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Uniden scanner says pch loc out and will not scan

Sent it to uniden once and they said nothing was wrong with it but its doing the same thing again. how do I fix?

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You didn't mention what the scanner is doing when that display pops up, but here are two possible fixes.

With the scanner powered ON,
- Press HOLD to stop scanning
- Press FUNC
- Press and hold L/O until the scanner beeps twice.
This will clear all locked out channels.

For a COMPLETE reset,
- Turn the scanner power OFF
- Turn the scanner power ON while pressing and holding the 2, 9, and HOLD keys
- After about 3 seconds the display will show CLEAr.
CAUTION: the above will clear/erase all information that you have programmed into the scanner, including frequencies, and reset the scanner to the original factory settings.

I hope this info helps.

Posted on Jan 02, 2010


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