BCD436HP: Few questions after first 2 months...

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Awz1287

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OK so I have been using the bcd436hp for 2 months and have gotten most features figured out but I have a few questions.

1. Is there a way to keep the little led light on through out the whole transmission?
2. Is there a way to set a quick mute button? I like to leave the radio on but when I receive phone calls I would like to mute it for a few minutes with out having to press the top button to turn down the volume by hand. Also can i change the top button so the volume control is always on and push would be for scan direction?
3. Is there a way to search for towns on the radio itself by name instead of with zip code? Like the software database usa>state>county>town>frequencies.

I still really new at this so any help would be very appreciated.
 

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OK so I have been using the bcd436hp for 2 months and have gotten most features figured out but I have a few questions.

1. Is there a way to keep the little led light on through out the whole transmission?
2. Is there a way to set a quick mute button? I like to leave the radio on but when I receive phone calls I would like to mute it for a few minutes with out having to press the top button to turn down the volume by hand. Also can i change the top button so the volume control is always on and push would be for scan direction?
3. Is there a way to search for towns on the radio itself by name instead of with zip code? Like the software database usa>state>county>town>frequencies.

I still really new at this so any help would be very appreciated.
1) Not without a change in the firmware.
2) Not exactly as you described, but if you lock the keypad (FUNC key + Power button) the top knob controls volume without having to press down first
3) Not that I am aware of.
 

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1. No, there's no way to control the duration of the LED light.
2. When your phone rings and you want the scanner to shut up, just press the Menu button on the side. ;)
3. No and I wish you could because that would be a handy feature. Perhaps a future firmware update could allow it? Upman, this one's got my vote if you're looking for new features to implement.

-AZ
 

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1. No, there's no way to control the duration of the LED light.
2. When your phone rings and you want the scanner to shut up, just press the Menu button on the side. ;)
3. No and I wish you could because that would be a handy feature. Perhaps a future firmware update could allow it? Upman, this one's got my vote if you're looking for new features to implement.

-AZ
Nice suggestion for the Menu button - I never thought of that.
 

JamesO

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Menu button is a blessing and a curse.

On both the 396XT and 436HP I often accidentally hit the Menu button. I often need to look and check the display to make sure I am not in Menu mode.

But I have also learned to use the Menu button as a Mute on all the radios as a Mute.

The problem is on 996Xt and 536HP the Menu button is not as easy to quickly find.

As for the Alerts LED, hopefully a newer firmware release will have an option to allow for a longer and/or continuous LED Alert. PLEASE!!!
 
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