A friend of mine couldn't program their new Uniden BCT8 scanner so they
brought it to me to see if i could program it for them. I've
programmed lots of scanners but this one keeps coming up with a "pr9-loc" message every time you try to enter a frequency. I followed the instructions as per manual but no luck. Any ideas?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Back to answer my own question.
I just found the problem. If you try to program one of these
scanners (Uniden BCT8) and you keep getting a "pr9-loc" message every
time you try to enter a frequency and "M-LOCK" is showing in the upper
right corner of the display press and hold the M-Lock (E) key until it
beeps twice and "M-LOCK" disappears from the display. You're now
set to program.
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Sorry, but the Uniden Bearcat BCT8 is an analog-only scanner, and there is no magic that will enable it to receive and process digital signals. EDACS, however, is NOT a digital system. It's discussed at length in the BCT8 operating manual, which also contains step-by-step programming instructions for EDACS systems. You can also find a lot of useful information on EDACS, and specifics on systems in use in your area, at: www.RadioReference.com
If you don't have the manual for your scanner, you can download and print it, at no cost, here: http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BCT8om.pdf
Programming conventional frequencies into the scanner's PRIVATE bank is simple, but programming trunking systems is a detailed process that will take some research and probably some practice. The best instructions for both types of programming are found in the factory operating manual that you can download and print, at no cost, here: http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BCT8om.pdf
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and trunking systems in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit: www.RadioReference.com
LTR systems must be entered in a specific order so that channel 1 is 1st, channel 2 is 2nd etc...
Are you sure that the BCT8 tracks LTR systems? A Radio Shack PRO 92 tracks all 3 trunking systems (analog) including Motorola and LTR, while some Uniden only track 1, and some don't do trunking systems at all.
Unfortunately, I think this is a common problem with these radios. I have a brand new BCT8 and it started to not receive anything on the pre-programed highway patrol after using less than a month. Unfortunately the best bet would be to contact Uniden which they will probably tell you to reload the firmware (which won't solve the problem) or send it to them to fix.
If its just a normal frequency then select Hold/Resume and press the arrow keys until you find the selected channel, then program in the frequency for example 130.000 you have to make sure the decimal point goes in with the frequency then press (E) then press the arrow key up to go to the next channel and program and repeat steps.
Then select scan you may need to activate the banks so when scanning just press 1,2,3,4,5 so next to the bank icon all 5 should be up.