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Editing a group is the lowest level in the Dynamic Memory Architecture. Here you can have either frequencies (if you've allocated a conventional system) or talkgroups (for a trunked system). This screen can be accessed by putting the cursor on the desired '''group'''. When FreeScan allocates a new system, a new site and group are also allocated.
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[[Image:FS create newgroup v8.JPG|thumb|right|allocating a new group]]
  
==Editing a Conventional Group==
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Editing a group is the lowest level in the Dynamic Memory Architecture. Here you can have either frequencies (if you've allocated a conventional system) or talkgroups (for a trunked system). This screen can be accessed by putting the cursor on the desired '''group'''. When FreeScan allocates a new system, a new site and group are also allocated. If you wish to allocate a new group, be sure the cursor is under the existing group, then right click. The screen to the right results.
  
[[Image:FreeScan Conventional editgrp.JPG|thumb|right|click to expand]]
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In addition there are 2 ways to view the data. Checking the '''simple view''' box will show a limited number of elements; unchecking it (Full View) increases the number of elements - for the most part, related to the new XT DMA scanners - that are displayed. This logic works for both the conventional and talkgroup screens. Controls that are displayed in the Full View are in ''italics''
  
* '''Name''' - the name allocated when the import from the UASD or RadioReference completed, or the one used when the group was allocated manually. Notice that it can be justified using one of the three tools at the top right of the name field, or by using the [[Freescan Edit functions|Justify Channel Names]] function. To change data in this column, ''double click'' on it first.
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==Editing a Conventional Group==
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<gallery>
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Image:FS convent simpleview v8.JPG|Simple convent view
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Image:FS conven XTview1 v8.JPG|Full convent view part 1
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Image:FS conven XTview2 v8.JPG|Full convent view part 2
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</gallery>
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* '''Name''' - the name allocated when the import from the UASD, BuTel or RadioReference completed, or the one used when the group was allocated manually. Notice that it can be justified using one of the three tools at the top right of the name field, or by using the [[Freescan Edit functions|Justify Channel Names]] function. To change data in this column, ''double click'' on it first.
  
 
* '''Quick Key''' - the '''Group''' Quick Key (GQK) assigned to this group. The '''Find Free''' button will attempt to find the next unassigned GQK - however you can override this with the pulldown
 
* '''Quick Key''' - the '''Group''' Quick Key (GQK) assigned to this group. The '''Find Free''' button will attempt to find the next unassigned GQK - however you can override this with the pulldown
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* '''Frequency''' - in Mhz
 
* '''Frequency''' - in Mhz
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* '''L/O''' - If checked this frequency is locked out
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* '''TONE''' - Either [[PL]] or [[DCS]] - the subaudible tone associated with this frequency. You can also use this to select 'Search' mode.
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* '''Tone LO''' - Tone Lockout. Sets the tone for the scanner '''to ignore'''; in other words, if the scanner detects the tone the signal will by bypassed.
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* '''ATT''' - If checked this frequency is attenuated in signal strength by 20db
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* '''PRI''' - Priority. If checked this frequency is checked every 2 seconds
  
 
* '''Step''' - The seperation, in khz, between each frequency. In most cases AUTO will work, although you may need to change it if defining a narrow band system. See the [[Refarming]] article for a discussion of narrowbanding, and its impact on frequency allocations.   
 
* '''Step''' - The seperation, in khz, between each frequency. In most cases AUTO will work, although you may need to change it if defining a narrow band system. See the [[Refarming]] article for a discussion of narrowbanding, and its impact on frequency allocations.   
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* '''Mod''' - the operating mode for this frequency
 
* '''Mod''' - the operating mode for this frequency
  
* '''L/O''' - If checked this frequency is locked out
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* ''NAC'' - Network Access Code. For the BCD396XT '''only'''
  
* '''ATT''' - If checked this frequency is attenuated in signal strength by 20db
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* '''Audio Type''' - Analog or digital (396XT/996 '''only''')
  
* '''PRI''' - Priority. If checked this frequency is checked every 2 seconds
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* ''ALT Tone'' -
  
* '''TONE''' - Either [[PL]] or [[DCS]] - the subaudible tone associated with this frequency. You can also use this to select 'Search' mode.
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* ''ALT Level'' -  
  
* '''Alt Tone''' - Alert Tone. Set off an alert when the channel becomes active.
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* ''ALT Color'' -  
  
* '''Alt Lvl''' - Alert Level. Varies between 1 and 15
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* ''ALT PAT'' -
  
* '''Type''' - Alert type. There are 9 different types of alerts; consists of varying beep types.
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* ''VOL ADJ'' -
  
* '''Tone LO''' - Tone Lockout. Sets the tone for the scanner '''to ignore'''; in other words, if the scanner detects the tone the signal will by bypassed.
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* ''Num Tag'' - BCD396XT and BCD346XT '''only'''  
  
* '''Tape''' (For use with the BCT15 and BCD996 '''only''')- when it's ON or ALL this channel's audio will be sent to the tape out jack.  
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* '''Rec Out''' (For use with the BCT15 and BCD996 '''only''')- when it's ON or ALL this channel's audio will be sent to the tape out jack.  
  
 
* '''Comment''' - Comments stored within FreeScan, and not uploaded to the scanner
 
* '''Comment''' - Comments stored within FreeScan, and not uploaded to the scanner
  
 
==Editing a Trunked Group==
 
==Editing a Trunked Group==
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<gallery>
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Image:FS tlkgroup simpview v8.JPG|TG display simple view
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Image:FS tlkgroup XTview1 v8.JPG|TG display full view part 1
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Image:FS tlkgroup XTview2 v8.JPG|TG display full view part 2
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</gallery>
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* '''Display''' - Alpha tag, limited to 16 characters
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* '''TG ID''' - Talkgroup ID
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* '''L/O''' - Lockout
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* ''ALT Tone'' -
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* ''ALT Level'' -
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* ''ALT Color'' -
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* ''ALT PAT'' -
  
[[Image:FreeScan Trunk edittalk.JPG|thumb|right|click to expand]]
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* ''VOL ADJ'' -
  
Most every key shown here is also defined on the Conventional screen. The '''TGID''' is the [[Talkgroup]] ID for the system being defined.
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* '''Pri''' - Priority
  
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* '''Audio Type''' - Analog/digital (996/396XT '''only''')
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* ''Num Tag'' -
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* '''Rec Out''' (For use with the BCT15 and BCD996 '''only''')- when it's ON or ALL this channel's audio will be sent to the tape out jack.
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* '''Comment''' - Comments stored within FreeScan, and not uploaded to the scanner
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Proceed to the [[Freescan APCO Bandplan|Create/Edit APCO Bandplan]] article<br>
 
Proceed to the [[Freescan APCO Bandplan|Create/Edit APCO Bandplan]] article<br>

Revision as of 15:35, 8 April 2009

allocating a new group

Editing a group is the lowest level in the Dynamic Memory Architecture. Here you can have either frequencies (if you've allocated a conventional system) or talkgroups (for a trunked system). This screen can be accessed by putting the cursor on the desired group. When FreeScan allocates a new system, a new site and group are also allocated. If you wish to allocate a new group, be sure the cursor is under the existing group, then right click. The screen to the right results.

In addition there are 2 ways to view the data. Checking the simple view box will show a limited number of elements; unchecking it (Full View) increases the number of elements - for the most part, related to the new XT DMA scanners - that are displayed. This logic works for both the conventional and talkgroup screens. Controls that are displayed in the Full View are in italics

Editing a Conventional Group

  • Name - the name allocated when the import from the UASD, BuTel or RadioReference completed, or the one used when the group was allocated manually. Notice that it can be justified using one of the three tools at the top right of the name field, or by using the Justify Channel Names function. To change data in this column, double click on it first.
  • Quick Key - the Group Quick Key (GQK) assigned to this group. The Find Free button will attempt to find the next unassigned GQK - however you can override this with the pulldown
  • Locked Out - If checked, this group is locked out and will not be scanned
  • Notice that over the Display column are three tools - these will also justify the display names.
  • + - Insert a line
  • X - Delete a line
  • Up/Down arrow - moves a line up or down in the display
  • EZ-GRAB - See the EZ GRAB article on how to use this function
  • Display - The alpha text to be displayed when the group is scanned. Limited to 16 characters for the 996 and 15.
  • Frequency - in Mhz
  • L/O - If checked this frequency is locked out
  • TONE - Either PL or DCS - the subaudible tone associated with this frequency. You can also use this to select 'Search' mode.
  • Tone LO - Tone Lockout. Sets the tone for the scanner to ignore; in other words, if the scanner detects the tone the signal will by bypassed.
  • ATT - If checked this frequency is attenuated in signal strength by 20db
  • PRI - Priority. If checked this frequency is checked every 2 seconds
  • Step - The seperation, in khz, between each frequency. In most cases AUTO will work, although you may need to change it if defining a narrow band system. See the Refarming article for a discussion of narrowbanding, and its impact on frequency allocations.
  • Mod - the operating mode for this frequency
  • NAC - Network Access Code. For the BCD396XT only
  • Audio Type - Analog or digital (396XT/996 only)
  • ALT Tone -
  • ALT Level -
  • ALT Color -
  • ALT PAT -
  • VOL ADJ -
  • Num Tag - BCD396XT and BCD346XT only
  • Rec Out (For use with the BCT15 and BCD996 only)- when it's ON or ALL this channel's audio will be sent to the tape out jack.
  • Comment - Comments stored within FreeScan, and not uploaded to the scanner

Editing a Trunked Group

  • Display - Alpha tag, limited to 16 characters
  • TG ID - Talkgroup ID
  • L/O - Lockout
  • ALT Tone -
  • ALT Level -
  • ALT Color -
  • ALT PAT -
  • VOL ADJ -
  • Pri - Priority
  • Audio Type - Analog/digital (996/396XT only)
  • Num Tag -
  • Rec Out (For use with the BCT15 and BCD996 only)- when it's ON or ALL this channel's audio will be sent to the tape out jack.
  • Comment - Comments stored within FreeScan, and not uploaded to the scanner


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