Programming BCD 396Xt

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a23051coug

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Setting up a BCD 396XT for my son. I understand that SD is moto type II however P25 1. I am using freescan and downloading from RR. A few questions: 1. On the trucked system freescan auto fills in mot type II/P25, I assumed this was correct till I scrolled down and saw a line saying p25 standard(digital XT) or P25 one Freq channel trunk(digital XT) Which would do I use.

2.) Freescan auto fills in APCO Auto is this what I want or do I go man or DFLT.. I'm guessing auto since I don't know anything.

3.) Freescan also auto fills in different modulation from auto,fm,nfm. which do I use or again just let the program do it for me
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4.) what is a good P25 wait time.

5.) i noticed something about system band plan that fills in by itself, do I need to worry about this.

Thank You and please tell me I'm just overthinking things.
 

kmi8dy

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p25 wait time is 400ms as stated in manual. nothing to worry about system band plan. i have caught system type sometimes useing wrong type, always check and correct if need be on this one.
 

starwtc

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Using my XT's in South Dakota I find that p25 wait time set to 800 works better on their system.
 

a23051coug

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Thank you folks for your help. Now I just need to figure out what type of antenna would work best in my rural area of SD
 

tyytor

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hi, you should be able to get the Madison tower fairly good with it as is or add a any scanner out side or mobile antenna with good results or Mitchell with a vhf yagi.
 

SCPD

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just a heads up the Mitchell tower site has a somewhat limited range compared to others..
 
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