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    I UBCT9 Scanner 250 Channels 12 Bands Programmable T runk T racker lll with Close Call RF Capture UBCT9 OM 1 12/11/07 3:52:21 PM[...]

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    Precautions Before you use this scanner , please observe the following: W ARNING! Uniden does not represent this unit to be waterproof. T o reduce the risk of re, electrical shock, or damage to the unit, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture. IMPORT ANT! • Changes or modications to this product not expressly approved by Uniden, or ope[...]

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    I Contents Introduction ............................................................................................................................................1 Front and Rear Views ............................................................................................................................2 Icon Display ........................[...]

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    II Search Hold Feature .....................................................................................................................27 Data Skip ....................................................................................................................................... 27 Frequency Skip ...........................................[...]

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    1 Introduction The UBCT9 is a state-of-the-art T runk T racking Scanner with Bear T racker technology . It can store 250 frequencies such as police, re/emergency , marine, railroad, air , amateur , and other communications into 5 banks of 50 channels for a total of 250 channels. Use your new scanner to monitor: • Close Call ™ RF Capture • [...]

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    2 1. Squelch Control / Flash Brightness Selector (SQL, FLASH) 2. Alerting Light (ALERT) 3. V olume Control / Alert T one Selector (VOL) 4. Close Call RF Capture (C.C.) 5. Display (window) 6. Lockout Key (L/O) 7. Delay Key (DELA Y) 8. Service Key (SVC) 9. State Scan or Private Scan Key (SCAN) 10. State Key (ST A TE) 1 1. Numeric Keypad 12. Up Key ( [...]

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    3 1. T runk T racking Mode (TRUNK) 2. Motorola trunking channel (M) 3. EDACS trunking channel (E) 4. L TR trunking channel (L) 5. Scan list (LIST) 6. Scan bank (BANK) 7. Bank’s number and ID’ s list number (1 2 3 4 5) 8. Remote control mode (RMT) 9. Programming is locked (PROG) 10. State scanning and Private scanning mode (SCAN) 1 1. Service sc[...]

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    4 T er minology What is Scanning? Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations, most two-way communications do not transmit continuously . The UBCT9 scans the Frequencies you have programmed into the Scanner ’s channels until it nds an active frequency . Scanning stops on an active frequency and remains on that channel as long as the transmission c[...]

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    5 Sharing of the available public service frequencies, or trunking, allows cities, counties, or other agencies to accommodate hundreds of users with relatively few frequencies. Following a conversation on a trunked system using a scanner is difcult, if not impossible. Because when there’s a short break during the conversation you’re monitori[...]

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    6 F eature Highlights • Pre-programmed frequencies specic to each • Pre-programmed T runked frequencies • Close Cal ™ RF Capture T echnology Y ou can set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions. • Pre-programmed Service Scanning by the following service banks; - Police - Rail Roads - Aircraft[...]

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    7 Inc luded with Y our Scanner P ackage • UBCT9 Scanner • AC Adapter • DC Power Cord • Cigarette Lighter Adapter Plug • T elescopic Antenna • Window Mount Antenna • Operating Guide • UBCT9 SS Programming Software CD • Australian Scanner Frequencies CD • Other Printed Materials • Mobile Mounting Bracket If any of these items ar[...]

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    8 Installing the UBCT9 For Home Use (Desktop Installation) 1. Insert the DC plug end of the AC Adapter into the DC 12V jack on the rear panel. 2. Plug the AC Adapter into a standard 240V AC wall outlet. 3. Plug the T elescoping Antenna into the ANT connector . Extend the antenna to its full height. For frequencies higher than 406 MHz, shortening th[...]

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    9 3. Drill the necessary holes and secure the mounting bracket in place using the screws provided. 4. Mount the radio to the bracket only after the wiring has been connected to the rear panel. Connecting the Power Cord Note: If you are not experienced in connecting accessories to the vehicle fuse box, please see your automotive dealer for advice on[...]

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    10 T ypical Mounting Methods The UBCT9 can be conveniently mounted on a table, bulkhead, overhead, or any other desired location with the supplied mounting bracket (refer to gure below for typical mounting methods). Caution: Make sure there are no hidden electrical wires or other items behind the desired location before proceeding. Check that fr[...]

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    1 1 Applying Power for V ehicle Installation Y ou can power your scanner using the supplied DC cigarette lighter power cord or an DC power cord. DC power Installation T o power the scanner from a vehicle’ s 12V power source (such as a cigarette-lighter socket), you need a cigarette-lighter adapter . T o connect an DC cigarette-lighter power cable[...]

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    12 Applying Power Using Standard AC Power T o power the scanner from an AC outlet, use the provided AC adapter with a 5.5 mm outer diameter/2.1mm inner diameter tip. Caution: Y ou must use a Class 2 power source that supplies 12V DC and delivers at least 500 mA. The cord connector’s center tip must be set to positive and its plug must t the sc[...]

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    13 CC Scanning Ov er view Y ou can scan in one of ve ways: 1. Close Call RF Capture When you activate Close Call your scanner will detect nearby strong radio frequencies. Y ou may run Close Call in the background of any of the four options below or on its own. 2. Service Scanning Press SVC to select one of the six services to nd an active fre[...]

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    14 How Squelch Works Think of “SQUELCH” as a gate. If the gate is too low (squelch too low), everything (all noise as well as signals) gets through. If the gate is set too high (squelch too high), nothing gets through. If the gate is set just right (squelch set properly), just the desired signals get through. Setting the Squelch 1. T o set the [...]

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    15 State Scanning Press POLICE, FIRE or AMBULANCE and the scanner scans through police, re or Ambulance Frequencies and “SCAN” scrolls from right to left in the display . When in the State Scan mode, press ST A TE and the menu of states will appear . Press POLICE. The scanner will scan through Factory Programmed Police Frequencies and ”POL[...]

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    16 5. T o scroll repeatedly , press and hold or and ST A TE. After 3 seconds, the scanner will begin to scan through the Police frequencies (Police only). 6. If you want to start scanning immediately , press HOLD/RESUME . State Scan Hold 1. When scanning stops on a desired frequency , press HOLD/RESUME to hold at that frequency as long as you like.[...]

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    17 Close Call RF Captur e ™ Y our scanner ’s Close Call feature lets you set the scanner so it detects then displays the frequency of a nearby strong radio transmission. Close Call RF capture works great for nding frequencies at venues such as malls and sporting events. Y ou can set the scanner so Close Call detection works “in the backgro[...]

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    18 When the scanner is staying on a frequency , “- - - - - -“ will be displayed during “C-C” term instead of the frequency . Close Call Operation 1. When a signal is detected, the scanner alerts (depending on the Set Close Call Alert setting, page 20) and immediately jumps to the Close Call frequency . But, the frequency is not displayed. N[...]

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    19 5. If you press DELA Y , you can set DELA Y function. ‘DL Y’ appears on the screen. 6. If you press DA T A, you can set DA T A Skip function. ‘DA T A ’ appears on the screen. Set Close Call Option 1. Press and hold C.C for 2 seconds to display the Close Call option menu. “C-C.bnd” : Selecting Close Call Bands. “C-C.ALt” : Close C[...]

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    20 Set Close Call Alert This option controls whether the scanner sounds an additional alert tone when a Close Call signal is detected. Press or to select the option, and then press E . Setting of pager screen This option sets whether the scanner screens common pager frequencies from hits during Close Call searching. 1. Press or to select the option[...]

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    21 Private Bank Scanning Programming Frequencies into Channels Before the scanner begins Private Bank scanning, you must program a frequency into at least one channel. Visit our website (www .uniden.com.au, www.uniden.co.nz) for information on known frequencies. Frequencies for Australia can be found on the Australia Scanner Frequencies CD included[...]

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    22 SCAN SCAN Duplicate Frequency Alert If you enter a frequency which has been stored in another channel, you will hear an error tone and the other channel displays. Press (decimal key) to clear and start again. ––– OR ––– Note: Press E again to store the frequency in both channels. The smallest channel appears on the display when you s[...]

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    23 SCAN SCAN SCAN SCAN Hold/Resume If you want to stop on a channel during scanning, press HOLD/RESUME. If you want to resume scanning, press HOLD/RESUME. Direct channel access: There are several ways to access a specic channel quickly . 1. Press HOLD/RESUME. 2. Using the keypad, enter the channel number . 3. Press HOLD/RESUME again. Note: Y ou [...]

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    24 SCAN SCAN SCAN SCAN Restoring All Locked-out Channels Y ou can restore all locked-out channels in a bank only when a bank is selected for scan. If you have deselected a bank and you want to restore all of its locked-out channels using the steps below , you must press SCAN until “ SCAN ” appears and then enter the number of the bank on your k[...]

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    25 Ser vice Scanning The service scan feature allows you to rotate through the following six service banks. (1) Police* (2) Rail Roads* (3) Aircraft** (4) Marine Band (5) UHF CB Band (6) AM CB BAND* * Preset frequencies valid for Australia Only (not valid for NZ) ** Except Aeronautical Radio Navigation (108-1 17.9875 MHz) 1. Press SVC to select a S[...]

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    26 Band Search Setting a Search Band The UBCT9 can search up to 12 separate frequency ranges to help you discover new stations in your area. T o set a Search Bands, enter into the Band Search mode. Band No Range (Mhz) Mode Step Display 1 0025.0000 - 0027.9950 AM 5kHz 25 - 28 2 0028.0000 - 0069.9900 FM 10kHz 28 - 70 3 0070.0000 - 0087.9875 FM 12.5kH[...]

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    27 • While Trunking is operating in scan mode, press SRCH and it will move to ID Search mode and ID Scan mode. Search Hold Feature 1. Press HOLD/RESUME at anytime to stop the search. T o move up or down 1 frequency step, use the or key . 2. Press HOLD/RESUME to resume searching. Data Skip A scanner will normally stop on any transmission it receiv[...]

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    28 Storing Search Frequencies Y ou can quickly store any frequency you nd during Search. 1. During Search, press HOLD/RESUME . If you want to change the frequency , use the or key to move up or down 1 frequency step. Then press E . Or when the scanner stops on the frequency you want to store, press E . 2. Select a bank you want to store by using[...]

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    29 T r unk T r acking Y our UBCT9 is tracks three major types of trunked radio systems. These systems are described here. • MOTOROLA - Including T ype I, T ype II, Hybrid, SMARTNET , and Privacy Plus. Motorola systems are widely used by public safety and business users. Most are on the 800 MHz band, and recent systems are appearing on other bands[...]

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    30 Prog r amming T r unking Frequencies There are three steps for programming a trunked system: 1. Program the T runk T ype – What type of system will the scanner be tracking, Motorola T ype II, T ype I, EDACS, L TR, etc. 2. Program the T runked Frequencies – Within a trunked system, the frequencies are shared among all the users, called “T a[...]

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    31 *** Requires programming of frequencies in exact order and location. STEP 2: Programming T runking Frequencies 1. Select and press E . Use the numeric keypad and (decimal key) to enter a frequency for the trunked system. For example, enter . Note: T o clear a mistake while entering a frequency , press (decimal key) twice, and start over . 2. The[...]

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    32 In order to program T alk Group ID’s, you must rst complete Step1–“Selecting T runking System T ype”, page 30 and Step 2 – “Programming T runking Frequencies”, page 31. 1. After programming a frequency , press HOLD/RESUME to return to the main screen of system type selected and select . Then press E . 2. Select the Scan List loc[...]

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    33 Please see page 42 for more information. 1. Enter the Area Code. 2. Enter the Home Repeater number . 3. Enter the ID you want to store. 4. Press E . Note: T o clear a stored ID while entering an ID, press 0 and E successively , and start over . Receiving T runked Systems When you have properly programmed all the frequencies for a trunked system,[...]

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    34 Note: One Scan List must always be active. If you try and deactivate all the Scan Lists, Scan List 1 will automatically be active. 3. T o restore a Scan List to active scanning, press its number again. F Remember! When you press TRUNK in the T runking mode, you can be out of the T runking mode and enter into Private Scan Hold mode. Note: appears[...]

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    35 ID Monitor Mode By using ID Monitor mode, you can determine which talk groups are the most active without hearing conversations. 1. Press and hold SRCH for 2 seconds until you hear two beeps. Then begins ashing and all active talk group IDs appear on the display every 0.5 seconds. 2. T o activate ID search mode, press SRCH. Note: Lockout ID a[...]

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    36 ID Lockout Like conventional scanning, it’s possible to lockout unwanted trafc. This is particularly important in trunked systems because in many areas, water meters, door alarms, trafc signals, and other mechanical devices are assigned IDs just like other users. Also some departments scramble or encrust their communications, and you may[...]

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    37 Setting the Delay Mode for T runking Mode A default delay of 2 seconds is automatically set for each talkgroup for ID Scan mode and ID Search mode. T o set the delay feature on or off, press DELA Y while trunking, “DL Y” will appear or disappear depending on your setting. T runking Frequency Conrmation Y ou can check the frequency while a[...]

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    38 Multi-T rack The UBCT9 allows you to track more than one system at a time. Here are some highlights of this feature: • Y ou can actually track up to 5 trunking systems at one time. • Y ou can trunk scan, or search and scan conventional frequencies at the same time. • Y ou can program conventional frequencies in the same bank as trunking sy[...]

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    39 ED ACS® R eception EDACS T racking ® T runkTracker III now allows tracking of EDACS® trunked systems. Until now these widely used systems have been almost impossible to monitor with a conventional scanner . With your T runkT racker III listening to EDACS(s) is remarkably easy , and perhaps even easier than conventional scanning. EDACS systems[...]

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    40 An EDACS® T runked system This chart shows how talkgroups are organized within an EDACS system at the Agency level. The individual talkgroups cannot be shown at this scale because there are over 2000. However the chart can show the 16 Agencies in this example. The system is logical and easy to understand. EDACS systems are typically arranged in[...]

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    41 Special EDACS ® Features AFS Partial Entry Feature AFS is Uniden’s method of encoding EDACS talkgroups. AFS stands for ‘Agency-Fleet-Subeet’. AFS talkgroups are used in all EDACS reception -- in ID Search, ID Lockout and ID Scan. The powerful AFS Partial Entry feature designed into the UBCT9 lets you use either a complete talkgroup cod[...]

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    42 L TR ® Reception L TR ® T racking L TR ® (Logic T runked Radio) systems are trunking systems used primarily by business or private communications service providers, such as taxicabs, delivery trucks, and repair services. These systems encode all trunking information as digital subaudible data that accompanies each transmission. Users on an L [...]

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    43 Motorola Reception Motorola T racking There are really two types of Motorola trunking systems. These are usually referred to as T ype I and T ype II systems. T ype I only occurs on some 800 MHz systems. All VHF and UHF trunking systems use T ype II. One important distinction between these two systems is the amount of data transmitted by each rad[...]

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    44 Fleet Map Programming If you have programmed a trunk tracking bank for Motorola, press TRUNK to start Multi- T rack, and you will see user IDs on the display . Since the UBCT9 defaults to T ype II systems, all the IDs will appear as numbers. However , if you notice a mix of odd and even user IDs, for example 6477, 2560, 6481, 6144, 1 167, etc., [...]

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    45 The next available block appears on the display . 6. Repeat step 5 until you have selected a size code for each block. For details about each size code, see “Fleet Map Size Codes” in the Appendix. Programming a Hybrid System A Hybrid system is simply a T ype I system with some blocks designated as T ype II blocks. T o program a Hybrid system[...]

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    46 9. Use the keypad to enter a new Offset Channel, then press E. Note: • Y ou can only input within a range of 380-759. • If the system is not tracking properly , you may need to try a new Base Frequency or Offset Channel, or you may be missing frequencies from the system. • Y ou can set up to three Base, Spacing and Offsets for Motorola VHF[...]

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    47 Read the descriptions of the Plan 1~2 for details on which may apply for you. PL1(plan1): If the last three digits of ALL the frequencies in use end in one of the following three digits (125, 375, 625, or 875), use PL1(plan1). PL2 (plan 2): If the last three digits of ALL the frequencies in use end in one of the following three digits (000, 250,[...]

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    48 R emote Interface Y ou can communicate and program your UBCT9 in numerous ways with peripheral devices using a Remote Interface Cable port. This radio of fers the following modes: • PC Control mode Program and control your scanner from a PC using Uniden’ s UBCT9 Scanner Software. • Clone mode Clone all the frequencies, trunking talkgroups,[...]

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    49 Start Remote Mode and Change T ransfer Speed: 1. Press and hold RMT for 2 seconds to activate the Remote mode. 2. Select the transfer speed except for , then press E and the scanner will start Remote mode. A unique feature of the UBCT9 is that all the front panel keys on the radio remain operational in Remote mode. PC Control Parameter For your [...]

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    50 T o connect the Scanner to Scanner: Plug the male end of the RS232C straight interface cable into the remote port on the rear of one of the two scanners. Then connect the DB-9 to DB-9 null modem adapter to the cable. Plug the other end of the null modem adapter into the other scanner (DB9 Gender Changers are also available at your local electron[...]

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    51 5. The data transfer begins from the First Unit to the Clone Unit. During the data transfer , both scanners show the following displays. When the data transfer is complete, displays. If the data transfer is not successful, the following error message will appear . Note: • T o clear , press (decimal key). • Once you have completed the cloning[...]

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    52 Care and Maintenance General Use • T urn the scanner OFF before disconnecting the power . • Always write down the programmed frequencies in the event of memory loss. • If memory is lost, simply reprogram each channel. The display shows 000.0000 in all channels when there has been a memory loss. Location • Do not use the scanner in high-m[...]

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    53 T r oubleshooting If your UBCT9 is not performing properly , try the following steps. Problem Suggestion Scanner won’t work. 1. Check the connections at both ends of the AC Adapter . 2. T urn ON the wall switch of your room. Y ou could be using an outlet controlled by the wall switch. 3. Move the AC Adapter to another wall outlet. Improper rec[...]

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    54 If you experience difculty while in T runkT racker mode, try the following steps. Problem Suggestion Scanner won’t track. 1. Missing the Data Frequency . 2. Change to a T ype 1 Scanner setup. Review Fleet Map Programming on page 44. Scanner won’t stop during Scan List mode. 1. No IDs have been programmed. 2. The IDs you have stored are no[...]

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    55 Specications Certied in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15, Subpart C, as of date of manufacture. Channel: 250 Banks: 5 (50 channels each) Service Bands: 6 preprogrammed search bands Frequency Range: 25.0-28.0 MHz 28.0-70.0 MHz 70.0-88.0 MHz 88.0-108.0 MHz 108.0-137.0 MHz 137.0-148.0 MHz 148.0-174.0 MHz 174.0-225.0 MHz 225.0[...]

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    56 Appendix State Code Order No. Code State Name 1. ACT Australian Central T erritories 2. NSW New South W ales 3. NT Northern T erritory 4. NZ New Zealand 5. QLD Queensland 6. SA South Australia 7. T AS T asmania 8. VIC Victoria 9. WA Western Australia UBCT9 OM 56 12/11/07 3:54:05 PM[...]

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    57 Preset Fleet Maps E1P2 UBCT9 OM 57 12/11/07 3:54:06 PM[...]

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    58 UBCT9 OM 58 12/11/07 3:54:07 PM[...]

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    59 User Dened Fleet Maps T ype I Programming Information When a T ype I system is designed, the address information for all the IDs are divided into 8 equal sized blocks. When you program your scanner to track a T ype I system, you must select a size code for each of these blocks. When you have assigned a size code to all 8 blocks, you have de?[...]

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    60 Fleet Map Size Codes Size Code Restrictions If you select SIZE CODE 12, 13, or 14, there are some restrictions as to which blocks can be used for these codes. • SIZE CODE 12 can only be assigned to Blocks 0, 2, 4, or 6. • SIZE CODE 13 can only be assigned to Blocks 0 and 4. • SIZE CODE 14 can only be assigned to Block 0. Since these SIZE C[...]

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    61 MEMO UBCT9 OM 61 12/11/07 3:54:09 PM[...]

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    62 MEMO UBCT9 OM 62 12/11/07 3:54:09 PM[...]

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    63 One Y ear Limited War r anty UNIDEN UBCT9 Scanning Receiver IMPORT ANT : Evidence of the original purchase is required for warranty service. W ARRANTOR: Uniden New Zealand Limited. Uniden Australia Pty Ltd. ABN 58 001 865 498 W arranty only available in original country of purchase. ELEMENT OF W ARRANTY : Uniden warrants to the original retail o[...]

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    64 THANK YOU FOR BUYING A UNIDEN PRODUCT ©2007. Uniden Australia Pty Limited/Uniden New Zealand Limited Printed in China. UBZZ01332AZ(0) UBCT9 OM 64 12/11/07 3:54:09 PM[...]