Following is an example for programming the Uniden Bearcat BCT8 TrunkTracker scanner.
1. Press and hold TRUNK for a couple of seconds to enter Trunk Programming mode.
2. Use the number pad to choose a bank number (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) where you want to store this trunk. If you haven't done any trunk programming before, use bank 1 (press the 1 key). If you already have something programmed into your other banks, choose a new bank number. Remember you can only store one trunk per bank.
3. Press the up arrow to find the system you want to use. Then press the E button.
* System Types:
o Motorola Type I
o Motorola Type II
o Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
o Motorola Type II Smartnet
o Motorola Type II Smartzone
o Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
o EDACS Standard (Wide)
o EDACS Standard Networked
o EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
o EDACS Narrowband Networked
o EDACS SCAT
o LTR Standard
* System Voices:
4. "Prog F" will appear on the scanner display. Press the E button again. The display will show 1 000.0000.
*** You MUST enter the frequencies in the order listed. The frequencies are ordered as Logical Channel Numbers. This is imperative due to the EDACS system. ***
An example taken from RR database would be:
Red (c) are primary control channels | Blue (a) are alternate control channels | Site Map(s): RR Locations
Site Hex Name
001 1 Site 1 01 866.08750c 02 866.21250a 03 866.33750a 04 866.58750 05 866.71250
5. Using the keypad, type in the first frequency, then press E.
6. Press the up-arrow button. The display will show 2 000.0000.
7. Using the keypad, type in the next frequency, then press E.
8. Continue these steps until all frequencies are programmed in.
You are now done entering the control frequencies. You now need to enter the talk groups AFS's for these frequencies.
9. Press HOLD/RESUME. "Prog F" appears on the display. Press the up arrow until "Prog id" appears on the display. Press the "E" button.
...begin entering talkgroup IDs you're interested in the same way you entered the system frequencies. For example:
Fire Analog Talkgroups
DEC AFS Mode Alpha Tag Description Tag
401 03-021 A LFD Dispatch Fire Dept Dispatch Fire Dispatch
402 03-022 A LFD Tac 1 Fire Dept Tac 1 Fire-Tac
...punch: 03 dot 021, for Primary Dispatch. Press E to set the talkgroup. Press the Up arrow.
...punch: 03 dot 022, for Car-to-Car. Press E to set the talkgroup. Press the Up arrow.
...repeat until you have entered all the talkgroup IDs you are interested in.
10. To begin scanning, press the SRCH button.
11. If you see "Bx SCAN id" scrolling across the display, where 'x' is the bank number you used, you are NOT in the proper scan mode, you are instead searching for random talkgroups on this trunk and you will not be able to follow conversations. If the TRUNK indicator does not display, press TRUNK. Press the PVT then SRCH buttons, in that order, until you see a display that resembles N-N -- ---, where N and N are numbers from 1 to 9. The N-N should be flashing. Congratulations, you are now scanning the trunk.
Only for ridiculous values of 'iffy'. Distance to the horizon for a 1,000 foot altitude is only 38.7 miles, so unless the transmitting antenna was also around 1,000 feet up, that would be depending on refractive scattering, and that doesn't happen very often on 800 MHz. Aurora might be more reliable (if a little less intelligible).If that system is on 800 mhz, you're WAY out of range if you think you can hear a trunk (not 'truck' ) regularly from 80 miles away, unless you have an outdoor antenna and preamp mounted nice and high - and even then it might a bit iffy.