BCD325P2: Programming Trunked Systems

KC1JSD

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Not sure if this belongs in this subforum, I've had my BCD325P2 for a few months now. I'm starting to look into to programming larger systems (i.e. the Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network) into it. However, I really have no idea how to do it, I've looked my manual, many wiki pages and scoured the internet for youtube videos and such on the subject, I've found no visual guides or anything. Looking at the radioreference pages for these systems, it makes no sense to me. How do I input the HEX number? Why is the DEC only 4 numbers and not a frequency? What's the correlation between the frequency and DEC? Why are there multiple frequencies and what parts of the system do they belong to? I feel like I am likely far overcomplicating things, but I really don't understand much about this. I need like a dumbed-down version. This is my first P25 etc. scanner. I'm much more used to my BC125AT. Can anybody please help me out?

Thank you,
KC1JSD
 

nessnet

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Yes, you are waaay overthinking it.
This is a TRUNKING system. The hex and dec are your trunkgroup numbers (hex = hexadecimal / dec = decimal).
I'd probably start with an understanding of what trunking is - it will help clarify all this.

Look above the trunkgroup listings. See the site list? Look under freqs - there is where your frequencies are.

Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network (CLMRN) Trunking System, Statewide, Connecticut - Scanner Frequencies
RFSSSiteNameCountyFreqs
1 (1)001 (1)New Britain SimulcastHartford854.3625c855.9625a856.2125857.2125858.2125859.2125
1 (1)021 (15)Troop G SimulcastFairfield769.53125770.08125770.58125771.23125771.78125a774.20625c851.7125
852.200852.5875853.200a853.500853.750a
1 (1)022 (16)Troop A SimulcastLitchfield769.08125770.68125771.53125772.73125773.05625a773.95625c851.275
851.6375852.1375852.700a853.3125a853.900
1 (1)023 (17)Troop B SimulcastLitchfield851.1375851.6125a851.8625a852.225a853.0375853.6125c
1 (1)024 (18)Troop C SimulcastTolland769.34375769.90625770.06875a771.23125a772.05625a774.05625c
1 (1)025 (19)Troop D SimulcastWindham851.7125852.200c852.5875a853.200a853.750
1 (1)026 (1A)Troop E SimulcastNew London769.61875770.36875771.65625772.60625773.13125a773.93125c851.1125
851.600851.825852.1625852.625a853.3375a
1 (1)027 (1B)Troop F SimulcastMiddlesex769.29375769.80625770.40625770.78125771.43125a774.30625c851.0875
851.1625851.300851.750852.075852.3875853.1625a853.5625a
1 (1)028 (1C)Troop H SimulcastHartford769.20625769.70625770.18125770.90625773.58125a774.53125c851.0375
851.400851.9375852.4125852.7625a853.2625a
1 (1)029 (1D)Troop I SimulcastNew Haven769.33125769.65625770.33125770.95625771.05625771.35625771.60625
772.43125a773.28125773.45625a774.03125a774.58125c
1 (1)030 (1E)Troop K SimulcastNew London851.2125851.4375a852.2625a852.650a853.3875853.9125c
1 (1)031 (1F)Troop L SimulcastLitchfield852.325855.8125856.4875a857.4875a858.4875a859.7625c
1 (1)032 (20)NaugatuckNew Haven854.6375859.4875a860.4875c
1 (1)033 (21)Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)Statewide769.23125769.38125769.73125769.88125774.51875a774.86875c
1 (1)034 (22)Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)Statewide769.38125769.73125a769.88125c774.86875
1 (1)037 (25)Old LymeNew London852.325853.050c
1 (1)040 (28)Kent (Skiff Mountain)Litchfield851.4375a852.650c
1 (1)041 (29)HartfordHartford769.25625769.75625770.25625a771.30625a771.80625a772.38125c


I'm not sure, but someone will chime in ..
Does the 325 program via Uniden's Sentinel software?
It sure would be a lot easier to let it do most of the work for you...
 

bobruzzo

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Not sure if this belongs in this subforum, I've had my BCD325P2 for a few months now. I'm starting to look into to programming larger systems (i.e. the Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network) into it. However, I really have no idea how to do it, I've looked my manual, many wiki pages and scoured the internet for youtube videos and such on the subject, I've found no visual guides or anything. Looking at the radioreference pages for these systems, it makes no sense to me. How do I input the HEX number? Why is the DEC only 4 numbers and not a frequency? What's the correlation between the frequency and DEC? Why are there multiple frequencies and what parts of the system do they belong to? I feel like I am likely far overcomplicating things, but I really don't understand much about this. I need like a dumbed-down version. This is my first P25 etc. scanner. I'm much more used to my BC125AT. Can anybody please help me out?

Thank you,
KC1JSD
First, where in Ct are you? The system you want is the "Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network" and here is the RR database for the whole state: Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network (CLMRN) Trunking System, Statewide, Connecticut - Scanner Frequencies But you need to specify your area then find the simulcast system thats the closest to you. To program the radio you need the data transfer cable to connect to computer. I am not familiar with your radio, but it should have come with a data cable. Don't worry about HEX or DEC. You will need software so the computer & radio communicates with each other. You can use either FREESCAN ARC-XT, or PROSCAN according to the RR wiki page. Not sure if/what other programs are compatible with it. But Freescan is FREE and works very well. Proscan isn't free but a more modern program. I am not familiar with ARC-xt. Here is the RR wiki with information on the software for your scanner....scroll down the link and look for the chart. Your radio is in the "handheld" top section, all the way to the right. Uniden DMA Software Support - The RadioReference Wiki Once you are all connected with cable attached between radio and computer you need to choose the right COM port so you can transfer the data from RR database, according to your location, to your scanner via the software. Maybe some others can help from this point on.
 

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Look into how to program trunking systems. Try here for starters.


nessnet seems to have found what I was looking at.
Yes. You can use software to program the 325p2. I don't believe the 325 is supported in Sentinel. I use Proscan, but Freescan can be used as well, and it's free. Look at the link here on how to program trunking systems and go from there. You can then look at the software options (which makes things much easier), and you'll be on your way. It takes some time to learn. Don't get discouraged. It's not bad once you get the hang of it. You may want to download Freescan and take a look at it. You may be able to program as you read and learn.
 

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Not sure if this belongs in this subforum, I've had my BCD325P2 for a few months now. I'm starting to look into to programming larger systems (i.e. the Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network) into it. However, I really have no idea how to do it, I've looked my manual, many wiki pages and scoured the internet for youtube videos and such on the subject, I've found no visual guides or anything. Looking at the radioreference pages for these systems, it makes no sense to me. How do I input the HEX number? Why is the DEC only 4 numbers and not a frequency? What's the correlation between the frequency and DEC? Why are there multiple frequencies and what parts of the system do they belong to? I feel like I am likely far overcomplicating things, but I really don't understand much about this. I need like a dumbed-down version. This is my first P25 etc. scanner. I'm much more used to my BC125AT. Can anybody please help me out?

Thank you,
KC1JSD
See if this helps you understand trunked radio systems:

There is also the "Easier to Read Manual" that applies to your scanner:

As lu81 noted, Sentinel does not work for the 325P2 scanner.

FreeSCAN does.
You can download it here:
Sixspot Software (FreeScan)

The FreeSCAN user guide is available in the Wiki.
FreeScan User Guide - The RadioReference Wiki
 

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Yes, lu81fitter has a good suggestion to try FREESCAN since it is free and very easy to use. But you need to find the simulcast site(s) closest to where you live. Here is website to get it: Freescan Hahaha the others beat me to it!
 

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Butel ARC software is another choice. But unlike Freescan, it’s not free. And if you want to take advantage of the automated programming, a small fee for RadioReference membership is required. I live in Farmington, Ct., own the BCD325P2 and have CLMRN programmed in. I’d be happy to meet up and show you a few things... and program your radio for you, on the spot, no charge.
 

KC1JSD

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Thank you, everyone, for all your replies and offers, it's helped a lot so far. I am using Freescan to program my scanner. Thank you for all the resources and links. I think I'm finally starting to get an understanding of using this scanner. Looking at a lot more with a fresh open mind, some coffee helps too. It's better to know I was just way overthinking everything than not knowing what to do at all. Thanks again!
 

lu81fitter

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Thank you, everyone, for all your replies and offers, it's helped a lot so far. I am using Freescan to program my scanner. Thank you for all the resources and links. I think I'm finally starting to get an understanding of using this scanner. Looking at a lot more with a fresh open mind, some coffee helps too. It's better to know I was just way overthinking everything than not knowing what to do at all. Thanks again!
It's good to see that you are on your way! Glad you're getting the hang of things. There are lots of good things to read in the WIKI on this site. It will most likely help you a lot. If you get stumped, you can always ask questions in these forums. There are lots of knowledgeable people here that are willing to help. I will say that taking time to read about things in the WIKI has helped me quite a bit over the years. It's a valuable tool.
Best of luck to you with your 325P2! I've been eyeballing one myself to go with my 996P2.
 
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