Things I'd like to see in 396t - redux

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rfmonger

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Forgive me if some of this has been covered already.
After upgrading firmware, I didn't notice anything spectacular other than my unit now has an ESN, I am sure I'll notice the other improvements as I use my unit more.
Don't get me wrong, this is still my primary scanner & I like the 396t, I just would like to see a few more pro-features added - as seen in some other dedicated scanning receivers.
Either in form of updates or 3rd party developers' software.
This would really elevate the 396 above other handhelds.

I think CloseCall could use some improvements.
For starters, get rid of that pause/drop out every few seconds when CloseCall is on.

Allow for the Service Search bands/ranges to be modified! (at least via software).
This would give us extra search ranges.
I don't use this feature at all, but if I could edit these ranges, as in Custom Search, I would definitely use it more.

- Spectrum analyzer function/ability (at least via software).

- Ability to directly enter a frequency & tune to it without jumping thru hoops.
Right now, if I want to directly enter a conventional Freq via Keypad, it asks me to save it, go thru the menu system, QuickSave or whatever, yadda yadda...
Man, can I just enter the freq, hit enter & have the scanner tune to it?
This seems like such a basic function.

- Ability to see conventional frequency simultaneously with Alpha/name data.
i.e., say I am tuned to a conventional channel named "Police West 1", I wish I could see the actual frequency along with this, just like you can for a trunked system, it will show the TGI/System Name and in the lower right of display is the actual Frequency in small numbers. This would really be a plus.

Other notes,
I still really dislike the volume(data) knob/pot/encoder, the way it clicks loudly is really an annoyance & it just feels cheap.
If someone finds a suitable replacement that has soft detents instead of the loud clicking ones, let us know!
I wish they would have put a 2nd knob, even if a thumbwheel style on the side of the scanner too. This `one knob does it all` thing is not all that great, I personally prefer Dedicated Squelch & Volume pots.
 

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rfmonger said:
- Ability to directly enter a frequency & tune to it without jumping thru hoops.
Right now, if I want to directly enter a conventional Freq via Keypad, it asks me to save it, go thru the menu system, QuickSave or whatever, yadda yadda...
Man, can I just enter the freq, hit enter & have the scanner tune to it?
This seems like such a basic function.
While scanning:
Hold
Enter frequency (using decimal)
Hold
 
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rfmonger said:
I think CloseCall could use some improvements.
For starters, get rid of that pause/drop out every few seconds when CloseCall is on.
so you wouldn't mind paying for the extra hardware to have a second receiver in your scanner? cause thats about the only way to get rid of that drop out :):cool:
 

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Close call Do Not Disturb gets rid of the drop out... its on the 996
Would be a good feature in a firmware upgrade or future versions of the 396
 

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pogbobo said:
so you wouldn't mind paying for the extra hardware to have a second receiver in your scanner? cause thats about the only way to get rid of that drop out :):cool:
often the cause of that drop out is when battery saver is on,I never us it.
 

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not just for the 396, and i am not sure how complex it is, but i wish the radio could show radio id's like the motorolas (xts 2500's etc etc) of who is keying up...
 

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I'll say it again,

1) MDC ID
2) Trunking Radio ID
3) Digital ID

All of the above will show the actual radios ID. I would definitely pay for those.
 

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torontokris said:
Close call Do Not Disturb gets rid of the drop out... its on the 996
Would be a good feature in a firmware upgrade or future versions of the 396
There are hardware differences between the 396 and 996 which is why the 396 lacks some of the features of the 996.
 

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How about a button or key combination that will deselect all the group quick-keys EXCEPT the one you want to monitor....

So if you have 10 group quick keys defined and you hear an interesting conversation within a certain group, you could perform the key combination and all the other groups in the system are deselected instantly. The key combination again would restore them all.
 

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My big wish list

All of these suggestions are good, but the one I REALLY want to see is the ability to assign a 'priority' to a specific talk group ID or IDs like the conventional channels can.

I monitor Montgomery Co MD almost constantly, and will add MPDC and DC Fire when I go into the City. All of these are digital trunked systems.

When in DC, I listen to both PD and fire, but if I can assign a priority to the fire dispatch ID I woulddn't miss dispatches when PD is yabbering and locking up the scanner.

"Just a thought, not a Sermon!"
 

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Viper43 said:
There are hardware differences between the 396 and 996 which is why the 396 lacks some of the features of the 996.
And you write that in response to a comment regarding CC-DND - which is a software only feature. No special hardware required, but you imply it. Which also implies that the GP (torontokris) wasn't making sense, which is not true.
 
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