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Sorry, but maintaining memory in your BC248CLT is not as simple as replacing a battery. Your scanner has a capacitor-based backup system, and the capacitor has apparently failed with age. Unless you're skilled at electronics repair, or you have a buddy who is, repair of this classic (circa 1999) scanner will set you back about $100. That makes repair impractical, so you might want to keep your current scanner powered up, and start looking for a replacement. Good deals on used scanners can always be found on eBay, but be certain that you know what you're buying, what condition it's in, and what it's worth.
As long as all frequencies have been cleared, try initializing the scanner. This will return everything to the original factory settings.
To INITIALIZE: - Turn the scanner OFF, then switch it back ON. - Hold down the TUNE/CLEAR button. - While continuing to hold the TUNE/CLEAR button down, insert a pointed object such as a paperclip or the tip of a pen into the RESET opening on the side of the scanner, and press the RESET button inside the opening. The display should go blank. - When the display comes back on, press the TUNE/CLEAR button again. The scanner should now be ready to accept programming.
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If you know the frequency, push the program button,use channel up-down till you see the frequency you want, you may have to flip the switch in the back. You can get frequency,s at RadioFreq.com .....hope this helps...
First you'll need a list of frequencies to program. For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, visit:
Once you've selected your frequencies, power the scanner ON and
1. Press E/PGM to enter the program mode (the scanner turns on the PGM icon).
2. If the current channel is not the one you want to program, enter the memory number then press HOLD.
3. Enter the frequency including the decimal point, then press E/PGM.
4. To program the next memory, press or and repeat step 3. To program a different memory, repeat from step 2.
5. To exit program mode, press HOLD or SCAN or change the scanner’s mode.
Notes: • Any frequency you program replaces the previous memory contents. • If you enter a frequency you have already stored in a different memory in Step 3, the scanner beeps and displays the channel where you have previously stored the frequency. If you want to store the frequency anyway, press E/PGM a second time in Step 3. • To clear the contents of a memory, enter “0” in Step 3. • Channels you program are automatically unlocked (see “Locking/Unlocking Memories) and have Delay turned on (See “Setting Channel Delay”).
If you would like to download/print the operating manual for you scanner, visit:
- Slide the MODE switch to the "Scanner" position. - Press and hold the POWER button momentarily to power the scanner ON. - Turn the SQUELCH knob slowly to the left until scanning stops and you hear a hissing noise. - Turn the Volume level down to a comfortable level. - Turn the SQUELCH knob to the right - slowly, until scanning resumes. - Press HOLD. - Press E (PGM). - Press 0, 1. - Press HOLD. - Enter your first frequency, including the decimal point (EX: 158.075). - Press E (PGM).
You've just programmed channel 01. To contimue programming, press the up arrow to advance to channel 02, press HOLD, enter your frequency, etc.
When you're finished programming, press the SCAN key.
Need the manual for your scanner? You can download and print it here:
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, visit:
Please contact me if you have any further scanner questions.
The scanner was probably turned off and it forgot what frequencies were programed into it. Older scanners have a problem with retaining their memory when they are shut off. Most of the older scanners have a memory back-up battery that helps the scanner retain its memory. Check and see if this battery is still good. As for your frequencies, you'll have to reprogram the scanner. To put it in technical terms, some older scanners have what is called RAM (Regency Alterable Memory) and ROM (Regency Organized Memory), when you turn off you scanner, this memory is erased, along with your programmed channels. Be sure not to turn off your scanner unless you're willing to reprogram the scanner.
if it loses the frequencies immediatly then it sounds like the capacitor that holds the charge for the memory has gone out. If it is sitting for a few days and loses frequencies this is more common. Solution, if you've had it less than a year, take it to your local radioshack, try to find the receipt and have them send it to the repair center for you.