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HT 1250 scanning questions


Jul 9, 2020
I have a few questions about scanning on the HT 1250. As most of you probably know, there are eight zones you can have with up to 16 channels per zone. I have three zones: Police, Fire, EMS, and three scan lists in CPS for each of those zones. Say If I wanted to scan all the police channels and all the fire channels (which is in a different zone), can I scan more than one zone at a time? I would have put Police, Fire & EMS all in the same zone, but as I said before, I can only have 16 channels in one zone. I tried to see if scanning multiple zones at once were possible in CPS, but when I select a channel on "conventional personality," and go to the Scan tab, and It will only let me choose one list. Another question I have is that while a zone is being scanned, can I exclude specific channels from being scanned on that zone?


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Jul 27, 2005
No, you get 16 channels per scan list.
You can set a button for "scan list edit" and you can add/remove members in the scan list from the front panel (up to 16 members)

If you want more than 16 scan list members or you want to scan multiple zones, a Kenwood TK-7180 (VHF) or TK-8180 (UHF) will give you a lot more options. Motorolas are limited when it comes to scanning capability.


Oct 23, 2017
a Kenwood TK-7180 (VHF) or TK-8180 (UHF) will give you a lot more options.
I have a Kenwood mobile and I STILL haven't been able to figure out how scanning works on it lol. Personally I like the 1250 scan list style better but I agree that 16 channels is rather limiting. If it was more than 16 channels you would miss transmissions because it isn't as fast at scanning channels as a scanner is.