Request frequency file for my area

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php111

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Hey, I just got the BCD396XT scanner, but I don't have the cable to connect the scanner to my computer and I do not know when I will be able to get the cable so without the cable any software will not be possible and I do not want to wait to use it so therefore the option is program the scanner manually which I do not know how.

So, here are a few questions.

1.) How do I program the BCD396XT manually?

2.) I live in Bethlehem, PA, it's the Lehigh Valley. May I please request someone to kindly please send me a frequency file for my area?

I really appreciate it for all help, and thank you!
 

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Question #1 has been answered, but could someone please answer question #2? Thank you! :)
 

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The scanner came with a cable, but does it look like I could connect it to my computer based on this images from Google?
 

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Question #1 has been answered, but could someone please answer question #2? Thank you! :)
Bethlehem City has it's own P25 Phase 1 digital system. That info can be found here Bethlehem Public Safety Trunking System, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Scanner Frequencies

You'll need a cable adapter to program via computer. Amazon.com: TRENDnet USB 2.0 to RS-232 DB9 Serial Converter, TU-S9: Electronics

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Amazon.com: Uniden USB-1 Scanner Radio PC Interface Cable: Computers & Accessories

The later is more expensive. I would go with the first. I use that setup all the time.
 

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Cable for 396xt

If you decide to get the converter, be aware that it may work with one computer but not another. I have been using three different ones for awhile, and sometimes they work on one computer but not another. I believe some of the problems come from different chipsets on the motherboard. The USB cable for your scanner works on every computer I have tried (about 8 different brands).
 

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If you decide to get the converter, be aware that it may work with one computer but not another. I have been using three different ones for awhile, and sometimes they work on one computer but not another. I believe some of the problems come from different chipsets on the motherboard. The USB cable for your scanner works on every computer I have tried (about 8 different brands).
That is fine for me because I would only be using this on one computer.
 

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Bethlehem City has it's own P25 Phase 1 digital system. That info can be found here Bethlehem Public Safety Trunking System, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Scanner Frequencies

You'll need a cable adapter to program via computer. Amazon.com: TRENDnet USB 2.0 to RS-232 DB9 Serial Converter, TU-S9: Electronics

or

Amazon.com: Uniden USB-1 Scanner Radio PC Interface Cable: Computers & Accessories

The later is more expensive. I would go with the first. I use that setup all the time.

I bought the first one and it was delivered yesterday and I used FreeSCAN, and I was able to program it.

Thank you everyone!!!! :)
 
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