Re: bcd436hp

George Marinoff <Gmarinoff@...>

Hello Joe:

When I was ten years old, Santa Claus brought me a Lafayette handheld VHF high band transistor radio, turning the dial was all that was needed to tune-in and hear my local fire/police departments.  The police and fire, one freq for each department were very close together, so I could hear one while clearly monitoring the other. No squelch control; the open squelch drove my older sister crazy.  I had to monitor with the earphone to keep her my sister quiet.  A year or so later, with my paper route money I upgraded to a handheld Sonar VHF Sentry FR-103A which held three crystals.  My sister was happy, this radio had squelch control.

With the move to UHF by my local police department, I purchased my first scanner an eight crystal Regency Monitoradio Executive VHFhi/UHF.  When UHF crystal handhelds became available I purchased a Fanon/Courier 4 crystal scanner and a cool drop-in vehicle SCMA-1 adapter/charger/amplified speaker made for this radio; I still own the adapter.  I use the amplified speaker for another scanner.  Needing a handheld VHF radio to monitor the fire department, I purchased a very early model Realistic 4 crystal scanner.

Tennelect Memoryscan-2 was my first programmable radio followed by the first handheld programmable scanner, the BC100.

With the move to 800MHz trunking by my local agencies, I purchased the BC200XLT great scanner.  I purchased the first trunking handheld scanner the BC235XTL when it hit the market. I hit a minor learning curve figuring out this trunking stuff, figured out the proper Fleet Map and good to go. I then got the Base/Moblie BC895XLT.  I picked up the BC245XTL so I had EDACS.

My first Alphanumeric scanner was the Pro93 followed by the Pro95 I had the hardest time manually programming these radios so I used Don Starr's software for both scanners and never really learned how to program the Pro93/95 manually, thank you Don Starr.  I purchased the BC780XLT and sat frustrated for an hour or so, trying to figure out how to program it.  Within a few hours I was getting the hang of it and was on my way.  I manually programmed the entire radio, took hours, loved the I-Call feature!  I found and used TrunkStar 780 software programming was much faster.

The BC250D was my first APCO25 scanner, another learning curve but got it fairly quickly.  I did purchase the Butel ARC250 Pro software.  The BCD396XT was the next progression. With the ARC XT software with the Radio Reference Import feature, WOW, made programming quick and easy.

Now, at fifty-seven years of age, this leads me to the purchase of my current radio, the BCD436HP, great radio.  Another learning curve but with the Sentinel software, YouTube videos and from helpful folks like you, Joe M., I have pretty much mastered this radio too. 

For those of you still banging their heads trying to figure how to program their radios, hang in there you will get it and once you do, you too will find the enjoyment of being well informed of what is happening in your community in real time.

PS, I didn't mention all of the scanners I have owned over the years, there have been many.  In 2004, I did install a discriminator tap on my Radio Shack Pro 2030.  I currently run Universal Trunker to follow real time information about radio systems in my area; I really enjoy this aspect of monitoring.

Happy monitoring,

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe M. <mch@...>
Sent: Sun, Apr 19, 2020 7:23 am
Subject: Re: [Uniden] bcd436hp

Back then you had no trunking and no CTCSS/CDCSS to program.
All you did was enter the frequency. Of course that was easy.

Joe M.

On 4/19/2020 12:06 AM, Mark Lassman via wrote:
> The last Bearcat handheld I had was the BC3000XLT, which was analog
> only. VERY easy to program, as was every other previous Bearcat handheld.
> As you know, don’t hold your breath on decoding encryption. Won’t be
> happening :)
>> On Apr 18, 2020, at 2:56 PM, don robinson via
>> <> <
>> <>> wrote:
>> Saw 8" floppies used in Zendex computers in the  early 1980's- half
>> meg computers- good for word processing by transcribers-those monsters
>> cost $20,000 each. An Atari 520 ST  a few years later was more
>> advanced and only cost $500 and used 3.5" floppies like the MacIntosh.
>> I still love my BCD396xlt, but have been thinking about  the later
>> model Bearcats.......but are they harder to program than the 396? If a
>> scanner comes out that can decode encryption, I may pull the trigger.
>> On Saturday, April 18, 2020, 12:22:53 PM PDT, Jim Shipp
>> <jimshipp@... <mailto:jimshipp@...>> wrote:
>> Joe,
>> Don't think there was ever a floppy disk larger than 8-inch. I never
>> used  8-inch on a computer per se, but only on a dedicated "word
>> processor."
>> Jim
>> ex-WN8YHD
>> At Saturday 03:00 PM 4/18/2020, you wrote:
>> >Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
>> >
>> >I don't recall Motorola or GE ever supplying SW on 8" floppies.
>> >Somewhere around I have some 12" (I think) floppies - maybe larger.
>> >I recall Motorola having 5/25", then 3", then CDs.
>> >
>> >Ahhh yes. The BC101. That was the 5th generation.
>> >Many people don't realize that 101 was binary for V (5).
>> >
>> >Bearcat, Bearcat II, BC-III, BC-IV, BC-101. (The Electra days)
>> >
>> >I believe I still have at least one of each of the above.
>> >
>> >Then they jumped from 5 to 210 then started appending letters. :-\
>> >
>> >My favorite of the era? BC300. The BC100 (no letters) was a close
>> >second - a portable scanner that needed no crystals! And 16
>> >channels? WOW! (or was it 10 channels?)
>> >
>> >Joe M.
>> >
>> >On 4/18/2020 2:27 PM, clive frazier via <>
>> wrote:
>> >>Joe:
>> >>
>> >>Software use to come on 8 inch floppies. The computer booted up using
>> >>paper tape read through the teletype machine.
>> >>
>> >>Having a 10 MEG hard drive was a luxury. People questioned the need for
>> >>such a large hard drive. It fit in a 19 inch rack. You would NEVER need
>> >>that much storage space.
>> >>
>> >>And DOS was the operating system.
>> >>
>> >>And the first Bearcat scanners that had push-buttons to program in the
>> >>frequency were a great step ahead of crystal controlled scanners.
>> >>
>> >>Clive, K9FWF
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>On Friday, April 17, 2020, 01:16:12 PM CDT, Joe M. <mch@...
>> <mailto:mch@...>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>One thing Jim didn't mention is the learning curve. A brief anecdote:
>> >>
>> >>Back in the 80s, I learned radio programming on GE software (anyone
>> >>remember them?). Then when GE's delivery times got ridiculous (more than
>> >>a whole year from order to delivery - REALLY!) I had to learn Motorola
>> >>software. You would think programming one brand vs another would be
>> >>simple. NOT SO! It was almost like learning from scratch again.
>> >>Software came on 5.25" floppy disks back then. (anyone remember those?)
>> >>
>> >>A few key concepts for Motorola:
>> >>A "mode" is what most call a "channel".
>> >>A "codeplug" is what most call a "file" or "programming".
>> >>CG (Channel Guard) became PL (Private Line). (both are just CTCSS)
>> >>
>> >>I won't even get into "templates". I'm sure Jim knows those too well.
>> >>
>> >>So I can appreciate the fact that even Jim knows Motorola (assuming)
>> >>software, Sentinel is a completely different animal.
>> >>
>> >>This is also true with scanner software from different authors. That is
>> >>why I have such little input on scanner SW recommendations and "which is
>> >>best". The "best" is what you know for the most part. That's not to say
>> >>it is the best overall, but it is the best *for you*.
>> >>
>> >>Joe M.
>> >>
>> >>On 4/17/2020 1:58 PM, Jim Walls wrote:
>> >>  > On 04/17/2020 10:38, Bernie Burawski wrote:
>> >>  >> You are right that the scanners are getting more difficult to
>> program,
>> >>  >> but you then have to study the directions carefully; I just
>> don't like
>> >>  >> to have to read a long narrative and study the procedures until
>> I feel
>> >>  >> comfortable programming. Scanning is getting more and more
>> complicated
>> >>  >> and that won't change,.
>> >>  >
>> >>  > That is a true statement.  Scanners are more complicated because the
>> >>  > radio systems are more complicated.  If you think that
>> programming your
>> >>  > scanner is hard, try real radios.  I run a regional trunked
>> system for a
>> >>  > living, and writing codeplugs for various radios is a major part
>> of my
>> >>  > job.  The only advantage that we have is that we have KNOWN CORRECT
>> >>  > information - as opposed to what scanner users often have, which
>> is only
>> >>  > partially right (or in many cases, flat out wrong) information on
>> >>  > frequencies, talkgroups, etc.  When I bought my SDS100, I
>> programmed the
>> >>  > system I run into it first from what RadioReference had, but
>> then spent
>> >>  > hours fixing it.  For me that was largely academic since I have
>> multiple
>> >>  > radios on the system, but it helped me learn the Sentinal
>> software and
>> >>  > the scanner.
>> >>  >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
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