Hi, I am totally inexperienced with scanners, but I work at a newspaper that uses a BC780XLT, and I'm all alone here on a Saturday with this machine. It seems--and I apologize for my utter lack of knowledge with these things--that it is on scan, but gets stuck in one set of trunked stations. Basically, every time it runs through its programmed stations, it stops on about fifteen stations for a couple seconds each that just have white noise. Needless to say, I'm ready to smash it to pieces. Any suggestions??
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Re: Getting stuck on trunked stations?
This is a digital trunk, you wont be able to pick these up on the bc780, it only does analog trunk systems. Some trunks use mixed analog/digital, if you can figure out which ID's are using digital you can lock them out. Even worse is the fact that the ID's you lock out are probably the ones that you are trying to monitor :(
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Sokkia total stations are repaired using Sokkia proprietary computer software. You need to return it to a Sokkia shop, no other shop will be able to corect this, not even Topcon (even though Topcon bought Sokkia).
It Is used when scanner painted documents that are printed by using screen me that such as newspapers. It stop moire patterns from being generated on the scanned document. There are strange curved (normally) Patterson. De-screening doesnt always remotely these totally but should help. If you haven't seen moire pattern in before, hold 2 piece of net curtain up against a light source, you'll see it as you move one across the other.
The BC780XLT is a 2000 model, so your "new" scanner is actually about 10 years old. Your lack of volume control indicates that the ON/OFF/VOLUME control "pot" is defective and needs to be replaced. It looks to be on the same shaft as the SQUELCH, so the Uniden part is likely a combination of the two controls. I suggest that you contact Uniden Customer Service (see link below) and inquire about parts availability and/or factory repair. Due to the age of the unit though, there's a good chance that the control is no longer available -- unless it's being used on a newer model as well. Your other option is to try to work out a return or file an eBay/PayPal claim. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
That model was the first prototype of the UnidenBearcat Electra BC780XLT-PPKL88 otherwise known as the BC780XLT. That manual that you got for the XLT model should work just fine, the only difference is that the XLT has more features than the HLT. The HLT came with its own manual, but it wasn't very accurate either, just try to make due with the manual you've got. If you want a scanner that is easier to use, you should get a Regency Touch K500. The Touch K500 can scan up to the 900MHz range and has VHF/UHF/FM/AM/CB/WX/AIR scanning capabilities. It even comes pre-programmed with international channels. It also has an automatic Weather Alert Notifier Bank already programmed into its internal memory. In short, the K500 is the ultimate scanner. However it will be hard to find because Regency went out of business a while back.
mORE AND MORE POLICE AGENCIES ARE SWITCHING TO "DIGITAL TRUNKING". I CAN ONLY PICK UP PARTS OF MY LOCAL SHERIFFS STATIONS. RADIO SHACK HAS THE NEW dIGITAL TRUNKING SYSTEMS THEY COST ABOUT $500. I AM UP GRADING NOW.
FOR TRUNKING ... WHEN YOU GET A ACTIVE CHANNELL KEEP HITTING THE RED TRUNK BUTTON TILL YOU SEE THE MOTOREOLA 5 NUMBEWR ID.THJEN HIT ENTER.
I WANT THE NEW PROGRAMER THAT IS FAST ENOUGH TO FOLLOW DIGITAL HYPER-TRUNKING. ALL POLISE ARE GOING TO IT EVENTUALLY.