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dallascowboys

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Good Morning,
I am unsure of how or what the best delay time to have, at this time in my BCD436HP I have everything set for 0 delay is this ok or should I go higher on the delay time ?

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You want a delay of about 5 seconds--long enough for the scanner to wait for a reply transmission if there is one. A delay of 0 means the scanner continues scanning immedialtely after a transmission ends, and you will miss replies.
 

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Depends on what you are monitoring. 5 seconds is good if you have a pretty long list of stuff being scanned but not a lot of activity.

It's too long if you have a shorter list and lots of activity.

0 is too short for anything.

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That's really a user prefernce question not unlike "what color should I paint my kitchen?"

My two cents are if you seem to be missing more replies to transmissions than you desire, increase the delay time. If you are getting all the replies you wish, but the scanner seems to "hang" too long, then reduce delay time.

I "mix and match" (but don't get too fussy). On some channels (those I don't want too miss a reply) I use 4 seconds. On others (those that are just "chatter") I'll go with 2 seconds. Then there are some dispatch channels where there are no replies (as in the "You have a house fire at . . . ") where the delay is 0.

Then another consideration is "how fast can you reach the hold button"? If there is something really interesting going on, you may want to hold on the channel to listen to subsequent transmissions.
 

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I agree with all that. I just didn't want to leave the thread with the impression that 5 seconds is the right setting.

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" ... 0 is too short for anything ..."

" ... dispatch channels ..... the delay is 0 ... "

Most of what I monitor is "dispatch" critical. Therefore, a zero setting is best for me. If a series of receivable SUPER IMPORTANT back-and-forth transmissions is expected, I will assign a single scanner to that single Frequency/TG. Also, since I consider none of my "favorites" to be more important than the others, I set no "priority" Channels/TGs. If it is important enough for "priority", it gets its own scanner.
 
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