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VX-180 Scanning

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May 4, 2006
Charlotte, NC Metro
Questions about how scanning works on VX-180.

I have two channels in my scan list. Both have 2-tone alert programmed, and both channels alert with the tones.
Many times I'm away from the radio, and come back to find it displaying -CALLED- as it should.
My questions are...

1. When it's scanning, receives an alert, and displays -CALLED- is there anyway to tell which channel the alert was on? The VX-180 is too old to allow programming of -CALLED- message like the VX-459 can which eliminates the ambiguity.

2. Does the radio go back to scanning after the alert, or remain on the alerted channel? Since it stays displaying -CALLED- there's no way to know from the display. I'm guessing it stays on the alerted channel since pushing reset sends it back to scan, but I can't find any info on that.
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