Help Programming a BC80XLT

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rs4935

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Hey all,

I've learned quite a bit programming trunking scanners and how they work. But this one is an oldie but a goodie.

I have a Uniden BC80XLT that I need to program in: Police, Fire, and Emergency for both Hawkins Co, and Sullivan So Tennessee.

The frequencies I input in the scanner are:
Sullivan:
155.640
160.155
154.430
155.280
151.130
159.735
155.700
154.800
856.4875
857.4875
858.4875
859.4875
Hawkins:
155.670
154.415
155.385
154.115
156.240
155.265

Now, with the trunking scanners, I would program in the main 800mhz frequencies (the ones in red and blue in the motorola type 2 system) and then all the system ids, except locking out system id 33552 (sanitation).

This oldie isn't a trunking scanner, so I'm assuming I am manually programming in all the frequencies that would be automatically found in a trunking system.

I guess my main question is, are these the right frequencies to put into this old scanner, instead of the motorola type 2 frequencies? Sullivan County has the motorola system, where Hawkins County does not.

Now, some things in Hawkins county are about 30-60 miles away from me, and I'm not getting a lot of chatter over the scanner. On my trunking scanner, I get tons of chatter programming in the Sullivan County motorola type 2 frequencies. Why am I not getting much now?

-Pat
 

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For attempting to listen to a trunking system with a non-trunking scanner, you would need to program all the frequencies except the control channels (red and blue). The control channels have all the data and nothing to listen to for the most part.

30-60 miles seems like a long shot for a handheld for many things. Frequency, location, transmitter power, terrain are all variables for long distance reception. 800 mhz frequencies are not likely to carry over that distance unless they are intended to by the system and the older radios that covered 800 were great performers in the beginning.
 

rs4935

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For attempting to listen to a trunking system with a non-trunking scanner, you would need to program all the frequencies except the control channels (red and blue). The control channels have all the data and nothing to listen to for the most part.

30-60 miles seems like a long shot for a handheld for many things. Frequency, location, transmitter power, terrain are all variables for long distance reception. 800 mhz frequencies are not likely to carry over that distance unless they are intended to by the system and the older radios that covered 800 were great performers in the beginning.
Thanks so much. I'm so new to this I just wanted to make sure it was correct.

That's exactly what I did. TY!

-Pat
 

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Meant to say "NOT great performers in the beginning", meaning when the started added 800 meg coverage, the reception was not so great. Hope you're having fun with it!
 
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