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Hi my mom just passed and left me a police scanner,,what does EDACS stand for and how can i listen to my local ? does the EDACS mean i can pick up a digitial signal?please and ty very much

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Hi,
I'm so sorry about your loss and will keep you in prayer.
Here is a link to a Uniden BCT8 scanner user's manual. It should have the information for you:

http://www.retrevo.com/search/v2/jsp/mytrevo/myTrevo.jsp?page=man

Hope this helps...

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HI,

Sorry about your Mom.

EDACS stands for Enhanced Digital Access Communications System.

Click Here for the Wiki reference page on the subject.

Yes, it means you can pick up all sorts of signals

Click here for the Uniden product support page in case you need a manual or help programming frequencies specific to your area or state.

Best regards,
Mike

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