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Programming conventional frequencies into the scanner's PRIVATE bank is simple, but programming trunking systems is a detailed process that will take some research and probably some practice. The best instructions for both types of programming are found in the factory operating manual that you can download and print, at no cost, here: http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BCT8om.pdf
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and trunking systems in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit: www.RadioReference.com
First, you'll need a list of frequencies to program into the scanner. The BC140 memory is limited to just ten channels, so you'll need to select your coverage carefully. For a detailed database of active frequencies in your area, visit: www.RadioReference.com
Once you have your frequency list: - Power the scanner ON. - Press the Manual key to stop scanning. - Select the channel to program (1 through 10) by either entering it on the keyboard and then pressing Manual again, or by repeatedly pressing the Manual key to advance through the channels. - Enter the frequency, including the decimal point (e.g., 156.055). - Press Enter (E) to save the frequency in the scanner's memory. - Press Manual to advance to the next channel and enter your next frequency.
When you finish programming, press the Scan key to start scanning.
If you enter an out of band frequency, one that is not covered by the scanner, the display will show E for error.
Back to answer my own question.
I just found the problem. If you try to program one of these
scanners (Uniden BCT8) and you keep getting a "pr9-loc" message every
time you try to enter a frequency and "M-LOCK" is showing in the upper
right corner of the display press and hold the M-Lock (E) key until it
beeps twice and "M-LOCK" disappears from the display. You're now
set to program.
If its just a normal frequency then select Hold/Resume and press the arrow keys until you find the selected channel, then program in the frequency for example 130.000 you have to make sure the decimal point goes in with the frequency then press (E) then press the arrow key up to go to the next channel and program and repeat steps.
Then select scan you may need to activate the banks so when scanning just press 1,2,3,4,5 so next to the bank icon all 5 should be up.