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1.2.3.Guide For the Uniden BCD996T is there a 1.2.3 guide on how to put new channels in etc. The manual is to hard and the computer software is to basic. My husband is having lots of difficulty using this radio and to be frank he wishes he had never bought it. He never thought it would be so hard. Is there some where he can get help so this is just not an expensive toy sitting on the shelf? Are there classes? Thank You, Susan

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  • Jaeger Sep 07, 2007

    I still need help with this, but I do not want to pay for any additional plan.

    Please help if you can.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    having trouble programming APCO P-25 channels

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    I have the same problem i did enter some channels but i forgot how i did it the manual seems worthless to me i guess im not smart enough to understand it i bought a connector cord from uniden and my windows vista wont reconize the scanner is there it tells me the usb port is used by another aplyance i have had polais radios and bear cat scanners but this is quite hard to use to me how do i get into it?



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Try this link:

The scanner memory is different than others in the way that it is organized. But the basic syntax is: SYSTEM/GROUP/CHANNEL.

Don't give up. It's a great little scanner.

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