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  • Shawn Kurschner
    Oct 8, 2012
      I'm new to this scanner, what does Func 2 do?

      On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM, gteague <accts@...> wrote:

      > **
      > wow! so much for using the 'rich text editor', it scrambled up my post to
      > a fare-thee-well. i assure you, it looked much much better on my screen
      > when i hit the |send| key.
      > i just wanted to add that i mean no criticism of paul or uniden when i say
      > i'm having trouble operating this scanner. i guess i make it sound like a
      > big deal because i've been a 'gadget guy' all my life--people used to come
      > to me to program their casio watches way back when 'cause i was the only
      > one able to figure it out for nearly any model.
      > so, losing the battle over knowing how to operate a gadget is an anomaly
      > for me, but the bcd396xt is not unique in that regard, although rare. for
      > one example, the yaesu vx7r (which is still in a bag somewhere in my
      > house--lost but not mourned-- and non-operational defeated me. there were
      > too many disparate functions assigned to too few keys. and i wasn't alone,
      > people started putting out users guides and i remember carrying one around
      > in my shirt pocket that was 84 pages! and that was the 'quickref' guide!
      > and it wasn't just me--this radio alone was famous for defeated seniors
      > with weak eyes and failing memories such as me.
      > but the yaesu is just one of a handful of comparable radios--it's not like
      > i _had_ to learn it or go without. i just picked up a kenwood th-f6a last
      > week and although it's the first kenwood i've ever owned or used, i took
      > one trip through the less-than-50-page manual and then did about 20 minutes
      > of programming and i feel like i can understand and make use of about
      > 90-95% of the capability of this radio despite it having nearly as many
      > functions and features as the yaesu. the difference has to be in the
      > philosophy of the user interface since the size and layout is essentially
      > the same between the two radios with the exception of kenwood adding a
      > handy 4-way 'mouse' button. and yaesu is not the only 'sinner' in this
      > regards. some of the aor and icom models are not the easiest to use either,
      > making kenwood's accomplishment all the more remarkable.
      > but the bcd396 is different in that it is a brilliant brilliant
      > engineering accomplishment and up until perhaps a couple of years ago
      > there's been nothing remotely close to compare it to or to go buy if you
      > couldn't deal with the uniden. and i haven't seen any of the gre or
      > ratshack scanners, but ratshack has a long and deep reputation for having
      > some of the most user-unfriendly and buggy user-interfaces going. i have
      > never been truly happy with anything whatsoever i've purchased from
      > them--it's nearly always been a case of needing something too badly and
      > they happen to have it. but, i take that back. my radioshack race and
      > 800mhz antennas are outstanding. but i've bought hundreds of feet of bad
      > rg58 and pl259 connectors from them. anyway, i digress ... .
      > so i keep hammering away at the 396t and xt because they are brilliant.
      > but i think it's apparent that i'm one of the ones that just can't grok the
      > paradigm of any logic the user commands represent. i have a digital audio
      > recorder which is much the same with about 4 functions for each key
      > depending on how, how much, and when and what mode you press the key. but
      > an audio recorder has an order-of-magnitude less functions and operations
      > than this scanner and it's manageable though irritating and necessitates
      > repeat visits to the manual to bump the memory.
      > /guy (73 de kg5vt | wqpz784)
      > --- In BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com, "gteague" <accts@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > coming home from work 0600 still dark as always much traffic on hwy 360
      > > even on a weekend and the road isn't that smooth so scanner is bouncing
      > > around somewhat in my crappy plastic iphone mount (another is on order)
      > > hanging off the windshield by its suction cup when i realize i forgot to
      > > turn the pd group on for the arlington system/site.
      > > i'm scanning perhaps a half-dozen systems at the time and i realize that
      > > i'm not going to be able to catch the arlington system at just the right
      > > time to hit my 'func + 2' keys while it's on the screen. so what's the
      > > plan, i ask myself (it was a long 12 hours at work!) after i tried and
      > > failed to hit the '2' key while the system was onscreen and before the
      > > func key symbol went away.
      > > then i had a bright idea. perhaps if i hold on the system, then hit func
      > > + 2 it will work. not a chance, even though after a couple of stabs at
      > > the hold key i got lucky and it stopped on arlington. as usual, my
      > > hitting func at the wrong time or in the wrong mode brought up some
      > > unwanted search and in general nearly got me lost.
      > > did i mention that trying to do even this minimum amount of button
      > > pressing was perhaps 100% more dangerous than texting or talking on the
      > > cellphone which i am quick to yell at other people for doing? it was
      > > dark, my eyes are not the best--especially in low light--and i was
      > > having to hit the light button in-between other operations and the radio
      > > was bouncing up and down and the mount was bouncing up and down and
      > > sideways due to the roughness of the road.
      > > (we'll talk later about how radio operators are not nearly as prone to
      > > accidents, but as our equipment increases in complexity, that won't hold
      > > up for much longer--only our tiny percent representation in traffic
      > > keeps us still under the radar, imo)
      > > so what i did was disable all the other systems that were scanning
      > > (still possible because i'm still programming my systems and the systems
      > > i was scanning all are in the single-digit qkeys so far) until only the
      > > arlington system was scanning, then i hit my magick 'func + 2' key to
      > > finally get the pd into the game. of course by then i'd crossed over
      > > into grand prairie and the arlington system was no longer needed.
      > > <insert wahwah sound here>
      > > so the first thing i do when i get home is look up in some of the $90
      > > worth of after-market documentation i've bought over the last week and
      > > find this:
      > > To toggle Group quick keys on or off in another system press and hold
      > > Func to 'lock' Function mode. Scroll to the (enabled) system that
      > > contains the (enabled) group you want to turn on/off then press the
      > > corresponding number key(s). Press Func twice to 'unlock' Function mode
      > > and resume.
      > > and actually, i had thought of doing this since i actually did know (had
      > > read) that i could hold the func key and scroll through the systems. but
      > > when you do that it looks exactly what it looked like when you pressed
      > > hold on a system and that had been a disaster that had started up
      > > obscure searches i didn't want, so i figured that if the system was
      > > 'static' on the screen like it is when you scroll to it then it would
      > > react negatively to the func + 2 command as it did when that command was
      > > issued from hold.
      > > but in any case, the biblical way of doing it listed above is, imho, way
      > > too dangerous to attempt in a car moving at very (in my case) high speed
      > > through traffic. especially with a handheld if you have to fumble around
      > > with dismounting it to be able to manipulate it two-handed in that way,
      > > although i feel uniquely qualified to drive in this manner ever since i
      > > learned to drive solely with my private part from the neapolitans when i
      > > was stationed in italy as they have to have both hands free of the wheel
      > > to express their opinion of everyone else's [bad] driving.
      > > and i guess the lesson learned from this 'frogs wild ride' is to make
      > > sure you have every system and group you need activated before you start
      > > your car and if you need to de-activate a group while on the road, live
      > > with it until you can pull over.
      > > [g]
      > > /guy (73 de kg5vt | wqpz784)
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >


      *Shawn Kurschner*

      *Manitowoc, WI USA*

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