Originally Posted by qt31005
Hi everyone I amin need of help. Ok I have the BCD396T (YES THE OLD ONE) I want to listen to state Troop A but not sure how to program it. I put in the Jackson Co and Clay Co Frq in two different banks or systems as they are called. But i am not getting anything. Cansomeone please help. O ya I am useing the radio shack 800 ant I am useing Freescan to do the programing
First off, the system is almost all VHF so you may not be getting a signal if using the antenna made for 800 MHz that you mentioned. You will need a VHF antenna for this system. There are a few 700 or 800 MHz sites planned for the system. Plus some of the large cities existing 700 or 800 MHz systems are supposed to carry some MOSWIN traffic. If you can monitor the Independance, MO system, keep an eye on it for new talkgroups. So far here in St. Louis, I have not heard any MOSWIN talkgroups on the large system in St. Louis City or the smaller 700 MHz system out in St. Charles. The only MOSWIN traffic I've heard is the testing as they brought new sites online and then once in a while, a user from Sikeston will travel this way and affiliate with the Imperial, MO site which then allows me to hear Sikeston traffic.
A user must be affiliated with the towers or sites that you can receive otherwise they will not be heard if the few users using the system are not in your area of the Troop A area.
Right now, there is hardly any traffic on the system. State is still using the low band system in most areas.
I can get at least four sites here in my area and have not heard a single peep since they finished testing a few weeks back. Low band is still as active is it normally is though for Troop C.
I've been seeing reports of Troop A traffic being heard on a site or two out in your area so give it some time for them to get the radios in the cars and more users online. Then you should start hearing some state traffic.
Just remember that a trooper must be affiliated with one of the sites you can hear before you will hear anything from Troop A.
Can you get a signal from either of the control channels from Jackson or Clay Counties on your 396T? Both of those counties came online a while back so they should be long done with zone testing.
You may not be getting a signal using an 800 MHz antenna as both of the sites you put in are VHF sites (150 to 170 MHz). The 800 MHz antenna does not do very well at all for VHF sites unless they are very close to you.