RadioReference on Facebook   RadioReference on Twitter   RadioReference Blog
 

Go Back   The RadioReference.com Forums > Scanners and Receivers Forums > Uniden Forums > Uniden Thread Archives

Uniden Thread Archives A depository of archived threads from the original Uniden forum.

 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 8:03 PM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 291
Unhappy Illegal Voltage

OK This afternoon after many years of service of my 396xt I got an "illegal voltage" message. I checked the lovely Uniden user guide however it does not tell you what you should check to correct the problem. It just shows the different screen messages. Is there some kind of algorithm to go by? I have no clue if it is the charger or the plug on the side of the scanner. Any ideas please.
Sponsored links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 8:13 PM
Member
  Audio Feed Provider
Audio Feed Provider
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: River Bourgeois, Nova Scotia
Posts: 19
Default

do you have your scanner connected to a 120 volt AC supply or 12 volt DC supply, could be a battery issue
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 8:16 PM
XTS3000's Avatar
Member
   
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 874
Default Illegal Voltage

First double check and make sure your using the original wall wort that came with you scanner. It should be say 6v somewhere on the adapter.

If the correct wall wort, then it most likely has gone bad. Either it's too low of voltage or too high.

If you have a DVM, check the voltage coming out of the wall wort. It should real close to 6.0v.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 8:19 PM
Member
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Caribou, Maine
Posts: 612
Default

The odds are very good that your "Switching Power Supply" AD-1001 has failed. The one that came with my BC346XT failed about a year ago. If you have any of the other scanners in the same form factor, they all use the same power supply. There is probably nothing wrong with your scanner.

Mark
__________________
KA1TIV
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 9:58 PM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 291
Default

I am using the original wall wart that came with the scanner. I too doubt it is a battery issue. I know someone that has an older 396 non digital. I will try his wall wart and see. I will also see what I can about the output voltage. Thanks. And keep the hints coming it there may be more. Smile.
Sponsored links
        
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 11:05 PM
doctordialtone's Avatar
Member
   
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 306
Default Legality of Voltage

Quote:
Originally Posted by scanman1958 View Post
OK This afternoon after many years of service of my 396xt I got an "illegal voltage" message. Any ideas please.
You said "any", right?

I'm very surprised that you're still a free man. The last time I got the "Illegal Voltage" message, only minutes later I received several hang ups on my cell phone followed by a knock on the door. It was 2AM! The agents explained that my voltage was only legal in Alaska, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky - and that I was very clearly in violation. I couldn't argue. They had the evidence right on my scanner.

I was taken downtown along with the scanner, fingerprinted, mug shots taken and finally released on bail. Thanks UPMan! Now that's product support!

I have only seen this message when running the scanner on 12 volts in a vehicle. The message can be easily cleared by either popping out the batteries and starting from scratch, or - appearing briefly before the Minister of Voltage within your own particular jurisdiction. Actually, they're pretty lenient, after all. I am on Voltage Probation for just 12 months. Fingers crossed!

Try new or different batteries, just for fun!

If it continues, head over to Radio Shack. They won’t be able to help you, but at least you’ll get out of the house.

Oh, and never ever charge your batteries in the radio. That alone should save this thread at least 5 or 6 posts… (Battery topics are usually good for at least another 5 posts. Count 'em up!)

Good luck!

~Doc

Smiley omitted in order to conserve bandwidth.
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 11:28 PM
Member
   
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: California
Posts: 4,746
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by doctordialtone View Post
...If it continues, head over to Radio Shack. They won’t be able to help you, but at least you’ll get out of the house.
LOL! Brilliant!
__________________
Even the most ambitious little pebble will never grow up to be a big rock.
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-05-2013, 9:48 PM
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 291
Default

To doctordialtone....

Very witty my friend. A good laugh by most of us I am sure. Last time I asked about scanners at Radio Shack I believe the young lady took me to the copier machines. Last week a friend of mine asked the salesperson to find a BNC adapter. Talk about a blank stare. No words could describe the look on the salespersons face.

Sorry to burst your bubble but I charge the batteries in the scanner. Gasp!! I easily charge them every other day/night and sometimes every day. This scanner has been a work horse for me. I easily get 14 months of charges on the batteries and at least one time during the year I deep charge and/or recycle the batteries on a Maha ??? charger. Usually takes at least 48 hrs.

Anyway. I will be ordering a new charger tonight.

And for you sir ..... as an old disc jockey would say, "And the hits just keep on coming!" Love your humor.
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 3:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All information here is Copyright 2012 by RadioReference.com LLC and Lindsay C. Blanton III.Ad Management by RedTyger
Copyright 2011 by RadioReference.com LLC Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions