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Sqelch Level presets changeable?

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  • Bob
    Ok I just received my 396 and into my second day of using it. I own the Pro-106 also so you can imagine trying to learn both radios, being how different they
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 3, 2009
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      Ok I just received my 396 and into my second day of using it. I own the Pro-106 also so you can imagine trying to learn both radios, being how different they really are. I purchaced it mainly for it's encryption mute option which the 106 does not have. But that is a different thread so lets not go there now.
      Here is my first, and probably only question for the group (may nead Paul's help on this one!).
      I am not very happy with the preset levels that are predetermined for the squelch. I find that the settings are not very well spaced. Let me explain.
      Squelch Level "0" and "1" both cause the squelch to remain open no matter what, even if no signal is coming in (no antenna on the radio). Then you have Squelch Level "2", and wow. It is way too tight. When I want to monitor a reletivaly weak station, I have to open up the squelch to hear it, even though it is not that weak, if you know what I mean. Is there a way to set the digital squelch levels to where I want them? I was able to do it with my Kenwood TH-F6 radio and it worked out great. I set location 0 to open, 1 to just barely on the edge of closing the squelch with no antenna, #2 to closed with a barely receivable signal, #3 would squelch out a .3uv signal and so on. Worked out great. There are 15 preset levels on the 396. From #5-15 are pretty much useless.
      Anbybody help?
      Bob



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    • MCH
      Make sure you have set the *correct* mode for the channel you want to receive. For example, using AUTO or NFM on an FM station (which most stations still are)
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 3, 2009
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        Make sure you have set the *correct* mode for the channel you want to
        receive. For example, using AUTO or NFM on an FM station (which most
        stations still are) will cause poor squelch performance.

        As for the 0/1 being open, most squelch knobs operate that way - having
        some 'room' before the squelch setpoint is reached.

        Joe M.

        Bob wrote:
        > Ok I just received my 396 and into my second day of using it. I own the Pro-106 also so you can imagine trying to learn both radios, being how different they really are. I purchaced it mainly for it's encryption mute option which the 106 does not have. But that is a different thread so lets not go there now.
        > Here is my first, and probably only question for the group (may nead Paul's help on this one!).
        > I am not very happy with the preset levels that are predetermined for the squelch. I find that the settings are not very well spaced. Let me explain.
        > Squelch Level "0" and "1" both cause the squelch to remain open no matter what, even if no signal is coming in (no antenna on the radio). Then you have Squelch Level "2", and wow. It is way too tight. When I want to monitor a reletivaly weak station, I have to open up the squelch to hear it, even though it is not that weak, if you know what I mean. Is there a way to set the digital squelch levels to where I want them? I was able to do it with my Kenwood TH-F6 radio and it worked out great. I set location 0 to open, 1 to just barely on the edge of closing the squelch with no antenna, #2 to closed with a barely receivable signal, #3 would squelch out a .3uv signal and so on. Worked out great. There are 15 preset levels on the 396. From #5-15 are pretty much useless.
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        > Bob
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      • foxwoodscasino
        Thanks for that great tip Joe. I basically changed the default modulation for some of the bands from NFM to FM. Things sound a lot better and less choppy for
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 5, 2009
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          Thanks for that great tip Joe. I basically changed the default modulation for some of the bands from NFM to FM. Things sound a lot better and less choppy for the weaker things. I wonder why they have the default at NFM. I know that is the future for everything to go NFM but most are still FM. I still wish there was a way to manually change the preset values of the squelch, but maybe in the next firmware version

          --- In BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com, MCH <mch@...> wrote:
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          > Make sure you have set the *correct* mode for the channel you want to
          > receive. For example, using AUTO or NFM on an FM station (which most
          > stations still are) will cause poor squelch performance.
          >
          > As for the 0/1 being open, most squelch knobs operate that way - having
          > some 'room' before the squelch setpoint is reached.
          >
          > Joe M.
          >
          > Bob wrote:
          > > Ok I just received my 396 and into my second day of using it. I own the Pro-106 also so you can imagine trying to learn both radios, being how different they really are. I purchaced it mainly for it's encryption mute option which the 106 does not have. But that is a different thread so lets not go there now.
          > > Here is my first, and probably only question for the group (may nead Paul's help on this one!).
          > > I am not very happy with the preset levels that are predetermined for the squelch. I find that the settings are not very well spaced. Let me explain.
          > > Squelch Level "0" and "1" both cause the squelch to remain open no matter what, even if no signal is coming in (no antenna on the radio). Then you have Squelch Level "2", and wow. It is way too tight. When I want to monitor a reletivaly weak station, I have to open up the squelch to hear it, even though it is not that weak, if you know what I mean. Is there a way to set the digital squelch levels to where I want them? I was able to do it with my Kenwood TH-F6 radio and it worked out great. I set location 0 to open, 1 to just barely on the edge of closing the squelch with no antenna, #2 to closed with a barely receivable signal, #3 would squelch out a .3uv signal and so on. Worked out great. There are 15 preset levels on the 396. From #5-15 are pretty much useless.
          > > Anbybody help?
          > > Bob
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        • MCH
          I think you hit on the reason: They designed it for the future, not the present. I also think they expected everyone to change to NFM much faster than they
          Message 4 of 5 , Dec 5, 2009
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            I think you hit on the reason: They designed it for the future, not the
            present. I also think they expected everyone to change to NFM much
            faster than they are.

            Actually, I think with the XT you can set the defaults for AUTO mode.

            Joe M.

            foxwoodscasino wrote:
            > I wonder why they have the default at NFM. I know that is the future for everything to go NFM but most are still FM.
          • foxwoodscasino
            Yes the XT does have the Auto mode, so whatever you set the default for for that particular band that the freq lies in, it will use that modulation. So if you
            Message 5 of 5 , Dec 5, 2009
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              Yes the XT does have the Auto mode, so whatever you set the default for for that particular band that the freq lies in, it will use that modulation. So if you set the default modulation for 150-174 to FM, any freq set for auto will revert to FM when you program in a new freq.



              --- In BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com, MCH <mch@...> wrote:
              >
              > I think you hit on the reason: They designed it for the future, not the
              > present. I also think they expected everyone to change to NFM much
              > faster than they are.
              >
              > Actually, I think with the XT you can set the defaults for AUTO mode.
              >
              > Joe M.
              >
              > foxwoodscasino wrote:
              > > I wonder why they have the default at NFM. I know that is the future for everything to go NFM but most are still FM.
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