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I have programmed my BCT15X or only Highway Patrol frequencies in SC & regardless of how far I turn the squelch back, all I get is static.

All I want this scanner to do is pick up Hwy Patrol in SC. I have entered the correct frequencies but all I am getting is static, regardless of how far I turn the squelch back

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SOURCE: scanner static

Use the channel lock out control, unless it is a frequency that you listen to, you may have interference that is causing random static. use a noise filter mechanism to minimize this problem, or buy a specialized scanner antenna that's guaranteed to minimize static.
If no avail, you may need to send it in to a store.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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I have a Radio Shack Pro 97 Scanner that I received as a present 1-1/2 years ago. It was working just fine and then suddenly there was no squelch or volume. The keys make noise when pushed, but there is no sound for the squelch or volume. The scanner scans the frequencies but does not stop and play. I went on line and found that other people were having the same problems. I went back to the store that the unit was purchased from and received no help what so ever, they said it’ s off warranty and I was out of luck, nice way to do business??. I think that something that cost as much as this should not be junk after a short period of time. I hope you can help me with this problem I do like radio shack, but I can’t afford to buy items that don’t stand up.


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SOURCE: police scanner wont pick up police frequencies

do you still have a warranty? because it is going to need repair
you can try to leave it unplugged for a while , but otherwise its going to need repair

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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SOURCE: scanner squelch

I have a couple suggestions for you. The unit has probably gotten oxidized controls from age. Any thing with rotating contacts over a period of time will get dirty. You need to purchase some contact cleaner (Read info on the can that it is safe for plastics) and flush the squelch and volume controls. You may also have to open the unit and identify what they call 'pots' or little trimmers to clean and adjust. Set your squelch control at mid range and with an insulated tool turn the pots a little in both directions and return it to original the positon. This will clean the control and when you find the one that effects your squelch it may have drifted and need to be readjusted until you have better control on the front knob.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Uniden UBC72XLT scanner problem.

The cheapest solution would be to directly program the frequencies that are available in your area, usually this is public information with the exception of high security channels, you can call each location and ask them what frequency they broadcast

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I was given a uniden police scanner and I need to know the frequencies and how to get the static out. . Thank you . Rhonda Hansen

First thing to try is to change the "squelch" setting. If you squelch is set wrong, you will hear static all the time and the scanner may not scan. Turn the squelch until you no longer hear the static and the scanner scans.

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How do I reduce/eliminate the volume of the static between transmissions

To reduce the static bursts between radio transmissions alter the squelch setting on the radio. You must have a laptop or computer with programming software for that specific model of radio as well as the appropriate programming cable for that model radio.
Once you have downloaded the program from the radio to the computer via the program, change the squelch setting. A nominal squelch setting I use for any radios I program is 75 or higher. After making the alterations to the program, save it to a file on your computer and upload that file to the radio. Turn the radio off and on as necessary.
This should take care of the problem. If it still persists, increase the squelch setting.
Another possible fix is to change the squelch TYPE. If the radio is set to use a type "CSQ" squelch setting it will pick up ALL transmissions on the frequency programmed into the radio.
To alter this you must use the radio programming software for the radio in question and change the CSQ squelch type setting to DPL squelch type setting and assign a DPL code unique to group of radios you are using. If you pick up any cross talk from other users you can simply change the DPL code to a different DPL code. A very commonly used code would be 023N try to avoid using it. A code in the 200-300 range should be good enough.
If you have 2 or more radios they must all have the changes made to them or else they WILL NOT communicate with each other.
Hope this helps have an excellent day.

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How can i stop the squelch ive tryed turning the sqcuelch doesnt help

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.
  • 8 Press the "Scan" key to start the scanning process. The scanner stops on a channel when it detects a signal strong enough to hear over the squelch setting. Two seconds after the signal stops, the scanning process resumes.
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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 .
    For specific programing instructions for your UNIDEN refer to your owner's manual. They will give you a step by step instruction on how to program the frequencies into your scanner memory (If you need a manual, CLICK HERE sure to select the scanner option on their pull-down menu.
    THEN when you have the radio frequencies stored into your scanner, you'll be able to press scan and away you go.
    Be sure to adjust the squelch just high enough to eliminate the static...turn the squelch counterclockwise until you hear loud static, then turn Clockwise just enough to silence static...
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    The best I can tell you is try readjusting the volume and squelch again. Turn your volume up then adjust the squelch all the way one way and then all the way the other way. At one of the max settings you should get static noise. This should allow you to see if there is any noise coming out of the scanner.

    If you get noise then recheck to see that the scanner is programmed correctly. If it has no frequencies or frequencies with no traffic on them, you will not hear them.

    If there was no audio with the squelch then you may want to consider that there is a bigger problem. Page 53 in your manual describes how to reset your scanner. This might work as a last ditch effort. You will lose all of your current programming though.

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    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)
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