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Digital Scanner Manual

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Scanning Quick Reference Cards for the BCD536HP or BCD436HP

See also the Sentinel BCD436/536HP Software Manual

Last Updated November 25, 2016

Contents  
Intro/Review Scanning
Main Features   Selecting Quick Keys
Understanding CTCSS/DCS/NAC   View Current QK Status
Understanding Trunking   View Any QK Status
  Multi-Site Trunking   Selecting Service Types
  Understanding DMR   Toggle Display Modes
  Understanding IDs   Toggle ID Scan/ID Search
Understanding the Memory   Replay Transmissions
Understanding Quick Keys   Start/Stop Recording
Using Batteries   Review Recordings
Connecting the USB Cable   Scan Hold
Turning on the Scanner   Avoiding Transmissions
Navigating the Menus   Store a Channel from the Database
Data Naming   Advanced Channel Memory
Key Operations   Edit Current Channel
Set Your Location   Add to Favorites List
  Understanding Range   Save Sub Audio/P25 NAC
Selecting Service Types   Save TGID
Display Options   Save Unit ID
  Set Backlight/Dimmer   Store a Search Frequency (Search with Scan)
  Disp. Unit ID   Attenuation
  Set ID Format   Modulation
  3-Line Display Mode (BCD536HP)   Intermediate Frequency Exchange
  Viewing the Battery Level   View Repeater Frequency
A Look at the Display   Channel Volume Offset
Settings   Priority Modes
  Adjust Key Beep   Weather Alert Priority
  Battery Options   Close Call Modes
  Band Defaults Direct Frequency/ID Entry
  Auto Shutoff Using Number Tags
  Set Clock Review Scan Avoids
  Replay Options Custom Search by Search Quick Key
  Restore Options P25 Adjustment Mode
  See Scanner Info Using a GPS
  Using the Keypad Lock (BCD436HP) Discovery Mode
Wi-Fi Setup (BCD536HP)   Session Options
Planning Favorites Lists   Review Discovery
  Worksheets Search/Close Call Options
Manage Favorites Lists   Freq Avoids
  Favorites List Options   Broadcast Screen

 

Review FL Avoids Search for... Menu

 

Understanding Location Control

 

Edit Custom Search

Programming Systems

 

Set Search Key

 

Edit Unit IDs

 

Search with Scan

 

System Options

Searching

 

Review ID Avoids

 

Quick Search

Programming Departments

 

Custom Search

 

Department Options

 

Avoiding Search Frequencies

Programming Sites

 

Storing Search Frequencies

 

Site Options

 

Review Search Avoids

Programming Frequencies/IDs

Close Call

 

Quickly Storing a Frequency/ID

 

Close Call Options

 

Channel Options

 

Hits with Scan

Set Scan Selection

 

Using Close Call

 

Select Lists to Monitor

Weather Operation

 

Manage Quick Key Status

 

Weather Options

 

Set Nationwide Systems

 

Weather Scan

 

Set All Lists On/Off

 

Weather Alert

Manage Full Database

 

Review Weather Alerts

 

Review Database Avoids

Tone-Out For... Menu

 

Stop All Avoiding

 

Tone-Out Setup

Using Startup Keys

 

Tone-Out Standby/Search

Priority Scanning

 

Store Found Tones

Scanning Order

Related Links/Info

Scanning Checklist

Appendix

  Intro/Review Contents

Uniden has combined the new features of the HP-1 with traditional hand-held and base/mobile styles of the XT series scanners and come up with the new BCD436HP hand-held, and BCD536HP base/mobile scanners. Just enter your zip/postal code, select your service types, set a range to filter distance and the scanner will select the channels from the database to monitor.

Support for P25 Phase II and P25 X-2 TDMA is finally here. The BCD536HP will have a Wi-Fi dongle and a companion Siren App that allows "connectivity to your smart phone or tablet from anywhere in your house, your car, or the world". Recording, playback, and instant replay for scan, search, Close Call, and Tone-Out modes are new. We now have quick keys for Favorites Lists, Systems, Sites, and Departments. You can tag any channel, system, site, etc. with up to 64 characters (though not all viewable in the display). Number tags for Favorites Lists are also included. Priority DND, first appearing in the BC125AT, is now included. Encrypted IDs are now muted when received too. We also have a printed manual included with the scanners that will be updated online. Long overdue is a per channel delay setting.

As with the HP-1, you can scan up to 256 Favorites Lists (but there are only 100 Quick Keys-available only once for each Favorites List) along with or just the database. The complete Radio Reference Database for the US and Canada is included on a 4 GB micro SD card with locations programmed so you don't need a GPS unit to scan by location. One of the best features Uniden has come out with is being able to scan by services types, i.e. police, fire, air, etc. Like the HP-1, we can hold on any channel, department, system, and now even a site. Discovery mode has also been brought over from the HP-1. Similar to auto store, you can also record transmissions, log information, and compare hits to the database. The included Sentinel software has the same look and feel as the old HP-1 software.

A lot of features have changed and they've moved some of the old options around in the menus if you are used to the older T and XT models. The SQ/Vol knobs have been reversed with the scroll knob on the base model and the Scan-Search/Hold buttons are gone. The alert LED is a glowing ring around the scroll/function knob on the the BCD536HP, and has replaced the display color selection for alerts. The alert LED on the hand-held model is below the display, below the keypad, on the left. The addition of Favorites Lists has reduced the number of quick keys we have to press, but increased the number we have to remember. The the scanners still scans in System order, not Favorites List order as you would think. Everything is now "Avoided" like the HP-1 instead of locked-out.

The display on the hand-held is much bigger to show more information but some of the secondary characters actually got smaller. Only one color now; sort of a dull, bluish white. Although both displays now have the same amount of space, the BCD536HP doesn't show the volume offset or number tag for the channel unless in Function mode. And, the List name is only viewable in Scan mode. The BCD436HP will show the Unit ID or channel Service Type but not both in the display. Channel "Groups" have been replaced with "Departments". The P25 Adjust Mode and P25 Adjust Level have new names, have been improved, and are no longer in a hidden menu. Close Call Only and Fire Tone-Out can now be assigned to a search quick key. Weather alerts are automatically recorded for review. Tone-Out Search mode does not automatically flash the "Save found Tones?" prompt but requires you to press E/yes to see it first.

A lot of things have also been removed. There is no adjustment for AGC, just on or off. Copy/paste channel is gone. The non-radio location-based GPS features, PIO and Dangerous Road/Dangerous Crossing, have been removed as well as Review Location and GPS Display modes. Priority Plus, EDACS SCAT System support, the P25 LP filter, cloning, the trunking activity indicators, auto search and store (in favor of Discovery Modes), and the Service Searches have been removed. CC-Only, quick keys, startup keys, and number tags for the custom searches are gone. Close Call Autostore, override, and tone/code search have been removed. "Function Lock" is also gone. The km/m GPS option has been removed probably because the RR database (included) is use for location information and it uses "miles". Private Systems and Key-Safe mode have disappeared as well.

Some of the quirks. You can't charge the batteries with the radio on. You have to turn it off or, (recommended), charge them in an external charger. There is no "0" charge time setting for those of us who never charge the batteries in the scanner and want to use USB power. The alert LED and ring only (and always) stay on for 5 seconds. The internal battery used for the clock will go dead in about 7-10 days if you don't use the scanner and it will charge only when the scanner is powered on. P25 'Auto' mode doesn't seem to be functional. Batteries are required in the BCD436HP for the recording and replay features to work.

Search with Scan is now treated like the database or a Favorites List so it has to be enabled the same way in 'Select Lists to Monitor', but it's also treated like a System so it has to be enabled with another setting (??). Then each Custom Search department or the 'Hits with Scan' department also has to be enabled. The 'Hits with Scan' department isn't accessible in the Close Call menu so you have to hold on the 'Search with Scan' system in scan mode, then hold on the 'Close Call Hits' department (why it has a different name in scan mode is also a mystery), and then hold on a channel to scroll to each of the channels.

Analyze Mode, similar to the HP-1, will be out (soon??) and will have a trunked system analyzer that includes a reception status graph, an activity chart and log, LCN activity monitor, and talkgroup converter. It should also have a LCN channel finder, a bandscope, a frequency power plot, and a raw data output.

There are better antennas out there to use than the one that comes with the scanner. The stock whip on the BCD536HP isn't fabulous. RS has the Center-Loaded Telescoping Whip for $15 - better for VHF/UHF. The 800MHz Scanner Antenna for $25 - 100% better for 700+ MHz. You may be able to find others on the web but RS is (was) 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. You have the included SMA to BNC adaptor with the BCD436HP.

Paul Opitz (Upman), at Uniden, was generous with working samples to help me write this manual, and, thanks to the many people who have posted their valuable insight on the Radio Reference forums and in the beta test Yahoo groups.

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

It is also recommended that you download and install the latest firmware update for the scanners using the Sentinel software if you don't have it.

I hereby absolve myself from anything that happens to anyone or the scanner as a result of the information you will be reading.

I have tried the best I can to make sure everything is accurate here but if I missed a step or you see something that's obviously wrong, please email me.

Enjoy.

Main Features Contents

No Programming Required - Factory programmed micro SD card for all known radio systems in the US and Canada. The database is updatable with the Sentinel software and Uniden updates the main database weekly.

Scan by Location - Allows you to set location(s) by zip/postal code or GPS coordinates for instant reception. The Auto-locate feature will find your location based on local trunked systems if you don’t know your zip code.

Favorites Scan - Allows you to organize your Systems into Favorites Lists. The scanner can scan multiple Favorites Lists and the Full Database at the same time.

4 GB micro SD card - For storing Favorites Lists, Profiles, all of your settings, Discovery sessions, and recording sessions.

Location Based Scanning - Connect to a GPS receiver (not included) for precise system selection and continuing reselection when you travel. The scanner can automatically Avoid and Unavoid Trunked Sites and Departments in Systems based on your current location as provided by an external GPS unit.

Range Control - Lets you set how far out from your current location the scanner will search for Channels in Favorites Lists and the Database. Location precision for Departments and Sites that allows you to define a location and range using rectangles instead just of a single circle.

Wi-Fi Dongle (BCD536HP Only) – With a (future) Wi-Fi app to connect your iPad/Android/Tablet/computer to remotely control the scanner.

Trunk Tracker V Operation - Scans APCO 25 Phase 1 and Phase 2, X2-TDMA, Motorola, EDACS, (EDACS Provoice, with $50 upgrade key), and LTR Standard trunked systems, as well as conventional analog and P25 digital channels. Conventional Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), MotoTRBO Capacity Plus, and MotoTRBO Connect Plus Trunked Radio Systems are also available with a paid upgrade key.

APCO 25 Phase I and Phase II Support - Allows you to receive transmissions with these decoding protocols.

Multi-Site Trunking - Lets you program the scanner to share trunked system IDs across multiple sites without duplicating IDs.

P25 One-Frequency Trunking - The scanner can follow individual talk groups on P25 single-frequency systems that use both NAC and TGID’s for squelch control and user identification.

Control Channel Only Scanning - With Motorola trunking frequencies, you do not have to program voice channel frequencies.

Instant Replay - Plays back up to 240 seconds (4 minutes) of the most recent transmissions.

Audio Recording - Capture transmissions for later playback.

Encryption Muting - APCO P25 encrypted voice is muted automatically.

Custom Alerts - You can program your scanner to alert when you receive, a Channel or Unit ID, a Close Call hit, an ID is transmitted with an Emergency Alert, or a Tone-Out hit. For each alert in the scanner, you can select from 9 different tone patterns, 15 volume settings, 7 LED colors, and 3 flash patterns.

Multicolor LED Alert - The alert LED with 7 colors, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Yellow, or White, can be used with your Custom Alerts.

Trunking Discovery - Monitors system traffic on a trunked radio system to find unknown IDs and can automatically record audio from and log new channels for later review and identification.

Conventional Discovery - Searches a range of frequencies to find unknown frequencies and can automatically record audio from and log new channels for later review and identification.

Scan by Service Types – Scan your channels by Service Type i.e. Fire, Police, Railroad, etc.

Analyze Mode - Similar to the HP-1 will have a trunked system analyzer that includes a reception status graph, an activity chart and log, LCN activity monitor, and talkgroup converter. It should also have a LCN channel finder, a bandscope, a frequency power plot, and a raw data output.

Scan Speed – 85 channels per second.

Search Speed – 80 steps/sec. except for 5 kHz steps. 250 step/sec. for 5 kHz steps.

Multi-Level Display and Keypad light - Makes the display and keypad easy to see in dim light with three light levels.

Temporary or Permanent Avoid - For Systems, Sites, Departments, Channels, Search Frequencies, Close Call hits, and Search with Scan Departments.

System/Channel Number Tagging - Number tags allow you to quickly navigate to a specific Favorites List, System, or Channel.

Start-up Configuration - You can program each of your Favorites Lists with a Startup Key (0-9) so that when you power up the scanner and press the key number, just those Favorites Lists assigned to the key will be enabled for scan.

Close Call© RF Capture Technology - Lets you set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions. Close Call Do-not-Disturb checks for Close Call activity in between channel reception so active channels are not interrupted.

Broadcast Screen - Allows the scanner to ignore hits on known broadcast frequencies including pager frequencies in search and Close Call modes. You can also program up to 10 custom frequency ranges that the scanner will ignore.

Fire Tone-Out Standby/Tone Search - Lets you set the scanner to alert you if a two-tone sequential page is transmitted. You can set up to 32 Tone-Outs. The scanner will also search and display unknown tones.

PC Programming – Use the Sentinel software to manage your scanners Profiles, Favorites Lists, Databases, and firmware updates.

Analog and Digital AGC - Helps automatically balance the volume level between different radio systems.

Priority/Priority DND Scan - Priority channels let you keep track of activity on your most important channels while monitoring other channels for transmissions. Priority DND checks priority channels only between transmissions.

Priority ID Scan - Allows you to set priority to talkgroup IDs.

Intermediate Frequency Exchange - Changes the IF used for a selected channel/frequency to help avoid image and other mixer-product interference on a frequency.

Individual Channel Volume Offset - Allows you to adjust the volume offset for each Favorites List channel.

Configurable Band Defaults - Allows you to set the step (5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz) and modulation (AM, FM, NFM, WFM, or FMB) for 31 different bands.

Repeater Find - Allows the scanner to try to switch to the repeater frequency if an input frequency is found.

Adjustable Scan/Search Delay/Resume - Set a delay up to 30 seconds or a forced resume up to 10 seconds for each channel or search.

Data Naming - Allows you to name each Favorites List, System, Site, Department, Channel, ID, Location, Custom Search, and SAME group, using up to 64 characters.

Duplicate Input Alert - Alerts you if you try to enter a duplicate name or frequency already stored in the scanner.

Quick Keys - You can assign up to 100 Quick Keys for each of your Favorites Lists, Systems, and Departments or Sites. 

10 Custom Searches - Lets you program up to 10 custom search ranges.

Search Avoids - You can temporarily Avoid up to 250 frequencies and permanently Avoid up to 250 frequencies in any Search Mode or Close Call Mode.

Search with Scan Operation - Lets you include Custom Search ranges during scan operation.

3 Search Keys - You can assign 3 of the number keys to start a Custom Search, Close Call, or Tone-Out Search.

Quick Search - Allows you to start searching at the displayed frequency, or enter a frequency and start searching.

SAME Weather Alert/Priority - Lets your scanner alert you when a SAME weather alert is transmitted on a NOAA weather channel. You can also set a weather channel as a priority channel.

Built-in Battery Charger (BCD436HP only) - Allows you to charge the batteries in the scanner from any USB port with the scanner off.

DIN-E and ISO Vehicle Mountable (BCD536HP Only) - Using the optional DIN-E sleeve or a standard ISO technique, the scanner can be easily mounted in most vehicles. 

  Understanding CTCSS/DCS/NAC Contents

Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) and Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) are two methods used to prevent interference by other radio communications. Your scanner can receive transmissions that use these codes (or more commonly referred to as tone codes).

CTCSS and DCS systems all use some form of coded squelch. 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 CTCSS 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.

NAC, similar to CTCSS/DCS, has a 3 digit hexadecimal code that is broadcast along with the digital signal being transmitted. See also the Appendix for a chart.

  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.

The scanners follow these types of systems:

DMR - Tier I/II/III (with DMR upgrade key)
MotoTRBO Connect+ (with DMR upgrade key)
MotoTRBO Capacity+/Linked Capacity+ (with DMR upgrade key)
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 Provoice (with upgrade key)
EDACS ESK
EDACS Standard (Wide)
EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
EDACS Networked (Wide/Narrow)
LTR Standard

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. For conventional, they all use the same color code for a repeater. 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 including conventional (when programmed as a 1-freq trunk system in the scanner). Encryption or scrambling may also be used.

DMR has 3 Tiers of operation: Tier I for non-licensed conventional (DMR), Tier II for licensed conventional (DMR), and Tier III for trunking (DT3, Cap+, Con+).

It's wise to program any suspected DMR frequency in a conventional system to show color code, slot 1 or 2, and which 'flavor' you have; DMR, Cap+, Con+, or DT3.
Then, depending on what appears in the display:
DMR freqs should be programmed as DMR 1-Freq systems in the scanner.
Cap, Con, and DT3 freqs should be programmed as MotoTRBO systems in the scanner.

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
(CAP) 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. Frequencies will require LCN assignments in the scanner.
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 (CON) uses a dedicated control channel also with LCN assignments required in the scanner. The control channel 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.
 

Understanding IDs

IDs are what you see instead of frequencies when you monitor a trunking system. See also Entering IDs.

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 fleet-subfleet and 5-digit 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 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 IDs here: Conversion Chart.

I-Call IDs (or Private IDs) are direct unit-to-unit transmissions that are not heard by other system users.

Unit IDs (or Radio IDs) are 7 or 8 digit numbers identifying individual radios. Note: To view unit IDs you have to turn the option on in the Display Options menu.

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).

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

  Understanding the Memory Contents

All of the information contained in the scanner is stored on a micro SD card supplied with the scanner. This includes Profiles, Favorites Lists, all the radio settings, and the Radio Reference database.  

Profiles
A Profile is a group of settings that includes your Favorites List settings (download/monitor status, quick key status), location information (zip code, any saved locations, location range, GPS options), Service Type selections, Search and Close Call settings, weather settings, Tone-Out settings, and all your basic radio settings (display options, replay options, etc.).

The first time you use the scanner to set a location you will start to setup a profile. Only one profile at a time can be used in the scanner. You can create multiple profiles for different locations, Favorites List selection, or scanning preferences. The Sentinel software allows you to download your profile from the scanner, edit, save, and create new profiles to upload them back to the scanner. 

Profiles also hold your Favorites Lists settings (not the actual lists) for monitoring and uploading to the scanner. If you delete a profile (in the software), your Favorites Lists will still be there. When you create a new profile, you can select which Favorites Lists will be associated (enabled or disabled) with the new profile. 

Favorites Lists
Because the memory is based on the Radio Reference database we now have a different order of organization not like banks and channels in traditional scanners, but more like Dynamic Memory Architecture. You can now use Favorites Lists that follow RR database structure of Systems that contain Departments that hold the Channels (conventional frequencies or IDs) and then there are Sites to hold just the trunking frequencies.

Favorites Lists will allow you to store channels you find when you are scanning from the Full Database (the easiest way). They can contain channels from trunking systems and conventional systems. You can also manually add systems, (not single sites), departments and channels into Favorites Lists from the database as well as program new systems, departments, sites, and channels with the Sentinel software.  

You can save up to 256 different lists in the scanner (and software) and associate them with any or all of your profiles. You can monitor one or more lists at a time and/or the Full Database. You can also export you lists to a file to share them. Deleting a profile will not delete the lists associated with a profile. However, deleting a Favorites List will delete it from all profiles.

Systems
Systems will hold all of your Sites, Departments, and Channels.

Departments
Departments are also created inside systems. Departments hold frequencies (channels) for conventional systems and IDs (also called channels) for trunked systems. Departments are typically used for the various Agencies that you listen to within a system. If you are familiar with DMA (Dynamic Memory Architecture) scanners, think of departments as being like 'channel groups'. 

Trunking Sites
Inside systems are trunked sites hold the trunking frequencies for any trunking system and any band plan information needed. You will need at least one site for each trunked system and some systems can have several sites.

 

Understanding Quick Keys

Contents

Organizing your Quick Keys will be part of the planning. You will have to figure out which QK's to assign to your Favorites Lists, Systems, Departments, and Sites so you can scan them without a table of contents and with some sort of logic you can remember. Enabling/disabling QK's is not the same thing as Avoiding or Unavoiding Favorites Lists, Systems, Department and Sites.

Favorites List Quick Keys (FLQK)
Favorites Lists Quick Keys are used to enable or disable Favorites Lists for scanning. They are just the number keys on the scanner but once assigned to a Favorites List they become the QK's. Your Favorites Lists hold your Systems that also may have System QK's assigned to those Systems. Selecting a Favorites List will enable all (Unavoided) Systems in that list for scanning. Favorites List QK's can only be assigned once to any one Favorites List. If you don’t assign a QK to a list, it will always be enabled. There are 100 Favorites List QK's (0-99) to use for your Favorites Lists.

System Quick Keys (SQK)
System Quick Keys are used to enable or disable conventional and trunking systems for scanning. You can assign any QK to one or more Systems, or program one or more systems with no QK assigned that will always be scanned unless you Avoid it. There are also 100 System QK's (0-99) to use for your Systems.

Department/Site Quick Keys (DQK)
You now also have 100 Department or Site QK's to assign to your Sites and/or Departments within your Systems. You can assign any QK to one or more Departments or Sites, or program one or more Department or Site with no QK assigned that will always be scanned unless you Avoid it.

Advice: Assigning a QK to a FL is a good idea but don't go overboard and assign QK's to all your 40 Systems, 125 Departments, and 300 Sites if you don't need to. Only assign QK's to what you may want to turn on or off. If you are always going to scan a Department or Site, leave it at the default (no QK) which will always enable it for scan. Using locations along with Location Control can also turn Departments or Sites on and off. If you are still bent on shutting stuff on and off, try creating a FL for some stuff on, and another for some stuff off. There's plenty of room on the SD card. To sum it up, don't make QK's any more complicated than they have to be.
See also
Scanning Order for QK scanning order.

Search Quick Keys
You can assign any Search QK's (SRCH1, SRCH2, or SRCH3) to any (1) Custom Search, Tone-Out Search, or Close Call Only Search for quick access to your favorite searches.

 

Using Batteries (BCD436HP Only)

 

You can power your BCD436HP using three alkaline or rechargeable AA batteries. This is no switch for battery selection.
Note: Batteries are required in the scanner for the replay and recording features to work.

1. Install 3 AA batteries, matching the polarity symbols (+ -).
2. Replace the cover.

When battery icon flashes and the scanner beeps every 15 seconds, replace or recharge the batteries.

Caution: There is no switch for the battery type. Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries.

The scanner has a built-in circuit that lets you recharge rechargeable batteries while they are in the scanner.
When the scanner is turned on, the scanner will not charge the batteries.
When the scanner is turned off, the scanner will charge the batteries.

Plug the USB cable into the scanner when the scanner is off and "Battery Charge" - "Start Charging? Yes = "E"/ No = "." will display. Press E/yes.
The scanner displays “Normal Charging” and charges the batteries according to the "
Set Charge Time" setting.
When charging is finished "Charge Complete" will be displayed.

 

Connecting the USB Cable

Contents

The USB jack is the lower jack located under the rubber flap on the right side of the BCD436HP and on the front of the BCD536HP under the E/yes button.

When you connect the USB cable to the scanner when the power is on you will see "USB Cable Detected Select USB Mode" - "Mass Storage = "E" or Serial Port = ".".
Press E/yes to use Mass Storage mode for connection to the Sentinel software, database updates, firmware updates, and for reviewing Discovery sessions and recordings.

The SD card is read on your computer like an external drive and can be viewed in Internet Explorer.

The serial mode will be used for audio streaming, raw data output, and serial control modes in future software from 3rd party developers. Also used for operation of hand-held without batteries.
You can download the serial drivers from the BCD436HP Twiki.

The USB cable can also be used to power the BCD436HP when the batteries are removed. Plug the USB cable into the BCD436HP with no batteries and "No Battery" will display. Press and hold the power button to turn on the scanner. Press the power button again to turn the backlight on. Press .no to select "Serial Port".

 

Turning on the Scanner

Contents



 

 


 

 

 

Function

 

Menu



BCD436HP

 

 

Scroll Control

 

 

GPS

 

USB

 

 



BCD536HP

(BCD436HP) Press and hold  for about 2 seconds. If the screen is too dark, press  to turn on the backlight. Rotate the scroll control clockwise and set the volume to around 10 o’clock. Press the scroll control to display the volume level. Turn the scroll control (within 10 seconds) to adjust the volume.

Press the scroll control again to close the volume level (or let it disappear after 10 seconds). Press Func then press the scroll control to display the squelch level. Turn the scroll control counter-clockwise all the way then clockwise until the noise stops, then one notch more. Press the scroll control again to close the squelch level.
 

(BCD536HP) Rotate VOL clockwise and set the volume to around 10 o’clock. Rotate the SQ knob counter-clockwise all the way, and then rotate the VOL knob to find a comfortable volume level. Rotate the SQ clockwise until the noise stops, then one notch more.

The first time you turn on your scanner it will prompt you to set the clock. See Setting the Clock.

 




 

Note: Both of these scanners have a Real Time Clock (RTC) onboard powered by an internal battery (not the AA’s with the 436). The internal battery will charge only when the scanner is powered on. It takes about 50 hours to trickle the internal battery up to a full charge, which will last for over a week. If the internal battery is depleted, you'll be prompted to enter the time upon power-up.

To begin scanning right away, press the Zip button to select your country and zip/postal code (See Data Naming to enter postcode). The scanner will load channels for your area from the database and start scanning. 

 

Navigating the Menus

Contents

The Menu key lets you select options to set up and use the scanner. To select a menu item, rotate the scroll control. Rotate right for down and left for up.
The currently-selected menu item is highlighted and reversed in the display. When the menu item you want to select is highlighted, press E/yes or the scroll control to select it. To back up a level, press Menu.
To exit all menus and return to the previous mode press Avoid.

 

Data Naming

Contents

Name any Favorites List, System, Site, Department, Channel, Location, Custom Search, Recording Session, Tone-Out, or SAME group with up to 64 characters.

To Enter a Character, turn the scroll control to select the character you want.
To move the cursor to the right, press
6>.
To move the cursor to the left, press
<4.
To clear a character, press
.no.
To clear all characters, press
.no twice.
Press
E/
yes when finished to exit.

See also Characters.

 

Key Operations

Contents

BCD536HP

BCD436HP

BCD536HP

Power/VOL/
Light

 

Turns the scanner on/off and adjusts the volume.

Press to toggle backlight intensity. 

Press Func then Vol to view P25 Adjustment Mode. Press Vol to exit.

SQ

Turn to adjust the squelch.

Press to toggle Close Call Modes.

Press and hold to enable Close Call Only Mode.

Press Func then SQ to start Fire Tone-Out Standby/ Search Mode.

Scroll Control/
Function

Press to enter Function Mode for 3 seconds.

Press to select a menu item or save an entry in Menu Mode.

Turn to select a menu item in Menu Mode.

Press then turn to set decode threshold in P25 Adjustment Mode.

Turn to select characters with Data Naming.

Turn to select Scan/Search direction and to continue Scan/Search in Scan/Search Modes.

Turn to scroll Channels or Frequencies in Hold Modes.

Turn in Department Pause to scroll Departments.

Turn in System Pause to scroll Systems.

Turn in Site Pause to scroll Sites in current System.

Turn in Search Pause to select Custom Searches to enable in Search Mode.

Turn to select next/previous recording in Replay Mode.

Turn to resume Close Call search in Close Call Only Mode.

Turn to start a Quick Search in Close Call Hold Mode.

Turn to select next Weather Channel in Weather Scan.

Turn to select Tone-Outs in Tone-out Standby/Search Mode.

Avoid

 

Press to exit all menus and return to previous mode.

Press to toggle Channel/Frequency Avoid status in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press to toggle Avoid status in System, Department, or Site Pause.

Press Func then Avoid to review all Scan Avoids in current Favorites List or Database in Scan Hold Mode.

Press Func then Avoid to review all Search Avoids in Search Hold Modes.

Press and hold to clear all Department/Channel Avoids in the current System in Scan Hold Mode.

Press and hold to clear all Search Avoids in Search Hold Modes.

Press Func then press and hold Avoid to clear all Avoids in the current Favorites List or Database in Scan Hold Mode.

Zip

Press to enter country-zip/postal code.

Serv

Press to select Service Types.

Rang

Press to select Range.

BCD436HP

Power/Light/Lock

 

Press and hold to turn the scanner on or off.

Press to use the backlight.

Press Func then  to lock or unlock the keypad.

Func

Press to enter Function Mode for 3 seconds.

Scroll Control
Vol,Squelch

Press then turn to adjust volume level in Scan Mode.

Press to view battery level.

Press Func then Vol turn to adjust the squelch.

Press Vol then Func then Vol to view P25 Adjustment Mode. Press Vol to exit P25 Adjustment Mode.

Press Func then turn to set decode threshold in P25 Adjustment Mode.

Press to select a menu item or save an entry in Menu Mode.

Turn to select characters with Data Naming.

Turn to select Scan/Search direction and to continue Scan/Search in Scan/Search Modes.

Turn to scroll Channels or Frequencies in Hold Modes.

Turn in Department Pause to scroll Departments.

Turn in System Pause to scroll Systems.

Turn in Site Pause to scroll Sites in current system.

Turn in Search Pause to select Custom Searches to enable in Search Mode.

Turn to select next or previous recording in Replay Mode.

Turn to resume Close Call Search in Close Call Only Mode.

Turn to start a Quick Search in Close Call Hold Mode.

Turn to select next Weather Channel in Weather Scan.

Turn to select Tone-Outs in Tone-out Standby Mode.

Avoid  

Press to exit all menus and return to previous mode.

Press to toggle Channel/Frequency Avoid status in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press to toggle Avoid status in System, Department, or Site Pause.

Press Func then Avoid() to toggle Close Call Modes in Scan/Search/Hold Modes.

Press and hold to clear all Department/Channel Avoids in current System in Scan Hold Mode.

Press and hold to clear all Search Avoids in Search Hold Modes.

Press Func then press and hold Avoid() to enable Close Call Only Mode.

Zip/Services

Press to enter country-zip/postal code.

Press Func then Zip to select Service Types.

BCD436HP and BCD536HP

Replay/
Record

Press to Replay the last transmissions.

Press Func then Replay to start/stop recording.

Press and hold Replay to review recording sessions.

System

Press Func then System to exit all menus and return to Scan Mode.

Press to enter System Pause for 2 seconds then hold on a System in Scan Mode.

Double Press System for hold without pause in Scan Mode.

Double Press to release System Hold.

Press to enter Search Pause for 2 seconds then hold on a Search in Search Mode.

Double Press for Search Hold without pause in Search Mode.

Press to release Search Hold.

Department

Press to enter Department Pause for 2 seconds then hold on a Department in Scan Mode.

Double Press Department for hold without pause in Scan Mode.

Double Press to release Department Hold.

Press to enter Search Pause for 2 seconds then hold on a Search in Search Mode.

Double Press for Search Hold without pause in Search Mode.

Press to release Search Hold.

Press Func then Department to hold/release Site in Scan Mode.

Channel/Hold/
Resume

Press to hold/release a Channel, Frequency, CC hit, or Tone-Out.

Press Func then Channel to toggle Modulation for Channel, Site, or Search, in Hold Modes.

Press to pause in Replay Mode.

Menu

Press to enter Menu Mode.

Press to return one level in Menu Mode.

Press Func then Menu for Search Menu in Search Mode.

Press Func then Menu for Close Call Menu in Close Call Mode.

Press Func then Menu for Weather Menu in Weather Scan.

Press Func then Menu for Tone-Out Menu in Tone-Out Standby/Search Mode.

Number Keys

Press to select Favorites Lists in Scan Mode.

Press 0-9 to use Direct Entry in Hold Modes.

Press 0-9 to toggle custom searches on or off in Search Mode.

Press 0-6 to toggle Close Call bands on or off in Close Call Only Mode.

Press Func then 1, 2, or 3 to enable search keys in Scan Hold Mode.

Press <4 to move the cursor to the left when editing text.

Press Func then 4(ATT) to toggle channel/search/CC attenuation on/off in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press Func then press and hold 4(ATT) to toggle Global Attenuation on/off in Scan Hold  or Search Modes.

Press Func then 5() to enter Wi-Fi menu (BCD536HP).

 

Press 6> to move the cursor to the right when editing text.

Press Func then 6(WX) to toggle Weather Alert Priority in Hold Modes.

Press Func then press and hold 6(WX) to enter Weather Scan.

Press Func then 7(IFX) to toggle Intermediate Frequency Exchange for a channel/frequency in Hold Modes.

Press Func then press and hold 8(REV) to view the repeater frequency in Hold Modes.

Press Func then 9(DISP) to toggle 3 Line Display Mode in BCD536HP or Channel Service Type/Unit ID Display in BCD436HP in Scan Hold Mode.

Press Func then 0(LVL) to toggle the volume offset for a channel in Scan Hold Mode.

.no
PRI

Press to enter a decimal point for a frequency.

Press to enter an 'i' when entering an I-Call ID.

Press to delete current character with Data Naming/Direct Entry.

Press twice to delete all characters with Data Naming/Direct Entry.

Press twice to enter a hyphen when entering an ID.

Press to cancel Confirm? prompt.

Press Func then .no(Pri) to toggle Priority Modes.

E/yes
Q. SRCH

Press to select a menu item or save an entry in Menu Mode.

Press to edit current Channel in Receive/Hold Modes. 

Press to add Channel to Favorites List in Receive/Hold Modes

Press to store a blinking CTCSS/DCS/NAC tone in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press to store an ID in ID Search mode in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press to store a Unit ID in Receive/Hold Modes.

Press to 'Quick Store' a frequency in Search Modes.

Press Func then E/yes to toggle ID Search Mode on/off in Scan Mode (Favorites Lists Only).

Press Func then E/yes to start a Quick Search in Hold Modes. 

Press to store found tones in Tone-Out Search Mode.

Press to select the current Tone-Out menu in Tone-Out Mode.

 

 

Set Your Location

Contents

Press Menu then scroll to Set Your Location and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press E/yes.

Note: You may receive distant systems in other states that have a range that overlaps your area when using the database. This is due to the structure of the database.

 

Enter Zip/Postal Code

Set Up GPS

Save Location

 

Auto Locate

Set Range

Understanding Range

 

Set Manual Location

Edit Location

 

Enter Zip Code This will set the center of a zip/postal code as your location (not your exact location) and a default location range of 20 miles. You can then set the range, edit the location name, and save the location.

 

Select your country USA or Canada and press E/yes.
Enter your zip code or see
Data Naming to enter a post code.

 

Note: You can also press the ZIP button to enter your zip/postal code.

Auto Locate The Auto Locate feature works by trying to monitor any Motorola or P25 system in your area that is also in the Radio Reference Database. The scanner will then set your location based on the system(s) it receives. This will set the center of the discovered radio tower as your location (not your exact location) and a default location range of 30 miles. You can then set the range, edit the location name, and save the location.

 

Press E/yes or .no to accept the location. Press Menu to cancel.

Set Manual Location This will set your exact location. You can then set the range, edit the location name and save the location.

 

Input Latitude - Using the keypad, enter your latitude.
Press .no to toggle N or S, and press
E/yes.
Input Longitude
- Using the keypad, enter your longitude.
Press .no to toggle E or W, and press
E/yes
.

Set Up GPS Sets the location format and serial port baud rate.

 

Location Format

 

DMS:DDD˚MM’SS.ss or DEG:DDD.dddddd.

 

Set Serial Port (front and rear ports for the BCD536HP), default is 4800 bps for a GPS device.

 

Off, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, or 115200 bps.

Set Range This setting allows you override the default range setting for your current location to increase or decrease the number of Trunking Sites and Channel Departments you can receive when you are scanning from the Full Database and when you are scanning Favorites Lists with Use Location Control enabled.  The default (and recommended) setting is 0 miles. See also Understanding Range.

 

Enter the range (0-50) and press E/yes.

 

Note: (BCD536HP Only) You can also enter your range by pressing the Rang button.

Edit Location This allows you to create, edit, and recall locations.

 

New Location or Saved Location

 

Edit Name See Data Naming.

 

Use Location

 

This will set the location as current for scanning the Database and Favorites Lists with Use Location Control enabled.

 

At Confirm? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Delete Location

 

You can only delete saved locations. The last location set will be retained for use when scanning the Database.

 

At Confirm Delete? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Set Location Information See Set Manual Location.

 

Set Range Enter the range (0-50) and press E/yes.

Save Location This will save the current location, the range, and set the location as current for scanning the Database and Favorites Lists with Use Location Control enabled.

 

See Data Naming to name the location. 
 

Understanding Range

1. The range setting will only work with Favorites Lists that have Use Location Control set to On and with Departments/Sites that have locations programmed. Everything in the Full Database also has locations programmed. If you manually program Departments/Sites with no location information included and set 'Use Location Control' to Off, the range setting will have no effect on them because the scanner doesn’t know where they are.

2. You will receive Departments/Sites that have a range equal to your location range setting plus the programmed range of the Departments and Sites. For example, if your location range is set to 10 miles and a Department/Site range is set to 30 miles, and that Department/Site is less than 40 miles away from your current location setting, it will be enabled in your Favorites List according to both range settings.

3. If you use Add Current dB Channels from a list with a 20 mile range (selected location by zip/postal code) and then set the range to 30 miles, Location Control will not add the other channels included in that extra 10 mile range.

 

Selecting Service Types

Contents

Make sure you enable the Service Type for the channels you want to listen to. Each channel can be tagged with a "Service Type" that allows you to hear specific services such as Fire, EMS, and Police when you are monitoring the Full Database and/or your Favorites Lists. The Appendix has a list of Service Types and their general descriptions. 

Not all service types are enabled when you create a new profile or when you set your location in the scanner. By default only EMS Dispatch, Fire Dispatch, Law Dispatch, Custom 1, and Multi-Dispatch are enabled.

(BCD536HP) Press the Serv button.
(BCD436HP)
Press Func then the Zip/Services button.
Scroll to each Service Type and press E/yes to enable or disable.
Press System or Avoid to exit.

When the scanner displays a Service Type that is not in the Favorite Lists, the scanner will display a "---" indication.

 

Display Options

Contents

Press Menu then scroll to Display Options and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes
.

 

Set Backlight

Set ID Format (EDCS)

 

Adjust Contrast

Set Upside-Down (BCD536HP Only)

 

Disp. Unit ID

3-Line Display Mode (BCD536HP Only)

 

Set ID Format (MOT/P25)

Viewing the  Battery Level

Set Backlight The scanner will turn on/off the LCD and the Keypad backlight automatically according to backlight settings.
You can override these settings and turn on the backlight by pressing Vol on the BCD536HP, or the light button
on the BCD436HP.

 

Set Mode - Note: (BCD536HP Only) These settings will work only when Set Dimmer is Off and then only at the High intensity.

 

Squelch Determines how the backlight acts with squelch.

 

Off - The backlight stays off when the squelch opens (default).
5 sec - The backlight stays on 5 seconds after the squelch opens.
10 sec - The backlight stays on 10 seconds after the squelch opens.
Open Squelch - The backlight stays on only when the squelch is open.

 

Keypress 

 

Off - The backlight stays off when any key is pressed (default).
5 sec
- The backlight is on for 5 seconds when any key is pressed.
10 sec - The backlight is on for 10 seconds when any key is pressed.

 

Timeout (BCD436HP Only)

 

10 sec - Turns the backlight on for 10 seconds when you press .
30 sec - Turns the backlight on for 30 seconds when you press
(default).
60 sec - Turns the backlight on for 60 seconds when you press
.
Infinite - The backlight stays on until you press
again.

 

Set Dimmer (BCD436HP)

 

High, Middle, or Low.

 

Set Dimmer (BCD536HP)

 

Manual (For non-vehicle use)

 

High, Middle, Low, or Off.

 

Auto (For vehicle use)

 

+ Polarity - If the orange wire gets 12V when you turn on the headlights.
Polarity - If the orange wire is switched to chassis ground when you turn on the headlights.

Adjust Contrast This setting controls the displays contrast.

 

Contrast 1-15

Display Unit ID Allows you view the unit ID of the radio currently transmitting on Motorola, EDACS, and APCO P25 systems.

 

On or Off.

 

Note: (BCD436HP Only) This setting toggles Unit ID Display with Channel Service Type.

Set ID Format Sets the ID display format.

 

Set ID Format (Mot/P25)

 

Decimal Format or Hex Format. The default setting is Decimal.

 

Set ID Format (EDACS)

 

AFS Format or Decimal Format. The default setting is AFS.

Set Upside-Down (BCD536HP Only) This allows you to reverse the display so you can mount the scanner upside-down and hear the speaker from the top. The default setting is Off.

 

On or Off.

3-Line Display Mode (BCD536HP only)

 

Hold on any channel and press Func then 9(DISP).
Press
Channel
to resume.


3 Line Display Off


3 Line Display On

View the Battery Level (BCD436HP Only)
To view the battery level (in volts) press the scroll control and look at the small numbers in the upper right of the display. Press the scroll control again to close the volume level or let it disappear after 10 seconds.

 

A Look at the Display

Contents


Display Unit ID On


Display Unit ID Off


Conventional Receive

Trunked Receive


Replay and Recording Disabled


Priority Channel/Volume Offset


Function Mode

Custom Search


Search with Scan


Volume and Squelch

Note: (BCD536HP) not all items will appear in the display in 3-line display mode.

 appears to show Function Mode.

F0-9: shows the first digit of the current Favorites List QK on the left with the blinking second digit on the right in Scan Mode.

 

A non-blinking number on the right indicates the QK is enabled waiting to be scanned.

 

A - (dash) means nothing is enabled for, or assigned to the QK.

 

An * (asterisk) means the QK is disabled.

SITE HOLD appears in Site Hold Mode.

SEARCH appears in Search Mode.

The Time appears.

 appears when the keypad lock is enabled (BCD436HP Only).

or appears to show the Scan or Search Direction.

GPS appears when connected to a GPS unit.

REC appears when Recording.

 appears to show Wi-Fi status is not connected (BCD536HP Only).
 appears to show Wi-Fi status is connected.

AP appears when connected in Access Point Mode (BCD536HP Only).

 appears to show the signal strength.

PRI appears in Priority Mode.
 appears reversed in Priority DND Mode.

 appears and blinks if the battery is low. (BCD436HP Only)

 appears if the Close Call Priority feature is on.
 is reversed in Close Call DND Mode.

S=NN shows the squelch level for three seconds when you turn SQ (BCD536HP Only).

V=NN shows the volume level for three seconds when you turn SQ.

V.VV shows the battery level (in volts) when you press VOL (BCD436HP Only).

S0-9: shows the first digit of the current System QK on the left with the blinking second digit on the right in Scan Mode.

 

A non-blinking number on the right indicates the QK is enabled waiting to be scanned.

 

A - (dash) means nothing is assigned to the QK.

 

An * (asterisk) means the QK is disabled.

D0-9: shows the Department QK (Conventional system) or Site QK (trunked system) when you press Function in Scan Mode.
shows the Department QK when you press Function in Receive/Hold Modes.

0-9: shows the Custom Search key status in Search Mode.

MMM DD shows the Month and Date (3-line display Mode On).

Receive Mode shows the Modulation for the channel/site in Receive/Hold Modes (BCD436HP Only).

shows the Modulation for the channel/site in Function Mode (BCD536HP).

V+/- N shows Volume Offset for the channel in Receive/Hold Modes (BCD436HP Only).
shows Volume Offset for the channel in Function Mode (BCD536HP Only).

IFX appears if Intermediate Frequency Exchange is enabled for the frequency in Receive/Hold Modes.

ATT appears to show channel attenuation in Receive/Hold Modes.
appears to show search attenuation in Search Mode.

ATT
blinks to indicate global attenuation.

P25 appears if the channel is receiving digitalized voice in Receive/Hold Modes (Disp. Unit ID Off-BCD436HP only).

PT0 appears if the channel is receiving Phase II time slot 0.

PT1 appears if the channel is receiving Phase II time slot 1.
PX0 appears if the channel is receiving X2 time slot 0.
PX1 appears if the channel is receiving X2 time slot 1.
PRV appears if the channel is receiving ProVoice.
DMR appears if the channel is receiving DMR Tier I/II.
CAP appears if the channel is receiving a Capcity+ system.
CON appears if the channel is receiving a Connection+ system.
DT3 appears if the channel is a Tier III control channel.
S1/S2 appears to show slot assignment.

LNK appears when data is received on a voice channel in Receive/Hold Modes (Disp. Unit ID Off-BCD436HP only).

DAT appears when data is received on a control channel in Receive/Hold Modes (Disp. Unit ID Off-BCD436HP only).

ENC appears if the channel is receiving encrypted voice and is muted in Receive/Hold Modes (Disp. Unit ID Off-BCD436HP only).

WX appears if the Weather Alert Priority feature is on.

System Name appears in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes.

Search with Scan appears to show the Search with Scan system in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes.

Avoid/Hold shows System Avoid/Hold status next to System name in Hold/Pause Modes.

Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-.

Department Name appears for a conventional system in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes.
appears
for a trunked system in Receive/Hold Modes.

Avoid/Hold shows Department Avoid/Hold status next to Department name in Hold/Pause Modes.

Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-.

Custom Search Name shows the Custom Search or Close Call Hits department in the Search with Scan system in Scan/Receive/Hold Modes.

Site Name appears for a trunked system in Scan Mode.

Custom Search Name shows in Search Mode (3-line Display Mode Off).

Search Frequency appears in Search Mode.

Modulation appears in Search Mode.

Scanning… appears for a conventional system in Scan Mode.

ID Scanning/Searching… appears for a trunked system in Scan Mode.

Channel Name appears in Receive/Hold Modes.

Avoid/Hold shows Channel Avoid/Hold status next to Channel name in Hold/Pause Modes.
Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-
.

 appears for a priority channel in Receive/Hold Modes (3-line Display Mode Off).

Channel Service Type appears in Receive/Hold Modes (BCD536HP, 3-line Display Mode Off).
appears
in Receive/Hold Modes with Disp. Unit ID set to Off (BCD436HP).

TGID appears for a trunked site in Receive/Hold Modes (3-line Display Mode Off).

Tone/Code for a conventional channel in Receive/Hold Modes (3-line Display Mode Off).
Blinking
Tone/Code indicates Tone/Code Search.
******
appears to show tone/code lockout in Hold Mode.

Unit ID appears in Receive/Hold Modes with Disp. Unit ID set to On (3-line Display Mode Off).

Frequency, Mode for a conventional channel in Receive/Hold Modes (3-line Display Mode Off).

Favorites List Name appears when scanning any Favorites List in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes (BCD436HP).
appears
when scanning a Conventional System in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes (BCD536HP, 3-line Display Mode Off).
appears
when scanning a Trunked System in Scan Mode (BCD536HP, 3-line Display Mode Off).

Full Database when scanning the Full Database in Scan/Hold/Receive Modes (3-line Display Mode Off).

SCR appears if one or more broadcast/custom screen bands are turned on in Receive/Search Modes.

REP appears if Repeater Find is enabled in Receive/Search Modes.

Tag: NN.NNN.NNN shows Number Tag Info for a Favorites List in Function Mode (BCD536HP Only).
shows Number Tag Info for a Favorites List
in Receive/Hold Modes (BCD436HP Only).

 

Settings

Contents

Press Menu then scroll to Settings and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.
 

 

Adjust Key Beep

Band Defaults

Restore Options

 

Set Clock

Auto Shutoff

See Scanner Info

  Upgrade Replay Options Using the Keypad Lock

 

Battery Options

 

 

Adjust Key Beep Allows you to turn the key beep on or off and adjust the volume level. Auto sets the alert beep to the master volume level.

 

Off, Level 1-15, or Auto

Set Clock Sets the clock for the display and the default tag for recordings.

 

Set Date

 

Set Year Enter the year (2013-2099).
Set Month
Enter the month.
Set Day
Enter the day. 

 

Set Time

 

Set Hour Enter the Hour (0-23).
Set Minute
Enter the minute.

 

Set Time Zone

 

Scroll to your time zone.

 

Daylight Saving Advances the clock one hour during DST when On.

 

On or Off

Upgrade Allows you to enter upgrade keys for Provoice and DMR.

Battery Options (BCD436HP Only)

 

Set Battery Save Turns off RF power for 1 second and turns it on 300 ms to extend the battery life in Channel Hold Mode for a Conventional System (without Priority Scan), and in any Search Hold mode when there is no transmission over 1 minute.

 

On or Off

 

Set Charge Time - 1-14 (hours).

 

Set Battery Low

 

Set Alert

 

Set Alert Tone - 640, 780, 920, 1060, 1200 (Hz).

 

Set Alert Interval - 1-60 (seconds). Default is 15 sec.

 

Set Alert Volume - 1-15 or Auto. Default is Auto.

 

Set Voltage Sets when the low battery alert goes off.
3100-3400 (mV). Default is 3300mV.

Band Defaults This allows you change the ‘Auto’ values you can select while programming frequencies, searches, etc. to whatever you feel Auto should be for each band (vs. the radio defaults). Since all of the step and modulation settings default to Auto, this allows you to skip those settings when programming. See also Default Bands.

 

Scroll to each band you wish to edit and press E/yes.

 

Set Modulation

 

AM, NFM, FM, WFM, or FMB (Broadcast).

 

Set Step

 

Auto, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 kHz.

Auto Shutoff Allows you to set the scanner to shut off after a set time.

 

Off, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 min, 1, 2, 3, hours.

Replay Options Your scanner Replay feature acts as an instant replay of the transmissions you’ve just heard. You can set how long a period Replay records for instant playback. This period can range from 30 seconds to 240 seconds (4 minutes) or off. While you can replay any recording immediately and continue replaying it, you cannot save it for future listening.

You can also record transmissions. When you begin recording, your scanner adds the Replay recording buffer to the recording. These recording sessions are saved and can be replayed on demand. Recording has to be started every time you turn on the scanner. Rename and delete sessions through the Review Recordings submenu. You can also copy your recordings from the SD card to your computer in "Mass Storage Mode".
Note: Batteries are required in the scanner for the replay and recording features to work.

 

Set Replay Duration How far back in real time recordings are kept.

 

Off, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210, or 240 sec.

 

Review Recordings You can also press and hold Replay to review recordings.

 

Recording Session To play sessions you have to enable recording by pressing Func then Replay.

 

Play Session

 

Turn the Scroll Control to select recordings.
Press Channel to pause/resume replay. Press Replay to exit.

 

Delete Session

 

At Confirm Delete? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Rename Session See Data Naming.

Restore Options Allows you to clear all user data (full reset) or reset just profile settings to default.

 

Clear User Data

 

(Full Reset) will delete all Favorites Lists, locations, reset all profile options to default, clear all Avoids, delete all recording sessions, all discovery logs, and all weather event records.

 

Note: Pressing and holding 2, 9, and Dept when you power on the scanner will also clear all user data.

 

Reset User Settings

 

Will only reset all profile settings and Favorites List will be saved.

See Scanner Info This will show you how much memory is in use, the firmware version, and scanner serial number.

Using the Keypad Lock (BCD436HP Only) The only keys/knobs that work when the keypad is locked are Channel for Hold Mode, Func, , and the Scroll Control for volume.

 

Press Func then / to toggle the keypad lock.

 

Wi-Fi Setup (BCD536HP Only)

Contents

The Wi-Fi dongle allows you to connect to the scanner wirelessly and control your scanner with the remote software.
Be sure to download the newest firmware for the Wi-Fi dongle at the BCD536HP Twiki.

 

Infrastructure Mode is used to connect to a existing wireless network address (like a router). With this mode, all you may need to do is a set a password.

 

Note: A router must be broadcasting its SSID for the initial setup. See your router's manual to temporarily enable SSID broadcasting. You can then turn it off after setup.

Access Point Mode is used to connect laptops and smart devices directly to the scanner. The scanner will look for wireless networks.

 

Make sure the Wi-Fi dongle is connected to the USB port behind the scanner.
Press
Menu then scroll to Wi-Fi Setup and press E/
yes.

 

Show Wi-Fi Information

 

Shows the IP address, MAC number, and version when connected.
Shows ‘Wi-Fi not connected’ when the Wi-Fi dongle is not connected.

 

Set Connection

 

Off Not connected.

 

Infrastructure Mode – routers etc. The scanner will look for networks.

 

Select AP

 

Select the access point with the encryption type.

 

Input Password See Data Naming.

 

Access Point Mode – Laptops, Smart devices etc.

 

Input SSID

 

Enter (or use default) name of connection. See Data Naming.

 

Select Security

 

Open, WEP, or WPA/WPA2.

 

Input Password See Data Naming.

 

Reset to Factory

 

At Confirm? Press E/yes or .no.

  Planning Favorites Lists Contents

A Profile contains all your configuration settings as well as your Favorites Lists and settings, Systems, Avoids, etc., and is a complete image of what is in your scanner. Other settings such as range, service types selected, enabled Favorites Lists, weather settings, display and audio settings also define a profile. Remember that all Favorites Lists are common to all profiles. Enabling and disabling Favorites Lists within a profile is part of defining a profile. Deleting a profile will not delete the lists associated with a profile. However, deleting a Favorites List will delete it from all profiles.

You automatically start to create a profile once you enter your location. If you create a new profile in the software, your Favorites Lists will be included (but not enabled) with the new profile. The scanner only holds one profile at a time. Others can be created and uploaded to the scanner with the Sentinel Software.

Startup Keys
You can program each of your Favorites Lists with a Startup Key (0-9) so that when you power up the scanner and press the key number, just those Favorites List(s) assigned to the key will be enabled for scan. Systems are not affected. See also Using Startup Keys.

Number Tags 
Numbers tags will allow you to tag each Favorites List, System, and Channel to locate easier in hold mode. Number tags can range from 0 to 99 for Favorites Lists and Systems, and 0-999 for Channels. You can assign number tags to channels even if the Favorites List does not have a number tag but, without a Favorites List number tag, you can only navigate to these channels while holding or scanning in that Favorites List.
See also
Using Number Tags.

Alerts 
You can program your scanner to alert you when, a Channel or Unit ID is received, you receive a Close Call hit, an ID is transmitted with an Emergency Alert or you receive a Tone-Out hit. For each alert in the scanner, you can select from 9 different tone patterns, 15 volume settings, and for the LED Alert Light, set 7 colors, and 3 flash patterns.

Worksheets
I have put together complete pdf worksheets ready to print to help you plan your Systems, Close Call, and Fire Tone-Out, etc. settings. Even if you don't fill them out, they are a good check list for programming.

Profile Worksheet   Favorites Lists Worksheet   Settings Worksheet   Tone-Out Worksheet
Conventional Worksheet   Motorola P25 Worksheet   Motorola 800/900 Worksheet   Motorola VHF/UHF Worksheet   EDACS Worksheet   LTR Worksheet

  Manage Favorites Lists Contents

Favorites Lists hold all your Systems, Sites, Departments, and Channels. You should assign a Quick Key to every Favorites List to quickly enable or disable the list.

New Favorites List/List Options

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.

To Create a New Favorites List scroll to New Favorites List and press E/yes.

To Edit a Favorites List scroll to the Favorites List and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.

 

Review/Edit System

Review FL Avoids

 

Set FL Quick Key

Stop All Avoiding

 

Set FL Number Tag

Add Current dB Channels

 

Set FL Startup Key

Rename

 

Use Location Control

Delete

   

Understanding Location Control

Information

Review/Edit System See Programming Systems.

Set FL Quick Key This assigns a QK to the Favorites List and will scan the list when the key is enabled. You can only use a FL QK once. The default setting is . (no QK). If you don’t assign a QK to a Favorite List, it will always be scanned unless you turn it off in Select Lists to Monitor.

 

Scroll to the QK number (0-99 or . for no QK).

 

Note: Pressing the first number of a 2-digit QK will get you closer, 1 for 10, 2 for 20, etc., then scroll to second digit.

Set FL Number Tag This allows you to number a Favorites List so you can access it quickly from Channel Hold Mode. The default setting is no number tag (blank). See also Using Number Tags.

 

Enter the number tag (0-99) (Press .no to clear display).

Set FL Startup Key This allows you to turn on the scanner with the Favorites List enabled for scan. The default settings are all keys Off. See also Using Startup Keys.

 

Scroll to each key (0-9) and press E/yes to enable. Press Menu to save.

Use Location Control This enables Location Control for the Favorites List. The default setting is Off. See also Understanding Location Control.

 

On or Off

Understanding Location Control

Location Control allows you to enable or disable channels scanned in a Favorites List based on your location. Actually, it enables/disables Sites and Departments in Favorites Lists (as long as they have locations programmed) based on your current location and location range settings. Location Control is always enabled when scanning from the Full Database.

Location Control can also save you the task of assigning, remembering, and enabling/disabling QK's to your Departments and Sites.

To use Location Control, you have to enable it for each Favorites List (default is Off). You also need to have locations programmed for Sites and Departments in each list (you can’t program a location for a system).

With 'Use Location Control' set to On, the scanner only sees Departments/Sites with programmed locations. Any Department/Site with no location information programmed will not be scanned. If you append (add) a System/Department to a list from the Database, the locations will be brought in with each System/Department you append.

With 'Use Location Control' set to Off, the scanner will enable all Sites and Departments in your Favorites List no matter what the location range or Site/Department range is set to. 

You don’t need a GPS to scan by location if all of the following apply:
1.
You have 'Use Location Control' set to On for each Favorites List you want to use with Location Control.
2.
You set (by zip/post code, Auto Locate, or manually), or select a location.
3.
Your Departments and Sites have locations programmed.

The scanner then compares your location data with Site and Department data to determine which channels to scan. Conceivably, you could program everything you want to hear into one Favorites List and scan just by selecting locations rather than enabling/disabling lists. If you are traveling long distances hooking up a GPS device would be a better way to go. 

Review Avoids This allows you to review all Avoids for the Favorites List. Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-. See also Review Scan Avoids.

 

Scroll to each entry and press E/yes to Stop Avoiding.

Stop All Avoiding This will Stop Avoiding all Channels, Departments, and Systems in the Favorites List. See also Clear All Scan Avoids.

 

At Confirm? Press E/yes or .no.

Add Current dB Channels This allows you to add all channels enabled for scan to the Favorites List. This good to use after you have optimized the Full Database when selecting a location.

 

At Confirm? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Notes: 1. Any Avoided Systems, Sites, Departments, or Channels will not be added.

 

2. When adding channels from the Full Database, only channels that are inside the set location range, and from the selected Service Types are added to the new list.

 

3. When adding channels from a Favorites List that has ‘Use Location Control’ set to On, only channels that are inside the set location range, and from the selected service types are added to the new list.

 

4. When adding channels from a Favorites List that has 'Use Location Control' set to Off, only channels that are from the selected service types are added to the new list. 

Rename This allows to you rename the Favorites List.

 

See Data Naming.

Delete This will delete the Favorites List.

 

At Confirm Delete? Press E/yes or .no.

Information This will show you the file size and number of Systems in the list.

 

Programming Systems

Contents

Note for Motorola/P25 systems: If you are not sure if the system is Motorola or P25, look at the system type in the RR database for your system. Only those systems tagged as "Project 25 Phase I or Project 25 Phase 2" are Project 25 systems. Any system type that includes the word "Motorola" should be programmed as a Motorola system, even if it uses some or all digital channels. 
 

New System/System Settings

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Review/Edit System and press
E/
yes.

 

To Create a New System scroll to New System and press E/yes.
Scroll to
P25 Trunk, P25 X2-TDMA, P25 One Frequency, Motorola, MotoTRBO Trunk
, DMR One Frequency, EDACS, LTR, or Conventional and press E/yes.

At
Confirm? press E/
yes or .no.

 

See also Understanding DMR for DMR systems.
See also this post at RR about P25 One-Freq Trunk systems.

 

To Edit System Settings scroll to the System and press E/yes.

Edit Name 

 

See Data Naming.

Edit Unit IDs Disp. Unit ID must be set to On in the Display Options menu to view Unit IDs. The default setting is Off.

 

Note: You can also save any Unit ID in the display by pressing E/yes.

 

New Unit ID/Edit Unit ID

 

Enter the ID and press E/yes.

 

Edit Name See Data Naming.

 

Set Alert Tone

 

Alert 1-9 or Off.

 

Set Level

 

Level 1-15 or Auto (the master volume level).

 

Set Alert Light

 

Set Color

 

Off, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Yellow, or White.

 

Set Pattern

 

On, Slow Blink, or Fast Blink.

 

Delete Unit ID

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

Copy System Copying a system will copy all Sites, Departments, Channels, and settings including QK assignments into the current Favorites List.

 

See Data Naming to name the new system.

Delete System

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no
 

System Options

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press E/yes.
Scroll to Review/Edit System and press E/yes.
Scroll to the System you want to edit and press E/yes.
Scroll to Edit Sys Options and press E/yes.
Note: Not all options will appear for all types of systems.

 

Contents

 

Set System Quick Key

Priority ID Scan

Clear All ID Avoids

 

Set System Number Tag

Set Status Bit (Motorola Type II Only)

Set Audio AGC

 

Set Avoid

Set End Code (Motorola Type II Only)

P25 NAC Option (P25 One Freq only)

 

Set Hold Time

Emergency Alert (Motorola/EDACS Only)

Digital Waiting Time (Conventional Only)

 

ID Search

Review ID Avoids

Digital Threshold Mode (Conventional Only)

 

Edit Fleet Map (Motorola Type I/lli Systems Only)

 

Digital Threshold Level (Conventional Only)

Set System Quick Key This assigns a quick QK key to the System and the scanner will scan the System when the key is enabled. The default setting is . (no QK). If you don’t assign a QK to a System, it will always be scanned unless you Avoid it.

 

Scroll to the QK number (0-99 or . for no QK).

 

Note: Pressing the first number of a 2-digit QK will get you closer, 1 for 10, 2 for 20, etc., then scroll to second digit.

Set System Number Tag This allows you to number a System so you can access it quickly from Scan Hold Mode. The default setting is no number tag (blank). See also Using Number Tags.

 

Enter the number tag (0-99) (Press .no to clear the display).

Set Avoid This determines whether a System will be scanned or not (even if the system is enabled). Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. The default setting is Stop Avoiding.
See also
Avoiding Transmissions.

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

Set Hold Time This sets (in seconds) the amount of time the scanner will scan the System before moving on to the next system. All (Unavoided) channels will be scanned at least once regardless of this setting. The scanner moves to the next system after the hold time expires, any current transmission ends, and the channel delay time expires. The default (and recommended) setting is 0 seconds.

 

Enter the hold time 0-255 (sec.) and press E/yes to save.

ID Search This sets whether the scanner searches for all IDs in a trunking system (On), or scans only programmed IDs (Off). The default setting is Off. See also Toggle ID Scan or ID Search.

 

On or Off

Edit Fleet Map (Motorola Type I/lli Systems Only) This allows you to program a fleet map for Motorola Type I Systems. You must program a system fleet map in order for the scanner to properly track and display talk group IDs. Defaults to 0 for all blocks (Motorola Type II system).

 

Block 0 Scroll to the size code (0-14) and press E/yes.
The next available block is prompted to select the next size code (
0-14
).
Repeat for each block as needed (0-7).

 

Note: If you select size code 12, 13, or 14, these restrictions apply:

 

12 can only be assigned to Blocks 0, 2, 4 or 6.
13 can only be assigned to Blocks 0 and 4.
14 can only be assigned to Block 0.

 

Since these size codes require multiple blocks, you will be prompted for the next available block.
Example: If you assign Block 0 as 12, the scanner prompts you for block 2, the next block available, instead of block 1.

Priority ID Scan (no P25-One Freq) This allows you to use Priority Scan with IDs in the System. The default setting is Off. See also Priority Scanning.

 

On or Off

Set Status Bit (Motorola Only) This sets how your scanner works with Status Bits (also called S-bits), letting you control how the scanner interprets and displays Motorola talk group IDs.
The default setting is Ignore.

 

Yes - the scanner treats all received IDs as unique IDs.
Ignore - the scanner rounds all IDs down to the next interval of 16.

Set End Code (Motorola Only) This sets how the scanner handles the transmission end code sent by most Motorola Systems. The default setting is Ignore.

 

Analog - The scanner recognizes only analog end transmission codes.
Analog+Digital - The scanner recognizes analog and digital end codes.
Ignore - The scanner waits for the carrier to drop before leaving a channel.

Emergency Alert (Motorola/EDACS Only) This sets how your scanner alerts you to IDs that have the emergency flag set. The default setting is Off.

 

Set Alert Tone

 

Alert 1-9 or Off.

 

Set Level

 

Level 1-15 or Auto (the master volume level).

 

Set Alert Light

 

Set Color

 

Off, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Yellow, or White.

 

Set Pattern

 

On, Slow Blink, or Fast Blink.

Review ID Avoids This allows you to review Avoided IDs in the System. Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-.

 

Scroll to the ID and press E/yes to Stop Avoiding.
Nothing Avoided
appears if nothing is Avoided.

Clear All ID Avoids This allows you to Stop Avoiding all Avoided IDs in the System.

 

At Confirm? press E/yes or .no.
Nothing Avoided
appears if nothing is Avoided.

Set Audio AGC This allows you to turn AGC (Automatic Gain Control) on or off for the System. The default settings are Off.

 

Analog - Press E/yes to toggle On or Off.
Digital - Press E/
yes to toggle On or Off.

P25 NAC Option (P25 One Freq only) This allows you to have the scanner search for NAC codes or you can program a specific code for the System. The default setting is Search.

 

Search - The scanner opens squelch for any digital signal and displays the NAC being used.
Set P25 NAC - The scanner opens squelch only for signals that include the programmed NAC.

 

See Data Naming.

Digital Waiting Time (Conventional Only) This setting gives the scanner time to determine if channels on Conventional Systems have digital or analog transmissions. During this time, the scanner will evaluate the received signal and, if it detects digital data, will open squelch immediately. If digital is not detected before the delay expires, the scanner will open squelch at the end of this delay. This is to prevent "false decode" problems. This setting only affects conventional channels with an Audio Type set to All. The default setting is 400 ms.

 

0 to 1000

 

Note: Any analog transmissions will lose the first part of the transmission, up to the wait time you set here.

Digital Threshold Mode (Conventional Only) This mode sets the algorithm for P25 decode [1]. The default setting is Auto.

 

Auto - Automatically sets the decode threshold based on received signal.
Manual
- Allows you to manually set the threshold by using the P25 Threshold Level setting (below) or
P25 Adjustment Mode.
Default
- Sets the scanner to the default threshold of 8, Auto.

Digital Threshold Level (Conventional Only) Sets the RSSI value below which the scanner will not attempt to make P25 fine tune adjustments. If the signal is too low, RX reliability is not high enough to make P25 adjustments correctly [1]. The default setting is 8.

 

0 to 20

 

Programming Departments

Contents

New Department/Department Options

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Review/Edit System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to the System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Edit Department and press
E/
yes

 

To Create a New Department scroll to New Department and press E/yes.

 

To Edit an Existing Department scroll to the Department and press E/yes.

 

Edit Name

Set Avoid

 

Set Department Quick Key

Delete Department

 

Edit Channel

New Department

 

Set Location Information

 

Edit Name 

 

See Data Naming. Tip: add QK number to name.

Set Department Quick Key This assigns a QK to the Department and the scanner will scan the Department when the key is enabled. The default setting is . (no QK). If you don’t assign a QK to a Department, it will always be scanned unless you Avoid it.

 

Scroll to the QK number (0-99 or . for no QK)

 

Note: Pressing the first number of a 2-digit QK will get you closer, 1 for 10, 2 for 20, etc., then scroll to second digit.

Edit Channel 

 

See Channel Options.

Set Location Information This allows you program a location for the Department with Use Location Control enabled or with a GPS. You can program a circle with a radial range or multiple rectangles as a location.
See
Set Up GPS
first to setup your GPS format.

 

Circle

 

Set Latitude

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Set Longitude

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Set Range See also Understanding Range.

 

0-6000.

 

Rectangles

 

New Rectangle

 

Latitude -Top Left

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Longitude -Top Left

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Latitude - Right Bottom

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Longitude - Right Bottom

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Stored Rectangle

 

Edit Rectangle See New Rectangle above.

 

Delete Rectangle

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

Set Avoid This determines whether a Department will be scanned or not. Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. The default setting is Stop Avoiding. See also Avoiding Transmissions.

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

Delete Department

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

New Department See New Department

 

Programming Sites

Contents

New Site/Site Options

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Review/Edit System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to the System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Edit Site and press
E/
yes.

 

To Create a New Site scroll to New Site and press E/yes.

 

To Edit an Existing Site scroll to the Site and press E/yes.

Note: Not all options will appear for all sites.

 

Edit Name

Set Modulation

Digital Threshold Mode

 

Set Site Quick Key

Set Attenuator

Digital Threshold Level

 

Set Site Type

Set Avoid

Delete Site

 

Edit Band Plan

Set Location Information

New Site

 

Set Frequencies

Digital Waiting Time

 

Edit Name 

 

See Data Naming. Tip: add QK number to name.

Set Site Quick Key This assigns a QK to the Site and the scanner will scan the Site when the key is enabled. The default setting is . (no QK).
If you don’t assign a QK to a Site, it will always be scanned unless you Avoid it.

 

Scroll to the QK number (0-99 or . for no QK)

 

Note: Pressing the first number of a 2-digit QK will get you closer, 1 for 10, 2 for 20, etc., then scroll to second digit.

Set Site Type (EDACS Only) EDACS Wide is the same as EDACS Standard and uses a 9600 baud control channel. EDACS Narrow-band sites use a 4800 baud control channel. The default setting is Wide.

 

Wide or Narrow

Edit Band Plan (Motorola/P25 Only) Band plans are required so the scanner can correctly determine the voice channel frequencies.

 

P25 Systems

 

Explicit mode systems (which comprise most systems in use) include all information needed to determine voice frequencies on the control channel, leave all entries blank. The system will automatically detect the band plan and fill in the entries. Implicit systems need you to supply the systems band plan for the scanner to correctly determine voice frequencies.

 

Select Plan - Scroll to each Band 0-9, A-F (as needed), and press E/yes.

 

Input Base Freq - Enter the base frequency press E/yes.
Input Spacing - Enter the step size and press E/
yes.

 

Press Menu to return and repeat for each band plan as needed.

 

Motorola Systems

 

800/900 Standard or 800 Splinter (analog 800Mhz systems with frequencies between 866-869 MHz ending with 0 instead of 5 e.g. 852.1250, not 852.1375).
The scanner will use the regular Motorola band plan.

 

Motorola Rebanded and Motorola VHF/UHF Systems

 

These systems require a Custom band plan. Custom band plans require that you enter both a lower and an upper base frequency value. The lower base frequency (or base) is always the base frequency as provided in the Radio Reference Database.
Use this
Excel spreadsheet to calculate the upper base frequency value. If you don't have Excel you can download and install a viewer here.
The upper base frequency can also be found using the
Band Plan Calculator at the online Wiki
.

 

For Standard 800 MHz Rebanded Systems, you need to set Band Plan 1 and Band Plan 2 as follows:

Band Plan

Lower Base Freq

Upper Base Freq

Offset

Polarity

Spacing

1

851.025

854.000

440

+

25 kHz

2

851.0125

868.9875

0

+

25 kHz

 

For Motorola Rebanded and Motorola VHF/UHF Systems, select the Custom option.

 

Select Plan 1-6 (as needed) for each Band Plan.

 

Set Base Freq

 

Input Lower - Enter the lower base frequency and press E/yes.

 

Input Upper - Enter the upper base frequency and press E/yes.

 

Set Offset

 

Input Offset - Enter the offset and press E/yes.

 

Select Polarity - Scroll to + (default) or - and press E/yes.

 

Set Spacing - Scroll to the step size and press E/yes.

 

Press Menu to return and repeat for each band plan as needed.

Set Frequencies This is where you program trunking frequencies for the Site.

 

New Frequency/Edit Frequency. Enter the frequency and press E/yes.

 

For EDACS and LTR sites only:
Input LCN - Enter the LCN number and press E/yes.

 

Delete Frequency

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

Set Modulation (no P25/One Freq) This setting selects the modulation used for the Site. The default setting is Auto. See also Site Modulation.

 

Auto, NFM, or FM

Set Attenuator This setting controls whether the scanner attenuates signals on the Site by about 20dBs. The default setting is Off. See also Attenuation.

 

On or Off

Set Avoid This determines whether a Site will be scanned or not. Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. The default setting is Stop Avoiding. See also Avoiding Transmissions.

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

Set Location Information This allows you program a location for the Site to use with Use Location Control enabled or with a GPS. You can program a circle with a radial range or multiple rectangles as a location.
See
Set Up GPS
first to setup your GPS format.

 

Circle

 

Set Latitude

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Set Longitude

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Set Range See also Understanding Range.

 

0-6000.

 

Rectangles

 

New Rectangle

 

Latitude -Top Left

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Longitude -Top Left

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Latitude - Right Bottom

 

Enter the latitude. Press .no to toggle N or S, and press E/yes.

 

Longitude - Right Bottom

 

Enter the longitude. Press .no to toggle E or W, and press E/yes.

 

Stored Rectangle

 

Edit Rectangle See New Rectangle above.

 

Delete Rectangle

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

Digital Waiting Time (Motorola Only) This setting gives the scanner time to determine if channels on mixed Motorola Systems have digital or analog transmissions. During this time, the scanner will evaluate the received signal and, if it detects digital data, will open squelch immediately. If digital is not detected before the delay expires, the scanner will open squelch at the end of this delay. This is to prevent "false decode" problems. This setting only affects channels with an Audio Type set to All. The default setting is 400 ms.

 

0 to 1000

 

Note: Any analog transmissions will lose the first part of the transmission, up to the wait time you set here.

Digital Threshold Mode (Motorola/P25 Only) This mode sets the algorithm for P25 decode [1]. The default setting is Auto.

 

Auto - Automatically sets the decode threshold based on received signal.
Manual
- Allows you to manually set the threshold by using the P25 Threshold Level setting (below) or
P25 Adjustment Mode.
Default
- Sets the scanner to the default threshold of 8, Auto.

Digital Threshold Level (Motorola/P25 Only) Sets the RSSI value below which the scanner will not attempt to make P25 fine tune adjustments. If the signal is too low, RX reliability is not high enough to make P25 adjustments correctly [1]. The default setting is 8.

 

0 to 20

Delete Site

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

New Site See New Site.  

 

Programming Frequencies/TGIDs

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Quickly Storing a Frequency/ID

In Scan Mode press Channel to hold on any channel.
Enter the Frequency or ID and press
E/yes.
See also
Edit Frequency or ID
.

 

Notes: You can also save any Frequency/ID in the display by pressing E/yes.
You have to enter a TGID/frequency in the proper format for the system you are holding on. Example: You can’t enter a Motorola Type II TGID when holding on an LTR system.
Quick Save is not allowed for I-Call IDs.

 

Store a Frequency into a “Quick Save” Favorites List

 

At Quick frequency save? Press E/yes.

 

The scanner will save the Frequency in a Favorites List called Quick Save Favorites List, in a System called Quick Save System, in a Department called Quick Save Department (with no quick keys assigned).

 

Store a TGID into a “Quick Save” Department in Current System

 

At Quick TGID Save? Press E/yes.

 

The scanner will save the ID in a Department called Quick Save Department (with no quick key assigned) in the current system.

 

Store a Frequency or ID into an Existing Favorites List

 

At Quick frequency/TGID Save? Press .no.

 

Select Favorites List Scroll to the Favorites List and press E/yes.
Select System
Scroll to the System and press E/yes.
Select Department Scroll to the Department and press E/
yes.

 

After storing the Frequency/ID, you will be at the Channel Options menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don’t want to edit the channel settings press Avoid to return. 

 

New Channel/Channel Options

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Favorites and press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Review/Edit System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to the System and press
E/yes.
Scroll to Edit Department and press
E/yes.
Scroll to the Department and press
E/yes.

Scroll to Edit Channel and press
E/
yes.
 

 

To Create a New Channel scroll to New Channel and press E/yes.
At Input Frequency/TGID enter the frequency or ID and press
E/yes.
See also
Edit Frequency or ID

 

To Edit an Existing Channel scroll to the Channel and press E/yes.

 

Note: You can also edit any Channel in the display by pressing E/yes.

Note: Not all options will appear for all channels. 

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Edit Name

Set TDMA Slot

Set Alert

 

Edit Frequency or TGID

Set Attenuator

Set Avoid

 

Set Audio Type

Set Service Type

Volume Offset

 

Set Channel Number Tag

Set Delay Time

Delete Channel

 

Set Modulation

Set Priority

New Channel

Edit Name 

 

See Data Naming.

Edit Frequency or TGID See also Entering IDs for Partial IDs.

 

Enter the frequency or ID and press E/yes to save.

 

To enter a Conventional Frequency, enter the Frequency and press E/yes.

  To enter a DMR, enter the ID and press E/yes.

 

To enter a Motorola Type II ID, enter the ID and press E/yes.

 

To enter a Motorola Type I ID, enter the Block Number and Fleet Number, press .no twice for a hyphen, then enter the Subfleet and press E/yes.

 

To enter an EDACS ID in AFS format, enter the Agency Number, press .no twice for a hyphen, then enter the Fleet and Subfleet and press E/yes.

 

To enter an EDACS ID in Decimal format, enter the ID and press E/yes.

 

To enter a LTR ID, enter the Area Code (0 or 1), enter the Home Repeater Number (01-20), then the User ID (1-254) and press E/yes. Example: 001134.

 

To enter an I-Call ID, press .no once for an 'i' then enter the ID and press E/yes.

 

To enter a Wildcard I-Call (any) ID, press .no once for an 'i' then enter 0 and press E/yes.

 

To enter Hexadecimal IDs, see Data Naming.

 

To program a Unit ID, see Edit Unit IDs.

 

Notes: If the channel is already stored in the group TGID or Frequency Exists Accept? (Y/N) appears. Press .no to return. You can also Avoid wildcard and partial IDs.

Set Audio Type (Conventional/Motorola only) Select All if this channel might contain both digital and analog signals. If you are sure the channel is analog, set the channel to Analog Only. This will prevent the P25 Waiting Time for the conventional system or Motorola site from losing the first part of the transmission up to the wait time you set there.

 

All - The scanner determines whether the audio is analog or digital.

 

Digital Only - The scanner will receive the channel only if it is carrying digital audio.

 

Digital Code Option

 

Search - the scanner searches and displays any digital code received.
Set P25 NAC
(P25 1 Trunk only) - allows you to program a NAC code. See Data Naming.

 

Note: You can also store a (blinking) NAC code when receiving the frequency in scan mode by pressing E/yes.

 

Set DMR Color Code (DMR only) allows you to program a Color Code (for the channel.

 

Note: You can also store a (blinking) color code when receiving the frequency in scan mode by pressing E/yes.

 

Analog Only - The scanner will only receive analog audio.

 

Set CTCSS/DCS

 

Search - The scanner searches and displays any CTCSS or DCS tone.

 

Note: You can also store a (blinking) CTCSS/DCS tone/code when receiving a frequency in scan mode by pressing E/yes.

 

CTCSS - the scanner only opens squelch if the CTCSS tone you select is also present with the signal. Scroll to the desired CTCSS tone you want present with the signal. Press E/yes to save.
DCS -
the scanner only opens squelch if the DCS code you select is also present with the signal. Scroll to the desired DCS code you want present with the signal. Press E/yes to save.
Set Lockout -
the scanner does not stop on the channel if the tone/code you select is present. Scroll to CTCSS or DCS and press E/yes.

 

Scroll to the desired tone/code you want locked out and press E/yes to save.

Set Channel Number Tag This allows you to number a Channel so you can access it quickly from Channel Hold Mode. The default setting is no number tag (blank). See also Using Number Tags.

 

Enter the number tag (0-999) (Press .no to clear display).

Set TDMA Slot (DMR 1 Trunk only) This allows you to select which slot or any slot to be received.

 

Scroll to Any, 1 or 2 and press E/yes.

Set Modulation (Conventional only) This setting selects the modulation used for the channel. The default setting is Auto. See also Channel Modulation.

 

Auto, AM, FM, NFM, WFM, or FMB (FM Broadcast)

Set Attenuator (Conventional only) This setting controls whether the scanner attenuates signals on the Channel by about 20dB. The default setting is Off. See also Attenuation.

 

On or Off

Set Service Type This sets the Service Type for The Channel. The Appendix has a list of Service Types and their general descriptions. Default is Custom 1.

 

Scroll to the Service Type and press E/yes.

Set Delay Time This sets (in seconds) the amount of time the scanner stays on a channel after the transmission has ended before moving to the next channel. A negative delay will force a resume after that number of seconds. The default setting is 2 seconds.

 

-10 -5, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, or 30 sec.

Set Priority This sets the channel as a priority channel while scanning. The default setting is Off. Note: To use Priority ID Scan you must also enable Priority ID Scan for each System. See also Priority Scanning.

 

On or Off

Set Alert This setting controls when and how the scanner alerts you if the channel becomes active. The default setting is Off.

 

Set Alert Tone

 

Alert 1-9 or Off.

 

Set Level

 

Level 1-15 or Auto (the master volume level).

 

Set Alert Light

 

Set Color

 

Off, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Yellow, or White.

 

Set Pattern

 

On, Slow Blink, or Fast Blink.

Set Avoid This determines whether a channel will be scanned or not. Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. The default setting is Stop Avoiding. See also Avoiding Transmissions.

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

Volume Offset This sets the Volume Offset for the Channel. See also Channel Volume Offset.

 

-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, or +3

Delete Channel

 

At Confirm Delete? press E/yes or .no.

New Channel See New Channel. 

 

Set Scan Selection

Contents

Press Menu then scroll to Set Scan Selection and press E/yes. 
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.
 

Select Lists to Monitor This setting enables or disables your Favorites Lists, Search with Scan, and the Database for scanning. You must first enable each list here, before you can enable the quick key for the list or you will see Nothing to Scan. Note: You will also need to set a location to enable the Full Database.

 

Scroll to each Favorites List, the Full Database, or Search with Scan and press E/yes to enable or disable.
For Search with Scan, see also
Search with Scan and Edit Custom Search.

Manage Quick Key Status This is one way to enable or disable your System QK's and Favorites Lists QK's. The other way is using the number keys on the keypad.
Department/Site QK's can only be enabled/disabled with the keypad. See also
Selecting Quick Keys
.

 

Favorites Quick Key

 

Scroll to each Favorites List QK and press E/yes to enable or disable. Press Menu to return.

 

System Quick Key

 

Scroll to each Favorites List and press E/yes.

 

Favorites List

 

Scroll to each System QK and press E/yes to enable or disable. Press Menu to return.

Set Nationwide Systems (Full Database Only) This setting enables or disables Nationwide Systems in the Full Database, only when the Full Database is enabled.

 

Scroll to each Nationwide System and press E/yes to enable or disable.

Set All Lists Off/On These settings disable or enable all Favorites Lists, Search with Scan, and the Full Database for scanning.

 

Press E/yes to toggle each setting. 

 

Manage Full Database

Contents

Press Menu then scroll to Manage Full Database and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes
.

Review Avoids You can review all Database Avoids and Stop Avoiding each one. Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-. Note: The Full Database must be enabled to Review Database Avoids.
See also
Review Scan Avoids.

 

Scroll to each System, Department, or Channel and press E/yes to stop avoiding.

Stop All Avoiding This will stop avoiding all Systems, Departments, Sites, and Channels in the Full Database. See also Clear All Scan Avoids.

 

At Confirm? press E/yes or .no.

Information This will show the database version in the scanner.

 

Using Startup Keys

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You can program each of your Favorites Lists with a Startup Key (0-9) so that when you power up the scanner and press the key number, just those Favorites List(s) assigned to the key will be enabled for scan. Systems are not affected. Caution: If you press the wrong key when you press the power key to set your startup configuration, and that wrong key doesn’t have any Favorites Lists assigned to that key, you will start up your scanner with all systems Avoided-Nothing to Scan. You will have to re-power the scanner with the correct Startup Key, or re-enable them in Set Scan Selection>Select Lists to Monitor.

 

1. Turn the scanner off.

 

2. Press and hold the number key that corresponds to the startup key when you turn the scanner on.

 

3. Continue holding the number key until the scanner display shows the number of the startup key configuration.

The scanner then checks all Favorites Lists and:

 

1. Favorites Lists that are assigned to the Startup Key pressed are changed to Monitor Status On.

 

2. Favorites Lists that are not assigned to the Startup Key pressed are changed to Monitor Status Off.

Note: You can't cancel Startup Configuration, i.e. have your scanner startup with all systems unlocked they way they were before you used a Startup Configuration (unless you reset your systems, sites, and search ranges to 'no startup key').

 

Priority Scanning

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Conventional Priority Scan When the scanner is scanning a Conventional System, it interrupts scanning, based on the Priority Interval and Max Channels settings, to check priority channels for activity. The more channels you have set to priority, the longer the interruption will be. The Favorites List(s) and System(s) containing the priority channel(s) have to be enabled (and not Avoided) or the scanner will display Priority Scan No Channel.

Conventional Priority DND The scanner checks priority channels, based on the Priority Interval and Max Channels settings, only when not receiving other conventional channels so there is no interruption in scanning with conventional systems.

Priority ID Scan This function is similar to conventional priority although there is no interruption during the transmission. Priority ID Scan is always on for a system if enabled in the system setting. Priority is checked in between transmissions, when the scanner is receiving the control channel, and during the channel delay period. The scanner can only look for priority IDs in the trunked system it is currently scanning.

Preemptive Priority ID Scanning For Motorola systems that have channel priority active on the system, if you flag a channel as priority and the system also has that TGID identified as a priority channel, the scanner will preempt any current transmission if the TGID becomes active.

The highest priority is for channels in System QK 0. The lowest priority is for channels in System QK 99. Priority for channels in the same Department follows the order in which they were created.

To Use Priority Scan you must first set your Priority Channels.
To Use Priority ID Scan you must enable
Priority ID Scan
for each system.

To Toggle Priority Modes in Scan Mode press Func then .no(Pri) to select On, DND On, or Off.

Priority Options
 

Press Menu then scroll to Priority Scan and press E/yes.

Set Priority Sets the Priority Mode. You can also toggle these modes in Scan Mode by pressing Func then .no(Pri) in Scan Mode.

 

Off - The Priority feature is off.

 

Priority DND - The scanner checks conventional priority channels only when not receiving other conventional channels.

 

PRI appears in the display reversed-.

 

Priority Scan - The scanner checks conventional priority channels.

 

PRI appears in the display.

Set Interval This sets (in seconds) how often the scanner will check the priority channels.

 

1-10 sec.

MaxChannels/Pri-Scan This sets the maximum number of priority channels that are scanned during one priority scan interrupt. If there are more priority channels than the value you select, the channels are divided into more than one group and the scanner scans each group in turn. Example: If you set the maximum channels to 20 and there are 100 priority channels, the scanner checks those 100 channels in groups of 20 and takes a total of 5 intervals to complete the priority scan.

 

1-100 

 

Scanning Order

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With previous scanners, you selected banks to scan. With this scanner, you select Favorites Lists, Systems, Departments, and Sites to scan by assigning Quick Keys to them. See also Understanding Quick Keys.

Scanning is performed with a mixture of FLQK order and SQK order. The scanner will not scan all Systems in one Favorites List and then move to the next List.
For each Favorites List, starting with 0, the scanner will scan each 0 SQK in FLQK order and then move to the next set of SQK's for each list. All Department and Site QK's are scanned with each System.

 

Example:
FL
QK 0, SQK 0, DQK 0-99; FLQK 1, SQK 0, DQK 0-99….
FL
QK 98, SQK 99, DQK 0-99; FLQK 99, SQK, 99, DQK 0-99.
Systems, Departments, and Sites with the same QK are scanned in order of creation.
Conventional Channels in Departments are also scanned in order of creation.

The Database is scanned next, in order of creation. Then, Systems with no QK (including created Quick Save Systems) are scanned in order of creation.

Next, the ‘Search with Scan’ System, containing any Custom Searches or the Close Call Hits Department, is scanned in order (if Unavoided; Hits with Scan last). ‘Close Call Hits’ is a special department that automatically stores the frequencies found by Close Call. If the ‘Close Call Hits’ department has no frequencies, the scanner will not scan the system.

The scanner scans a system for the duration you set using the System Hold Time option. For trunked systems, the scanner moves to the next system after the hold time expires, the current transmission ends, and the channel delay expires. Conventional systems operate similarly, but all (Unavoided) channels are scanned at least one time regardless of the hold time setting.

IDs are not really scanned. The scanner checks for any activity in the trunking system and:

 

Will display all IDs when ID Search Mode is set to On.
Will display only programmed IDs when ID Search Mode is set to Off.

 

Scanning

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Scanning Checklist:
1.  A location has to be set in Set Your Location to monitor the Full Database or FL's with 'Use Location Control' set to On.
2.
You must enable at least one Favorites List or the Full Database in
Select Lists to Monitor.
3.
Favorites Lists or Systems with QK's assigned to them must be enabled with QK's or in
Manage Quick Key Status.
3a
Departments and/or Sites with QK's assigned to them must be enabled with QK's.
4.
Make sure ID Search is On for the system if no IDs are programmed.
5.
Service Types for the channels you want to monitor must be set to On.
6.
Any FL with
Use Location Control
set to On must have locations programmed for the Departments and/or Sites.

Any Favorites List not assigned to a quick key, not Avoided, and set to On in Select Lists to Monitor will be scanned.

Any System, Department, or Site not assigned to a QK and not Avoided, will be scanned.

If you are programming everything in Sentinel first and sending it to the scanner:

 

Edit Profile>Scan Selection tab: Make sure 'Monitor' and 'Download' are On for FL's you want to scan. Check or uncheck 'Monitor Full Database'.

Edit Profile>Service Types tab: Make sure Service Types you want to monitor are checked. Custom 1 is needed for miscellaneous channels.

Edit Profile>Location Settings tab: Make sure you have a location programmed for scanning the Full Database or FL's with 'Use Location Control' set to On.

Edit Profile>Quick Key Status tab: Make sure FLQK's are checked for FL's you want to monitor.

Edit Favorites List>System QK Status tab: Make sure SQK's are checked for systems you want to monitor.

Edit Favorites List>System>Options tab: Make sure 'ID Search' is On if no IDs are programmed.

Edit Favorites List>System>Dept/Site Quick Keys Status tab: Make sure Department/Site QK's are checked for departments/sites you want to monitor.

Edit Favorites List>System>Dept/Site>Location tab: Make sure Departments/Sites have locations programmed if 'Use Location Control' is set to On for the FL.


Scan Receive


Scan Mode


Number Tag


System/Channel Temp Avoid, Dept Permanent Avoid


Search with Scan, Frequency Hold


Site Hold


Department and Channel Hold


System Pause


Site QK - Function Mode


Department QK - Hold Mode

Change Direction or Resume Scan

Scan Hold

Channel Volume Offset

Using Number Tags

Selecting Quick Keys

Avoiding Transmissions

Scan Priority Modes 

Review Scan Avoids

View Current QK Status

Store a Channel from the Database

Weather Alert Priority 

Clear Scan Avoids in Current System

View Any QK Status

Advanced Channel Memory

Close Call Modes 

Clear All Scan Avoids (BCD536HP Only)

Select Service Types

Store a Search Frequency

Close Call Hit

Custom Search by Search Quick Key

Toggle Display Modes

Attenuation

Wi-Fi Setup

Quick Search at Current Frequency

Toggle ID Scan or ID Search 

Modulation

New Zip/Postal Code Location 

Close Call Only

Replay the Last Transmissions

Intermediate Frequency Exchange

Set the Range 

Weather Scan

Start/Stop Recording View Repeater Frequency Direct Frequency/ID Entry Tone-Out Standby/Search

Review Recordings

 

 

 

 

Change Direction or Resume Scan
    Turn the Scroll Control.


Contents

Selecting Quick Keys Leading 0’s not required but will show QK status.
See also
View Current QK Status and View Any QK Status. See also Understanding Quick Keys.

 

Notes: You can press Menu or Avoid to cancel any entry. If you make a mistake entering numbers, you can use the scroll control to backup and correct entries.
If you disable all System QK's or all Department/Site QK's in a Favorites List, you will need to use the full entry to enable the QK. Example: 3.1.4 to enable Department/Site QK 4. (..4 won't work).

 

Favorites List Quick Key Press the number key(s) assigned to the Favorites List, then press E/yes.   

 

Example: 4, E/yes toggles FL 4.

 

System Quick Key in the Current List Press .no, the number key(s) assigned to the System(s), then E/yes.
    Example: .3, E/yes toggles all Systems with SQK 3.

 

System Quick Key in a Different List Press the number key(s) assigned to the Favorites List, .no, the number key(s) assigned to the System(s), then E/yes.
    Example: 0.4, E/yes toggles all Systems with SQK 4 in FL 0.

 

Department/Site Quick Key in the Current List Press .no, the number key(s) assigned to the System(s), .no, the number key(s) assigned to the Department(s) or Site(s), then E/yes.
    Example: .2.4, E/yes toggles all Departments/Sites with QK 4, in all Systems with SQK 2.

 

Department/Site Quick Key in a Different List Press the number key(s) assigned to the Favorites List, .no, the number key(s) assigned to the System, .no, the number key(s) assigned to the Department(s) or Site(s), then E/yes.
    Example: 3.1.4, E/yes toggles all Departments/Sites with QK 4, in all Systems with SQK 1, in List 3.

 

Department/Site Quick Key in the Current System Press .no twice, the number key(s) assigned to the Department(s) or Site(s), then E/yes.
    Example: ..3, E/yes toggles all Departments/Sites with QK 3.


 

View Current QK Status

 Scan Menu Contents

 

F#: Favorites List QK - F# is first digit of FLQK. Blinking number on the right is second digit of current FLQK in Scan/Receive modes.

 

FLQK 3 active.

 

F0: 0 1 2 3 * * * - - - indicates:
    FLQK's 0-3
are On in Select List to Monitor and On in Set Quick Key Status.
    FLQK's 4-6
are On in Select List to Monitor and Off in Set Quick Key Status.
    FLQK's 7-9
are Off in Select List to Monitor (or not assigned).
 

 

S#: System QK - S# is first digit of SQK. Blinking number on the right is second digit of current SQK in Scan/Receive modes.

 

System QK 3 active.

 

S0: 0 1 2 3 * * * - - - indicates:
    SQK's 0-3 are On in Set Quick Key Status.
    SQK's 4-6 are Off in Set Quick Key Status.
    SQK's 7-9 are not assigned.
 

 

D#: Site QK - Press Func to display Site QK in Scan mode. D# is first digit of Site QK. Blinking number on the right is second digit of Site QK. System QK for the Site is shown above.

 

Site QK 52 active.

 

D5: 0 1 2 3 * * * - - - indicates:
    Site QK 50-53 are On using the keypad.
    Site QK 54-56 are Off using the keypad.
    Site QK 57-59 are not assigned.
 

 

D#: Department QK - Conventional System - Press Func to display Department QK in Scan/Receive/Hold modes.
Trunked System
- Press Func to display Department QK in (Channel) Hold mode.

 

 

D# is first digit of Department QK then second digit of Department QK on the right. System QK for the Department is shown above.

 

D0: - - - 3 - - - - - - indicates:
    Department QK 3 is current in System QK 3.
 

View Any QK Status Use the examples below. Press Avoid to exit the QK Navigation screen, or .no until display clears.
Leading 0's required to view complete status.

Scan Menu Contents

 

.. shows status of SQK's in current FL.

..# shows status of Department/Site QK's #0-#9 in current System.
 

 

FLQK's 0-9 - Press 0.

FLQK's 10-19 - Press 1.

 

 

FLQK's 0-3 On, 4-6 Off (in Set QK Status), 7-9 Off (in Select Lists to Monitor or not assigned).
 

FLQK's 10-13 On, 14-19 Off (in Select Lists to Monitor or not assigned).
 

 

FLQK 0 - SQK's 0-9 Press 0.0.

FLQK 33 - SQK's 40-49 Press 33.4.

 

 

SQK's 0-3 On, 4-9 not assigned.
FLQK 0 On.
 

SQK's 40-43 On, 47-49 not assigned.
FLQK 33 On.
 

 

FLQK 0 - SQK 0 - Dept/Site QK's 0-9 Press 0.0.0.

FLQK 1 - SQK 1 - Dept/Site QK's 0-9 Press 01.01.0.

 

 

Dept/Site QK's 0-3 On, 4-7 Off, 8 and 9 not assigned.
SQK 0 On.
FLQK 0 On.
 

Dept/Site QK's 0-3 On, 4-9 not assigned.
SQK 1 On.
FLQK 1 On.

 

FLQK 50 - SQK 13 - Dept/Site QK's 80-89 Press 50.13.8.

 

 

Dept/Site QK's 80-83 On, 84-87 Off, 88 and 89 not assigned.
SQK 13 On.
FLQK 50 Off (in Set QK Status).
 

Select Service Types 

Scan Menu Contents

 

(BCD536HP) Press Serv.
(BCD436HP) Press Func then Zip/Services.
Scroll to each Service Type and press E/yes to enable or disable.

Toggle Display Modes

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel and press Func then 9(DISP).
Press
Channel
to resume.
With the BCD536HP, you can turn 3-Line Display on and off.
With the BCD436HP, you can toggle Unit ID display or Channel Service Type.

Toggle ID Scan or ID Search 

 

While scanning each Trunked System, press Func then E/yes.
Note:
ID Search is not available with the Database.

Replay the Last Transmissions Your scanner Replay feature acts as an instant replay of the transmissions you’ve just heard. You can set how long a period Replay records from 30 seconds to 240 seconds (4 minutes). While you can replay those recordings immediately and continue replaying them, you cannot save them for future listening. See also Replay Options.

 

While scanning, press Replay.
Turn the Scroll Control to select recordings.
Press Channel to pause/resume replay. Press Replay to exit.
Note:
Replay is not available when recording is enabled.

Start/Stop Recording With your scanner, you can record transmissions. When you begin recording, your scanner adds the Replay recording buffer to the recording. These recording sessions are saved and can be replayed on demand. See also Replay Options.

 

While scanning, press Func then Replay. Resets to Off when you turn off the scanner.

Review Recordings

 

While scanning, press and hold Replay. Scroll to the session and press E/yes.
At Play Session press E/yes. Turn the Scroll Control to select recordings.
Press Channel to pause/resume recordings. Press Replay to exit.

Scan Hold

 

Channel Hold

 

Press Channel to hold on a Channel. You can now scroll all Channels.
Press
Channel to release Channel Hold.

 

Department Hold

 

Press Dept to pause for 2 seconds then hold on any Department.
(Department is reversed in the display for Pause Mode)

Double press
Dept to hold
without a pause.
Press Dept then quickly scroll to any Department in Pause Mode.

Double press
Dept to release Department Hold.

 

System Hold

 

Press System to pause for 2 seconds then hold on any System.
(System is reversed in the display for Pause Mode)

Double press
System to hold without a pause.
Press System then quickly scroll to any System in Pause Mode.

Double press
System to release System Hold.

 

Site Hold

 

Press Func then Dept to hold on any Site in the current System.
Press Dept then quickly scroll to the Site in Pause Mode.
(Site is reversed in the display for 2 seconds in Pause Mode)

Press
Func then
Dept to release Site Hold.

Avoiding Transmissions Avoids are common to every System in the Favorites List. Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. See also Review Scan Avoids.

Scan Menu Contents

 

Channel Avoid

 

When the Channel is in the display or in Channel Hold Mode:
To Temporary Avoid press Avoid.
To Permanent Avoid press Avoid twice quickly.

 

Department Avoid

 

When the Department is in the display or Department Hold Mode:
To Temporary Avoid press Dept then quickly press Avoid.
To Permanent Avoid press Dept then quickly press Avoid twice.

 

System Avoid

 

When the System is in the display or in System Hold Mode:
To Temporary Avoid press System then quickly press Avoid.
To Permanent Avoid press System then quickly press Avoid twice.

 

Site Avoid

 

In Site Hold Mode (Func then Dept):
To Temporary Avoid press Dept then quickly press Avoid.
To Permanent Avoid press Dept then quickly press Avoid twice.
Press Func then
Dept to release Site Hold.


Department Temporary Avoid
Channel Permanent Avoid

Store a Channel from the Full Database 

 

See Add to Favorites List in the Advanced Channel Menu below.

Advanced Channel Menu While the channel is in the display, press E/yes.

 

Edit Current Channel - Then see Channel Options.

 

Add to Favorites List

 

At Saving channel to Favorites List, press E/yes.
Scroll to the Favorites List and press E/yes.
For a New Favorites List Then see
Data Naming.

 

The channel will be saved in the new or stored list with the channel’s System and Department (and all Sites in the System for an ID).

 

Save Sub Audio/P25 NAC - CTCSS Tone, DCS/NAC Code, Color Code, or TDMA slot (blinking).

 

At Are you sure?, press E/yes.

 

Save Talk Group ID Into the current System, Unknown Talk Group ID with ID Search.

 

At Are you sure?, press E/yes.
At Select Department, scroll to the Department and press E/yes.
New Department
Then see
Data Naming.

 

After storing the ID, you will be at the Channel Options menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don’t want to edit the settings press Avoid to return.

 

Save Unit ID - The Unit ID will be stored in the current system.

 

At Are you sure?, press E/yes.

 

After storing the Unit ID, you will be at the Edit Unit ID menu to complete the settings for the Unit ID. If you don’t want to edit the settings press Avoid to return.

Store a Search Frequency (Search with Scan)

Scan Menu Contents

 

Press E/yes. Then see Storing Search Frequencies.

 

Attenuation

 

Channel Attenuation - Press Channel to hold on the channel.
Press
Func then 4(ATT) to toggle attenuation. Press Channel to resume.

 

Global Attenuation - Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press Func then press and hold 4(ATT) to toggle global attenuation. Press Channel to resume.
ATT
blinks in the display when global attenuation is on.

Modulation

Conventional Channel Modulation - Press Channel to hold on the Channel. Press Func then Channel(MOD) to toggle modulation.
Press
Channel to release Channel Hold
.

 

Site Modulation Press Func then Dept to hold on the Site.
Press
Channel to hold
on any Channel.
Press
Func then Channel(
MOD) to toggle modulation.
Press
Channel
to release Channel hold.
Press
Func then Dept to release Site Hold Mode.

Intermediate Frequency Exchange See also Intermediate Frequency Exchange.

 

Press Channel to hold on the channel.
Press Func then 7(IFX) to toggle on or off. Press Channel to resume.

View Repeater Frequency for a Conventional Channel

 

Press Channel to hold on the channel.
Press
Func then press and hold 8(
REV). Press Channel to resume.

Channel Volume Offset

 

Press Channel to hold on the channel.
Press
Func then press 0(
LVL) to toggle +1, +2, +3, -3, -2, -1, or 0. Press Channel to resume.

Scan Priority Modes 

 

Press Func then .no(PRI) to toggle Priority Mode Off, On, or DND On.

Weather Alert Priority 

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press
Func then 6(WX) to toggle on or off. Press Channel to resume.

Close Call Modes 

Scan Menu Contents

 

To toggle CC Off, CC Pri, or CC DND:
(BCD536HP) Press
SQ().
(BCD436HP) Press Channel to hold on any channel. Press
Func then Avoid(). Press Channel to resume.

Close Call Hit See Using Close Call.

Wi-Fi-Setup (BCD536HP Only)

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press
Func then press 5().

New Zip/Postal Code Location  

 

(BCD536HP) Press the Zip button.
(BCD436HP) Press Zip/Services.
Select your Country, and enter a zip/postal code. See also
Set Your Location.

Set the (Current) Location Range 

 

(BCD536HP) Press the Range button. Enter new range and press E/yes to save.
(BCD436HP) See
Set Range.
See also
Understanding Range and Understanding Location Control.

Direct Frequency/ID Entry

 

Press Channel to hold on any Channel.
Enter the Frequency/ID and press
Channel.

Press Func then System to exit.

Using Number Tags

 

If two Favorites Lists have the same number tag, they will be selected in sequence. The first time you select the number tag, the scanner will go to the first Favorites List assigned to that number tag; if you select the same number tag again, it will go to the 2nd Favorites List assigned to that number tag, and so on. The same rule applies to System and Channel number tags (So don't start with 0 for all your systems and channels).

 

View Number Tags
(BCD536HP) Press Func in Channel Hold/Receive Modes.

(BCD436HP)
Number Tag is always displayed.

 

 

Go To Number Tag (Leading 0’s not required)
Press
Channel to hold on any channel
.
Enter the Favorites number tag, .no, the System number tag, .no, then the Channel number tag and press Channel.
Press Channel to resume.
Examples:
2.5.6
to go to Channel 6 in System 5 in Favorites List 2.
1.10.36
to go to Channel 36 in System 10 in Favorites List 1.
.10.36
to go to Channel 36 in System 10 in current Favorites List.
..36
to go to Channel 36 in current System.
2. to go to Favorites List 2
(1st channel in 1st department in 1st system).
2.5.
to go to System 5 in Favorites List 2 (1st channel in 1st department).

 

Review Scan Avoids (BCD536HP Only) You can Review Avoids for the Database or for each Favorites List.

Scan Menu Contents

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press Func then Avoid and scroll to select each Avoid. Temporary Avoids appear reversed in the display-.
Press E/yes to Stop Avoiding.
Press Avoid to return. Press Channel to release Hold Mode.
See also
Manage Full Database and Manage Favorites Lists. See also System Options to review ID Avoids.

Clear Scan Avoids in Current System

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel in the current System.
Press and hold
Avoid.
Press Channel to release Hold Mode.

Clear All Scan Avoids (BCD536HP Only) See also Manage Full Database and Manage Favorites Lists.

 

You can Clear all Avoids for the Database or for each Favorites List.
Press Channel to hold on any channel in the current Favorites List or the Database.
Press Func then press and hold Avoid.
At Stop Avoiding All Systems?, press E/yes.
Press Channel to release Hold Mode.

Custom Search by Search Quick Key

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press
Func then 1(
SRCH1), 2(SRCH2), or 3(SRCH3), to start a Custom Search, Close Call Only, or Tone-Out Search assigned to a Search Key. Then see Searching.

Quick Search at Current Frequency

 

Press Channel to hold on the frequency.
Press Func then E/yes. At Quick Search? Press E/yes.

Close Call Only 

 

(BCD536HP) Press and hold SQ().
(BCD436HP) Press
Func then press and hold Avoid().

Weather Scan

 

Press Channel to hold on any channel.
Press
Func then press and hold 6(
WX).

Tone-Out Standby/Search 

 

(BCD536HP Only) Press Func then SQ.
(BCD436HP) Assign Tone-Out Standby/Search to a
Search Key.

   
P25 Adjustment Mode

Scan Menu Contents

You may be able to optimize the scanner’s performance with digital APCO 25 frequencies.

These steps work only when you can clearly receive the frequencies. If you are in a weak-signal area or receive interference, these steps will not work. These steps do not compensate for weak signals or signals subject to interference.

If you set an incorrect decode threshold level, the scanner might stop decoding digital signals. If this happens, change the P25 Threshold Mode to Auto then repeat these steps.

Set the P25 Threshold Mode to Manual in Site Options for the Site, System Options for any conventional channel in the System, Srch/CloCall Opt, or Edit Custom Search.

Hold on any Site, or digital conventional Frequency.
(BCD536HP) Press Func then Vol.
(BCD436HP) Press Vol then Func then Vol.

The first line on the display will show the digital error rate and the decode threshold setting (0-20) when receiving. The second line on the display shows the decode threshold levels.

Allow the scanner to monitor the site or frequency for several minutes. Press Func and rotate the Scroll Control to change the decode threshold level setting and obtain the lowest error rate possible when receiving transmissions. Whatever you set at this point will be remembered as the starting point for the auto-tuning function for subsequent transmission.

To exit P25 Adjustment Mode:
(BCD536HP) Press Func then Vol.
(BCD436HP) Press Vol.

 

Using a GPS

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You can connect the scanner to a NMEA compatible GPS device and set the scanner to automatically Avoid and Unavoid Departments and Sites based on your current location. This frees you from having to manually enable and disable Departments and Sites as you change locations. All Sites/Departments with locations set and not within range of your current location will be temporarily Avoided.  All Sites/Departments without locations set will still be scanned.

For all Favorites Lists with 'Use Location Control' set to On, all Sites/Departments with locations set and not within range of your current location will be temporarily Avoided.
For all Favorites Lists with 'Use Location Control' set to Off, All Sites/Departments without locations set will still be scanned.

For the BCD436HP, use the 4-pin mini plug under the flap to connect to the scanner. The BCD536HP has a 9-pin RS232 male serial connector on the rear and you should select a baud rate of (4800 bps) for the serial port.

A good application of this feature would be to set the longitude and latitude for each multi-site system transmitter as usually you can receive at least a handful in any given location. Set the range to 0 for your location and the scanner will automatically Avoid or Unavoid Sites when in and out of range. It may also be relevant to set different locations/ranges for the Departments within the site.

You can find the physical location of antennas using the databases available at Radio Reference or the FCCs Antenna Structure Registration site. Both sites list the latitude, longitude, and height of the antenna and both sites can map the exact location for you.

Once the scanner completes the initial GPS review, if you move into or out of an area covered by a Site/Department, the scanner will Avoid and Unavoid Sites and Departments according to Range settings for the scanner and Sites/Departments. If you cycle power, all Sites/Departments are Unavoided until the scanner reacquires the GPS signal and completes the initial GPS review.

Note: If you unplug your GPS device or it loses reception to satellites, the scanner will use the last known location as the current location.
See also
Set Your Location to set your Location, Range, and relevant GPS options and Understanding Location Control and Understanding Range.

 

Discovery Mode

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Trunking Discovery Mode allows you to monitor a trunked radio Site for channels not currently in the database. It can automatically record audio and log newly discovered channels for later review and identification.

Conventional Discovery Mode lets you monitor a range of frequencies that are not already known to be in use in your area. This includes frequencies used conventionally as well as in trunked radio systems. It can automatically record audio and log newly discovered channels for later review and identification so that you can more easily identify the users.

Both modes allow you to listen while discovering, have the option to compare hits to the Database, and log all hits or just new hits. You can create and save several sessions with different settings.

Every time you start a session you create a Run. Review Discovery allows you to review the Run results, resume Runs, or restart saved Discovery Sessions.

If you use the Auto Store option, Discovery will create a new Favorites List called Trunking Discovery, or Conventional Discovery. Each Session will create a new System, and each Run will create a new Department for IDs or frequencies found.

Before using this mode, set your location and location range, and enable the Database or Favorites Lists to use for Discovery.
 

New Session

Press Menu then scroll to Discovery and press E/yes.
Scroll to Trunking Discovery or Conventional Discovery and press
E/yes.
Scroll to New Session and press
E/yes.

 

Conventional Discovery

 

Input Session Name - Enter the Name and press E/yes. See Data Naming.

 

Trunking Discovery

 

Input System Name - Press E/yes to display enabled systems and scroll to system. Press E/yes to select.

 

Notes: To select the trunked system:
1. The trunked system must be enabled in 'Select Lists to Monitor',
2. The system/site QKs must be enabled for scan in 'Set Quick Key Status' (if assigned to one), and
3. The service types for channels in the system must be enabled.

 

Select Site - Scroll to the Site to use in the system and press E/yes.
Input Session Name
- Enter the Name and press E/yes. See Data Naming.
 

Session Options

Press Menu then scroll to Discovery and press E/yes.
Scroll to Trunking/Conventional Discovery and press
E/yes.

Scroll to the Discovery Session and press
E/yes.

 

Edit Session Name

Set Logging

Set Auto Store

 

Set Limit Frequencies

Set Compare to Database

Delete Session

 

Set Modulation

Set Record Duration

Change System

 

Set Step

Set Time-Out Timer

Start Discovery

 

Set Delay

System Info

Review Discovery

Edit Session Name This allows you to name a Session.

 

See Data Naming.

Set Limit Frequencies (Conventional Only) This sets the lower and upper frequencies for conventional discovery session.

 

Set Lower Limit - Enter the lower limit.
Set Upper Limit
- Enter the upper limit.

Set Modulation (Conventional Only) This sets the modulation for conventional discovery session.

 

Auto, AM, FM, NFM, WFM, or FMB (FM Broadcast)

Set Step (Conventional Only) This sets the step size for conventional discovery session.

 

Auto, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 kHz.

Set Delay This sets the Delay when monitoring a site or frequencies.

 

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 sec.

Set Logging This will log all hits or just new hits.

 

All or New Only

Set Compare to Database Select On to compare hits against all channels currently enabled (Database and Favorites Lists) and the scanner will not record hits for known channels. Only new channels will have audio recorded (if recording is enabled). Select Off to treat all hits as new channels.

 

On or Off

Set Record Duration This sets the record duration of the transmission.

 

None 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 300, or 600 sec.

Set Time-Out Timer This is used to keep a stuck channel from stealing the whole Run in a session.

 

Off, 10, 30, or 60 sec.

System Info (Trunking Only) This will show you the Database used, the system type, system used, and site used.

Set Auto Store This turns Auto Store on and will create a Favorites List called Conventional or Trunking Discovery.

 

On or Off

Delete Session This deletes the session.

 

At Confirm Delete? Press E/yes or .no.

Change System (Trunking Only) This allows you to select or change the System and Site used for the session.

 

Input System Name

 

Press E/yes to display enabled systems and scroll to system. Press E/yes to select.
Notes:
To select the system:
1. The trunked system must be enabled in 'Select Lists to Monitor',
2. The system/site QKs must be enabled for scan in 'Set Quick Key Status' (if assigned to one), and
3. The service types for the channels in the system must be enabled .

 

Select Site

 

Scroll to the Site to use for the session.

Start Discovery
Before using this mode, set your location and location range, and enable the Database or Favorites Lists to use for Discovery.

 

Press Menu then scroll to Discovery and press E/yes.
Scroll to Trunking/Conventional Discovery and press
E/yes.
Scroll to the Discovery Session and press
E/yes.
At Start Discovery press E/Yes.
To Exit Discovery Mode press Func then System.

 

Press Avoid to Avoid a hit.
Press Menu to stop and review the Run information. See
Review Discovery.
Press Func then System to exit.


Conventional Discovery


Trunking Discovery


Conventional Discovery


Trunking Discovery

Review Discovery

In Review Discovery mode, you can review the results of discovery mode runs, resume runs, or restart saved discovery sessions. You can download and review sessions in the Sentinel software. You can also listen to recordings from the SD card in "Mass Storage" mode.
See
Connecting the USB Cable.

Press Menu then scroll to Discovery and press E/yes.
Scroll to Review Discovery and press
E/yes.

Scroll to Trunking/Conventional Discovery Results and press E/yes.

 

Scroll to select each Run and press E/yes.

 

Review Run Results

 

Summary - List by each frequency.

 

Detail - List by each hit.

 

Restart this Run - Delete all log files.

 

Restart? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Resume this Run - Continue without deleting log files.

 

Resume? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Delete this Run

 

Confirm Delete? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Rename this Run

 

See Data Naming.

 

Run Information

 

This will show you the location info, range, the Database used, the system used, system type, site used, and other Session options.

 

Search/Close Call Options

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These are the settings you should look at before you perform a Quick Search, or Close Call Search.

Press Menu. Scroll to Srch/CloCall Opt and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.

 

Freq Avoids

Set Delay Time

P25 Waiting Time

 

Broadcast Screen

Set Attenuator

P25 Threshold Mode

 

Repeater Find

Set Audio AGC

P25 Threshold Level

Freq Avoids This allows you to review Avoided Frequencies or Stop Avoiding all Frequencies for Searching and Close Call search.
Temporary Avoids are noted with a T.

 

Stop All Avoiding See also Clear All Search Avoids.

 

At Confirm? Press E/yes or .no.

 

Rvw Search Avoid See also Review Search Avoids.

 

Scroll to the Frequency and press E/yes to Stop Avoiding.

Broadcast Screen Automatically ignores transmissions that are on common broadcasts, paging systems, and other annoyance radio sources during Custom Search, Quick Search, or Close Call Search. You can select common bands you want to ignore or program custom bands. The default setting is Pager On.

 

Set All Band On/Off Turns Broadcast Screen On or Off for All Bands.

 

Set Each Band

 

Scroll to each Band and press E/yes to enable or disable. 

 

Program Band

 

Band 0-9 Select for each band.

 

Set Lower Limit - Input the lower frequency limit.

 

Set Upper Limit - Input the upper frequency limit.

 

Press Menu to return and repeat for each band as needed.

Repeater Find Sets whether the scanner tries to tune to a repeater output frequency when it detects a transmission on a repeater input frequency in Search and Close Call modes. Turning this feature on can let you hear both sides of the conversation on the output frequency. The default setting is Off.

 

On or Off

Set Delay Time Determines how long the scanner waits after a transmission ends before resuming Quick Search and Close Call Search operations. A negative delay will force a resume after that number of seconds. The default setting is 2 seconds.

 

-10, -5, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, or 30 sec.

Set Attenuator This controls the attenuator for Quick Search and Close Call operations by about 20dB. The default setting is Off. See also Search Attenuation.

 

On or Off

Set Audio AGC This allows you to turn AGC (Automatic Gain Control) on or off for Quick Search and Close Call Modes. The default settings are Off.

 

Analog - Press E/yes to toggle On or Off.
Digital - Press E/yes to toggle On or Off.

P25 Waiting Time This setting gives the scanner time to determine if frequencies have digital or analog transmissions. During this time, the scanner will evaluate the received signal and, if it detects digital data, will open squelch immediately. If digital is not detected before the delay expires, the scanner will open squelch at the end of this delay. This is to prevent "false decode" problems. The default setting is 400 ms.

 

0 to 1000 ms

 

Note: Any analog transmissions will lose the first part of the transmission, up to the wait time you set here.

P25 Threshold Mode This mode sets the algorithm for P25 decode [1]. The default setting is Auto.

 

Auto - Automatically sets the decode threshold based on received signal.
Manual
- Allows you to manually set the threshold by using the P25 Threshold Level setting (below) or
P25 Adjustment Mode.
Default
- Sets the scanner to the default threshold of 8, Auto.

P25 Threshold Level Sets the RSSI value below which the scanner will not attempt to make P25 fine tune adjustments. If the signal is too low, RX reliability is not high enough to make P25 adjustments correctly [1].
The default setting is 8.

 

0 to 20

 

Search for… Menu

Contents

Press Menu. Scroll to Search for… and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.

 

Edit Custom Search

Set Search Key

Search with Scan

Edit Custom Search
You can edit the 10 Custom Search ranges. The default custom search range names appear as Custom 0, Custom 1, and so on. See also Broadcast Screen and Repeater Find.

 

Custom 0-9 Select for each Custom Search.

 

Edit Name See Data Naming.

 

Edit Srch Limit

 

Set Lower Limit - Enter the lower limit.
Set Upper Limit - Enter the upper limit.

 

Set Delay Time

 

-10, -5, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, or 30 sec.

 

Set Modulation

 

Auto, AM, NFM, FM, WFM, or FMB (Broadcast)

 

Set Attenuator

 

On or Off

 

Set Step

 

Auto, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 kHz

 

Set Audio AGC

 

Analog - Press E/yes to toggle On or Off.
Digital - Press E/yes to toggle On or Off.

 

P25 Waiting Time

 

This setting gives the scanner time to determine if frequencies have digital or analog transmissions. During this time, the scanner will evaluate the received signal and, if it detects digital data, will open squelch immediately. If digital is not detected before the delay expires, the scanner will open squelch at the end of this delay. This is to prevent "false decode" problems. The default setting is 400 ms.

 

0 to 1000 ms. Note: Any analog transmissions will lose the first part of the transmission, up to the wait time you set here.

 

P25 Threshold Mode This mode sets the algorithm for P25 decode [1]. The default setting is Auto.

 

Auto - Automatically sets the decode threshold.
Manual - Allows you to manually set the threshold by using the P25 Threshold Level setting (below) or P25 Adjustment Mode.
Default - Sets the scanner to the default threshold of 8, Auto.

 

P25 Threshold Level Sets the RSSI value below which the scanner will not attempt to make P25 fine tune adjustments.
If the signal is too low, RX reliability is not high enough to make P25 adjustments correctly [1].
The default setting is 8.

 

1 to 20

 

Search with Scan

 

This setting allows you to enable the Custom Search in the ‘Search with Scan’ system. See also Select Lists to Monitor and Search with Scan in the Search for… menu.

 

Set Avoid

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

 

Set Hold Time Sets how long to search.

 

Enter the hold time 0-255 (sec.) and press E/yes to save.

 

Note: 0 will scan the complete range.

Set Search Key The scanner has three search keys that you can assign to a search range. The search keys are number keys 1, 2, and 3. This allows you to start a Custom, Tone-Out, or Close Call Search without having to go into the menus.

 

Search Key 1-3

 

. (nothing assigned), Custom Search 0-9, Tone-Out, or Close Call.

Search with Scan This is a special system that allows you to include Custom Searches and the ‘Hits with Scan’ department in Scan Mode. To search and scan at the same time you have to enable Search with Scan in Select Lists to Monitor, "Stop Avoiding" the Search with Scan System with this setting, and "Stop Avoiding" each Custom Search Department in Edit Custom Search and/or the Hits with Scan Department in Close Call Options.

 

Set System Avoid

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid.

 

Searching

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Quick Search

Allows you to start searching at the displayed frequency, or enter a frequency and start searching from that frequency in Search Hold or Channel Hold.
Quick Search will search all the way up to 1300 MHz or all the way down to 25 MHz then start over.

To Start a Quick Search from the Displayed Frequency:

 

Press Channel to hold on the Frequency.
Press Func then E/yes. At Quick Search? Press E/yes.

To Start a Quick Search from a New Frequency:

 

Press Channel to hold on any Channel or Frequency.
Enter the new frequency then press
Channel to set the starting frequency.
Press
Channel again to release Hold Mode and start searching.

To exit Searching press Func then System.
 

Custom Search

Allows you to search the scanners 10 programmed frequency ranges. See also Search/Close Call Options and Search for Menu

 

Press Menu. Scroll to Search for... and press E/yes.
Scroll to
Custom Search and press E/yes.
You can also start a Custom Search assigned to a QK by holding on any Channel in Scan Mode and pressing Func then 1, 2, or 3.
To exit Custom Search press Func then System.
 


Quick Search


Custom Search


Quick Search


Custom Search

Change Direction or Resume Search

 

Turn the Scroll Control.

Select Custom Search Bands

 

Press the number keys to enable or disable each Custom Search band.

Replay the Last Transmissions Your scanner Replay feature acts as an instant replay of the transmissions you’ve just heard. You can set how long a period Replay records from 30 seconds to 240 seconds (4 minutes). While you can replay those recordings immediately and continue replaying them, you cannot save them for future listening. See also Replay Options.

 

While searching, press Replay.
Turn the Scroll Control to select recordings.
Press Channel to pause/resume replay. Press Replay to exit.
Note:
Replay is not available when recording is enabled.

Start/Stop Recording With your scanner, you can record transmissions. When you begin recording, your scanner adds the Replay recording buffer to the recording. These recording sessions are saved and can be replayed on demand. See also Replay Options.

 

While searching, press Func then Replay.
Resets to Off when you turn off the scanner.

Review Recordings

 

While searching, press and hold Replay. Scroll to the session and press E/yes.
At Play Session press E/yes. Turn the Scroll Control to select recordings.
Press Channel to pause/resume recordings. Press Replay to exit.

Frequency Hold

 

Press Channel to hold on a Frequency.
You can now scroll all Frequencies.
Press
Channel to release Hold Mode.

Avoiding Search Frequencies

 

Avoids are common to all Searches.
Temporary Avoids cancel when you cycle power. See also
Review Search Avoids.

 

To Temporary Avoid press Avoid.
To Permanent Avoid press Avoid twice quickly.

Storing Search Frequencies

 

Store a Frequency into a “Quick Save” Favorites List

 

Press E/yes when the Frequency is in the display.
At
Quick Freq/TGID Save?
Press E/yes.

 

The scanner will save the Frequency in a Favorites List called Quick Save Favorites List, in a System called Quick Save System, in a Department called Quick Save Department (with no quick keys assigned).

 

Store a Frequency into an Existing Favorites List

 

Press E/yes when the Frequency is in the display.
At
Quick Freq/TGID Save?
Press .no. 

 

At Saving channel to Favorites List, press E/yes.
Select Favorites List
Scroll to the Favorites List and press E/yes.
For a New Favorites List See
Data Naming.
Select System
Scroll to the System and press E/yes.
Select Department Scroll to the Department and press E/yes.

 

After storing the Frequency/ID, you will be at the Channel Options menu to complete the settings for the new channel. If you don’t want to edit the channel settings press Avoid to return.

Search Attenuation 

 

Band Attenuation Press Func then 4(ATT) for each band.

 

Global Attenuation Press Func then press and hold 4(ATT).
ATT
blinks in the display when global attenuation is on.

Modulation

 

Press Func then Channel(MOD) for each band.

Intermediate Frequency Exchange See also Intermediate Frequency Exchange.

 

Press Channel to hold on any Frequency.
Press Func then 7(
IFX) to toggle on or off. Press Channel to resume.

View Repeater Frequency

 

Press Channel to hold on any Frequency.
Press
Func then press and hold 8(REV). Press Channel to resume.

Weather Alert Priority

 

Press Func then 6(WX) to toggle on or off.

Close Call Modes

 

To toggle CC Off, CC Pri, or CC DND:
(BCD536HP) Press
SQ(). (BCD436HP) Press Func then Avoid().

Close Call Hit See Using Close Call.

Direct Frequency Entry

 

Press Channel to hold on any Frequency
Enter the frequency and press
Channel.
Press Func then System to exit.

Review Search Avoids (BCD536HP Only)

 

You can Review Avoids for all Searches including Close Call. See also Freq Avoids.
Press
Channel to hold
on any Frequency in any Search Mode.
Press Func then Avoid and scroll to select each Frequency.
Temporary Avoids are noted with a T.
Press E/yes to Stop Avoiding.
Press Avoid to return. Press Channel to release Hold Mode.

Clear All Search Avoids

 

Press Channel to hold on any Frequency in any Search Mode.
Press and hold
Avoid. Press Channel to release Hold Mode. See also
Freq Avoids.

Search Menu
  
Press Func then Menu.

 

Close Call

Contents

Your scanner's Close Call feature lets you set the scanner so it detects, alerts you to, and displays the frequency of a nearby strong radio transmission. You can set the scanner so the Close Call feature checks for a Close Call hit every 2 seconds in the background while you are scanning or searching or use Close Call Only mode. You can also select the frequency band(s) to look for transmissions. When the scanner detects a Close Call hit, it alerts you according to the alert settings.

Close Call ‘Do-Not-Disturb' will only check for close call signals when you are not receiving transmissions.

'Hits with Scan' is a special system that automatically stores the last 10 Close Call hits until you cycle power.

The Close Call feature works well for locating the source of strong local transmissions such as mobile and handheld two-way radios in areas with no other strong transmission sources. Performance is increased with higher transmit power, a receive antenna tuned to the target band, and a low background RF level.

The Close Call feature works better with some types of transmissions than others. It might not correctly display frequency information for transmitters using a highly directional antenna (such as an amateur radio beam antenna) or if there are many transmitters operating at the same time in the same area. 
 

Close Call Options

Important! There are many options and settings in Search/Close Call Options that affect and compliment the settings for Close Call. Please review those first.
Note:
Close Call does not operate in Weather Scan or Tone-Out Standby/Search.

Press
Menu. Scroll to Close Call and press E/yes.
Scroll to the options below and press
E/yes.

 

Hits with Scan

Set CC Bands

 

Set CC Mode

Using Close Call

 

Set CC Alert

 

Hits with Scan This is a special Department that automatically stores the last 10 close call hits and allows you to scan them. To scan the 'Hits with Scan' department you have to enable Search with Scan in Select Lists to Monitor, "Stop Avoiding" the Search with Scan System, and "Stop Avoiding" the Department with this setting. The scanner will delete the frequencies in this department when you turn the power off. To store each frequency, you will have to 'Hold' on the department then 'Hold' on each channel in the department and use the 'Advanced Channel Menu' to 'Add to Favorites List'.

 

Set Avoid

 

Stop Avoiding, Temporary Avoid, or Permanent Avoid

 

Set Hold Time Sets how long to search in Search with Scan.

 

Enter the hold time 0-255 (sec.) and press E/yes to save.

Set CC Mode selects the Close Call mode when scanning or searching.

 

Off- Close Call is turned off.
CC DND- Close Call checks for frequencies every two seconds between transmissions.
CC Priority- Close Call checks for frequencies every two seconds.

 

Note: You can also toggle these modes by:
(BCD536HP) Pressing
SQ(
).
(BCD436HP) Pressing Func then Avoid/
in Scan Mode.

Set CC Alert This allows you to set an Alert Tone, Alert Light, and sets the Pause time for Close Call when you receive a hit.

 

Set Alert Tone

 

Alert 1-9 or Off.

 

Set Level

 

Level 1-15 or Auto (the master volume level).

 

Set Alert Light

 

Set Color

 

Off, Blue, Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Yellow, or White.

 

Set Pattern

 

On, Slow Blink, or Fast Blink.

 

Set CC Pause - How long the scanner displays the Close Call Hit.

 

3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60, sec. or Infinite.

Set CC Bands lets you select the Close Call bands to be searched.

 

Scroll to each Band and press E/yes to toggle On or Off.
Press
Menu to return.

 

VHF Low 1 - 25-54 MHz

VHF High2 - 225-320 MHz

 

VHF Low 2 - 54-108 MHz

UHF - 320-512 MHz

 

Air Band - 108-137 MHz

800MHz+ - 758-960, 1240-1300 MHz

 

VHF High1 - 137-225 MHz
 

(Cellular frequencies not scanned)

Using Close Call

(BCD536HP) Press and hold SQ().
(BCD436HP) Press Channel to h
old on any channel/frequency.
Press
Func then press and hold Avoid(). See also Set Search Key.
You can also turn on Close Call Only from the Close Call Menu.
To exit Close Call Only press Func then System.


You will see activity on the 7 bands in the display. Bands with a * (asterisk) under them are turned off.

When the scanner detects a Close Call signal, the hit will appear for the length of time set in Close Call Pause or until the signal is lost.

Toggle Close Call Bands

 

Press the number keys to enable or disable each Close Call band.

Cancel a Hit

 

Turn the Scroll Control.

Holding on a Hit

 

Press System, Department, or Channel to hold on the Close Call Hit.
Press
Channel to cancel Hold Mode.

View Last Hit

 

Press System, Department, or Channel to recall the last hit.
Press
Channel to cancel Hold Mode.