User Manual

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Supported scanners


* Uniden Bearcat UBC785XLT
* Uniden Bearcat UBC780XLT (experimental)

Installing UnidenCommander


* Remove any previous versions of UnidenCommander .
* Download the latest version .
* Unpack the zip file using WinZip , WinRAR or similar.
* Execute UnidenCommanderSetup.msi and follow the instructions.

Removing UnidenCommander


Windows 2000/2003/XP


Go the the Control Panel of your computer (Start -> Control Panel) and select Add or remove software. Find UnidenCommander in the list of applications and right-click it. Select Uninstall.

Windows Vista


Go to the Control Panel of your computer (Start -> Control Panel) and select Uninstall a program. Find UnidenCommander in the list of applications and right-click it. Select Uninstall. Depending on your computer settings, a User Account warning message might appear. Approve the warning and UnidenCommander will be unistalled.

Connecting the scanner


* Connect the scanner to the computer, see the user manual of your scanner for further details.
* Start UnidenCommander.
* Go to File -> Settings... and select the proper COM port and speed. Make sure the communications settings of your scanner match those of UnidenCommander. When closing the Settings window, UnidenCommander will attempt to connect with your scanner. If the connection fails, a time-out error will occur:


Using Uniden Commander


Keyboard



SCAN: Starts or resumes scanning
AIR: Starts or resumes searching air bands
SEARCH: Starts or resumes searching selected frequency band(s)
MENU: Enters or exits scanner menu
MUTE: Toggles scanner's mute state on/off
HOLD: Stops scanning or searching
RESUME: Resumes scanning or searching
LIMIT: Limit key
MANUAL: Enters manual mode
SELECT: VFO push key
+: Equivalent to turing VFO knob clockwise
-: Equivalent to turing VFO knob counter-clockwise
1 - 9: Numeric keys
E: Enter key
L/O: Toggles current channel/frequency lock-out on/off
PRI: Priority key
TRN: Transfer key
RVS: Reverse key
ATT: Toggles scanner's attenuator on/off


AM: Switches to Amplitude Modulation
FM: Switches to Frequency Modulation
NFM: Switches to Narrow-FM
WFM: Switches to Wide-FM, used on general broadcast bands
AUTO: Automatically sets modulation based on scanner's band plan
When Animated buttons is active, the current scanner's modulation will show as a white button.


5K: Sets step size to 5KHz
6.25K: Sets step size to 6.25KHz
7.5K: Sets step size to 7.5KHz
10K: Sets step size to 10KHz
12.5K: Sets step size to 12.5KHz
15K: Sets step size to 15KHz
25K: Sets step size to 25KHz
50K: Sets step size to 50KHz
100K: Sets step size to 100KHz
AUTO: Automatically sets step size based on scanner's band plan
When Animated buttons is active, the current scanner's step size will show as a white button.

Not all step sizes are selectable at all times. The valid step sizes depent on the selected band plan of your scanner.

Step size 8.33K cannot be selected directly. The scanner only uses this step size when in AUTO mode.


Display



Left side, top to bottom:
* Scanner mode and channel indication
* Frequency and modulation
* Bank name
* Channel name

Right side, top to bottom:
* Step size (5k...100k)
* ATT: channel attenuator state
* L/O: channel lockout state
* MUTE: scanner mute state
* PRI: channel priority state
* Signal strength indicator
* Center frequency indicator

Settings



Connection


Set the serial COM port and communication speed to match the settings in your scanner.
The time in seconds UnidenCommander waits for a response from the scanner. Setting this value too short might cause unwanted time-out errors. The recommended value is 5 seconds.

User interface


Animate buttons: When checked, the receiver modulation (AM, FM, etc.) and step-size (5k...100k) buttons change colour to indicate the current status of the scanner.

Logging


Reception logging: This feature will be implemented in a future version.

Serial commands logging: When checked, all communication between the PC and scanner is logged in "commands.log" inside the application directory.

Debug logging: When checked, debug information is logged in "debug.log" inside the application directory. Changes to this setting become active after the application has restarted.

Logging should only be used when absolutely necessary. It will degrade performance considerably, especially on olders, slower computers. Also, the log files can grow very quickly, up to 1MB per minute.




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