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Re: pro-2096 won't pick up local police
If you live out far from town you may live to far to pick it up. I have this problem because i live out of city. I can go to my mothers and she lives in town and she picks them up fine. I also know that a few months ago all frequencys went digital and some of my # had to be changed.
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If your locals went digital they are probably using trunked systems as well. Sorry, but there is no way to convert or modify your scanner to let you monitor the new systems. You'll need to pick up a trunking/digital scanner such as the Uniden BCD996XT. Programming the trunked systems is a real task, so I recommend that you purchase the Butel ARC XT PRO software and a subscription to RadioReference.com. The combination will let you research the systems in your area, decide which ones you want to monitor, and download them straight to your scanner.
If you programmed the correct frequency, you should be getting reception. Check www.RadioReference.com to verify the frequency. Otherwise, you may be too far from the transmitter to receive signals. Try your scanner in other locations, check your antenna, and try receiving the PD on another scanner.
The MARCS - Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications system - is a Motorola Type II SmartZone Omnilink Trunking system that utilizes APCO-25 digital transmissions. Your BC145XL is not compatible with trunking or digital systems. In order to follow the MARCS you will need one of the following scanners: GRE PSR-500, PSR-600 Radio Shack PRO-106, PRO-197, PRO-96, PRO-2096 Uniden BC250D, BC785D, BC296D, BC796D, BCD396T, BCD396T, BCD996T, BCD996XT, or the brand new HomePatrol-1
With the distant services still coming in, it's probable that your local agencies have changed from single-frequency operations to a trunked system or, if already trunked, that frequency/user assignments have been updated within the system. For the latest on active frequencies and systems in your area, visit: www.RadioReference.com
Do you still receive NOAA weather frequencies? Sounds like your local agencies have switched from simplex/standard frequency operation to trunking. I suggest you visit www.RadioReference.com to view the latest on active frequencies and systems in your area.
I will try my best to help you. Go to manual and push till you go to the number you wish to use, If the numbers on it or all 00000000 you can put what frequency # on it. as long as it is all 0000000 you don't have a thing on that # to interfere with. When you get the # you wish to use put the number in, if your # has a . in it you will need to put the. in hit enter then prg. firstname.lastname@example.org
The signal received on scanners depends on a number of factors. The most important is the elevation of your location. If you are in a valley or have higher ground around you, this will screen signals from you and will reduce the number of stations you can hear.
Secondly, receivers vary enormously from one to another. The one you are using may simply be less sensitive.
Thirdly, the position and type of antenna is crucial. If you are using a directional antenna it will only pick up signal from the front and some from the back. An omni-directional antenna will allow you to pick up signals through 360 degrees. The antenna must also be as high as you can get it, especially if you are in a valley.
Some emergency services use repeaters which allow you to hear signals much further away. You may not be in range of a police repeater.