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Hi new to scanning world. Getting the new uniden 996t in a week or so and i have a stupid question. What are alpha tags and what do i do with them. tried searching the wiki but no luck.
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scanman9 said:
Hi new to scanning world. Getting the new uniden 996t in a week or so and i have a stupid question. What are alpha tags and what do i do with them. tried searching the wiki but no luck.
thanks

scanman9
Alpha tags are the name you give to a freq or talkgroup ID that is displayed on the scanner. It's used to tell you what your listening to.
 

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I am amazed that people can spend $500+ on a scanner, and not know the features/functions of it.

Alphta tags can display words/characters instead of the frequency you are scanning. This can help in figuring out what you're listening to without having to memorize every frequency.
 

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As previously mentioned, alpha tags are identifiers or descriptions of what frequencies or talkgroups you are programming or listening to. The BCD996T, while a fantastic scanner is not ideal for a novice or faint of heart. I would read up on this model and join one of the groups for support and information - like the one at the bottom of dimab's post. In the meantime I would read the BCD996T manual a dozen times before you actually get the unit
 

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dimab said:
I am amazed that people can spend $500+ on a scanner, and not know the features/functions of it.
I don't feel that comment was necessary. That is like saying "I don't understand why someone would buy a $1500.00 computer and not know IP networking and Visual basic."

You buy the tools and learn how to use them. This is the place to ask those questions.
 

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dimab said:
I am amazed that people can spend $500+ on a scanner, and not know the features/functions of it.
Hey now.... There are a lot of new people to scanners, and the term "alphatag" can be quite confusing.
Especially to someone who's never owned a scanner before. And remember alphanumeric tagging is fairly new
to scanners.

I'm amazed that people can go study a manual, become a licensed amateur radio operator, and then turn around
to ask "Is a person required to obtain an FCC GMRS license ($80!) if they are licensed Amateur Radio op?"

That question is no less stupid than the one asked about alphatags. Chill out dude.
 
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dimab

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nexus said:
I'm amazed that people can go study a manual, become a licensed amateur radio operator, and then turn around
to ask "Is a person required to obtain an FCC GMRS license ($80!) if they are licensed Amateur Radio op?"

That question is no less stupid than the one asked about alphatags. Chill out dude.
lol
i didn't mention anything about stupidity.
 

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Hi all,

"Alphta tags can display words/characters instead of the frequency you are scanning."

Mine displays both PLUS the memory bank name. Nyea nyea na nyea nyea!

"I'm amazed that people can go study a manual, become a licensed amateur radio operator, and then turn around to ask "Is a person required to obtain an FCC GMRS license ($80!) if they are licensed Amateur Radio op?"

Yeah, I saw that one too.

This looks like the intersection of Dumb Question Avenue and Squabble Boulevard in beautiful downtown Dingleville. I just love the scenery around here, you guys crack me up! Christa, oh CHRISTA, where are you? Darn, I guess I'll have to call on Jerry Springer, we need a ringmaster in this circus.
 
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