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Whistler TRX-1 Scanner User Guide
TRX-1
User Guide
EZ SCAN DIGITAL
HANDHELD
RADIO
SCANNER
All Hazards
NOAA’s National Weather Service
®
Contents
Introduction......................................................................4
What is Object Oriented Scanning?...............................4
Features............................................................................5
Package Contents............................................................5
Scanning Legally...............................................................6
FCC Statement.................................................................7
Setup.................................................................................8
Antenna............................................................................8
Headphones and Speakers.............................................9
Batteries..........................................................................10
External Power................................................................11
Swivel Belt Clip................................................................11
Understanding the Keypad...........................................12
Turning On and Set Squelch........................................13
Set Bandplan and Clock...............................................14
Program Methods..........................................................15
Setting Location.............................................................16
Power Up Password........................................................18
Understanding the Display............................................18
psDr Indicators...............................................................20
Display Icons...................................................................21
EZ Scan Library...............................................................22
Maximum Card Size.......................................................23
Installing EZ Scan Software...........................................24
Library Updates..............................................................24
Preferred Programming from Library..............................25
Backup into the first V-Scanner folder...........................26
Updating the Library (EZ Scan).....................................26
Library Structure..............................................................27
EZ Scan Library Notes.....................................................27
Manual Programming Conventional Frequency...........27
Standard Text Entry Method.........................................28
Creating Your First New Objects.................................30
Essential Conventional Channel Parameters...............30
Essential Trunking Talkgroup Parameters....................31
Setting up a Trunking System (TSYS) Object.............31
Adding a New Trunking System (TSYS).......................32
Adding the first Talkgroup............................................33
Talkgroup Object (TGRP)...............................................35
Importing DMR..............................................................35
Manually Creating/Adding DMR..................................37
Editing Objects Manually..............................................39
Alert LED Setting...........................................................41
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Contents
Recording/Playback.......................................................46
IF Output.........................................................................47
Internal Clock/Calendar.................................................48
Monitoring and Scanning..............................................48
Frequency or Talkgroups...............................................48
Active Scanlists...............................................................48
Enable / Disable Scanlists...............................................49
Lock Out Objects...........................................................49
Skip Transmission...........................................................49
Rename Scanlists...........................................................50
Set Priority Objects........................................................50
Scanlists and Scan Sets..................................................50
Searching........................................................................51
Using Spectrum Sweeper...............................................51
Perform a Service Search................................................52
Perform a Limit Search..................................................52
To Save Found Frequencies..........................................52
Search Settings...............................................................53
Spectrum Sweeper Settings..........................................53
Service Search Settings..................................................53
Limit Search Settings......................................................53
Saving Found CTCSS or DCS Codes...........................54
Weather Monitoring.......................................................55
Program FIPS Codes......................................................55
Entering SAME Location and Event Codes..................56
SAME Standby Modes...................................................57
Weather Priority..............................................................58
SKYWARN® ...................................................................58
Using V-Scanner Storage...............................................59
Configuring Settings......................................................59
Using EZ Scan Software to Update Scanner.................62
DSP Firmware Updates..................................................62
Updating the Library (PC)..............................................62
Maintenance ..................................................................63
Birdie Frequencies.........................................................63
Troubleshooting/Error Messages..................................64
Library Copyright Notice...............................................67
Specifications .................................................................68
Frequency Coverage.....................................................69
Consumer Warranty.......................................................70
Service Under Warranty.................................................71
Service Out-of-Warranty................................................72
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Introduction
Scanning technology has changed dramatically over the
years. A scanner with Object Oriented User Interface
is designed to help the hobbyist build a collection of
channels to scan:
• Start small and expand
• Organize channels and talkgroups
• Remove unwanted channels and talkgroups
What is Object Oriented Scanning?
Programming scanning receivers can be challenging,
but object-oriented programming simplifies the process
by using common conventions for scanning concepts
that have common characteristics.
A Scannable Object is any defined item that can be
scanned or monitored, including:
• Conventional, non-trunked radio frequencies
• Talkgroups used on a trunked radio system
• Radio services
• Defined searches
Because scannable objects are defined by the same
basic elements, the Object Oriented User Interface
(OOUI) is designed to simplify scanning by managing
all scannable objects similarly. When you learn how to
program one type of object, you can program other
types of scannable objects as well.
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Features
• Functional keypad and backlit LCD display
• USA/Canada Radio Reference database on SD Card
• Quick Location based Programming (City, Zip,
County)
• Detects and masks encrypted voice audio
• Decodes Radio ID/Talkgroup ID data
• Upgradeable CPU Firmware, DSP Firmware and
Database Library
• USB Interface 2.0 or earlier
• DMR/MotoTRBO™ Tier II
• Improved P25 Functionality (Phase II, X2-TDMA)
• PC Software to customize your settings
• Signal Strength Meter
• 200 Scanlists
• Weather Radio Functions
• Multi–system Trunking
• Spectrum Sweeper
• Headphone Jack
• Programmable Alert LED
• Programmable Audio Alarms
• V-Scanner II Storage System
• Audio Recording
• Built-in Clock/Calendar
• Built-in Services Searches
• Built-in Discriminator output
Package Contents
• Handheld Scanner
• Antenna
• USB Cable
• Micro SD Card (Installed in the Scanner)
• PC Software included on SD Card
• Swivel Belt Clip
• Protective Case
• User Guide
• Quick Start Guide
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Scanning Legally
Your scanner covers frequencies used by many
different groups including police and fire departments,
ambulance services, government agencies, private
companies, amateur radio services, military operations,
pager services, and wireline (telephone and telegraph)
service providers. It is legal to listen to almost every
transmission your scanner can receive. However, there
are some transmissions you should never intentionally
listen to.
These include:
• Telephone conversations (cellular, cordless, or other
means of private telephone signal transmission)
• Paging transmissions
• Any intentionally decoded scrambled or encrypted
transmissions
According to the Electronic Communications Privacy
Act (ECPA), you are subject to fines and possible
imprisonment for intentionally listening to, using, or
divulging the contents of such a transmission unless
you have the consent of a party to the communication
(unless such activity is otherwise illegal). This scanner
has been designed to prevent reception of illegal
transmissions. This is done to comply with the legal
requirement that scanners be manufactured so as to not
be easily modifiable to pick up those transmissions.
Do not open your scanner’s case to make any
modifications that could allow it to pick up
transmissions that are illegal to monitor. Doing so
could subject you to legal penalties. We encourage
responsible, legal scanner use. In some areas, mobile
use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit.
Check the laws in your area. It is also illegal in many
areas to interfere with the duties of public safety
officials by traveling to the scene of an incident without
authorization.
Even where not permitted, mobile use of a scanner is
typically permitted if you are a licensed Amateur Radio
operator capable of emergency radio communications.
If interested, see www.arrl.org for information on
becoming a ham radio operator.
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FCC Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a scanning receiver, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1)This device may not cause harmful interference.
(2)This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit
not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate
the equipment.
Shielded cables must be used with this unit to ensure
compliance with the Class B FCC limits.
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Setup
Antenna
To connect the included antenna:
1. Align the slots around the
antenna’s connector with the tabs
on the antenna jack.
2. Press the antenna down over
the jack and turn the antenna’s
base clockwise until it locks into
place.
You can use a variety of antennas. To connect and
external antenna, follow the installation instructions
supplied with the antenna. Always use 50-ohm coaxial
cable, such as RG-58 or RG-8 low-loss dielectric coaxial
cable. You may also need a BNC adapter.
WARNING: Use extreme caution when installing or
removing an outdoor antenna. If the antenna starts
to fall, let it go! It could contact overhead power
lines. If the antenna touches a power line, touching
the antenna, mast, cable, or guy wires can cause
electrocution and death. Call the power company
to remove the antenna. DO NOT attempt to do so
yourself.
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WARNING: Outdoor antennas must be properly
grounded to prevent static buildup and lightning
damage. Article 810 of the National Electrical Code,
ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information about proper
grounding of the antenna mast, connection of coaxial
cable to an lightning arrestor, size of grounding
conductors, location of the lightning arrestor and
connection of grounding conductors to grounding
electrodes.
Disconnect your radio from the outdoor antenna during
electrical storm activity to prevent damage.
Headphones and Speakers
You can plug headphones (not supplied) or an amplified
speaker (not supplied) with a 1/8 inch (3.5mm) stereo
mini-plug in the headphone jack on top of your scanner.
This automatically disconnects the internal speaker.
NOTE: Use an amplified speaker; a non-amplified
speaker may not provide sufficient volume for
comfortable listening.
Listening Safely
To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when
you use headphones:
• Set the volume to zero before putting on
headphones. With the headphones on, adjust the
volume to a comfortable level.
• Avoid increasing the volume after you set it. Over
time, your sensitivity to a volume level decreases,
so volume levels that do not cause discomfort might
damage your hearing. Avoid or limit listening at
high-volume levels. Prolonged exposure to highvolume levels can cause permanent hearing loss.
• Wearing headphones while operating a motor
vehicle or riding a bicycle can create a traffic
hazard and is illegal in most areas. Even though
some headphones let you hear some outside
sounds when listening at normal volume levels,
they still can present a traffic hazard. Exercise
extreme caution!
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Batteries
A low battery warning sounds every 30 seconds (default
setting) when the batteries are
low.
1. Be sure to turn the scanner
off!
2. Slide open the battery
compartment cover.
Battery Type Selector
3. Set the Battery Type
Selector:
• ALKA − Alkaline
• NI-MH − Rechargeable NI-MH
4. Install four AA batteries, matching the polarity
symbols (+ and –).
5. Replace the cover.
WARNING: Never install alkaline batteries with the
Battery Type Selector switch set to NI-MH. Alkaline
batteries can get hot or explode if you try to recharge
them.
Recycle Rechargeable Batteries
Recycle your old rechargeable batteries
at one of the many collection sites in
the U.S. and Canada. To find the site
nearest you, visit www.call2recycle.org
or call toll- free 1-877-2-RECYCLE.
Battery Notes:
Use only fresh batteries of the required size and type.
Do not mix old and new batteries, different battery
types (alkaline or rechargeable), or rechargeable
batteries of different capacities.
Dispose of batteries promptly and properly; do not
burn or bury them.
For long-term storage (a month or longer), remove the
batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can damage
electronic parts.
Do not overcharge rechargeable batteries.
Overcharging shortens battery life.
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External Power
Always turn the scanner off before
connecting or disconnecting power
sources. Use the supplied USB cable
to connect the scanner to a USB power
source (not included).
Some USB power adapters can interfere
with the scanner's reception. Using an
incompatible USB cable may damage your
scanner.
NOTE: If your vehicle’s engine is running,
you might hear electrical noise from the
engine while scanning. This is normal.
Swivel Belt Clip
Swivel clip allows the scanner to
move with you and easily move it
out of the way without unclipping it
from your belt. To attach the Swivel
clip to the scanner; align the belt clip
grooves to the slots on the back of
the scanner. Slide the clip down until
it clicks in place. To remove the belt
clip, pull back on the small tab and
slide the clip upward.
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Understanding the Keypad
Your scanner features an easy-to understand backlit
keypad.
POWER – press and hold
for one second to turn on
and off. Press briefly to confirm the backlight level.
MENU – provides access to additional functions related
to the current operating mode of the scanner, and
provides access to the Main Menu where the main
functions are controlled.
WX – provides instant access to NOAA Weather Radio
broadcasts and SAME Weather Alert Receiver mode.
Press twice to select SKYWARN® Scanlist. (SKYWARN®
requires one-time programming)
ATT – controls the attenuator function and cycles
between Per Object Attenuation Mode, Global
Attenuation Mode, and Global Attenuation On.
PRI – toggles the Priority setting for selected or active
object, Fn PRI toggles Priority Mode on or off while
scanning.
SKIP – if pressed while monitoring or paused on an
Object will temporarily disable reception on the Object.
Pressing SKIP again while the Object is selected will
resume normal monitoring. The SKIP key can also
be programmed to permanently lockout an object if
selected in the Global Settings menu. When editing
text, pressing the SKIP key clears all text at and to
the right of the cursor. When in Playback mode, the
SKIP key stops playback of the current recording, and
when playing multiple recordings, advances to the
next recording. When in Weather mode, the SKIP key
toggles between Normal weather radio mode and
SAME Standby mode. In many Menu functions, the
SKIP key is used to cancel or abort a pending change.
Fn – activates alternate key functions.
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/II/SEL – controls the Scan, Pause, and Playback
modes, and is used in menus to select, enable, or
disable options.
Four Way Push button Pad – ,   keys are used
for navigation while browsing objects and menus.
Alphanumeric Keypad – quick data entry of
frequencies, talkgroup ID and labels. While scanning,
pressing 1 thru 200 will toggle the selected scanlist on
or off. Each button must be pressed within 2 seconds
of the last. If more than 1 scanlist will be toggled on or
off, press the decimal once as a separator. Pressing the
decimal twice will end the sequence.
Example: If you wish to toggle scanlist 9 you press 9 If
you wish to toggle scanlist 9, 11, and 22 simply press
the following 9 . 11 . 22 or 9 . 11 . 22 . or 9 . 11 . 22 ..
Turn on Scanner and Set Squelch
Preset squelch between 10 and 12 o’clock position.
While scanning, turn the knob down (counterclockwise)
until you hear noise then up (clockwise) a little past
where the noise stops. The higher the squelch is set, the
stronger the signal required to break the squelch.
Squelch
Power
Press and
hold to turn
ON/OFF.
Press
briefly to
toggle the
backlight.
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Setting Bandplan and Clock
When you first power up your scanner it will prompt you
to set the bandplan, date and time.
Press the  or  key to select the USA or Canada
bandplan, then press /II/SEL.
-Bandplan-

USA
-Bandplan-


Press SEL to Set
Canada

Press SEL to Set
The scanner will then prompt you to enter the current
date and time. Press the  or  key to select the
desired digit, then press the  key. Press the  or 
key to change the value, then press /II/SEL. You can
skip this process by pressing the SKIP key. You can set
the clock at any time using the EZ Scan Software.
-Set Clock2015-06-03 Wed
11:00:00
Press SEL to Set or SKIP to Exit
The Bandplan and Date/Time prompts appear only
once on initial power-up. You can change the Date and
Time from the Main Menu and the Bandplan from the
Global Setting menu.
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Program Methods
There are two methods to program your scanner.
To get started quickly, you can use “Set Location.”
The set location method stores objects in your area
automatically and puts them in Scanlists 151 and higher.
These Scanlists are already named, “Multi Dispatch,”
“Law Tac,” “Interop” “Fire Talk,” and so forth. This
method gets you scanning in minutes, but you cannot
monitor a single police or a single fire department –
they will all be together in the same Scanlist. Also, if
you use set location, and wish to add a new location, be
sure to “Clear Channels” to erase old objects before
storing the new location. If you store more than one
ZIP code, the scanner will spend a great deal of time
searching for objects that are out of range. That will
cause the scanner to miss some local transmissions you
want to hear.
Although it takes longer, experienced users will want to
program Scanlists on their own using the “Preferred”
method. Use “Browse Library” to select your state
and county and look for agencies of interest. Check the
boxes of objects you wish to import, select the Scanlist
you want to put them in and perform the import (see
Preferred Programming). Once you save objects to a
Scanlist, rename the Scanlist so you don’t forget what
you stored there. Then import more objects into a
different Scanlist and rename that one. In this way, you
can create Scanlists such as Bethel Police, Hurst Police,
Bethel Fire, Shenango EMS, etc. Individual scanlists
allow you to decide exactly what you want to scan.
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Setting Location
Your scanner can select services to scan based on your
location. Press MENU and scroll to “Set Location” and
press the  key.
You can specify your location by City, County or ZIP
Code. Scroll to the desired method and press the 
key. If you select City or County, the scanner will prompt
you for your State. Use the or key to select the first
letter of your State, then press the /II/SEL key. Scroll
to your state and press the  key. Use the or key to
select the first letter of your City or county, then press
the /II/SEL key. Scroll to your City or County, then
press the  key.
Select County:
First letter: A
SEL = Done
If you select ZIP Code, the scanner will prompt you to
enter your five-digit ZIP Code. Use the or key to
adjust each digit, then use the  or  key to select
each digit. When you are done, press the /II/SEL key.
ZIP Code
00000


moves cursor
SEL=OK MENU=BACK
NOTE: Although you can program multiple locations, to
get maximum scanner performance its best to program
only 1 location or ZIP code. Scanning multiple locations
will cause missed transmissions due to the scanner
searching for out of range frequencies.
You can accept a preselected set of Default Types for
your location, or you can specify Custom Types (see
next section). To select the Default Service Types, press
the  key, then the /II/SEL key to import the Default
Set of Service Types for that City or County. Wait for the
Import process to end, then press the /II/SEL.
-ConfirmationReally do import operation?
SEL=Yes SKIP=No
To perform additional imports, press the /II/SEL key
and proceed as before. Press the SKIP key to return to
the Main Menu.
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To select Custom Types, press the  key. Scroll
through the list of Services and press the /II/SEL key
to select Services you wish to import. A check mark
appears next to each selected Service.
Services:
SEL = Toggle
Multi Dispatch
Law Dispatch 
Fire Dispatch 
EMS Dispatch 
When you are done, press the  key, then the
/ II/SEL key to import the selected services. Press the
SKIP key to return to the Service list without importing.
To perform additional imports, press the /II/SEL key
and wait for import process to end. Press the SKIP key
to return to the Main Menu.
Services selected through Set Location are
automatically assigned to Scanlists beginning at number
151; each selected Service is assigned to a separate
Scanlist, which is given the name of the service.
These Scanlists are automatically selected for Scanning.
You can select or deselect Scanlists as desired through
the Scanlist item on the Main Menu.
NOTE: Press  or MENU to return to main menu.
To clear all data from the current Folder on the Set
Location menu scroll to Clear Channels and press the 
key. On the Confirmation screen press the /II/SEL key
to clear the data, or press the SKIP key to return to the
Set Location menu without clearing.
-ConfirmationReally clear ALL programmed data from the current
folder?
SEL=Yes, SKIP=No
NOTE: The Clear Channels function erases all of your
current scanning data; all Scanlists in this Folder will
be empty. Use this function carefully, as it cannot be
undone. Does not affect V-Scanner folders content.
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Power up Password
Set a user defined power-on password to restrict access
to the radio.
1. Press MENU.
2. Scroll to Set Password and press .
3. Use the arrows to set the password.
4. Use the /II/SEL key to accept the updated
settings, or the MENU key to exit without saving
changes.
NOTE: Power-on password can be reset by anyone
using the EZ Scan software. Password provides only
limited protection from immediate unauthorized use.
Understanding the Display
Your scanner features a high contrast, backlit Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD) to provide you with information
about the status of the scanner while you are using it.
A menu-driven user interface provides access to the
settings that control what the scanner monitors.
Below are examples of the scanners menu.
-MainMenuScan 
Scanlists
Set Location
Browse Library
Browse Objects
A “Scan” display shows a scrolling list of enabled
Scanlists while scanning, and displays attenuator and
trunking control channel status. Below provides an
example of the Scanning display.
Scan T G 
Fire
County Police
Sheriff
City Police
State Police
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Individual Object displays are shown when the scanner
is monitoring activity on an enabled Object. The
LCD includes a row of icons at the top that provides
information about the status of the scanner while
monitoring an Object. The amount of information
displayed is configured using the Simple Display option
in the Global Settings menu. For example, with Simple
Display set to “on”, the following data is displayed for
trunking talkgroups:
• Icons
• Scanlist
• Object type and “psDr” status
• Trunking system
• Scanlist
Below is an example of an individual Object display
with Simple Display set to “on”.
S
T G County
Police Group: psDR
Police North
Public Safety
Display showing reception of a trunking talkgroup with
Simple Display set to “on”. With Simple Display set to
“off ”, additional data is displayed on the screen. The
amount and type of data displayed can be customized
using the Show options in the Global Settings menu.
For example, below is the same Object displayed with
Simple Display set to “off” and Show Radio ID set to
“on”:
• Icons
• Scanlist
• Object type and “psDr” status
• Object name
• Trunking system
• Radio ID
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S
T G
County Police
TGRP psDR
Police North
Public Safety
Radio ID: 18249
Display showing reception of a trunking talkgroup with
Simple Display set to “on” and Show Radio ID enabled.
There are many combinations of data that can be shown
on the Object display using the Show options in the
Global Settings menu. You can learn more about these
options in the Configuration Settings section of the
guide.
“psDr” Indicators
In the Individual Object displays there are four
characters on the right hand side of the display that
indicate the status of priority, skip/lockout, delay
and recording for the selected or active object. The
following indicators are possible:
p= priority off, P= priority on
s= skip off, S= skip on, L=lockout on
d= delay off, D=delay on
r= recording off, R=recording on
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Display Icons
A row of icons at the top of the display provides status
information about the scanner. These icons are defined
as follows:
S Squelch circuit (or “gate”) is open
S Squelch circuit (or “gate”) is open DMR
G When present, the attenuator is set for Global
mode
A When present, the attenuator is active
GA When present, Global attenuator is on, and the
attenuator is active
AM AM mode is active
FM FM mode is active
NF Narrow FM mode is active
DG The radio is receiving P25/DMR digital audio with
AGC
Dg The radio is receiving P25 digital audio without
AGC
D2 The radio is receiving P25 Phase II digital audio,
with or without AGC
Fn Function key is active
 Scan mode (scanning)
Pause mode (monitoring a single Object)
Being recorded on the active or selected Object
F Recording is enabled but recording is suspended.
The SD card is almost out of space.
Signal meter indicating strength
T Currently receiving trunking control channel data
E Encrypted digital traffic detected
IF The radio’s IF (discriminator) output mode is active
P/p Priority On/Priority Off
S/s Skip On/Skip Off
D/d Delay On/Delay Off
L/- Lock Out On/Lock Out Off
Battery status Indicator
External power connected
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EZ Scan Library
Your scanner comes with an installed Micro SD card
that contains the entire USA/Canadian Radio Reference
database as well as the EZ Scan software.
NOTE: Make a copy of the EZ Scan software files in
case the SD card is lost or damaged.
To remove the Micro SD card from the scanner:
WARNING: To prevent corrupted data on the Micro SD
Card, always turn the scanner off using the front panel
power key before opening the battery compartment
cover.
1. Turn off scanner, unplug external power, and
remove the batteries.
2. Press and release the Micro SD card.
3. To reinsert the Micro SD card, with the label facing
the front of the radio press it in until it clicks in
place.
NOTE: Always use the EZ Scan software “Prepare
Scanner Memory/SD Card For Use” option under the
“Scanner/ SD Card”menu to format the Micro SD
Card if the card is not performing as expected or if the
scanner does not power up with the Micro SD Card.
The Micro SD card comes formatted for the standard
FAT file system with a cluster size of 32k.
To format additional cards (2GB or smaller), use only
the EZ Scan software to format the Micro SD card.
• Format using the FAT file system with 32k clusters.
• If you use Micro SD cards larger than 2GB, format
using FAT32 with 32k clusters.
• Formatting the Micro SD card for other file system
types may cause EZ Scan to malfunction.
Connecting the scanner to a computer with the
supplied USB cable allows you to access the card with
the EZ Scan software and update the Library, edit the
configuration and stored objects, optimize the card, and
reformat the card if necessary. You can also connect the
SD Card to an external reader, which may provide faster
data transfer rates when compared to accessing the
card while it is in the radio.
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For reference, below is the directory structure for the
Micro SD Card. You may wish to make a copy of the
CDAT folder on your computer as a backup. The CDAT
folder contains your EZ Scan programming. Modifying
these directories or their contents outside of the
scanner or the EZ Scan software is not recommended,
and may cause the scanner to malfunction.
BTMP Contains various temporary files used by the
scanner
CDAT Contains your programming
CDAT_VS.nnn Contains programming for V-Scanner
folder number nnn where nnn may range from 001 to
200
DB Contains the Library
MTMP Contains various temporary files used by the
scanner
STMP Contains various temporary files used by the
scanner
CURVS.DAT Configuration information CONFIG.BIN
Configuration information REC Audio recordings
SOFTWARE EZ Scan Software
WARNING: Modifying these files, directories or
contents of directories is not recommended, and may
cause the scanner to malfunction, and may result in loss
of programming data.
Maximum Card Size
You can purchase additional cards to store different
configurations or backups for your EZ Scan data. Up to
a 32GB SD card may be used. We recommend SanDisk
Micro SD cards
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Installing EZ Scan Software
A method for programming a new scanner is using the
supplied USB cable and the included software. Also
www.RadioReference.com provides a range of resources
to help improve your overall scanning experience.
EZ Scan easy-to-use software helps you:
• Make changes to EZ Scan’s programming and configuration
• Update the Library to the most current version
• Update EZ Scan’s firmware for enhancements and
bug fixes
• Format and maintain the Micro SD card
To install, connect the scanner to your computer's USB
port. Using windows explorer, open the SD Card to
view files, select software, then select setup.exe and
follow the on-screen instructions.
Accept all prompts when asked. User's can also insert
the SD Card into your computer via a card reader,
open the SD Card, find and open the "Software" folder
and click on "setup.exe", then follow the on-screen
instructions.
You can import, configure, and update the library
directly with your scanner or with the EZ Scan software.
Library Updates
Your EZ Scan comes with the most current library data
available from www.RadioReference.com. However, you
can use the EZ Scan Software to check for updates to
the library data.
NOTE: Updating the Radio Reference library requires
an internet connection.
To check for library updates:
1. Select Check for Library Update in the update
menu. Select Check for Updates to start.
2. If updates are available, click Download Updates.
3. When the update is complete, click Done.
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Preferred Programming - from
Library
1. From the Main Menu, select Browse Library.
2. Select Country.
3. Select first letter of State/Province.
4. Select State/Province.
5. Select Counties/Cites.
6. Select first letter of County.
7. Select County.
8. Select Data Type NOTE: Police/Fire and Emergency
services will be in “Categories” for smaller towns,
“Systems” for larger ones.
9. Select desired agency, category or system available
for the county.
10. Select desired subcategory. Investigate listings by
pressing  to go deeper into that selection. When the
cursor switches from the right side of the screen to the
left, you are at the bottom of a category. NOTE: When
selecting a System, check at least one of the “Sites”
within your range, then go further into Categories to
find objects.
11. Use the SEL button to check boxes for services
you wish to monitor. Press SEL to un-check a selected
service and at anytime press  to go back. Once all
desired objects have been checked, press MENU.
12. Select Import Selected.
13. Select desired scanlist location for selected objects
and press  to save. Note that Scanlist 001 is already
selected, so no need to select another scanlist the first
time. For the next scanlist, uncheck the first scanlist and
check the box for the desired scanlist, otherwise, you
will be adding every object to the first scanlist.
14. Press SEL to continue to main menu.
15. Select Scanlists from main menu. Use the
/// to rename the scanlist if desired. Confirm
box beside desired scanlist is checked.
16. Repeat steps to add additional scanlists, or select
Scan from the Main Menu to begin scanning.
17. Once you are happy with your programming, Use
the EZ Scan PC application to save data from the
scanner. Of course you can use any combination of
programming from the Scanner Keyboard or the PC
app, just keep track of which has the most updated list.
NOTE: When traveling or for quick programming, refer to
location based, ZIP code programming.
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Backup into the First V-Scanner Folder
PC Objects can be backed up to the first available
V-Scanner folder from the Set Location menu (See
V-Scanner II section for a discussion of Folders).
We recommend you back up your data to guard against
accidental changes or deletions.
From the Set Location menu scroll to Backup Data and
press the  key.
-Set LocationBy City
By County
By ZIP Code
Backup Data
Clear Channels
Press the /II/SEL key to back up your data, or press
the SKIP key to return to the Set Location menu without
backing up.
-ConfirmationReally backup to first available VScanner folder?
SEL=Yes, SKIP=No
Updating the Library (EZ Scan)
To update the EZ Scan library:
In the Main Menu, select Update from Lib and press .
The scanner asks if you want to use new Alpha Tag
(names) from the library.
Press SEL for yes or SKIP for no.
NOTE: Unit must be connected to an external power
source.
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Library Structure
Each state contains three data types:
• Agencies – Statewide conventional frequencies
• Counties/Cities – County or independent city
• Systems – Statewide trunked systems, control
frequencies (sites) and talkgroups.
Each county contains three data types:
• Agencies – Local conventional frequencies
• Categories – Public service conventional frequencies
• Systems – Public service trunked systems, control
frequencies (sites) and talkgroups.
NOTE: Not all states have a statewide trunked radio
system.
WARNING: Modifying these directories or their
contents is not recommended and may cause EZ Scan
to malfunction.
EZ Scan Library Notes
• A “D” indicates that the item uses an unsupported
digital modulation and cannot be monitored.
• An “S” indicates a trunked system that is not
supported by the scanner.
A gray box () indicates that some frequencies in a
grouping are selected, but not all.
Manual Programming - Enter
Conventional Frequency
1. Press MENU to access Main Menu.
2. Scroll to and select “Program Menu” then “Add
Conv Freq”.
3. Simply write over the existing frequency or press
“SKIP” to clear. Using the alphanumeric keypad
or the ,   buttons, enter the desired
conventional frequency. Press SEL when finished.
4. Scroll to “Save Changes” then press SEL.
5. Press MENU returns to Main menu.
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Standard Text Entry Method
Your scanner features a high-contrast, backlit
alphanumeric display that provides constant feedback
about what the radio is doing while scanning and
monitoring your “Scannable Objects”. To get the most
out of your scanner and this display, you will want to
name your objects as you program them into the radio.
This allows for easy identification of active objects while
the radio is scanning.
Your scanner uses a simple text entry method that
allows entry of all uppercase and lowercase letters of
the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation symbols.
Entering and Editing Alphanumeric Information
A Standard Text Entry Method is used for entering
alphanumeric information into the radio. This method
allows easy access to each letter in the alphabet by
pressing two keys that represent the letter.
Take a moment to study the numeric keys on the
keypad and you will notice that keys 2-9 each have
three or four letters printed on the front panel just
above each key. To enter a letter in an alphanumeric
text field, simply press the number key below the letter
you wish to type first, then press the number key that
corresponds with the position of the letter in the silk
screen group. For example, the number 2 is used to
access the letters A, B and C. To type the letter A,
press 2 to select the ABC group, then 1 to select the
first letter in the group, A. Likewise, to type the letter B,
press 2 to select the ABC group, then press 2 again to
select the second letter in the group. And, to type the
letter C, simply press 2, then 3 to select the third letter
in the “ABC” group.
To enter numbers in alphanumeric text fields, press 1
first, then the number you wish to type.
To enter punctuation, press 0 first to see the first
set of punctuation, then press the number key
that corresponds with the position of the desired
punctuation mark in the set.
Press the . (period) key to enter a SPACE.
While using Standard Text Entry, the Fn key serves as a
shift key. For letters, uppercase text is typed by default,
and you can shift to lowercase by pressing the Fn key
before entering a character. For punctuation, the Fn key
accesses a second set of punctuation marks. The shift
action of the Fn key remains active until it is pressed
again.
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Use the keys to move the cursor to the desired
location in edit fields. Press Fn  or Fn  to move
the cursor to the beginning or end of an edit field,
respectively.
The character set and corresponding entry codes are
provided below for reference. Pressing Fn to toggle
the shift lock status will produce lower case characters
for letters, and a second set of punctuation marks for
special characters. For brevity, lower case letters are not
shown in the table below.
Char
Code
Char
Code
Char
Code
Char
Code
A
21
O
63
3
13
&
07
B
22
P
71
4
14
*
08
C
23
Q
72
5
15
(
09
D
31
R
73
6
16
)
00
E
32
S
74
7
17
-
(F)01
F
33
T
81
8
18
_
(F)02
G
41
U
82
9
19
+
(F)03
H
42
V
83
0
10
/
(F)04
I
43
W
91
!
01
?
(F)05
J
51
X
92
@
02
'
(F)06
K
52
Y
93
#
03
<
(F)07
L
53
Z
94
$
04
>
(F)08
M
61
1
11
%
05
.
(F)09
N
62
2
12
^
06
,
(F)00
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Creating Your First New OjectsObject Edit
When you enter Program Menu, the scanner will
provide the following Programming Menu options
and is ready for you to enter the first Objects into the
memory:
Global Settings
Edit System
Add System
Add Conv Freq
When an Object is displayed, press SEL or MENU to
customize your Object and Set Scanlist.
Essential Conventional Channel parameters
By default, your new CONV object will be tagged
“Channel”. If you'd like to change this, just scroll
the screen down one click until the flashing cursor
highlights the Tag: field, then press SEL to edit the tag.
You can move the cursor around using the  keys on
the 4-way push button pad, use the (.) key to clear the
old character, or press SKIP to erase the entire field. To
enter text, use the  or find the letter you want to
enter on the front panel of the radio, press the numeric
key beneath it, then press 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on the
position of the letter in the group for that number.
For example, to enter FIRE, press:
33F
43I
73R
32E
Press the SEL key to store the new tag information for
your CONV object.
Now you are ready to store your first CONV object.
There are other parameters that you can change, and
we invite you to scroll through the CONV menu to see
the other settings that are available.
When you're ready, scroll to save changes, press the
SEL key to save your new conventional object. Once the
object is saved, you can continue to enter other new
objects, or press SEL to start scanning! The cursor to
the beginning or end of an edit field, respectively.
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Essential Trunking Talkgroup parameters
As a standalone object, a TRGP object is really no more
complicated than a CONV object. The trunking system
(TSYS) that the TGRP is a member of must be specified.
Each talkgroup has a digital “address” on the trunking
system, which is called the talkgroup ID, and this must
be provided. We also recommend that you label your
TGRP object by giving it a name in the TAG field. This
will make it easier for you to find the TGRP object
later, and identify it when the scanner stops to monitor
activity.
Setting up and using a Trunking System (TSYS)
object
We just mentioned that the TSYS is an essential
parameter needed in order for a TGRP object to
function properly and receive radio traffic. The TSYS
object has its own set of essential parameters, and
these parameters vary depending on the type of
trunked radio system you plan to monitor. If you are a
reasonably experienced user you probably already know
what the essential parameters are for the system you
wish to monitor. For example, each TSYS must correctly
specify the type of system being monitored, the control
channel or LCN frequencies used by the system, and
so on. A detailed description of each type of system
supported by this radio and the essential parameters
required to make the different types of trunked radio
systems work properly is provided in the help section of
the EZ Scan software.
IMPORTANT: The first time you make a TGRP for a
particular trunked radio system, you must also create a
TSYS that contains the system parameters associated
with that trunked radio system. Once you create a
TSYS object for the trunked radio system, you can use
the TSYS object over and over again without having to
re-enter all of the system data.
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Adding a New Trunk System
From the Program Menu, Select Add System, Select
System type.
< Motorola > < EDACS > < LTR > <P25> <DMR>
Press SEL will enter the -Add System- menu.
Scroll to Edit Sites, Press SEL to enter –Edit Sitesmenu.
Scroll to 0001: New site, press SEL to enter -Edit Sitemenu.
Edit Frequencies and Alpha Tag using text method
described earlier.
Press SEL after making your edits, scroll to Save
Changes, press SEL returns to –Edit Sites-.
From here you can select Add New, Delete Current,
or Back to system. Selecting Back to system will take
you to the –Add System- menu where you can Cancel
Changes, Save Changes, Edit Sites, Add Talkgroup, and
Alpha Tag.
When done, scroll to Save Changes, press SEL returns
to the –Program Menu-. Press MENU returns you to the
–Main Menu-.
Next you need to enter control channel frequencies for
Motorola and P25 systems or all system frequencies for
other system types. Select the 01: position and using
the number keys, and   enter the first frequency and
press SEL. Continue entering frequencies until done.
Press MENU and SEL to save.
If the system is narrow band FM, select NFM. Normally,
no other input is needed. Scroll up proceed to Save
Changes. Press Menu to return to the Add System
menu.
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Adding the First Talk Group
to a New Trunk System
Under Main Menu, Program Menu, Edit System:
Scroll the display   if necessary to select the system
where you will add the new talkgroup. Press Select.
Scroll the display by pressing the down arrow until you
get to Add Talkgroup and press Select.
Your radio's display should appear as follows:
-Add TGRPCancel Changes
Save Changes
TGID Wildcard
Radio ID
Alpha Tag
In the following step you will store a Wildcard talkgroup
with the number 65535. If you would rather store a
TGRP object for a specific talkgroup ID, just press the
number keys to enter the talkgroup ID of the desired
talkgroup, then press the SEL key to store the ID.
HINT: TGRP objects are also used to receive Private/
Individual Calls on trunking systems that support these
call types. Simply check the Radio ID check box. A
Wildcard TGRP object with Radio ID box checked will
monitor all Private/Individual Calls seen on the system,
or you can specify a radio ID to watch for in the ID:
field.
Scroll down to Save Changes and perform the save.
The Wildcard talkgroup allows you to hear everything
on the system.
If you entered an actual talk group, be sure to name
this TID by changing Wildcard to the talkgroup’s actual
name. You'll want to scroll down two more clicks to
the Tag: field and enter an easy to remember name for
your talkgroup that corresponds with its purpose on the
trunked radio system. For this example, lets assume that
this is a police dispatch talkgroup, and we would like to
use the name “POLICE DISPATCH” for the tag. Scroll
to the Tag: field and press the SEL key. Using the text
entry methods that you have previously employed for
naming your CONV and TSYS objects, name your new
talkgroup “POLICE DISPATCH”:
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71P
63O
53L
43I
23C
32E
. <space>
31D
43I
74S
71P
21A
81T
23C
42H
Press SEL to store the name, then press SEL to store
the TGRP as a new object. As with the other object
types, there are many other parameters you can edit for
the TGRP, but for now, that's all you have to do to start
monitoring traffic on that TGRP! To add more TGRPs
on the same system, follow the same steps above,
this time specifying the TSYS that you just created. To
create TGRPs on a different system, follow the steps
above, specify a NEW system, and provide the correct
parameters for that system, as shown above. With
regard to trunked radio systems, it is important to note
that a "system" cannot be scanned. If one wishes to
monitor radio traffic on a trunked radio system, one
must create a TGRP object. A TGRP object includes
the parameters for a trunked radio system so that it will
operate properly. Trunking system(TSYS) parameters are
stored as a separate "configuration object", and can be
used over and over again in other talkgroup objects on
the same trunked radio system.
Also with regard to trunked radio systems, it is
important to note that a talkgroup object may be
configured in one of four different ways to monitor
traffic on a trunked radio system. They are as follows:
• Wildcard Talkgroup: will monitor all talkgroup call
radio traffic on the desired trunked radio system
• Talkgroup with TGID: will only monitor talkgroup
call radio traffic on the specified TGID (enter
the desired talkgroup in the ID: field of the
TGRP object to scan a specified ID)
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• Wildcard Private Call: will monitor all private call
radio traffic on the desired trunked radio system (in
the TGID field, and set the Type field to Private)
• Private Call with ID: will only monitor private call
radio traffic on the specified TGID (enter the desired
Radio ID in the TGID field, and set the Type field to
Private)
NOTE: For now, just let your new objects go to the
default Scan List. Later in this section we will show you
how you can group your objects into Scan Lists.
Talkgroup Object (TGRP)
Talkgroup Object (TGRP)
A Trunking Talkgroup Object (TGRP) is a record that
stores the parameters for a trunked talkgroup on a
trunked radio system. When you create a TGRP object,
you are creating an object that will allow you to scan
and monitor a talkgroup on a particular trunked radio
system.
Importing DMR systems using
the EZ Scan PC Application
Importing DMR systems using the EZ Scan PC
Application is nearly identical to importing any other
type of trunked radio system. The most significant
difference between DMR systems verses other types
of systems is that the scanner does not use the DMR
control channel. Instead, your scanner will attempt
to scan all sites and all frequencies for each site to
determine if there is activity to be monitored.
When programming DMR systems, it is recommended
that you select/import and/or only enable the sites that
you believe will be in range of your location.
NOTE: The following steps assume you have “Set
Location” to off in the EZ Scan PC Application General
Settings tab and/or you have selected the “Preferred”
type for importing systems.
1.
Click on the Library Import tab.
2.
In the Select State/Province list, click on your
state.
3.
In the data type box to the right, double-click on
Counties/Cities.
4.
In the Counties/Cities list on the left, click on your
county.
5.
In the Data Type box to the right, double-click on
Systems.
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DMR systems are denoted in this list by the type
Connect Plus, Capacity Plus, Linked Cap Plus, and
Hytera XPT in the last column of the displayed list of
systems.
1.
Select the system you want to import by clicking
on the selection box to the left of the system.
2.
For systems that may have more than one
transmitter site, click on the Sites button and
select the sites you want to import.
3.
Load only selected talkgroups on this system by
pressing the Talkgroups button.
4.
After your Site and Talkgroup selections have
been made, press the Import Selected Channels
button.
5.
Select the scanlist you want to import this system
into by clicking on the box in the SEL column.
a. NOTE: You have options that may be set by
clicking on the Import Options button.
b. Add a “wildcard” to search for new
talkgroups and another to monitor for direct, radio
to radio “Private Calls”.
6.
To perform the import, click the Import Channels
button on the lower left side of the screen.
7.
After the import, you’ll have the option to return
and import more systems.
Searching for new/unknown talkgroups or Private
Calls and to selectively enable sites for a given
imported system
By default, you will hear only those talkgroups that
have been identified by other users which have been
submitted to Radio Reference for inclusion in the Radio
Reference Database.
If you didn’t select the wildcard option(s) during import,
you still have the option of enabling search for new
talkgroups on the system you imported by adding a
talkgroup “wildcard” object to your scanlist.
1.
Click on the Trunked Radio Systems tab at the
top of the EZ Scan PC Application.
2.
Click on the Alpha Tag label field of the system
you imported to select it. After selecting the
system, the Trunked System Site Information
panel will populate at the bottom of the screen.
3.
If not already selected/displayed, click on the Site
Details tab.
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4.
Determine which site(s) you want to monitor and
lockout the other sites by clicking on the box in the
column labeled L/O.
a. NOTE: The Multi-Site Settings options below
the sites panel have no affect when monitoring
DMR systems on your scanner.
5.
Click on the Talkgroup Details tab of the
Trunked System Site Information panel to
see the talkgroups currently loaded into your
configuration.
6.
If a wildcard object does not already exist for this
system, click the Add Wildcard button on the right
side of the screen. When the scanlist pop-up panel
appears, select the scanlist that you want to assign
the wildcard object to.
7.
To add a Radio ID wildcard object, click on
the Radio ID Details tab and click on the Add
Wildcard button to the right. When the scanlist
pop-up panel appears, select the scanlist that you
want to assign the wildcard object to.
Don’t forget to write your configuration to the SD card
of your radio using the Scanner/SD Card menu option
at the top of the EZ Scan PC Application.
Manually creating/adding
DMR systems using the EZ
Scan PC Application
If you learn of a new DMR system that you want to
configure for your scanner or if the DMR system listed
on the Radio Reference Database has no talkgroups
listed, you may need to manually create a new DMR
system in the EZ Scan PC Application.
To manually create/add a new DMR system
1.
Click on the Trunked Radio Systems tab at the
top of the EZ Scan PC Application.
2.
Click on the New button to on the right side of the
Trunked Radio Systems screen. A new row will
appear in the Trunked Radio Systems section.
3.
Click on the Alpha Tag column field of the newly
created system and enter the name of the system.
4.
Click on the Type column of the new system row
and select DMR.
5.
Click on the Country column and set the country.
6.
Click on the AGC column and set it to On.
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7.
With the new system row highlighted at the top
of the display, you will see the Trunked System
Site Information section on the bottom half of the
screen.
8.
If not already selected/displayed, click on the Site
Details tab.
9.
Click on the “Site 001” label in the Alpha Tag
column to select and enable editing of the site
frequencies.
10. Enter the site frequencies in the Frequency column
of the Site Frequencies tab.
a. NOTE: For best performance enter all of
the frequencies for the site (control, alternate, or
otherwise). Do not enter duplicate frequencies.
11. Click on the Talkgroup Details tab of the Trunked
System Site Information panel to see talkgroups
currently loaded into your configuration.
12. If a wildcard object does not already exist for this
system, click the Add Wildcard button on the right
side of the screen. When the scanlist pop-up panel
appears, select the scanlist that you want to assign
the wildcard object to.
13. To add a Radio ID wildcard object, click on
the Radio ID Details tab and click on the Add
Wildcard button to the right. When the scanlist
pop-up panel appears, select the scanlist that you
want to assign the wildcard object to.
Don’t forget to write your configuration to the SD card
of your radio using the Scanner/SD Card menu option
at the top of the EZ Scan PC Application.
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Editing Objects Manually
From the main menu, select Browse Objects, browse to
an object and press Menu.
Note: Not all options are available on all objects.
Cancel Changes
Cancels changes you have just made.
Save Changes
Saves changes you have just made.
Edit System
Edits system parameters.
Frequency
Edit object frequency.
Alpha Tag
The object name. Press  or  to move
the cursor; press orto change the
value.
Set Scanlists
Changes the objects Scanlists.
DG Mode
Toggles between analog, digital and
auto.
RX Mode
Changes object’s receive mode: FM,
NFM (Narrow FM), Auto, AM
SQ Mode
Changes object’s Squelch mode: None,
CTCSS, DCS, NAC, SRCH (Search)
SQ Search
Turns Squelch Search on or off
Store SQ Code
Only appears when MENU is pressed
while monitoring a conventional channel
that is set for CTCSS or DCS search mode. Select Store SQ code
to store the value of the found CTCSS or DCS code. Subsequent transmissions must have matching CTCSS
or DCS squelch codes to be monitored.
SQ Exclude
Turns Squelch Exclude on or off. Allows
certain CTCSS/DCS codes to be excluded.
Locked Out
Locked objects (indicated by an L) are
not scanned.
Skipped
Skipped objects are not scanned.
Priority
EZ Scan frequently checks priority channels for activity. Priority status is
indicated by an upper case P.
Delay
The scanner waits for a reply for two
seconds after a transmission ends before
resuming a scan
Attenuate
Applies attenuation to the channel.
AGC
Reduces interference from strong local
transmitters. (Only available for
conventional frequencies.)
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Audio Boost
Increases audio level when channel
becomes active.
Alarm
An alarm sounds when activity is found
for a frequency or talkgroup. Press  or
 to select an alarm sound.
Light
Press  or  to select the desired light
options:
Leave – use default backlight settings
On – turn the backlight on
Flash – flash according to the set flash
pattern
Flash Pattern
A light pattern used to identify the
channel.
On Time/Off Time The backlight duration for each flash
pattern step. (10 millisecond increments. 50
= 500 milliseconds = .5 seconds).
LED Enable
Turns on/off the Alert LED for this object.
LED Flash
Alert LED will flash when enabled.
Color Count
Select 1 to 4 colors to be displayed when
Object is Active. Option 0= off
Record
Set Recording when Object is active.
Delete Object
Removes the channel from EZ Scan’s
working memory. The channel remains in
the library data.
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Alert LED Settings
NOTE: The EZ Scan PC application allows you to group
objects (such as all Keller Fire Department) and edit
the color to red. Even add an alert tone to differentiate
Keller Fire from Hurst Fire. The following instructions
show you how to edit color of an individual object from
the keypad.
The Alert LED has been enhanced. These
enhancements provide powerful new capabilities
for customizing the Alert LED, giving you even more
flexibility to show unique colors and flash patterns when
transmissions are received on important talkgroups and
channels. The following program charts are examples
of how the Alert LED can be configured to produce
unique and noticeable effects and colors.
1. Press MENU.
2. Select Browse Objects.
3. Use the  or  to select a Scanlist.
4. Use the or  to select an object within the
selected Scanlist.
5. Press MENU to enter object options. (options
are shown in the following examples) Scroll till
“Flash Pattern” is shown and press the .
6. A list of 8 characters are displayed (55555555).
Adjust each one to obtain the flash pattern desired.
Options are 0-9 and A-F. See Flash pattern chart for
how each number/letter will control the Alert LED.
7. Once set press SEL to accept the flash rate. Press 
to import the items. (This may take several minutes.)
EXAMPLE: Using the above chart with pattern
3B3B3B3B, the LED pattern for "3" is "off/off/on/on"
and the LED pattern for "B" is "on/ off/on/on." With
this selection the Alert LED will flash back and forth
between "off/off/on/on" and "on/off/on/on." The flash
pattern goes in order from left to right.
NOTE: Both the flash rate and color options are in
hexadecimal format.
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On Solid - Single Color
These settings will illuminate the LED with a single
color, solid, no flashing when the Object is receiving
traffic.
Flash Pattern
n/a
On Timen/a
Off Timen/a
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashUnchecked
Color Count
1
Color 1
FF0000 (red)
Color 2n/a
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Slow Flash - Single Color
These settings will illuminate the LED with a single
color, flashing on and off at the rate of one cycle per
second.
Flash Pattern
55555555
On Time50
Off Time50
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
1
Color 1
FF0000 (red)
Color 2n/a
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Slow Flash - Two Color
The settings shown above will illuminate the LED with a
two colors, flashing on and off at the rate of one cycle
per second. The LED will be illuminated for 1/2 second
and off for 1/2 second each period and will alternate
colors each flash.
Flash Pattern
55555555
On Time50
Off Time50
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
2
Color 1
FF0000 (red)
Color 2
0000FF (blue)
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
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Highway Department 1 - Strobe Effect
These settings produce a rapid yellow pulsing strobe
effect.
Flash Pattern
A8A8A8A8
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
1
Color 1
FFFF00 (yellow)
Color 2n/a
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Highway Department 2 - Strobe Effect
These settings produce a rapid yellow and white strobe
effect.
Flash Pattern
A8A8A8A8
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
2
Color 1
FFFF00 (yellow)
Color 2
FFFFFF (white)
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Police Department 1 - Strobe Effect
These settings produce a rapid blue pulsing strobe
effect.
Flash Pattern
A8A8A8A8
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
1
Color 1
0000FF (blue)
Color 2n/a
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
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Police Department 2 - Strobe Effect
The settings produce a rapid blue continuous strobe
effect.
Flash Pattern
AAAAAAAA
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
1
Color 1
0000FF (blue)
Color 2n/a
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Police Department 3 - Strobe Effect
These settings produce an alternating blue/red strobe
effect.
Flash Pattern
AAAAAAAA
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
2
Color 1
0000FF (blue)
Color 2
FF0000 (red)
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Fire/EMS 1 - Strobe Effect
The settings produce an intense red/white strobe effect.
Flash Pattern
AFAFAFAF
On Time5
Off Time1
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
2
Color 1
FF0000 (red)
Color 2
FFFFFF (white)
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
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Fire/EMS 2 - Strobe Effect
These settings produce a rapid red/white strobe effect.
Flash Pattern
AAAAAAAA
On Time5
Off Time9
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
2
Color 1
0000FF (blue)
Color 2
FF0000 (red)
Color 3n/a
Color 4n/a
Christmas Tree - Flasher Effect
Just for fun.
Flash Pattern
FFFFFFFF
On Time50
Off Time1
LED Enable
Checked
LED FlashChecked
Color Count
4
Color 1
FF0000 (red)
Color 2
FFFFFF (white)
Color 3
00FF00 (green)
Color 4
FFFFFF (white)
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Recording and Playback
Your scanner features a powerful audio recording
system that captures transmissions that occur on
selected Objects to the Micro SD card using the high
quality, industry standard .AU audio file format.
For example, a 2GB Micro SD card with a very large
scanning configuration (e.g., 500 MB) still leaves room
for over 50 hours of recording time and thousands
of recorded transmissions! Here are just a few of the
things you can do with the audio recording system:
• Record all transmissions that occur on talkgroups or
channels that are of interest to you for later review.
• Perform attended or unattended searches for
new frequencies, automatically storing audio with
frequency information for all transmissions found
while searching.
• Record all transmissions that occur on ALL
talkgroups or channels, providing an instant recall
function to replay a prior transmission that was
missed or unintelligible.
Audio recording is not enabled by default. To enable
audio recording, make sure that the Enable Record
option in the Global Settings menu is checked, and
set the Record flag in any Objects that you wish to
record. You may wish to record audio for all of your
programmed Objects, which provides the ability to
instantly replay any transmission that the radio receives
in cases where the traffic may be difficult to copy.
When recording is enabled radio wide and for selected
Objects, you will see the icon flash in the display
when the audio recorder is actively recording audio
information.
When the Micro SD card is almost full, the F icon will
appear in the display to indicate that recording is
suspended. Delete or archive old audio files to make
room for new recordings. To playback recorded audio
files:
1. From the Main Menu, select Playback to enter the
Playback System.
2. The Playback System will place you at the last
audio file that was recorded by the radio.
Press the /II/SEL key to play the file, or use the
 and  keys to scroll to another file for playback.
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3. While playing a file, the  and  keys set the
playback volume, and the  or  keys move
backward and forward in the file being played in
five second increments. The SKIP key ends
playback of the current file.
4. After scrolling to a file, you can press the MENU key
for a list of playback options.
Main Menu jumps to the Main Menu.
• Back jumps back to the list of recorded files.
• Play From Here plays the current recording and all
recordings afterwards.
• Delete All deletes all recorded audio files.
• Delete Earlier deletes recorded audio files prior to
the selected audio file.
• Delete Later deletes the selected audio file and all
recorded audio files after the selected file.
The EZ Scan Software includes advanced audio file
playback and management features in addition to the
audio playback and management features in the radio.
Using IF Output
Your scanner can provide its IF/discriminator output
signal to the headphone jack. The IF/discriminator
output is unsquelched and unfiltered, making it ideal for
third party signal analysis and decoding software and
hardware.
To activate IF Output mode:
1. Press MENU.
2. Scroll to the Program Menu, Press SEL, Global
Settings, Press SEL to continue.
3. Scroll past the Expert section to the IF Out setting.
4. Press the  to scroll through the available options:
Off = disables the IF output function.
HP = routes the IF/discriminator to the headphone jack.
HP/SP = routes the IF/discriminator signal to the
headphone jack and the speaker.
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Internal Clock/Calendar
Your scanner includes a real time clock/calendar that is
used to correctly date and time stamp recorded audio
files. The first time you power on your scanner, you will
be prompted to set the time and date.
If batteries are allowed to fully discharge, or if they are
removed from the scanner for more than a few minutes,
the date and time will need to be set again. You can
also set the date and time over the USB connection
using the EZ Scan Software, or directly on the radio
using the Set Clock function in the Main Menu.
Monitoring and Scanning
When programmed, your scanner provides two basic
functions for scanning radio transmissions:
• Monitoring – Listening to a single object.
• Scanning – Checking multiple saved objects,
stopping when a transmission is detected.
To scan more quickly, you can skip or lock out
frequencies that you do not wish to scan. A skipped
frequency is ignored during the current scan; a locked
out frequency is ignored for all scans unless it is
unlocked.
To monitor a frequency or talkgroup:
1. From the main menu, select Browse Objects, then
press .
2. Use the direction keys to browse Scanlists and
objects.
3. Press /II/SEL to monitor the displayed frequency.
4. Press  or  to select another object or press
/II/SEL to begin scanning.
To scan your active Scanlists:
1. Press MENU.
2. Select Scan from the main menu and press  or
/II/SEL.
3. To pause the scan, press /II/SEL when scanner
stops on a transmission. To resume scanning, press
/II/SEL again.
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To enable or disable Scanlists:
While scanning, pressing 1 thru 200 will toggle the
selected scanlist on or off. Each button must be pressed
within 2 second of the last. If more than 1 scanlist
will be toggled on or off, press the decimal once as
a separator. Pressing the decimal twice will end the
sequence.
Example: If you wish to toggle scanlist 9 you press 9 If
you wish to toggle scanlist 9, 11, and 22 simply press
the following 9 . 11 . 22 or 9 . 11 . 22 . or 9 . 11 . 22..
To lock out objects:
1. From main menu, select Browse Objects, then press
.
2. Use the  keys to browse objects then press
MENU.
3. Select Locked Out and press . A checkmark ( )
indicates Lockout is selected. A square () indicates
Lockout is disabled. An uppercase L in the display
indicates a locked out frequency.
NOTE: The SKIP button can be programmed in the
Global Settings Menu (first option under the Expert
section) to perform the Lockout function.
To skip transmissions while scanning:
1. Wait for scanner to stop on the transmission and
press SKIP. An uppercase S in the display indicates
a skipped object.
2. To skip a specific object, you can browse to the
object and press SKIP.
3. To restore a skipped object, browse to it and press
SKIP.
4. To restore all skipped objects, in the main menu,
select Restore Skipped and press .
NOTE: If the specific object is locked out vs. skipped
the SKIP button may have been programmed as
Lockout function.
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TIP: Consider how you plan to organize your objects
for scanning. You can organize your scan lists
geographically, assigning objects for your location in
one list and objects for other locations in different lists.
You can organize your scan lists by trunking system,
assigning TGRP objects associated with specific trunked
radio systems to separate lists.
To rename a Scanlist:
1. Select Scanlist from the main menu, and then press
.
2. Select a Scanlist and press . The Scanlist name
appears.
3. Press  or  to move the cursor; press  or 
to change the character. Press SKIP to delete a
character.
To set priority objects. Priority is used only when
you want regular scanner operation interrupted to
hear something on your priority object(s):
1. Browse to the object and press Menu.
2. Select Priority and press . A checkmark ( )
indicates an Priority is selected. A square ()
indicates Priority is disabled.
NOTE: To set priority, Priority Mode must be enabled
in the Configuration menu. Setting any object as a
priority can cause normal scanner interruption.
Scanlist and Scan Sets
There are 20 Scan Sets that work in conjunction with
Scanlists to provide additional scan object selection
capability and flexibility. Each Scan Set contains a list
of all 200 normal Scanlists plus the special Skywarn®
Scanlist.
With Scan Sets you can quickly select large groups
of Scanlists to enable or disable, just by enabling or
disabling the Scan Sets that contain the desired groups
of Scanlists, instead of individually editing the list of
enabled Scanlists every time you want to change the
group of Scanlists you wish to monitor.
For example:
On Scanlists 01 through 30 you decide to put all of
City1. On Scanlists 31 through 50 you decided to put all
of City 2, on Scanlists 51 through 62 you decided to put
all of City 3. When you move from city to city, it would
take some time to individually toggle off the unwanted
scanlists and toggle on the new ones. This is where
Scan sets come in.
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NOTE: When you start a scan, the first thing the scanner
does is check to see what Scan set(s) is (are) enabled.
It finds Scan set 01 on by default. Next it checks to
see what Scanlists are permitted in Scan set 01 and it
finds that every scanlist is checked (all are allowed).
This means the scanner will use the checked Scanlist
boxes to control what Scanlists are scanned. If you have
objects stored and the scanner reports, “Nothing to
Scan!” Check to see if you accidentally unchecked the
box for Scan set 01.
Rename Scan set 01 to City 1 name and uncheck all
boxes 31 and up. Leave Skywarn® checked so you can
enable Skywarn if you are in City 1. Rename Scan set
02 to City 2 name and check scanlist boxes 31 through
50 and Skywarn, all others should be off. And finally,
rename Scan set 03 to City 3 name and check boxes for
Scanlists 51 through 62 and Skywarn.
Now when changing from city to city, simply uncheck
the Scanset box for the city you are leaving and check
the box for the one you are entering.
Searching
You can locate active frequencies quickly and
easily using one of the Scanner’s three convenient
frequency search modes:
• Spectrum Sweeper – sweeps rapidly through
frequency ranges in 1MHz blocks. Unlike the
frequency counter method used in other scanners,
Spectrum Sweeper is far more sensitive, arguably
just as fast and the only technology that lets you lock
out and keep searching in the same band.
• Service Search – searches through frequencies
used by the following radio services: Public
Safety, Aircraft, Railroad, Amateur, CB,Marine, and
FRS/ GMRS/MURS. This is a good way to find activity
on local frequencies.
• Limit Search – searches within a range of
frequencies that you define.
To use Spectrum Sweeper:
1. In the main menu, select Search, and press  to
enter the search menu.
2. Select Spectrum Sweeper and press .
3. Select All Bands or Public Safety and press right
() to start the search. Spectrum Sweeper
sweeps through frequency ranges in 1 MHz blocks.
4. Press MENU to stop search which enters Sweeper
menu where you can select fewer bands to search.
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To perform a Service Search:
1. In the main menu, select Search, and press  to
enter to the search menu.
2. Select Service Search and press .
3. Scroll through the available services, select a
service, and press  to start the search.
4. Press MENU to stop search which enters service
menu.
To perform a Limit Search:
1. In the main menu, select Search, and press  to
enter to the search menu
2. Select Limit Search, and press . The search
begins immediately.
3. To change the search range, press MENU.
4. Scroll to Lo and press .
5. Press  or  to move the cursor; press  or  to
change the value.
6. Press SEL to save the new value and return to the
search menu.
7. Scroll to Hi and press .
8. Press  or  to move the cursor; press  or  to
change the value.
9. Press SEL to save the new value and return to the
search menu.
10. Press  to continue the search.
11. Press MENU to stop search when enters Limit
Menu.
To save found frequencies:
1. Press MENU.
2. Then select Store Channel and press SEL. EZ Scan
adds the frequency to the default Scanlist and
names it based on the search type.
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Search Settings
To change search settings, press MENU while the
search is active.
Spectrum Sweeper Settings
• Atten – Attenuation. On or Off.
• Zeromatic – On or off.
• Delay –How long scanner waits after a transmission
before resuming.
• Special Mode – Skips 1MHz block where you have
skipped five or more frequencies. Special Mode
is useful when you are close to many high-power
transmitters that are close together in frequency.
• Frequency Ranges – Defines a frequency range to
focus a search.
Service Search Settings
• Atten – Attenuation. On or Off.
• Zeromatic – On or off.
• Delay –How long scanner waits after a transmission
before resuming.
• Frequency Ranges – Defines a frequency range to
focus a search.
• Rx Mode – Set the RX modulation mode to
automatic, or forces AM mode or FM mode. RX
Mode functions in Aircraft and Amateur
bands, Press  or  to change.
Limit Search Settings
• Atten – Attenuation. On or Off.
• Zeromatic – On or off.
• Delay –How long scanner waits after a transmission
before resuming.
• Lo – Lowest frequency in the search range.
• Hi – Highest frequency in the search range.
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Saving Found CTCSS, DCS or
NAC CODES
When importing objects from the Library, squelch
codes are automatically imported. If this information is
missing, your scanner can quickly identify these codes
during a search, if present. When a channel includes a
CTCSS, DCS or NAC code, the code appears on the
bottom line of the display, followed by an“ ”, which
indicates a valid CTCSS, DCS or NAC code:
CTCSS 127.3
To save the found code with the channel:
1. When a CTCSS or DCS code is found by the search
feature, press MENU. Store SQ code appears.
2. Press SEL.
After the code is saved, the scanner will only stop on
transmissions that have a matching CTCSS, DCS or
NAC squelch code present.
NOTE: In the Global Settings Menu, Simple Display
must be unchecked to display and save found CTCSS,
DCS or NAC codes.
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Weather Monitoring
A weather alert tone includes a digitally-encoded SAME
(Specific Area Message Encoding) signal, FIPS (Federal
Information Processing Standard) code, and an event
code.
Before you can use SAME Stand by Mode, you must
program at least one FIPS code. Unless you are near
a county boarder, enter only the FIPS code for your
county. This prevents alerting when events happen in
nearby counties.
To receive severe weather broadcasts while scanning
other channels, set your local NOAA channel as the
Weather Priority channel, but be aware that normal
scanner audio will be regularly interrupted when the
scanner jumps away to check for a weather alert.
To program FIPS Codes:
1. Look up your local FIPS code(s) (located at:
www.NWS.NOAA.gov/NWR/indexnw.htm).
2. Press
to activate Weather Mode, then press
MENU.
3. Scroll to SAME1 Tag and press  to name the
channel. Press  or  to move the cursor; press 
or  to change the character.
4. Scroll down to SAME 1 FIPS and press  to
enter a FIPS code. Press  or  to move the cursor;
press  or  to change the character.
5. Scroll down to SAME1 Enable and press SEL
or .
6. To program more FIPS codes (up to 10), repeat
steps 3-5.
7. When finished, select Save Changes and press
SEL or .
NOTE: Programming only one FIPS code will result in
alerts intended only for your county. For fringe areas, it
may be beneficial to program a second FIPS code for
nearby counties.
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Entering SAME Location and Event Codes
The following steps are used to create a SAME entry
that provides all weather alerts for a given location.
Press the WX key twice to enter Weather mode.
Use the  or  keys on the 4-way push button pad to
scroll to the desired SAME code entry.
Press the SEL key to edit the selected SAME entry.
With the Entry field selected, press on the 4-way push
button pad to turn the entry on.
Scroll to the Code: field and press on the 4-way push
button pad to enter a SAME location code. Use the
keypad to enter a SAME code.
Scroll to the Event field. Note the current default of ***,
which will allow all messages for the specified SAME
location code. We recommend that you leave the event
code with “***” to receive all alerts.
Scroll to the Tag: field. We suggest that you enter a tag
name here that corresponds with the SAME location
code that you have entered. Press on the 4-way push
button pad to edit the tag name. Use the  keys
on the 4-way push button pad or the standard text entry
method to enter your tag. Using our Dallas County
example, you would enter the following:
31 D
21 A
53 L
53 L
21 A
74 S
.<space>
23 C
63 O
82 U
62 N
81 T
93 Y
Scroll to the Alarm: field. Note that you can specify
different alarm sounds for this SAME entry. We
recommend that you use the default setting here for
general purpose weather alerting.
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Scroll to the Lockout: field. Note that Lockout is
currently set to off. Lockout is a special purpose
parameter that can be used to lock out individual event
or area codes. We recommend that you leave Lockout
set to off for general purpose weather alerting.
When you have finished editing your SAME entry, press
the SEL key to store the data, then press the SEL key
to save all SAME changes and return to the Weather
mode.
Activating SAME Stand by Mode
After you have entered your desired SAME codes, you
can activate the SAME Standby Mode to begin standby
operation. The radio will remain silent until a SAME
transmission is received with a code that matches one
that you have stored. When a matching SAME message
is received, your radio will sound a siren alarm (adjust
volume in Settings), then will play the audio message
that follows the Warning Alert Tone (WAT).
To activate SAME standby mode, press the WX key,
use the  or  keys to find the best weather radio
transmitter for your location, then press the SKIP key.
This will change to STBY to indicate that SAME Standby
Mode is active, and the scanner will alert when a
matching SAME message is received.
Press the SEL key again to exit SAME Standby Mode, or
press MENU.
When your local NWS office activates a SAME warning
that matches a FIPS code stored in your scanner, you
will first hear a siren alarm and see the LED flash to alert
you to the incoming alarm. The LED flashes RED for
warnings, YELLOW for watches, and BLUE for tests and
administrative messages.
The scanner sounds the siren until the NWS
transmission of the 1050 Hz Warning Alert Tone (WAT)
begins. Once the WAT begins, the scanner’s speaker
will unmute, and you will hear the WAT play as an alert
that the voice portion of the SAME warning is about to
begin. You will then hear the voice portion of the SAME
warning.
Your scanner will resume SAME Standby operation 90
seconds after the SAME warning starts. You may reset
stand by mode by pressing the STBY soft key twice at
any time.
To activate SAME Stand by Mode:
1. Press
and then press  or  to select a NOAA
channel.
2. Press SKIP to enter Stand by Mode. The speaker
silences and SKIP = Normal appears at the
bottom of the screen.
3. To return to Normal Weather Mode, press SKIP
again.
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To activate Weather Priority:
1. Press to begin scanning for weather frequencies.
When scanner stops on the strongest NOAA
channel, press MENU.
2. Select Priority and press  or  to select the
channel. Be aware that normal scanner audio will be
regularly interrupted when the scanner jumps away
to check for a weather alert.
3. Scroll to Save Changes and press /II/SEL or  to
save.
SKYWARN®
During severe weather Skywarn® repeaters relay severe
weather reports from Amateur Radio operators in the
field to local National Weather Service offices. When
there is no severe weather these repeaters are used
for routine communications by licensed Amateur Radio
operators. Monitoring Skywarn®, you will hear actual
reports as they are called in. You will hear locations near
you and you will hear those reports minutes before they
are relayed on NWS Weather broadcasts and much
sooner than on radio or TV.
To import Skywarn® Frequencies:
1. Browse for Skywarn® frequencies in the EZ Scan
library and import them to the Skywarn® Scanlist.
If not found in the library, check with a local
Amateur Radio club. Find a local one at
www.arrl.org.
2. Enable the Skywarn® Scanlist.
To activate Skywarn®:
1. Press
once to enter Weather Mode.
2. Press
again to activate Skywarn®.
NOTE: Skywarn® temporarily disables all other
Scanlists. Remember, local EOC offices (county sheriff
or local police) are an important part of Skywarn®. Feel
free to add EOC talkgroups to your Skywarn® scanlist.
SKYWARN® and the SKYWARN® logo are registered trademarks
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with
permisission
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Using V Scanner Storage
V-Scanner II Storage System -Scanner II (VS-II) system
provides you with a way to store multiple configurations
on your scanner. VS-II configurations are created,
managed and copied to the SD Card using the EZ Scan
software.
You can load stored VS-II configurations by selecting
the V-Scanner option from the Main Menu, then
scrolling to the desired VS-II configuration using the
 or  keys. Press the SEL key to activate the selected
VS-II configuration. Any changes that you have made
to the current VS-II or default configuration will be
automatically saved to the SD Card before the selected
VS-II configuration is loaded.
All V-Scanner folder creation and management is
performed using the EZ Scan software. Data in your
VS-II folders is updated automatically in the field as you
use them. Unlike previous versions of the V-Scanner
feature, it is not necessary to “save” and “load” the
VS-II folders you are working with - just select the
desired VS-II folder and the radio handles the rest
automatically.
NOTE: It is not possible to create or delete VS-II
folders while in the field. All VS-II folder management is
accomplished using the EZ Scan software.
Configuration Settings
To access configuration settings, select Program Menu
then Global Settings from the menu, and press .
• Cancel Changes – Cancels changes you have just
made.
• Save Changes – Saves changes you have just made.
• Default Vals – Restores default settings.
• Simple Display – Limits displayed information.
• Default SL – Sets the default Scanlist.
• Priority Mode – Enables Priority mode.
• Priority Time – Time between priority scans.
• Enable Record – Turns on the record feature.
• Search Record – when active unit records
transmissions found while searching.
• G Atten Mode – Enables Global Attenuation.
• G Atten On – Activates Global Attenuation.
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• Search Dg AGC – Applies Digital AGC to found
digital transmissions.
• G AGC Mode – Enables Global AGC.
• G AGC On – Activates Global AGC.
• Scan Sets Opt - Turns on Scan Set Feature.
• Sounds – Sets EZ Scan beeps and alert sounds.
• Alerts –Controls audio alerts.
• Key Beeps – Enables or disables key tones.
• Beep Volume – Sets key tone volume.
• Alert Volume –Object volume.
• Contrast – Sets the LCD contrast.
• LModeBAT – Backlight mode during battery
operation.
• LModeEXT – Backlight mode (external power).
• Lite Area – Sets LCD and keypad lighting.
• Lite Time – Backlight duration.
• Lite Level –Controls backlight brightness.
• Welcome Text 1-5 – Sets the text displayed on five
lines of the display when the scanner is first turned
on.
 Expert 
• Skip - Programmed to “lockout” will permanently
locks out an object when the SKIP button is pressed.
• Blink Time 1-2 – Controls the amount of time each
item is displayed.
• Show Radio ID – Displays the Radio ID for trunked
systems, if available. Tag Only.
• Use RID Alert –Controls alert for Radio ID
transmissions.
• Show VC/CC – Displays voice and control channel.
Simple Display must be unchecked. Show Radio ID
will override if available.
• Show TGID – Displays talkgroup ID. Simple Display
must be unchecked.
• Show Site Name – Displays trunking site
name, only if two or more trunking system
sites are programmed. Simple Display must be
unchecked.
• CONV TGID – Displays the talkgroup ID for P25/
DMR conventional talkgroup calls. Simple Display
must be unchecked.
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• CONV Radio ID – Displays the Radio ID for
P25 conventional calls. Simple Display must be
unchecked.
• PC/IF CCDump – Streams ASCII Control Channel
Dump data over the USB interface for trunking
control channels.
To file – Stores ASCII Control Channel Dump data to
the SD card.
Limit 100
Trim Logs
• Low Batt Time – Interval (seconds) between low
battery alert sounds.
• Charge Time – Sets the radio charge time.
• TG Disp – Display format for talkgroup IDs.
• M36 Stat Bits – Uses status bits to track Motorola
3600 baud trunking talkgroup calls.
• M36 ENC
• EDACS Dig
• BandPlan – Selects USA or Canada.
• FlexStep - Permits using Split channel frequency.
• EncMode – For encrypted voice calls: Noise, Silent,
or Tone.
• EncLevel – Sets the encrypted call tone level.
• IF Out –Routes the IF Discriminator signal to the
headphone jack.
• DSP Level Adapt –Controls how fast the DSP adjusts
to varying P25 levels (default: 64). Higher values =
faster rates.
• ADC Gain – Controls input signal to CODEC
(default: +0dB).
• DAC Gain – Sets output signal from CODEC,
varying the audio level of decoded digital
signals (default: +0dB).
• Auto Power On
At 00:00
Mode:
• Location Select
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Using EZ Scan Software to
Update the Scanner
1. Turn off the Scanner.
2. Connect the scanner to your computer using
the USB cable supplied. The computer should
recognize the scanner’s Micro SD card as a new
drive. If an auto run screen appears, close it.
3. Select Check for CPU Firmware Update in the
update menu.
4. Click Check for Updates on the update screen.
5. If there are available updates, click Update My
Scanner.
6. Please be patient, this can take several minutes.
When complete, click Done.
DSP Firmware Updates
1. Turn off the Scanner.
2. Connect the scanner to your computer using
the USB cable supplied. The computer should
recognize the scanner’s Micro SD card as a new
drive. If an auto run screen appears, close it.
3. Select Check for DSP Firmware Update in the
update menu.
4. Click Check for Updates.
5. If there are available updates, click Update My
Scanner.
6. Please be patient, this can take several minutes.
When complete, click Done.
Updating the Library (PC)
To update the PC library:
1. Onthe Library Import Tab, click the Update
Channels button. A second Import screen appears.
2. Click the Update Channels button. The library will
be updated to the latest version.
NOTE: The procedure to update the RadioReference
library requires an internet connection.
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Maintenance
Keep the scanner dry; if it gets wet, wipe it dry
immediately. Use and store the scanner only in normal
temperature environments. Handle the scanner
carefully; do not drop it. Keep the scanner away from
dust and dirt, andwipe it witha damp cloth occasionally
to keep it looking new.
Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal
components can cause amalfunction andmight
invalidate its warranty and void your FCC authorization
to operate it.
Birdie Frequencies
Birdies are operating frequencies, which all scanners
have, that are created inside the scanner’s receiver
and can cause interference. If the interference is not
severe, you adjusting the squelch might omit the birdie,
but if you program one of these frequencies after a
search, you will hear only noise on that frequency. If
you suspect that a frequency you have programmed is
being affected by a birdie, try removing the antenna.
Removing the antenna will help determine if the
interfering signal is a birdie signal being generated
inside of the scanner, or the result of an external
interference source. If the noise on a frequency is not
affected when the antenna is removed, it is almost
certainly the result of a birdie. If the noise disappears
when the antenna is removed, the noise is most likely
coming from an external source. Moving the scanner
may reduce or solve the issue.
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Troubleshooting/Error
Messages
For detailed troubleshooting/error messages, please
visit the FAQ section of our website at www.whistlergroup.com or call toll free 866-923-8719.
Should you experience difficulty, please refer to the
following troubleshooting guide for assistance.
Poor or no reception
• Weak signals from distant stations. Reposition for
best reception. 2-Way radio reception is line-ofsight. Consider an outdoor antenna; the
first 30 feet of elevation makes the most difference.
• Attenuator in use on weak signals. Check
performance with and without attenuator activated,
use setting with best reception.
• Strong signal overload from nearby transmitter.
Check performance with and without
attenuator activated, use setting with best
reception.
• Loose or defective antenna. Inspect antenna and
connectors and correct any problems found.
• Incorrect modulation mode selected. Ensure that
proper modulation mode is selected for the type
of system being monitored. If necessary, use the PC
Application to change modulation mode.
“Scanning not available” shown in display
• The batteries are low and all functions that write
data to the MicroSD Card (including scanning)
are disabled to prevent data corruption.
Recharge or replace the batteries.
The scanner is on but does not scan
• The squelch may not be adjusted correctly. Turn the
squelch control clockwise.
The scanner does not recognize the MicroSD Card
• The Micro SD Card is not properly formatted. Use
the PC Application to reformat the card. If
using Windows to format the card, the card
format must be FAT or FAT32 with
32kB clusters. Check all three boxes.
• The MicroSD Card may not be inserted fully. Press
the MicroSD Card into the slot until a click is
heard and the card is fully inserted in the slot.
• The MicroSD Card may be defective. Replace with a
new MicroSD Card.
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“Init SD Card” appears when the scanner is turned
on
• The MicroSD Card is not properly formatted. Use the
PC Application to reformat the card.
• The MicroSD Card may not be inserted fully. Press
the MicroSD Card into the slot until a click is heard
and the card is fully inserted in the slot.
The scanner does not function
• Ensure that the scanner is equipped with fresh
batteries. If powering the scanner from external
power, make certain that the USB power
plug is fully inserted into the scanners USB jack.
Low battery warning beeps and message on LCD
display
• Recharge rechargeable batteries or replace alkaline
batteries. Ensure that the battery type selection
switch in the battery compartment is set to
the correct battery type.
• Please consider using an external charger whenever
possible to keep batteries maintained.
MicroSD Card error messages
The scanners MicroSD Card must be formatted
correctly for proper operation. If the MicroSD Card is
corrupted, defective, improperly formatted or missing
or if essential files or directories are not present on
the card, the scanner displays an error message. If
you experience an error message while using your
scanner in the field, take a moment to ensure that the
MicroSD card is fully inserted in the slot. If this does not
correct the problem, refer to the following table for the
meanings of the various error codes and steps you can
take to correct the problem:
Code
Meaning
01-00
General heap
error
Contact Support and provide error code information
Corrective Action
01-01
Unable to
allocate from
help
Contact Supprot and provide error code information
02-00
Unknown
object type in
data
Use PC Application to delete any corrupted objects
or create a new configuration
02-01
Unknown TSYS
type in data
Use PC Application to delete any corrupted TSYS
objects or create a new configuration
03-00
No MicroSD
card inserted
Ensure that a properly formatted MicroSD card is fully
inserted and locked in the MicroSD slot.
03-01
General error
initalizing file
system
Reinsert the SD card to ensure it is fully inserted in
locked in the SD card slot. If necessary, reformat the
SD card using the PC Application "Prepare SD Card
for use" option. Replace the SD card if the problem
persists.
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03-02
Cluster size bad
Reinsert the MicroSD card to ensure it is fully inserted
in locked in the MicroSD slot. If necessary, reformat
the MicroSD card using the PC Application "Prepare
MircoSD Card for use" option. Replace the MicroSD
card if the problem persists.
03-03
Error reading
SD card
Reinsert the MicroSD card to ensure it is fully inserted
in locked in the MicroSD slot. If necessary, reformat
the MicroSD card using the PC Application "Prepare
SD card for use" option. Replace the MicroSD card if
the problem persists.
03-04
Error writing SD
card
Reinsert the MicroSD card to ensure it is fully inserted
in locked in the MicroSD slot. If necessary, reformat
the MicroSD card using the PC Application "Prepare
SD card for use" option. Replace the MicroSD card if
the problem persists.
03-05
MicroSD card
is full
Reduce size of configuration, remove unnecessary
audio recordings or switch to a MicroSD card with
more capacity.
03-06
MicroSD card
write protected
Reinsert the MicroSD card to ensure it is fully inserted
in locked in the MicroSD slot. If necessary, reformat
the MicroSD card using the PC Application "Prepare
SD card for use" option. Replace the MicroSD card if
the problem persists.
03-07
Mass storage
mode is active
Under normal conditions this error should not appear.
Mass storage device mode is disabled when the
scanner is connected to a computer and scanning.
Disconnect the radio from the computer, wait a few
seconds, then reconnect. Contact Support if the
problem persists.
03-08
Unknown MicroSD
card read/write
error
Reinsert the MircoSD card to ensure it is fully inserted
in locked in the MicroSD slot. If necessary, reformat
the MicroSD card using the PC Application "Prepare
SD Card for use" option. Replace the MicroSD card if
the problem persists.
04-00
Initialization error
Contact Support and provide error code information
04-01
Initialization error
Contact Support and provide error code information
04-02
Firmware load
error
Contact Support and provide error code information
05-00
Unable to load
CONFIG_.BIN
Reformat the SD card using the PC Application
"Prepare SD Card for use" option. Replace the SD
card if the problem persists.
05-01
CONFIG_.BIN
file error
Reformat the MicroSD card using the PC Application
"Prepare SD Card for use" option. Replace the
MicroSD card if the problem persists.
05-02
CONFIG_.BIN
file error
Reformat the MicroSD card using the PC Application
"Prepare SD Card for use" option. Replace the
MicroSD card if the problem persists.
05-03
CONFIG_.BIN
file error
Reformat the MicroSD card using the PC Application
"Prepare SD Card for use" option. Replace the
MicroSD card if the problem persists.
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Library Copyright Notice
The data contained in EZ Scan’s library is provided
by special arrangement with Radio Reference and
is Copyright ©2016 RadioReference.com, LLC who
retains sole ownership of the database. We ask that
you respect this copyright by adhering to the following
guidelines:
The library data is intended for your personal use only
in conjunction with programming and using your EZ
Scan. As such,RadioReference.com LLC grants the
customer a non-exclusive single license to only be used
with the EZ Scan radio and its associated PC software.
The library shall not be copied or transferred to any
third party in any electronic or physical form or posted
on any website.
To decompile the Radio Reference database or convert
it for use with another scanning receiver is expressly
prohibited.
The Radio Reference database is developed and
maintained by unpaid volunteers who are dedicated
scanning hobbyists. The Library data is subject to errors
in the user-submitted data reported to Radio Reference,
and also to the system configuration changes that a
radio system operator may make from time to time.
Field-testing the library data for accuracy is not feasible.
For detailed radio system information worldwide, be
sure to visit www.radioreference.com frequently. We
encourage you to get involved with Radio Reference,
and submit your own new or updated data to the
database, which will result in future updated editions of
the library.
Radio Reference is not responsible for errors, missions
or outdated library data.
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Specifications
Receiving modes ...........................AM, FM, FM-MOT (Motorola), LTR
(EF Johnson), CTCSS, DCS, NAC on P25, EDACS wide/narrow
(GE/Ericsson/HARRIS), P25-Phase I, X2-TDMA, P25-Phase II,
DMR, MotoTRBO™ Tier II
Receiving system..............Triple conversion PLL super heterodyne
WX frequencies.....162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500,
162.525, 162.550 MHz
Display..................................Full dot matrix bitmap LCD (132x65 dots)
Sensitivity......................(FM 12 dB SINAD unless otherwise noted)
VHF Low.....................................................................................................0.2 μV
VHF Aircraft (AM)..................................................................................0.4 μV
VHF High 137-174 MHz.....................................................................0.3 μV
VHF High 216-300 MHz...................................................................0.4 μV
UHF Low 300-406MHz......................................................................0.8 μV
UHF/UHF-T 406-512 MHz................................................................0.4 μV
UHF High 764-960 MHz....................................................................0.5 μV
1240 -1300 MHz......................................................................................0.5 μV
Squelch sensitivity (band center)
Threshold...................................................................................AM/FM 0.5 μV
Tight................................................................(S+N)/N: AM 20 dB, FM 25 dB
Spurious rejection...................................VHF High at 154.1 MHz: 40 dB
(Except Primary image)
Signal to noise ratio........................................................35-40 dB typical
(100 μV input signal)
Scanning rate without trunking........138-147.9 MHz:70ch/second
(in 100 kHz Intervals)
Search rate.......................................162.25-167.25 MHz: 80 steps/sec.
Scan and Search delay time......................................................2 seconds
Audio max. power RF input :100 μV at 154.1 MHz
(DEV:3kHz at 1kHz)
8 Ohms Resistor Load at speaker terminal
(BTL): 500 m Watts
Intermediate frequency
1st.........................................................................................................380.8 MHz
2nd...........................................................................................................21.4 MHz
3rd...............................................................................................................455 kHz
Current drain ...........................8 Ohm internal speaker at 154.1 MHz,
5V Ext Power, Squelched: 170 mA
(Back light off/without charging)
Antenna impedance.......................................................................50 Ohms
Temperature range (optimal)........................................... .-10°C to 60°C
Speaker................................Built-in 36 mm 8 Ohms dynamic speaker
Operating voltage............... DC 4.8 Volts (4 AA Ni-MH batteries)
..............................................................DC 6 Volts (4 AA alkaline batteries)
External power and charge voltage...USB Power (DC 5V 500mA)
Dimensions (HWD)..........5.31 x 2.12 x 1.06 inch (135 x 67 x 28 mm)
Weight ............................................................................................7.4 oz. (210g)
Without antenna and batteries
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Frequency Coverage
25.000-26.960 MHz....................................(in 10 kHz steps/AM)
26.965-27.405 MHz....................................(in 10 kHz steps/AM)
27.410-29.505 MHz.......................................(in 5 kHz steps/AM)
29.510-29.700 MHz.......................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
29.710-49.830 MHz.....................................(in 10 kHz steps/FM)
49.835-54.000 MHz.......................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
108.000-136.9916 MHz.........................(in 8.33 kHz steps/AM)
137.000-137.995 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
138.000-143.9875 MHz.........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/AM)
144.000-147.995 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
148.000-150.7875 MHz..........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
150.800-150.845 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
150.8525-154.4975 MHz..........................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
154.515-154.640 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
154.650-156.0450 MHz............................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
156.0500 MHz..............................................................................(FM)
156.0525-156.1725 MHz..........................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
156.1750 MHz..............................................................................(FM)
156.1800-156.2475 MHz..........................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
156.2500-156.2550 MHz.............................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
156.275-157.450 MHz................................(in 25 kHz steps/FM)
157.470-160.8225 MHz............................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
160.8250 MHz..............................................................................(FM)
160.830-161.5725 MHz............................(in 7.5 kHz steps/FM)
161.600-161.975 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
162.000-174.000 MHz............................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
216.0025-219.9975 MHz.............................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
220.000-224.995 MHz..................................(in 5 kHz steps/FM)
225.000-379.99375 MHz.......................(in 6.25 kHz steps/AM)
380.000-419.9875 MHz..........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
420.000-450.000 MHz...............................(in 2.5 kHz steps/FM)
450.00625-512.000 MHz.......................(in 6.25 kHz steps/FM)
764.000-781.996875 MHz..................(in 3.125 kHz steps/FM)
791.000-796.996875 MHz..................(in 3.125 kHz steps/FM)
806.000-823.9875 MHz..........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
849.000-868.9875 MHz..........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
894.000-939.9875 MHz..........................(in 12.5 kHz steps/FM)
940.000-960.000 MHz............................(in 6.25 kHz steps/FM)
1240.000-1300.000 MHz.......................(in 6.25 kHz steps/FM)
137.000-174.000 MHz...................(in 5 kHz steps/FM ) Canada
380.000-512.000 MHz.................(in 12 kHz steps/FM) Canada
*Excludes frequencies utilized by the Cellular Mobile
Radiotelephone Service: 824-848.9875 MHz and
869-893.9875 MHz
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Consumer Warranty
This Whistler product is warranted to the original
purchaser for a period of one (1) year from the date of
original purchase against all defects in materials and
workmanship, when purchased from an authorized
Whistler retailer. This limited warranty is void if the unit
is abused, misused, modified, installed improperly,
or if the housing and/or serial numbers have been
removed. There are no express warranties covering
this product other than those set forth in this warranty.
All express or implied warranties for this product
are limited to one (1) year. Whistler is not liable for
damages arising from the use, misuse, or operation of
this product including but not limited to loss of time,
inconvenience, loss of use of your product or property
damage caused by your product or its failure to work,
or any other incidental or consequential damages
including personal injury.
DO NOT RETURN ITEM TO STORE WHERE
PURCHASED.
FOR WARRANTY INFORMATION, CONTACT
WHISTLER CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-866-923-8719.
Representatives are available to answer your questions
Monday – Friday
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT
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Service Under Warranty
During the warranty period, defective units will be
repaired or replaced (with the same or a comparable
model), at Whistler’s option, without charge to the
purchaser when returned prepaid, with dated proof
of purchase to the address below. Units returned
without dated proof of purchase will be considered
out-of-warranty and therefore are not covered by
the described Limited Warranty. (Refer to Service
Out-of-Warranty section.
Due to the specialized equipment necessary for testing
Whistler products, there are no authorized service
centers other than Whistler. When returning a unit for
service under warranty, please follow these instructions:
1. Ship the unit in the original carton or in a suitable
sturdy equivalent, fully insured, with return receipt
requested to:
Whistler Repair Dept.
1412 South 1st St. Rogers, AR. 72756
Please allow 3 weeks turnaround time.
IMPORTANT: Whistler will not assume responsibility for
loss or damage incurred in shipping. Therefore, please
ship your unit insured with return receipt requested.
CODs will not be accepted!
2. Include with your unit the following information,
clearly printed:
• Your name and physical street address for shipping
(no PO Boxes), a daytime telephone number, and an
email address (if applicable).
• A detailed description of the problem (e.g.,“device
will not Power ON”).
• A copy of your dated proof of purchase or bill of
sale.
3. Be certain your unit is returned with its serial
number. Units without serial numbers are not
covered under warranty.
IMPORTANT: To validate that your unit is within the
warranty period, make sure you keep a copy of your
dated proof of purchase. For warranty verification
purposes, a copy of your dated store receipt must
accompany any Whistler product sent in for warranty
work.
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Service Out-of-Warranty
Units will be repaired at “out-of-warranty” service rates
when:
• The unit’s original warranty has expired.
• A dated proof of purchase is not supplied.
• The unit has been returned without its serial number.
• The unit has been misused, abused, modified,
installed improperly, or had its housing removed.
The minimum out-of-warranty service fee for your
Whistler Scanner is $120.00 (U.S.). If you require
out-of-warranty service, please return your unit as
outlined in the section “Service Under Warranty” along
with a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of
$120.00. Payment may also be made by MasterCard,
VISA or American Express. Personal checks are not
accepted.
In the event repairs cannot be covered by the minimum
service fee, you will be contacted by a Whistler technical
service specialist who will outline options available to
you.
IMPORTANT: When returning your unit for service, be
certain to include a daytime telephone number and an
email address (if applicable).
Customer Service
If you have questions concerning the operation of your
Whistler product, or require service during or after the
warranty period, please call Customer Service at
1-866-923-8719.
Representatives are available to answer your questions
Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT) or visit
the FAQ at
www.whistlergroup.com.
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CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
1716 SW Commerce Dr. Ste. 8
PO Box 1760
Bentonville, AR 72712
Toll Free (800) 531-0004
TEL (479) 273-6012
FX (479) 273-2927
www.whistlergroup.com
CUSTOMER RETURN CENTER
1412 South 1st St.
Rogers, AR 72756
Customer Service Tel (866) 923-8719
Email: info@whistlergroup.com
For US Patent info visit: www.whistlergroup.com/pat
P/N 581008a-TRX1
06C16 ©2016 The Whistler Group, Inc.
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