DEC = Decimal, which is what you would normally use for programming talkgroups into a scanner. HEX = Hexidecimal, which is what Motorola usually uses for the talkgroup designations. I don't know of any scanner where you would use the hex numbers for talkgroup programming. Of course, you can always convert the hex numbers into decimal for programming a scanner, using a calculator, such as the Windows calculator in scientific view.jmhill5 said:When would a person use the "HEX" or "DEC" in scanning programming?
I'm pretty sure you haven't.phil_smith said:I've done it before on my 785 in hex for grins
I've done it in WIN97, I enter a HEX value and it converts to DEC...W4KRR said:I'm pretty sure you haven't.
For one thing, the words hex and hexadecimal don't even appear in the Owner's manual for the BC785D. How would the scanner know if the number you're entering was supposed to be a hex number or a decimal number? And how do you enter the letters a through f that are required by the hex number system?
You wouldn't on the scanner itself, both Uniden and Radio Shack use decimal for talkgroups. They do however use Hex for tower ID's on 9600 baud Astro systems. With the RadioReference database only capable of Decimal right now you would have to translate the hex ID's to match up the listings.jmhill5 said:When would a person use the "HEX" or "DEC" in scanning programming?