V-scanner?

KK4JW

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This pertains to the GRE/Whistler/RadioShack brand of scanners that utilize the "V-scanner/V-folder/V-whatever" thing..

Can someone explain it to me, like I'm 5? I'm not sure I fully grasp what the feature does or what it's for, or if it would be useful to me. My assumption is that it's merely a way to further organize banks of channels/frequencies.

For example, the Whistler WS1040 has 20 banks of channels. Let's say I utilize (not fill up, but utilize) each of those 20 banks. For example, let's say, 20 counties in Kentucky. Each county has it's own bank. Then, let's say I want to add 20 more counties from another state, let's say Ohio. Would I essentially be able to select "V-scanner/folder/whatever" #2 and program those? Then, depending on which V-scanner/folder/whatever I select, dictates what the scanner scans. So V-folder #1 would be 20 banks, and V-folder #2 would be 20 more banks, and so on. Or is it different than that?

Plshlpkthx
 

kg4ojj

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It's a bit different...think of it like 20 programming sets.

Here's how I used it -
Set up each trunked system and conventional frequency set in banks or groups for my location
Made that the default V-Scanner folder.
Scan it, select/deselect Banks as needed.

Leave Georgia for Minnesota, Washington D.C., etc., then I would switch to the appropriate V-Scanner folder for that area.

It's unique, but useful - IF you don't mind loading in a new Folder for each area.

Would I change Folders daily? No
Would I change Folders when I travel to a different area? Sure, if I can't fit it all into one Folder (of course).
 

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What I do is put an extra copy of the programming in one of them and label it backup. So if people have messed up or at times they blame the grandkids for pushing buttons etc.., all they have to do is restore from the backup and they are up and running again.
 

RichM

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I use it a bit differently and use it almost daily. I listen to 6 counties at once (rural area) that each have their own fire/ems/police channel assigned as well as State Police and Coast Gaurd for a total of 20 channels. I then have each county in its own V-scanner. So if something interesting is happening I load the V-scanner for that county to focus on the action without having to turn off the other 17 channels. Loading V-scanners is super easy - just func/prog/select/scan, makes for fast switching during monitoring. I also use V-scanners for MilAir, CivAir, and other areas I travel to. It really is like having 20 different scanners if you utilize it’s potential.
 

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V Folders are very useful...They are as "K" explained above and there very easy to change when you learn to "stor then scroll to the next # and "load...The 00 folder is the main working folder that I have all my scanning local...Then I have created other folders as , FD, another as PD and one for the IL TollWay on P25 Starcom and one for winter with DOT snow plows....You can narrow down to specific listening using this method....It's somewhat like making different systems on a Uniden scanner....
 

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This pertains to the GRE/Whistler/RadioShack brand of scanners that utilize the "V-scanner/V-folder/V-whatever" thing..

Can someone explain it to me, like I'm 5? I'm not sure I fully grasp what the feature does or what it's for, or if it would be useful to me. My assumption is that it's merely a way to further organize banks of channels/frequencies.

For example, the Whistler WS1040 has 20 banks of channels. Let's say I utilize (not fill up, but utilize) each of those 20 banks. For example, let's say, 20 counties in Kentucky. Each county has it's own bank. Then, let's say I want to add 20 more counties from another state, let's say Ohio. Would I essentially be able to select "V-scanner/folder/whatever" #2 and program those? Then, depending on which V-scanner/folder/whatever I select, dictates what the scanner scans. So V-folder #1 would be 20 banks, and V-folder #2 would be 20 more banks, and so on. Or is it different than that?

Plshlpkthx
The working memory of the radio holds 1800 objects. You can store 20 different working memories into 'Virtual Folders." This gets rather tricky when you are programming a statewide system.

I would always program statewide systems making sure that the correct talk groups were associated with the correct TSYS. You should be aware that you can only have a total of 32 system frequencies for each TSYS you have selected/created.

For large radio systems, it is necessary to program the CC/AC and not all of the system frequencies.

I would make V-folders for each state I traveled through. Then, when I crossed the state line, I would quickly load a different V-folder.

My PSR 500 is not working at the moment. When and if I get this radio going again, I will be seeing if Win500 programming software is still available since I hate Butel. With Win500, you can see the TSYS over the various talk groups associated with such.
 

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V stands for virtual. It saves all settings in the scanner so if you make a reset and start over you can recall a V folder and restore every setting in the scanner, not just systems. It's the whole scanner that gets saved, a virtual scanner in each V folder.

If you have managed to program a setup that works then save that with a suitable name, perhaps working default, and then you can change things to try and improve and if it didn't work you just restore that saved V folder. And as mentioned you can setup a config for home use and another V folder for vehicle use and a third for use from another location and so on. If you need to edit a TG then remember to save the config to its V folder and pull up each V folder that has that TG and edit and save, as each V folder are totally isolated and have no connection to each other.

/Ubbe
 
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