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Jumping channels I am at the races listening to the broadcast of the race on the MRN channel and my scanner jumps channels. I can also listen to an in car radio channel and it will jump channels.

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Re: jumping channels

My best guess is that there is a priority channel or channels marked, and it is jumping to that priority channel as soon as someone keys up. Look on your readout for a channel marked with a P. You might have to step thru the channels manually to check them. Hope this helps,,, Mechanic

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

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What does it mean when a channel is "locked out"?

That is a setting that is used for channels that are constantly broadcasting but you don't want to scan them because they will stop the scanner. An example is the noaa weather channel. You may want to have it on the scanner as a channel but you don't want to scan it because the scanner will stop on it all the time.

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Uniden UBCD396T 6000 Channel Programmable Handheld Scanner
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May 11, 2008 | Radio Scanners

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Cannot receive weather channels on re3000

I tried and it can't be done. When you manually enter a frequency you cannot change the first number from 4 i.e. 454.000 mz. Weather is 162.*** Mz but the all re3000 will allow 4**.*** Mz .

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How do you replace/update scanner race frequencies on pro-99 scanner? do i set back to factory specs? i have winn-99 to help for frequencies. is there a web site to download frequencies directly to win 99...

There's no need to reset the scanner -- entering a new frequency into a selected channel automatically deletes/overwrites the old information. You should be able to download directly from

Need the manual for your scanner? You can download and print it, at no cost, here:

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I have a pro 84 race scanner that I am trying to program for the 3 nascar race series. Since this scanner does not have a button to program the car # I am somewhat lost. It was suggested to use the car #'s...

Sorry, but the NASCAR label on these scanners is little more than a scam. There are no special features that make race scanning easier or organized -- they just cover the frequency range that cars and pit crews operate on.

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I have a pro-528triple trunking with 1000 channels.brand radioshack.serial no;74009508.fcc id07a07.can i fix my scanner to pick up scured channeles are modify it to pick up cell phone conversations i can...

Sorry, but the answers to your questions are no and no. Modern scanners are what they are, and they cannot be modified to monitor any secure (encrypted), digital, or cell phone communications. There is no magic fix to convert an analog scanner to digital. If you want to listen in to digital communications you'll need to purchase a digital-capable scanner, but that will still leave you without cell phone coverage or the ability to listen in to whatever secure transmissions you're referring to.

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Cant get any channels to pick up

I recommend that you first scan the weather band to make sure that the scanner is working properly. You should be able to pick up one of the NOAA broadcast frequencies just about anywhere in the USA. No reception? Your scanner probably needs professional repair. If you receive weather broadcasts, make sure that you have active frequencies for your area programmed into the scanner. You can find a comprehensive database of active frequencies, and a lot of other useful scanning information by visiting:

Need the manual for your scanner? You can download and print it, at no cost, here:

Bill B.
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I need to reprogram my Realistic Pro-2023 police scanner. I do not have my local police codes nor do I know how to reprogram it. Help.


For a a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, visit:

1. Turn on your scanner by turning VOLUME clockwise.

2. Press [MANUAL], enter the channel number you want to program, then
press [MANUAL] and [PROGRAM]. The channel number flashes to indicate
you are programming the channel.

3. Enter a frequency.

4. Press [ENTER] to store the frequency. If you make a mistake in Step
3, ERROR appears on the display. Proceed again from Step 3.

5. If you want your scanner to pause after each transmission before
scanning to the next channel, press [DELAY] so that DELAY appears in
the display. See "Using the Delay Feature."

6. To program more channels, repeat Steps 2-4. If you want to program
the next channel in sequence, simply press [PROGRAM] and repeat Steps
3 - 4.


Use the SQUELCH control to decrease your scanner's sensitivity to weak
signals. This allows the scanner to receive only the strongest

1. Turn the SQUELCH and VOLUME controls fully counterclockwise.

2. Turn the VOLUME control clockwise until you hear a hissing sound.

3. Slowly turn the SQUELCH control clockwise until the hissing sound


To begin scanning the channels, press [SCAN]. Your scanner scans through
all the channels except the ones you have locked out. Be sure to read the
following sections to get the full benefit from your scanner's special


Many agencies use a two-way radio system that might have a 2 second silence
(or more) between a query and a reply. To keep from missing a reply,
program a delay on the channels you identify as operating this way.

To program a delay, select the channel and press [DELAY] so that DELAY
appears on the display. Now when your scanner pauses at an active channel
when scanning, it waits for 2 seconds after the completion of each
transmission on that channel before it resumes scanning.

If you do not want your scanner to pause, select the channel and be sure
that DELAY is not on the display. If DELAY appears on the display, press
[DELAY] to turn it off for that channel.


You can make your scanner scan more efficiently by locking out channels
that you have not programmed. Manually select the channel and press [LOCK
OUT] so that LOCK OUT apperas on the display. This is also handy for
locking out channels that have a continuous transmission. You can still
manually select locked-out channels for listening.

To unlock a channel you have locked, manually select the channel and press
[LOCK OUT] so that LOCK OUT disappears from the display.

NOTE: You cannot lock out Channel 1.


Channel 1 is designated as your scanner's priority channel. You can turn
on the priority feature so that you do not miss transmissions on Channel 1,
even if you are monitoring another channel.

Press [PRIORITY] so that PRIORITY appears on the display. Now your scanner
checks Channel 1 every 2 seconds, and stays on the channel if there is any


You can continuously monitor a specific channel without scanning. This is
useful if you hear an emergency broadcast on a channel and do not want to
miss any details-even though there might be periods of silence-or if you
want to monitor a specific channel.

Follow these steps to manually select a channel.

1. Press MANUAL.

2. Enter the channel number.

3. Press MANUAL again.

Or, if your scanner is scanning and stops at the desired channel, press
MANUAL one time. (Pressing MANUAL additional times causes your scanner
to step through the channels.)


The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has allocated several channels
for use by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We
have preprogrammed your scanner with all of the frequencies available to
NOAA. To hear your local forecast and regional weather information, simply
press [WX]. Your scanner begins scanning through the weather band, and WX
SEARCH appears on the display.

Your scanner should stop within a few seconds, and you hear the local
weather broadcast. If the broadcast is weak, you can press [WX] again
to scan through the rest of the weather band.

Bill B

Feb 21, 2010 | Radio Scanners

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Simple programming directions?

Yes, if you want to scan a specific frequency, for example Freq: 156.8895 just hit Scan (SCN) and punch in the frequency you want and then hit scan again. Or a very easy way of listening is just search through the channels without programming it by pressing sch and the scanner should progress through the frequencies.

Hope this helps!

Jun 30, 2008 | Radio Scanners

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