SWL IR Remote Operating Manual for Uniden - Swl

Operating Manual
SWL IR Remote Control for Uniden Scanners
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Firmware Version 1.43
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Overview
Thank you for purchasing the SWL IR Remote. We are confident that you will get many hours of
listening pleasure from your Uniden Scanner using the remote. Don’t hesitate to contact us at
support@swl-remotes.com if you have any problems or questions. We want your experience
with our products to be as positive and enjoyable as possible. We also appreciate any comments
on how we can make our products better.
The SWL IR Remote is a microcontroller-based device that decodes the Infrared pulse stream
from a Universal Remote control and converts it into the remote commands for Uniden Scanner
radios.
The SWL IR Remote is connected to the scanner through the RS-232C Remote Interface port.
On the Uniden BC780XLT, BC785D, BC796D, BCT8, BC898T, and the Radio Shack PRO-2052
a standard RS-232 (DB9 male to DB9 female) cable is connected from the SWL IR Remote to the
Interface connector on the Scanner. On the Uniden BC895XLT, a special cable (not supplied
with the SWL IR Remote) is needed for connection to a computer. The same cable used for
computer operation of the BC895XLT scanner can be used for the SWL IR Remote. Power for
the SWL IR Remote is provided by the included wall power supply. Alternatively, 9-12Volts DC
at 100ma max can be supplied to the power connector. The center pin of the coax power
connector is positive. There is a blocking diode in the circuit, so reverse polarity will not harm
the SWL IR Remote control unit.
All keys on the Universal Remote are indicated in this manual with bold type. The keys used for
scanner control are the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Mute, Enter, and Last or Previous. All
references to the Last key also refers to the Previous key on the remotes that have that key.
Any Universal Remote control should operate the SWL IR Remote. Follow the instructions in
the Universal Remote manual to set the remote to operate a Sony TV. The remote needs digit
keys (0 – 9), Enter, and Last or Previous buttons. The remote should be in TV mode to operate
properly. Make sure you do not have Cable or VCR modes selected. The codes from the keys in
VCR mode are different and will not operate the SWL IR Remote.
None of the settings are changed in the scanner with the exception of memory channels that you
write or clear with the remote. All settings are temporary in the remote control. You can go back
at any time to using your scanner from the front panel. The BC895XLT and PRO-2052 need to
be taken out of remote operation for the front panel to be operational.
Keep the Quick Commands Reference for Uniden Scanners sheet by your remote as reference on
the SWL IR Remote operation.
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Connection to Scanner
Use the included cable to connect to your scanner. For the Uniden BC780XLT, BC785D,
BC796D, BCT8, BC898T, and PRO-2052 you will connect the DB9 female end of the included
RS-232 cable to the SWL IR Remote and connect the DB9 male end of the cable to the Interface
connection on the back of the Scanner. For the Uniden BC895XLT, you will need to use the
same cable that you use for computer operation or acquire a cable specifically for BC895XLT
use. We do not supply a cable for the BC895XLT. The baud rate for Uniden Scanners defaults
to 9600, but can be changed with a configuration command. The front panel on the BC780XLT,
BC785D, BC796D, BCT8, and BC898T Scanners can be used whenever the SWL IR Remote is
connected to the scanner. The BC895XLT and PRO-2052 need to be taken out of remote
operation for the front panel to be operational.
Plug in the wall power supply and plug into the back of the SWL IR Remote control box. The
power connector is located on the back left hand side of the control unit. The SWL IR Remote
draws very little power and does not include or need a power switch.
Note: Be sure to set your scanner baud rate to match the SWL IR Remote. The default baud rate
for the SWL IR Remote is 9600 Baud. You can change the scanner baud rate, or the SWL IR
Remote baud rate. See page 9 of this manual on setting the baud rate.
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Power Connection
For Base operation you normally use the supplied DC Power Adapter plugged into the wall
outlet.
For Mobile applications, both the Scanner and the SWL IR Remote can be powered from your
mobile DC Power source.
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Remote Control Operation
Description
The following describes the operation of the remote control. Some of these operations are only
available on certain scanners. Refer to the Universal Remotes Commands tables, or the
Commands Quick Reference guide for specific features on different scanners.
Once you begin to use the remote you will get very comfortable with the operation. There is a lot
of functionality achieved by just a few remote buttons. You can stick with the basic operations of
the remote (scanning, manual, and search modes) and still achieve a lot of control over your
scanner. The biggest problem you will have in the operation of the remote is the Enter key. If
you do not enter the codes exactly you will end up trying to enter a direct frequency.
Configuring the Scanner Model
Use the 0 9 1 Enter configuration command to set the scanner model. To auto configure the
scanner type use the 0 Enter response to the 0 9 1 Enter configuration command. Be sure the
scanner is turned on first before initiating this command. The SWL IR Remote control unit will
query the scanner and set the scanner model automatically. This is a nice way to configure the
remote when you change scanners.
Direct Frequency Entry
When entering frequencies directly, be sure to press a digit key before the first decimal point.
The Mute button functions to operate the speaker mute, as a decimal point when entering
frequencies, and as a clear to abort any key entry to that point. When using the Mute button as a
clear, be sure to press it enough times to get the LED to blink twice, or for the speaker mute to
operate. This is confirmation that the clear command has been accepted. When entering
frequencies directly, the Mute key will operate as a decimal point only after a digit key has been
pressed before the first decimal point. As an example, you can enter 3 5 Mute Enter for 35MHz.
Pressing the Mute a second time during direct frequency entry will then enter KHz values. To
enter 1.245.500 you would enter 1 Mute 2 4 5 Mute 5 Enter. You can also enter 1.245.500 by
pressing 1 2 4 5 Mute 5 Enter. You can enter the frequency without any decimal places, but you
need to enter all the zeros so the frequency is not misunderstood. To enter 1.245.500 without
using the decimal key, enter 1 2 4 5 5 0 0 Enter.
The SWL IR Remote assumes that you are entering frequencies in MHz. Any frequency in MHz
can be entered directly. 95.5MHz would be entered as 9 5 5 0 0 Enter. The decimal place
(Mute) is not necessary in this case. The decimal place is only needed to save zero entries.
Memory Operation
When moving through the memories, you can directly select a memory channel using the x x x x
Last key sequence. For example, to select channel 23 you would press 2 3 Last. You can select a
memory channel in manual mode only. You can also write an entered or searched frequency to
the currently selected memory. Once the channel is selected, you can move through the channels
one at a time using the CH+/- keys.
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Mute Operation
There is a lot of functionality in the Mute key. The normal operation of the Mute key is to mute
the speaker on or off. The Mute key is used during frequency entry as a decimal point. Any time
a digit key is pressed before the Mute, the control unit then understands the Mute to be a decimal
point. At any time you can press the Mute key to clear any keys pressed. The Mute may have to
be pressed several times to get the LED to blink twice, indicating that the keys have been cleared.
If the scanner mutes then you can be sure that the sequence is cleared. The remote needs to know
whether the Mute is being used for a decimal or it is intended to be a clear. A clear function is
interpreted by the remote control by multiple presses of the Mute key.
Scanning
You can initiate a scan at any time. The Last key can be pressed on the Universal Remote to
start, stop, and resume scanning. Pressing Enter to put the scanner in the manual mode also stops
a scan.
Searching
Start a search with the 3 Enter command. Press CH+ or CH- on the remote to hold the search.
You can move up and down through the frequencies using the CH+/- keys once the search is
held. You can write this frequency and mode to a memory channel by pressing 1 0 0 1 Last.
Resume the search by pressing the 3 Enter again. Press Enter to put the scanner in the manual
mode stops a search.
Weather Mode
Enter the weather mode by pressing 6 Enter. Search for another weather frequency by pressing 3
Enter on the BC780XLT. Set weather alert for this weather channel by pressing 6 Enter again
on the BC780XLT. You can move up and down through the weather channels with the CH+/keys. On the PRO-2052 the 6 Enter will cycle through the service search. Enter will put the
scanner back into the manual mode and out of the weather or service search mode.
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Universal Remote Commands
Direct Entry of Frequencies (Examples)
0 8 5 0 Enter
850MHz
0 Mute 5 Mute Enter
500MHz
5 0 0 Mute Enter
500MHz
1 Mute 2 5 9 Enter
1.259MHz
2 5 Mute Enter
25MHz
1 Mute 2 4 Mute 5 Enter
1.2405MHz
2 5 2 3 5 Enter
25.235MHz
3 5 Mute 5 Enter
35.5MHz
Mute (Mute) (Mute)
Clear key entry during numeric entry. (LED will blink twice)
Channel Stepping
CH+ Channel+
CH- Channel-
Searching
Hold/Freq+
Hold/Freq-
Weather Mode
Channel+
Channel-
Speaker Control
Mute
Mute on/off.
Scan Control
Last
SCAN - Start/Stop/Resume Scanning
Enter Commands
Enter
VFO/CHAN – enter MAN mode or toggle between FREQ and CHAN in MAN
mode
Enter
HOLD/RESUME (BCT8)
1 Enter
DLY on/off
2 Enter
ATT on/off (BC780XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and BC898T)
2 Enter
Warning volume high/low/off (BCT8)
3 Enter
SRCH – Search mode/Scan Weather Channels in Weather Mode
4 Enter
AM, FM, NFM, or WFM (BC780XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and BC898T)
4 Enter
Warming mute on/off (BCT8)
5 Enter
CTCSS Detection on/off (BC780XLT, BC895XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and
BC898T)
5 Enter
HWY/PVT (BCT8)
6 Enter
WX – Weather mode/Weather Alert on/off (BC780XLT, BC895XLT, BC785D,
BC796D, and BC898T)
6 Enter
SVC – Cycle through Service Search (PRO-2052, and BCT8)
7 Enter
TRUNK – Trunk on/off
8 Enter
PRI - Priority on/off
9 Enter
L/O – Lockout on/off
0 Enter
Display bright/dim/off (BC780XLT, BC895XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and
BC898T)
0 Enter
Warning light bright/dim/off (BCT8)
0 x Enter
Toggle Bank x on/off during scan (see Bank Mapping for value of x)
0 xx Enter
Toggle Bank xx on/off during scan (PRO-2052) (see Bank Mapping for value of
xx)
0 xx Enter
Enter State (BCT8) (See Users Manual for State values of xx)
0 x Enter
Toggle Bank x on/off during search (see Bank Mapping for value of x)
(BC780XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and BC898T)
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Memory management
x x x x Last
Select Memory Channel xxxx. Used for channels 100 - 1000.
x x Last
Select Memory Channel xx. Used for channels 10 – 99.
or
x Last
Select Memory Channel x. Used for channel numbers 1 – 9.
1 0 0 0 Last
Write Frequency and mode to currently selected memory (BCT8, and
BC898T)
1 0 0 x Last
Write searched Frequency to Bank x (BCT8, and BC898T)
1 0 0 1 Last
Write Frequency and mode to currently selected memory (All but BCT8,
and BC898T)
1 0 0 1 Last
Write entered or searched Frequency and mode to currently selected memory
channel.
1 9 9 9 Last
Delete frequency from currently selected memory channel. This only works in
manual mode.
Search Limits
Setting Search Limits (BC780XLT, BC785D, BC796D, and BC898T)
 Enter Frequency for limit – it will be displayed on the scanner
 To set lower limit – 3 0 x Enter where x is the bank
 To set upper limit – 3 1 x Enter where x is the bank
Setting Search Limits (BC 895XLT and PRO-2052)
 Enter Frequency for limit – it will be displayed on the scanner
 To set lower limit – 3 0 Enter
 To set upper limit – 3 1 Enter
Bank Mapping
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Bank 1 (A)
2
Bank 2 (B)
3
Bank 3 (C)
4
Bank 4 (D)
5
Bank 5 (E)
6
Bank 6 (F)
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Bank 7 (G)
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Bank 8 (H)
9
Bank 9 (I)
10
Bank 10 (J)
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Bank 11 (K)
Bank 12 (L)
Bank 13 (M)
Bank 14 (N)
Bank 15 (O)
Bank 16 (P)
Bank 17 (Q)
Bank 18 (R)
Bank 19 (S)
Bank 20 (T)
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Configuration Parameters
0 9 1 Enter
Set Uniden Scanner Model
0 Enter
Auto Configure the Scanner Model
1 Enter
BC780XLT
(Factory Default)
2 Enter
BC895XLT
3 Enter
BC785D or BC796D
4 Enter
PRO-2052
5 Enter
BCT8
6 Enter
BC898T
0 9 2 Enter
Set Scanner Port baud rate
1 9 Enter
19200 Baud
9 6 Enter
9600 Baud
4 8 Enter
4800 Baud
2 4 Enter
2400 Baud
(Factory Default)
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LED Operation
The LED provides feedback on the mode and operation of the SWL IR Remote. The LED blinks
and goes out when communications to the scanner is successful.
Communications Error
The LED blinks continuously at a slow rate when the communication times out from the scanner,
or a command is NAK’d. If the scanner power is off and you try to initiate any command, the
scanner will ignore all commands and the LED will indicate a communications error. If this
occurs on every function and the scanner is powered on and not responding, check the cable
connection, and baud rate setting on the scanner. Also verify that the SWL IR Remote is
correctly configured for the baud rate for the scanner. The BC780XLT, BCT8, BC898T, and
BC895XLT must be in RMT (Remote) mode for the SWL IR Remote to operate. Press the ‘E’
key on the BC780XLT or the ALRT/RMT key on the BC895XLT until the RMT indicator shows
on the display. Press and hold the ‘.’ on the BCT8 until the baud rate is shown or select a baud
rate. Then press the ‘E’. Press ‘RMT/LINE’ on the BC898T. Use the tuning dial to select the
baud rate. Then press the ‘E’. Press and hold the ‘HOLD ^‘ key on the PRO-2052 until the SFT
indicator blinks to put the scanner in remote operation. Press the ‘HOLD ^’ key again to resume
operation with the front panel.
Clear Input
After the Mute is used to clear key entries the LED will blink twice.
Confirmation of Command
After a valid command has been issued and acknowledged the LED will blink once and go out.
Configuration Mode
When you enter the parameter configuration mode, the LED will blink continuously at a fast rate
until the configuration operation is completed or canceled.
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Troubleshooting
Nothing happens when using the Universal Remote.
 Make sure the scanner is powered.
 Verify that the scanner and SWL IR Remote are set to the same baud rate.
 Be sure the Uniden Scanner is in the RMT mode (BC780XLT, BC895XLT, BC785D,
BC796D, BCT8, and BC898T). To enter the remote mode on the BC780XLT, press and
hold the ‘E’ key until the RMT indicator is on. On the BC895XLTBC785D, BC796D,
BCT8, and BC898T, press the RMT key until the RMT indicator is on. On the PRO2052 press ‘HOLD ^’ until the SFT indicator blinks.
 Check that the remote control box is connected to the wall power supply and that the wall
power supply is connected to the AC supply.
 Check the batteries in the Universal Remote and change if necessary.
 Verify that the TV mode of the Universal Remote is set for a Sony TV.
 Verify that the Universal Remote is in the TV mode.
The LED on the remote control unit blinks slowly.
 Verify that the scanner is turned on.
 Be sure the Uniden Scanner is in the RMT mode (BC780XLT, BC895XLT, BC785D,
BC796D, BCT8, and BC898T). To enter the remote mode on the BC780XLT, press and
hold the ‘E’ key until the RMT indicator is on. On the BC895XLTBC785D, BC796D,
BCT8, and BC898T, press the RMT key until the RMT indicator is on. On the PRO2052 press ‘HOLD ^’ until the SFT indicator blinks.
 If no remote operations function, check cable connection to the scanner.
The LED on the remote control units blinks fast.
 The configuration mode has been selected and the operation needs to be completed. Push
Mute to cancel the operation or x x Enter to complete the operation. See chart above on
the configuration command parameters.
Some buttons on the control work, and some don’t.
 Verify that the Universal Remote TV mode is selected. If CABLE or VCR modes are
selected, only a few buttons will work. The mute will work in both modes. None of the
other keys will work.
 Be sure that you have set the remote for the particular scanner in use. Different scanners
have different features and codes to operate those features.
 Operate the buttons with more time between button presses. There is a 100 msec delay
between key presses so the remote control unit can tell if the button on the remote is held
continuously or has been released and pressed again. Each press of the remote will cause
a continuous stream of IR pulses to be sent (the LED on the Universal Remote will be lit
continuously). The remote control unit knows that the button has been released if the IR
pulse stream stops for 100 msec or longer.
Erratic Operation of the remote
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 Check the batteries in the Universal Remote and replace if necessary. Be sure to aim the
Universal Remote at the front panel of the control unit. The IR sensor is behind the front
lens to the left of the LED.
 Confirm that the interface cable is connected securely to the scanner and the SWL IR
Remote control box.
 Check the power connection to the back of the SWL IR Remote control box.
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