If you want to stop and hold on a specific site, Press Function and then the Middle button, then use the knob to scroll to the site you want to stop on and scroll to itHi,
Is it possible to set the SDS models to a particular site or tower? If so how would you accomplish that task?
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While scanning, when the scanner stops on a transmission and it's on a site you want to hold -just press [function] and the middle key (It should display "site". before the transmission ends. The scanner will stay only on that site until you press function and the middle key againIf you want to stop and hold on a specific site, Press Function and then the Middle button, then use the knob to scroll to the site you want to stop on and scroll to it
That's not possible with any scanner. All of the towers have the exact same set of frequencies, and carry the same radio traffic. If "talkgroup 1234" is on "System frequency 1", then each of the towers will have "TGID 1234 on frequency 1" at the exact same time. That's why simulcast is an issue for most scanners. There are multiple towers in the simulcast site, scattered around the service coverage area. While these are transmitting the same set of talkgroups, assigned to the same frequency at each tower, they are at varying distances from your location. So, even though radio waves travel at light speed, there is enough time variation from these individual towers, due to their distances from you, that the signals arrive out of synch enough to impact how the scanner decodes the tower. The SDS series scanners are designed to deal with that time differential. The other scanners on the market do not. the 'professional' radios carried by first responders in the field are also able to handle that issue, as are the Unication pagers and the Bluetail receiver.I was wondering if you could lock on one tower close to your location would that alleviate simulcast problems?
The "middle" key (or button of you prefer that term) is the middle one of the three keys just below the display. These are "soft" keys, in that, depending on what you are doing, may be used for various different functions. But when scanning, the 'middle' key is the one for "Departments". If pressed, without first pressing Function, then that causes the scanner to hold on the currently active department within whatever system is being scanned. Pressing Function first, then Department, the scanner holds on whichever site is being scanned on a trunked system. You may also observe 'Site Hold' briefly in the display.Sorry which middle key?
I don't have one of the Bluetail receivers, but apparently a number of other members do. Check the comments in a very lengthy thread under the "All Other Scanner Manufacturers" sub forum. Most of the comments are very favorable.Thank You both so much!
Steve, Does anybody on here have a Bluetail receiver?