So according to the specifications of this scanner, it can access between 25 MHz - 956 MHz. I've read the manual and in order to access a particular frequency you're supposed to hit HOLD, type in the frequency and then hit HOLD again. Although when I try and access 46.460 Mhz it beeps three times and give me the error message. I know that this is a legitamate frequency, as that is what my county's fire department dispatches over.
Any help is much appreciated.
Thats to access a channel number. to put a particular frequency in, find a channel to program it in, then hit pgm then enter the frequency, then hit e. its now in there. to access it, hold then channel number then hold again..
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Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies
MHz For active frequencies in your county, visit the National Weather Service web site:
The manual isn't online to my knowledge however I did find a guide on how to program it.
"Turn it on. Push the "MANUAL" button to stop it from scanning.
Push number 1, then push "MANUAL" again. This should leave you on channel one.
Using the keypad enter the frequency you want to monitor, then push "E." Press "REVIEW" at anytime to see what frequency is programmed there. If the review button flashes 000.0000 on the LED readout display, you might be entering an invalid frequency. Refer to the list of acceptable frequencies in the Frequency Range Bands below.
Push "MANUAL" to step to channel number two. Enter the frequency. Push "E." Push "MANUAL" to step to channel three. Repeat this process until all the (10) channels are full, or you've run out of frequencies to enter.
Push "SCAN" to start automatically scanning the frequencies. The radio will stop when it hears someone talking, and resume scanning two seconds after the conversation has stopped.
Frequency Range Bands:
20 to 29.7 MHz (10 Meter "Ham" Band) 29.7 to 50 MHz (VHF Low Band) 50 to 54 MHz (6 Meter Amateur Band) 136 to 144 MHz (Military Land Mobile) 144 to 148 MHz (2 Meter "Ham" Band) 406 to 420 MHz (Federal Government Land Mobile) 420 to 450 MHz (70cm "Ham" Band) 450 to 470 MHz (UHF Standard Band) 470 to 512 MHz (UHF "T" Band)" http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.radio.scanner/2006-01/msg00174.html
Hope this helps.
The ERROR message usually indicates that you've tried to program a frequency outside the scanner's tuning range. The BC60XLT top tuning range is the 512 MHz band, so you cannot tune any 800 MHz frequencies. For further information you can download and print the factory manual, at no cost, here:
Your scanner does not receive frequencies between 54 and 137 MHz, and there's nothing you can do to enable reception in that block. Your only option is to purchase a scanner with air band coverage. Here are the reception ranges of the BC-60XLT-1:
29.0-29.7 MHz 10 Meter Amateur Band 29.7-50 MHz VHF Low Band 50-54 MHz 6 Meter Amateur Band 137-144 MHz Military Land Mobile 144-148 MHz 2 Meter Amateur Band 148-174 MHz VHF High Band Above bands in 5 kHz steps 406-420 MHz Federal Government 420-450 MHz 70 cm Amateur Band 450-470 MHz UHF Standard Band 470-512 MHz UHF "T" Band Above bands in 12.5 kHz steps
Need the manual for your scanner? You can download and print it, at no cost, here: http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BC60XLT-1om.pdf
he BC72XLT is a fairly basic scanner, and the manual contains just about everything that you should need to get it up and running. First, though, you need to make certain that you have a current list of frequencies that are active in your area. For a good frequency database, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit: www.RadioReference.com
To verify that the scanner is working properly, select and scan the WEATHER band. If you can receive the NOAA weather broadcasts in your area you should be able to pick up a lot of other frequencies as well.
You have to program it TRUNKING mode when you enter the control channel frequencies. It is decoding okay as the MO shows motorola control channel and +DG means digital decoded and an OPEN group. You need to press the 'trunk' button everytime a talkgroup comes up that you want it to remember for future 'closed' group (-DG) talk groups. I suggest you go to 'RadioReference DOT com" and there are many forums there for your radio, as well as one or two YAHOO GROUPS specifically for your scanner. 73's
Major Functions of Uniden BC 855 XLT Desktop Scanner
RANGES AND MODES:
29-54 MHz; 137-174 MHz; 406-512 MHz; and 806-956 MHz NFM;
118-136 MHz AM
MEMORIES & MEMORY SCANNING:
• The 855 receives mainly via frequencies programmed
into its 50 memory channels. It does not have a VFO or dial
mode as such, but can scan within two frequencies.
• To scan memory channels, press SCAN. To hold a channel,
• The 50 channels are divided into 5 banks (Bank 1:
Channels 1-10, Bank 2: 11-20, etc.).
• Any of the 5 banks can be turned off from scanning.
To turn a bank on/off, press its number while in Scan Mode.
Active banks are illuminated in the display.
• SPEED toggles between 8 & 16 channels per second
in both scan & search modes.
TO ENTER A FREQUENCY IN A MEMORY CHANNEL:
• Press MANUAL.
• Press the channel number you wish to program using
• Press MANUAL again.
• Enter the desired frequency using the keypad.
• Press E (ENTER). (If you make an ERROR, press CLEAR
& re-enter frequency.)
• To set 2-second delay, press DELAY. Confirmed by “DLY”
in display. Same deselects.
• To lock out channel from scan, select it & press
LOCK OUT. Same deselects.
PRIORITY CHANNEL: Press PRIORITY to scan Ch. 1 every 2 seconds.
TO SELECT CHANNELS MANUALLY:
• Press MANUAL.
• Press desired channel number on keypad.
• Press MANUAL. Press MANUAL repeatedly to step through
TO SCAN UP/DOWN FROM A CHANNEL: Select channel manually,
then press ? or ?.
TO SCAN/SEARCH A GIVEN FREQUENCY RANGE:
• Press MANUAL.
• Enter the lower frequency limit.
• Press LIMIT.
• Enter the upper frequency limit.
• Press LIMIT.
• Press SEARCH.
I couldn't locate the manual for your scanner, but it's basically the same as the BC860XLT, except that the 860 has 100 channels. Other than that, all controls and functions are the same. You can download and print the manual for the 860 here:
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning info, visit:
You can no longer listen to cell phones with police scanners as all cell phones are now digital. Years ago when cell phones were using the 800mhz band it was possible. But only with select older models of scanners such as the BC-200XLT and after an internal modification to allow tuning of 860-880 mhz range. I do believe there is equipment out there that can listen to digital cell phones but its very expensive ($10,000) and only for law enforcement use. Hope this answers your question.
According to the manual the Pro 94 should cover that frequency.
Please note, certain frequencies are blocked in some countries. I see no reason why 217.031 should fall into this category although the closest may be 217.030 which should be close enough
Take a look at the manual >HERE< which should help you to program your scanner.