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Uniden's analog-only portable Trunktracker scanner with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]].
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Uniden's analog-only portable Trunktracker scanner with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]]. This is a [[TrunkTracker III]] scanner. First Sale: November, 2004. Currently Discontinued
  
 
==Specifications==
 
==Specifications==
'''Limits'''
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===Physical===
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* Antenna Connector: BNC
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* LCD Backlight
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* PC Programming and Control available
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===Keys===
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* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
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* System Quick Key range: 0-9
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===Technical===
 
* Channels: 1600 typical, 2500 maximum
 
* Channels: 1600 typical, 2500 maximum
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* Custom Search Ranges: 10
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* Groups per system: 20 maximum
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* Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 10
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* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* Strong signal attenuation
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* Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
 
* Systems: 200 maximum
 
* Systems: 200 maximum
* Groups per system: 20 maximum
 
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* 10 Service Searches - public safety, news, amateur radio, marine, railroad, air, CB radio, FRS/GMRS, racing, and special (Itinerant)
* System Quick Key range: 0-9
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* 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, and [[SAME]] group
* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
 
* Custom Search Ranges: 10
 
* Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 10
 
  
'''Frequency Coverage'''
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====Frequency Coverage====
 
* 25-54 MHz
 
* 25-54 MHz
 
* 108-174 MHz
 
* 108-174 MHz
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* 1240-1300 MHz
 
* 1240-1300 MHz
  
'''Features'''
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====Power====
* [[Rebanding]] supported? <font color=green> YES </font>
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* 2 AA batteries, 6V DC, or 500mA AC adapter. Example: [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000065VV0 Sony Car DC Adaptor]
* [[TrunkTracker III]] with Control-Channel Only scanning and [[I-Call]] monitoring
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* [[Close Call]]
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==Features==
* Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
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* Adjustable (0-5 sec) scan delay
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* Adjustable Hold (scan duration 0-255 sec) per system
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* Autostore by frequency and talkgroup. Automatically store frequencies from a service or limit search into a conventional system or store talk group IDs into a trunked system
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* [[Battery Saver]]
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* [[Channel Alert]]
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* [[Uniden Close Call|Close Call]]
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* [[Control Channel Only]] trunking
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* Custom Search — lets you program up to 10 search ranges
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* [[Data Skip]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
* 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, and [[SAME]] group
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* [[Duplicate Channel Alert]]
* Quick Search
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* [[I-Call]] monitoring
* 10 Service Searches - public safety, news, amateur radio, marine, railroad, air, CB radio, FRS/GMRS, racing, and special (Itinerant)
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* [[Key Lock]]
* Custom Search — lets you program up to 10 search ranges
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* [[Pager Screen]]
* Frequency/ID AutoStore - automatically store frequencies from a service or limit search into a conventional system or store talk group IDs into a trunked system
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* [[Priority Scan]]
* [[SAME]] Weather Alert
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* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel.
* Weather Priority
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* [[Quick Search]]
* [[Priority Scan]] with Priority Plus
 
* LCD Backlight
 
* Configurable scan delay
 
* Strong signal attenuation
 
* Upgradeadable firmware
 
* [[Channel Alert]]
 
 
* [[Repeater Reverse]]
 
* [[Repeater Reverse]]
* Frequency autostore and Talkgroup ID autostore
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* Upgradeable firmware
* Pager Screen – ignores hits generated by common pager frequencies while using the Close Call or search features
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** Can be updated to support [[Rebanding]]? {{color|green|YES}}
* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel.
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** See the [[Updating the Firmware in Uniden DMA Scanners]] article for the firmware link
* Duplicate Input Alert
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* [[Weather Operations]]
* Data Skip
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* [[Wired Cloning]]
* Key Lock
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* PC Programming and Control
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==RR System Compatibility==
* Wired Cloning
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This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range:
* Battery saver
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* System Types:
* Power requirements: 2 AA batteries, 6V DC, or 500mA AC adapter
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** Motorola Type I
** Example: [http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102591 Radio Shack adapter] with Adaptaplug '''B'''
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** Motorola Type II
** Or [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000065VV0 Sony Car DC Adaptor]
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** Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
* Antenna Connector: BNC
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** Motorola Type II Smartnet
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** Motorola Type II Smartzone
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** Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
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** EDACS Standard (Wide)
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** EDACS Standard Networked
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** EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
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** EDACS Narrowband Networked
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** EDACS SCAT
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** LTR Standard
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*System Voices:
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** Analog
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==Hardware Accessories==
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* [http://www.unidendirect.com/accdetail.cfm?item=USB-1 Uniden USB-1 Cable]
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* [http://www.unidendirect.com/accdetail.cfm?item=BWZY1227001 Uniden Serial Cable]
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* BC246T replacement rubber keypad, part no. LNBZ3B8092Z
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* BC246T Contact Sheet, part no. KNBZ3B8093Z
  
 
==Modifications==
 
==Modifications==
* [http://www.scancapecod.us/wiki/index.php/BC246_Frequency_Display_Information BC246 External Freq Display]
 
 
* [http://www.mods.dk/view.php?ModelId=816 Mods.DK listing for 246]
 
* [http://www.mods.dk/view.php?ModelId=816 Mods.DK listing for 246]
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* [[BC246T/Internal Squelch Adjustment]]
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* [http://home.ica.net/~phoenix/wap/BC246T/ JPEGs of BC246 discrim tap]
  
 
==Reviews and User Opinions==
 
==Reviews and User Opinions==
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==Related Pages==
 
==Related Pages==
* [http://myweb.cableone.net/marksscanners/246/246.html Easier to Read BC246T Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/246/246.shtml Easier to Read BC246T Scanner Manual]
* [[DMA Problems|Uniden Dynamic Memory Scanner Problems]]
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* [http://www.uniden.info/download/ompdf/BC246Tom.pdf Owner's Manual]
* [http://www.grove-ent.com/SCANNERPROGRAMMING.htm Scanner Programming: Man-Machine Interface]
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* [http://www.scannermaster.com/USB_Cable_p/01-551038.htm Uniden USB-1 page on Scanner Master]
** 'Getting the Most from the new Uniden Scanners' by Paul Opitz
 
* [http://strongsignals.net/access/clubs/bc246t/index.cgi Strong Signals BC246T Club]
 
* [http://www.bc246t.org/ BC246T.org]
 
* [http://www.scancapecod.us/wiki/index.php/BC246_Internal_Photos BC246 Internal Photos]
 
* [http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BC246Tom.pdf BC246T Owner's Manual]
 
* [[Uniden scanner test modes]]
 
  
 
==Supporting Software==
 
==Supporting Software==
; TCL/TK Packages
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; Non Windows OS
* [http://home.comcast.net/~kilowattradio/index.html BC246T Control & Programming Tool]
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* [http://www.qsl.net/ac7xc/files/index.html BC246T Control and Programming Tool (tcl/tk software)] (Note: reportedly no longer being supported or developed)
 
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* [http://jontabor.tk/bc246t/index.html BC246T status and control (CLI and GUI) (python/tk)]
 
; Windows Packages
 
; Windows Packages
 
* [http://www.butelsoftware.com/ Butel Software] Products
 
* [http://www.butelsoftware.com/ Butel Software] Products
 
** ARC246  
 
** ARC246  
** ARC-EasyStream
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* Clone246 
** Clone246
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* [http://www.scannewengland.net/wiki/index.php/BC246t_Splash:_Startup_screen_programmer_for_the_BC246t BC246T Splash] Startup screen programmer
 
* [http://www.scannerbase.com/scannerbase-avc246-uniden-bc246t-scanner-software/ Scannerbase Advanced Virtual Control 246]
 
* [http://www.scannerbase.com/scannerbase-avc246-uniden-bc246t-scanner-software/ Scannerbase Advanced Virtual Control 246]
* [http://www.scannerbase.com/scannerbase-audio-recorder-uniden-bc246t-scanner-software/ Scannerbase 246T Audio Recorder]
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* See the [[Uniden DMA Software Support]] article for other software packages that support this scanner
* [http://www.scancat.com/scancat-lite-plus.html Scancat Lite Plus]
 
* [http://www.scannersoft.com Scan Control]
 
* [http://www.uniden.com/rn_productsupport_downloads.cfm?product=BC246T UASD Software and Firmware Updates]
 
* [http://www.radioreference.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=getit&lid=85 RRDB Reader (for 246 UASD)]
 
** '''Description:''' This software reads from the RR Database (using the XML Web Service) and writes out in Uniden UASD format. Currently, it only works for Motorola systems.
 
* [http://www.scanstar.com/products/tselite.htm Trunkstar Elite]
 
* [http://www.scanstar.com/products/tsepro.htm Trunkstar Elite Pro]
 
  
==Yahoo Groups (software and receiver support)==
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==Message Boards / Forums==
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BC246T/ BC246T Yahoo group]
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*{{Forum|uniden-forums.82|RadioReference Uniden}}
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Uniden_BC246T/ Uniden BC246T Yahoo group]
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; Facebook
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arc246t/ ARC246 Yahoo group]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/448987651918830 Radio Scanner World]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Scancat/ Scancat Yahoo group]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/667031203353717 Radio Scanners]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScanControl Scan Control Yahoo group]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/4188584134 Scanner Enthusiasts]
* [http://www.radioreference.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=82 RadioReference Uniden forum]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/2889562301118379 Radio Scanner Help and Chat]
* [http://www.strongsignals.net/access/forums/viewforum.php?f=29&sid=a008fecb4f59406385d1ff0cbe328c9c Strong Signals Uniden forum]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnidenScanners Uniden Scanners]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/UBScanners Uniden Bearcat Scanners]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1480421685608148 Uniden Bearcat Scanner Fan Club]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/923164271205464 Uniden Bearcat Scanner Owners UK]
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; Groups.io
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* [https://groups.io/g/BC246T  BC246T]
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* [https://groups.io/g/radioprogramming Radio Programming]
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* [https://uniden.groups.io/g/main Uniden main group]
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* [https://uniden.groups.io/g/BC246T BC246T sub Group]
  
 
== Usage Tips ==
 
== Usage Tips ==
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* Don't forget that pushing down on the scroll knob is the same as pushing the "Yes"/"E" button.
 
* Don't forget that pushing down on the scroll knob is the same as pushing the "Yes"/"E" button.
 
* Pressing the on/off button briefly will take you out of the menu system.
 
* Pressing the on/off button briefly will take you out of the menu system.
 
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* Holding down 1,3,0 and Pressing power will bring up the NWR-SAME TEST. Press the Menu Button to test the tones.
== eBay Listings ==
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==BC246T Scanners for Sale==
<ebay>Uniden BC246T</ebay>
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*[[BC246T eBay Listings]]
  
  
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[[Category:Uniden Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Uniden Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
[[Category:Trunking Scanners]]
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[[Category:Analog Trunktrackers]]
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[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
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[[Category:Radio Models]]

Latest revision as of 12:49, 24 June 2021

BC246T


Uniden's analog-only portable Trunktracker scanner with Dynamic Memory Architecture. This is a TrunkTracker III scanner. First Sale: November, 2004. Currently Discontinued

Specifications

Physical

  • Antenna Connector: BNC
  • LCD Backlight
  • PC Programming and Control available

Keys

  • Group Quick Key range: 0-9
  • System Quick Key range: 0-9

Technical

  • Channels: 1600 typical, 2500 maximum
  • Custom Search Ranges: 10
  • Groups per system: 20 maximum
  • Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 10
  • Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
  • Strong signal attenuation
  • Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
  • Systems: 200 maximum
  • Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
  • 10 Service Searches - public safety, news, amateur radio, marine, railroad, air, CB radio, FRS/GMRS, racing, and special (Itinerant)
  • 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, and SAME group

Frequency Coverage

  • 25-54 MHz
  • 108-174 MHz
  • 216-225 MHz
  • 400-512 MHz
  • 806-956 MHz
  • 1240-1300 MHz

Power

Features

RR System Compatibility

This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range:

  • System Types:
    • Motorola Type I
    • Motorola Type II
    • Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
    • Motorola Type II Smartnet
    • Motorola Type II Smartzone
    • Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
    • EDACS Standard (Wide)
    • EDACS Standard Networked
    • EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
    • EDACS Narrowband Networked
    • EDACS SCAT
    • LTR Standard
  • System Voices:
    • Analog

Hardware Accessories

Modifications

Reviews and User Opinions

Related Pages

Supporting Software

Non Windows OS
Windows Packages

Message Boards / Forums

Facebook
Groups.io

Usage Tips

If you have a tip/trick, please contribute!

  • Don't forget that pushing down on the scroll knob is the same as pushing the "Yes"/"E" button.
  • Pressing the on/off button briefly will take you out of the menu system.
  • Holding down 1,3,0 and Pressing power will bring up the NWR-SAME TEST. Press the Menu Button to test the tones.

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