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Welcome to the Uniden DMA FAQ; here we'll start from scratch, and take you through some of the most basic of questions, and (in many cases) what things mean and how to find information. A word of explanation; if a word or phrase appears in <font color=blue>blue</font> and/or underlined, then it's a link; clicking it should take you to another article in our wiki, another part of our website or perhaps a different website.   
 
Welcome to the Uniden DMA FAQ; here we'll start from scratch, and take you through some of the most basic of questions, and (in many cases) what things mean and how to find information. A word of explanation; if a word or phrase appears in <font color=blue>blue</font> and/or underlined, then it's a link; clicking it should take you to another article in our wiki, another part of our website or perhaps a different website.   
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==What Models Does This FAQ Cover?==
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This FAQ covers the Uniden models that utilize 2 tier DMA memory architecture, specifically those shown in the table below. We have additional, separate FAQs for the DMA 3 tier Uniden products, though many things listed below, are directly applicable;
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* For the [[HomePatrol-1]] and [[HomePatrol-2]], see the [[Uniden Home Patrol FAQ]]
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* For the [[BCDx36HP Series]], see the [[BCD436HP and BCD536HP Scanner FAQ]] and [[BCD436HP and BCD536HP Page 2| FAQ Page 2]]
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* For the [[SDS100]] and [[SDS200]], see the [[SDS100 and SDS200 FAQ Page]]
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{{UnidenDMAScanners}}
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==The Nuts and Bolts==
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*If you're a newcomer, you've probably already discovered that there's a huge amount of terms that seem unfamiliar to you. Our [[:Category:RR Glossary|Glossary]] has lots of these terms, along with definitions. Just click on the term you wish to view.
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*When looking at frequencies in our database, float your mouse over the column header, and you should get a balloon with a brief description of the terms and abbreviations that are used there.
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*The biggest hurdle for many is the concept of trunking. Our [[Trunking Basics]] article will get you started, as well as this [[Media:Trunking description.pdf|PDF file]] written by UPMan. Note that you will need Adobe Acrobat or a compatible reader (such as Foxit) to read it.
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==DMA Scanner Topics and Terms==
 
==DMA Scanner Topics and Terms==
 
* What is [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]]?  
 
* What is [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]]?  
  
* What are [[Systems, Sites and Groups]] and how do they relate to each other?   
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* What are [[Uniden Scanners Systems, Sites and Groups]] and how do they relate to each other?   
  
 
* How does [[DMA Scanners and Trunking|Trunking]] work with these scanners?
 
* How does [[DMA Scanners and Trunking|Trunking]] work with these scanners?
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* What is [[Uniden Multi-Site Trunking|Multi Site Trunking]]?  
 
* What is [[Uniden Multi-Site Trunking|Multi Site Trunking]]?  
  
* What is the [[Uniden Close Call|Close Call]] feature
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* What is the [[Uniden Close Call|Close Call]] feature?
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* What is [[Digital End Code detection]] and why do I want to use it?
  
* How do I use the [[Fire Tone Out]] feature?
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* What is [[Control Channel Only]] and what does it apply to?
  
* What does [[Uniden Scanner GPS Features|Location Based Scanning]] do for me? How does it work?
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* How do I use the [[Fire Tone Out]] & Fire Tone Out Search feature?
** [[BCD996T Lat-Lon|GPS Locations]]
 
** [[DRD DXG POI|Dangerous Roads, Dangerous Crossings and Points of Interest]]
 
** [[Population Area Centerpoint]]
 
  
* What [[Uniden scanner test modes|key combinations]] exist for testing various modes?
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* What does [[Location Based Scanning]] do for me? How does it work?
* How do I [[Uniden scanner test modes|Initialize]] the memory in my scanner?
 
  
* I'm getting a [[Nothing to Scan]] message. How can I fix this?
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==General Categories==
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* For the following issues, please see our [[DMA Scanners and Software]] article
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** Connecting the scanner to the PC
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** Programming questions
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** Software packages
  
* How can I adjust for the distortion/underwater sounds I hear on the digital trunktrackers?
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* For firmware updates and [[Rebanding]] please see our [[Updating the Firmware in Uniden DMA Scanners]] article
  
* What adjustments are available in the digital trunktrackers?
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* For audio issues (P25 decoding sounds bad, broken-up, unintelligible etc.) please see our [[DMA P25 Decoding and Audio Issues]] article
** [[P25 audio decode level adjustment|Adjusting the P25 Decode Level]]
 
** [[Digital End Code detection]]
 
** [[Simulcast digital distortion]]
 
** [[Uniden Digital AGC Tweak Procedures|Adjusting the AGC]]
 
  
* [[Uniden DMA FAQ Page 2|Additional Common problems and solutions]]
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* For display, miscellaneous function and battery voltage and battery tips and related issues, please see our [[DMA Scanner Functions and Batteries]] article
  
* Where can I get more information on the XT series of scanners?
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* For undocumented hacks, please see our [[DMA Scanner Hacks]] article
** Go to the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/UnidenScannersUsersGuides Scanner Guides] on the Uniden TWiki site
 
  
==PCs and Software Topics==
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* For basic test modes typically technicians use to access hidden features, any user could try and see what might work, please see our [[Uniden scanner test modes]] article.
  
* Id like to hook up my PC and program/monitor using software. What do I need to consider?
 
* Are there any freeware programs with better functionality than the UASD?
 
* I have no serial ports on my PC. How do I connect my PC to the scanner?
 
* What do I need to do and have to record what I hear?
 
** See the [[DMA Scanners and Software]] article
 
  
; Firmware Upgrades
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==Popular Questions==
* Where do I get the firmware updates for my scanner? How do I apply them?  
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*I see the '''Nothing to Scan''' error message or
** All the firmware updates, with instructions, are now linked on the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/ScannerManuals Uniden wiki] manuals article  
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*I turned off all my Favorites, Systems, or Groups off. What Should I do to re-enable Quick Keys?
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**Please, see our [[Nothing to Scan]] article.
  
* Why can't I get my [[Firmware Upgrade]] to work?
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*I press the power button, but my Handheld i.e. (BCD396t BCD436HP) won't turn On, What gives?
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**You must press and HOLD the Power Button for a full two seconds to turn the radio On (or Off). This is a safeguard, to prevent turning the scanner On or Off accidentally, such as: when you're carrying it in your pocket or on a belt.
  
* I've entered the firmware changes for rebanding. How do I apply the table changes in software?
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* '''Why does audio cut out every 2 or 5 seconds?'''
** Please see the [[Software Support for Uniden Rebanding]] article for the correct data to enter in the tables and software examples
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** You have one of the following modes turned on:
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***if you have a BCT15 or BCT15X, you might have the BearTracker feature turned on (press '''HP''' until ''BP'' is no longer on the display to turn it off).
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***If the audio cuts out every 2 seconds regardless of mode, you have Close Call priority turned 
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***If the audio cuts out every 5 seconds, you have Weather Priority turned on.
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***If the audio cuts out only when you are scanning a conventional system, you have Priority turned on. By default the audio will cut out every 2 seconds, but this is user configurable from 1-10 seconds.
  
==The Manuals Are Too Confusing. Anyone have anything that's easier to read?==
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* '''How do I jump directly to a channel?'''
Uniden did a fine job designing these radios. Too bad one cannot say the same about their manuals. Fortunately, there is another resource - loosely referred to as the 'Easier to Read' series, they have been generally lauded as being much more readable and understandable. As of this writing, the following members are available;
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** Use the Number Tag feature. This is available on the [[BCD436HP]], [[BCD536HP]], [[SDS100]], [[SDS200]] and the XT series scanners
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* '''The drivers are installed and cable connected but I cant connect to my software'''
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** See the {{Thread|uniden-forums.82|427188-uniden-bcd396xt-cable-communication-error.html|BCD396XT Cable Communication Error}}
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* '''I suspect I have issues with local FM BCers overloading my scanner. What are some good FM traps to use on these scanners?'''
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** See the {{Thread|splitters-filters-and-multicouplers.204|394943-fm-bandstop-filter-comparison.html|FM Bandstop Filter Comparison}}
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* '''What are the best batteries for the (insert handheld model)?
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** See the {{Thread|uniden-tech-support.248|439085-best-batteries-for-uniden-bcd325p2.html|Best Batteries for the 325P2}}
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* '''Where can I find the serial port drivers for my P2 scanners?'''
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** [http://info.uniden.com/UnidenMan4/BCD325P2 BCD325P2 page Uniden TWiki]
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** [http://info.uniden.com/UnidenMan4/BCD996P2 BCD996P2 page Uniden TWiki]
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==Additional Resources==
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*''''The Manuals Are Too Confusing. Anyone have anything that's easier to read?'''
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**Uniden did a fine job designing these radios. Too bad one cannot say the same about their manuals. Fortunately, there is another resource - loosely referred to as the 'Easier to Read' series, they have been generally lauded as being much more readable and understandable. As of this writing, the following members are available;
  
 
; Non-XT Scanners
 
; Non-XT Scanners
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/996/996.shtml Easier to Read BCD996T/UBC996T Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/BCT15/bct15.shtml Easier To Read BCT15 Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/330/330.shtml Easier to Read BR330T Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/396/396.shtml Easier To Read BCD396T/UBCD396T Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/246/246.shtml Easier to Read BC246T Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/230/230.shtml Easier to Read (U)SC230 Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/3500/3500.shtml Easier to Read UBC3500XLT Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/800/800.shtml Easier to Read UBC800XLT Manual]
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; XT / P2 scanners
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/325/325.shtml Easier to Read BCD325P2 Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/346XT/346xt.shtml Easier to Read BC346XT Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/396XT/396xt.shtml Easier to Read BCD396XT Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/996XT/996xt.shtml Easier to Read BCD996P2/XT Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/BCT15X/bct15x.shtml Easier to Read BCT15-X Manual]
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; Printed manuals for sale via Scanner Master
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* [http://www.scannermaster.com/Easier_to_Read_Uniden_BCD325P2_Scanner_Manual_p/47-511901.htm Easier to Read Uniden BCD325P2 Manual]
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* [http://www.scannermaster.com/Easier_to_Read_Uniden_XT_Scanner_Manual_p/47-511554.htm Easier to Read Uniden XT/996P2 Manual]
  
* [http://marksscanners.com/996/996.html Easier to Read BCD996T/UBC996T Manual]
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; YouTube Videos (via Microsoft Bing)
* [http://marksscanners.com/BCT15/bct15.html Easier To Read BCT15 Manual]
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* [https://tinyurl.com/2fsjf8fs Bing BCD325P2 Scanner Help]
* [http://marksscanners.com/330/330.html Easier to Read BR330T Manual]
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* [https://tinyurl.com/yrzy4a6z Bing BCD996P2 Scanner Help]
* [http://marksscanners.com/396/396.html Easier To Read BCD396T/UBCD396T Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/246/246.html Easier to Read BC246T Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/230/230.html Easier to Read (U)SC230 Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/3500/3500.html Easier to Read UBC3500XLT Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/800/800.shtml Easier to Read UBC800XLT Manual]
 
  
; XT scanners
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/346XT/346xt.shtml Easier to Read BC346XT Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/396XT/396xt.shtml Easier to Read BCD396XT Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/996xt/996xt.shtml Easier to Read BCD996XT Manual]
 
* [http://marksscanners.com/BCT15X/bct15x.shtml Easier to Read BCT15-X Manual]
 
  
 
 
[[Category:DMA Radios Hints and Kinks]]
 
[[Category:DMA Radios Hints and Kinks]]
 
[[Category:Analog Trunktrackers]]
 
[[Category:Analog Trunktrackers]]
[[Category:Digital Scanners]]
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[[Category:Programming FAQs and Tips for Uniden Scanners]]
[[Category:FAQ]]
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[[Category:Location Based Scanning]]
[[Category:Programming FAQs and Tips]]
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[[Category:Scanners FAQ]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without DMR]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners with DMR]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without MOTOTRBO]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners with MOTOTRBO]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without NXDN]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without ProVoice]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners with ProVoice]]

Latest revision as of 17:51, 27 February 2022

Welcome to the Uniden DMA FAQ; here we'll start from scratch, and take you through some of the most basic of questions, and (in many cases) what things mean and how to find information. A word of explanation; if a word or phrase appears in blue and/or underlined, then it's a link; clicking it should take you to another article in our wiki, another part of our website or perhaps a different website.


What Models Does This FAQ Cover?

This FAQ covers the Uniden models that utilize 2 tier DMA memory architecture, specifically those shown in the table below. We have additional, separate FAQs for the DMA 3 tier Uniden products, though many things listed below, are directly applicable;

Non-XT XT P2
SC230 BC346XT(C) BCD325P2
BC246T BCD396XT BCD996P2
BR330T BCT15X
BCD396T BCD996XT
BCT15
BCD996T

The Nuts and Bolts

  • If you're a newcomer, you've probably already discovered that there's a huge amount of terms that seem unfamiliar to you. Our Glossary has lots of these terms, along with definitions. Just click on the term you wish to view.
  • When looking at frequencies in our database, float your mouse over the column header, and you should get a balloon with a brief description of the terms and abbreviations that are used there.
  • The biggest hurdle for many is the concept of trunking. Our Trunking Basics article will get you started, as well as this PDF file written by UPMan. Note that you will need Adobe Acrobat or a compatible reader (such as Foxit) to read it.


DMA Scanner Topics and Terms

  • How does Trunking work with these scanners?

General Categories

  • For the following issues, please see our DMA Scanners and Software article
    • Connecting the scanner to the PC
    • Programming questions
    • Software packages
  • For basic test modes typically technicians use to access hidden features, any user could try and see what might work, please see our Uniden scanner test modes article.


Popular Questions

  • I see the Nothing to Scan error message or
  • I turned off all my Favorites, Systems, or Groups off. What Should I do to re-enable Quick Keys?
  • I press the power button, but my Handheld i.e. (BCD396t BCD436HP) won't turn On, What gives?
    • You must press and HOLD the Power Button for a full two seconds to turn the radio On (or Off). This is a safeguard, to prevent turning the scanner On or Off accidentally, such as: when you're carrying it in your pocket or on a belt.
  • Why does audio cut out every 2 or 5 seconds?
    • You have one of the following modes turned on:
      • if you have a BCT15 or BCT15X, you might have the BearTracker feature turned on (press HP until BP is no longer on the display to turn it off).
      • If the audio cuts out every 2 seconds regardless of mode, you have Close Call priority turned
      • If the audio cuts out every 5 seconds, you have Weather Priority turned on.
      • If the audio cuts out only when you are scanning a conventional system, you have Priority turned on. By default the audio will cut out every 2 seconds, but this is user configurable from 1-10 seconds.
  • How do I jump directly to a channel?


Additional Resources

  • 'The Manuals Are Too Confusing. Anyone have anything that's easier to read?
    • Uniden did a fine job designing these radios. Too bad one cannot say the same about their manuals. Fortunately, there is another resource - loosely referred to as the 'Easier to Read' series, they have been generally lauded as being much more readable and understandable. As of this writing, the following members are available;
Non-XT Scanners
XT / P2 scanners
Printed manuals for sale via Scanner Master
YouTube Videos (via Microsoft Bing)