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

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

With the new SmartScanner™ feature.7-50.Introduction The BC 245XLT is a state-of-the-art radio with TrunkTracking™ and automatic scanning capabilities.5 kHz 12.5 kHz 12. railroad.5 kHz 12. It can store frequencies such as police. marine.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. 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. amateur.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 12.0-29. 70cm Amateur Band UHF Standard Band UHF “T” Band Public Service “800” Band 3 .5 kHz 12.0 MHz 50. air.0-54. and other communications into 10 banks of 30 channels each.7 MHz 29.5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 5 kHz 12. fire/emergency. you can also automatically program your scanner by downloading directly from our Uniden/Bearcat national frequency database via a PC or external modem.

cities. n The screen displays used in this manual are representations of what might appear when you use your scanner. Your local law enforcement officials should be able to provide you with information regarding the laws in your community. as amended. 4 . The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. regulated. could void your authority to operate this product. 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. n The installation. possession. and/or local jurisdictions. or operation of this product in any way other than as detailed by this Operating Guide. or require a permit in certain states. or use of this scanning radio in a motor vehicle may be prohibited. makes it a federal crime to intentionally intercept cellular or cordless telephone transmissions or to market this radio when altered to receive them.

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

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

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

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

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

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Insert the battery pack. 11 . 3. Replace cover and press down until it clicks into place. 2. Installing the Battery Pack 1. n If you need to improve reception. Read the precautions on the inside front cover of this Guide. Open the cover. 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.Setup These are helpful guidelines when using your new scanner: n If your scanner receives interference or electrical noise. move the scanner or its antenna away from the source. (You can purchase this type of antenna at a local electronics store.

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

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

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

15 .5. whenever a transmission is found. It remains on for 15 seconds and then goes out. 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 appears in the lower right of the display. Now the “Squelch Gate” allows only clear signals through. 1. To unlock the keypad. 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 2. Auto Light Press and hold until you hear 2 short beeps. The scanner will automatically turn the light on for 5 seconds. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 LCD Back Light Press and release to turn the LCD light on. To lock the keypad. Turn SQUELCH back counter-clockwise just until the hiss stops.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 16 .5625 Family Radio Services (channel one) 2.280 Ambulance operations 155. 3. b. Press .Programming Before the BC 245XLT can begin conventional scanning. a.340 Ambulance operations 155. you must program a frequency into at least one channel.160 Ambulance operations 462. Enter the channel number. Repeat this procedure for each channel you want to program.800 Marine Calling channel 155. 1. Select a channel. Then press . Select frequencies from your dealer. Here’s a list of sample frequencies you should try: 156. from various sources on the internet.950 Ambulance operations 462. or from one of the guides listed on page 9.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

enter the highest frequency of your search range.000 MHz. 5. This only applies to the transmission bands which have 5 kHz steps. . Press . For example. enter 155. 28 . 4. enter the lowest frequency of your search range. press again. 1. Turbo Search To increase the search speed from 100 to 300 steps per second. 6. press when the Search mode is active.) Search flashes in the display when Turbo search is active. Press to stop scanning. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3. Using your keypad. To cancel Turbo Search.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. enter 157.000 MHz. (Refer to the table on page 3 for the frequency bands. 2. For example. Using your keypad. Press Press .

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

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

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

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

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

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

If the frequency is out of the range of the system chosen in this step.4. Note: You will see the frequencies quickly displaying as your scanner looks for the data channel which controls the system. enter 856. Use the keypad to enter a frequency for the trunked system. Press to begin searching the bank you’ve programmed. BANK TRUNK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SCAN 41 . Then press . Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all frequencies have been entered. Note: To clear a mistake while entering a frequency. For example. Press and go back to Step 3. or enter a frequency of the system you’re going to track. press twice. Press either or to select the next channel in the bank. 5.2625 (Type 1). 7. an error message displays. and start over. 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and begins searching using the map you’ve programmed. select Size Code S-0. Type I Ids appear as a three or four digit number. if you want a block to be Type II. Programming a Hybrid System A Hybrid system is simply a Type I system with some blocks designated as Type II blocks. That is. 8. see Fleet Map Size Codes in the Appendix. The scanner exits the Trunking Programming mode. However. followed by a one or two digit number. Note: It is required that the trunked frequency has been programmed before programming a fleet map. follow the steps listed in Programming a Fleet Map in the previous section. 9.7. Press . When you begin searching a trunking bank with a Hybrid Fleet Map. Type II Ids usually appear as an even number without a dash. followed by a hyphen. To program a Hybrid system. you will see both types of system Ids. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 until you have selected a size code for each block. For specifics about each size code. The next available block displays. Press . acquires the data channel. See page 68 for more information. 59 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press flow control. 2400. Xon/Xoff is the default. 1200.Menu for SmartScan Press key and you can change several parameters used for SmartScan. (9600) bps Ÿ Flow control setting (Xon/Xoff). Off Ÿ Dial type (TONE).2400. Ÿ Transfer speed 300.14400 bps 9600 is the default. You can change it to PULSE by pressing . 300. Press for RTS/CTS. The initial display appears.1200. 67 . again for non Press when desired setting is displayed. Dial Type You can choose the Dial Type setting. Press to exit.(9600). Flow Control You can choose the following flow control settings. RTS/CTS. Tone is set as a default. PULSE Transfer Speed You can choose the following transfer speeds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 12.5 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. 78 . (D) x 6 in.0-54.8 VDC 800mAh (internal battery or Requirements: AD70U AC Adapter Antenna: External Jacks: Size: Weight: Rubber Antenna (included) External earphone.0 Mhz VHF Low Band 50. (H) 11 oz. Subpart C. specifications. Channel: Banks 300 10 (30 channels each) Service Bands: 5-preprogrammed search bands (including the NOAA Weather Service band) Frequency Range: 29.Specification Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15. and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice. as of date of manufacture. DC 12V power jack 2½ in.0-29. (W) x 1¾ in.7-50. Features.7 Mhz 10 Meter Amateur Band 29.

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 .

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

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 . this isn’t as hard as it seems. S-11. But since you don’t have to figure out all the blocks at once. for most public safety systems there are some size codes which are more common. If you decide you are receiving most of the replies to the conversations with IDs assigned to the block you just programmed.If you don’t already know the size codes used. then you’ve probably selected the right size code and can work on the next block of the map. you’ll have to guess at them. Finally. Now listen to the communications. and S-12. followed by S-10. S-3 and S-4 are probably the most common. and then press . Select a size code for a block.

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

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

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