• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:


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    BCD396T: L/O & 6 button not working. FIRMWARE UPDATE

    Hello, I am trying to update my scanner, I have everything plugged in and I start the application. I get to the screen where it says "1. connect the scanner to pc. remove nbatteries. 2. insert ac adapter plug while holding L/O and 6 keys. The scanner display remains blank and backlight turns...
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    BCD396T: PC does't see the scanner

    I previously used an old work DELL laptop with my BCD396T. I recently downloaded the ARC software (Freescan will not load) on my MS Surface pro. I can't seem to see the scanner, I think its in the way it sees the USB : serial cable adaptor. Any thoughts?
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    New (used) BCD396T

    Hi Folks, I just got a used BCD396T from a guy at the ham flea market and I'm at the point where I've got it loaded and working for my area. My new tangent is CLOSE CALL - I've done the RTFM thing and got it working and capturing calls and I've tested it and its working OK. So I ran it for a...
  4. J

    BCD396T - Problem with Talk Group

    I just recently revived my BCD396T and used ProScan to download a few LA City systems from RR into it. One of the groups is the LA City Muni system #3 (EDACS). I only download a few talk groups for experimentation, R&P, GSD, and Radio Test (all 04-nnn or 05-nnn groups). Everything works OK...
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    Problems programming Roseville Trunked system

    I have a BCD396T version 3.02.02 and have access to the RadioReference database. I'm using ARC396 version 3.2.004 to program the scanner. It's been a few years since I've programmed the radio and am having problems getting it to program correctly. I go into ARC396 and click on...
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    Montgomery County

    Has anyone out there who has successfully re-programmed a BCD396T for the re-banded Montgomery County systems got directions on how to do it? I have attempted to reprogram my 396, followed the directions to a "T", and all I get is dead air. I would appreciate any help that someone might be...
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    Should I upgrade or ok for now

    I would like to buy the Motorola XTS 5000 and I currently have Uniden BCD396T. If I would upgrade what would the difference be between those two scanners. Thanks everyone for your input. Cheers, Simon
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    Trunkview's compatibility with Realtek onboard audio

    Hi I'm trying to get Trunk view to work correctly. I have set the control channel and connected my BCD396T to the line in on my PC and the serial port. I can change channels fine with Trunkview and it is also decoding the control channel fine. But I cannot mute my input like the website says...
  9. walteremrick

    I need help

    I have a BCD396T Uniden and I am trying to use Proscan to upload MPSCS into it. I can retrieve the data but when I attempt to import it I get a message saying I am trying to put two sites into a one site scanner. When I pick only Washtenaw selections I can import them and upload them into my...
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    B396T needs programmed - east valley

    My unit used to to be programmed, but I have lost the files on my computer and reset the unit back to factory default. I am looking for someone to help me program the unit so I can hear smooth conversations between activity in my area. I would like separate banks for storm chasing, fire, trains...
  11. mg770

    Uniden BCD396T

    Hello everyone, I am looking to buy the Uniden BCD396T. I live in Dunwoody,GA which is part of Dekalb county. I owned this scanner before as a trial but had to return it until I can find out how to program it better. So... Dekalb county has 5 precincts that all operate on the same dispatch. My...
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    BCD396T: Trouble Updating from 1.20.13 to 3.02.02 Firmware

    So, I was able to successfully upgrade my firmware on my BCD396T from the earlier version to 1.20.13 without any problems. But when I try to update to 3.02.02, I get the following error message: Programming Error!! Please check the following things: * Connect your scanner to the PC with the...
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    BCD396T Tone-Out Question?

    Hi All, Does anyone know how the Tone-Out Search works, I am able to set the function to standby however, it will not search. I am not sure if this scanner has the ability to search tones on a designated frequency?? I am using this feature on search with a 996T and 996XT. Any help would be...
  14. bionicworm1

    Resetting a BCD396t

    Hi All, After my firmware and software updates on my BCD396T I'm getting a lot of scanning in areas that I do not want. I'll set up one basic conventional system and in between it scans the Bandscope, all Custom freqs, Ham, CB, etc... Is there a full system reset I can do to just start...
  15. dtaylor505

    BCD396T problem after ARC 396 upgrade

    I'm using a BCD396T with the latest firmware. In order to connect with the RR database, I recently had to update my ARC 396 basic software to version 3.1.001 basic. Immediately after the upgrade, the software failed to detect the scanner. I am using a Uniden USB Cable to connect the scanner...
  16. bionicworm1

    Firmware upgrade problem on BCD396t

    Hi All, I did the firmware upgrade last night on my BCD396T and now no matter what I do the ARC396 program does not see it. I remove everything else that plugs in a com port, do directly to a Serial port instead of the USB adapter and nothing. Where do I start? Mike Rapp KA2FBL...
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    Why doesn't my scanner work right?

    Hi everyone. I'm David, and I'm trying to get my BCD396T Scanner to work right. I'm in Pocatello, so all I can get is the 700 MHz trunked stuff (public safety). Everything is working fine, except with EVERY message I hear, it cuts out every 4 seconds, and scans through all the other channels...
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    Windsor, ON new radios

    Hello, I'm new to the whole technical site of scanning. I was wondering if we can do anything here in windsor to pick up the PD. and I would like help programming the frequencies for Essex OPP, Windsor and essex fire, and ambulance. I cant seem to figure it out. (i know i'm a noob). I have a...
  19. hotdjdave

    BCD396T GPS Location-Based Scanning Capable

    Someone at a local ham radio store that the Unided BCD396T can do GPS location-based scanning. He said it requires aftermarket software and cable, and it can be done. I cannot find this on the web. Has anyone heard of this or know how to do it? If so, could you provide links, please. Thanks.
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    396T Cable Connectivity Problem

    Hi all, After reading through 7 pages of threads, I didn't have much joy finding anything similar - so here goes. I found a serial to USB cable that matches the 396T perfectly, identical to the USB-1 from Uniden. Upon installing the PL-2303 driver and plugging in/turning on the scanner, it...