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Seems to drop off every 3 seconds.

When listening to any 2 way conversation, regardless of signal strength,  I hear a few seconds fine, then it sounds like the talker takes their finger off the mic button for a second, then they are back fine for 3 seconds. It happens on all two way conversations and it it happens constantly.

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Re: Seems to drop off every 3 seconds.

Check if your scanner has been set up to monitor a 'priority channel' whilst scanning. If so then disabling the 'priority' mode will probably stop the regular interruptions that are frustrating you.
Scanners when in priority mode stop what they're doing at regular intervals to check the channel that is set as priority channel to see if it has any activity on it. This is why i think that 'priority' operation fits the issue you are describing.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Seems to drop off every 3 seconds.

My bct7 and pro 83 does the same thing, it could be programed to do that

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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
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To program a delay, select the channel and press [DELAY] so that DELAY
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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
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You can make your scanner scan more efficiently by locking out channels
that you have not programmed. Manually select the channel and press [LOCK
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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
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NOTE: You cannot lock out Channel 1.


Channel 1 is designated as your scanner's priority channel. You can turn
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Press [PRIORITY] so that PRIORITY appears on the display. Now your scanner
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Or, if your scanner is scanning and stops at the desired channel, press
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