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Old 05-16-2013, 10:37 PM
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Bought this new scanner and it is so over my knowledge. Just can't wrap my head around it. Almost did not want to post this message as many people have posted note about new people asking questions.

I have my new 396XT and I just want to program my state instead of the ALASKA that comes up. I would be happy with just starting there. I was able to program WX. I have read over the Easier to read manual and it is still way too much to process.

I disabled and it took me over 4 months to save for this unit, and I don't expect someone else to do my homework, I can use google and read, but I'm feel so lost. And frustrated.

I think I read on here that I should get a radio reference membership too?

Any comments would be appreciated. And how did you overcome this complicated mess.

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Old 05-17-2013, 3:23 PM
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I just learned as I went-mistake after mistake, programming 800/935 mhz trunk systems, Never did a vhf trunk system before. To have a constant running freq, program a conventional system/ freq. Leave the Scanlist option be. If it runs on -.- for a startup key, after that put conv,or trunk systems in a scanlins from 1--99...You got 10 subbanks per scanlist..Best of luck
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Old 05-17-2013, 3:48 PM
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Bought this new scanner and it is so over my knowledge. Just can't wrap my head around it. Almost did not want to post this message as many people have posted note about new people asking questions.
You can try posting your questions here, in this forum> New User / Getting Started Forum. "The place for new users to discuss how to get started, and generally feel safe from the rest of the rabid technical community. If you just got your first scanner, this forum is for you."

Welcome to RadioReference.com and good luck with your scanner.

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Old 05-17-2013, 4:26 PM
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Bought this new scanner and it is so over my knowledge. Just can't wrap my head around it. Almost did not want to post this message as many people have posted note about new people asking questions.

I have my new 396XT and I just want to program my state instead of the ALASKA that comes up. I would be happy with just starting there. I was able to program WX. I have read over the Easier to read manual and it is still way too much to process.

I disabled and it took me over 4 months to save for this unit, and I don't expect someone else to do my homework, I can use google and read, but I'm feel so lost. And frustrated.

I think I read on here that I should get a radio reference membership too?

Any comments would be appreciated. And how did you overcome this complicated mess.

John
Best bet is to download Freescan software (its free) and pay for the premium membership here.

that way all you would need to do is run the software, download the programming you want from the database here, then send it to your scanner. done. thats it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 9:50 PM
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I have download the free scan already and got it to work on my laptop. My little 266 mhz with xp and free scan works, so now I guess it is time to get the membership and go from there. Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-18-2013, 1:29 AM
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John:

Definitely Freescan or ProScan (I like the latter, but it ain't free). And the Radio Reference subscription.

When you select the systems in your area, INCLUDE the ones that you don't care about but are shared with the systems you do want to listen to. Locally, my Township's PD is sharing with another PD, their FD, and a major league Municipal Park. Then, after downloading the stuff into your program, manually lock out the stuff you don't want to listen to.

Then upload it to the radio, and hang on!

(You have to tell the radio to accept programming and what speed, from the port, and the program what COM port to use, and what speed. I think the 396 will just about handle anything available.)

Note, too, that you need a COM port on your PC to "talk" to the 396. Not everybody's got one anymore. There's supposedly a new programming cable available that uses USB, but RS's 26-183 seems to work well as a USB to Serial adapter for me, at least. Software - bet you haven't got a 3.5" disket reader either - is at RadioShack.com.

After that, then just play with it....

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Old 05-18-2013, 3:41 AM
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N8UQW I tried to send you a pm but you have them blocked. go ahead and download freescan

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then get the programming cable

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once you get those 2 things you can email me and i can walk you through the rest, even by phone if needed. i remember when i got mine of how lost i was, but once i got freescan and the cord it is now a breeze.

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Old 05-18-2013, 8:24 AM
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He doesn't have them blocked, he is a new user and cannot receive or send them yet.
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Yes I'm as new as the day is young on here. But thank you for all the reply's It has given me a boost to move ahead.
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Thanks! I will be in touch
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:07 AM
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I have the cable and freescan loaded on my computer now It is on to the membership.

I will be getting someone to buy it once I hand them the money. thx
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OK SOUNDS GOOD, you will be a scanner addict in no time lol
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:45 AM
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John

my email address is in my signature below, if you can email me your phone number i can have you scanning all the good stuff within the hour and give you some entertainment even before you get someone to buy your membership

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I was where you are three weeks ago. Freescan and the membership here did the trick. Once you transfer the data to the scanner, you are good to go. Press 'scan' and the machine does everything for you. Press hold. While it is scanning and then turn the knob to move up or down one frequency at a time.
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Thanks to my new friend that got me started. It works...
Just wanted to say these scanners are nuts and pretty complicated I have had e 996xt for a while now and still don't know how to manually program it! The great thing is that a radio reference subscription is cheap and the software lets you load it right up! I still am learning new things here and there but listening is all set up and the software makes it easy. People on this forum can be mean once in a while but don't lt it steer you away from asking there is plenty of nice people on here that help out!


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I also got me a `396XT this year at Dayton, really love this unit , HOWEVER, here`s some caveats, one, the radioreference service ya use with Freescan for some odd reason won`t (at least in my early experiments) support programming NAC codes, i could only get it to load PL and DCS (DPL) settings, intresting. Second, (again, in freescan anyways ), the software seems to always wanna think i`m in the UK for some weird reason and it dosen`t seem to support saving your actual location (in this case the US, WI, tried mutiple times to get that to work correctly and finally just gave up). Othet than that and some other nagging bits i love this scanner. N9NRA
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Which do you have the 396T or the 396XT??? You have another thread about not seeing unit IDs (mentioning a 396T) and not being able to program NACs (it's a no-no to cross post the same thing to multiple forums, by the way)

The 396T does not support NAC programming, nor does it support Unit IDs. The 396XT does both. They have different capabilities. It's very important to be specific about things like this.

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