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Old 06-09-2018, 5:34 AM
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So I got the 436 today... I have created a favorites list in the PC software, I have entered talkgroups in Union and Meck.. When I wrote to the scanner if I have it on hold on like CMPD Hickory Grove Div Dispatch it looks to be scanning the Meck and Union Simulcast site, or at least its flashing between those two.. I am not hearing nothing n the channel either so I think I have done something wrong.. When I did zip code search it added all sorts of stuff even SC... So I then tried it by the Sentinel... I want to monitor CMPD, Meck Fire and EMS... Then Union Fire and EMS and Union Sheriff... That's really all for now... Any quick tips on how I maybe set it up wrong..... Thanks in advance
Make sure you go into to "Edit Site", and change digital threshold mode to "manual", and set digital threshold level to "8",

Are you using the stock antenna that came with the radio? If so you aren't getting the best performance.
Something like this will work better:

800 MHz 2.5db Gain Professional Portable SMA Antenna | Scanner Master

Or this one:

REMTRONIX 800 MHz Portable SMA Antenna | ScannerMaster.com

The Remtronix is an old favorite.

If you are trying to monitor Charlotte talkgroups try holding on the Charlotte site and see if that helps. If you hold on a talkgroup you should see "dat" in the lower right corner of the screen. It may flash on and off depending on signal quality.

Lastly, many Charlotte PD divisions are patched, so you may find Hickory Grove on the Independence talkgroup and vice versa. The latest firmware for the 436 is supposed to handle patched talkgroups however it doesn't always work, particularly when you aren't getting a good decode on the system.
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Make sure you go into to "Edit Site", and change digital threshold mode to "manual", and set digital threshold level to "8"
With the newer firmware, that is bad advice--they changed the threshold voltages linked to each setting to accommodate a wider variety of systems. Auto is best, unless you are dealing with simulcast, in which case the best manual value will vary from site to site, even on the same system.
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With the newer firmware, that is bad advice--they changed the threshold voltages linked to each setting to accommodate a wider variety of systems. Auto is best, unless you are dealing with simulcast, in which case the best manual value will vary from site to site, even on the same system.
It is a simulcast site! That's why I suggested it! Typically the threshold works best here on 7 or 8.

So please tell me just how it is bad advice?
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The best manual threshold value changed a few weeks ago with the new firmware version. And it varies site to site and scanner to scanner. So the best manual value for you isn't necessarily the best manual value for someone else.
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The best manual threshold value changed a few weeks ago with the new firmware version. And it varies site to site and scanner to scanner. So the best manual value for you isn't necessarily the best manual value for someone else.
I realize that. I'm trying to help someone who is listening to the same system and sites that I am, and I"m suggesting he tries things that work for me. You are wrong in saying it is bad advice.....
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I realize that. I'm trying to help someone who is listening to the same system and sites that I am, and I"m suggesting he tries things that work for me. You are wrong in saying it is bad advice.....
Scott - I definitely appreciate the advice! I actually got pissed at the reception today and sent the 436 back. I ordered the SDS-100 should be here Wednesday.. With all I have seen it is supposed to handle the simulcast and poor reception areas better... I am not in a hole but I am in a two story house that is in an area that for some reason has a lot of dead spots.. Do you know if those antennas you recommended will work on the SDS? If so I think I will order one of those tonight also... I have got to read up more too, I think I saw I can have 2 favorite lists one with Char MEck and one with Union then somehow toggle through to only listen to (or scan) one system at a time.. I didn't figure that out yet, but many talked about being able to do so... Thanks again for the input, it is well appreciated, brother..
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Neither SMA antenna is likely to work with the SDS-100. Get the BNC version of the Remtronix if you're mainly listening to 800MHz, or the Diamond RH77CA if you listen to VHF anything.
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Scott - I definitely appreciate the advice! I actually got pissed at the reception today and sent the 436 back. I ordered the SDS-100 should be here Wednesday.. With all I have seen it is supposed to handle the simulcast and poor reception areas better... I am not in a hole but I am in a two story house that is in an area that for some reason has a lot of dead spots.. Do you know if those antennas you recommended will work on the SDS? If so I think I will order one of those tonight also... I have got to read up more too, I think I saw I can have 2 favorite lists one with Char MEck and one with Union then somehow toggle through to only listen to (or scan) one system at a time.. I didn't figure that out yet, but many talked about being able to do so... Thanks again for the input, it is well appreciated, brother..
Congrats on the SDS! I don't have one yet but from what I've heard you will be very pleased.
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Scott - I definitely appreciate the advice! I actually got pissed at the reception today and sent the 436 back. I ordered the SDS-100 should be here Wednesday.. With all I have seen it is supposed to handle the simulcast and poor reception areas better... I am not in a hole but I am in a two story house that is in an area that for some reason has a lot of dead spots.. Do you know if those antennas you recommended will work on the SDS? If so I think I will order one of those tonight also... I have got to read up more too, I think I saw I can have 2 favorite lists one with Char MEck and one with Union then somehow toggle through to only listen to (or scan) one system at a time.. I didn't figure that out yet, but many talked about being able to do so... Thanks again for the input, it is well appreciated, brother..
Thinking this was just Ann antenna issue if you were using the one that came with 436. I have best reception with a ducky 800mhz.
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Default Char Meck Simulcast - Mint Hill PD - Old Char-Meck System

I programmed several things in on the charlotte UASI, specifically I am wondering about the sites... Do you leave all the simulcast sites on and programmed or delete ones that are not near me? Specifically I am listening to Union County mostly, so I only have the Union Simulcast site associated to that favorites list, does this sound correct? Then on the Char-Meck Side, I only have the Mecklenburg Simulcast site associated with those channels, I deleted the Cherryville, Gaston, etc.. So far it is working good, I am just trying to be sure what I am doing sounds correct(ish)

Secondly, is the old Charlotte Mecklenburg System in use at all? the OF18 system?

Lastly, Mint Hill Police show only one talkgroup on the UASI site, it is Dispatch.. I am pretty sure that Pineville PD dispatch them and I am fairly certain that Mint Hill uses at least a side channel or conference for talkaround, anyone have any knowledge on that one??

As always, thanks guys!!
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It is totally fine to not delete sites.

Just make sure Location Control is enabled in your favorite list, and your scanner's Range is set to 5 miles or less (unless you want to scan a lot of sites).
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