While scanning or searching the 144 to 174 MHz area, the scanner will pick up a rapid, static, chopping sound. Not often, but enough to be a pain. This happens in the car and out in the woods away from any nearby electrical devices. Data skip function does not affect this noise.
Anyone know if it's some type of data interference, or a scanner malfunction?
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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.
Regency R1070 Frequencies for people with no manual
These are the ranges it supports.
To make it scan, first set the range by pressing Manual and then Search. It will ask for the LOwer end and the UPper end of the range. Enter them, press Scan and then Search, and it will start scanning. When it locks and you want to keep going, hit Search again. You can press Delay to stop at a channel temporarily. To save a frequency in memory, hit Manual and pick a number, then type it out and hit Enter. When you have a few channels saved and you want to check up on each of them, Scan scans through memory. The Lock button is to skip a particular channel while scanning.
You could install a filter in the line between the antenna and the transciever. I reccommend a high-pass or band-pass filter set for the 27 MHz band to remove any interference at different frequencies. Also, some older TVs can cause interference to CB radios if they are close. If this doesn't work, the radio may be poorly sheilded or your area may have implemented the broadband power line initiative (BPL). This produces a strong buzz of noise that obliterates all weak to moderate radio signals between 2 and 80 MHz (CB being at 27 MHz).
You didn't mention the make or model of your scanner, but if it's not equipped with 800MHz coverage from the factory, there is no way to "convert" it to pick up that frequency range. For a list of reasonably priced scanners that will meet your needs, visit www.ScannerMaster.com
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and systems in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit www.RadioReference.com
Try tuning known frequencies, such as the NOAA weather channels, to verify the working condition of your scanner. If it picks them up, you don't have your local police system/frequencies programmed properly. If there's no reception, even on NOAA, you have an antenna or receiver problem that may need professional attention.
In case you need it, you can download/print the manual for your scanner here:
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, visit:
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:
All electronic devices are required to receive unwanted interference but not cause enterference them thats the best answer I can give you. Your neighbor might be operating with greater than 4 watts allowed by the FCC for citizen band transceivers.
A possible cause for the static in your cordless phones could be dimmer switches around the area of your phone that causes static. Turn the switches completely off (not just turned down) and see if the static leaves. You can replace the dimmers with regular switches if that clears your static. If it does not, another trace for interference: you will have to take a portable radio and turn it to AM 550 mHz and tune it to the loudest crackling noise. Carry the radio around looking for the loudest static interference. Could be a loose connection in a receptacle or panel box. Any small malfunction can cause static on wireless devices.
Most likely it is stopping at a channel which has RF (radio frequency) activity. The activity doesn't have to be another radio with someone talking. It could simply be something transmitting on the same MHz. The only way to know for sure is to try the radios in a different location (as in moving away from the problem). If you want to avoid this "noise" you can turn on your interference eliminator, and it should block out anyone transmitting on the frequency (unless they set their interference eliminator to the same code as yours.)
If the noise continues when you try the radios in a different location (more than 5-10 miles away), then you will have to investigate a problem with the radios themselves.