On your scanner, you should just program the frequency and let it scan. You should pick up your stations no problem. When you turn the squelch knob until the noise on the channel stops, thats called Carrier Squelch (CSQ), meaning the transmission will only be heard when the carrier of the broadcast is strong enough to break the squelch. The more you turn the squelch knob up, the stronger the signal has to be to break through to be heard. PL/DPL are codes that work like CSQ, except that the radio waits for a station to broadcast that particular code, otherwise the frequency remains silent. This is only available on very high end scanners and commercial radios so I wouldn't worry about them.fizzarley";p="58709 said:Hello,
I just bought a dual trunking scanner from Radio Shack. However, I have no idea how to program certain stations. I am trying to get Middleboro and went to the site you guys discussed above. I get the following information:
SERVICE FREQUENCY PL/DPL DESCRIPTION MISC.W/N
Police 470.825 103.5 Ch 1 Main Help
Fire 470.700 203.5 Primary Ops N
470.700 91.5 Ch 2 Fire Ground N
DPW 470.600 131.8 New
Water Dept 470.375 203.5 New
EM 152.740 ??? Emergency Mangmt
What does "PL/DPL" mean? Should I be able to tune to the frequency 470.825, pause it, then hear all of Middleboro's police calls? These may be stupid questions, but I have no idea how this works. I can get some pre-programmed stations, but I am having trouble programming my own. Also, what does "dual trunking mean?" I have a book called "Police Call" that lists a few other Middleboro frequencies too, but I can't seem to get any of the frequencies listed in the book even though there are hundreds. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance!
And the books are like 20 or 25% off at You do It right now. They have the newest of the small book in stock.Wiggum_1";p="58794 said:I've always gotten my scanners at "You Do It Electronics " in Needham, and always Uniden/Bearcat. I have an Uniden BC760 at home and a Uniden Sportcat in my truck.
A good resource for frequncies is ScannerMaster, their big Massachusetts scanner guide has every frequency in Mass. Their most recent one is a few years old but they do come out with more up to date pocket sized editions.