Re: [BCD396XT] paul, i admit defeat ...
- Keep in mind that this "basic function" was non-existent until the DMA
scanners in the Uniden world. Scanners traditionally had no VFO (which
is the basic function I believe you are talking about). In fact, no
commercial radio has this "basic function" either. Pretty much only ham
radios have had it. And I understand your view coming from the ham
world, but what is basic to hams is not basic to anyone else.
So, they ADDED the "VFO" feature, but how? Well, you can't hit
FREQ-ENTER because that enters a frequency. That leaves the following
keys: MENU, FUNC, SCAN, L/O, and HOLD. Of those which is the most
logical? You want to HOLD on a single frequency, so it's FREQ-HOLD.
And BTW MENU is used for the Number Tag keys and SCAN scans and L/O
clears, so there weren't many options available.
I don't see how it could have been made more simple without adding
another button just for that feature.
But again, be thankful the scanner has that feature at all, as it was
not historically a common scanner feature.
Guy Teague wrote:
> well, the bottom line here is that, for a short period of time, i needed my
> radio to perform the single basic function that even the most basic radio
> is designed to do--receive a single frequency.
- Very cool idea. Thinking outside the box is sometimes productive. Kind of like listening in on an older analog trunking system on a non trunk tracker scanner. Just throw in the frequencies and listen. And to find out you get, for the most part, better/farther reception. Cool.
From: chris451 <chris451@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: [BCD396XT] Fringe trunking (notrunk)
Just for fun I put in all the talk channels of a P25 system, then lock
out the control channel.
Programmed it as a conventional.
In the fringe (distant zone) I find I can pick up most traffic this way
due to the fact the trunk channel
will not decode in the fringe, but the P25 will. Perhaps that is
because there is error correction on the
speech coding and it decodes great, and there is minimal or no error
correction on the control channel.
Also when using a dicriminator tap and a conventional scanner with the
software decoding, now the
trunk radio performs as well as just "Notrunking" the talk channels, in
areas where the control channel is not locked in
(system ID will not display when holding on control channel)
How fun as it greatly multiplies the coverage (as long as you dont mind
getting everything rather than just interesting channels).
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