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Easier to Read Whistler WS1095/1098 Base/Mobile
Digital Scanner and Programming Software Manual
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Last Updated November 25, 2016

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Contents
Intro/Review Selecting V-Scanner Folders
Main Features Scanning
Scanning Terminology   Turning Scan Sets On/Off
Understanding Object Oriented Memory   Turning Scan Lists On/Off
  Understanding Scan Lists and Scan Sets   Skipping Objects
Understanding Trunking   Restore Skipped Objects
  Understanding DMR   Storing IDs
  Understanding Multi-Site Trunking   Storing CTCSS/DCS/NAC Codes
Understanding IDs   Using Pause
Understanding Receive Modes   Monitoring Objects
Understanding CTCSS/DCS/NAC   Using the Attenuator
Turning on the Scanner and Setting the Squelch   Priority Scanning
Using the Rotary Control   Optimizing Scanning Parameters
Navigating the Scanner Menus Recording/Replaying Transmissions
A Look at the Keypad   Playback Menu
A Look at the Display   Software Audio Tab
Installing the Programming Software Searching
Updating...   Public Safety, Air, or Ham Search
  Software   Search Group Charts
  Firmware   Marine, CB, Rail, or FRS/GRMS/MURS Search
  Library   Marine, CB, Rail, and FRS/GRMS/MURS Channels
  Existing Channels in Software   Limit Search
  Copy Library to Scanner   Spectrum Sweeper Search
 

Scanner from Library

 

Special Spectrum Sweeper

Programming Software Menus

 

Sweeper Search Bands

Global Settings Menu

 

Zeromatic Tuning

Scanner Menu

 

Unlocking Search Frequencies

 

General Settings Tab

Weather Settings

 

Advanced Features Tab

 

Weather Radio

Planning Systems and Scan Lists

 

Skywarn List

Importing Objects...

 

SAME Standby Mode

 

Using Set Location

 

Weather Priority

 

Service Types

 

Programming SAME Codes

 

Using Browse Library

 

Programming Event Codes

 

Using the Library Import Tab

Clear Scanner Password

 

Using a Text File or the Clipboard

Set Real Time Clock to Computer Time

Naming Scan Lists and Scan Sets

Default Band Coverage

Assigning Scan Lists to Scan Sets

LED Flash Programming

Managing V-Scanner Folders

Firmware/CPU/DSP/Library/Software Version

Programming Trunked Systems and Sites

Reformatting the SD Card

 

Add System

Pre-set Fleet Maps

 

Edit System

Motorola Type II Special Status Bits

 

Add/Edit Site

SAME Event Codes

Program/Edit Frequencies and Talkgroup IDs Related Links

 

Add Conv Freq

 

  Edit Object Menus  

Copy Programming To/From Scanner

 

Intro/Review Contents

WS1098/TRX-2

WS1095
The Whistler WS1080 (HH) is essentially the same radio as the GRE PSR800 with a few new differences. There is an option to change the 'Skip' button function to 'Lockout', and a 4 GB SD card (vs. 2GB). Updated firmware includes entries to input IDs and Radio IDs, an AudioBoost toggle, delay time, and a digital mode selection for objects and also allows editing of trunked systems and IDs. The backlight is just as bright (really bright) but a bit more purplish.

The Whistler WS1088 (HH) is the same radio as the WS1080 with a "Fn" (function) button, to toggle the PRI button and shift (with characters), and the full keypad allows easier manual programming and toggling scan lists on the fly.

The Whistler WS1095 (base/mobile) is the long awaited base/mobile version of the SD card memory scanners made by the (now) Whistler Group, maker of radar detectors and other electronics. Essentially the same radio as the WS1080 but the WS1095 features rotary control for navigating menus and volume/squelch, a removable faceplate/remote head (with a 6 1/2' LAN cable), a clock display (when off), AC adapter, DC power cable, mounting bracket and hardware kit for the scanner, remote head mounting bracket and screws, and a rear speaker jack. The last base model GRE scanner was the WS1065 copy of the Pro-652 (copy of the Pro-197 circ. 2008).

The Whistler WS1098 (base/mobile) the same radio as the WS1095 with a different detachable faceplate-a numeric keypad for easier manual programming and toggling scan lists on the fly. Also, a new "Fn" (function) button, to shift characters and toggle the new PRI button.

The Whistler TRX-2 is the same radio as the WS1098 with upgradeable firmware for newer protocols like NXDN.

Now we have a scanner for everyone. You can just punch in your zip code and go, or completely program and edit anything you want. While Whistler added a lot of new functionality and cleaned up the menus, the display is still all PSR800. The menus are fairly simple but not all self explanatory. We now have unlimited memory available on a microSD card along with the
RadioReference Data Base for the US and Canada. Like the PSR600/410, they use Object Oriented Memory for storing channels but now have 201 scan lists. The scanners also have 20 scan sets that allow you to group your scan lists into sets to make it easier to select them. 200 V-Scanner folders to store systems. Features include adding channels to scan lists based on your zip code/city/county, the nicer 'Bold' font the 310/410 uses, and programmable flash patterns for the alert LED and/or the backlight. There are options for dealing with encrypted talkgroups that include silence, an adjustable tone, or hearing the garbled transmission as is. You can also record specific channels then save and playback the audio later. It comes with free software required for uploading/downloading and for updating the firmware or database.

The advanced features (notably beta Motorola X2-TDMA and Phase II TDMA support, more memory, and the scan sets) make it prized by advanced users but the incomplete menus, lack of a full keypad (older 1095), and the absence of many key features from the PSR600/410 models turn a lot of people away.
The firmware and PC Application have been lavishly maintained with additions for functionality and minor bug fixes. Updates now allow you to manually program everything but here are some things you can't do with the scanner and have to do with the software including toggle LED latch and update the scanner firmware/DSP. And then oddly, all the searching/Spectrum Sweeper options can only be set in the scanner, there are no settings for those in the software.

What happens when you plug the scanner into the computer has become quite strange if you are used to older scanners. Turn off the scanner and connect the USB cable to upload or download. Depending on what you are updating or transferring, it could take up to 10 minutes to complete. Gone is the high-speed interface we had with the 106/197/310/410 models. An optional card reader may be faster if you are going to be transferring a lot of scan lists.


I think they went overboard on some of the features like light colors and flash patterns and most people won't be programming their IDs in HEX format. There are quite a few settings that are dependent on other settings and make it confusing for even experienced users. Example: one setting for alerts on, another for the alert volume, and then another for the object to use an alert, all in different places in the menus. Attenuation is another setting that is in multiple menus (global, system, site, object) that has to be carefully checked along with the AGC settings.


There are quite a few things that just don't make sense. Unless you are in a very bright room, the display is hard to see without the backlight on. Anytime you want to do a quick edit for a channel, i.e. attenuate, lockout, set priority, the scanner spends too much time re-writing to the SD card. The ATT key won't attenuate a channel; it just toggles global attenuation. While it boasts a clock, it only works when the scanner is off. Another quirk is that the bandplan setting has to be set to 'USA' to for the 'LocationSelect' option to be visible in the main menu (no location database for Canada), but I still prefer to use the Canada bandplan for searching in the US.

This manual will also explain how to use the Programming Software which can be used
for any custom programming. Purple text will refer to the WS1095/1098  instructions, and Green text will refer to Software instructions and Red will be for both to make it easier to find steps with the scanner or software. Blue will pertain to both in the table of contents. The manual that comes with the scanner is still poorly organized IMHO. This manual should make it easier for most people to use the features of the radio as I will try to explain procedures a little more clearly and in a more logical order. And, thanks to the many people who have posted their valuable insight on the Radio Reference forums and Yahoo groups.

An overview of the features can also be viewed at my
Trunking Radio Comparison Chart page.

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

For those of you who are new to trunking or haven't had a scanner in the last 10 years it is a good idea to read the respective sections on those topics. You really have to know how trunking works in order to program a trunking system. It won't do you any good to try to program a trunking system unless you know what the radio needs and is going to do with the data (control channel, IDs, LCN order, etc.).

I will assume you know how to obtain the basic information from the original manual such as following safety procedures, putting the batteries in, connecting the antenna, etc. as I will concentrate on the operation and main functions of the scanner.

I hereby absolve myself from anything that happens to anyone or the scanner as a result of the information you will be reading. You are welcome to copy and/or print these pages and use them in the scanning hobby as long as you don't change, redistribute, or charge/accept money for them. I have tried the best I can to make sure everything is accurate here but if I missed a step, you see something that's obviously wrong, or have any other information you would like to contribute to make this manual better for everyone, please email me.

Check back often as this document will be updated and revised from time to time.

Main Features Contents
PC Programming Software Application Included - Modify or add your own scan lists with the easy to use software application.
APCO 25 Phase II/X2-TDMA support - allows you to receive transmissions with these decoding protocols.
P25 NAC Functionality - P25 Network Access Code (NAC) is used to provide selective squelch operation on conventional digital channels. The scanner will detect the NAC that is being used on a P25 conventional digital channel, and allow you to program NAC codes to block (lockout) transmissions that do not have a matching NAC, including analog traffic on the same frequency.

Full Keypad (WS1098) - allows complete manual programming as well as toggling scan lists.

Rotary control - allows you to scroll through the menus, toggle scan lists, adjust the backlight, and adjust the squelch or volume.

Detachable Remote Head - allows you to remove the faceplate and relocate it with a supplied 6 1/2' cable for convenience or security.

Audio Recording - record audio from selected objects and searches to the micro SD card. Replay recorded audio using built-in playback system and/or transfer to PC for playback and archiving.
201 Scan/Lists - 200 to program, use, and select like traditional banks allowing you to arrange, group and scan objects according to your preference with an additional 'Skywarn' list.
20 Scan Sets - allow you to group and select multiple scan lists at once.

V-Scanner II Technology - allows you to save complete radio configurations within the radio for recall into main memory as needed. 200 V-Scanner Folders are provided (plus the main memory loaded in the scanner) with memory for roughly 10 million objects.

Object Oriented Memory - Each frequency or talkgroup is programmed as an object. Like Dynamic Memory, you use only the amount of memory you need. Total memory is limited only by the SD card.

Location-based Scanning - allows you to enter your zip code or select your city or county to select channels to scan in the US (only).

Complete Radio Reference Database - for the US and Canada included on the SD card to import selected agencies, trunked systems, and local municipalities.

Built-In Discriminator Data Output - provides raw discriminator signal to third party signal decoding software without hardware modifications.
Spectrum Sweeper - quickly sweeps the scanner's frequency ranges for transmissions from nearby sources.
FlexStep - allows you to enter a frequency in any 1.250 kHz step.

Programmable Alert LED Flash Patterns - programmable tri-color LED displays thousands of colors that can be used to indicate different types of activity or activity on special channels. Program flash patterns with multiple colors for special alerts.

Programmable Backlight Flash Patterns - the backlight can be programmed to flash with custom flash patterns when certain objects are active, providing another way alerting the operator when important radio traffic is present.

Multi-Site Trunking - allows you to scan systems covering a very large geographic area that use multiple antenna sites and operate on different frequencies but use the same Talk Group IDs.

Clock  - date and time stamp recorded audio files. Displays when scanner is off.

Programmable Radio/Private IDs - allows you to program radio (unit) IDs and private IDs for digital conventional and trunked objects.

Audible Alarms - programmable audible alerts can be configured when certain objects are active.
Simultaneous Trunktrack and Scan  - scans conventional and trunked frequencies together at the same time.
Digital AGC - instantly compensates for low user audio levels that are common on digital systems.
AudioBoost  - available for conventional frequencies, IDs, and trunked systems, boosts the audio levels slightly louder.
Priority Scan - the scanner will sample conventional objects for activity periodically while scanning and monitoring other objects. The scanner will also give IDs priority over other IDs while checking a particular trunking system for activity.
LTR Home Repeater AutoMove - enter the LTR system frequencies in any order, and the scanner will automatically move the frequencies to the proper home repeater slots as transmissions are received on the system.

CTCSS/DCS/NAC Tone Decode - CTCSS and DCS subaudible squelch coding is processed by the same powerful DSP chip that is used for P25 digital decoding. Provides fast and reliable decoding of subaudible squelch signaling with squelch tail elimination.

SAME and All Hazards Weather Alerting - can be set to automatically sound the alarm tone to advise of hazardous weather conditions when it detects the alert signal on the local NOAA weather channel (SAME standby mode) or you can scan and set the weather channel as a priority channel.

Control Channel Only Scanning - automatically determines the trunking frequencies for Motorola trunking systems once the control channels are programmed.

Backlit Keypad and Display - you select one or the other or both to light (or not), when you press the light button, on any key press (function ignore), or on any key press with that key's function.
Signal Strength Meter - shows relative strength of received signals with customizable thresholds.
Skip or Lockout - lets you skip or permanently lockout any programmed object. All skipped objects can be restored (unskipped).
Scan/Search/Trunking Delay - variable delay (software only; 0 to 60 seconds) before searching for another object so you can hear more replies that are made on the same object.
16 Character, 4-line, Dot Matrix Text Display - lets you program a text label for each object so you can easily identify the transmission.
7 Service Search Bands - Marine, CB, FRS/GMRS/MURS, Police/Fire, Air, Ham, and Railroad ranges to monitor interesting frequencies more quickly.
250 Search Lockouts - allow you lockout up to 250 frequencies (total) from the service, limit, and Spectrum Sweeper searches.
Attenuation - lets you program your scanner (per object or globally) to reduce the scanner's sensitivity to strong local signals or noise caused by these signals to reduce interference.
Scan, Search Speed - scans up to 70 channels per second and searches up to 80 steps per second.
Key Confirmation Tones - the scanner sounds a tone when you press a key, perform an operation correctly, and an error tone if you make an error with adjustable volume level.
Power-On Password - allows you to set a password to turn on the scanner.

Scanning Terminology Contents
Scanning- the process of stepping through programmed conventional objects in scan lists.
Searching- the process of searching for frequencies in pre-programmed service searches, Spectrum Sweeper bands, and the limit search.
Pause Mode- used for monitor single objects or frequencies.
Update Mode- used for updating firmware, the library (database), and uploading/downloading to/from scanner using a computer.
Playback Mode- used for playing recordings.

Understanding Object Orientated Memory Contents
First we had 'Dynamic Memory' to get used to and now we have 'Object Oriented Memory' to figure out. Memory organization is nothing more than a large collection of scannable objects assigned to scan lists. A scannable 'object' is any frequency or ID. Trunking systems and sites are configuration objects that are used to scan ID objects. Trunking systems/sites are not assigned to scan lists because you don't scan a trunking system/site; you monitor the IDs it generates. You only have to program any object once, then it can be scanned from any list(s) it is assigned to. Like Dynamic Memory, you use only the amount of memory you need. Unlike Dynamic Memory, you don't have to 'build' systems or groups first to program them. They are 'created as you go'. Also, there is no limit (except total memory) to the number of conventional systems, IDs, or conventional channels for each list.

Each scannable object can be assigned to one or more of the main lists (1-200) or the '
Skywarn List' (201). Each list is scanned like a traditional bank. The main lists can be scanned with any other list but when the 'Skywarn' list is selected, only objects in that list will be scanned and no other lists.

20 Scan Sets Scan Sets you let you quickly select large groups of scan lists to enable or disable just by enabling or disabling the scan sets that contain the scan lists instead of individually selecting each group of scan lists. If enabled (checked), Scan Sets alone govern whether a scan list is scanned and the master scan list enable array is ignored.

The V-Scanner Folders allow you to save complete radio configurations. 200 V-Scanner folders are provided (plus the main memory in the scanner). Total memory capacity of main memory combined with V-Scanner folders is limited only by the amount of memory on the SD card.


V-Scanner II folders are a new feature that update automatically in the scanner as you change/use them. Any changes that you make to the current
V-Scanner folder in the scanner will be automatically saved to the microSD card. Any changes that you make to the current V-Scanner folder in the software will be automatically saved to your computer. Unlike the V-Scanner folders in the Pro-106/197, it is not necessary to “save” and “load” them each time.

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

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

These trunking scanners trunktrack the following types of systems:

DMR - Digital Mobile Radio
MotoTRBO Capacity Plus
MotoTRBO Connect Plus
Motorola Type I
Motorola Type II
Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
Motorola Type II Smartnet
Motorola Type II Smartzone
Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink Motorola Type II VOC
 

P25 Standard
P25 X2-TDMA
P25 Phase I and Phase II
EDACS ESK
EDACS Standard (Wide)
EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
EDACS Networked (Wide/Narrow)
LTR Standard
 

When you program Motorola frequencies into the scanner, one frequency is the control (or data) channel, and the rest are voice frequencies shared by all the users. There may be 3 or 4 frequencies assigned as (primary or alternate) control channels but only one control channel will be active at a time. These scanners will allow you to program just the Motorola control channels into the trunking system and the voice channels will automatically be found. EDACS systems need all the frequencies for the system programmed and in the correct LCN (Logical Channel Number) order.

The control channel is continually transmitted to the field units and has a sound similar to listening to a boat engine over the phone (in manual mode; you won't hear this when you are trunking the system). This control channel is also a good check to see if you can trunktrack the system. If you can't hear a control channel when you step through the trunking frequencies (in manual mode), you either don't have all the frequencies or are too far away to receive the control channel and the system.
Motorola systems are limited to a maximum of 28 frequencies per system, Ericsson EDACS systems are limited to 25 frequencies per system.

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

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


Understanding Multi-Site Trunking
Some Motorola and EDACS systems covering a very large geographic area use multiple antenna sites that each operate on different frequencies and use the same talkgroup IDs for traffic. Each site will have its own set of trunking frequencies and is monitored like a single system. All talkgroups in the system are available to every site so they don't have to be reprogrammed for each site. Each talkgroup object can be assigned to one or more scan lists but only assigned to one trunking system.

When you program Motorola/P25 and EDACS system frequencies into the scanner, one frequency is used as the control (or data) channel, and the rest are voice frequencies shared by all the users. There may be 3 or 4 frequencies assigned as (primary or alternate) control channels but only one control channel will be active at a time. These scanners will allow you to program just Motorola/P25 control channels into the trunking system and the voice channels will automatically be found (but not programmed). EDACS systems need all the frequencies for the system programmed and in the correct LCN (Logical Channel Number) order.

Motorola systems are limited to a maximum of 28 frequencies per system or site. Ericsson EDACS systems are limited to 25 frequencies per system or site.

Motorola and EDACS systems can be either analog, digital, or mixed (digital and analog talkgroups). Mixed Motorola systems should be programmed as Motorola systems and not P25 digital systems. That way the channel options will allow you to select if it is digital or analog.

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

Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) is a TDMA mode that has two voice (or data) paths per frequency. Each frequency has slot 1 and slot 2, and each can be used by different users. All DMR frequencies use Color Codes from 0 to 15 that are similar to CTCSS. All the frequencies for a site will have the same color. Each transmitter can have only one color code. Con+ and Cap+ systems can use different color codes on different frequencies. TGIDs are used with all DMR flavors. Encryption or scrambling may also be used.

DMR has 3 Tiers of operation: Tier I for non-licensed conventional, Tier II for licensed conventional, and Tier III for trunking.
* All DMR is currently handled as trunked systems in the scanner, including "conventional" (e.g. DMR-MARC repeaters)(1).
* All types of DMR get one system type --- "DMR"
* Each frequency in a site can be tied to a specific color code (i.e. if that frequency is used by two or more transmitters "in range"). This option appears as a new column in the list of frequencies for a site.
* At present, if you're entering conventional DMR channels as a trunked system and the same TGID has more than one use (e.g. a single TGID value has different meanings based on slot or frequency), you'll need to create multiple trunked systems. A TGID must be unique within a trunked system. The firmware does not currently differentiate between slots.

Digital Mobile Radio basically has 6 different flavors. See also this link at Radio Reference.

 

Conventional Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) single site digital conventional frequency with low traffic. The number of time slots used will determine if it is simplex or duplex. Adding repeaters can increase coverage and expand capacity to up to 200 users per repeater.
Internet Protocol
Site Connect (DMR) still conventional, but uses the Internet to extend system coverage. Up to 15 low traffic sites with up to 200 users per site. Operates exactly like Repeated Conventional except that there is a 2-second burst that is transmitted every 30 seconds.
Capacity Plus
single-site MotoTRBO digital trunking with as many as 1200 radio users. There is a data burst that occurs every 3 to 10 seconds. The color code is assigned per LCN and need not be the same for all frequencies.
Linked Capacity Plus is a trunked multi-site multi-channel configuration of MotoTRBO, which combines both the Capacity Plus and IP Site Connect configurations. MotoTRBO trunks the logical channels of multiple MotoTRBO repeaters at multiple locations and combines the logical channels into one logical channel. This allows radios to share the logical channels and increase the RF coverage area of a MOTOTRBO system. LCP allows up to 15 sites in a system. Each site can have up to 6 trunked repeaters (12 logical channels) and 3 Data Revert repeaters (6 logical channels) per site. Can handle up to 1200 users per site across 3 sites or up to 600 users per site across 15 sites.
Capacity Max like Linked Capacity Plus
with enhanced features like priority and call queuing. Each site can support up to 15 repeaters with up to 3,000 users per site. Capacity Max offers a very smooth migration path from Linked Capacity Plus via software upgrades to repeaters and radios. It also offers a good migration path for existing MPT1327 analogue trunked systems.
Connect Plus uses a dedicated control channel that transmits continuously and sends LCN and time slot information for channel. Can support up to 250 sites, 420 repeaters, and up to15 repeaters with 2000 users per site. There can be many linked sites in this system type and there are many multi-dozen site systems.

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

Understanding Multi-Site Trunking
Some systems covering a very large geographic area use multiple antenna sites that each operate on different frequencies and use the same talkgroup IDs for traffic. Each site will have its own set of trunking frequencies and is monitored like a single system. Each site can have its own quick key, so you can turn each individual site on or off (only) while you scan. Program your talkgroups into departments within that system and all talkgroups in the system are available to every site so they don't have to be reprogrammed for each site. Since all sites share all the talkgroups within the system, multi-site trunking is much more efficient than programming each site as a separate system.

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

Understanding IDs Contents
ID Formats  
Motorola IDs come in two formats: Type I and Type II. Each format displays and uses Talk Group IDs in slightly different ways. Type I/II hybrid systems use both Type I and Type II formats for Talk Group IDs.
 
Type I IDs are in the format BFF-SS where B is the block, FF is the fleet, and SS is the sub-fleet. Type I systems are usually organized with different IDs assigned to different fleets. For example, a valid fleet/subfleet ID identifying all detectives within a police department might be 000-12, where 000 identifies all police IDs and 12 identifies the Detective division. To properly trunk a Type I system, you have to program the fleet map for the system.
Type II IDs are identified by a 5-digit number.
 
EDACS IDs come in two formats: AFS (Agency-Fleet-Subfleet) and Decimal.
 
AFS IDs are in the form AA-FFS where AA is the agency, FF is the fleet, and S is the sub-fleet. EDACS systems are organized with different IDs assigned to different fleets and agencies. For example, a valid agency/fleet/subfleet ID identifying all detectives within a police department in an agency might be 06-101, where 06 identifies the agency (Police), 10 identifies the Police division (East side), and 1 identifies the Detective division.
Decimal IDs are shown as a decimal number from 0 to 2047.
You can find a chart showing Decimal and AFS equivalents here: Conversion Chart.
 
LTR IDs are in the format A-HH-UUU where A is the area code (0 or 1), HH is the home repeater (01-20), and UUU is the user ID (000-254).
 
ID Types
Group Wildcard IDs will monitor all talkgroup IDs on the trunked radio system. A wildcard TGRP object allows you to receive IDs that are not already stored as objects in the radio's memory.
Group IDs will only monitor talkgroup radio traffic on that specified TGID.
Private Wildcard IDs will monitor all private IDs on the trunked radio system.
Private IDs will only monitor private radio traffic on that specified private TGID.
Radio IDs are group or private IDs associated with individual radios.

Understanding Receive Modes Contents
Each conventional channel can have its own receive mode: Auto, AM, FM, or NFM.
Auto - Receives transmissions in the modulation sent. AM - Receives transmissions in AM modulation.
FM - Receives transmissions in FM modulation. NFM - Receives transmissions in NFM modulation.
 
Understanding CTCSS/DCS/NAC
Each conventional channel can have its own squelch mode: None, CTCSS, DCS, P25, or Search.
None no codes will be searched.
CTCSS - PL codes appear (if received) in the format xxx.x, where xxx.x is a frequency in Hz.
DCS - DPL codes appear (if received) in the format xxx, where xxx is an octal code.
P25 - NAC codes appear (if received) as a 3-digit hexadecimal number.
Search - the scanner will search and display any codes (if received).
 
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS), Digital Coded Squelch (DCS), Network Access Code (NAC), are three methods used to prevent interference by other radio communications. Your scanner can receive transmissions that use these codes (or sometimes referred to as tones).

Coded squelch techniques involve the transmission of a special 'code' signal along with the audio of a radio transmission. A receiver with coded squelch only activates when the received signal has the correct 'code'. This lets many users share a single frequency, and decreases interference caused by distant transmitters on the same channel. In all major metropolitan areas of the United States, every available radio channel is assigned to more than one user. Public safety radio systems on the same frequency are usually set up at a distance of 40 miles apart, or more. This means that you may hear transmissions from a distant system when your local system is not transmitting. By programming the code (or tone) for a local channel the scanner will not stop on transmissions from the distant system.

With few exceptions, such as the VHF Aircraft and Marine bands, almost every other VHF or UHF radio system uses some form of coded squelch. By far, CTCSS is the most popular mode among non-trunked systems. Usually, but not always, VHF channels will use CTCSS and UHF channels will use DCS. P25 (digital) conventional channels will use only NAC. NAC, similar to CTCSS/DCS, has a 3 digit hexadecimal code that can be broadcast along with the digital signal being transmitted.

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

Contents

Turning On The Scanner And Setting the Squelch

Make sure the scanner's antenna is connected before you turn it on.
Press on hold the power button
for about 2 seconds until Power On appears.

The bandplan and date/time prompts appear only once, on initial power-up.
Select the bandplan if prompted by pressing or or turning the scroll control then press SEL/ to be presented with the Main Menu.
The scanner will then prompt you to enter the current date and time.
The scanners include a real time clock/calendar that is used to time stamp recorded audio files.
You can skip this process by pressing the Skip key.

Press the or key to select the desired field.
Scroll (
) to change the value then press SEL/ to save

Set the squelch to the recommended setting. See also Using the Rotary Control.

The Internal Clock Battery
If the internal clock battery is allowed to fully discharge, the date and time will need to be set again. If this occurs, recharge the internal battery using one of the following methods.
Plug in the AC power adapter, then power on the scanner for several hours, or connect the scanner’s USB jack to a (your PC’s) USB port; leaving the scanner power
Off.
USB Power
and Charging Backup Battery appear in the display. After a few hours, disconnect the USB cable.
See also Clock Display.

Notes: It is recommended that 'Clock Display' be disabled If you mount the scanner in your vehicle because the scanner will draw power from the vehicle’s battery even when turned off. The scanner does not function on USB bus power only.


 

To Detach the Remote Head from the Base Unit, turn the scanner off then press and hold the release button on the left side of the base unit. Carefully remove it from the base unit.

To link the base unit and remote head unit, connect them using the supplied cable.

WARNING: Use only the supplied 8P8C Type B LAN cable to connect the remote head to the base unit. Other types of cable including crossover cables may damage both the remote head and base unit.

To reattach the remote head to the base, unplug the cable from both units and align the guide pins on the right side of the remote head with the slots on the base unit and carefully press the remote head into the base unit.

Contents

Using the Rotary Control
In the Menus, the rotary control scrolls up and down through the menu items and a single press selects the indicated menu option.
When naming items, the rotary control scrolls up and down the character list then a single press selects the character.

In Scan Mode, the default function is volume control.
Pressing the rotary control once in scan mode temporarily changes it to squelch control.
The ideal setting for squelch level is between 9 and 11.
After 5 (default) seconds of inactivity the rotary control reverts back to volume control.

To Change the Default Function to squelch control, from the Main Menu scroll to and select Settings then press SEL/ to enter the Global Settings Menu.
Select SQ under Knob Dflt. Pressing the rotary control once in scan mode now temporarily changes it to volume control.

Set the timeout time in seconds under Knob T/Out.

To Adjust the Backlight Level, press the Power button briefly with the backlight on, then rotate the rotary control to increase or decrease the brightness.

Navigating the Scanner Menus

Contents
  Use the scroll control () to select each Main Menu item.
Press SEL or
to view a menu item.
Use
to scroll through the menus.
To exit most menus (with no SEL, Skip, or Menu options) press 
(or Menu if doesn't work first).
If you try to exit the menu without saving your changes, the scanner will prompt you to save changes?
Press SEL/(Yes), or Skip(No).
 
Basic Settings
  You may want to change some settings right away to help you program your scanner a little easier. At least it helped me.
From the Main Menu use the
to select Program Menu then press SEL/.
Press SEL/ to enter the Global Settings menu.
Turn
to select Simply Display then press SEL/ to see all information in the display.
Turn
to select Beep Vol then turn to adjust a comfortable beep volume.
Turn
to select Contrast then turn to adjust a comfortable contrast level.
Turn
to select LiteLevel then turn to select a comfortable light level.
Press Menu to exit and SEL/
to save the changes.
 
Sub Menus
  For each mode, scan, spectrum sweeper, service search, limit search, playback, and weather, there is a sub menu accessed by pressing the Menu button in each mode.
Pressing Menu in scan mode will return to the Main Menu.
Pressing Menu in scan receive mode will show the object menu for the object being received.
Pressing Menu in any search mode will show the search menu.
Pressing Menu in weather mode will show the weather menu.
Pressing Menu in playback mode will show the playback menu.

The first few lines of each sub-menu will show:
Main Menu
Back
Save Changes
Default Values

If you are receiving a frequency or ID and press Menu you may also see:
Store Channel- in any search mode.

Store Wildcard in scan mode if a Wildcard ID is found in a trunked system.

Store sq code
-
in scan mode if a CTCSS/DCS/NAC tone/code is found for a conventional object.
 
To Browse Objects:
  From the Main Menu, use to select 'Browse Objects' then press SEL/.
Pressing or will scroll through the scan lists. Press and hold or to scroll faster.
Turning the scroll control will scroll through objects in each scan list.
You can also press
in Scan Mode to enter Browse Objects at the last object received.

When you enter a menu, use and scroll to the setting you wish to change.
The scanner will double beep at the beginning of each menu list.
The active setting has an arrow pointing to it.
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A Look at the Keypad Contents
Key Function


WS1095


WS1098

(Power/Backlight) press and hold to turn on/off scanner.
press to toggle the backlight on (default 5 seconds), also when scanner is off with external power to see the clock.
press to see brightness setting then turn Rotary control to change display.
Rotary Control turn to adjust (default) volume.
turn to select menu items.
press then turn to adjust (default) squelch.
press to 'enter' menu item.
turn after pressing
button to adjust display brightness.
MENU selects the Main menu in Scan mode.
selects the object menu in Scan Receive, or Pause modes, or 'Browse Objects' menu.
selects the Service/Sweeper/Limit menu in Service/Sweeper/Limit search modes.
selects the scan list menu in Scan Sets mode.
selects the Library Import menu in Browse Library mode.
selects the playback menu in Playback mode.
selects the weather menu in Weather Scan mode.
exits top-level sub-menus to the Main menu.
(Left) enters 'Browse Objects' in Scan mode.
resumes/changes to searching down in Search modes.
steps backward through frequencies in Search Pause mode.
navigates out of a menu or selection.
scrolls down scan lists when browsing objects.
advances five seconds backward in Playback mode.
(Right)

resumes scanning in Receiving or Pause modes.
resumes/changes to searching up in Search modes.
steps forward through frequencies in Search Pause mode.
navigates into a menu or selection.
scrolls up scan lists when browsing objects.
toggles (right) check boxes in menus.
allows you to rename scan lists and scan sets in the scan list or scan sets menus.
advances five seconds forward in Playback mode.

, (Volume Up,
Scroll Up)
increases the volume when scanning or monitoring objects.
scrolls up through a menu.
scrolls up through objects in a scan list when browsing.
, (Volume Down,
Scroll Down)
decreases the volume when scanning or monitoring objects.
scrolls down through a menu.
scrolls down through objects in a scan list when browsing.
Skip toggles skip in Receiving, Browse Object, and Pause modes.
key clears all text at and to the right of the cursor when editing text.
stops playback of the current recording, and when playing multiple recordings, advances to the next recording.
toggles Weather Scan and SAME Standby modes.
/ //SEL
(Scan,Pause,Select)
starts Scan mode.
pauses/resumes on object in Scan mode.
select/execute options in menus.
plays a recording in Playback mode.
pauses/resumes a recording in Playback mode.
pauses/resumes on search frequency in Search mode.
ATT (Attenuator) toggles the Global Attenuator Mode on/off in Scan and Search modes.
toggles Global Attenuation on or off.
toggles attenuation for object/search in object edit/search menus.
PRI (Priority) 1098 only Fn + PRI toggles priority mode.
toggles priority On or Off for current object.
Number Keys (1-0) 1098 only used for entering frequencies/ID and selecting scan lists in Scan mode.
Fn (Function) 1098 only Fn + PRI toggles priority mode.
shifts between special characters and text when tagging object, etc.
(Weather) Enters Weather Scan mode from Any mode.
selects SkyWarn List in Weather Scan or SAME Standby modes.

A Look at the Display Contents
Scan Mode

SCAN appears with the scan lists scrolling (if more than 5) below.

 appears when the scanner is receiving a trunking control channel frequency.
G appears when global attenuation is off for all objects/searches.
GA appears when global attenuation is on for all objects/searches.
A appears when attenuation is on for the scanned object/system/search.
PRI appears to show Priority Mode is active.
 scrolls to show scan mode.
Fn (WS1098) appears to show Function Mode is active.
VO appears when the volume is changed.

SQ appears when the squelch is changed.

Scan Receiving/Pause/Browse Modes

Top Row

S appears when the squelch circuit is open.

 appears to show the signal strength of the voice channel.
appears when discriminator output mode is active.
 blinks when the scanner is receiving a trunking control channel frequency.
G appears when global attenuation is off for all objects/systems/searches.
GA appears when global attenuation is on for all objects/systems/searches.
A appears when attenuation is on for the displayed object/search.
DG shows digital AGC is on for the digital object/frequency.
D2 shows a Phase 2 talkgroup is active (digital AGC on or off).
Dg (lowercase g) shows digital AGC is off for the object/frequency.
FM, AM, or NF appears to show the received Modulation for a conventional or search object.
 appears when encrypted digital audio is being received.
PRI appears to show Priority Mode is active.
 appears to show scan mode.
 appears to show pause mode.
alternates with or to show recording (if enabled) the talkgroup/frequency.
alternates with or to show recording is full and disabled.
Fn appears to show Function Mode is active.
VO appears when the volume is changed.
SQ appears when the squelch is changed.
1st Line

Contents

shows the Scan List Name.

2nd Line

the Object Type appears as TGRP (Talkgroup), or CONV (Conventional). (simple display off).
shows Channel: for a conventional object or Group: for a talkgroup object. (simply display on).
p (not set for priority) or P (set for priority) appears to show the Priority Status of the talkgroup or conventional object.
s (not skipped) or S (skipped) appears to show the Skip Status of the object/search frequency.
L (locked out) appears if the object/search frequency is locked out.
d (delay off) or D (delay on) appears to show the Delay Status of the object/search.

r (record off) or R (record on) appears to show the Record Status of the object/search.

3rd Line

shows the Text Tag for a conventional or talkgroup object and (with simple display off) will alternate with TGID if enabled.

4th Line

shows the Receive Mode for a conventional object. (simple display off).
shows the Frequency for a conventional object. (simple display off).

shows the System Name for a trunked system and (with simple display off) will alternate with Site Name if enabled.

5th Line

shows the Squelch Type for a conventional object. (simple display off).
shows the Tone/Code received for a conventional object. shows SRCH if no code/tone received. (simple display off).
S appears if the tone/code is found in search mode. (simple display off).
shows the Radio ID for a talkgroup object if received and enabled. (simple display off).
shows the Radio ID Text Tag (only if enabled) for a talkgroup object. (simple display off).
shows the VC/CC for a talkgroup object if enabled. (simple display off).
shows the volume level when the volume is changed.

shows the squelch level when the squelch is changed.

Clock Mode (Off)

Top Line

the time, the day, date, month, and year appear. Press (power) to use the backlight.

Installing the Programming Software  
Connect the USB cable to the scanner when off. Open Widows Explorer and navigate to the 'Software' folder in the WS1095 or WS1098 drive on the SD card and double-click the setup.exe file.
Follow the prompts to finish the installation.

Updating... Contents
Updates can be done for all components or just the following below. There is an option in the Update menu to update everything and also to schedule automatic updates. You will need an internet connection to perform updates.
 
Update the Software
  In the software, click the Updates menu then Check for PC Application Update. Follow the prompts to finish the update.
 
Update the CPU/DSP Firmware
  In the software, click the Updates menu then Check for CPU/DSP Firmware Update. Follow the prompts to finish the update.
 
Update the Library (Database) in the Software
  The database is updated every week. In the software, click the Updates menu then Check for Library Update. Follow the prompts to finish the update. You will also have the options to copy the database to the scanner (follow the prompts) and/or update objects in the software.

 

Update Existing Channels in the Software This will allow you to update all objects in the current V-Scanner folder imported using an older version of the database to the current database in the software. You will have the options to replace the object names with updated object names (replacing all custom object names) and to import primary and alternate control channels (replacing all existing channels) for Motorola and P25 systems.
This import option in the software is basically the same function as '
Update from Lib' in the scanner.

 

Select the Standard import type from the Library Import tab and click the Update Channels button.
Click to select replace channel name checkbox if desired.
Click to select import primary and alternate control channels for Motorola and P25 systems checkbox if desired.
Press the
Update Channels button then Done when finished.

 
Copy the Library (Database) to the Scanner
  If you have updated your existing channels or did not use the 'copy database to scanner' option when you updated the library, you can do it with this step.
In the software, click the Scanner/SD Card menu then Copy Library to Scanner Memory/SD Card. Follow the prompts to finish the update.
 
Updating the Scanner from the Library (Database)
  After you have copied the database to the scanner, this feature automatically updates all objects in the current V-Scanner folder that you already have programmed in the scanner to the latest version of the Library database. This should be done after all of your programming and only if you want to update anything from the current database in the scanner.
You will need to turn off the scanner first to connect the scanner to USB power using the supplied USB cable. The software is not needed.
This option in the scanner is basically the same function as '
Update Existing Channels' in the software.
  From the Main Menu use to select Update from Lib then press SEL/.
To use the alpha tags from the database press SEL
/.
To retain the alpha tags you have programmed press Skip.
When the update is finished, you will be presented with the results showing you the channels, systems, sites, and talkgroups that have been updated.

Programming Software Menus (2.0 versions) Contents
File Menu
 

New Configuration opens a new, empty default configuration.
Open V-Scanner Folder
opens a window to select and open an existing V-Scanner Folder. You can also select the default V-Scanner folder to power up with the scanner.
Delete V-Scanner Folder
opens a window to select and delete an existing V-Scanner Folder.
Copy current data to V-Scanner Folder
opens a window to select and copy an existing V-Scanner Folder to another folder with an option to switch to it after the copy.
Set V-Scanner Descriptions
allows you to type a description for the current V-Scanner Folder.
Restore Factory Defaults
will restore the factory defaults for the current V-Scanner folder except the welcome text.
Restore Alpha Tags
will reset all scan list alpha tags to the factory default name (i.e. Scanlist001).
Clear Search Lockouts
will clear all search (service, limit, and sweeper) lockouts.
Save Current Configuration to Archive
allows you to backup your configuration to a different location.
Restore Configuration from Archive
allows you to restore your configuration from a location.
Exit
saves all configurations and exits the program.

Scanner/SD Card Menu
 

Copy Configuration To Scanner Memory/SD Card allows you to copy V-Scanner folders to the scanner.
Copy Configuration From Scanner Memory/SD Card
allows you to copy V-Scanner folders from the scanner.
Copy Library To Scanner Memory/SD Card
allows you to copy the database to the scanner.
Prepare Scanner Memory/SD Card for use
allows you to format the microSD card.
Optimize Scanner Memory/SD Card
will copy files from the scanner to the computer, optimize the data, then copy the files back to the scanner.
Set Real Time Clock to Computer Time
sets the scanner clock to the computer clock.
Clear Scanner Password
clears the power-on password. Note: this is the only way to do this.

Updates Menu
 

Check for CPU Firmware Update
Check for DSP Firmware Update
Check for Library Update
Check for PC Application Update
Configure Auto Update Check allows you to configure and apply updates to the software, firmware, and database.
Check for All Updates allows you to manually check for all updates.
Configure Proxy Server
If you need to configure a proxy server to access the internet.

Advanced Menu
 

Allows you to show/hide the programming tabs and start the software in full-screen mode.
Show Conventional Frequencies Tab
Show Trunked Radio Systems Tab
Show Advanced (Features) Tab
Start Full Screen
Remember Position and Size on Exit Will remember window size if Start Full Screen is unchecked.

Help Menu
  Allows you to access the help file, various support links, and the software version (select About).

Global Settings Menu Contents
The Global Settings menu allows you to change the radio-wide settings used by the scanner. The default settings will work fine for most users but you will probably want to personalize the radio to suit your individual needs.

To
Edit Settings in the Scanner
, from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Program Menu' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Global Settings' then press SEL/.
Use to select the Settings in the menu.
 

Scanner Menu...

Default Vals

Scan Sets Opt

Knob T/out

CONV Radio ID

EncMode

Simple Display

Sounds

Welcome Text 1-5

PC/IF/ CCDump

EncLevel

Default SL

Alerts

Skip

 

to file

IF Out

Priority Mode

Key Beeps

Blink Time 1

 

limit

DSPLevelAdapt

Priority Time

Beep Vol

Blink Time 2

trim logs

ADC Gain

Enable Record

Alert Vol

Show Radio ID

TG Disp

DAC Gain

Search Record

Contrast

 

tag only

M36 Stat Bits

Location Select

G Atten Mode

LightMode

Use RID Alert

M36 Enc

Clock Display

G Atten On

LiteArea

Show VC/CC

EDACS Dig

Firmware Ver.

Search Dg AGC

LiteTime

Show TGID

Bandplan

Squelch Level

G AGC Mode

LiteLevel

Show Site Name

Flexstep

Set Clock

G AGC On

Knob Dflt

CONV TGID

 

Set Password

         
 
To Edit Settings in the Programming Software select the General Settings tab or Advanced Features tab.
 
General Settings Tab...

Welcome Text

Display Settings

Scanlist Control

Priority Settings

Trunking Options

Volume Settings

 

Display Mode

 

Alpha Tag

 

Priority Mode

 

Talkgroup ID Mode

Squelch Settings

 

Blink Time 1

 

Enabled/Disable all Scanlists

 

Priority Interval

 

Use Radio ID Alarm

Level

 

Blink Time 2

Restore Factory Defaults

Attenuation Settings

Flexible Frequency Entry

Backlight Settings

 

Contrast

Reset Scanlist Names

 

Attenuation Mode

Band Plan Settings

 

Mode

Sound Settings

Clear Search Lockouts

 

Global Attenuation On/Off

Set Location

 

Area

 

Mode

Alert Settings

 

 

 

 

Level

 

Key Beep

 

Mode

 

 

 

 

Timeout

 

Key Volume

 

Volume

 

 

 

 

Clock Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Advanced Features Tab...

Advanced Display Options

Conventional Channels

Advanced DSP Settings

Encrypted Digital Audio Settings

Control Knob Options

 

Trunked System Channels

 

Line 3

 

DSP Level Adapt

 

Audio Mode

 

Control Knob Default

 

Line 3

 

Line 5

 

ADC Gain

 

Tone Volume

 

Click Timeout

 

Line 4

Digital Audio AGC Settings

 

DAC Gain

IF Audio Output Options

Button Options

 

Line 5

 

Search AGC

Trunking Options

 

IF Output

 

Skip Button Function

 

Radio ID, Radio ID or VC/CC

 

Global AGC Mode

 

MOT Status Bits

 

Level

Scan Sets

 

VC/CC

 

Global AGC

 

MOT Enc Talkgroups

Recording Options

 

Scan Set Mode

 

Text Only, Text or VC/CC

PC/IF Data Dump Option

 

ED Enc Talkgroups

 

Global Enable

 

Alpha Tag

 

 

 

PC/IF/ Data Dump

 

 

 

Search Record

 

Enabled

 

 

 

Cycle Count

 

 

 

 

 

Scanlists

             
Scanner/SD Card Menu...
Clear Password Set Real Time Clock to Computer Time      
 
File Menu...
Restore Factory Defaults Clear Search Lockouts Save Current Configuration to Archive Restore Configuration from Archive  
 
Updates Menu...
Configure Auto Update Check Configure Proxy Server      

Welcome Text 1-5/Welcome Text Allows you to text up to five lines of the display to be shown when the scanner is turned on.

Contents

  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
Use to select the character, then to move the cursor and repeat for up to 16 characters.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
  Software General Settings > Welcome Text.
 
Volume Settings Controls the speaker and headphone volume in the scanner. Default is 10.
  Speaker
  Scanner In any mode turn to select Mute, 1-18, or MAX.
  Software General Settings > Volume Settings > Speaker- Mute, 1-18, or MAX.
  Headphone (Software only)
  General Settings > Volume Settings > Headphone- Mute, 1-18, or Max.
 
Squelch Level/Squelch Settings Controls the squelch in the scanner. Default is 10.

 

  Scanner Press then turn to select min, 1-12, or MAX.
Software General Settings > Squelch Settings > Level- min, 1-12, or MAX.
 
LiteMode/Mode Controls how the backlight operates. Default is On.
  On - backlight is always on.
Stlth - backlight is always off.
Norml -
backlight turns on when the power key is pressed for the amount of time set in LiteTime or Light (for an object) is set to Flash and Alerts is set to Both or Visual.
Key -
backlight turns on when any key is pressed (and used) for the amount of time set in LiteTime or Light (for an object) is set to Flash and Alerts is set to Both or Visual.
Ignor -
works like 'Key' but the key's normal function is ignored for the first press. Pressing any key again (when the light is on) will activate its function.
Scanner Press or to select On, Stlth, Norml, Key, or Ignor.
Software General Settings > Backlight Settings > Mode (Batt and Pwr)- On, Stealth, Normal, Key Press, or Ignore First Key Press.
 
LiteLevel/Backlight Settings-Level Controls the brightness of the backlight and the Alert LED (if enabled). Default is 4.
  Scanner Press or to select Low, 2-10, or High.
  Note: You can also change the lite level by pressing (power) then turning in Scan or Search mode.
  Software General Settings > Backlight Settings > Level- Low, 2-10, or High.
 
LiteTime/Timeout Controls the amount of time the LiteArea stays on when LMode is set to Key, Ignor, or Norml. Default is 5.
 

Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter the number of seconds, 1 - 99.

(WS1095) Use to select the first digit, then to move the cursor and select the second digit.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.

  Software General Settings > Backlight Settings > Timeout- 1-99.
 
LiteArea/Backlight Settings-Area Controls what is lighted. Default is Both.
  Both - lights the display and keypad.
LCD -
lights the display only.
Keybd -
lights the keypad only.
Scanner Press or to select Both, LCD, or Keybd.
Software General Settings > Backlight Settings > Area- Both, LCD, or Keys.
 

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Simple Display/Display Mode This option must be unchecked/advanced to view detailed frequency, talkgroup ID, Radio ID, and CTCSS/DCS/NAC squelch code information.
Simple display only shows object and scan list names.
Default is Simple.
  Scanner- Press SEL/ to check (Simple), or uncheck (Advance).
  Software General Settings > Display Settings > Display Mode- Advance or Simple.
 
Blink Time 1 For alternating text displays, sets the display time (in .1 seconds) for the primary display element. (control channel, ID number, trunked site name). Default is .75 (3/4 sec.).
Blink Time 2 For alternating text displays, sets the display time (in .1 seconds) for the secondary display element. (voice channel, ID name, trunked system name). Default is .75 (3/4 sec.).
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter the amount of time, 1 - 250 (.1 - 2.5 secs).

(WS1095) Use to select the first digit, then to move the cursor and repeat as needed.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
  Software General Settings > Display Settings > Blink Time 1,2-.1 - 2.5.
 
Contrast
  Scanner Press or to select the best contrast. Default is 12.
  Software General Settings > Display Settings > Contrast- 0-20.
 
Sounds/Sound Settings-Mode Controls all beep and alert sounds used by the scanner. Default is On.
  Scanner Press or to select On or Stealth.
  Software General Settings > Sound Settings > Mode- On or Stealth.
 
Key Beeps/Key Beep Enables or disables key beep sounds. Default is On. Note: Sounds must also be On.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software General Settings > Sound Settings > Key Beep- On or Off.
 
Beep Vol/Key Volume Controls the volume of key beep sounds. Default is 15. Note: Sounds must also be On.
  Scanner Press or to select Mute, 1-30, or MAX.
  Software General Settings > Sound Settings > Key Volume- Mute, 1-30, or Max.
 
Default SL/Scanlist Control Sets the default scan list. New objects created in the software are assigned to the default scan list. Objects stored in service, limit, and Spectrum Sweeper modes are automatically saved to the default scan list. Default is 1.
  Scanner Press (or press and hold) or to select 1-201. (SkyWarn list is 201).
  Software General Settings > Scanlist Control.
  Alpha Tag Click to select and highlight the scan list name to edit.
Enabled Click to enable each scan list.
Default Click to select the default scan list.
 
Enable/Disable all Scanlists (buttons) Selects/deselects all lists for scanning.
  Software General Settings > Scanlist Control.
 
Default Vals/Restore Factory Defaults Resets all settings to their default values except the welcome message.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to reset.
  Software General Settings - Restore Factory Defaults (button). Or File menu > Restore Factory Defaults.
 
Reset Scanlist Names (button) Resets scanlists to the default names.
  Software General Settings > Scanlist Control.

Contents

Clear Search Lockouts (Software only) (does not work for me). See also Unlocking Search Frequencies.
  General Settings- Clear Search Lockouts (button). Or File menu- Clear Search Lockouts.
 
Alerts/Alert Settings-Mode Controls audible and visual alerts used by the scanner. When set to Audio, only audio alerts will be used. When set to Visual, only visual alerts (Flash/LED) will be used. Default is Both.
Note: Sounds must also be On
for audio alerts.
  Scanner Press or to select Both, Audio, Visual, or Off.
  Software General Settings > Alert Settings > Mode- Both, Audio, Visual, or Off.
 
Alert Vol/Alert Settings-Volume Controls the volume of object alert sounds and Alerts is set to Audio or Both. Default is 15. Note: Sounds must also be On.
  Scanner Press or to select Mute, 1-30, or Max.
  Software General Settings > Alert Settings > Volume- Mute, 1-30, or Max.
 
Priority Mode Objects with Priority enabled will be sampled according to the Priority Time setting for activity. Priority mode works by periodically sampling objects for activity which briefly interrupts transmissions on conventional systems. Priority IDs are sampled only between transmissions and only while monitoring each trunked system that contains the ID. Default is Off. See also Priority Scanning.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
  Software General Settings > Priority Settings > Priority Mode- On or Off.
  Note: Priority Mode may interfere with the built in Audio Recorder.
 
Priority Time/Priority Interval Sets (in .1 seconds) how frequently conventional objects are sampled. Default is 20 (2 secs).
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter the amount of time, 10 - 250 (1 - 25 secs).

(WS1095) Use to select the first digit, then to move the cursor and repeat as needed.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
  Software General Settings > Priority Settings > Priority Interval- 1-25 (seconds).
 
G Atten Mode/Attenuation Mode Sets the global attenuator mode. Global applies attenuation (on or off) to all objects only when Global Attenuation is set to On. Normal follows the individual object attenuator settings.
'G' will appear in the middle of the display when set to
Global. See chart below. Default is Global. See also System Attenuation, Site Attenuation, and (conventional) Object Attenuation.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Global), or uncheck (Normal).
  Software General Settings > Attenuation Settings > Attenuation Mode- Normal or Global.
 
G Atten On/Global Attenuation On/Off Sets global attenuation (on or off) to every object regardless of the object attenuation setting. Indicators will appear in the middle of the display to indicate attenuation status.
Default is
Off. See chart below.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
  Note: You can also toggle this setting by pressing ATT in Scan or Search mode.
  Software General Settings > Attenuation Settings > Global Attenuation On/Off- On or Off.
    Attenuation Setting    
  Object Attenuation G Atten Mode G Atten On Center Display

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  Off Normal Off No G or A Object/system/search attenuation Off
  On Normal Off A Object/system/search attenuation On
  On or Off Global Off G Attenuation Off- all objects/systems/searches
  On or Off Global On GA Attenuation On- all objects/systems/searches
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TG Disp/Talkgroup ID Mode Sets the display format for talkgroup IDs. Default is Normal (DEC for Motorola/P25, AFS for EDACS). Simple Display must be off.
  Scanner Press or to select Normal, DEC, or HEX.
  Software General Settings > Trunking Options > Talkgroup ID Mode- Normal, DEC, or HEX.
 
Use RID Alert/Use Radio ID Alarm Uses the visual and/or audible alert settings with radio IDs. Default is Off. Note: Sounds must also be On and Alerts must be set to Audio, Visual, or Both.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software General Settings > Trunking Options > Use Radio ID Alarm- Off or On.
 
Bandplan/Band Plan Settings Selects USA or Canada search frequency steps in VHF and UHF bands. Imported frequencies will use the bandplan obtained from the Library. Default is USA.
  Scanner Press or to select USA or Canada.
  Software General Settings > Band Plan Settings- USA or Canada.
  Note: Must be set to USA to view Set Location in the Main Menu.
 
FlexStep/Flexible frequency entry-Flex Step When checked (on) allows you to enter a frequency down to any 1250 Hz (1.25 kHz - .00125) step (except in the civil air band 108-136 where the step size is fixed at 8.333 kHz), otherwise the scanner will use the default steps. Default is Disabled (unchecked).
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
Software General Settings > Flexible frequency entry > Flex Step- Disabled, Enabled.
 
Location Select/Set Location Enables 'Location Select' in the Main Menu to add channels by zip code, city or county. Available only for the USA and only when the USA Bandplan is selected. Default is On.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software General Settings > Set Location- On or Off.
 
Clock Display The scanner can display a clock when the scanner is off. Default setting is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
Software General Settings > Clock Display- Enabled or Disabled.
 
Show TGID/Line 3 Shows the talkgroup ID in the display and will alternate with the alpha tag. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Trunked System Channels > Line 3- Alpha Tag and TGID.
 
Show Site Name/Line 4 Shows the site name and will alternate with the trunking system name. The site name is only displayed if there are two or more sites programmed for the trunking system. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Trunked System Channels > Line 4- System and Site Name.
 
Show Radio ID/Radio ID Displays the radio ID (or tag) if it is available for trunk radio systems that use the radio ID feature. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Trunked System Channels > Line 5- Radio ID (Alt). To show VC/CC if not available Radio ID (Alt) or VC/CC.
  tag only/Text Only Check tag only if you just want to see the text.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
  Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Trunked System Channels > Line 5- Radio ID (Text Only). To show VC/CC if not available Radio ID (Text Only) or VC/CC.
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Show VC/CC/VC/CC Will alternate the voice channel and control channel frequencies. Show Radio ID will override Show VC/CC if enabled and a Radio ID is available. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Trunked System Channels > Line 5- VC/CC (only). To show VC/CC if Radio ID is not available Radio ID (Alt/Text Only) or VC/CC.
 
CONV TGID/Line 3 Shows the talkgroup ID for P25 conventional talkgroup calls. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Conventional Channels > Line 3- TGID and Alpha Tag.
 
CONV Radio ID/Line 5 Shows the radio ID for P25 conventional talkgroup calls. Simple Display must be off. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Advanced Features > Advanced Display Options > Conventional Channels > Line 5- Radio ID (Digital Only).
 
Search Dg AGC/Search AGC When checked, enables AGC for digital frequencies in all search modes. Useful to compensate for low or high audio levels on digital frequencies. Default is Enabled.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
  Software Advanced Features > Digital Audio AGC Settings > Search AGC- Enabled or Disabled.
 
G AGC Mode/Global AGC Mode Sets the global AGC mode. Global applies AGC (on or off) to all objects only when Global AGC is set to Enabled. Normal follows the individual object AGC settings. See chart below. Default is Global. See also System AGC, Site AGC, and (digital) Object AGC.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Global), or uncheck (Normal).
  Software Advanced Features > Digital Audio AGC Settings > Global AGC Mode- Normal or Global.
 
G AGC On/Global AGC Sets global AGC (on or off) to every digital object regardless of object AGC setting. Indicators will appear in the right of the display when a channel is active to indicate AGC status. See chart below. Default is Enabled.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
  Software Advanced Features > Digital Audio AGC Settings > Global AGC- Enabled or Disabled.
  AGC Setting  
  Object AGC G AGC Mode G AGC On Right Display Results
  Disabled Normal Disabled Dg Object/system/site AGC Off
  Enabled Normal Disabled DG (D2) Object/system/site AGC On
  Enabled or Disabled Global Disabled Dg AGC Off- all objects/systems/sites
  Enabled or Disabled Global Enabled DG (D2) AGC On- all objects/systems/sites

 

PC/IF/ CCDump/PC/IF Data Dump When enabled, the scanner streams control channel data over the USB interface when the radio is tuned to a trunking control channel. Default is Off.

 

Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.

Software Advanced Features > PC/IF Data Dump Option > PC/IF Data Dump- PC/IF Out.

 

to file/SD Card File The data is instead recorded to a series of “DUMP_nnn.LOG” files under the LOG directory on the microSD card.

 

Scanner  Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.

 

Software Advanced Features > PC/IF Data Dump Option > PC/IF Data Dump- SD Card File.

 

limit/Cycle Count Sets the log count limit.

 

Scanner  Press to select 100, 200, 500, or 1000. Default is 100.

 

Software Advanced Features > PC/IF Data Dump Option > Cycle Count- 100, 200, 500, or 1000.

 

Note: Using a setting of 1000 can overwhelm a 2GB Micro SD card pretty quickly if most of your scanning is done on trunked systems.

 

trim logs (Scanner only) (waiting for explanation from GRE, anyone?)

 

  Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.

 
DSPLevelAdapt Controls how fast the DSP adjusts to varying P25 levels. Lower values correspond to slower rates and higher values correspond to faster rates. Small adjustments (2-4 notches) are recommended.
Default is 64
.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter the value, 0-255.

(WS1095) Use to select the first digit, then to move the cursor and select the second digit.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
  Software Advanced Features > Advanced DPS Settings > DPS Level Adapt- 0-255.
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ADC Gain Controls input signal to CODEC. Default is +0dB.
  Scanner Press or to select -2dB to +2dB.
  Software Advanced Features > Advanced DPS Settings > ADC Gain- -2dB to +2dB.
 
DAC Gain Sets output signal from CODEC varying the audio level of decoded digital signals. Default is -4dB.
  Scanner Press or to select -10dB to +2dB.
  Software Advanced Features > Advanced DPS Settings > DAC Gain- -10dB to +2dB.
 
M36 Stat Bits/Mot Status Bits When checked, the scanner will track Motorola 3600 baud talkgroups using status bits. When unchecked, status bits are ignored. Default is Ignore.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Use), or uncheck (Ignore).
Software Advanced Features > Trunking Options > Mot Status Bits- Use, Ignore.
 
M36 Enc/Mot Enc Talkgroups When enabled, the scanner will track Motorola 3600 baud encrypted talkgroups. When disabled, the scanner will ignore Motorola 3600 baud encrypted talkgroups While the scanner will tune to those talkgroups, the scanner cannot decrypt the voice data being received. Default is Ignore.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Use), or uncheck (Ignore).
Software Advanced Features > Trunking Options > Mot Enc Talkgroups- Use, Ignore.
 
EDACS Dig/ED Enc Talkgroups When enabled, the scanner will track EDACS ProVoice and encrypted talkgroups. When disabled, the scanner will ignore EDACS ProVoice and encrypted talkgroups While the scanner can tune to those talkgroups, the scanner cannot decrypt the voice data being received. Default is Ignore.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Use), or uncheck (Ignore).
Software Advanced Features > Trunking Options > ED Enc Talkgroups- Use, Ignore.
 
EncMode/Audio Mode Selects how the radio treats encrypted voice calls. Noise plays encryption noise. Silent plays no audio (and stays on the channel). Tone plays a Tone for the duration of the call. Default is Tone.
  Scanner Press or to select Tone, Noise, or Silent.
  Software Advanced Features > Encrypted Digital Audio Settings > Audio Mode- Audio Tone, Digital Noise, or Silence.
 
EncLevel/Tone Volume Selects the tone level for encrypted calls. Default is -24dB.
  Scanner Press or to select -90 to 4dB.
  Software Advanced Features > Encrypted Digital Audio Settings > Tone Volume- -90 to 4dB.
 
IF Out/IF Output When HP is selected, the IF (discriminator) signal will be present at the headphone jack for use by external decoding software. When HP/SP is selected, the IF signal will also be present at the speaker. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press or to select Off, HP, HP/SP.
  Software Advanced Features > IF Audio Output Options > IF Output- Off, Headphone, Headphone and Speaker.
 
IF Output Level (Software only) Controls IF Out level. Default is Max.
  Advanced Features > IF Audio Output Options > Level- Mute, 1-30, or Max.
 
Enable Record/Recording Options-Global Enable Selects recording for all objects. Each object must also be enabled for recording. Default is Enabled. Contents
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
  Software Advanced Features > Recording Options > Global Enable- Enabled or Disabled.
 
Search Record Records transmissions when searching service, Spectrum Sweeper, and limit searches. Default is Disabled.
Warning: There is no recording duration setting to prevent continuous recording on birdies, weather channels, control channels, etc.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Enabled), or uncheck (Disabled).
  Software Advanced Features > Recording Options > Search Record- Enabled or Disabled.
 
Knob Dflt/Control Knob Default Selects operation for rotary control in scan mode. Default is VOL.
 

SQ - operates squelch in scan mode.
Vol - operates volume in scan mode.
Scanner Press
 or  to select SQ, or VOL.
Software
Advanced Features > Control Knob Options > Control Knob Default- Volume, Squelch.

 
Knob T/out/Click Timeout Timeout when you press the Scroll Control for temporary change. Default is 5 (seconds).
  Scanner Press  or  to select 1-10.
Software
Advanced Features > Control Knob Options > Click Timeout- 1-10 (seconds).
 
Skip/Skip Button Function Allows you to set the Skip button to 'Skip' (temporarily lockout) or 'Lockout' (permanently lockout) objects. 'Restore Skipped' in the Main Menu will restore 'Skipped' objects but not locked out objects.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
  Software Advanced Features > Button Options > Skip Button Function- Skip or Lockout.
 
ScanSets Opt/Scan Set Mode If you check/enable this option the scanner will enable all scan lists in each scan set regardless of the scan list setting. The master scan list table is ignored. Uncheck/Disabled will require each scan list to be enabled to be scanned for each scan set.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (Ignore), or uncheck (Require). Default is Require.
  Software Advanced Features > Scan Sets > Scan Set Mode- Ignore or Require.
  Alpha Tag Click to select and highlight the scan set name to edit.
Enabled Click to enable each scan set.
Scanlists Click 'Scanlist' field across from the scan set name to select which scan lists will be members of the scan set. Press the Set button to apply.
 
Set Clock/Set Real Time Clock to Computer Time
  Scanner Use in the Main Menu to select and press SEL/ to edit.
Use to select the year. Press then use to select the month. Repeat for the date, day, hour, and minute.
Press SEL
/ to set or Skip to exit.
Software Scanner/SD Card (Menu) > Set Real Time Clock to Computer Time.
The scanner must be connected to your computer using the supplied USB cable. Scanner will update date and time when powered on if scanner is off when clock is set.
Notes: If the batteries are allowed to fully discharge, or if they are removed from the scanner for more than a few minutes, the date and time will need to be set again.
 
Firmware Ver. Allows you to view the firmware version.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to view.
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Clock Display Displays the clock when the scanner is off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to select Disabled, Enabled.
  Software General Settings > Backlight Settings > Clock Display- Disabled, Enabled.
 
Set Password/Clear Scanner Password Sets a power-on password. You can use up to 8 upper/lowercase letters, special characters, and/or numbers.
Note: You need the software to clear the password
.
  Scanner (set only) Use in the Main Menu to select and press SEL/ to edit.
Use to select the first character, then to move the cursor and select the second character. Repeat for up to 8 characters.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Software (clear only) Scanner/SD Card (Menu) > Clear Scanner Password.
 
Save Current Configuration to Archive Allows you to save the current V-Scanner folder to your computer.
Restore Configuration from Archive Allows you to restore a V-Scanner folder from your computer to the current V-Scanner folder.
  Notes: The archive function will default to using the My Documents folder to save the archive file.
The archive function will provide a default ZIP file name based on the current configuration folder, the current date, and the current time.
The restore function will verify the existence of specific common files in the ZIP archive before allowing it to be used to restore the configuration.
The restore function will erase the current contents of the selected configuration folder before extracting the contents of the ZIP archive.
 
Configure Auto Update Check Allows you to configure the software to automatically check for updates for the software, firmware for the scanner, and updates to the library.
 
Configure Proxy Server Allows you to configure a proxy server if you need to one to access the internet.

Planning Systems and Scan Lists Contents
Scan Lists
Each object (not trunking systems/sites) can be assigned to one or more of the 200 main lists or the '
Skywarn List' (201). Each list is scanned like a traditional bank. You can put any type of object in any list with any other object. Conventional and talkgroup objects can all go in the same list. The main lists, 1-200, can be scanned with any other list but selecting the 'Skywarn List' (201) will only scan objects in the SkyWarn list and no other lists. You can put as many objects in each of these 201 lists that memory allows.

Scan lists are your way of organizing your selected objects, so you should give some thought as to how you want to your scanner organized. You may wish to group your objects into scan lists according to the type of use, for example, Police, Fire, Racing, etc. Or, you may wish to group objects by into scan lists according to geographical area, such as separate scan lists for different counties or cities, or even separate scan lists for different police and fire districts inside of a given county or city. You can even do both - use one scan list for the police and fire channels for an entire county, and use other scan lists for the areas of interest within the county, or for special situations.

Scan Sets
The available 20 Scan Sets you let you quickly select large groups of scan lists to enable or disable just by enabling or disabling the Scan Sets that contain the scan lists instead of individually selecting each group of scan lists. With the "ScanSets Opt" setting, if enabled (checked), Scan Sets alone govern whether a scan list is scanned and the master scan list enable array is ignored.

The scanner is designed to be programmed by 'scan list'. Once you set the Default Scan List, when you create any objects in the software or import any with the scanner, they are, by default, assigned to this list.
Also, any search/Spectrum Sweeper frequencies stored with 'Store Channel' will be saved to the default scan list.

Multi-Site Systems
Some Motorola and EDACS systems covering a very large geographic area use multiple antenna sites that each operate on different frequencies and use the same talkgroup IDs for traffic. Each site will have its own set of trunking frequencies and is monitored like a single system. All talkgroups in the system are available to every site so they don't have to be reprogrammed for each site. Each talkgroup object can be assigned to one or more scan lists but only assigned to one trunking system.

Importing Objects  
Import Using Set Location (US only) Import Using Browse Library Import Using the Library Import Tab Import from Text File/Clipboard

Import Using Set Location (US only) Contents
This is probably the easiest way to add objects to scan with the scanner. It can come in handy when you are traveling and don't know what is available to monitor in the area. You can select a location by zip code, city, or county. You can then choose to select the default service types or select custom service types. You can add objects from a new location to your existing scan lists, or clear all existing objects and start over.

Services selected with 'Set Location' are automatically assigned to scan lists beginning at number 151. Each selected service is assigned to a separate scan list, which is given the name of the service. These scan lists are automatically enabled for scanning. You can then unselect any scan lists as desired through the Scanlists selection in the Main Menu and/or assign them to a scan set. You can also save your data to the first available V-Scanner folder using Backup Data from the 'Set Location' menu.

You can clear these objects at any time by using Clear Channels but this will clear all objects in all scan lists in the
current V-Scanner folder so it is recommended to use a separate V-Scanner folder (the folder used to Backup Data) for 'Set Location'.

 
 

To Set Your Location, 'Bandplan' in the Global Settings menu has to be set to 'USA' and 'Location Select' has to be checked in the Global Settings menu.
From the Main Menu
use
and scroll to 'Set Location' and press SEL/.
From the Set Location menu use and scroll to 'By City', 'By County', or 'By Zip Code' and press SEL/.

 

By City or County: Use and scroll to select first letter of your state and press SEL/ (or just press SEL/ for all).
Scroll to your state and press SEL
/. Use and scroll to the first letter of your city or county and press SEL/ (or just press SEL/ for all).
Scroll to your city or county and press SEL/
.
At 'Select Service Types'
use and scroll to 'Default Types' or 'Custom Types' then press SEL/.

 

Default Types: At 'Confirmation' press SEL/(Yes) or Skip(No).
Custom
Types: At 'Services' use and scroll to each service type then press SEL/ to select or unselect.
Press
when done selecting types. At 'Confirmation' press SEL/(Yes) or Skip(No).

  By Zip Code: Use to select the first number of the zip code, then to move the cursor and repeat for each next number and press SEL/.
At 'Select Service Types' scroll to 'Default Types' (see below) or 'Custom Types' and press SEL/
.
 

Default Types: At 'Confirmation' press SEL/(Yes) or Skip(No).
Custom
Types: At 'Services' use and scroll to each service type then press SEL/ to select or unselect.
Press
when done selecting types. At 'Confirmation' press SEL/(Yes) or Skip(No).

 

To Backup Data, from the Main Menu press or and scroll to 'Set Location' then press SEL/.
From the Set Location menu use and scroll to 'Backup Data' then press SEL/.
At 'Confirmation' press SEL
/(Yes) to save the configuration to the first empty V-Scanner folder, or Skip(No) to cancel.

  To Clear all Channels, from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Set Location' then press SEL/.
At 'Confirmation' press SEL
/(Yes) to delete all objects in all scan lists in the current V-Scanner folder, or Skip(No) to cancel.
To clear all objects from a different V-Scanner folder, select a different folder.
 

Service Types

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Not all service types are enabled automatically when you set your location in the scanner. Red types below are enabled by default.
Service Type Description
Aircraft For civilian aircraft and air traffic control operations most typically in the 118-136 MHz and 225-380 MHz bands in AM mode.
Business Most business related entities not covered by other categories.
Corrections Jail/prison operations and other corrections activities, including federal prisons.
Data Although they are listed because they are in the database the scanner will not receive data channels.
Deprecated Older channels that are probably not use anymore.
Emergency Ops Emergency Operation Centers and similar emergency management or disaster related operations.
EMS Dispatch Ambulance dispatch, including rescue squads.
EMS Tac Ambulance on-scene communications, tactical operations and secondary channels.
EMS Talk Ambulance talk-around, car-to-car and supervisor operations.
Federal All federal government operations (except corrections, traditional law enforcement patrol and fire/EMS operations).
Fire Dispatch Fire dispatch, including combined fire/ambulance dispatch.
Fire Tac Fireground, tactical and on-scene communications, including combined fire/ambulance operations.
Fire Talk Fire talk-around and car-to-car operations, chiefs, supervisors, etc., including combined fire/ambulance operations.
Ham Any amateur radio frequency.
Hospital Ambulance-to-Hospital communications and patient reports.
Interop Interoperability communications, cross-agency communications, mutual aid, etc.
Law Dispatch Law enforcement dispatch.
Law Tac Law enforcement tactical, SWAT, on-scene, surveillance and specific sub-agency communications.
Law Talk Law enforcement talk-around, car-to-car and supervisor operations.
Media Newspapers, television and broadcast radio operations.
Military Military operations, range control, air-to-air combat, etc.
Multi Dispatch Combined law enforcement and fire/ambulance dispatch.
Multi Tac Combined law enforcement and fire/ambulance tactical and on-scene communications.
Multi Talk Combined law enforcement and fire/ambulance tactical talk-around and car-to-car operations.
Other Channels that do not fit into any other category.
Public Works Public agency non-public safety communications. This includes any non-public safety government services, such as trash, streets, roads, sewer, zoos, administration, maintenance, animal control, community initiatives, code compliance, etc.
Railroad All common carrier railroad communications.
Schools School-related communications (schools, school buses, football games, etc.).
Security Non-law enforcement security operations, including private security companies, noncommissioned government agency security, school security, etc.
Transportation Public and private bus, taxi, and public passenger rail communications.
Utilities Private electric, water, natural gas, phone, cable TV, etc.
 
Import Using Browse Library Contents
This is another quick way to add objects to the scanner by state/province and then by Agencies, Counties, and Systems. This is the only way to add objects with just the scanner for Canadian objects. At least one site must be selected for a trunked system along with any individual talkgroup objects. If you don't know which site to select, you can select all sites, or even the entire system, and the scanner will automatically find and use the best available site.

As you browse the library and pick objects for importing, all selected objects will be imported into the scan list or group of scan lists that you select when you execute the import operation.
These scan lists are not automatically enabled for scanning. You will have to enable them with the Scanlists selection in the Main Menu after the import operation.

As with using Set Location, it is advisable to use a separate V-Scanner folder for importing with 'Browse Library'. Creating a V-Scanner folder with the software is easy enough but there is no direct way to create one with just the scanner. However, there is an ad-hoc method where you can use 'Set Location' to import objects, use 'Backup Data' to save your import the first empty V-Scanner folder, then select the new V-Scanner folder and use 'Clear Channels'. This will leave you with an empty V-Scanner folder to use. You can then rename it and use it for importing with 'Browse Library".

For counties and independent cities, there will typically be three options to choose from: Agencies, Categories, and Systems. The association of objects with each of these groups depends a lot on how the RadioReference volunteers decide to group the information they submitted to the RadioReference database. You can look up your county in the RadioReference Data Base to see what is available and match headings in the database with the headings in the scanner (i.e. municipalities and districts, agencies, etc.).

Agencies will usually have businesses, airports, railroads, utilities, Military, recreation and attractions, retail, media, authorities, and other state-wide government or non-governmental agencies.
Categories will usually have colleges, schools, amateur radio, transportation, government and public safety agencies for municipalities and districts.
Systems will usually have state, county, or city trunked radio systems.


Picking an entire Agency, Category, or System may result in a very large number of objects being imported to the scan lists. It is suggest that you drill into each grouping that you want to import to see the objects that are beneath it, and only select the entire grouping if you know that you want to monitor everything that it contains.

Checkbox codes are displayed instead of a checkbox to indicate when systems or frequencies are not compatible with the scanner. When one of these codes is shown instead of a checkbox, you cannot to select that checkbox. A “D” in place of a checkbox indicates that the object or system uses an unsupported digital modulation mode and cannot be scanned by the scanner.
An “S” in place of a checkbox indicates that the system type is not supported.
An “F” in place of a checkbox indicates that there are no sites or frequencies in the RadioReference database for the system or category.

The Default Scan List is always selected. If you do not want to import your selected objects into the Default Scan List, be sure to unselect it before importing. You can change the Default Scan List in the Global Settings menu or with the software.

 

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To Import Using Browse Library, basically drill down through the menus to check items. Some menus may be empty with no selection available. Menus that have a lot of objects in them will load and import slower. You can navigate back () at any time to change/add to you selections before you press Menu to import all selections.
From the Main Menu
use
and scroll to 'Browse Library' and press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'United States', or 'Canada' then press SEL/.
At 'Select State'
use and scroll to the first letter of your state/province (or just press SEL/ for all) then press SEL/.
To select Nationwide entities scroll up to (Nationwide).
Scroll to your state/province and press SEL/
.
At 'Data Types' scroll to 'Agencies', 'Counties/Cities', or 'Systems' and press SEL/
.

 

 

Agencies: At 'Select Agency in State' use and scroll to the agency type then press SEL/.
At 'Categories in Agency'
use and scroll to the category then press SEL/.
At 'Subcategories in Category'
use and scroll to the subcategory then press SEL/.
To select all frequencies in the subcategory press SEL
/ to check the subcategory.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.
To select specific frequencies in the subcategory press
.
At 'Frequencies in Subcategory'
use and scroll to the frequency then press SEL/ to check the frequency.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or Menu to import.

 
 

Counties/Cities: (there is no city selection) At 'Select County' use and scroll to the first letter of your county (or just press SEL/ for all) then press SEL/.
At 'Data Types' scroll to 'Agencies', 'Categories', or 'Systems' and press SEL
/.

 

Agencies: At 'Select Agency in County' use and scroll to the agency then press SEL/.
At 'Categories in Agency'
use and scroll to the category then press SEL/.
At 'Subcategories in Category'
use and scroll to the subcategory then press SEL/.
To select all frequencies in the subcategory press SEL
/ to check the subcategory.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.
To select specific frequencies in the subcategory press
.
At 'Frequencies in Subcategory'
use and scroll to the frequency then press SEL/ to check the frequency.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.

 

Categories: At 'Categories in County' use and scroll to the category then press SEL/.
At 'Subcategories in Category'
use and scroll to the subcategory then press SEL/.
To select all frequencies in the subcategory press SEL
/ to check the subcategory.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.
To select specific frequencies in the subcategory press
.
At 'Frequencies in Subcategory'
use and scroll to the frequency then press SEL/ to check the frequency.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.

 

Systems: At 'Select System in County' use and scroll to the system.
To select all sites, categories, and talkgroups in the system press SEL
/ to check the system.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.
To select specific sites, categories, or talkgroups in the system press
.
At 'System Sites and Categories'
use and scroll to 'Sites', or 'Categories'.

 

Sites: To select all sites in the system press SEL/ to check Sites.
To select specific sites in the system press
. You must select at least one site.
At 'System Sites'
use and scroll to the site then press SEL/ to check the site.

 

Press to navigate back and scroll to select Categories.

 

Categories: To select all categories and talkgroups in the system press SEL/ to check Categories.
To select specific
categories or talkgroups in the system press .
 At 'Categories in System'
use and scroll to the category.

 

Talkgroups: To select all talkgroups in the category press SEL/ to check the category.
To select specific talkgroups in the category press
.
At 'Talkgroups in Category'
use and scroll to the talkgroup then press SEL/ to check the talkgroup.
Press
to navigate back and scroll to select another category.
Press to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.

 

Contents

 

Systems: At 'Select System in State' use and scroll to the system then press SEL/.
To select all sites, categories, and talkgroups in the system press SEL
/ to check the system.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or press Menu to Import Selections.
To select specific sites, categories, or talkgroups in the system press
.
At 'System Sites and Categories'
use and scroll to 'Sites', or 'Categories'.

 

Sites: To select all sites in the system press SEL/ to check Sites.
To select specific sites in the system press
.
At 'System Sites'
use and scroll to the site then press SEL/ to check the site.

 

Press to navigate back and scroll to select Categories.

 

Categories: To select all categories and talkgroups in the system press SEL/ to check Categories.
To select specific
categories or talkgroups in the system press .
 At 'Categories in System'
use and scroll to the category.

 

Talkgroups: To select all talkgroups in the category press SEL/ to check the category.
To select specific talkgroups in the category press
.
At 'Talkgroups in Category'
use and scroll to the talkgroup then press SEL/ to check the talkgroup.
Press
to navigate back and scroll to select another category.
Press
to navigate back and select more objects or Menu to import.

 
 

Import Selections To import selections you have made browsing the library, press Menu.
Press
SEL/ to Import Selected or scroll to Back or Main Menu.
At 'Scanlists for chosen objects'
use and scroll to each scan list you want to import the objects into then press SEL/ to select the scan list (don't forget the Default Scan List is always selected).
Press
 to import or press Menu again then SEL/ to Import Now.
Note: Importing objects into scan lists this way will not automatically enabled them for scanning.

 
Import Using the Library Import Tab Contents
This feature imports objects into the current V-Scanner folder in the software only. You will still have to copy the V-Scanner folder to the SD card. There are two ways to import objects with Library Import.
The standard import option or location option.

The standard import option lets you select a country, state/province, and then state/provincial agencies, counties (agencies, categories, and systems), and state/provincial systems. The standard import option in the software is basically the same function as 'Browse Library' in the scanner.

The location option lets you import objects by state/province and then by city, county, or zip code. The location option also lets you select the service types of the objects you want to import. The location option in the software is basically the same function as 'Set Location' in the scanner.


You can also update
any existing objects in the software from an older version of the database with the current database version using the Update Channels button.
 
 

To Import Using Library Import, Bandplan must be set to USA, Set Location must be set to On, and the version of the library database must be at least 84. Some selections may be empty with no objects available.
Select the Import Type: Standard, by City, by County, or by Zip Code.

 
 

By City, County, or Zip Code: Enter your zip code and select the service types to be imported and click the Import button.
Services selected with the Library Import tab are automatically assigned to scan lists beginning at number 151. Each selected service is assigned to a separate scan list, which is given the name of the service. These scan lists are automatically enabled for scanning. You can then unselect any scan lists as desired with Scanlist Control in the General Settings tab. The Advanced Features tab will allow you to assign any of these scan lists to a scan set.

 
 

Standard Import: Select a country from the drop-down menu. Scroll and click to select a state/province or (Nationwide).
Select Agencies, Counties/Cities, or Systems and click the Next button.

 

Agencies: Scroll to and click the Agency. Note: the instructions state 'then click the Next button to continue' but the software may continue automatically.
Scroll to and click each Category. The sub category list will then be filled in below.
To select all objects in the sub category, scroll to and click the sub category checkbox.
To select specific objects in the sub category, scroll to and click the sub category Name.
Scroll to and click each Object checkbox to select objects. Use the Select All and De-select All buttons as desired.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.

 

 

Counties/Cities: Scroll to and click the County. (There are no city selections).
Select a county then Agencies, Categories, or Systems and click the Next button.

 

Agencies: Scroll to and click each Agency. Note: the instructions state 'then click the Next button to continue' but the software may continue automatically.
Scroll to and click each Category. The sub category list will then be filled in below.
To select all objects in the sub category, scroll to and click each sub category checkbox.
To select specific objects in the sub category, scroll to and click each sub category Name.
Scroll to and click each Object checkbox to select objects. Use the Select All and De-select All buttons as desired.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.

 

Categories: Scroll to and click each Category. The sub category list will then be filled in below.
To select all objects in the sub category, scroll to and click the sub category checkbox.
To select specific objects in the sub category, scroll to and click the sub category Name.
Scroll to and click each Object checkbox to select objects. Use the Select All and De-select All buttons as desired.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.

 

Systems: To select all sites and all talkgroups for each system, scroll to and click the system checkbox.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.
To select specific sites or specific talkgroups for each system, scroll to and click the system Name.
Click the Sites button to select sites or the Talkgroups button to select talkgroups.

 

Sites: Scroll to and click the Site checkbox to select sites. Use the Select All and Clear All buttons as desired.

 

Press the Back button then the Talkgroups button to select talkgroups.

 

Talkgroups: Use the Select All and Clear All buttons to add talkgroup categories as desired.
To select all talkgroups
for each category,
scroll to and click the talkgroup category checkbox. The talkgroup listings will then be filled in below.
To select specific talkgroups for each category, scroll to and click the sub category Name. The talkgroup listings will then be filled in below.
Scroll to and click the Talkgroup checkbox to select talkgroups.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.

 

Contents

 

Systems: To select all sites and all talkgroups for each system, scroll to and click the system checkbox.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.
To select specific sites or specific talkgroups for each system, scroll to and click the system Name. Click the Sites button to select sites or the Talkgroups button to select talkgroups.

 

Sites: Scroll to and click the Site checkbox to select sites. Use the Select All and Clear All buttons as desired.

 

Press the Back button then the Talkgroups button to select talkgroups.

 

Talkgroups: Use the Select All and Clear All buttons to add talkgroup categories as desired.
To select all talkgroups
for each category,
scroll to and click the talkgroup category checkbox. The talkgroup listings will then be filled in below.
To select specific talkgroups for each category, scroll to and click the sub category Name. The talkgroup listings will then be filled in below.
Scroll to and click the Talkgroup checkbox to select talkgroups.
Press the Back button as desired to add more objects or Import Selected Channels to finish. Press the Clear All Selections button to start over.

 

Import from Text File/Clipboard Allows you to quickly import multiple frequencies and talkgroups from Notepad or any other file like Excel or Word. This feature imports objects into the current V-Scanner folder in the software only. You will still have to copy the V-Scanner folder to the SD card.

When the 'Import from Text File' or 'Import from Clipboard' button is pressed, the software will show a listing of all channels that have been read from the file or clipboard. Across the top of the listing you will find headings for each column. The software will make an attempt to select the correct columns for the frequency, delay, attenuation, and lockout fields. All other columns will have a default heading in the form of "Column #" where # is the column number. To change the assignment for a column, click on the column heading. A pull down list will be provided that will allow you to select the data types supported by the software. Only those data types that have not been assigned to another column will be available in the list. To unassign a column, select the 'No Field' option.

When importing, all channels are imported into the default scanlist and will be added to the end of the existing channels. The scanlist memberships may be adjusted by selecting the channels you wish to change, and then clicking on the scanlist column of one of the selected channels.

Naming Scan Lists and Scan Sets Contents
Naming Scan Lists
  Scanner From the Main Menu use to select Scanlists then press SEL/. Use to select the scan list then press SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and exit. Press Menu or to return to the Main Menu.
Software Click the General Settings tab then scroll in the Scanlist Control area to select the list number and click in the Alpha Tag field to highlight and edit.
Naming Scan Sets
  Scanner From the Main Menu use to select Scan Sets then press SEL/. Use to select the scan set then press SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and exit. Press to return to the Main Menu.
Software Click the Advanced Features tab then scroll in the Scan Sets area to select the set number and click in the Alpha Tag field to highlight and edit.
 
Assigning Scan Lists to Scan Sets
  Scanner From the Main Menu use to select Scan Sets then press SEL/ to enter the menu. Use to select the scan set.
Press Menu to see the Scan Set Members list.
Use
to select each scan list then SEL/ to check (assign) or uncheck (unassign) each scan list to the scan set.
Press to save and exit. Press again to return to the Main Menu.
Software Click the Advanced Features tab.
Click in the
Scanlist column for each scan set and check (assign) or uncheck (unassign) each scan list to the scan set. Press the Set button to save and exit.

Managing V-Scanner Folders (Software only) Contents

These scanners have two types of memory storage. Main memory and V-Scanner memory. Main memory is what you see and use when you turn on the scanner. V-Scanner memory is used to store complete configurations of your scanner's main memory including objects, 'Settings' and search configurations.

V-Scanner II folders are saved 'on the fly' meaning any changes you make to the current V-Scanner folder in the software will be automatically saved to your computer. Any changes you make to the current V-Scanner folder in the scanner will be automatically saved to the microSD card. Unlike the previous V-Scanner I feature, It is not necessary to “save” or “load” the V-Scanners folders.

Creating a V-Scanner folder with the software is easy enough but there is no direct way to create one with just the scanner. However, there is an ad-hoc method where you can use 'Set Location' to import objects, use 'Backup Data' to save to the first empty V-Scanner folder, then select the new V-Scanner folder and use 'Clear Channels'. This will leave you with an empty folder to use. You can then rename it.

See also Selecting V-Scanner Folders to load folders with the scanner.

 

To Manage your V-Scanner folders open the software. The default V-Scanner folder will open. The folder name is in the title bar of the software window. The CDAT folder is the working folder. The 200 main folders are named CDAT_VS.001 through CDAT_VS.200.

Select the File Menu then:

 

To Open a New Empty Folder, select New Configuration. Click to select the folder. There will be a warning message if you try to create a new folder from an existing one. Click 'Set the selected V-Scanner folder to be loaded at scanner power-up' if you want this folder loaded at software startup (the scanner starts up with that last folder used at shutdown). Click the Select button to open.
To Open an Existing Folder, select Open V-Scanner Folder. Click to select the folder. Click 'Set the selected V-Scanner folder to be loaded at scanner power-up' (only if and after you copy the folder to the scanner, the scanner starts up with that last folder used at shutdown from then on) and if you want this folder loaded at software startup (always). Click the Select button to open.
To Delete a Folder, select Delete V-Scanner Folder. Click to select the folder then the Select button to delete.
To Copy a Folder, select Copy current data to V-Scanner Folder. Click to select the folder then the Select button to copy. Click the Switch to new folder checkbox as desired.
To Name a Folder, for the current folder select Set V-Scanner Description. You may add up to five lines of text then press the OK button.

Programming Trunked Systems Contents
All programming and Settings are now done with the 'Program Menu' on the WS1080 (firmware 2.0 required) and WS1088.
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.

Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
 
Add System Menu Edit System Menu Add Site Menu Edit Site Menu
 

Add a System with the Scanner
You will also need to program at least one Site to receive talkgroup IDs.
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.

Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Add System' and press SEL/.
Use
to select the system type (MOT,EDACS,LTR,P25,DMR) and press SEL/.
See also Understanding DMR for DMR systems.
Refer to the Edit System menu to set your options.

To Edit Systems with the Scanner Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit System' and press SEL/.
Use
to select the System and press SEL/.

  The first few lines will show:
Cancel Changes
Save Changes
The last line will show:
Delete System
Refer to the Edit System menu to set your options.
 
Use to select each option below.
To save your changes press Menu then SEL/ to bring you back to the Main Menu.
You can also scroll back up to Save or Cancel Changes and press SEL/ to bring you back to the last menu.
 
Edit Sites Locked Out AutoMove HRs (LTR) Dwell
Add Talkgroup Atten Voice (Motorola) Country
Alpha Tag AudioBoost AGC (Motorola/P25) Delete System
Type      
 
To Program/Edit Trunking Systems in the Software select the Trunked Radio Systems tab.
 
Trunking System Options...
New (button) Duplicate (button) Type Att Country AGC
Delete (button) Alpha Tag L/O ABst Voice  
 
New (System) (button) Allows you to create a new (default) trunked system.

Contents

 
Delete (System) (button) Will delete the selected trunked system(s), sites, and all talkgroups.
 
Duplicate (System) (button) Will create a copy of all settings, sites, talkgroups, and radio IDs of the selected system.
 
Edit Sites (System) Will allow you to add or edit sites for the system.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to enter.
 
Add Talkgroup Will allow you to add a talkgroup to the system.
  Scanner Press  SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select 'TGID' and press SEL/.
Press Skip to clear the current ID or or to move the cursor then use to select each digit to enter the ID.
Press SEL/ to save and enter the settings menu to set your options.
 
Alpha Tag (System) Will allow you to name the system with up to 16 characters.
  Scanner Press  SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software
Click to select the System then click to highlight the name and edit.
 
Type Allows you to view the system type, Motorola, EDACS, LTR, DMR, or Project25 in the scanner and select the system type in the software.
Warning: When changing to or from a
Project25 system all radio IDs will be removed from the system.
Note for Motorola/Project25 systems: If you are not sure if the system is Motorola or Project25, look at the system voice in the RR database for your system. Those entries that say System Voice: Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface are not true Project 25 systems as they have one or more analog talkgroups. Program these systems as a Motorola system and let the scanner detect the digital. If the System Voice says System Voice: APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive then the system is a true Project 25 system and program it as a Project25 system.
  Software Click to select the System then click Type to select from the drop-down menu.
 
Locked Out/L/O (System) Allows you to lockout the system so it won't be scanned. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the L/O checkbox.
 
Atten (System) Allows you to attenuate all sites or specific sites in the system (20 dB?).  Useful in areas where interference from nearby strong signals is present. Default is Off. See also Site Attenuation.
Note: Global Attenuation Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Off - no sites are attenuated.
Global/On - all sites are attenuated.
Per Site - uses site attenuation setting.
  Scanner Press or to select On, Per Site, or Off.
Software
Click to select the System then click Att to select Global, Per Site, or Off from the drop-down menu.

Contents

ABst (Audioboost) (System) Boosts the audio slightly (6 dB?) for the system. Default is Off. See also Object ABst.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the ABst checkbox.
 
AutoMove HRs (Site option in software) (LTR only) LTR systems require the frequencies be placed in Logical Channel Number order or LCN order. This option enables the scanner to automatically move the frequency to the correct home repeater location using information transmitted on the active frequency.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Automatically adjust home repeaters to select On.
 
Country allows you to specify which country specific band plan to be used when entering frequencies. Default is USA(?).
  Scanner Press or to select Dflt, US, or Canada.
Software Click to select the System then click Country to select from the drop-down menu.
 
Voice (Motorola) Allows you to select the type of audio used. Project25 and DMR systems are automatically set to Digital. 'LTR' and 'EDACS' systems are automatically set to Analog and shown with N/A. 'Motorola' systems may be set to Digital, Analog, or Mixed. When a Motorola system is set to Mixed, there may be a short delay because the scanner first has to determine if the voice is analog or digital. So, if you are sure the system is Project25, set it to Digital, if you are sure it's analog only, set it to Analog to avoid this delay.
  Scanner Press or to select Mixed, Analog, or Digital.
Software Click to select the Motorola System then click Voice to select from the drop-down menu. Default is Mixed.
 
AGC (System) (Motorola/P25/DMR) AGC instantly compensates for low user audio levels that are common on digital systems. If you program a channel as NFM (narrow FM) that is transmitting in FM mode, the audio will sound too loud. Similarly, if you program a channel as FM that is transmitting in NFM mode, the audio will sound too quiet. Incorrectly matching the modulation setting to the actual modulation used is the biggest reason for unbalanced audio between channels. Default is Off. See also Site AGC and (digital) Object AGC.
Note: Global AGC Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Scanner Press or to select On, Per Site, or Off.
Software
Click to select the System then click AGC to select from the drop-down menu.
  Off - AGC off for all sites.
On - AGC on for all sites.
Per Site - use site AGC settings.
 
Dwell (System) Allows you to set a dwell time for the system.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to enter Auto (0) or 1-250 (.1 - 25 secs)
  Software Click to select the System then click Dwell to select from the drop-down menu.

Programming Sites Contents
To Add a Site with the Scanner
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Use select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit System' and press SEL/.
Use
to select system then press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit Sites' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Add New' and press SEL/.
Refer to the Edit Site menu to set your options.
 
To Edit Sites with the Scanner
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.

Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit System' and press SEL/.
Use
to select System then press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit Sites' and press SEL/.
  The first line will show:
Back to system
The last lines will show:
Add New
Delete Current
Use to select the Site Number:Site Name then use or to select a Site.
Press SEL/ to Edit Site menu to set your options.
Picture
 
Use to select each option below.
To save your changes press Menu then SEL/ to bring you back to the Main Menu.
You can also scroll back up to Save or Cancel Changes and press SEL/ to bring you back to the last menu.
 
Alpha Tag Fleet (map) (Motorola) NFM AGC (Motorola/P25)
Frequencies Locked Out EDACS (type) (EDACS) Thresh Lo
Table (Motorola/P25) Atten Narrow Invert (EDACS) Thresh Hi
 
To Program/Edit Sites in the Software select the Trunked Radio Systems tab.
Select the system in the top pane then the Site Details tab below then select the site number.
 
Site Details Tab...
New (button) L/O Site Frequencies Tab Site Options Tab (P25, Motorola) Site Options Tab (EDACS, LTR)
Delete (button) Att   Frequency   Trunking Tables   Control Channel Type (EDACS)
Alpha Tag Multi-Site Settings (Motorola, EDACS only)   L/O   Type I/IIi Fleetmaps (Motorola)   Narrow Signal Type (EDACS)
    Data Decode Thresholds   Mode   Digital AGC
 
  Automatically adjust home repeaters (LTR)
 

Contents

New (Site) (button) Allows you to create a new site for the trunked system.
  Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab and click the New button.
 
Delete (Site) (button) Will delete the site and all talkgroups.
  Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab and click the Delete button.
 
Alpha Tag (Site) Will allow you to name the site with up to 16 characters.
  Scanner Press  SEL/ to enter. Press Skip to clear.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software
Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, and click to highlight the name and edit.
 
Locked Out/L/O (Site) Allows you to lockout the site so it won't be scanned. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, and click the L/O checkbox.
 
Att (Site) Allows you to attenuate the site. See also System Attenuation.
Note: Global Attenuation Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, and click the Att checkbox.

 

Threshold Lo/Hi/Data Decode Thresholds Used with multi-site systems. Sets how the scanner follows the control channels you have programmed into multiple sites. While (you are) moving, the scanner will attempt to lock on the best control channel it can find. The scanner will always attempt to lock on to control channels where the decoding quality is greater than 'Threshold Hi', and will search for new control channels when the decoding quality of a control channel drops below 'Threshold Lo'. If no control channels are available that meet the Threshold Hi criteria, the scanner will seek the best control channel to use, and continue checking periodically for a new control channel that meets the Threshold Hi criteria. See also Optimizing Scanning Parameters.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, then the up/down arrows to select. Use the Apply to all Sites button as desired.
  Threshold Lo Sets the control channel decode % threshold for a site to be considered out of range, which will begin the process of looking for a new site (control channel). Default is 75.
Threshold Hi
Sets the control channel decode % threshold for a site to be considered good when looking for a new site (control channel). Default is 95.
 
Frequencies/Frequency (Site Frequencies) For Motorola systems you only need to enter the control channel frequencies. There is still a 32 control channel limit for a trunking site. Note: EDACSs frequencies also have to be entered in LCN order. See Finding EDACS LCN Order. Each talkgroup ID can be assigned to more than one scan list but can only be associated with one system.
See also BandPlan and Flexstep settings for step size defaults.
  Scanner Press  SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select the frequency number (1-32). Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Use to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software
Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Frequencies tab, then click to highlight the frequency and edit.

Contents

L/O (Site Frequencies) Allows you to lockout a trunking frequency.
  Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Frequencies tab, then click to highlight the frequency and click the L/O checkbox. Use the Clear L/O button to unlock all frequencies.
 
NFM/Mode (Site Frequencies) Allows you to set the receive mode for all trunking frequencies in the site.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Frequencies tab, then click drop-down next to Mode to select FM or NFM.
Use the Apply Mode to all Sites button as desired.
 
Table/Trunking Tables (Site Options) (P25/Motorola only) Allows you to select the default trunking table or to customize the tables for each type of system. Trunking tables are required so the scanner can correctly determine the voice channel frequencies. Trunking table information can usually be found in the Radio Reference Database.
For P25 Systems and Mixed (P25 and Motorola) Systems there are two types of systems: Explicit mode and Implicit mode channel assignment. Explicit mode systems include all information needed to determine voice frequencies on the control channel. For Explicit mode systems (most P25 systems), use the Auto-fill option. The system will automatically detect the band plan and populate the table for the system. You must supply the system's band plan for Implicit systems for the scanner using the Custom option to correctly determine voice frequencies. The Standard option will force the scanner to use the standard 700 and 800 MHz tables that are present on many systems.
For Motorola Analog Systems use the Default option for 800 MHz and 900 MHz Motorola trunked systems.
For Motorola Splinter Systems use the Splinter option (analog 800Mhz  systems with frequencies between 866-869 MHz [or rebanded 851-854 MHz] ending with 0 instead of 5 e.g. 852.1250, not 852.1375).
For Motorola Rebanded Systems you must select Custom and create a custom band plan. For Motorola 800 MHz rebanded table entries see this post.
For Motorola VHF and UHF Systems you must select Custom and create a custom band plan. You must program the applicable lo channel, hi channel, offset, base frequency, and step for the system. I have found an explanation at the Trunked Radio Systems User’s Page  that describes how to find some of this information. Look for 'Determining Base and Offset Frequencies for the BC245xlt' by John C. See also this post for UHF systems. Radio Reference.com also has an explanation. Inquire at Radio Reference.com Forums to find more information about specific systems.
  Scanner Press or to select Normal, Splinter, or Custom.
For Custom press SEL/ to edit then use to select each table and press SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select Lo Chan and press SEL/ to edit. Press SEL/ to save and return.
Repeat for Hi Chan and Offset.
Press Menu to save and return.
Repeat for each table (00-15) as needed.
Press Menu to save and return.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Type to select.
For custom tables select Custom then click the Edit button. Click to select and highlight each field to edit and click the OK button. Repeat for each table as needed.
Use the Apply to all Sites button as desired.
 

 

Fleet/Type I/IIi Fleetmaps (Site Options) (Motorola only) Motorola Type I and Type IIi systems require you to program a fleet map. This allows you to receive the talkgroup IDs correctly. Trunking table information can usually be found in the Radio Reference Database. If you don’t know which fleet map to use, you can try a method I found at Radio Reference.com., Determining Type I Motorola Fleet Maps by Dave Goodson. If you know the fleet map by name, E1P1, E1P2, etc., I have listed 16 pre-set fleet maps so you can see the size codes.
  Note: If you select size code S-12, S-13, or S-14, these restrictions apply:
S-12 can only be assigned to blocks 0, 2, 4 or 6.
S-13 can only be assigned to blocks 0 and 4.
S-14 can only be assigned to block 0.
Since these size codes require multiple blocks, you will be prompted for the next available block. For example, if you assign Block 0 as S-12, the scanner prompts you for block 2, the next block available, instead of block 1. If you assign Block 0 as S-14, you would not see another prompt because S-14 uses all available blocks.
  Scanner Press to select one of the pre-set fleet maps.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Presets to select.
For custom fleet maps select Custom then click the Edit button. Click the drop-down next to each block to edit and click the OK button. Repeat for each block as needed.
Use the Apply to all Sites button as desired.

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AGC/Digital AGC (Site Options) (P25/Motorola only) Allows you to set AGC for the digital site. If you program a channel as NFM (narrow FM) that is transmitting in FM mode, the audio will sound too loud. Similarly, if you program a channel as FM that is transmitting in NFM mode, the audio will sound too quiet. Incorrectly matching the modulation setting to the actual modulation used is the biggest reason for unbalanced audio between channels.
See also System AGC and (digital) Object AGC.
Notes: Global AGC Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Off - AGC off for all talkgroups.
On - AGC on for all talkgroups.
Per Talkgroup (ID) - use talkgroup AGC settings.
  Scanner Press or to select On, Off, or Per Tgrp.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Digital AGC to select from the menu.
 
EDACS (type)/Control Channel Type (EDACS only) Selects the type of EDACS site.
  EDACS Standard (Wide) is the normal EDACS system on 800 MHz and some UHF systems.
EDACS Narrow is used on some UHF systems and most 900 MHz systems.
  Scanner Press or to select Standard, or Narrow.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Control Channel Type to select from the menu.
 
Narrow Invert/Narrow Signal Type this setting inverts the incoming decoded control channel data. Some EDACS Narrow systems may require this setting in order to operate.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On or Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Narrow SignalType to select from the menu.
 
Automatically adjust home repeaters (System Option in Scanner) (LTR only) LTR systems require the frequencies be placed in Logical Channel Number order or LCN order. This option enables the scanner to automatically move the frequency to the correct home repeater location using information transmitted on the active frequency.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click to select the System then click the Site Details tab, click the Site to select, click the Site Options tab, then click drop-down next to Automatically adjust home repeaters to select On.

Program/Edit Frequencies and Talkgroup IDs Contents
With the updated firmware you can now edit all settings for all objects including IDs, using the 'Program Menu'. You can still use 'Browse Library' to import channels from the SD card and edit them here. All the settings for objects can be edited in the programming software with the Conventional Frequencies tab and Talkgroup Details or Radio ID Details tab. The Scanlists tab allows you organize scan lists and view/edit some of the properties of those objects by scan list and is an easy way to add single objects to each list.
 

To Add a Conventional Frequency with the Scanner press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Add Conv Freq' and press SEL/ to edit.
Press Skip to clear the current frequency or or to move the cursor then use to select each digit to enter the frequency (you can't move the decimal point).
Press SEL/ to save and enter the settings menu to set your options.

  The first lines will show:
Cancel Changes
Save Changes
 
To Add a Talkgroup ID with the Scanner
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Use to select 'Program Menu' and press SEL/.
Use
to select 'Edit System' and press SEL/.
Pressing
or will scroll through the systems. Press and hold or to scroll faster.
Press SEL/ to select the System to add the talkgroup (ID) to.
Use
to select 'Add Talkgroup' and press SEL/.
The talkgroup defaults to a Wildcard talkgroup.
Use
to select 'TGID' and press SEL/ to edit.
Press Skip to clear the current ID or or to move the cursor then use to select each digit to enter the ID.
Press SEL/ to save and enter the settings menu to set your options.
  The first lines will show:
Cancel Changes
Save Changes
 

To Edit a Conventional Frequency/Talkgroup ID with the Scanner
Press the Menu button until 'Main Menu' is displayed.
Use to select 'Browse Objects' and press SEL/.
Pressing
or will scroll through the scan lists. Press and hold or to scroll faster.
Use
to scroll through objects in each scan list.
Press Menu to enter the settings menu to set your options.
Note:
You can also press Menu when the object is in the display in scan receive/pause modes.

  The first lines will show:
Cancel Changes
Save Changes
Edit System
The last line will show:
Delete Object
 

Use to select each option below.
To save your changes press Menu then SEL/ to bring you back to the Main Menu.
You can also scroll back up to Save Changes and press SEL/ to bring you back to the last menu.

 

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Scanner Object Menu...

Frequency (conv)

RXMode (conv)

Skipped

AudioBoost

LED Enable

TGID

SQ Mode (conv)

Priority

Alarm

LED Flash

RadioID

Sq Search (conv)

Delay

Light

Color Count

Alpha Tag

Sq Code (conv)

Delay .1s

Flash Pattern

Color 1-4 RBG

Set Scanlists

Sq Exclude (conv)

Attenuate (conv)

On Time

Record

DG Mode

Locked Out

AGC

Off Time

Delete Object

 

To Program/Edit Conventional Objects in the Software select the Conventional Frequencies tab.
To Program/Edit Talkgroup Objects in the Software select the Trunked Radio Systems tab, click the system to highlight, then click the Talkgroup Details tab or Radio ID Details tab.
To Organize Scan/Play Lists in the Software select the Scan/Playlists tab.
To Select Multiple Objects for Settings use the shift-click or ctrl-click selection methods.

 

Conventional Frequencies Tab...

New (button)

Frequency

Pri

Bklt/LED

Alert

Duplicate (button)

Mode

Att

 

Backlight Mode

DMode

Delete (button)

Squelch

ABst

 

LED Mode

AGC

Clear Skipped (button)

L/O

Dly

 

Latch LED

Rec

Alpha Tag

Skip

(Delay) Time

 

Color Selections

Scanlists

 

 

 

 

Flash Pattern

Import from Text File/Clipboard

 

 

 

 

On Time, Off Time

 

Trunked Radio Systems Tab - Talkgroup Details, Radio ID Details...

New (button)

Alpha Tag

Bklt/LED

Dly

AGC

Delete (button)

Type

 

Backlight Mode

(Delay) Time

Scanlists

Add Wildcard (button)

L/O

 

LED Mode

Alert

Import from Text File/Clipboard

Clear Skipped (button)

Skip

 

Latch LED

Rec

Show Unassigned Talkgroups

Compress (button)

Pri

 

Color Selections

DMode

 

ABst

Flash Pattern

 

 

 

On Time, Off Time

 

 

 

Scanlists Tab...

Scanlist

Clear Skipped (button)

System

Bklt/LED

Dly

Enabled

Alpha Tag

L/O

 

Backlight Mode

Alert

New Channel (button)

Type

Skip

 

LED Mode

Rec

Remove Channel (button)

Frequency

Pri

 

Latch LED

Scanlists

Delete Channel (button) Skip       Color Selections  
          Flash Pattern  

 

 

 

 

 

On Time, Off Time

 

New (Object) (button) Allows you create a new conventional or talkgroup ID (or Radio ID) object with the default settings in the Default Scan List.
Talkgroup IDs must be entered in the selected ID Format.

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New Channel (button) Used to create new objects in the Scanlists tab only.
Click anywhere on an object line to select where to insert the object then use the wizard to create an object.
Talkgroup IDs must be entered in the selected ID Format.
 
Duplicate (Object) (button) (conventional only) Allows you to duplicate a conventional object in the same scan list.
  Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Duplicate button to the right.
 
Delete Object/Delete (Object) (button) This will delete the conventional object from all scan lists or delete a talkgroup ID from the system.
Scanner Press SEL/ to delete.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Delete button.
 
Add Wildcard (button) Allows you to add a wildcard ID that will receive all talkgroups (Talkgroup Details tab) or a wildcard ID that will receive all private IDs (Radio ID Details tab).
  Click the button to create the wildcard. Scroll to select and click the scan list(s) you want the wildcard ID assigned to and click the Set button. Note: If a wildcard already exists the button will be grayed out.
 
Clear Skipped (button) Will clear all skipped objects.
 
Compress (button) This option will remove unused space in the data files for the currently selected system. The recovered space depends on the number of ID objects that have been deleted from that data file.
 
Alpha Tag Allows you to edit the tag for an object with up to 16 characters.
Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Use
to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Alpha Tag field to edit and press enter to save.
 
Frequency (conventional only) Allows you to edit the frequency of a conventional object.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
(WS1098) Enter the frequency and press
SEL/.
(WS1095) Use   to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
 
TGID Allows you to edit the ID in a trunked system. The talkgroup defaults to a Wildcard talkgroup.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Press
or to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Frequency field to edit and press enter to save.
 
Radio ID Set the ID as a Radio ID (or private ID) in a trunked system. The talkgroup defaults to a Wildcard talkgroup.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
 
RX Mode/Mode (conventional only) Allows you to set the receive mode for a conventional object. Default is Auto.
  Scanner Press or to select Auto, AM, FM, DMR, or NFM.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Mode field to toggle Auto, FM, NFM, or AM.
 
Sq Mode/Squelch (conventional only) Allows you to set the squelch mode for a conventional object. Default is None.
  Scanner Press to select None, CTCSS, DCS, NAC or SRCH (searches all).
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Squelch field.
Select the Squelch Mode or Search for any mode with the drop-down arrow.
If CTCSS, DCS, or NAC is chosen, click the Search for value box for any tone/code or select the Squelch Value from the drop-down.
To lockout a value check Exclude this value.
For a DMR frequency, you can program a color code, time slot, and talkgroup ID.

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SQ Search (conventional only) Turns search on or off when SQ Mode is set to CTCSS, DCS, or NAC. Default is On.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
 
SQ Code (conventional only) Allows you to select a squelch tone/code for a conventional object (only when SQ Search is Off).
  Scanner Press or to select the CTCSS, DCS, or NAC tone/code.
 
SQ Exclude (conventional only) Allows you to lock out a squelch tone/code for a conventional object (only when SQ Search is Off).
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check (lock out) the CTCSS, DCS, or NAC tone/code selected in SQ Code.
 

Locked Out/L/O Used for objects you will never want to scan (like encrypted talkgroups). The only way to unlock an object is in the object's menu (or software). Default is Off.

  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the L/O box.
 
Skipped/Skip Used for objects you want to temporarily lockout and unlock with Restore (all) Skipped in the Main Menu or Clear Skipped in the software. Default is Off.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Skip box.
 
Priority/Pri Sets the object for priority. Priority Mode must also be checked in the Main Menu. Default is Off. See also Priority Time and Priority Scanning.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Pri box.
 
Attenuate/Att (conventional only) Attenuates the conventional object (20db?).
Note: Global Attenuation Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Att box.
 
AudioBoost/ABst Boosts the audio slightly (6 dB?) for the object. Default is Off. See also System ABst.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the ABst box.
 
Delay/Dly/Turns the delay on for the object according to the Delay Time. Default is On.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Dly box.

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Delay .1s/(Delay) Time Sets the time for the object (in 1/10s increments) to pause after a transmission before continuing to scan. Default is 2 seconds for the software and 20 for the scanner.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. Press Skip to clear.
Use to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character.
Press SEL/ to save and return.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Time field. Drag the slider to select the time. Tip: Use the left/right arrow buttons on your keyboard for better precision.
 
Light/Backlight Mode/Sets backlight behavior when the object becomes active. Default is Leave.
  Leave - uses the LMode backlight setting.
On -
turns the backlight on when the object is active and Alerts is set to Both or Visual and LMode is set to Norml, Key Press/Key, or Ignor.
Flash -
flashes the backlight according to the Flash Pattern setting when the object is active and Alerts is set to Both or Visual and LMode is set to On, Norml, Key Press/Key, or Ignor.
LMode has to be set to Norml, Key Press/Key, or Ignre for the backlight to come on only during a transmission.
  Scanner Press or to select Leave, On, or Flash.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Click the drop-down arrow at Backlight Mode to select
Leave, On, or Flash.
 
LED Enable/LED Mode Uses the LED to alert when an object becomes active using the Color 1-4 RGB setting. Default is Off. Note: Color Count must be at least 1 and Alerts is set to Both or Visual and LMode is set to  Norml, Key Press/Key, or Ignor.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Use the drop-down arrow to set LED Mode to Solid
or Flash. Click Add Color to add at least one color.
 
LED Flash Flashes the alert LED when an object becomes active according to the Flash Pattern setting. Default is Off. Note: LED Enable must be On and Color Count must be at least 1 and Alerts is set to Both or Visual and LMode is set to Norml, Key, or Ignor.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
 
Color Count Sets the number of colors to use with LED Enable or LED Flash in the Flash Pattern. Default is 0. Note: must be at least 1 for LED Enable or LED Flash.
  Scanner Press or to select 0-4.
 
Latch LED Allows the alert LED to stay in the LED mode (enable or flash) after the transmission is complete or until it is overridden by another object that is also using an Alert LED. Default is Off.
  Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Click Add Color to add at least one color.
Check LED Latch On, or uncheck Off.
 
Color 1-4 RGB/Color Selections Allows you to set four different colors to use with LED Enable or LED Flash with the Flash Pattern. Color 1 will be used for LED Enable without LED Flash.
  Scanner For each color, 1-4, press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter a sequence of 6 numbers or letters, 0-9 or
A-F.
(WS1095)
Use to select the first number/letter of the color code, then to move the cursor and repeat for the next number/letter.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Click Add Color to select a color or Define Custom Colors then Add to Custom Colors. Click
OK to save and exit.

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Flash Pattern Sets the flash pattern for the backlight when Light is set to Flash and/or the flash pattern for the LED when LED Enable and LED Flash is On and Alerts is set to Both or Visual and LMode is set to On, Norml, Key/Key Press, or Ignor.
For more information see LED Flash Programming.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit. The flash pattern is set for each block by specifying the number or letter associated with the desired flash pattern.
(WS1098) Enter a sequence of 8 numbers and/or letters, 0-9 and A-F.
(WS1095) Use to select the first number/letter of the pattern code, then to move the cursor and repeat for the next numbers/letters.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Default pattern is 55555555.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Use the drop-down arrow to set Backlight Mode and/or LED Mode to Flash. Click Add Color to add at least one color if LED Mode is set to Flash or Solid.
Enter the On Time and Off Time then check/uncheck the 32 boxes to select a pattern.
Each step in the 32 step flash pattern defines whether the backlight/LED is on or off for the durations specified in the On Time and Off Time settings. You can also Load Presets that are included in the software or Save Presets with the buttons.

 

On Time Sets the time the backlight/LED is on in the Flash Pattern when Light is set to Flash or LED Enable and LED Flash is On.
Off Time Sets the time the backlight/LED is off in the Flash Pattern when Light is set to Flash or LED Enable and LED Flash is On.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
(WS1098) Enter the time, 1-100 (.01-1 seconds).
Default is 50 (.5 second).
(WS1095) Use to select the first number, then to move the cursor and repeat for each number.
Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Bklt/LED field to select.
Use the drop-down arrow to set Backlight Mode and/or LED Mode to Flash. Click Add Color to add at least one color if LED Mode is set to Flash or Solid.
Enter the on time, 10-2500 (.01-2.5 seconds).
Default is 500 (.5 second).
 
Alarm/Alert Sets an audible alarm that is heard when the object becomes active. Default is Off. Note: Sounds must be On and Alerts must also be set to Audio or Both (in the Global Settings menu).
  Scanner Press or to preview and select the alarm.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Alert field repeatedly to select.
 
Record/Rec/Sets the object for recording. Default is Off. Enable Record in the Global Settings menu must also be set to Enabled.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Rec box.
 
DG Mode/DMode (Motorola/P25/DMR only) Sets the digital mode for the object. Default is Auto. Note: P25/DMR objects allow Digital only.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the DMode field to toggle Auto, Analog, or Digital. See also Voice in Trunking System Options.
 
AGC Useful to compensate for low or high audio levels on digital objects. Default is On. See also Site AGC and System AGC.
Note: Global AGC Mode must be set to Normal for this setting to apply.
  Scanner Press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Software Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the AGC box.
 

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Set Scanlists/Scanlists Allows you to assign the object to one or more scan lists. Default is 1.

 

Scanner Press SEL/ to edit.
Use
to select the list then press SEL/ to check On, or uncheck Off.
Press to save and exit.
Software
Click anywhere on the object line to highlight then click the Scanlists field.
Scroll to select and click the box next to one or more list(s) then press SET to assign.

 
Show Unassigned Talkgroups If checked will also show IDs that are not assigned to scan lists.
Software Trunked Radio Systems tab > Talkgroup Details tab.
 
Scanlist (Scanlists Tab) Allows you to select a scan list to edit.
Software Click the drop-down arrow and select a list.
 
Enabled (Scanlists Tab) Allows you to enable scan lists for scanning
Software Click the drop-down arrow and select Yes for enabled or No for disabled.
 
Remove Channel (button) (Scanlists Tab) This will remove the object from the scan list. It will not delete the object as it may still be a member of another scan list.
Talkgroup ID objects that have been removed from scan lists will still be shown in the Talkgroup/Radio ID Details tabs with no scan list assigned when Show Unassigned Talkgroups is checked.
Software Click to select the object then click the Remove Channel button.
 
Delete Channel (button) (Scanlists Tab) This will remove the object from all scan lists and trunking systems.
Software Click to select the object then click the Remove Channel button.

Copy Programming To/From Scanner Contents
Turn off the scanner and plug in the USB cable to the scanner and a USB port on your computer running the software.
Open the Programming software and click on the 'Scanner/SD Card' menu then 'Copy Configuration To Scanner Memory/SD Card' or 'Copy Configuration From Scanner Memory/SD Card'.
Note: When selecting folders to copy, the dialog boxes will be the same for copying to the scanner or copying to the software.
Read the warning that states all coping will replace existing data (delete existing folders) and click Yes to continue.
Make sure the software has detected the correct drive, (or select the correct one with the drop-down arrow) and click the 'Continue' button.
Select the from the following:
The CDAT folder is the default V-Scanner programming folder.
The CDAT_VS.001 folder is V-Scanner folder #1; CDAT_VS.002 is V-Scanner folder #2 and so on.
To copy (or delete), select the box next to each folder. Use the other buttons to help you select/unselect your folders for copying or deleting. Click Copy Folders when ready.
Click 'OK' when done then unplug the scanner and turn it on.

The copy process may take some time depending on how many folders you are copying. A card reader may be quicker if you are copying a lot of folders. Be sure to remove the batteries first before removing the card to avoid corruption of the card.

Selecting V-Scanner Folders  
The Scanner/SD Card menu in the software will allow you to upload V-Scanner folders to the scanner. The V-Scanner menu in the scanner will allow you to select them to use in the scanner.
See also Managing V-Scanner Folders to load folders in the software.

 

To Select V-Scanner Folders with the Scanner, from the Main Menu Use and scroll to 'V-Scanner' then press SEL/. The current folder and name will be displayed.
Use to select the V-Scanner folder and press SEL/ to load.

Scanning Contents
To Start Scanning, from the Main Menu press Use and scroll to 'Scan' then press SEL/.
The display will show a scrolling arrow and the scan list(s) names and will scroll the names if more than five scan lists are enabled.
Pressing in Scan mode will take you to the last object received in the Browse Objects menu.
 
Turning Scan Sets On/Off
To Enable/disable a scan set, from the Main Menu Use and scroll to 'Scan Sets' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to each scan set then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked). Press to save and exit.
Note: The scan list(s) in the scan set must also be enabled (see below) or you will see the "Nothing to Scan" error. See also Scan Set Mode.
 
Turning Scan Lists On/Off
(WS1098) Enter the scan list number on the keypad to toggle.
More
(WS1095) From the Main Menu
use and scroll to 'Scanlists' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to each scan list then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked). Press to save and exit.
Note: The scan set the list belongs to must also be enabled (see above) or you will see the "Nothing to Scan" error. See also Scan Set Mode.
 
To Use the Skywarn List press to enter weather scan then again to scan the list. SkyWarn will appear in the display.
 
Skipping Objects
To Skip an object press the Skip button. This is not like a 'temporary lockout' that will restore all skipped objects when the scanner is power cycled.
Skip is basically the same as lockout but allows you to 'unskip' all objects with 'Restore Skipped' (below).
 
Restore Skipped Objects
To Restore all skipped objects, from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Restore Skipped' then press SEL/.
 
Storing IDs
To Store an ID found with a Wildcard ID press Menu when the object is displayed. Scroll to 'Store Wildcard' and press SEL/.
The ID will be assigned to the current scan list (at the end of the list using 'Browse Objects').
 
Storing CTCSS/DCS/NAC Tones/Codes
To Store a CTCSS/DCS/NAC tone/code (if enabled) press Menu when the object is displayed. Scroll to 'Store sq code' and press SEL/.
 
Using Pause

 

Pause () will pause any scan or search and monitor that object. You will also see in the display. Press again to resume.
PAUSE pauses the scanner but keeps the scanner in scan mode.
If you press
while viewing a Wildcard ID, the scanner will monitor only the talkgroup the scanner is paused on.
 
Monitoring Objects
To Monitor an object, from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Browse Objects' then press SEL/.
Pressing or will scroll through the scan lists. Using will scroll through objects in each scan list.
When you have found the object press SEL
/ to monitor.
To Monitor the last object received press in Scan mode then press SEL/ to monitor. If that object is in multiple lists, the scanner displays the lowest number scan list that the object is in.
Press SEL
/ again to continue scanning.
If you monitor a Wildcard ID, the scanner will monitor all active IDs in that system.

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Using the Attenuator
The attenuator reduces the amount of signal at the receiver input (20 dB?) and may help reduce interference from strong nearby transmitters. There are two attenuation modes, Normal and Global.
Normal attenuation uses the attenuation settings for each object/system/site/search.
Global attenuation forces attenuation for all objects/systems/sites/searches on or off.

To Attenuate a Conventional Object
press Menu anytime a conventional object is in the display. Use and scroll to 'Attenuate' then press SEL/. Press to return to scanning.
To Attenuate
any Search press Menu in any search mode. Use and scroll to 'Attenuate' then press SEL/. Press to return to searching.

To Toggle Global Attenuation Mode Off press ATT in Scan or Search modes (no G or A in the display).
To Toggle Global Attenuation On press ATT in Scan or Search modes (GA in the display).
To Toggle Global Attenuation Off press ATT in Scan or Search modes (G in the display).
 
Priority Scanning

Conventional Priority Scanning will give priority to conventional objects that have their priority mode set to 'On'. The scanner will sample the conventional objects for activity periodically while scanning and monitoring other objects. This sampling will cause a brief muting of received audio when it occurs while another object is active. The more conventional objects that are set for priority, the longer this audio muting will be, since it takes a certain amount of time to sample each priority conventional object for activity.

Talk Group Priority Scanning will give priority to IDs that have their priority mode set to 'On'. On some trunked systems (e.g. Mot 3600 if the system is programmed for it, and LTR for some talkgroups), it will look at low-speed data on the voice frequency checking for any priority Talk Group information.
It will not check for IDs when receiving any other talkgroup.
It will not check for IDs when scanning conventional objects.
Priority does work for Radio IDs associated with 'Private' IDs.
Priority does not work for Radio IDs associated with 'Group' IDs, the scanner will only check the 'Group' IDs.

Note: Under some circumstances Priority Mode can interfere with the built in Audio Recorder.

To Turn Priority Scanning On or Off:
(WS1098) Press Fn then PRI.
(WS1095)
From the Main Menu
use and scroll to 'Program Menu' then press SEL/.
At 'Global Settings' and press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Priority Mode' then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked).
All objects with their priority mode set to 'On' are given equal priority status. No object has higher priority over any another.
See also Priority Time/Interval.

Optimizing Scanning Parameters Contents
Move your scanner/antenna to a different location. Sometimes just 12" helps. Digital is especially fussy.
Get a better antenna. The stock rubber duck is just average quality.
 
Conventional Scanning
Setting the squelch properly is the easiest and quickest way to receive channels better.
 
Analog/Digital Trunking
The one thing that frustrated me most with the default settings is the constant blinking of an ID in the display while the scanner was trying to lock on to it.
Here's what I did.

Move your scanner/antenna to a different location. Sometimes just turning it helps. You want that
in the upper left of the display to stay there as much as possible.
For Motorola systems/sites, only enter the known control channels/alternate control channels to speed up scanning. You don't need to program the voice channels.
There also are articles on Simulcast Digital Distortion and
Object Oriented Scanners Overload Issues at Radio Reference.

Turning the squelch down a little will help pull in fringe sites especially for P25 decoding. It will scan multiple sites slower but gives the scanner time to lock onto the control channels.
Turning the squelch up a little will find the stronger sites faster and therefore move to the next site/system quicker.

If you are having trouble with garbled digital transmissions, try turning AGC on or off for the system or conventional frequency (Global AGC would be an easy way to check this).

For Multi-site systems, program each site into its own scan list first to see how well the site receives in different locations or conditions. This way you can see which sites are receivable by monitoring one scan list at a time and looking for that little in the upper left of the display.

M
y personal experience has given me the best results by programming each site as one system and putting it in its own scan list. I don't like putting all the sites for a Multi-site system into one system because it only monitors the 1 strongest control channel (site) which defeats the whole 'multi-site' concept IMHO. Yes, there may be different traffic on other receivable control channels you have in the system that aren't being monitored. You can still assign all those separate sites in the system to one scan list to isolate the system if you prefer. This method will monitor all your control channels.

I would only program all sites into one system if there was only one control channel available at a time to monitor. This may be the case if you are located on the fringe of several weak sites. Set
Threshold Hi to around 85 and Threshold Lo to about 55 for a wider threshold range than the default 95 Hi and 75 Lo. You don't need 95% signal quality to lock on to a system. This will monitor the strongest control channel and look for another only when the signal strength falls below the 'Threshold Lo' setting.

These are just my suggestions. You will have to experiment with different ways to find what works best for you. Factors like how busy the multi-site system is, how much traffic you want to listen to on that system, if you are stationary or mobile, and how many other systems you want to listen to will determine the best way for you to setup each multi-site system.

Recording/Replaying Transmissions Contents

The scanner will record transmissions on selected objects to the microSD card using the .AU audio file format. A 4GB microSD card has room for over 100 hours of recording time and thousands of recorded transmissions.

You can record transmissions on talkgroups or channels and/or (all) searches for new frequencies automatically storing audio with the frequency information for all transmissions found. You may wish to record audio for all of your programmed objects, which provides the ability to instantly replay any transmission that the radio receives in cases where the traffic may be difficult to copy. The Playback menu will place you at the last audio file that was recorded by the radio.

Audio recording is not enabled by default for objects. Make sure that the Enable Record option in the Global Settings menu is checked, enable recording for any objects that you wish to record, and/or enable Search Record. When recording is enabled, you will see the
icon flash in the display when recording audio. When the microSD card is almost full, the icon will appear in the display to indicate that recording is suspended.
Delete or archive old audio files to make room for new recordings. Note: If you want accurate date and time information be sure to set the clock.
 

 

Scanner Playback from the Main Menu Use and scroll to 'Playback' and press SEL/.
To Play a Recording use and scroll to any recording and press SEL/ to play.
To Pause a Playback press . To resume press again.
To Stop a Playback press Menu or Skip.
To Delete a Recording press Skip before or after you have stopped the playback.
Playback Menu To enter the Playback menu press Menu before or after any playback.
Play From Here plays all recordings from the selected recording to the end.
Use and scroll to 'Play From Here' and press SEL/.

  To Pause a Playback press . To resume press again.
To Skip to the Next Playback press Skip.
To Stop all Playbacks press Menu.
 

Delete Earlier deletes recorded audio files prior to the selected audio file. Use and scroll to 'Delete Earlier' and press SEL/.
Delete Later deletes the selected audio file and all recorded audio files after the selected file. Use and scroll to 'Delete Later' and press SEL/.
To Delete All Recordings use and scroll to 'Delete All' and press SEL/.

 

Software Audio Tab The Audio tab in the software allows you to download, play, and sort your audio files.
To access the sound files using the included USB cable, the scanner must be connected to your computer and turned off.

  To Download All Recordings from the microSD card click the 'Get List' button.
To Play Recordings
click to select (or shift-click or control-click to select multiple files) and click the button. Playback will start with the first selected recording.
  To Pause All Recordings click the button.
To Stop All Recordings
click the button.
Previous If playback is within the first second of an audio file, and the current file is not the first selected audio file, clicking on this button will open and start playing the previous audio file in the list.
If playback has passed the 1 second mark, or this is the first file in the playback list, this button will rewind back to the beginning of the current file.
Backward Will rewind back 5 seconds and start playback again or will start at the beginning if less than 5 seconds.
Forward Will skip ahead 5 seconds and start playback again or will skip to the next file if less than 5 seconds.
Next Clicking this button during playback will move to the end of the current file or the next file.
  To Copy All Files to your Computer click the 'Copy' button. The files will be copied to the 'WS 1080/88 Digital\Audio' folder located in your 'My Documents' (or 'Documents' in Win7) folder on your computer.
Audio files will be separated into sub-folders by Trunked system alpha tags (or wildcard IDs) and conventional channel alpha tags and then named by date and time stamps.
To Move All Files to your Computer click the 'Move' button. This will do the same thing as 'Copy' but will delete the files from the microSD card.
To Delete Files from the MicroSD Card click to select (or shift-click or control-click to select multiple files) and click the 'Delete' button.
The 'Read Disk' button will allow you to navigate to and load files from any (one) folder on your computer into the software for playback.

Searching  
Public Safety, Air, or Ham Search Marine, CB, Rail, or FRS/GRMS/MURS Search Limit Search Zeromatic Tuning
Public Safety, Air, and Ham Search Group Charts Marine, CB, Rail, and FRS/GRMS/MURS Search Channels Spectrum Sweeper Search Unlocking Search Frequencies
      See also Search Record and Search AGC

Public Safety, Air, or Ham Search

Contents

The scanner's Service search allows you to search commonly used public safety frequencies, civilian and military air frequencies, and amateur radio frequencies. Zeromatic tuning is a feature that enhances the scanner's ability to lock on to the actual center frequency of a search hit instead of an adjacent frequency. See also Flexstep and BandPlan settings for step size defaults.

To Start a Public Safety, Air, or Ham Search
from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Search' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Service Search' then press SEL/.
Use
and scroll to 'Public Safety', 'Aircraft' or 'Amateur' then press SEL/.
To Change direction or resume searching press or .
To Pause on a frequency press . To resume press again.
To Store a frequency (to the Default Scan List) press Menu when the frequency is displayed.
Use
and scroll to 'Store Channel'.
To Lockout a frequency press Skip.
To Unlock a frequency see Unlocking Search Frequencies.
To Select Groups, toggle Attenuation, Zeromatic Tuning, Rx Mode (Air/Amateur only), or Delay press Menu.
  Use to scroll each option and press SEL/ to enable (check) or disable (uncheck).
Press
to resume.
To Exit searching press Menu twice.
 

Public Safety, Air, and Ham Search Group Charts (*=Canada Bandplan)

Public Safety Groups

Band

Frequencies

Step (kHz)

Mode (fixed)

Public Safety

30.860,30.090-31.980
33.020-33.100,33.420-33.980
35.020,35.640-35.680
37.020-37.420,37.900-37.980
39.020-39.980,42.020-42.940
43.640-43.680,44.620-46.580
47.020-47.660

10
 

FM
 

Public Safety

150.775,150.7875,150.800,150.805
150.995,151.0025,151.010-151.4975
152.0075,153.740-154.4525
154.650-156.045,156.050
156.0525-156.1725,156.175
156.180-156.240,157.450
158.7225-159.4725,163.250
166.250,170.150,170.425
170.475,170.575,171.425
171.475,171.575,172.225
172.275,172.375,173.075

7.5 (*5)

FM
 

173.2375-173.3625 12.5 (*5)

Public Safety

453.0125-453.99375,458.0125-458.99375
460.0125-460.6375,460.64375
462.9375-463.19375
465.0125-465.64375
467.9375-468.19375

6.25 (*12.5)
 

FM
 

Trunked Public Safety

764-781.996875,791-796.996875

3.125

FM

Trunked Public Safety

851.0125-860.9875,866.0125-868.9875

12.5

FM

Aircraft Groups

Band

Frequencies

Step (kHz)

Mode (fixed)

Navigation

108-117.991666

8.33

AM

Civilian Air

118-136.991666

8.33

AM

Military, Government

138-143.9875 (143.985)
148-150.7875
(150.785)

12.5 (*5)

AM
FM

Commercial/Military Air

225-380

25

AM

Military Trunked 380-400

12.5

FM

Amateur Groups

Band

Frequencies

Step (kHz)

Mode (fixed)

10m

28-29.700

5

AM

6m

50-54

5

FM

2m

144-148

5

FM

1.25m

222-225

5

FM

70cm

420-450

5 (*12.5)

FM

33cm

902-928

12.5

FM

23cm

1240-1300

6.25

FM

Marine, CB, Rail, or FRS/GRMS/MURS Search

Contents

The CB, Marine, and FRS/GMRS/MURS bands are actually frequencies pre-programmed into special channels. You are not searching from a lower frequency to a higher frequency.
There are 40 CB channels, 60 Marine channels, 96 Rail channels, and 34 FRS/GMRS/MURS channels.

 
To Start a Marine, CB, Rail, or FRS/GRMS/MURS Search from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Search' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Service Search' then press SEL/.
Use
and scroll to 'Marine', 'CB', 'Rail', or 'FRS/GMRS/MURS' then press SEL/.
To Change direction or resume searching press or .
To Pause on a channel press . To resume press again.
To Store a channel (to the Default Scan List) press Menu when the channel is displayed.
To Lockout a channel press Skip.
To Unlock a channel press Menu. Use and scroll to the channel then press SEL/ to unlock (unchecked).
To Toggle Attenuation, Delay, or Channel L/O press Menu.
  Use to scroll each option and press SEL/ to enable (check) or disable (uncheck).
Use and scroll to each selection then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked).
Press
to resume.
To Exit searching press Menu twice.
 

Marine, CB, Rail, and FRS/GRMS/MURS Search Channel Charts

 

 
Marine band Receive mode: FM
Ch. Frequency Ch. Frequency Ch. Frequency Ch. Frequency
1 156.050 19 156.950 28 162.000 78 156.925
5 156.250 20 157.000 63 156.175 79 156.975
6 156.300 20 161.600 64 156.225 80 157.025
7 156.350 21 157.050 64 160.825 81 157.075
8 156.400 22 157.100 65 156.275 82 157.125
9 156.450 23 157.150 66 156.325 83 157.175
10 156.500 24 157.200 67 156.375 84 157.225
11 156.550 24 161.800 68 156.425 84 161.825
12 156.600 25 157.250 69 156.475 85 157.275
13 156.650 25 161.850 70 156.525 85 161.875
14 156.700 26 157.300 71 156.575 86 157.325
15 156.750 26 161.900 72 156.625 86 161.925
16 156.800 27 157.350 73 156.675 87 157.375
17 156.850 27 161.950 74 156.725 87 161.975
18 156.900 28 157.400 77 156.875 88 157.425
 

Railroad Receive mode: FM

Channels

Frequency

Step (kHz)
2-4

159.810,159.930,160.050

 
5-97

160.185-161.565

15
CB band Receive mode: AM
Ch. Frequency Ch. Frequency
1 26.965 21 27.215
2 26.975 22 27.225
3 26.985 23 27.255
4 27.005 24 27.235
5 27.015 25 27.245
6 27.025 26 27.265
7 27.035 27 27.275
8 27.055 28 27.285
9 27.065 29 27.295
10 27.075 30 27.305
11 27.085 31 27.315
12 27.105 32 27.325
13 27.115 33 27.335
14 27.125 34 27.345
15 27.135 35 27.355
16 27.155 36 27.365
17 27.165 37 27.375
18 27.175 38 27.385
19 27.185 39 27.395
20 27.205 40 27.405
FRS/GMRS/MURS  Receive mode: FM
Ch. Frequency Ch. Frequency
1 462.5625 18 462.625
2 462.5875 19 462.650
3 462.6125 20 462.675
4 462.6375 21 462.700
5 462.6625 22 462.725
6 462.6875 23 151.820
7 462.7125 24 151.880
8 467.5625 25 151.940
9 467.5875 26 154.570
10 467.6125 27 154.600
11 467.6375 28 151.625
12 467.6625 29 464.500
13 467.6875 30 464.550
14 467.7125 31 467.850
15 462.550 32 467.875
16 462.575 33 467.900
17 462.600 34 467.925

Limit Search Contents
The scanner's Limit search allows you to program and search a range of upper and lower frequencies. See also Flexstep and BandPlan settings for step size defaults.
 
To Start a Limit Search from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Search' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Limit Search' then press SEL/.
To change the lower and upper frequencies press Menu. Use   and scroll to 'Lo:' then press SEL/ to edit.
Use to select the first digit, then to move the cursor and select the next digit and repeat to set. Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Use and scroll to 'Hi:' then repeat to edit. Press SEL/ to save and exit.
To Change direction or resume searching press or .
To Pause on a frequency press . To resume press again.
To Store a frequency (to the Default Scan List) press Menu when the frequency is displayed. Use | and scroll to 'Store Channel'.
To Lockout a frequency press Skip.
To Unlock a frequency see Unlocking Search Frequencies.
To Toggle Attenuation, Zeromatic Tuning, or Delay press Menu.
  Use to scroll each option and press SEL/ to enable (check) or disable (uncheck).
Use and scroll to each selection then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked).
Press
to resume.
To Exit searching press Menu twice.

Spectrum Sweeper Search Contents
Your scanner's Spectrum Sweeper feature provides a powerful new tool for you to rapidly detect, monitor, and store frequencies from nearby radio transmissions. You can scan all of the bands the scanner receives or just public safety bands. Spectrum Sweeper is more sensitive than portable frequency counters and will detect transmissions at a greater distance. Spectrum Sweeper functions by rapidly searching through the RF spectrum in 1 MHz segments. If RF signal energy is detected in a 1 MHz segment, the scanner will search through the 1MHz segment in finer steps until the source of the signal is found. Spectrum Sweeper allows you to search the entire range of your scanner's design frequencies, or you can specify just those frequency ranges that you wish to search. See also Flexstep and BandPlan settings for step size defaults.

Special Spectrum Sweeper
If a 1 MHz sweep indicates that activity is present, Special Spectrum Sweeper searches the whole 1 MHz range to find the source.
If you lockout 5 frequencies within a 1 MHz segment, the scanner will skip that entire segment in subsequent searches.
 
To Start a Spectrum Sweeper Search from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Search' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Spectrum Sweepr' then press SEL/.
Use
and scroll to 'All Bands', or 'Public Safety' then press SEL/.
To Change direction or resume searching press or .
To Pause on a frequency press . To resume press again.
To Store a frequency (to the Default Scan List) press Menu when the frequency is displayed.
Use
and scroll to 'Store Channel'.
To Lockout a frequency press Skip.
To Unlock a frequency see Unlocking Search Frequencies.
To Select Bands, toggle Special Mode, Attenuation, Zeromatic Tuning, or Delay press Menu.
  Use to scroll each option and press SEL/ to enable (check) or disable (uncheck).
Use and scroll to each selection then press SEL/ to enable (checked) or disable (unchecked).
Press
to resume.
To Exit searching press Menu twice.
 
All Sweeper Bands
Band Frequencies Mode
CB, 10m/6m Ham 25-54 Auto
VHF Air 108-137 Auto
2m Ham, PS, Rail 137-174 Auto
Commercial Air,1.25m Amateur 216-300 Auto
Military Air 300-406 Auto
70cm Ham, PS 406-470 Auto
UHF TV 470-512 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 764-782 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 791-797 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 806-869 Auto
33/23cm Ham 894-960,1240-1300 Auto
Public Safety Bands
Band Frequencies Mode
Public Safety 33.400-46.500 Auto
Public Safety 151-170 Auto
Public Safety 453-467 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 764-782 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 791-797 Auto
Trunked Public Safety 806-869 Auto

Zeromatic Tuning  
Zeromatic tuning is a feature that enhances the scanner's ability to lock on to the actual center frequency of a search hit instead of an adjacent frequency.
This option is available for all Limit, Service, and Stalker/Sweeper search objects and dedicated searches except CB, Marine, and F/G/MURS.
To Toggle Zeromatic Tuning, from each search menu use and scroll to 'Zeromatic' then press SEL/ to enable (check) or disable (uncheck).

 

Unlocking Search Frequencies  
To Unlock a frequency, from the Main Menu use and scroll to 'Search' then press SEL/.
Use and scroll to 'Lockouts' then press SEL/. Use and scroll to each frequency then press SEL/ to check. Press to save and exit.

Weather Settings Contents

 You can monitor NOAA weather radio broadcasts, you can use the weather priority feature while scanning to alert you to severe weather broadcasts as they occur, or you can use the SAME alert mode where the scanner monitors specific geographic area(s) and/or weather events.

 

Weather Radio
Weather radio mode allows you to receive weather broadcasts from your local weather service.

 

To Hear your local weather channel press . If it is a weak signal use to find a stronger channel number.
To Attenuate a weather channel press Menu and use and scroll to 'Atten Ch #' then press SEL/ to attenuate the channel. Press to save and exit.
If you can hear multiple weather transmitters from your location, attenuating weaker channels can help ensure you receive the transmitter closest to you.
To exit weather radio press SEL
/ for Scan mode or Menu twice for the Main Menu.

 
Skywarn List
The Skywarn List is a list that can be scanned independently from the regular 200 lists. It scans the objects in that list only and no other lists. It is provided to program Skywarn or other related weather frequencies for quick access but can be programmed as a quick list for any type of frequencies. The Skywarn List is scan list #201 when selecting lists in the menus. Objects in the Skywarn list can also be assigned to one or more of the main 200 lists.
To Scan the Skywarn List press to enter weather scan mode then again to scan the list. Press SCAN to exit.
 

SAME Standby Mode
Press to enter weather radio then press Skip. Press Skip again to exit.

 

To Edit Weather Settings with the Scanner
Press
then Menu.

  The first few lines will show:
Back
Save Changes
 
Use to select each option below.
To save your changes press Menu then SEL/ to bring you back to the Main Menu.
You can also scroll back up to Save or Cancel Changes and press SEL/ to bring you back to the last menu.

 

 

Scanner Weather Menu...

Priority

Atten Ch 1/7

SAME # Tag SAME # FIPS

SAME # Enable

 
To Program Weather Settings in the Software select the Weather tab.

 

 

Software Weather Tab...

Weather Channels Alert Timers SAME Code Information
  Attenuation   Alert Tone Timeout   Alpha Tag
  Priority   Audio Monitor Duration   FIPS
Weather Priority       Event
  Check Interval       Enable
          L/O
          Alert Type
 

Priority/Priority/Attenuation/Check Interval Weather Priority mode samples a selected weather frequency periodically while scanning to see if an alert is present.
If one is present, the scanner will sound an alarm and tune to the weather frequency to monitor the alert.
The
Weather Priority Check Interval setting in the software (below) allows you to set the interval time to check for an alarm while scanning.

 

Scanner To Turn On Weather Priority press to enter weather radio and note which channel number is receiving the strongest.
Press Menu and
use and scroll to 'Priority' then press to select the weather channel number noted as the strongest.
The weather channel is now set as priority when scanning. Note: There is no indicator in the display to show weather priority is active.
To Turn Off Weather Priority press Menu and use and scroll to 'Priority' then press to to select Off.
To Attenuate a weather channel scroll to 'Atten Ch #' and press SEL/ to attenuate the channel. Press to save and exit.

 

Software To Turn Weather Priority On or Off select the Weather tab in the software. Click to select/deselect the priority checkbox for the channel you want to use for priority.
To Attenuate a weather channel Click to select/deselect the ATT checkbox for the channel you want to attenuate.
To Set the Priority Interval
enter the time in seconds.
Setting the check interval higher than 8 seconds may cause the scanner to miss the alert tone.

 

Alert Tone Timeout will sound the alert for the number of seconds selected. If set to 0 the scanner will wait for a key press to silence.

 

Audio Monitor Duration time is how long the scanner will monitor the weather channel after the alert tone has timed out.

 

SAME # Tag/Alpha Tag
Weather Priority mode samples a selected weather frequency periodically while scanning to see if an alert is present.
If one is present, the scanner will sound an alarm and tune to the weather frequency to monitor the alert.
The
Weather Priority Check Interval setting in the software (below) allows you to set the interval time to check for an alarm while scanning.

 

Scanner Use and scroll to 'SAME # Tag' then press SEL/ to tag the location.
Use to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character. Press SEL/ to save and exit.

 

Software To Turn Weather Priority On or Off select the Weather tab in the software. Click to select/deselect the priority checkbox for the channel you want to use for priority.
To Attenuate a weather channel Click to select/deselect the ATT checkbox for the channel you want to attenuate.
To Set the Priority Interval
enter the time in seconds.
Setting the check interval higher than 8 seconds may cause the scanner to miss the alert tone.

 

SAME # FIPS/FIPS
SAME Standby Mode monitors the specified weather frequency silently, waiting to receive a Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert that corresponds with up to 10 SAME location code(s) and event code(s) that you have programmed. If there is a match between a sent SAME location code/event code and one that you have programmed, the scanner will sound an alarm, display the alert type, and monitor the alert. To activate SAME Standby Mode for your area, you should provide at least one SAME location code for your city, county or state. You may wish to enter additional codes for surrounding areas so that you can receive advance warning of adverse or dangerous weather that may be headed in your direction. By default, SAME mode will alert on any SAME message received if no SAME location codes are programmed.

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

FIPS (SAME) codes are in the format nSSCCC:
n: A special subcounty designator. For an entire county, use 0.
SS: The state code.
CCC: The county code.

Each SAME location and event code can be set to 'ON' (enabled) or 'OFF' and the lockout set to 'ON' or 'OFF'.
The lockout feature allows you to enter and lockout certain event codes like the weekly test event code and still here other event codes with one or more location codes.

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

 

Scanner Use and scroll to 'SAME # FIP' then press SEL/.
Use to select the first character, then to move the cursor and repeat for each character. Press SEL/ to save and exit.
Software Press or to select the first number, then to move the cursor and repeat for each number. Press SEL/ to save and exit.

 

Event click to select the Event field and select the event type from the drop-down list.

 

SAME # Enable/Enable Enables each of 10 different SAME codes in SAME Standby Mode.

 

Scanner Use and scroll to 'SAME # Enable' then press SEL/ to enable or disable.
Software Click to select/deselect the ENABLE checkbox.

 

L/O check the box to lockout the event code.

 

Alert Type click to select the Alert Type field and select each alert type.

Default Band Coverage (*=Canada Bandplan) Contents
Frequency Range *Default Step (kHz) Mode Band Frequency Range *Default Step (kHz) Mode Band
25-26.960 10 AM VHF Lo Band 156.18-156.2475 7.5 (*5) FM  
26.965-27.405 10 AM CB 156.25-156.255 5 FM  
27.410-29.505 5 AM VHF Lo 156.275-157.45 25 FM  
29.510-29.700 5 FM 10m Ham 157.470-160.8225 7.5 FM Police-Business-Rail
29.710-49.830 10 FM VHF Lo Band 160.825   FM  
49.835-54 5 FM 6m Ham 160.830-161.5725 7.5 FM Police-Business-Rail
108-136.9916 8.33 AM Civilian Air 161.600-161.975 5 FM Remote Broadcast-Maritime
137-137.995 5 FM Satellite 162-174 12.5 (*5) FM Government Band
138-143.9875 12.5 FM Government 216.0025-219.9975 5 FM Maritime
138-143.995 *5 FM Government 220-224.995 5 FM 1.25m Ham-General Trunked
144-147.995 5 FM 2m Ham 225-379.99375 25 AM Military Air
148-150.7875 12.5 FM Government-Satellite 380-419.9875 12.5 FM Military Trunked
148-150.795 *5 FM Government-Satellite 420-450 5 (*12.5) FM 70cm Ham
150.800-150.845 5 FM Auto Emergency 450.00625-512 6.25 FM Public Safety-Business
150.8525-154.4975 7.5 FM Fire-Business 450.0125-469.9875 *12.5 FM Public Safety-Business
150.850-154.495 *5 FM Fire-Business 470-512 6.25 FM UHF TV
154.515-154.640 5 FM Industry 764-781.996875 3.125 FM Trunked Public Safety
154.500-154.640 *5 FM Industry 791-796.996875 3.125 FM Trunked Public Safety
154.650-156.045 7.5 FM Police 806-823.9875 12.5 FM Mobile Trunked Public Safety
154.645-156.045 *5 FM Police 849-868.9875 12.5 FM Base Trunked Public Safety
156.05   FM   894-939.9875 12.5 FM 33cm Ham-Business Trunked
156.0525-156.1725 7.5 (*5) FM Maritime 940-960 6.25 FM Government-Broadcast
157.175   FM   1240-1300 6.25 FM 23cm Ham-Government
This is what I got with FlexStep 'Off', BandPlan set to 'USA' then 'Canada'.
*Flexstep (in the 'Settings' menu) will allow step increments of 1.25 kHz.

LED Flash Programming Contents

Each Object uses a 32 step Flash Pattern. Each step in the 32 step flash pattern defines whether the backlight/LED is on or off for the durations specified in the On Time and Off Time settings below. The pattern consists of eight blocks with four steps for each block. There are 16 possible flash patterns for each of the 8 blocks.

To Set the Flash Pattern in the Scanner, each of the possible 16 patterns within a four step block is defined using the characters 0-9 and A-F.
Each block translates to a number or letter to program into each of the 8 Flash Pattern fields in the scanner.
'On Time' and 'Off Time' are specified in 10 millisecond increments in the scanner. 'On Time of 50' means the light will come on for 500 milliseconds (or one half second).

Pattern 4-Step Block

0

off

off

off

off

1

off

off

off

on

2

off

off

on

off

3

off

off

on

on

4

off

on

off

off

5

off

on

off

on

6

off

on

on

off

7

off

on

on

on

Pattern 4-Step Block

8

on

off

off

off

9

on

off

off

on

A

on

off

on

off

B

on

off

on

on

C

on

on

off

off

D

on

on

off

on

E

on

on

on

off

F

on

on

on

on

 

Example, the default pattern:55555555, On Time: 50, Off Time: 50

Block 1

Block 2

5

5

off

on

off

on

off

on

off

on

Block 5

Block 6

5

5

off

on

off

on

off

on

off

on

Block 3

Block 4

5

5

off

on

off

on

off

on

off

on

Block 7

Block 8

5

5

off

on

off

on

off

on

off

on

The backlight (or Alert LED) will flash on and off at a rate of one flash per second, with each flash lasting half a second.

 

To Set the Flash Pattern in the Software, each of the 16 possible patterns within a four step block is defined using checked boxes.
For each checked box, the backlight will be on for the time set in 'On Time' and for each unchecked box the backlight will be off for the time set in 'Off Time'.
'On Time' and 'Off Time' are specified in millisecond increments in the software. 'On Time of 500' means the light will come on for 500 milliseconds (or one half second).

You can also 'save' and 'load' presets.

Firmware/CPU/DSP/Library/Software Version  

To view the DSP (Digital Signal Processor), CPU, and Library version in the scanner power on the scanner and press Menu when the welcome screen appears.
You can also view these in the Global Setting menu.

To view the DSP (Digital Signal Processor), CPU, and Library version in the software click the Updates menu and click DSP, CPU, Library, or PC Application Update to check.

To view the Software Version click the Help menu and click 'About...'.

Reformatting the SD Card Contents
The microSD card comes formatted for the standard FAT file system with a cluster size of 32kB (Note that this is not the same as the 'FAT32' file system). The scanner will work best if the supplied 2GB microSD card is formatted for the standard FAT file system with a cluster size of 32kB. Formatting the microSD card for other file system types may cause the scanner to malfunction.

When using other microSD cards the following formatting guidelines should be used:
Any card with 2GB or less capacity must be formatted using the FAT file system with a cluster size of 32kB.
Any card with greater than 2GB must be formatted using the FAT32 file system with a cluster size of 32kB.

Open the Programming software and click on the 'Scanner/SD Card' menu then 'Prepare Scanner Memory/SD Card for use'. Make sure the software has detected the correct drive to format (or select the correct one with the drop-down arrow) and click the 'Format' button.
You also need to check 'Copy Library files to SD card after format' or the scanner will not power on correctly. If you have a configuration (V-Scanner folder) in the software you can copy to the scanner, also check 'Copy current configuration data to SD card after format'.

Note: Do not uncheck the 'Quick Format' box.

Pre-set Fleet Maps Contents
In Motorola II systems (no programming the fleet map required), all the blocks have size code, S0, which has a size limitation of 512 radios. In Type I systems, size codes are used in different blocks to denote the maximum number of users in that block. Notice that size code S-12 uses 2 blocks. A Motorola Hybrid system (Type IIi) has 'blocks' of the system that are Type I Fleets/Subfleets and Type II talkgroups.

The maps that are Hybrid systems are in bold.
E1P1 E1P2 E1P3 E1P4 E1P5 E1P6 E1P7 E1P8
Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code
0 S-11 0 S-4 0 S-4 0 S-12 0 S-4 0 S-3 0 S-10 0 S-1
1 S-11 1 S-4 1 S-4 1 (S-12) 1 S-4 1 S-4 1 S-10 1 S-1
2 S-11 2 S-4 2 S-4 2 S-4 2 S-12 2 S-4 2 S-11 2 S-2
3 S-11 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 (S-12) 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-2
4 S-11 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-12 4 S-4 4 S-3
5 S-11 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 S-4 5 (S-12) 5 S-4 5 S-3
6 S-11 6 S-4 6 S-12 6 S-4 6 S-4 6 S-12 6 S-4 6 S-4
7 S-11 7 S-4 7 (S-12) 7 S-4 7 S-4 7 (S-12) 7 S-4 7 S-4
 
E1P9 E1P10 E1P11 E1P12 E1P13 E1P14 E1P15 E1P16
Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code Block Size Code
0 S-4 0 S-0 0 S-4 0 S-0 0 S-3 0 S-4 0 S-4 0 S-3
1 S-4 1 S-0 1 S-0 1 S-0 1 S-3 1 S-3 1 S-4 1 S-10
2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-0 2 S-11 2 S-10 2 S-4 2 S-10
3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-0 3 S-4 3 S-4 3 S-11 3 S-11
4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-0 4 S-4 4 S-4 4 S-11 4 S-0
5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-0 5 S-4 5 S-0 5 S-0
6 S-0 6 S-4 6 S-0 6 S-0 6 S-0 6 S-12 6 S-12 6 S-12
7 S-0 7 S-4 7 S-0 7 S-4 7 S-0 7 (S-12) 7 (S-12) 7 (S-12)
 
You can tell which block a Motorola ID is in by its number.
Block Lower ID# Upper ID#
0 0000 8191
1 8192 16383
2 16384 24575
3 24576 32767
4 32768 40959
5 40960 49151
6 49152 57343
7 57344 65535



 

Size Code Fleets Sub Fleets Number of Blocks Number of Talkgroups per Block Max IDs per Talkgroup Max Radios per Block
S0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 512?
S1 128 4 1 512 16 16
S2 16 8 1 128 64 64
S3 8 8 1 64 128 128
S4 1 16 1 16 512 512
S5 64 4 1 256 32 32
S6 32 8 1 256 32 32
S7 32 4 1 128 64 64
S8 16 4 1 64 128 128
S9 8 4 1 32 256 256
S10 4 8 1 32 256 256
S11 2 16 1 32 256 256
S12 1 16 2 8 1024 512
S13 1 16 4 4 2048 512
S14 1 16 8 2 4096 512

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

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

SAME Event Codes Contents

Standard

Event Code

Warning

 

Watch

 

Advisory

ADR

Administrative Message

 

 

X

Admin Message

AVA

Avalanche Watch

 

X

 

Avalanche

AVW

Avalanche Warning

X

 

 

Avalanche

BHW

Biological Hazard Warning

X

 

 

Biological

BWW

Boil Water Warning

X

 

 

Boil Water

BZW

Blizzard Warning

X

X

 

Blizzard

CAE

Child Abduction Emergency

 

 

X

Child Emergency

CDW

Civil Danger Warning

X

 

 

Civil Danger

CEM

Civil Emergency Message

X

 

 

Civil EMG

CFA

Coastal Flood Watch

 

X

 

Coastal Flood

CFW

Coastal Flood Warning

X

 

 

Coastal Flood

CHW

Chemical Hazard Warning

X

 

 

Chemical

CWW

Contaminated Water Warning

X

 

 

Contam. Water

DBA

Dam Watch

 

X

 

Dam Break

DBW

Dam Break Warning

X

 

 

Dam Break

DEW

Contagious Disease Warning

X