Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by ckfire192 » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 22:52:21

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..

I hope I can meet some new freinds with the same or similar Unidens.
Thanks for your time and reading my post.

 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Keit » Sun, 17 Dec 2006 23:32:58




> 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.

 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.
 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Frank34 » Mon, 18 Dec 2006 01:32:27


> 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.
http://personal.bellsouth.net/k/d/kd5eis/IDTracker/IDTracker.htm

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.
http://www.butel.nl/bc785/bc250index.html

It is very tedious to program the radio by hand. ARC250 makes it
considerably easier.

 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Richard Carlson, N9JI » Mon, 18 Dec 2006 09:06:08





> > 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.
> http://personal.bellsouth.net/k/d/kd5eis/IDTracker/IDTracker.htm

> 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.
> http://www.butel.nl/bc785/bc250index.html

> 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
follow.

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!

 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Frank34 » Mon, 18 Dec 2006 11:20:44







> > > 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.
> > http://personal.bellsouth.net/k/d/kd5eis/IDTracker/IDTracker.htm

> > 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.
> > http://www.butel.nl/bc785/bc250index.html

> > 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
> follow.

> 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!

Yes, the 796D does not cover 700 MHz and if that band is essential the
original poster should consider the newer models you mentioned. The 700 MHz
issue is not related to rebanding at all since that only affects 800 MHz.
 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Steve Ston » Tue, 19 Dec 2006 03:56:55

I have a BC796D.

The programming software that comes with the radio is pretty bad.
The money spent for software like Butel ARC250 is well worth the expense.

 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by ckfire192 » Tue, 19 Dec 2006 09:11:54

Thanks very much for all the information.  I have gotten out my wallet
and put forth the extra money for the Butel ARC250 Pro software.  Now I
just need to find out how to set up my computer to record as a night
logger.  And find some groups for local scanner frequencies.
Again,  I can't thank you folks enough. I hope someday I can help
anyone one of you.


Quote:> I have a BC796D.

> The programming software that comes with the radio is pretty bad.
> The money spent for software like Butel ARC250 is well worth the expense.

 
 
 

Info needed for Uniden BC796D

Post by Steve Ston » Tue, 19 Dec 2006 11:45:27

Quote:> Thanks very much for all the information.  I have gotten out my wallet
> and put forth the extra money for the Butel ARC250 Pro software.  Now I
> just need to find out how to set up my computer to record as a night
> logger.

The ARC250 software has a built in recorder feature.
Just make sure you turn on record mode for the channels you want to
save.