Federal Monitoring With Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT Under Butel ARC XT Pro

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JASII

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Right now I am using my Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT under Butel ARC XT Pro control to work on fire frequencies with Tone-Out Search, but I will shift gears back to federal monitoring. I am just wondering if anybody hear is using the recording feature to help identify users of particular frequencies? If so, are there any tips you want to pass along? I will likely start out by searching the bands digital modulation only with P25 NAC code search enabled. I am wondering if it may be more effective to focus on a single frequency at a time. With encrypt mute on there shouldn't be a lot of audio "in the clear", but I guess I don't know until I try it. Needless to say, by recording and playing back later, I should be able to condense listening to a fairly short period of time.
 

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When I record audio I use ID Tracker II software. I think it also records the NAC's from those XT scanners. but double check first. I'm sure Butel XT software will work too.

If you need a full text list for programming the ARC software.
There is two version. Top half is for P25 Scan and the bottom half is for FM scan.
http://socalfedcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/scan-list-162-174.html
http://socalfedcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/scan-list-406-420.html
http://socalfedcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/scan-list-138-144-148-1508_13.html
http://socalfedcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/scan-list-380-400.html

Happy Scanning :)
 
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Right now I am using my Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT under Butel ARC XT Pro control to work on fire frequencies with Tone-Out Search, but I will shift gears back to federal monitoring. I am just wondering if anybody hear is using the recording feature to help identify users of particular frequencies? If so, are there any tips you want to pass along? I will likely start out by searching the bands digital modulation only with P25 NAC code search enabled. I am wondering if it may be more effective to focus on a single frequency at a time. With encrypt mute on there shouldn't be a lot of audio "in the clear", but I guess I don't know until I try it. Needless to say, by recording and playing back later, I should be able to condense listening to a fairly short period of time.
I've been doing this for several months with the same set-up. Instead of searching in P25 mode only I'm set-up to receive analog or digital. When I identify a frequency I then program it conventionally in a separate quick-key and set it up to search for either the tone or NAC depending on which it is. This seems to work fairly well. I've located lots of stuff I wasn't aware of around here.

The less search range or frequencies you scan will allow you to obtain more info on individual channels but right now I'm using a pretty broad sweep. I'm searching 148-151, 162-174, 400-420, 758-960, in addition to the conventional system. In addition to federal I've also entered most of the VHF Hi public safety frequencies in digital to see if anyone is using those in this area that I'm not aware of.

This all takes a while to search through but like I said I am identifying a lot of things I didn't know about.

Mike
 
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DaveNF2G

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Another tool for finding unknown federal (or other) frequencies is the bandscope.
 
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