> > Hey folks,
> > I am a new user to rec.radio.scanner group. I was once a scanner
> > junkie years ago. I had an old 800mhz radio shack scanner. Now I
> > recently purchised a Uniden BC796D Trunker. I read the reviews on the
> > internet and it said this product was not for the "newbie" Heck, I am
> > group can help.
> > Here is my question(s) to the group.
> > Is there any software I can download that I can use for a nightlogger
> > on my computer?
> > Is this sucker hard to program? How much radio knowledge should one
> > need to program it? I consider my self to be some what computer tech
> > savy..
> For logging and recording you can use IDtracker.
> Ignore the other post about rebanding as it is completely wrong. Uniden has
> committed to support the 796D for rebanding with a firmware update that you
> can apply with your computer. Since no Motorola systems have been rebanded
> yet no one knows exactly what will change. Fiirmware updates offer
> considerable flexibility but there is no guarantee that any current scanner
> model will be able to adapt to a rebanded system. Search for rebanding on
> the Uniden web site for more details on what rebanding is and what scanners
> they will support.
> For programming most people like ARC250.
> It is very tedious to program the radio by hand. ARC250 makes it
> considerably easier.
If you are going to use it for Motorola trunking take it back to the
store and get a BCD396D or BCD996T. It will be useless in a few months
because of rebanding. If you bought it used you are SOL.
Well, both posters may be right, depending on the area you live in.
The 796 will be able to be reflashed with the proper firmware for 800
MHz. trunking. The rub is if you are in an area that will be using the
new 700 MHz. band. This band is not and will not be supported by the 796
even after being reflashed. If your area uses or will use 700 MHz. then
you should invest in a 396 or 996.
In Illinois for instance, there are a bunch of sites using 700 MHz right
now on the new StarCom21 trunked system that only the 396 or 996 can
I do concur that Arc250 is the way to go for programming and control of
the 796. I have 2 of these radios and Arc250 works great!