Can someone program my 996T?

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k9gunner

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I have spend almost 10 hours now (and I am still going) trying to program this scanner. I just don't get it. I would be willing to pay someone to do it, as I have waisted an ENTIRE day off trying to program this. It is about to be a $500 paperweight.
 

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The ARC996 Basic or Pro software from Butel Software, www.butel.nl , would be a worthwhile investment. I have used the BC250D version and it is very user friendly. You should have no trouble programming your scanner with this software.
 

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In another thread, you mentioned that you could not get it to "connect to scanner." So, you've overcome that (because that is not a limitation of the demo...)? Generally, if you get an error when you try to connect:

1) You haven't selected the COM port that the scanner is connected to; or
2) Something else (like ActiveSync or Palm Sync software) is using that port; or
3) If you are using a USB --> Serial adapter, you might need to get more current drivers (generally available from the vendor's web site); or
4) You are trying to use the rear port with a straight cable (it requires a null modem); or
5) If you are using the rear port, you haven't set the port's baud rate to 115200 (using the scanner's menu).
 

k9gunner

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I think it was the trial software. I subscribed here, and also purchased the software. It is communicating with the computer now. At this point it is getting a little easier. One question. How do you set up banks? I have for instance state patrol in one folder on the ARC software, VHF local in another, and state tatical in a 3rd. How do I seperate those on the scanner, say I am getting too much feedback on the VHF?
 

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Assign each System to a different System Quick Key (SQK). For example:

State Patrol: SQK 1
VHF Local: SQK 2
State Tactical: SQK3

and load them into the scanner. While scanning, you should see the next-to-bottom row of the scanner look like:

S0: 1 2 3 - - - - - - -

This means that the systems you've assigned to SQK's 1, 2, and 3 are enabled.

Now, to turn off VHF Local, you'd press the "2" button while scanning. You'll then see:

SO: 1 * 3 - - - - - - -

The * means that the systems assigned to SQK 2 are disabled.

You might want to back up a short step and read the article I wrote that is included with the scanner. If for some reason it isn't in the package, you can see it on line at http://www.grove-ent.com/SCANNERPROGRAMMING.htm
 
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