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I want to dump the old programs and reprogram new freqs. for the uniden bc72xlt

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Your can RESET your scanner to erase all data that you've programmed into it and return it to its original factory settings.To do this:
1. Power the scanner OFF.
2. While holding in the 2, 9, and HOLD keys, power the scanner ON. The process takes about 3 seconds, and the word CLEAr will display.

For single channels, you can program "000.0000" into any one of them to clear its programmed data, or just program a new frequency into the channel. The new data will override the old information.

Need the factory operating manual for your scanner? You can download and print it, free of charge, here:

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Posted on Nov 11, 2010


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...ok, here is your owner's manual:

Page 33 of that document begins a discussion of 'operations programming'..and there are other chapters for related functions.

Your specification sheet (on that document above) begins at page
56 - 58 does not mention any method of programming your Uniden
handheld using an external computer or data system. Check later
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reprogramming a handheld can be done and several agencies often
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Just to verify you are trying to program frequencies the scanner is able to receive.
This unit is limited to the following freq range.
50.0-54.0 5
148.0-174.0 5
470.0-512.0 6.25

If the frequencies your are trying to enter or outside these bands you will get a error.

Next Direct Entry Mode Programming
Press Func. + PGM
Press E to enter ch in current location
To change location pres func + Up ^ or down key to choose location then press E
Enter your freq then press E

Hope this helps.

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Deleting frequcies

Clear out everything do the following

While holding down 2, 9, and Hold, turn on the
scanner. It takes about 3 seconds to initialize
and CLEAr appears.

To take out individual Freq. Manually tune to that freq. Ch/Bank on the scanner. Enter 0.00 like a new freq for that ch. and it will be gone.

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