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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.

Uniden® and Bearcat® are registered trademarks of Uniden America Corporation.

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

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

fire/emergency.0-29.0 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. air.Introduction The BC 245XLT is a state-of-the-art radio with TrunkTracking™ and automatic scanning capabilities.5 kHz 12.0 MHz 50. 70cm Amateur Band UHF Standard Band UHF “T” Band Public Service “800” Band 3 . With the new SmartScanner™ feature.0-54.7-50.5 kHz 12. you can also automatically program your scanner by downloading directly from our Uniden/Bearcat national frequency database via a PC or external modem. It can store frequencies such as police. 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 29.5 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.5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 12.5 kHz 12.7 MHz 29. railroad. and other communications into 10 banks of 30 channels each. marine.5 kHz 12. amateur.

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

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

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

n Manual Channel Access – Go directly to any channel. You must have at least one channel programmed to use the Scan mode. fire/emergency. 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. n 10 Priority Channels – You can assign one priority channel in each bank. aircraft. n Memory Backup – If the battery completely discharges or if power is disconnected. and weather frequencies. n Autolight – Automatically turns the light on when it finds a transmission. 7 . n 300 Channels – Program one frequency into each channel. with Aircraft and 800 MHz. n Preprogrammed Service (SVC) Search – Allows you to toggle through preprogrammed police. marine. railroad.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 Unique Data Skip – Allows your scanner to skip unwanted data transmissions and reduces birdies. 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. 10 Banks – Includes 12 bands. n 12 Bands. Note: The frequency coverage is not continuous and excludes the cellular band. 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 Multi-Track – Track more than one trunking system at a time and scan conventional and trunked systems at the same time.

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

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

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

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

13 . You can damage the case or clip. Belt Clip Do not tighten the screws too tight.Flexible Antenna Attach the flexible antenna to the BNC connector.

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

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

Select frequencies from your dealer. Repeat this procedure for each channel you want to program. you must program a frequency into at least one channel. Press . Here’s a list of sample frequencies you should try: 156. 1.Programming Before the BC 245XLT can begin conventional scanning.800 Marine Calling channel 155. Then press . or from one of the guides listed on page 9. Select a channel. a.5625 Family Radio Services (channel one) 2. Enter the channel number.340 Ambulance operations 155. 3.280 Ambulance operations 155. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 16 . b. from various sources on the internet.160 Ambulance operations 462.950 Ambulance operations 462.

press repeatedly until the display is cleared. Enter the frequency number. (See the Table on page 3 or the Band List on the back of the scanner). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Note: To clear a mistake while entering the frequency. Enter the frequency. Press and go back to Step 4.4. a. a distinctive beep sounds and Error appears in the display. b. If you enter a frequency which is outside the scanner’s frequency bands. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 17 . Then press .

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

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

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

If you want to stop on a channel during scanning. Press ATT. preventing stronger signals from overloading the scanner. The RF Attenuation feature works in all modes and attenuates (reduces) the incoming signal strength by about 15 dB. press . 2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 To directly access a specific channel: 1. 3. If you’re near an unusually strong signal source. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 If you want to resume scanning. the signal may overload the scanner. To turn RF Attenuation on: 1. Press . Press again. The scanner may stop repeatedly on that signal and miss other transmissions. Enter the channel number you want using the keypad. 21 . press . RF Attenuation Feature The BC 245XLT comes with an RF Attenuation feature.

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. To turn RF Attenuation off. Delay in Scan or Search Mode 1. 22 . just press ATT again. Press or set a search range and press . When your scanner stops on a channel that you want to delay. You hear a beep. Now all incoming signal strength is reduced. press . and ATT appears in the display begins flashing. The ATT icon goes out. DLY displays and scanning resumes two seconds after the transmission ends. 2.2.

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

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

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

then resumes normal scanning. To activate Priority Scan (in either the Manual or Scan Mode): 1.2. your scanner checks the priority channel every two seconds for activity. Priority Scan When Priority Scan is turned on. this message appears when you select Priority mode. If a signal is present on the priority channel. You will hear two beeps when all the channels have been restored. Press again at anytime to deactivate Priority Scan. Note: If you have locked out the priority channel. your scanner monitors the channel until the transmission ends. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 26 . You can designate one channel in each bank as a Priority Channel. Press and hold for about two seconds. 2. Press .

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

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

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Press to begin scanning. Press repeatedly to select Service Scan mode you want.Programming with SVC Scan Follow these steps to program frequencies into a channel during Service scanning: 1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 35 . 2. Note: If a frequency is already stored in the channel you select it will be erased when you save the new frequency. 5. When SVC Scan stops on a frequency you want. Press to store the frequency in the channel you selected. 4. Select a channel you want to program. press .

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

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

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

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

See section on Programming a Fleet Map.The first step in tracking a trunked system is storing the frequencies in one of the 10 available banks in your scanner.5 You will hear two beeps. 3. by pressing 1 through 0. and press . Press second. Choose the system you want to track. See appropriate section. for 1. and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. 1. ** Requires programming of a fleet map. Use or to choose the system. 40 . 2. *** Requires programming of frequencies in exact order and location. Select the Bank you want to store the frequency. 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.

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

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

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

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

For Motorola Type II or EDACS. if you’re missing pieces of conversations. Press to scan the IDs stored in your Scan Lists or press to return to the Search mode. 3. 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. follow these steps: 1. you’ve likely left out one or more of the frequencies used by the system. Press to return to the Search mode. For information about Scan Lists see page 48. Note: If you consistently miss responses while in ID Delay mode. Note: If you unlock all the IDs. Searching Tips ID Delay Mode n Use the key to select the Delay mode if it’s not active. Press to unlock all the IDs at once. Other groups may use the system.Restore all IDs To unlock all locked out IDs at once. 45 . then the Scan List Memory mode displays. but your scanner will only look for the ID in the display. This mode holds an ID for 5 seconds while you wait for a reply. 2. Press and hold 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 will select the ID Monitor mode. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. n Press to continue searching the entire trunked system. ID Monitor Mode n If you press and hold for 2 seconds. scan etc. You’ll always know which frequencies are in use and how much communication traffic is occurring. 46 . and all active talk group IDs begin to display in succession. but this is an excellent way to determine which talk groups are the most active. such as fire department on-scene operations. until you hear two short beeps. Note: Locked out IDs display during ID Monitor mode with the L/0 icon turned on. hold.Hold Mode n Press to hold on a particular ID in the display. You won’t hear conversations in this mode. SEARCH begins flashing in the display. no matter which frequency the group uses. You can hold a specific talk group.

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

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

press twice. Enter the fleet number. Press . Use the for the “dash”. press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps before step a. 5. b.4. Press . If you wish to store Decimal style ID. —OR— To enter an EDACS® ID: a. Enter the subfleet number. Press or to select the next Scan List location. and press . Enter the Type II ID you want to store. 49 . 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. b. Enter ID you want to store. —OR— To enter a Type I ID: a. c.

but AFS will help you recognize and program them all. 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. you can select 2048 talk groups. whether it is an individual channel or an entire department or city. or a single talk group. Systems differ. For example. By entering only the desired part of a talk group. 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 . AFS and XPAND.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. Your scanner is designed to use this organization to make your scanning easy. 8 talk groups. AFS Display AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) is the numbering system used in the TrunkTracker II to display and enter EDACS talk groups. 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. And AFS works together with XPAND to provide a new kind of scanning flexibility. 128 talk groups.

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

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

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

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

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

Since the BC 245XLT defaults to Type II systems. for example 6477. follow these steps: If you are in Conventional Scan mode: 1. Select the trunking bank you want to program. 2560. If you choose a preset map and still have difficulty following complete conversations. 56 . 1167. 6144. 2. However. you will see user IDs display on your screen. etc. then you are probably monitoring either a Type I or EDACS system.Fleet Map Programming If you have programmed a trunk tracking bank and select . all the IDs will appear as numbers.. To select this mode. you must be in the Trunking Programming mode. what isn’t always easy is selecting or programming a map that matches your particular area. 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. There are 16 preset Fleet Maps listed in the appendix that you can choose. You may also notice that you’re missing responses when you hold on an active ID. It’s easy to select a Fleet Map for your scanner. You’ll hear two short beeps and BANK and TRUNK will begin to flash in the display. Unlike Type II and EDACS systems. if you notice a mix of odd and even user IDs. Type I/Hybrid systems require a Fleet Map that sets specific Fleet-Subfleet parameters. Press and hold . then you’ll have to program your own Fleet Map. 6481.

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

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

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

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

you never need to worry about missing these transmissions.) Then use or to change the setting (on to off) and press to program your change. (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. for example. 61 . and there is an emergency call within the group. An emergency call will occur on a unique talk group from its primary assignment. you will hear it on 33264. Because the BC 245XLT defaults to Status-Bit On mode. To turn Status Bits off. for example. press and hold for two seconds while in the Motorola system you wish to adjust.Toggling the Status Bit On Type II trunking systems there is a method by which specialized types of communications utilize unique talk group numbers. If you’ve programmed talk group 33264 into Scan List memory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To change the transfer speed. turn the power on. While pressing REMOTE key. press and . Press . 3. “bc245” flashes on the display. 2. then changes to SCANr. 71 . Then press to select. Or. 1 bit : 8 bit : None : ASCII code : None : Carriage Return only Change Transfer Speed 1. Then press to display Transfer Speed. press or until this screen appears.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 the key until FirSt appears in the display. 2. On each scanner. On the scanner that is the” Slave Unit”. (Clone Mode) Determine the scanner that has the frequency data that you want to transfer. 5. press and hold REMOTE key and turn the radio on. 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. press . Or press or until this screen is displayed on both scanners. Then release the key. 3. Then press . This one must be set up as the “Master Unit”. bc245 will appear on the display. press the key until ClonE appears in the display. make sure the scanners are turned off. 72 . 4. On the scanner that is the” Master Unit”. After connecting the two scanners. On each scanner. and the other must be set as the “Slave Unit”. Press the key on both scanners. 1. using the Scanner to Scanner steps (See page 63).

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

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

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. Press to lockout the channel. Contact the Uniden Customer Service Center or take it to a qualified repair technician. The scanner contains no user serviceable parts. and then press to resume scanning.Repairs n Do not attempt any repair. it may be receiving a birdie. Birdies n All radios can receive “birdies” (undesired signals).

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

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

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 4.8 VDC 800mAh (internal battery or Requirements: AD70U AC Adapter Antenna: External Jacks: Size: Weight: Rubber Antenna (included) External earphone. (D) x 6 in.Specification Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15. DC 12V power jack 2½ in. 78 .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. (W) x 1¾ in.0-29. Channel: Banks 300 10 (30 channels each) Service Bands: 5-preprogrammed search bands (including the NOAA Weather Service band) Frequency Range: 29. Features.0 Mhz VHF Low Band 50.0-54. Subpart C. as of date of manufacture. and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice.7 Mhz 10 Meter Amateur Band 29. (H) 11 oz. specifications.7-50.

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 .

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

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

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

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

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