BCD996XT: Slow Scanning

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rys092209

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I have a BCD996XT that I picked up only a day ago. I also have a Pro-95 that I have had for a long time. Since programming my 996XT with FreeSCAN, I have noticed that my Pro-95 runs circles around my 996XT as far as capturing EDACs transmissions from my city. I bought this scanner in order to upgrade (The other city about an hour away and the state patrol are now P25) and to replace my Pro-95 which is starting to have volume knob issues. Is there a way to speed up the scanning of the trunked frequencies? Or am I doing something wrong? I have included a screen capture of my FreeSCAN program which shows all of the systems and sites I have programmed onto my 996XT currently. I do not have CC or Pri turned on and I have adjusted delay times on the systems I want to linger on so that I can follow a conversation more easily. Any advice?
 

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I think the slow scanning is because you have a ton of systems programmed.

It takes time for the scanner to cycle through all of them.

Try scanning a group or system on your Uniden that is set up exactly like a system in your PRO-95 then compare the scan speed of the two scanners that way.
 
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Agreed. Scanning speed between two scanners cannot be compared unless they are scanning the same exact number of the same exact frequencies.
 

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I was starting to come to that conclusion as I watched my scanner. It keeps getting hung up on the CNV freqs. I'm wondering if it would help if I combine all my CNV systems into one system? or if I should just get rid of my CNV in order to speed up the fantastic trunking capabilities. What do you all think?

P.S. thanks for replying
 

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Did you know if you're monitoring the ORION or NSRS systems you would actually have a 15 sec. wait time on any voice hits? 5 sec. for P25, 5 sec. for LNK, and 5 sec. for DAT. Try 2 sec. for these systems and leave the 5 sec. for the rest and see how much that improves your scanning speed.
 

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LIScanner101, I am not really scanning 98 systems. I just have the trunked systems set up on 1-10 (or whatever) and the CNV set up on 99-80(or whatever). I only have as many systems as you see in the screen shot. Actually, I have fewer systems now since I got rid of a few that I could live without.

krd400, I have no idea what you mean. I am used to the Pro-95 type scanner and the equivalents up and down the handheld spectrum. I have never had a base station like the 996XT before and even though I have read the manual through and through, it is still sometimes hard to grasp terms that are not really defined. When I got my Pro-95, I at least could read the manual and program it without any issues, but I feel like the 996XT manual is a skeleton by comparison to the Pro-95 manual. Anyways,

Thanks for everyone's replies. They help.
 

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In Freescan go to Tools > Automatic Scanner Optimizer. Try and at least have it auto-sort the systems, if not try and remove any duplicates
 

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It looks like you have the scanner set to sit on that system for 5 seconds, even if there is no traffic of interest. This would cause it to appear to be scanning excruciatingly slowly (especially if you have all the systems set up this way).
 
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