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Programming Uniden Scanners for the NSW Digital GRN

To scan the NSW digital GRN you will require a scanning receiver capable of decoding P25 digital transmissions. Currently, the only Uniden scanning receiver sold in Australia which meets this requirement is the UBCD396XT (handheld). Uniden Australia previously sold the UBCD996T (base/mobile) and the UBCD396T (handheld) scanners, which were both capable of scanning APCO P25 digital transmissions and the NSW digital GRN.

Recently, I have found the easiest and quickest way to program your Uniden UBCD396XT (or UBCD396T/UBCD996T) digital scanner is to use FreeSCAN, a freeware program allowing easy computer programming of many Uniden scanners. FreeSCAN can be downloaded from the page below:

Download FreeSCAN here

The software contains a help file and there is a large amount of information available on a number of forums about how to best use the program to your advantage.

The older Uniden UBCD996T or UBCD396T digital scanner can also be programmed using the free software supplied by Uniden Australia. If you do not have this software, it can be downloaded from the Uniden website using the links below:

Uniden UBCD996T (mobile/base) USAD Software

Uniden UBCD396T (handheld) USAD Software

At this time Uniden Australia have not released software to program the new UBCD396XT.

Below is information on how to program the older Uniden UBCD996T/UBCD396T models using the Uniden software:

 

Uniden UBCD996T (base/mobile)

 
1) Create a new system
  - Click 'System Editor' then click 'New'
  - Type a system name, such as ‘NSW Digital GRN’ then from the 'System Type' dropbox select as 'Motorola Type2/P25'
   
2) Add sites (or towers) to the system
  - From the 'System Editor' click 'TRUNK Option'
  - In the dropbox next to Site Type (MOT Type2) select 'P25'
  - Add the details of the GRN site you want to listen to in the following fashion:
      - Site name: Name of the site, eg ‘GRN-Site 148 GPT’
      - Frequencies: Add the control channel frequency of the site only – no other frequencies are needed
      - Band Plan: The digital GRN determines the band plan automatically, and there is no need to change any information here
      - Other settings (such as threshold, hold time etc) can be changed at your discretion. I would suggest reading the manual first
  - More sites can be added by clicking 'New Site' and repeating the above steps
  - When you have finished adding your sites, close the ‘Site Settings’ window
   
3) Add talkgroups to the system
  - From the 'System Editor', click on ‘Group Settings’
- Click 'New Group' and add a new group
  - Click 'New Channel' to add a new talkgroup.
  - Enter the 'TGID Name', eg 'RFS State Ops'
  - Enter the 'ID' (talkgroup), eg '11074'
  - Organise the groups and channels as you see fit. Up to a maximum of 250 channels can be added to each system
  - When you have finished adding your sites, close the ‘Group Settings’ window
   
4) Select ID Scan or Search
- Click the ‘ID Scan/Search’ and select whether you want to hear all talkgroups on the site regardless of whether you have them programmed (‘Search’), or only talkgroups that you entered into the ‘Group Settings’ window (‘ID Scan’). I would initially recommend you select ‘Search’ so you can check that your system is working
   
5) Save the system and add it to a configuration, then upload it to your scanner

 

Uniden UBCD396T (handheld)

 
1) Create a new system
  - Under the 'System Database' heading click 'New'
  - Type a system name, such as ‘NSW Digital GRN’ then from the 'System Type' dropbox select as 'Motorola P25'
   
2) Add sites (or towers) to the system
  - From the 'System Editor', click 'Site Settings' then 'New Site'
  - Type the frequency of the control channel from the GRN site you want to listen to, then click 'OK' (the digital GRN determines the band plan automatically, as such there is no need to set a band plan'
   
3) Add talkgroups to the system
  - From the 'System Editor', add a new group by clicking ‘G'
  - Click 'C' to add a new talkgroup
  - Enter the 'TGID Name', eg 'RFS State Ops'
  - Enter the 'ID' (talkgroup), eg '11074'
  - Organise the groups and channels as you see fit. Up to a maximum of 200 channels can be added to each system
  - Select either ‘ID Scan/Search’ to select whether you want to hear all talkgroups on the site regardless of whether you have them programmed (‘Search’), or only talkgroups that you entered into the ‘Group Settings’ window (‘ID Scan’). I would initially recommend you select ‘Search’ so you can check that your system is working
  - When you have finished adding your sites, close and save the the ‘System Editor’ window
   
4) Save the system and add it to a configuration, then upload it to your scanner

 

 
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