After 1 failed attempt the second was successful. I have now programmed a scanner with a computer. The system was a local PD and FD that are using a rebanded Mot II system, works perfect. The next step will be a fairly large 3 community, county conventional system. Freescan is the BOMB! Only 3 important things to remember; 1) The scanner must be set-up correctly, DUH! 2) Establish a com connection before you do anything. DUH! DUH! 3) do it in the right order. Thanks to all who helped me and gave me good advice.