Balto Co Inteligibility

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bwhite

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For several years I've attempted to listen to Balto Co via my 396xt and 996xt but the under-water audio just doesn't promote continued monitoring.
I have tried a handful of suggestions tossed out by others over the last year or two but no-joy.
If anyone has been able to stumble upon the magic behind-the-scenes/under-the-covers setting tweaks that will make this audio intelligible many of us would appreciate that info.
Thank you.
 

kuiper

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I've been using a yagi for a few weeks with promising results. Windy weather can degrade the signal considerably but most days it's quite good.
 

bwhite

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99% of my listening is mobile so, smile, the yagi is out. I don't have the software up in front of me or the config screens but I know there are a number of settings that can be tweaked. I'm just hopeful that some combination would improve things. Being in Carroll, I dread the day we switch over as listening will likely also become less pleasurable. Thanx
 

bwhite

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Wow, I thought this would have become an active thread.
Let me ask the same question from a slightly diff angle.
If I or anyone, as a paid member (I'm currently not) would go the the database and download the Baltimore County file, would that download include some of the behind-the-scene settings that might make the 396 and 996 listening more intelligible and less underwater-like?
If so, no problem, I'll rejoin in a heartbeat.
Thanx for your info.
 

troymail

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Wow, I thought this would have become an active thread.
Let me ask the same question from a slightly diff angle.
If I or anyone, as a paid member (I'm currently not) would go the the database and download the Baltimore County file, would that download include some of the behind-the-scene settings that might make the 396 and 996 listening more intelligible and less underwater-like?
If so, no problem, I'll rejoin in a heartbeat.
Thanx for your info.
Nope. Just the frequencies and talkgroups.
 

dcr_inc

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Welcome to the "next" generation of trunking.. It's called LSM (linear Simulcast Modulation).. All new or newer systems are LSM and the older scanners just wont receive them clearly.. I hear the new unidens give it a heck of a try and do pretty well..
 

bwhite

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So, the very newest boxes that Uniden just released decode the signal but a 996 or 396, no matter what was tweaked will always sound pitiful?
 
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