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steve031372

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Ok here goes, i purchased the BCD396t a few days ago got the FreeScan software, subscribed to RR and started to download StarCom21 Illinois. Now my question is this. How do I know what to download as everything is checked but I know that i will not here a lot of what is on there. What I do here is very scratchy and broken up Metro C, D etc. Is there an option on RR to input my location Antioch Illinois, 60002 so I can only download specific locations I should here or not.
Sorry if this was a dumb question.

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I would suggest you program by hand Tower-108=Lake Co, its very strong as i traveled thru there last week....It will bring you most of the talkgroups you need.....
 

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Narrowing the Field

Ok here goes, i purchased the BCD396t a few days ago got the FreeScan software, subscribed to RR and started to download StarCom21 Illinois. Now my question is this. How do I know what to download as everything is checked but I know that i will not here a lot of what is on there. What I do here is very scratchy and broken up Metro C, D etc. Is there an option on RR to input my location Antioch Illinois, 60002 so I can only download specific locations I should here or not.
Sorry if this was a dumb question.

Steve
Steve,
I live a bit East of you in Lake County. I've spent a while setting my 996T up for SC-21, so I can offer a few suggestions. These are based on the assumption [uh-oh] that most of your monitoring will be done stationary in Antioch. If you plan to do a lot of mobile monitoring around the state, they won't be very useful:
- if you haven't done so, D/L Rich Carlson's SC-21 file from the CARMA Chicago web site. Rich divided his material into thirds to match the three SC-21 'Zones.' If you program only 'Zone 1' into your scanner, you'll have a good start on the next suggestions.
- starting with Rich's file, lock-out all sites except 108 [Lake County simulcast] and 120 [McHenry County] -- OR, starting fresh, enter the freqs for these two sites only.
- choose TGs from RadioReference or Rich's file. I recommend:
--- the 'statewide stuff' at the start of the RR material
--- 'ISP Zone 1'
--- 'IDNR Region 2'
--- District 2
--- District Chicago
--- District 5? [judgment call]
--- District 15, but use the 'groups' function so you can 'lock out' Maintenance; otherwise, that's ALL you'll hear!
--- District 16? [judgment call]
--- below that [on the RR page], pick and choose what might be interesting. SKIP anything that shows a TG value of 0 [zero] and anything that shows a mode value of E [encrypted].
Let us know how it works and what you hear.
 

steve031372

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Still confused

Ok thanks for the reply, I have downloaded starcom21 from Rich carlson's site I have managed to link UASD to the file but when I try to edit the programming I cant find 108 [Lake County simulcast] and 120 [McHenry County] are these under a different ID?
Thanks
Steve
 

steve031372

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Got theTowers

ok i finally got the two towers you recommended, I am recieving Elgin,Rockford and some Chicago metro C,D. Also some McHenry traffic. The problem I am having is the reception is breaking up and when i get reception the voices sound like aliens....
Thanks for the help in all regards but I think I shall be returning the scanner as I am not getting the digital quality I thought I would be getting. I will get a trunking scanner as Lake County have a very good reception

steve
 

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Alein Conversations

Alein Conversations thats a new one, not. Welcome to the wonderful world of digital, the only other alternative is the psr-500/600 its more sensetive.
 
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