Originally Posted by pokey
I have had a 396t for years and programmed it using the Arc 396 software. I had the programming down pat. I just purchased a 396xt and have bought the new Arc 396xt software and am clueless as to programming. It doesn't even look like the quick keys are set up the same. Can anyone assist?
The main "programming" difference is that, for trunked systems, your quick key is assigned at the site (tower) level, not at the system itself. If you have a multi-site system that you're programming, such as a statewide, or large regional system, you can either assign each transmitter site the same quick key, so that they all can be toggled on and off, at the same time, or given them differing ones, so that you can access them individually. You also have larger talkgroup limits within the system, the start-up keys, and some other features.
For a quick-start, presuming you still have your 396T, why not download FreeSCAN
(if you don't have it already)? Use FreeSCAN to download your 396T into a file, then you can either edit it there, or simply upload that back into the new 396XT, giving you a jump start. Once you've done that, you could then download the 396XT into ARC-XT and get a better idea of what it looks like, plus start setting up some of the features of the 396XT. Such as the display colors, one color for Fire, a different one for PD, EMS, whatever. (The FreeSCAN download from 396T, edit, upload to 396XT was what I used for a jump start when I got my first 396XT.)
For conventional (non-trunked) systems, where P25 (digital voice) is in use, for the 396XT, you can set the audio for the channel to digital, and enter the NAC code. Or, if digital, but the NAC is currently unknown, just have the scanner search for it.
If you have a regional system, where, in the 396T, you had to create multiple systems, with the same talkgroups, but with the separate trunked system frequencies, in FreeSCAN, you can actually 'cut & paste' the sites from those extra 396T "systems" into one, making it a multi-site system, which the 396XT handles easily. I don't know if you can do that with ARC-XT, don't have that software, but you can with FreeSCAN.