SAGRN Base & Offset parameters
Base 1 = 412.475 Offset = 380 Step = 12.5KHz
Base 2 = 415.125 Offset = 460 Step = 12.5KHz
Base 3 = 420.0125 Step = 6.25KHz (P25 Sites)
UBCT-8 Trunk-tracking Scanner
Uniden have released the UBCT-8 250 Channel TrunkTracker III Mobile Scanner at a RRP of $429. This scanner allows up to three base and offset frequencies to be programmed, so it should work fine on the SAGRN. It has 5 programmable banks which can each hold 50 channels and 50 talkgroups.
The following information is from the Uniden website.
This Desktop scanner with Trucktracker III “Trunking Radio Trace Technology” offers 250 programmable memory channels - 12 bands. Offering the new Ground Breaking Technology “Close Call RF Capture Technology” this scanner automatically ‘Listens” for any nearby or ‘close’ transmissions and once they occur the scanner immediately tunes in to this frequency which is ideal for use at events or locations when the transmission is unknown.
Frequency ranges received are 25-512, 806-956 and 1240-1300MHz. Chain searching allows seven different personal search bands and the ability to search up to all five chain locations at once. Priority scanning allows a designated priority channel to be monitored every two seconds.
The UBCT-8 also has Pre-Programmed service search which automatically detects Police, Railroad, Air, Marine, UHF CB and AM CB. Also includes 1x Telescopic Antenna, 1x Window Mount Antenna, 1x AC Adaptor. 1x DC Power Cord, 1x Mounting Bracket and 1x Cigarette Lighter Cord.
Designed and Engineered in Japan
Mobile / Din Size
Frequency Range: 25-512MHz, 806-956MHz, 1240-1300MHz
Trunktracker III - (Motorola Ò Analog Trunking, EDACS Ò / EDACS Ò SCAT, LTR Ò )
Close Call RF Capture Technology
- Band Search
- Turbo Search
- Lockout Search
- Pre Programmed Service Search
- UHF CB
- AM CB
- Frequency Skip
- Memory Channel Scan
- Direct Channel Access
- Channel Lockout
- Priority Scan
- State Scanning
- Control Channel Only Mode
- Memory Lock
- PC Control
- Backlit LCD Display and Keypad
- Memory Back Up
- Size of Unit (mm): 176.5(W) x 152.0(D) x 50.8(H)
External Jacks – ANT: BNC Type
Internal Speaker: 8ohm.1W
Max Search Speed: 150 Steps/sec
Operating Temperature: -20° - +60°c
Size of Unit (mm): 68(w) x 31.5(D) x 115 (H)
Weight without battery: 1.1kg
PROGRAMMING THE UBCT-8 FOR THE SA-GRN
These are the instructions for programming the UBCT-8 by hand for the SA-GRN
Before you Start :
Before you start to program your scanner for a trunk system make sure you have all of the frequency information you need for the trunked sites in front of you.
The base and the offsets have been included in the following instructions.
Step 1:- Press and hold the TRUNK button until trunk and bank 12345 are flashing on the screen.
Step 2 :- Use the keypad to select which memory bank (Bank 1 – 5) you want to program.
Step 3 :- Using the UP or DOWN arrows select E2-UHF and press E.
Step 4 :- The display should now display prog f press E again.
You now need to enter the frequencies for the trunk site/s you want to program into the bank.
Step 5 :- Using the keypad type in your first frequency then press enter.
i.e. press 413.1250 then press E.
After typing in each frequency use the up arrow to go to the next frequency to be entered. The example shown below is for the Mt Lofty site:
Type 413.2625 E then arrow up for channel 2
Type 415.2625 E then arrow up for channel 3
Type 415.7625 E then arrow up for channel 4
Type 416.0125 E then arrow up for channel 5
Type 416.2625 E then arrow up for channel 6
Type 416.5125 E then arrow up for channel 7
Type 416.7625 E then arrow up for channel 8
Type 417.0125 E then arrow up for channel 9
Type 417.2625 E then arrow up for channel 10
Type 417.7625 E
When all of the frequencies have been entered for the site/s you want to program to the current bank then move onto the next step.
Step 6 :- Press E again and then the arrow UP button the display should show base press E to select this.
The display should now show bas spc ofs.
Step 7 :- Press 1 (for Base 1) using the keypad type in 412.475 then press E.
Step 8 :- Press the arrow UP button then type 12.5 then press E.
Step 9 :- Press the arrow UP button then type in 380.
Step 10 :- Press the Hold/Resume button.
Step 11 :- Press 2 (for Base 2) using the keypad type in 415.125 then press E.
Step 12 :- Press the arrow UP button then type 12.5 then press E.
Step 13 :- Press the arrow UP button then type in 460.
Step 14 :- Press the Hold/Resume button.
Step 15 :- Press the Trunk button.
The scanner is now ready to scan the SA GRN in trunk search mode in the bank you just programmed. To program other banks of the scanner for the SA GRN go back through these instructions for each new bank.
Further instructions on entering talkgroup ID’s for listening in trunk scan mode and toggling the status bit on and off for the trunk system are contained in the UBCT-8 user manual.
Hints for faster trunk scanning.
Go through the frequency memories and lock out all of the voice channels. Be sure not to lock out the control channels though as this is what the scanner uses to listen to the trunk system. By locking out the voice channels the scanner will only listen for the remaining control channels allowing a faster scan from one control channel to the next. You can add more then one GRN site to a bank but keep in mind all of the frequencies for the trunk sites you are programming must be contained together in the bank for the scanner to track the conversations. Each bank of the scanner can only contain one type (or flavour) of trunking. You can’t for instance have Motorola 400 MHz and Motorola 800 MHz in the one bank.
These programming instructions for the SA GRN are proudly supplied by Emcom Communications http://www.emcom.com.au and have been adapted from the Uniden UBCT-8 users manual.
View the UBCT-8 Operating Manual (987kb)
ID Tracker now has UBCT8 support
If you have been previously frustrated by or been put off from purchasing a UBCT8 scanner due to it’s spartan display, this freeware software will greatly fulfill that shortcoming. ID Tracker will display alpha tags from an easily compiled ID list amongst other useful functions. The only other extra required is a 9 pin serial cable, which can be purchased for around $15, but most workplaces almost always have one in their IT junk box.
Set up is simple- baud rate for the communication between the scanner and the PC will need to be set. Always start at the quickest baud rate and work it down until the best setting is achieved- this setting will vary from computer to computer, and other applications running can sometimes affect it.
Setting up the TG ID database is also easy, most people will already have an ID list in their PC’s, all that will be needed is for it to be converted to a text or CSV (comma separated value) spreadsheet. A typical example would look like this:
11696,Ambulance Metro North
11728,Ambulance Metro Incident 1
14064,Ambulance Metro ATS
14512,Ambulance Region Special
14448,Ambulance Delta Romeo 1
BuTeL’s ARC246 has a “Web Catcher” feature that makes painless work of compiling large amounts of ID numbers to such a format as above.
Although 250 channels on the UBCT8 seems to be an insufficient amount of memory, it still actually allows the average user a useful amount of closed ID scanning. With the help of ID Tracker and a modest PC, it allows this scanner to better step up to the void left by the lamented UBC780XLT.
Jim Palma firstname.lastname@example.org
UBC780XLT Trunk-tracking Scanner
The UBC780XLT is Uniden's base/mobile Trunk tracker, offering what they call their Trunk-tracker III Technology. In addition to standard conventional scanning, the radio will track three types of trunked radio systems - Motorola, EDACS and EF Johnson's LTR. The radio can handle trunking systems within all standard bands - 400,500,800,900MHz. The radio has 500 memory channels (10 banks of 50) with wide-band receive of 25-512MHz and 806-1300MHz. It is currently the only scanner available in Australia that works correctly on the South Australian Government Radio Network (SAGRN)
The radio is loaded with many excellent features, some of these are: CTCSS (PL tone) decode, DCS (digital PL tone), alpha display (two full lines of 16 character each user-programmable, plus two additional lines of normal scanner information), computer programming and control, cloning, beep alert for specific talkgroups and channels that you designate, I-Call (hear individual radio to radio traffic) and many more great features.
PROGRAMMING THE UBC780 FOR THE SA-GRN
Here are the instructions for programming the UBC780 to correctly scan the SA-GRN
Step 1:- Press MENU
Step 2:- Select TRUNK DATA and press E
Step 3:- Press the UP or DOWN arrows to select the trunk bank you want to program the channels into ( you can also use the VFO knob to scroll through the banks as well). When you have you bank selected, press E
Step 4:- Press the UP or DOWN arrows to select TRUNK TYPE and press E
Step 5:- Choose the Type 2 UHF trunk type. This is type no 2 and the screen should show it as TYPE 2 UHF. When this is done, press E
Step 6:-Press the UP or DOWN arrows to display BASE CONFIG and press E.
Step 7:- Enter the first GRN base frequency of 412.475 and again press E
Step 8:- The display will change so as to ask you for the spacing frequency. Enter 12.5 and press E
Step 9:- The display changes once again to ask for the offset value. Enter 380 and press E.
Step 10:- The scanner will prompt you now for the second base. Enter 415.125 and press E.
Step 11:- The scanner will now ask for the spacing and offset, the same as steps 8 and 9. Enter 12.5 for the spacing and 460 for the offset. repeater as steps 8 and 9 above.
Step 12:- Press the menu button repeatedly to exit from this mode. Then select the first channel in the bank you selected as the trunk bank by using the manual and numbers keys as you normally would.
Step 13:- Enter the first frequency of the GRN trunk site you want to program, then press and hold the TRUNK key for 2 seconds. A tone will sound and the display will show the M icon.
Step 14:- Continue doing this until you have entered all the channels for the site into the scanner in that bank, remembering to hold the trunk key for 2 seconds after each frequency. This tells the scanner they are for trunking. If you make a mistake, hold the ' . '(decimal point) key down until the display is cleared.
Step 15:- press the TRUNK key when you have finished to start trunking, you can hit the SEARCH key as well to start searching for GRN talk groups.
Hints. It is suggested that you also go through and lock out all the voice channels in a bank. Do not lock out the control channel. This will make the 780xlt acquire the control channel faster. You can also add more then one GRN site to a bank but the scanner will only scan one site each time it goes through that bank, it will change sites randomly as it stops on different data channels each pass. Once again locking out the voice channels will assist in finding the strongest control channel faster. If you intend to use the 780xlt mobile it is suggested that you program sites that are a reasonable distance apart into the same bank, this way when you get out of range of one site the scanner will automatically acquire the other sites without you ever having to do anything. You cannot program different trunk types into the same bank ( e.g. a UHF trunk system and an LTR system).
UBC780 Message Board
BC780xlt Official homepage
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AFS 780 - UBC780 Programming software
BC246T Trunk-tracking Scanner
The BC246T has been a hit in the US since it’s release, and despite not being officially available in Australia, it still has a large following down under. It has an impressive memory, advanced functions that pars or excels the Radio Shack Pro96 (except for APCO25 digital support) and good battery life in a compact package. Specific features that will please SA GRN listeners are excellent trunking performance, control channel only function and up to 200 Talkgroup ID’s with 16 character alpha tags. The only general let down for a scanner of this calibre is a lack of signal strength display and the slightly chintzy cheap plastic casing – it’s non-recessed display is also a little prone to scratching.
There are two ways to program this unit for the GRN- either by hand, which will work effectively, but takes a long time, or by using software like ARC246 by BuTeL, which is highly recommended.
For novice scanner users, this model can be quite complex and daunting to tackle, and the supplied instructions don’t help to clarify some details. This guide is written in mind for someone who is totally unfamiliar with this scanner. As usual, have the relevant information ready- site frequencies, and base/ offset parameters.
"Select" is referred to as the VFO dial pushed down- this is to save confusion with "Enter", where there is a separate "E" key. To go back through menu's, push the menu button.
1- Push the menu button. It will say "Program System". Push Select.
2- "Select System" will appear. Wind the VFO until "New System" appears. Press Select.
3- "Select Sys Type" will appear. Wind the VFO until "MOT" appears and press Select.
4- "MOT" and "800Mhz Standard" will now appear. Wind the VFO until "UHF band" appears and press Select.
5- "Confirm?" will appear. Press E to continue.
6- Now, "System X M" and "Edit Name" will appear on the screen. If you dont want to edit the system name yet, to go step 8.
7- Press select. "Edit Name" will appear, with "System X M". The letters are edited by turning the VFO. You can move the underscore which edits the letter holding down Function and turning the VFO. When you are done, press Select, and the screen will go back to the previous menu.
8- Scroll the VFO until you get "Edit System Option" and press Select.
9- It will now say "Edit Sys Option" and "Set Quick Key". Scroll over to "Edit Band Plan" and press select.
THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL BE ENTERING BASIC GRN PARAMETERS.
10- It should now display "Select Plan" and "Band Plan 1". Press Select.
11- It will display "Input Base Freq". Type in "412.4750" with the key pad and press Select. For "Select Step" scroll the VFO over to "12.5kHz" and press select. For "Offset (380-759)" leave the value at "380" and press select.
12- The scanner will now display "Select Plan" and "Band Plan 2". Repeat step 11 and enter the second base/ offest values which are: "415.1250", "12.5kHz" and "460".
13- The scanner will now display "Select Plan" and "Band Plan 3". Press Menu to reutrn to the previous menu "Edit Sys Option".
14- Scroll the VFO to "Set C-Ch Only" and press Select. On "Set C-Ch Only" select "On" and press Select.
15- Now press Menu. "(System Name)" and "Edit Sys Option" will now appear. Scroll the VFO over to “Set Frequencies” and press select. "New Frequency" will appear - press Select.
16- It should say "Input Frequency" and a "_". THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL BE ENTERING THE TOWER FREQUENCIES.
You will need the frequency for the closest GRN tower. Enter only the data channel- for example, for Tea Tree Gully I will enter "413.3375" and select.
That is it! Press Menu several times to return to the normal scanner screen. The scanner should now track the GRN- with ID number appearing identifying which user is talking.
If it doesn't work, make sure the squelch is set around halfway. Also, make sure the scanner is saying "ID SEARCH" and not "ID SCAN" when searching for activity. If you have no luck still, you may need to change your settings- in step 14, change "Set C-Ch Only" to "off", and in step 16, you will need to enter all voice channels for the tower your are listening to.
If all is working OK, you can now carry out the painstaking task of entering more tower frequencies, user groups and alpha tags! Or you can save yourself a lot of pain and use software like ARC246.....
SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING - BUTEL ARC246
While Uniden have their own software available for trial download, the BuTeL version is a far better choice. It is intuitive and very flexible, and it's logical Windows like interface will ensure users become familiar with the software quickly.
The trial version only allows a certain amount of uploads, and only allows five systems to be uploaded. These limitations will not affect most users, as five systems allows for the SA GRN to uploaded as well other systems like Airband etc etc. The upload limit is also generous for a trial version, and it is very likely that most users will plan a good system that will not need to be updated or changed frequently before the expiry is due.
The software is bundled with clear and concise instructions, so only an overview is provided here. Before using this software, it would a good idea to compile all of your GRN site data channels and Talkgroup ID’s compiled into a spreadsheet.
An overview of the main screen. The left denotes systems, where in this case the Airband and SA GRN systems are branched out to reveal it’s sub groups, much like what users are used to browsing in Windows Explorer.
Base and offset parameters are entered here.
Up to 50 tower frequencies are entered here. NB that these frequency tags are for user reference only, and do not appear on the scanner. Also, if Control Channel mode only is working, voice channels can be deleted for more Control Channel Data frequencies.
Talkgroup ID numbers and tags are entered here, or alternatively be pasted from a spreadsheet. Lockout and Alerts for each ID can be toggled here also.
Pro 96 Trunk-tracking Scanner
The Pro 96 is not available in Australia however many people are importing them from the United States due to their excellent performance and their ability to decode digital transmissions. The Pro 96 does work correctly on the SA-GRN and only requires users to enter the GRN data channel for it to scan talkgroups, it automatically works out which voice channel is being used and goes there to listen, thereby keeping more channels available for you to enter other frequencies. The ability to enter 150 talkgroups per bank is also a bonus, if you like to scan the GRN in talkgroup search mode then you can use those 150 positions per bank to lock out unwanted talkgroups, however you do not need to worry about locking out digital encrypted talkgroups (SAPOL) as the Pro 96 automatically ignores them anyway.
||25 - 54, 108 - 174, 216 - 225, 406 - 512, 806 - 960, 1240 - 1300 MHz
||500 (with 5000 alternates)
||AM & FM, Digital (APCO P25 Phase I)
||5, 6.25, 7.25, 12.5 kHz
||25 - 54 0.3µV
108 - 137µV
137 - 174µV
216 - 225µV
406 - 512µV
1240 - 1300µV
||25 - 54 1.0µV
108 - 137 1.0µV
137 - 174 1.5µV
216 - 225 1.5µV
406 - 512 2.0µV
806 - 960 2.0µV
1240 - 1300 3.0µV
||AM (25 - 28 MHz):
- 6dB @ ±5kHz
- 50dB @ ±6kHz
-6dB @ ±10kHz
-50dB @ ±18kHz
||40dB (@154 MHz)
||1 = 380.7275 - .86875 MHz
2 = 21.4 MHz
3 = 455 kHz
||60 Channels per second
||75 Steps per second
||Int: 6V DC (4 AA Cells)
Ext: 9V 300mA
||2.4(W) x 6.2(H) x 1.6(D) in
62(W) x 157(H) x 41(D) mm
||8.8oz / 250g
||BNC, DC, Speaker, PC
Alkaline Battery Holder
Rechargeable Battery Holder
||Motorola, GE/Ericsson Tracking
3600/9600 Digital Trunking
APCO P25 Phase I Only
Control Channel Only Tracking
Motorola and APCO 9600
Adaptive Digital Tracking
Virtual Scanner (11 Memory Copies)
12 character, 4 line display
Alpha-tags (12 characters)
User-defined search limit
Pre-programmed service search
Zeromatic tuning enable/disable
50 frequency search lockouts/bank
Seek Search (pause on actives)
Backlight lock on
Timed backlight - 3/5/10/20 seconds
LCD Contrast Adjust
Weather Alert with SAME/FIPS
Upgradeable DSP Firmware
CTCSS Decode/Squelch (50 Tones)
DCS Decode/Squelch (112 Codes)
PROGRAMMING THE PRO 96 FOR THE SA-GRN
To program the PRO 96 for the SA-GRN you need to use the WIN96 software. Without the software you can only program one base and offset frequency into the scanner, to monitor the SA-GRN you need two, the WIN96 program allows you to enter up to five.
Programming the base and offset frequencies
PRO 96 LINKS
WIN 96 programming software
Strong Signals RadioShack PRO-96 Radio Reference page
Harry Marnell's Digital Scanner page
RadioShack PRO-96 page