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Re: 246t housing

Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...>
 

Yeah I'm going to have to buy a unit for parts.  The rear case was cracked more than I thought.  I did more investigation.  


From: BC246T@Uniden.groups.io <BC246T@Uniden.groups.io> on behalf of Howard <rieseltherapy@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:34 AM
To: BC246T@uniden.groups.io <BC246T@uniden.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BC246T] 246t housing
 
I am on my second 246T. There was a place upstate , New York- G& G but I have no idea if still in business or not. The housing is going to be difficult to find.

On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...> wrote:
Anyone know where to get a replacement 246t replacement housing?  I bought one used on ebay and was cracked by the previous owner.  The plastic became brittle.  


Re: 246t housing

Howard
 

I am on my second 246T. There was a place upstate , New York- G& G but I have no idea if still in business or not. The housing is going to be difficult to find.

On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...> wrote:
Anyone know where to get a replacement 246t replacement housing?  I bought one used on ebay and was cracked by the previous owner.  The plastic became brittle.  


Re: 246t housing

Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...>
 

G&G communications I think has what I need.  


Re: 246t housing

don robinson
 

If you cannot get another housing you can glue/weld the crack with Weldon Acrylic Cement. I've repaired my 246 with it. I bought acrylic cement from Tap Plastics. Good luck




On Thursday, September 23, 2021, 07:27:40 AM PDT, Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...> wrote:


Anyone know where to get a replacement 246t replacement housing?  I bought one used on ebay and was cracked by the previous owner.  The plastic became brittle.  


246t housing

Kenneth R Fowler N4VKF <n4vkf@...>
 

Anyone know where to get a replacement 246t replacement housing?  I bought one used on ebay and was cracked by the previous owner.  The plastic became brittle.  


Re: Still in use

Glenn
 

Thanks for the information everyone. I bought a USB to RS-232 adapter today, so I'll see what I can do with the radio. I may have some drivers to install, but it shouldn't be too many hoops to jump through. I'll be sure the check out the software and web sites that you mentioned too.

Glenn


Re: Still in use

robertwichert
 

<CLOSE-CALL is awesome!  Works at an airport!


Robert Wichert 
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HERS I/II 2016/2019 #CC2006186
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Mobile: +1 916 712 4481
On 7/16/2021 5:54 PM, KA9QJG wrote:

I forgot about My Old BC-246. It is still a great scanner. I had to switch to the SDS-100 Because the Local PD Switched Tom Motorola P-25  Phase 2 Digital.

 

Below is a Post I made to another group Did not get any thoughts on what I wanted to do, I will try it on the BC-246T

 

Thanks, Don

 

------------------------

 

I hope. Everyone is Staying Safe and Healthy. Has anyone taken the SDS-100 To an Air and Water Show? If so, how well did close call work?  I am a big scanner listener for over 50 yrs and like to listen to airplanes, and I showed my Grandkids my Flight Aware program. We can go outside and see the planes overhead .it would be nice to hear them when close like that line of sight.

I know I can program all their standard freqs. Everyone knows they do not stay keyed up long, So I am going to make a  beam and tune it for the middle of the band around 122.000 Mhz . and use an Advanced  Research Preamp http://www.advancedreceiver.com/page12.html

 

I use them on repeaters. They work great NOTE  If used on a Scanner, if you are trying to listen to a group of  Freqs  VHF/UHF/700-800 Etc .freqs, Never use a broadband amp. It will overload and amplify everything else at the same time.  So  My question is, how well does Close Call work on the SDS-100 Air Freqs

 

Thanks, Happy And responsible Scanning

Stay Safe and Healthy

Don KA9QJG

 

 

 

 

 

From: BC246T@Uniden.groups.io [mailto:BC246T@Uniden.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ronald Meeder via groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2021 7:35 PM
To: BC246T@Uniden.groups.io
Subject: Re: [BC246T] Still in use

 

Glenn,

 

Yes the radio is old as long as you dont have to deal with digital in your region,  you will be fine. I purchased my 246T at a yard sale for very little,  using at work right now. Hears great aircraft.  The cable is worth it, I have the original serial port to radio cable.  The software I currently use is the butell arc software. I'm at work so will post exact one i use later. I reprogram and add quite frequently.  Definitely keep backup of programming on flash drive. Great workhorse of a radio. Except for PaState, not much on digital yet in my region. 

 

Ron M.

 

On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 20:21, Glenn J. Ward

I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

robertwichert
 

My 246 works GREAT for conventional VHF and trunked systems without digital.

I use Butel to program it.  Easy peasy.


Robert Wichert 
PEng   LEED AP
HERS I/II 2016/2019 #CC2006186
Office: +1 916 966 9060
Mobile: +1 916 712 4481
On 7/16/2021 6:42 PM, don robinson via groups.io wrote:

I've been satisfied using BCTool to program my scanners. Beware many agencies use digital equipment and the 246t cannot handle any digital content. Go to "Radioreference.com"  to see what's out there to hear in your neck of the woods. It is possible to program the 246t without a computer, though time consuming and you need to do it carefully.

Review the directions for your 246t. It was a very good scanner in its day. Lookit: Mark's Scanners




On Friday, July 16, 2021, 05:21:25 PM PDT, Glenn J. Ward <glenn.j.ward@...> wrote:


I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

don robinson
 

I've been satisfied using BCTool to program my scanners. Beware many agencies use digital equipment and the 246t cannot handle any digital content. Go to "Radioreference.com"  to see what's out there to hear in your neck of the woods. It is possible to program the 246t without a computer, though time consuming and you need to do it carefully.

Review the directions for your 246t. It was a very good scanner in its day. Lookit: Mark's Scanners




On Friday, July 16, 2021, 05:21:25 PM PDT, Glenn J. Ward <glenn.j.ward@...> wrote:


I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

KA9QJG
 

I forgot about My Old BC-246. It is still a great scanner. I had to switch to the SDS-100 Because the Local PD Switched Tom Motorola P-25  Phase 2 Digital.

 

Below is a Post I made to another group Did not get any thoughts on what I wanted to do, I will try it on the BC-246T

 

Thanks, Don

 

------------------------

 

I hope. Everyone is Staying Safe and Healthy. Has anyone taken the SDS-100 To an Air and Water Show? If so, how well did close call work?  I am a big scanner listener for over 50 yrs and like to listen to airplanes, and I showed my Grandkids my Flight Aware program. We can go outside and see the planes overhead .it would be nice to hear them when close like that line of sight.

I know I can program all their standard freqs. Everyone knows they do not stay keyed up long, So I am going to make a  beam and tune it for the middle of the band around 122.000 Mhz . and use an Advanced  Research Preamp http://www.advancedreceiver.com/page12.html

 

I use them on repeaters. They work great NOTE  If used on a Scanner, if you are trying to listen to a group of  Freqs  VHF/UHF/700-800 Etc .freqs, Never use a broadband amp. It will overload and amplify everything else at the same time.  So  My question is, how well does Close Call work on the SDS-100 Air Freqs

 

Thanks, Happy And responsible Scanning

Stay Safe and Healthy

Don KA9QJG

 

 

 

 

 

From: BC246T@Uniden.groups.io [mailto:BC246T@Uniden.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ronald Meeder via groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2021 7:35 PM
To: BC246T@Uniden.groups.io
Subject: Re: [BC246T] Still in use

 

Glenn,

 

Yes the radio is old as long as you dont have to deal with digital in your region,  you will be fine. I purchased my 246T at a yard sale for very little,  using at work right now. Hears great aircraft.  The cable is worth it, I have the original serial port to radio cable.  The software I currently use is the butell arc software. I'm at work so will post exact one i use later. I reprogram and add quite frequently.  Definitely keep backup of programming on flash drive. Great workhorse of a radio. Except for PaState, not much on digital yet in my region. 

 

Ron M.

 

On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 20:21, Glenn J. Ward

<glenn.j.ward@...> wrote:

I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

Ronald Meeder
 

Glenn,

Yes the radio is old as long as you dont have to deal with digital in your region,  you will be fine. I purchased my 246T at a yard sale for very little,  using at work right now. Hears great aircraft.  The cable is worth it, I have the original serial port to radio cable.  The software I currently use is the butell arc software. I'm at work so will post exact one i use later. I reprogram and add quite frequently.  Definitely keep backup of programming on flash drive. Great workhorse of a radio. Except for PaState, not much on digital yet in my region. 

Ron M.


On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 20:21, Glenn J. Ward
<glenn.j.ward@...> wrote:
I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

N3AL
 

It's very easy to program manually.  I've never used a program cable with mine.


On Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 5:21 PM Glenn J. Ward <glenn.j.ward@...> wrote:
I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

Glenn
 

I just found a barely used BC246T that I bought back in 2005 or 2006. It was packed away in a box that I hadn't opened in a long time. I'd like to program it to see what I can do with it, but I will need to buy a USB cable or adapter for it. Do you think it's worth it? If so, what programming software do you recommend? I have low expectations, but it would be nice to listen to the local police, fire, 2 meter, and weather stations. I read that the BC246T is analog system only, so I don't know what limitations this will present.

Thanks,

Glenn


Re: Still in use

N3AL
 

I still use mine too. I have always progammed it manually. 

Neal 

On Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 9:54 AM ste8ve via groups.io <ste8ve=yahoo.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:
I still use my BC246T everyday.
Just bought a new usb cable for it, the drivers are a bit tricky to install, but all good now.
Nice clear audio and very portable,I take it cycling with me.


Still in use

ste8ve@...
 

I still use my BC246T everyday.
Just bought a new usb cable for it, the drivers are a bit tricky to install, but all good now.
Nice clear audio and very portable,I take it cycling with me.


Re: Old/New User...

robertwichert
 

I still get trucked and even VHF in Sacramento California.



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On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:28 PM, Marty Toomajian <mtoomaj@...> wrote:


It's not digital at least not completely in the boondocks where I live.  But I'm out of the loop.  I hear volunteer firemen dispatched in the clear. 

Rensselaer county,  NY!

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:31 PM Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
Public safety, Business, Industrial, or any other radio users.

The only ones that have not switched to digital at all are Aircraft,
Marine, FRS, GMRS, and CB. (actually I have heard digital on GMRS, but
it's not legal there)

Joe M.

On 2/17/2020 2:19 PM, Marty Toomajian wrote:
> I think he means public service agencies that still use the type of
> trunked systems that this scanner can follow.
>
> But that was the original poster's question.  I'd like to know the
> answer too. I have one of these radios.
>
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:15 PM Lisa Andre <landre1020@...
> <mailto:landre1020@...>> wrote:
>
>     Users?
>
>
>      > On Feb 17, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
>     <mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>      >
>      > There may still be users that are compatible with your scanner.
>     Try it.
>      >
>      > Joe M.
>      >
>      > On 2/17/2020 8:33 AM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>      >> Ah, that makes sense....  What can I do with the old one?
>      >>
>      >> Lisa.
>      >>> On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:03 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
>     <mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>      >>>
>      >>> In the past 13 years no doubt many have switched to digital
>     systems.
>      >>>
>      >>> Joe M.
>      >>>
>      >>>> On 2/16/2020 10:51 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>      >>>> Hey folks....  I bought a BC246 back in 2007.  I haven't used
>     it in a
>      >>>> long time and I have moved.  Has much changed that I should
>     know about
>      >>>> before I try and figure out how it works - again?  TIA
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Re: Old/New User...

Marty Toomajian
 

It's not digital at least not completely in the boondocks where I live.  But I'm out of the loop.  I hear volunteer firemen dispatched in the clear. 

Rensselaer county,  NY!

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:31 PM Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
Public safety, Business, Industrial, or any other radio users.

The only ones that have not switched to digital at all are Aircraft,
Marine, FRS, GMRS, and CB. (actually I have heard digital on GMRS, but
it's not legal there)

Joe M.

On 2/17/2020 2:19 PM, Marty Toomajian wrote:
> I think he means public service agencies that still use the type of
> trunked systems that this scanner can follow.
>
> But that was the original poster's question.  I'd like to know the
> answer too. I have one of these radios.
>
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:15 PM Lisa Andre <landre1020@...
> <mailto:landre1020@...>> wrote:
>
>     Users?
>
>
>      > On Feb 17, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
>     <mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>      >
>      > There may still be users that are compatible with your scanner.
>     Try it.
>      >
>      > Joe M.
>      >
>      > On 2/17/2020 8:33 AM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>      >> Ah, that makes sense....  What can I do with the old one?
>      >>
>      >> Lisa.
>      >>> On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:03 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
>     <mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>      >>>
>      >>> In the past 13 years no doubt many have switched to digital
>     systems.
>      >>>
>      >>> Joe M.
>      >>>
>      >>>> On 2/16/2020 10:51 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>      >>>> Hey folks....  I bought a BC246 back in 2007.  I haven't used
>     it in a
>      >>>> long time and I have moved.  Has much changed that I should
>     know about
>      >>>> before I try and figure out how it works - again?  TIA
>      >>>
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Re: Old/New User...

Lisa Andre
 

Ah, right.


Lisa.

On Feb 17, 2020, at 2:17 PM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:

People who use radios. Not everyone switched to digital.

Joe M.

On 2/17/2020 1:36 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
Users?


On Feb 17, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
There may still be users that are compatible with your scanner. Try it.

Joe M.

On 2/17/2020 8:33 AM, Lisa Andre wrote:
Ah, that makes sense.... What can I do with the old one?

Lisa.
On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:03 AM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:

In the past 13 years no doubt many have switched to digital systems.

Joe M.

On 2/16/2020 10:51 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
Hey folks.... I bought a BC246 back in 2007. I haven't used it in a
long time and I have moved. Has much changed that I should know about
before I try and figure out how it works - again? TIA







Re: Old/New User...

Joe M.
 

Public safety, Business, Industrial, or any other radio users.

The only ones that have not switched to digital at all are Aircraft, Marine, FRS, GMRS, and CB. (actually I have heard digital on GMRS, but it's not legal there)

Joe M.

On 2/17/2020 2:19 PM, Marty Toomajian wrote:
I think he means public service agencies that still use the type of
trunked systems that this scanner can follow.

But that was the original poster's question. I'd like to know the
answer too. I have one of these radios.

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:15 PM Lisa Andre <landre1020@...
<mailto:landre1020@...>> wrote:

Users?


> On Feb 17, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
<mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>
> There may still be users that are compatible with your scanner.
Try it.
>
> Joe M.
>
> On 2/17/2020 8:33 AM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>> Ah, that makes sense.... What can I do with the old one?
>>
>> Lisa.
>>> On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:03 AM, Joe M. <mch@...
<mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> In the past 13 years no doubt many have switched to digital
systems.
>>>
>>> Joe M.
>>>
>>>> On 2/16/2020 10:51 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>>>> Hey folks.... I bought a BC246 back in 2007. I haven't used
it in a
>>>> long time and I have moved. Has much changed that I should
know about
>>>> before I try and figure out how it works - again? TIA
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
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Re: Old/New User...

Marty Toomajian
 

I think he means public service agencies that still use the type of trunked systems that this scanner can follow. 

But that was the original poster's question.  I'd like to know the answer too. I have one of these radios. 

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:15 PM Lisa Andre <landre1020@...> wrote:
Users?


> On Feb 17, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
>
> There may still be users that are compatible with your scanner. Try it.
>
> Joe M.
>
> On 2/17/2020 8:33 AM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>> Ah, that makes sense....  What can I do with the old one?
>>
>> Lisa.
>>> On Feb 17, 2020, at 12:03 AM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
>>>
>>> In the past 13 years no doubt many have switched to digital systems.
>>>
>>> Joe M.
>>>
>>>> On 2/16/2020 10:51 PM, Lisa Andre wrote:
>>>> Hey folks....  I bought a BC246 back in 2007.  I haven't used it in a
>>>> long time and I have moved.  Has much changed that I should know about
>>>> before I try and figure out how it works - again?  TIA
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
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