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Uniden Bearcat BC 147XLT Was not broadcasting much so I unplugged it to reset it and then reprogrammed the codes and it is still not talking. What can I do?

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  • dne5204 May 09, 2010

    Thank you for getting back to me. In the time since I wrote I decided to move the scanner, it was sitting on top of my printer and was next to my HAM radio and power supply. Apparently it was too close to these things, it seems to be working fine now.
    Thanks Again!! =)

  • Bill Buchsbaum
    Bill Buchsbaum May 11, 2010

    Is it receiving ANYsignals? How about the weather band? You may just not have the proper frequencies programmed for your area. Bill B

  • volpe_42
    volpe_42 May 19, 2010

    How old were the Frequencies you used and were they for Emergency Services in your area? Emergency Services have been moving over to Trunked Radio Systems and Digital Systems in the past few years. Also if it is an Emergency Service you are trying to listen to, there will be days when they just don't transmit anything. What you can try is if you live about 20 miles from an Airport and your Scanner recieves Aircraft Frequencies you can look up your local Airport and find their Automated Beacon Frequency. The Automated Beacon should be transmitting all the time with either an automated weather and runway conditions report or an Air Traffic Controler.



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Many factors can be considered when attempting to receive signals.
1. The area you are scanning: Is it a big metropolitan city? Are you trying to receive Law Enforcement or Fire frequencies? Many of the bigger cities have now adopted APCO25 Digital Trunking and this particular model will not receive these signals.

2. Should you be in a Rural area there may not be much going on anyway. It may also help to have a bigger antenna located outside as high as you can mount it.

3. Try scanning the Amateur Radio bands 144-148, or 440-450. There is bound to be some activity there.

4. Try obtaining a frequency guide or search the net for frequencies in your area. Try the site link below and click the Reference database button.

You may want to be patient when scanning as waiting proves to be a futile effort, I like to listen to the scanner secondary to what I am doing. Waiting for something to happen will drive you nuts! LOL :o)
Hope this tip prove helpful.

Posted on Sep 03, 2010


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