BCd996/396 and esk

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Mar 8, 2003
Englewood CO
I just saw this on the front page of RR yeah :)

Paul Optiz sent out a newsletter on behalf of Uniden with information of upcoming FREE firmware updates for the Uniden Scanner Product Line.

Highlights include:

* New Hidden Menu Items
* Close Call DND
* Extended Tone out Delay
* RSSI Reporting Improvements
* EDACS ESK Support
* P25 Auth Threshold Detection
* New Big Product Announcement on 9/29/2008

Firmware Release dates look like:

BCD396T/BCD996T 9/30/2008
BC246T/BCT15 11/20/2008
BCT8/BC898T 12/31/2008
BC296D/BC796D/BR330T 1/31/2009


Oct 28, 2004
Denver, CO - USA
August 25, 2008
Updates are On the Way

In This Issue
  • Rebanding Update
  • Update Schedule
  • What’s Next?
  • Until Next Time
Rebanding Update

Well, a couple of Motorola Analog systems have now rebanded, so we are hard at work on firmware updates for all our current Trunk Trackers (as well as a couple of older models). These updates will give you the ability to enter custom band plans for 800 MHz Motorola systems, which will allow you to set up the scanner for rebanded systems, whether they are “normal” rebanded systems as are the few that have recently switched over, or “inverted” rebanded systems which use a variation of the channel assignment method. So far, no systems have switched to the inverted type, but we’ll be ready when they do.​

I know that many of you have wanted more features in the current models. So, we are also taking this opportunity to put a few more treats into this update. Here’s a quick rundown of the new goodies:​

Hidden Menu Items: These will all be incorporated into the main menu structure. No more keyboard tricks to get to these tweaks. (BCD996T/BCD396T)​

Close Call DND: I sure wish I had thought of this mode earlier so that we could have included it in the BC246T, BR330T, and BCD396T, but this update takes care of that.​

Extended Tone-Out Delay: We’re adding the much-requested 30-second option to the Fire Tone-Out Delay feature (BR330T, BCD396T, BCT15, BCD996T)​

RSSI Reporting Improvements: I’ve been very surprised that none of the software developers have taken advantage of the improvements in RSSI reporting (high speed, 1024 levels of RSSI), but I am hearing some hints that updates are on the way. This would make for a pretty slick band scope feature, and we added it to the PC protocol for the BCD396T and BCD996T with a previous update. This update will extend it to the BC246T, BR330T, and BCT15.​

EDACS ESK Support: We’ll be adding ESK support to both the BCD396T and the BCD996T. Sorry, no ProVoice (or OpenSky, V-SELP, iDEN…).​

Improved P25 Automatic Threshold Detection: This update should allow the BCD396T and BCD996T to fully auto-adjust for P25 systems, even if those systems are out of spec for P25 deviation, as we’ve found is the case in a number of areas.​

Now for the 2nd big question. How much is it going to cost you? Well, while we’ll still need to use ESN control for this update for some models, this update will cost you absolutely nothing (well, a little time, perhaps, and a little patience).​

Update Schedule

Now to answer the 1st big question: When will all this happen?​

Since we’ll be working on updates for 9 models, we can’t get these all out at the same time. So, we’ll be issuing updates with a goal of wrapping all this up by early 2009. Our estimated release dates for these updates (remember, we still have to recode, debug, test, and package all this, so it is possible for an update to slip a bit if we need time to address problems found in testing) are as follows:​


What’s Next?
Watch your in box for a major announcement on 9/29/2008. Can’t say more, now.
Until Next Time

In closing, I want to recognize the great contributions Gene Costin (aka Gene Hughes) made to the scanning hobby. His long-running “Police Call” series made it possible for scanner hobbyists to program their scanners with local law enforcement frequencies long before the internet … or even the widespread use of trunked systems. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. His spirit lives on every time you help out a fellow “scannist.” No manufacturer would last in this business without the kind of community help and support that he epitomized.​

Paul Opitz
Product Manager
Uniden America Corp.​
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