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How to scan frequencies quietly

I think i know how to input frequencies into memory and how scan them , but it is just static until it picks up a transmission. Is there a way that it can scan quietly and only put out the transmission when it picks it up or do i have to listen to the static noise?

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  • cgibson83 Dec 07, 2008

    yeah i know how to adjust the squelch but it still emits the white noise static when scanning. are you familiar with this model of scanner because i am beginning to think it may be uncommon among most scanner. i dont really know . thanks for your help though.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    i need help



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Yes...adjust the squelch control. This is usually a knob adjacent to your volume control. This should eliminate the static noise and you will only hear audio when someone is transmitting.

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Plug the AC adapter into the back of the scanner and into a wall electrical outlet. Screw the antenna into the receptacle on the back of the scanner (extend the antenna to full length for best reception).

  • 2 Set the squelch level to allow signals to be heard by turning the squelch knob counterclockwise. Rotate the volume knob clockwise until you hear static. Slowly turn the squelch knob clockwise until the static noise disappears.
  • 3 Start programming frequencies into the scanner by pressing the "Manual" button.
  • 4 Press the up arrow or down arrow key until the channel you wish to program is visible on the display.
  • 5 Use the numbers on the keypad to enter the frequency for the local transmitter you wish to receive.
  • 6 Press the "E" key to complete the process of entering the frequency.
  • 7 Repeat steps 3 through 6 for each additional frequency you wish to monitor.
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    You'll need to program the radio frequencies into your scanner before it will scan . For a list of frequencies in Anoka County CLICK HERE .
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    THEN when you have the radio frequencies stored into your scanner, you'll be able to press scan and away you go.
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    Icom r5

    A quick "get you started" guide.....

    First set the squelch (gets rid of the hissing noise and allows the radio to scan)
    to do this....

    On the side are 2 buttons, the bottom one is monitor.
    press and hold then look at the display,
    turn the top dial until "AUTO" appears,

    The squelch should now keep the radio quiet.

    Now the tuning step..
    You need to set this because if your radio was on 450.000 and you wanted to listen to 450.012.5 you would miss it if your radio was making 000.025 "steps". IE you would need 12.5 steps. This is the most common step used by ambulance etc in the UK, you will need to check local band plans.
    Stick with 12.5 and you should get most stuff on VHF / UHF.
    For airband 12.5 will get most stuff, but some is now changing to 8.33.
    For HF (below) 136 Mhz I'd use 5

    To set the step....

    On the front there are 4 big buttons.
    press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,
    then press [BAND.LOCK] to select the band you want to listen to,
    then press [TS.SET] to enter the step
    turn the dial to select your step (stick with 12.5 for now)
    press [TS.SET] to exit back to VFO mode

    To scan...

    First set the scan type...
    On the front there are 4 big buttons.
    Press and hold the one that says [MODE.SCAN] for 2 seconds and look at the display,
    turn the top dial until the screen reads ALL,
    press [MODE.SCAN] again and the radio should start to scan with the 12.5 steps you set earlier.
    If you want to change scan direction, just turn the top dial.
    If you want to stop the scan, just press [MODE.SCAN].

    When you hear something interesting, make a note of the frequency on the display.

    To set memories (store frequencies).....

    On the front there are 4 big buttons.
    press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] to select VFO mode,

    to get close to the frequency you made a note of, press [BAND.LOCK]
    Then set the actual frequency with the top dial,
    press and hold [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] for 2 seconds to select memory write mode (1 short and 1 long beep)
    turn the top dial to select which channel you would like to overwrite. Start with 01.
    press [V/M.S.MW.SKIP] for 2 seconds. ( 3 beeps )

    Thats it!

    Any more problems just post on here and either me or someone else will help.


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    If it just seems to be "stuck" on static, you probably need to adjust the Squelch. Try turning the squelch down until the static stops.
    If you haven't programmed any frequencies into the banks, scanning won't do anything. Press "Func" and "Scan" to perform a Search. This way, if you find a frequency with a lot of chatter, you can program it into a bank for scanning later.
    The easiest thing to do is to find frequencies for your local police, fire, etc. on the internet & program them into the various banks on the scanner.
    BC72XLT user manual (page with PDF link)
    Google for local frequencies

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