent way to determine which talk groups are the most active.Hold Mode n Press to hold on a particular ID in the display. SEARCH begins flashing in the display. You won’t hear conversations in this mode. 46 . You can hold a specific talk group. scan etc. hold. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. and all active talk group IDs begin to display in succession.

The Scanner does not show activity bars for private or phone interconnect calls for EDACS® systems. n The indicator which remains on. the first 8 activity indicators each represent two channels. The way in which the Activity Indicators display provide you with information about the system you’re tracking. The indicator which flashes when an ID displays represents the frequency being used by the talk group. the activity indicators will turn on and off as other groups use the system. n Note: n n Note: If more than 20 channels are stored in a bank. then the channel is probably being used for a telephone interconnect call or a private call. if 28 channels are programmed. If an indicator turns on and you don’t hear a conversation. If you’re holding on an ID which isn’t active. n The display may change from showing channel activity indicators to Scan List memory positions. represents the frequency being used as the data channel. For example.Each frequency you program in a trunking bank corresponds to an activity indicator at the top of your scanner’s display. even if when there is no traffic. To restore to the previous setting. then the indicators represent multiple channels. 47 . These calls are not monitored by your scanner. press .

Select the Trunking bank you want. Programming ID Scan Lists Manually 1. List 3 for emergency medical service IDs.com or www. (1000 if you use all banks as trunking banks!) Scan Lists help you organize the trunking system users into categories.trunktracker. Once IDs are stored in lists. 3. you might use List 1 for police IDs. your scanner sets up 10 Scan Lists. For example.com/free.Scan Lists Each bank of your BC 245XLT can be a trunk tracking bank or it can be a conventional scanning bank. so you can store a total of 100 IDs for each trunk tracking bank. For example. press . 48 . List 2 for fire department IDs. Use and to select the Scan List location you want to program. BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SCAN 2. When you designate a bank as a trunking bank. etc.bearcat1. select the second memory location in the first scan list. Check the web site www. which are simply lists used to store your favorite IDs. Each list can contain up to 10 IDs. you can scan them like you scan conventional frequencies. You can program your scan lists either manually or during trunking search mode. After tracking is started.htm for a complete list of talk groups for your area that you can program into your Scan Lists.

Enter the fleet number. press twice. 49 . c.4. Use the for the “dash”. press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps before step a. Enter the Type II ID you want to store. —OR— To enter an EDACS® ID: a. b. Press or to select the next Scan List location. Press . Enter the subfleet number. If you wish to store Decimal style ID. and start over. and press . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TRUNK Note: To clear a mistake while entering an ID. Press . Enter ID you want to store. —OR— To enter a Type I ID: a. b. and press . 5.

XPAND XPAND lets you expand or narrow searching and scanning to one of 4 levels. Note: The BC 245XLT defaults to “AFS” talk group displays for EDACS ®only. It has two new features. By entering only the desired part of a talk group. but AFS will help you recognize and program them all. 128 talk groups. to let you zero in on just the part of the system you want to hear. AFS and XPAND. 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.An icon will show an “E” in the display when you have programmed an EDACS® system. 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. or a single talk group. 50 . Your scanner is designed to use this organization to make your scanning easy. you can select 2048 talk groups. whether it is an individual channel or an entire department or city. AFS Display AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) is the numbering system used in the TrunkTracker II to display and enter EDACS talk groups. For example. 8 talk groups. you might program every talk group in a police department with just 4 key presses. And AFS works together with XPAND to provide a new kind of scanning flexibility. Systems differ.

You can program a specific talk group such as 01-011 into Scan List memory. press and hold for two seconds while in an EDACS trunking bank and the display method will change. 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. It will stay changed until you press and hold again for two seconds while in EDACS operation. Agency numbers range from 00 through 15. . 51 . . If you prefer to view and program talk groups in “decimal” mode. 01. Just press and hold to switch the scanner between AFS and decimal mode. for example: 01. or. for example: 01. Decimal mode will not work with partial talk groups entered in AFS mode into Scan List memory. (all 01 groups will be scanned) Or you can program all the talk groups within one fleet of an Agency by pressing. you can program the talk groups for an entire agency (there may be hundreds) by pressing.You can also enter or display EDACS talk groups in decimal format (0-2047). For further details and examples. with AFS mode. But you cannot use XPAND when in decimal mode. This is a very powerful feature! Note: In AFS mode.

Press to begin scanning the lists you have programmed. Scan List 1 will automatically be active. Note: One Scan List must always be active.ID Scan Mode 1. SCAN displays but your scanner cannot stop on an active conversation. 4. Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode. The Scan List indicator turns off. To alternate your display between the trunking repeater indicators and the Scan List indicators. and the IDs in that list are not scanned. If you haven’t programmed any IDs. press . press the number of the Scan List on your keypad. 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TRUNK SCAN 3. To remove a Scan List from active scanning. press its number again. If you try and deactivate all the Scan Lists. 52 . To restore a Scan List to active scanning.

Setting Priority in Trunking Mode You can set priority in your trunking banks. 53 . For example. 21. It’s very similar to conventional priority although there is no “interrupt” during the transmissions. channel 1. Priorities are checked in between transmissions. After you’ve set up your Scan List. memory position 7. etc. through 91 are all default priorities. the priority channel in List 1 will be checked before the priority in List 2. such as Scan List 6. all trunking banks will change to that mode. just as you do in your conventional ones. You can adjust which talk group in each List is the priority by pressing and holding . 11. press to activate it. Since each trunking bank holds 10 Scan Lists of 10 memory channels each. you can hold on an ID in your Scan List. The radio will default to setting the first “channel” in each of your Scan List as a priority.Note: Once you press or in one bank. 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. The lowest numbered priority will be checked first. With Priority on.

press . Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode. 2. Deleting a Stored ID To delete a stored ID: a. When your scanner stops on an ID you want to store. 3.Programming Scan Lists During Search To select a Scan List location and store an ID during Search mode. Then press . Press when your scanner stops on an ID you want to store. To let your scanner automatically store an ID in an available Scan List location. then press . 54 . Press to return to Trunk Tracking Search mode. follow these steps: 1. Press . follow these steps: 1. 2. Use or to select the Scan List memory location you want. b.

3.You can trunk scan or search and scan conventional frequencies at the same time. You can switch to SEARCH mode and the scanner will search for any active ID’s on the system. 0. . Multi-Track The BC 245XLT allows you to track more than one system at a time. Press 2. only trunking frequencies are programmed in TRUNK mode). For example. then press 0-9 (memory position). 4. you will receive an ERROR message for that bank. If you have not programmed a trunking bank with talk group ID’s. then press or . To move to Scan List 4.You can actually track up to 10 trunking systems at one time! 2. memory position 10.You can program conventional frequencies in the same bank as trunking systems. Press . Or. Here are some highlights of this new feature: 1. The radio will instantly begin scanning. To scan a mix of trunking and conventional banks. Next press 0-9 (scan list number). Press repeatedly. press: . 55 . then press . After the radio finishes checking a trunked system for activity. it will conventionally scan the other frequencies in the bank (remember. select the banks you wish to be active with trunking off. 3. Or.Moving between Scan List Memories There are a number of ways to step and move through your Scan List memories: 1.

you must be in the Trunking Programming mode. then you’ll have to program your own Fleet Map. Type I/Hybrid systems require a Fleet Map that sets specific Fleet-Subfleet parameters. for example 6477.Fleet Map Programming If you have programmed a trunk tracking bank and select . 1167. Select the trunking bank you want to program. if you notice a mix of odd and even user IDs. Selecting Trunking Programming Mode To change the system type which your scanner monitors. 6481. follow these steps: If you are in Conventional Scan mode: 1. what isn’t always easy is selecting or programming a map that matches your particular area. you will see user IDs display on your screen. Since the BC 245XLT defaults to Type II systems. It’s easy to select a Fleet Map for your scanner. all the IDs will appear as numbers. You may also notice that you’re missing responses when you hold on an active ID. To select this mode. 2. 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.. You’ll hear two short beeps and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. and these are usually a good place to start when setting up a Type I/Hybrid trunk tracking bank. Press and hold . Unlike Type II and EDACS systems. However. 2560. 6144. 56 . etc. then you are probably monitoring either a Type I or EDACS system.

3. Select the Trunking Programming mode and the bank you want to change. 3. You’ll hear two short beeps and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. Use or to select E1. TRUNK icon goes out. Press to return to conventional mode if you have been monitoring a trunking bank. 2. Press .If you are in Trunking Scan mode: 1. 57 . For example. E1P2. Use or to choose the map you want. Note: It is required that the trunked frequency has been programmed before selecting a preset fleet map. Press and hold until you hear two short beeps. Then press . Selecting a Preset Fleet Map 1. Select the trunking bank you want to program. 2. 4.

to choose E1. you should try another preset map. 4. How do you know if the preset map is correct? You’ll have to listen to see if you’re following complete conversations. For example. etc. 58 . 2. 000-12. 1. Press . Use or to choose USr. Note: You will now begin to see Type I Fleet-Subfleet IDs. Programming a Fleet Map You may want to read User Defined Fleet Maps in the Appendix before programming a fleet map. 3. See User Defined Fleet Maps in the Appendix for more information about Type I IDs. 400-8. 5. 6. and press . Select the Trunking Programming mode and the bank you want to change. The scanner returns to Programming Bank selecting mode. 100-9. 100-12. Use or.5. If not. Press . as well as a table listing the Fleet Map Size Codes. It contains a detailed explanation of Scanner Fleet Map Programming. Use or to select the size code for the first block. Press .

Repeat Steps 8 and 9 until you have selected a size code for each block. To program a Hybrid system. acquires the data channel. See page 68 for more information. follow the steps listed in Programming a Fleet Map in the previous section. The next available block displays. followed by a one or two digit number. That is. The scanner exits the Trunking Programming mode. Note: It is required that the trunked frequency has been programmed before programming a fleet map. Type I Ids appear as a three or four digit number. Type II Ids usually appear as an even number without a dash. Press . 8. When you begin searching a trunking bank with a Hybrid Fleet Map. and begins searching using the map you’ve programmed. see Fleet Map Size Codes in the Appendix. However. select Size Code S-0. followed by a hyphen. you will see both types of system Ids. if you want a block to be Type II. For specifics about each size code. 9. Programming a Hybrid System A Hybrid system is simply a Type I system with some blocks designated as Type II blocks.7. 59 . Press .

Enter the frequencies for the system. Press 50 or 100. Select the system type (Type II VHF or Type II UHF) by scrolling through the system selector. enter a new base frequency and 4. Press press .trunktracker. Press .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.bearcat1.com/free. To find these out. The screen will show the OFS (offset) frequency default of 50 kHz. 6. you may need to try a new base or offset frequency or you may be missing frequencies from the system. 3. Press . to begin trunking.000 is the default bAS frequency . 25.htm and other web sites and frequency resources.5. . Note: If the system is not tracking properly. Or. To enter the base and offset frequency: 1. (406. check the www. 2.com or www. Select the bank into which you want to program the trunking system. 8. Press for UHF) 5. Or. 60 . 7. enter another offset including: 12.

press and hold for two seconds while in the Motorola system you wish to adjust. you never need to worry about missing these transmissions. If you’ve programmed talk group 33264 into Scan List memory. and there is an emergency call within the group. 61 .) Then use or to change the setting (on to off) and press to program your change.Toggling the Status Bit On Type II trunking systems there is a method by which specialized types of communications utilize unique talk group numbers. To turn Status Bits off. for example. Because the BC 245XLT defaults to Status-Bit On mode. (This feature does not apply to EDACS® operation within the scanner. 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. you will hear it on 33264. for example. An emergency call will occur on a unique talk group from its primary assignment.

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. for the 62 . go to Uniden’s website. To use SmartScan mode with an internal modem. This radio offers the following modes: n SMARTSCAN MODE Automatically load frequencies. A few PC’s may require an adapter.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. You may need a DB-9 to DB-25 null modem adapter.Remote Interface You can communicate and program your BC 245XLT in numerous ways with peripheral devices using the RS232C port. n CLONE MODE Clone all the frequencies and trunking talk groups and fleet maps programmed into your scanner to another BC 245XLT. 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. 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). look up under Scanners “SmartScanner” or the BC 245XLT scanner. most will not. make sure your PC is turned on. available at most computer stores. Of course. Connecting the scanner Scanner to PC BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 888 888. To download this free program. Plug the other end of the cable (DB-9 serial connector) into a personal computer’s serial port.

available at most computer stores. 63 . Run this program and it should automatically set the port setting for you (although you can override the settings). Make sure that you have a phone line plugged into the modem jack on the back. 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 end of the cable (DB-9 serial connector) into the external modem. 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. available at most computer stores. To use the Remote (PC Control) mode. you must purchase third party software and use as directed. Of course.SmartScanner software. Plug the other ends of the cables (DB-9 serial connector) together using a DB-9 to DB-9 null modem adapter. 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 your scanner is connected to the serial port of the PC using the supplied cable. make sure your external modem is turned on. You may need a DB-9 to DB-25 null modem adapter.

64 . (See page 66) Press key. For example if your ZIP code is 02135. Then release the key. go to Program Lock. The following screen appears. The dial-in telephone number appears in the display. After connecting the scanner to a modem using the Scanner to PC or Scanner to External Modem steps (see page 62). 2. talk groups. The following screen appears. Press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. Press key. bc245 will flash on the display. If you want to prevent some banks from being overwritten by the frequency download. 4. (SmartScan Mode) To select SmartScan mode. 1. you must enter your zip code. The scanner dials to the database server.SmartScan Mode You can automatically download frequencies. and fleetmaps from the Uniden National Frequency Database server. Note: 5. turn the radio off. Using the keypad. press or . enter the ZIP code for the area you will be using your scanner. 3. the ZIP code is stored into memory. Before starting the frequency download.

NOTE: The number preprogrammed into your scanner for downloading frequencies is 1-900-225-4822. This will prevent you from dialing to the server. 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). donE will be displayed when your downloading is completed.6. NOTE: If you are unable to dial a “900” number. you must turn the unit off/on. To get current frequencies.99 per minute charge for using the SmartScan database. . make sure the modem is connected properly. 8. The frequencies in the SmartScan database are updated. disconnect the access by pressing Then. 7. If the connection is successful. and try again. check with your local phone company to find out if you have a “900” block on your phone line. If downloading is not successful. There is a $0. the scanner starts frequency downloading. as well as special /sporting event frequencies. one of the following error messages will appear. 65 . regularly update your scanner by using SmartScan. To start the scanner. at a minimum. every 6 to 12 months.

After you enter your zip code. Press again. 3. The phone number appears. press . Press the call. To save the previously programmed frequencies. 66 . 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. you can lock out specific banks prior to calling the database as follows: 1. 5.Program Lock SmartScanner will overwrite frequencies that you have already programmed into your scanner. press . Press . 6. The zip code is displayed. With the phone number on the display. 2. to place 4. PrgLoc appears in the display.

RTS/CTS. 67 . You can change it to PULSE by pressing . Xon/Xoff is the default. 2400. PULSE Transfer Speed You can choose the following transfer speeds. 1200. Press to exit.1200. (9600) bps Ÿ Flow control setting (Xon/Xoff). Tone is set as a default. Press flow control. again for non Press when desired setting is displayed. 300. The initial display appears. Off Ÿ Dial type (TONE).2400. Dial Type You can choose the Dial Type setting.(9600). Press for RTS/CTS.Menu for SmartScan Press key and you can change several parameters used for SmartScan. Ÿ Transfer speed 300. Flow Control You can choose the following flow control settings.14400 bps 9600 is the default.

SMARTSCANNER TIPS There are literally hundreds of thousands of public safety radio licenses in the United States. marine.O.com for further information. All licenses within your community (with more than one zip code) 3. Because of the volume of data.com or mail them to us at SmartScanner National Database. Due to the volume of mail we receive. If you find any flaws in your data and you would like to offer suggestions. and because some systems operate on expired licenses or digital radio systems (which are not included in the dataset as they cannot be monitored). 2. 5. 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. All licenses within your zip code. 68 . The downloads are not available through the Internet at this time.com and Trunktracker. National licenses (such as common ambulance. but not trunking) 6. Statewide licenses (such as Highway Patrol. and Family Radio Service channels). Newton Highlands. please e-mail them to us at smartscanner@aol. Look at the web sites Uniden. we cannot guarantee that you will receive every active public safety frequency in your area. All your county licenses (such as County Sheriff) 4. you may not receive a reply. The SmartScanner database downloads frequency and trunking talk groups (if applicable for your area) to the scanner using the following order: 1. All the licenses for all the communities within your county (in random order). MA 02468. DOT. Box 610428. P. state forestry.

shut the scanner off. If not. 7. 69 . the scanner may run out of memory locations and you may not. however. state or nationwide data. lock those banks you wish to keep. Make sure you have TRUNK mode on to see if these are control channels for a trunking system. turn it back on again and enter the SmartScanner download mode. The SmartScanner editors used their best efforts to delete digital and MDT (mobile data terminal) computer records from the database. . it would be impossible to delete them all. 2. 6. The BC 245XLT cannot track such systems unless the trunking mode is on. 3. then you should lock these frequencies out or delete them by entering a new frequency or entering 0. or you have locked-out some banks prior to the download using the Program Lock feature. If you wish to also receive a download of frequencies and talk groups from an adjacent county.A few notes about the frequency download order: 1. for example. Performance of the scanner is not hindered if you have TRUNK mode on and you do not have a trunk system programmed. The database will be updated every 6 to 12 months at a minimum. 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. Important: After the download. 4. be sure to press the trunk key to see if you have trunk systems now loaded for your area. 5. 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. you may hear some non-voice transmissions on the frequencies downloaded into your scanner. If there are more than 300 of the above listed types of licenses. If you have a trunk system programmed (you can tell by seeing if the display shows Id SCAN at any time). receive part or all of your county. Then enter a zip code from a community within the adjacent county. Therefore.

“KEYLOCK” icon flashes. the scanner will ignore any key (except REMOTE key). Start Remote Mode Turn off the power. 2. bc245 will flash on the display. then turn it on again.Remote (PC Control) Mode You can program and control your scanner remotely from a PC using third party software. Or. turn the radio off. To control your scanner using a PC. see the flyer included in the box with this radio. Press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. BANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DATA SCAN PRI 70 . Then press to select the Remote mode. During REMOTE Control mode. until you hear two short beeps. press or until this screen is displayed. REMOTE mode is selected. To distinguish from Normal operation mode. The following screen appears. Use the third party software as directed. 1. After connecting the scanner to a PC using the Scanner to PC steps (see page 62). For information on purchasing third party software to program and control your BC 245XLT. press . Then release the key. 3. Press REMOTE key.

Then press to select. Or. turn the power on. Press . To change the transfer speed. 3.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. Then press to display Transfer Speed. then changes to SCANr. 1 bit : 8 bit : None : ASCII code : None : Carriage Return only Change Transfer Speed 1. “bc245” flashes on the display. press and . 2. press or until this screen appears. 71 . While pressing REMOTE key.

On each scanner. The data transfer is started from the Master Unit to the Slave Unit. 4. bc245 will appear on the display.Clone Mode You can clone the frequency data of one BC 245XLT scanner to another. 1. 5. Then release the key. press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. 72 . On the scanner that is the” Master Unit”. On each scanner. Press the key on both scanners. make sure the scanners are turned off. On the scanner that is the” Slave Unit”. 2. press the key until FirSt appears in the display. using the Scanner to Scanner steps (See page 63). press the key until ClonE appears in the display. (Clone Mode) Determine the scanner that has the frequency data that you want to transfer. 3. After connecting the two scanners. Then press . and the other must be set as the “Slave Unit”. press . This one must be set up as the “Master Unit”. Or press or until this screen is displayed on both scanners.

If the data transfer is not successful. the following error message will appear. 73 . FirSt” and CLONE characters will continue to flash. When the data transfer is completed.During the data transfer. donE displays.

may provide better reception.000 in all channels when there has been a memory loss. If possible. Be careful not to rub the LCD window. Location n Do not use the scanner in high-moisture environments such as the kitchen or bathroom. a higher elevation. Also try changing the height or angle of the antenna. The display shows 000. n If the scanner receives strong interference or electrical noise. n Always write down the programmed frequencies in the event of memory loss. n Always press each button firmly until you hear the entry tone for that key entry. To prevent scratches. n Avoid placing the unit in direct sunlight or near heating elements or vents. do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents. move it or its antenna away from the source of the noise. 74 . n Clean the outside of the scanner with a mild detergent. simply reprogram each channel. Cleaning n Disconnect the power to the unit before cleaning.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 If memory is lost.

Birdies are internally generated signals inherent in the electronics of the receiver. 75 . If your scanner stops during Scan mode and no sound is heard. The scanner contains no user serviceable parts. Contact the Uniden Customer Service Center or take it to a qualified repair technician.Repairs n Do not attempt any repair. it may be receiving a birdie. and then press to resume scanning. Birdies n All radios can receive “birdies” (undesired signals). Press to lockout the channel.

5. 1. 3. the scanner has less chance of finding an active channel. Weather Scan won’t work. Scan won’t start. Check the antenna connection. Review each channel’s frequency to see if it is still stored in memory and is correct. 1. You could be using an outlet controlled by the wall switch. 2. Adjust squelch threshold . Setting the Squelch. 4. 3. Check to see if many of the channels are locked out. Adjust squelch threshold . You may be in a remote area which could require an optional multi-band antenna. Suggestion Check the connections at both ends of SQUELCH control. Turn on the wall switch of your room. Scan won’t stop. the AC Adapter. Check the antenna. try the following steps. Move the AC Adapter to another wall outlet or replace the battery pack. Improper reception. 1. 76 . Problem Scanner won’t work. Press the Adjust the key again. Check with your dealer or local electronics store. Move the scanner. If so.refer to page 14. 2.refer to page 14. 2. 1. 3. 2. 1. 2. Check to see if all channels are locked out.Troubleshooting If your BC 245XLT is not performing properly. Check the antenna connection or move and reposition the antenna. It’s possible that none of the programmed frequencies are currently active. 3. Setting the Squelch.

which are intentionally blocked by your scanner. you can visit www. Adjust the squelch for trunking mode. May be a private or telephone interconnect call. The IDs you have stored are not active.htm for additional information. 1. please call or write the Uniden Parts and Service Division. Try another Preset Fleet Map or Program your own Fleet Map. Not all frequencies for the system are programmed. 2. Channel Activity Indicators are flashing but no sound is heard. If you still cannot get satisfactory results while using your scanner or if you want additional information. Check frequency resources and reprogram. If you would like immediate assistance. 1. 2.trunktracker. If you have internet access. Missing the data frequency.uniden. try the following steps. Review Fleet Map Programming on page 56. 3. 2. 2. Missing replies to conversations. See page 39. Scanner not tracking an EDACS system properly. Scanner won’t stop during Scan List mode.com/free. 2.com or www.com or www. 2.If you experience difficulty while in TrunkTracker™ mode. 1. No IDs have been programmed. 1. 77 . The address and phone number are listed in the Warranty at the end of this manual. Change to a Type 1 Scanner setup. 1. The ID in your display is not active. 1. please call Customer Service at (800) 297-1023. Problem Scanner won’t track the trunked system. Check to see that all of the systems frequencies have been entered. your scanner. 3. Check your frequency list. Check frequency resources. Review Fleet Map Programming on page 56. Missing the frequency used for the data channel. Change to a Type 1 Scanner setup. Suggestion May not be a system which can be tracked by Scanner will not acquire data channel.bearcat1. Logical channel numbers ( frequencies) for the system are not programmed in the correct order.

Features. DC 12V power jack 2½ in.0-29.0-54. Channel: Banks 300 10 (30 channels each) Service Bands: 5-preprogrammed search bands (including the NOAA Weather Service band) Frequency Range: 29. Subpart C. (D) x 6 in.8 VDC 800mAh (internal battery or Requirements: AD70U AC Adapter Antenna: External Jacks: Size: Weight: Rubber Antenna (included) External earphone.Specification Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15.5 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. specifications.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. 78 . (W) x 1¾ in. (H) 11 oz. and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice.7-50.7 Mhz 10 Meter Amateur Band 29.0 Mhz VHF Low Band 50. as of date of manufacture.

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 .

Subfleets. In other words.User Defined Fleet Maps Type I Programming Information When a Type I system is designed. 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. If you do this accurately. Some organizations may want many subfleets with only a few radios each. When you have assigned a size code to all 8 blocks. you’ll track all the Fleet-Subfleet combinations used by the system. The next two digits identify which Fleet is active. you’ll have defined the Fleet Map for the system you’re tracking. you’ll hear complete communications while monitoring a trunked system. and the last digit(s) identifies the Subfleet. the address information for all the IDs is divided into 8 equal sized blocks. a size code of S-4 has one Fleet. The way these IDs display on your scanner depend on the block number and the block’s size code. Each size code determines the number of Fleets. you must select a size code for each of these blocks. while another organization may want only a few subfleets with many radios each. numbered 0–7. When you program your scanner to track a Type I system. which is divided into 16 separate Subfleets. When a block is assigned a size code. and IDs each block will have. the leftmost digit represents the block which contains the ID. 81 . For example. When a Type I ID displays. the Fleet or Fleets created within the block are assigned a Type I ID. Your task is to program your fleet map with the same size code assignments as the trunked system. and it has a total of 512 individual IDs.

S-3 and S-4 are probably the most common. you’ll have to guess at them. followed by S-10. then you’ve probably selected the right size code and can work on the next block of the map. Finally. and S-12. this isn’t as hard as it seems. S-11. for most public safety systems there are some size codes which are more common.If you don’t already know the size codes used. 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 . and then press . 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. Select a size code for a block.

S-13. n S-14 can only be assigned to Block 0. if you assign Block 0 as an S-12. or 6. 4.Size Code Restrictions If you select size code S-12. n S-12 can only be assigned to Blocks 0. the next block available. 83 . Since these size codes require multiple blocks. 2. there are some restrictions as to which blocks can be used for these codes. you would not see another prompt because it uses all available blocks. or S-14. n S-13 can only be assigned to Blocks 0 and 4. you will be prompted for b2. instead of b1. For example. And if you assign Block 0 as an S-14. you will be prompted for the next available block when programming a Fleet Map.

For example. at a glance. And with the XPAND feature (see page 50) you can easily include nearby. related channels in the same Fleet or Agency. dot. This helps you see. But it will help you if you need to use decimal talk group lists. in decimal. you can select the entire city of Sullivan with 4 key presses zero. Sizes vary but most large cities and other agencies have blocks of 128 channels. the County Sheriff is Agency 01. The system is logical and easy to understand. In this example. is 434. Assuming that you have the system frequencies programmed. in decimal format. Your scanner can switch between AFS and DECIMAL display. three. capture it to your scan list by pressing E during the transmission. If you hear an interesting talk group. and your scanner is locked to the control channel. SRCH. Your scanner shows EDACS talk groups in AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) format. System users are given blocks of talk groups. two. Adams Hill and Matthew Junction share Agency 08. dot. zero.An EDACS Trunked System This chart shows how talk groups may organized within an EDACS system at the AGENCY level. you can select a desired city by simply searching on the AGENCY part of the AFS talk group number. The FLEETS and SUBFLEETS cannot be shown at this scale because there are 2048 possibilities. Smaller cities have only 64 or 32 channels. If you want to monitor the Sullivan Police Dispatch channel (which is talk group 03-062). who you are monitoring. This channel. three. But decimal format does not give you any information about the system hierarchy. For example Sullivan. uses channels from 384 to 511. This is not as easy to remember as Agency 03. SRCH. The city of Sullivan is Agency 03. six. you key in zero. 84 .

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