• 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:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

Kudos to Brian Shoop, N9WP

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Many thanks to Brian Shoop, who kindly took the time to help us with many techincal questions on scanners, frequencies, systems, etc. We haven't been scanning for several years, our last scanners being the first generation trunk-trackers, and now that we were wanting to get back into scanning, we needed a scanner that could monitor the new MECA system here in Indianapolis. Brian guided us in the type of radios available that would fill the bill, discussing models, features, pros and cons, etc. We ended up with a new Uniden BCD996T, which got here Wednesday. We had problems at first because Uniden has a "catch 22" situation on these. They come with out-of-date software in them from the factory. You are asked to register your scanner with Uniden to be able to download the updated version. However, you must have both an ESN number and a CHECKSUM number to register your scanner. The ESN number is IN the scanner under "settings" but there will be no checksum number. You have to download the updated software to get a checksum number. BUT, you have to REGISTER your scanner to download the software that provides the checksum number!! We never were able to register the scanner, or download the updated software into the scanner, but thanks to Brian, we were able to download the programming (frequency information) we needed, and we are really enjoying the scanner. It seems to be a very heavy-duty quality unit, which it needs to be, as we bought it from Bearcatwarehouse.com, and while the outer cardboard box was undamaged, the actual scanner box was shopworn and damaged on all four corners and appeared to have been dropped more than once before being shipped to us. We contacted them to see if it was a refurbished or returned item, or to see if there was any explanation as to why the box was damaged, but they said no, it was brand new, and they didn't seem very concerned. However, at these prices you would have thought they would have taken better care of the product. So far no problems, but buyer beware. Happily, Brian has made our scanning fun again, and we truly appreciate all the time and effort he made to make that happen. So, thanks Brian, for your patience in fielding all of our many emails, answering all of our questions, and guiding us back to scanning! (We also gained a lot of valuable information from your website and have downloaded a great deal of it for future reference.) It's people like you who really make things better for the rest of us! Thanks, Brian!

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dustman, thanks for the kind words. Scanning and ham radio is one of my biggest passions so I'm always willing to help out if people need it.

Enjoy your new scanner!!!
 

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N9WP said:
dustman, thanks for the kind words. Scanning and ham radio is one of my biggest passions so I'm always willing to help out if people need it.

Enjoy your new scanner!!!
So I can count on you to put up my new 6 meter and 2 meter beams and a wideband discone in a few weeks. Cool! :D
 

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kokomo1 said:
So I can count on you to put up my new 6 meter and 2 meter beams and a wideband discone in a few weeks. Cool! :D
HAHA, yeah, I'll come on up there!!!! I've got a tower to put up and a 2 meter beam antenna that need put up too, they've been sitting for 2 years now waiting on me to start digging the hole for the tower... I've got a golden retriever but he's digging in the wrong spot, crazy dog... That reminds me, I also need to replace the coax on my scanner antenna since he chewed through that last year and I had to fix that with connectors, I'm sure there's some db loss there...
 
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>>they've been sitting for 2 years now waiting on me to start digging the hole for the tower...

I read about a divorce case where the attorney was questioning the soon to be ex wife about the value of the house. She was complaining about the looks of the paint, when the attorney asked her how old the paint was she replied "two years old." The lawyer said "that's not old for paint." She replied "it is when it's still in the can."
 
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