• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

BCD996P2: Portland Scanning issues

Petertherock

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Oct 25, 2010
Messages
20
Location
Maine
#1
So I have a Uniden BCD996P2 that I just got. The issue I have been having is it takes a long time to find a control channel. Once it finds a control channel it operates great. In fact, much better than the Whistler I have.

I live in Saco, so obviously I lose the reception once I get out of the Portland area. But my whistler scanner didn’t have any trouble getting a control channel when I get back into the Portland area.

Does anyone know if this issue is because it’s a brand new scanner and hopefully now it will easily find the control channel when I go into Portland the next time, or is this a setting issue. I do have the control channel frequency programmed in and I have it on the scan instead of search control channel option.

Anyone know about these scanners? I looked in the instruction manual and couldn’t find anything that would explain this.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 
Joined
Apr 18, 2009
Messages
1,275
Location
CT
#2
So I have a Uniden BCD996P2 that I just got. The issue I have been having is it takes a long time to find a control channel. Once it finds a control channel it operates great. In fact, much better than the Whistler I have.

I live in Saco, so obviously I lose the reception once I get out of the Portland area. But my whistler scanner didn’t have any trouble getting a control channel when I get back into the Portland area.

Does anyone know if this issue is because it’s a brand new scanner and hopefully now it will easily find the control channel when I go into Portland the next time, or is this a setting issue. I do have the control channel frequency programmed in and I have it on the scan instead of search control channel option.
How strong is the signal you get on the CC?

It has nothing to do with the scanner being new.

Is the firmware up to date?

BCD996P2FirmwareUpdate < UnidenMan4 < TWiki

What system are you trying to monitor?
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 23, 2017
Messages
388
Location
Vrigo Super Cluster, Milky Way Galaxy, Sagatarious
#4
Petertherock - I recommend first updating the Firmware then the Database.
In this Transitional Phase of various agency going from Analog to Digital , you will find many systems replaced with P25 phase I and Phase II, and other Digital Systems. having a Complete and Updated Database on the PC and the Scanner is essential.
I update my Scanner Database every Sunday Morning.
Its also a Good Idea to Download the Entire System for an Agency , as opposed to Just Entering the Channels Manually. you might make a mistake or Leave out both Alternate and Backup control channels, or miss some Sites.
aside from that Check the Obvious, check the Antenna that its seated correctly and a Good Connection is made.
and to SET your Squelch Properly, Open your Squelch all the way (Counter Clockwise ), then Scan to a open Channel (Analog) with Static, then SET the Squelch by turning it Clockwise until the Scanner goes Quiet. Your Scanner Squelch is now SET.
 

garys

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Jun 13, 2002
Messages
4,566
Location
Eastern MA
#5
I had to drive up to Portland Wednesday afternoon. On the way back, I was able to hear the Portland P25 trunk south on I-95 past Exit 36. That put me a bit south of Saco, so the signal is there. If you can't hear Portland that far south check the squelch setting and then check your antenna connections.
 

Petertherock

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Oct 25, 2010
Messages
20
Location
Maine
#6
I just wanted to make a follow up post that thanks to a lurker in here that messaged me, I was able to find the problem. I had the squelch set to high! The lower the better for squelch setting. Now I can pick up Portland into Saco.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 
Top