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Programming my bc246t

When I plug my scanner into my pc and error comes up. It says not connected to scanner check remote connection.

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  • medicman357 Jan 09, 2008

    not working

  • Retro88 May 22, 2009

    I have the same problem and have tried all com baud rates under the menu. Scanner came w/ a COM port connection.... most newer computers do not have a COM port. So I found a USB that works for the scanner. But the computer does not recognize the scanner.



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Hello Ranger66,
I had the same problem. did you set the radio to "xfer information"? if not, to do this follow these steps
1. press menu display ---menu--- and program system under
2. twist thr top right knob until "xfer information is displayed".
3. press the "E" or yes button, this will disply the baud rate.

check to see if the radio connects.

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