This process will also work on the VIC RMR and MMR network.
VIC RMR network search between 160-170 MHz
MMR /NSW and SA GRN search between 400 - 430 MHz
(Victorian RMR select 6.25)
Generally anything with 2 bars or less is of poor quality and obviously too far away to be decoded correctly.
If it is active you will hear traffic within a few seconds.
Push HOLD again to release the scanner back into search mode – DO NOT PUSH SCAN.
You may see and ID Number but no voice, this is an encrypted talk group and cannot be decoded into voice.
Remember, five signal bars is best.
For example. The scanner has stopped and you can see SID:03DCh-001 on the screen, all is quiet and the frequency 413.3875 is displayed at the bottom of the screen, the signal indicator is showing 5 bars.
This means 413.3875 is your control channel.
Wait until the transmission ends and the original control channel will be displayed again, returning to 413.3875.
If anything it can cause more problems especially with a larger outdoor antenna.
If you are confident that these are correct, push the Menu pad once.
This is the signal strength indicator. A good signal should be between 3 to 5 bars. You should also see the control channel frequencies flash on the bottom of the screen.
Depending on your location and the amount of active voice traffic you should hear some activity within a few minutes or even seconds.
If this happens and the ID number shows but you receive no voice, there is probably a good chance that this ID is encrypted.
The SA GRN has encryption on the Police and SA Ambulance service, plus a few others including Fisheries. The letters ENC will also appear on encrypted talk groups.
While in HOLD mode, push the L/O button (lockout), this will lockout the offending talk group ID.
Editing the TGID name is the same process as editing the System or Site name.
Once completed simply push the Scan button to resume scanning.
If you don’t wish to edit the name – simply push the Scan button to resume ID Searching.
You Scanner should now be in ID Search mode again looking for active TGIDs in your location.
Naming the system makes it easier to reference.
This number will be associated with the System and give you quick access via the keypad.
Remember that there is no point entering 10 control channels in the site if 6 of them are more than 10 kms away.
Only enter control channels that are again, of good signal quality and reception for the area you’re trying to monitor.