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150Re: [BCD396XT] Re: Are we any closer to knowing the release date for the 396XT?....and what about firmware?

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  • Brian
    Nov 23, 2008

      Thank you for the very thorough explanation of the process. I am not a techno whiz but I have spent hours....HOURS in the field with my 396 and feel I know when it even has the slightest of issues. This confounded 700/800 Mgz trunked system in Illinois is for the birds. In the spirit of free enterprise I only had one other product to compare in side by side with and offered my results in a couple different places. Very frustrating to say the least. Those of us who really pay attention to our scanners do realize many of the problems are, in fact, system related. Multi-path is an evil to the scanner hobbyist. I don't know how we can get an engineer in the Orient to break through that multi path issue and decode as well as the "other guys". I REALLY, REALLY am salivating over what I do know about the 396XT. So, I am sure I'll be like a little kid when the Christmas catalog used to come out when I was a kid. Maybe Uniden can send an engineer or 2 to Chicago
      to experience this strange Starcom thing and see how it affects the 396 as it is now. I think we purchase quite a bit in the Chicago-area market. Don't we?...................... Thanks again......


      From: Paul Opitz <pmanu44@...>
      To: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 11:42:36 AM
      Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Re: Are we any closer to knowing the release date for the 396XT?....and what about firmware?


      You are correct to say that one of the reasons we control the release of information is to keep some buzz going. It also gives me an early opportunity to gather more public input while I still have a chance to affect the final shape of the product. I'm not exactly sure what is wrong with that.

      The complete product line that was leaked before the 246/396 came out was a completely unauthorized release by a dealer who should have known better and who will never have the opportunity to do so, again. To say that I was a little miffed about that would be a tremendous understatement. The info he released was in large part completely unreflective of what the product would actually be (as you say, prototype renderings of some ideas).

      When the level of development reaches a point where I have something pretty solid, then we release the information. You'll see a major information release next week...information I could not have released earlier because it was still being created, reviewed, approved, etc.

      I leave assessments of product performance to the community. Anything I say would be rightfully taken as completely biased. Any assessments of performance being given by members of the community right now are completely without any basis in fact or experience. But, feel free to speculate and criticize. User criticism is the biggest leverage I have when challenging engineering for resources. I would ask that such criticism be based on actual experience with the product, but I won't stop such criticism, in any case.


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      From: Brian <chicagostretch2002@ yahoo.com>
      To: BCD396XT@yahoogroup s.com
      Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 10:25:17 AM
      Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Re: Are we any closer to knowing the release date for the 396XT?....and what about firmware?

      OK, let me rephrase that....Uniden announced firmware updates first when the 500 came out and there was a lot of buzz going on....yet the update reports were that it was being worked on. Not ready to go...being worked on...Then a list of what was going to be in that firmware upgrade was announced... ..go back and check all the Radio Reference archieves. HUGE time gap from announcement of firmware update and then the proposed release..... THEN after a less than well received upgrade, an announcement to....."Keep Looking Here" with little hints and the release plan. When the 246 and 396 were announced a full line of pictures somehow became public and that was the teaser. Several pictures of prototypes. So the activity I have observed from Uniden has been markedly different this time. GRE wasn't releasing a model if I recall when the 396 was announced. So, I still stand by my position that the promise of working on a long awaited firmware upgrade
      coincidentally was announced right after the release of the 500 but the actual firmware release and all that checksum nonsense came well after that. Then after all that the "Teaser" Avatar of UPMan came out in his Radio reference posts and the announcemnt of the 396XT. You are probably correct in your observation and thank you for pointing that out, but this timeline was a little different this time around. Sorry I didn't mention the sudden firmware update announcemnt out of the blue and all the things leading up to this latest product offering.

      I own more Unidens than GRE's by the way.....and they get used daily. Not a GRE spokesman.

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      From: MCH <mch@...>
      To: BCD396XT@yahoogroup s.com
      Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 5:05:09 AM
      Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Re: Are we any closer to knowing the release date for the 396XT?....and what about firmware?

      <sarcasm mode on>

      You must be right. The fact that they've announced the last 5 models
      about 6 months ahead of time, and they made a Q3 2008 announcement that
      it would be available in Q1 2009 (about 6 months later) MUST be due to
      other factors. There must be something different about this '6 months',
      and it must be due to all the hype about a scanner that was released
      over a year ago.

      <sarcasm mode off>

      Joe M.

      Brian wrote:
      > Not really....They had to do something to distract/disrupt the momentum and constant chatter generated by the GRE PSR500. Only my 2 cents.

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