According to the manual:I did some research and it said that the 250d, could receive phase, one,
The scanner cannot be rebanded from when they did the 700 / 800 MHz rebanding years ago. So in other words, it cannot usually receive all of the frequencies on a trunk system and it's dependent on which trunk system you're trying to receive. Keep in mind, the scanners 296D/796D) were from 2003 and things were a lot different back then. I've been playing with my 296D just this last week and it's been sitting on the coffee table in front of me. But part of that I'd had it in the box for the last 10 or 12 years. I've been using the service search function monitoring the marine frequencies for stations using them out here in the area where I live during the 4th of July. But as far as trunk tracking goes, it's worthless to me out here where I live. I'm in the Fort Worth/Dallas area and I can listen to DPD but almost everybody else is on various trunk radio systems and most of it is Phase II now. But if I'm remembering correctly, when the rebanding, occurred after the BCD396XT radios were out, I was unable to use my BC296D or BC796D, the base model, to monitor the various TRS's because the radios could not be upgraded through a firmware update for rebanding. And this is long before Phase 2 came out. I've got to phase one city or county actually just one county to the west and I cannot monitor it. I was thinking that it would but it won't. Rebanding changed a lot including step sizes and of course it opened up the 700 MHz band for public safety use. I can listen to conventional P25 stations and I can listen to conventional analog traffic, but there's not a digital TRS anywhere that I know of that it will function on. There may be some across the country that have an upgraded and it might still be used in those cities or areas? But I hate to say it's probably very rare to find a city where rebanding has not occurred already.Hello,
I did some research and it said that the 250d, could receive phase, one, has anyone dealt with that before, I've played around with it, but no luck yet.
I have not found any difference in the digital cards and I have interchanged them and they work in either the 250 or the 296. However a card from a 296 placed into a 250 will not follow p25 trunking. The 296 has hardware that the 250 does not.I think that is true - the 785 and 250 came out roughly at the same time; the 245 was Uniden's prior analog handheld scanner (along with the much revered BC780).
I *think* the difference between the 250 and 296 had to do with the card - if memory serves me, the card in the 296 could handle a 9600 baud system (i.e. Project 25) where the 250s can't. There were probably some other circuit differences in the 296 that made the 9600 baud decode possible with the card. I'm pretty sure you couldn't take a card from a 296 and put it in the 250, so it's a reasonable assumption. Mike
I have used both the 296D and 796D on 800 MHz rebanded systems. They will both do P25 Phase 1 trunked systems. The v3_60 firmware update enabled rebanding. Neither radio will accept 700 MHz frequencies.Do you have the link to where it shows the 296D being a rebandable radio?
Thanks to both of you, rentbob and TV and tvengr. Yeah the time it has been as kind of taken away my usage of the radio but some of what I remember about it as well. A lot of what I see mentioned does ring some bells too and it reminds me of both radios. Even though I never did get the 250D at the time, I remember the 296D came out very shortly afterwards and I thought at the time that was unusual. I also remembered after reading both of your comments that when it came to rebanding it would work on certain TRS's that did not end in a certain numeric format but not on ones that ended in another numeric format. And for the life of me I can't remember which was which at the time. It does seem like it was just yesterday but it's hard to believe it was almost 20 years ago! Thanks again guys, and to everyone, who's helped answer some questions add long forgotten about. We've definitely jumped by leaps and bounds to what we have today looking back at what we had then!Very interesting discussion. I owned both radios, the bc250d was first in 2003 and was the first digital scanner made by Uniden. It could do p16 type II smartzone systems but it couldn't do p25 but could do p25 conventional as has been mentioned. The 296 was 9600 baud and could do p25 tracking.
The 296 followed a little less than six months later. The card was included with the 296 as standard. It was an option with the bc250d. If you didn't need to go digital, it could serve as an analog scanner.
296 displayed more information. Obvious p25 data information, you could see your tag associated with the TG when you were in ID search mode. 296 had 6.25 steps, it also downloaded faster.
Just trying to remember any other big factors and I remember there was the 800 megahertz rebanding issue. A 250d was incapable of rebanding and the 296 was. That was a major issue at the time.
That was a long time ago but it seems like yesterday. Wish I could remember more. Everything I can remember has been covered well here.
GRE/RS had introduced the pro 96 at the same time. There was a very distinct difference in modulation between the pro 96 and the Unidens. The Unidens always had a muffled muddy modulation and the GRE had crisp clear audio. That was always a contentious debate here on RR.
I'll leave that one alone.