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Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby Yeti » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:15 pm

Evening all, firstly can I say a big hello to you all, I'm new to scanning so please go easy! I bought a uniden ubc92xlt thinking I could just power it up and it would pick up frequencies. How wrong was I! I'm at such a loss, although I've visited this site in the past I had to join to ask for your help! Would anyone be so kind as to maybe explain how I can pick any frequency up as I can't get one thing on mine. As I have said I am new to scanning but so far I've managed how to work out how to input a frequency and I have put about 14 in which I've seen online which I presume is for my area. I have the close call function on my scanner where the scanner scans for any signal, yet I can't pick a single thing up. Am I doing something wrong? I've just oredered the cd with all of the 2017 frequencies on so I'm hoping to be able to use this and pick something up. I live in Bromley which is north Kent and I can't pick up any store watch, cleaners, airport, taxi etc. Could any of you guys talk me through maybe what I need to do as if I have just reset the scanner? Do I have to input as many channels as possible and then the scanner scans between them and them only or does the scanner scan every frequency out there and stops on any it's found? I just can't work out what I need to do to pick something up....Help! Please...:)
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Re: Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby m0lsx » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 pm

Welcome to the forum.
A scanner scans frequencies that you have programmed. Or they scan between a high & a low frequency, this is called a band scan.
So until you have programmed some frequencies into those channels your scanner has nothing to listen to.
Your scanner has chain search, on page 41 of your manual & also a method of slightly altering those scans. Page 43 tells you how to alter those banks.
I am not sure if your scanner will allow you to search Airband or not, but that is always worth a scan. But use small chunks of just a few MHz at a time, as you will miss a lot if you try to scan too many Mhz at a time.
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Re: Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby Yeti » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:12 pm

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to reply. So, I've ordered the cd rom of frequencies off of this forum so that should be here in a few days. Until then, is there anything I can do to let the scanner "scan" the airwaves and pick up anything local? I.e can I put the scanner on and pick up any random frequencies? If the answer is yes, i would really really appreciate it if you could walk me through it step by step. I can't wait for the scanner to burst into life, I just feel pretty useless at the moment! Many thanks in advance..will

Ps god knows what I've done with it, but I can't find the bloody instructions anywhere!
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Re: Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby Minus1 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:13 pm

You may searching far too large a range.
There is not much at VHF Low these days, so forget 25-88
There is nothing above 470 MHz in the UK except TV, and little above 806.

Search between 152.5125 and 152.9875 at 12.5 k steps, NFM mod.
London Buses use that band - there must be good signals in your area.
If you can't pick up anything there you are doing something wrong.

Most UHF business radio is between 440 and 464 MHz.
I reserve the right to ignore people who have made no attempt to the read the manual, and expect others to do it for them.
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Re: Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby Yeti » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:22 pm

Thanks for the reply, unfortunately I am a complete newcomer to scanning so don't know how to set the scanner to your recommendations...
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Re: Newbie with a uniden ubc92xlt- could you help?

Postby m0lsx » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:01 am

The manual is available on line..
The following is from the Uniden America site.
https://www.uniden.com/File%20Library/FooterNav/Product%20Information/Owners%20Manuals/BC92XLTom.pdf


Use one of the Chain Searches on Page 41, but restrict it to a smaller band.
For example
Search between 152.5125 and 152.9875 at 12.5 k steps, NFM mod.

As suggested by Minus one or 165.0125 to 168.225 Mhz.

Close Call is for VERY local strong signals. I use Close Call when I am out & about in the car or when walking around the City Centre, light industrial areas, shopping centres etc. Often you need to be within eye sight of the radio to hear it.
Close Call is Brilliant, but it has it's limitations. Although having said that you can at times get a Close Call hit from many miles away, especially with Aircraft.
What we listen to with a Scanner is not like radio 2. They may only use the radios for a few minutes at most each day & often conversations can be over in under 2 minutes. The coverage of a signal is often also very limited. For example a radio system in a Hospital ONLY needs to cover the hospital. The same with Shopping Centres etc etc. I will not confuse you with terms like VHF & UHF. But some signals go further than others. Some signals may disappear in a few hundred yards, others cover 20 miles with no issues at all.
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