I was able to program the 996 with the software set to a higher speed than the comm port, but the software would generate a "list index out of bounds" error message when I tried to use the online control feature.
jeffmulter said:>> Jeff--I didn't know you were going to get a 996...dangit son you are just tempting me to purchase one...you and I gotta stop this everytime a new radio comes out we gotta buy it thing.
In my home, the Mrs. worries more about me coming home with another dog than she worries about another scanner. Scanners don't have to be fed twice a day, they don't make a "mess" in the house, and they don't have to be boarded when you go on vacation ... they can come with you !
Marshall - the 996 is a "gotta-have" scanner. It might be overkill for some, but, in an area like Raleigh area, it really fits the requirements.
As a mobile scanner, the only things I'd change would be the display (make it larger, and bring back the "mask" feature) and the volume / "on" control (I would have preferred a push button "on" with a preset volume level).
I've been planning on this purchase since the end of 2005. The 996 comes closest to meeting my requirements for replacing the three modified 2006 scanners I use for conventional searching.
There is also the added bonus of conducting trunked control channel searches with the 996 at home, and logging system I-Ds via the UASD software. I can do this with the 396, but prefer to maintain that scanner for travel use.
I was doing some high-altitude control channel monitoring on a trip back from Tampa a couple of weeks ago, and it was cool to briefly have the 396 lock onto a system AND I-D it ... caught Savannah, Univ of Ga / Athens, Sumter, numerous Palmetto sites, and alot of systems that were not identified because their I-D is not in the RR database.
Evenutally, I would like to acquire a couple more 996 scanners ... or whatever model comes next.
I'm also still in the market for a 2 m / 70 cm handheld.
And, I'm always on the lookout for another dog who needs a home !