Here's been my approach
but what im saying is, am i going to b able to grasp it? i have never owned a scanner and im going to mostly be using it on RR freqs. but to me its always good to have an allaorund one. so i can so police and other transports aorund here...
Do what I did today...
The UASD software is free to download from Uniden's website whether you own a 396T or not.
Like you I'm considering purchasing one (although I'm far from having the money on hand as yourself.
But that can give you a feel for at least the software and how the scanner is configured. I agree with the others about playing with the radio first by hand before using the software and if and when I buy one, I'll do that myself.
But for now, playing with the software and reading the manual in pdf is IMO a great way to prepare for such a big purchase.
It's a challenge, yes, but that's the best part, I think.
Then again I've been scanning for the last 11 years but
this 396T is a whole new world for me.
Realistically, any trunking scanner will be difficult to grasp at first especially if, as you say, you've never own a scanner before.
But give the hobby a shot...if you don't like it sell it to me for real cheap, lol :lol: