Originally Posted by Ghstwolf62
I do have a question I can't find an answer for, and since you seem to have Uniden knowledge and I haven't bought a new scanner from them in years, I'll ask you.
I'm picking up a 436 in a week or so and have been playing around with the software learning about it and all. I just can't figure out a couple of things, one being how do you add wildcards into a Uniden scanner's TG list or do you?
As previously posted Uniden does not use a "wildcard" programing option like GRE does. For the 396T/99T/396XT/996XT models, you must create minimally one site for a trs. Select "ID SEARCH". If you have not created a talkgroup list with one or more talkgroup numbers with the appropriate attributes, each talkgroup will display as the number only every time it is activated. The talkgroups numbers that display will depend upon the various talkgroup's affiliations with the various STARS site's. For example, for STARS, Division 1, I created a talkgroups list with each talkgroup's appropriate attributes I thought would be applicable to Division 1. When scanning any one of Division 1 STARS' multiple sites the appropriate active talkgroup numbers with their preprogramed alpha "tag"s attributes display although I created the list under the "Richmond" site id. I used this same programing method with applicable talkgroup info for all STARS divisions. I assume the same programing logic will apply to the 436/546 models.
If a Division 1 trs talkgroup displays with only its' number that means either one of three situations. I either failed earlier to enter it into the Division 1 talkgroup's list; it is a "visitor" affiliated temporarily with a STARS Division 1 site(i.e., VPA, CBBP, etc.) or it is a new STARS user. For the first and latter situations I add it to the STARS Division 1 talkgroup's list either with known or best guess info, update all my scanners and begin researching to identify if a new talkgroup user. When ided I update all my scanners again with the current talkgroup id.
I previously quickly browsed the 436/536 user's manual and some functions seem to be similar or the same to the XT' models only renamed. However, some other functions appear quite different and the 436 additionally may have some unique programing requirements. I did not make a cross reference list of the 436/536 to 396XT/996XT functions since I don't plan on buying a 536 at this time but at some future time I will do it to shorten my programing learning curve time.
One thing for sure I will do when I get a 536 is replace the SD card with one having the max memory recognized by the scanner and reprogram the state of Virginia section using my database info to add, change, delete as appropriate frequencies/users, talkgroups to mirror what currently is programed in my 396XT/996XT scanners for all the various different radio services I monitor.
Area future candidates for a new P25 700 mhz. Phase 2 trs are Caroline Co. and Prince George Co. I am not sure about Goochland Co.
Good luck. I am sure you will enjoy your 436. If you can deal with the increased antenna length, replace the stock antenna with an Austin Condor. My experience using it with my 396XT is It typically doubles my reception range.