Originally Posted by stardog01
I just received a Uniden BCD396XT for Christmas; this is my first scanner. There are about 20 pre-programmed states in the scanner that I don't currently need. I used ARC-XT software to program in my local county's frequencies, but the scanner insists on going through all the other states anyway. I clearly don't need it to scan Alaska, since I live in Tennessee. I found a lockout feature and thought I was following the steps to lock out the states, but it didn't work. So instead of scanning just my local county it takes minutes going through 20 states until it gets to the local frequencies. Then more minutes until it gets back around to the local freqs again.
Maybe I could delete the other states and just keep the local frequencies. But I don't want to permanently delete the other states in case I might be in one of those 20 states someday and do want those frequencies.
I guess my questions is: Should I permanently delete the other states, or is there a way to just temporarily disable them?
I've spend hours today and have yet to hear anything out of the scanner. I've wanted a scanner for years, but I may be in the category of a new user who can't figure it out and just sends it back. :-)
Congratulations on the scanner. Have had mine for about 4 years now and love it to death.
First off. The pre-programmed systems in the scanner are stored in a chip inside the scanner and are part of it's programming. While you can get them out of the memory, they are always available by re-setting the scanner. Of course anything new that "you" have put into the scanner will be lost. Unless of course you have saved everything using the software you have.
Now. As a suggestion I recommend that you go ahead and re-set the scanner and start with a clean slate. Using your software to re-program the scanner with only those systems you want. Once this is done you should be able to hear something from your county. While you're scanning, take some time to look at how the systems, groups and talkgroups are arranged in the software. Once you become familier with that layout, understanding what the manuals are talking about will become much easier to understand.
As to your question, Yes there is a way to temporarily disable the systems you are not interested in.
Scroll to the system you want to disable, press <yes>.
Scroll to "Edit Site" press <yes>.
Scroll to the site and press <yes>.
Scroll to "Set Lockout" and press <yes>.
Scroll to "Lockout" and press <yes>.
Essentially you are done locking out that system. The fastest way back to the main screen is to press the <scan> button and start from the top of these instructions.
The fastest way to to do it though is through your software. When you click on the site, the info displayed on the right should have a box for locking out that particular site. Just check it. Do that for all the systems you don't want to scan and then upload the new database to the scanner and you will be all set.
Hope this helps...