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How do you program the Uniden BCD 396XT straight out of the box?

A friend asked me to help program their new Uniden Scanner but the disk with the manual won't open up on any of our computers. Is there an easy way to download the channels for our area?

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You can try here, ENJOY....... hope this was helpful.......

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I don't know if you've found an answer to your query yet, but here goes:
Q1. Dowload the user manual, if you don't have a copy.
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