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radarspotter10

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2009, 06:23:29 PM »
Does the 785XLT have a PC interface?

Spectrum Commander lists the BC780XLT and the 785D in its setup options, but not the 785XLT.
hi
i have the pcr 1000 would you recommend
the Spectrum Commander never used it,  i use talk pcr,  and where do i get
Spectrum Commander from and what is the cost.
thanks from pat

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2009, 06:26:51 PM »
15 day fully functioning demo from here:

http://www.scanstar.com/products/commander.htm

Cost is USD 159.97 - so not cheap!

I used the software for the full 15 days before I decided that I just had to have it.  The PCR1000 is supported.

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2009, 06:27:35 PM »
Yes it does have a PC interface

Why not try the free 15 day demo and see if it works for you.

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2009, 06:28:19 PM »
Thanks

I will download the trial and give it a whirl over the weekend.

It would need to be good for that price!

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2009, 06:29:03 PM »
I expect they do not sell many copies these days hence the inflated price.

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2009, 06:50:57 PM »
I expect they do not sell many copies these days hence the inflated price.

I think that the MS DOS 'Probe' scanning software that I purchased about 10 years ago cost me GBP 70.00 and the Spectrum Commander works out at about GBP 95.00.  It certainly doesn't fit into the 'casual purchase' bracket.  The only thing that I would say is that I'd stopped using my PCR1500 as I just couldn't get on with the ICOM software, so for me, its made the GBP 360 that I paid for the PCR1500 more reasonable.  I was seriously starting to regret the PCR purchase and was starting to look for a scanner with some controls on the front.

I will say that the Spectrum Commander software, although very simple to use when you know how, is not the easiest thing to get started!  The install includes a PDF manual and it's well worth printing this out to read in slow time.

This is a simplified summary of the install process:

- download the demo software and install it in the default directories it suggests.  It puts all the scan groups etc in My Documents\My Radio Files

- run the software - it will prompt you to install a radio.  Make sure that you know the serial port/com port/connecting baud rate of your radio connection (if you need this for your particular radio)

- it them prompts you for the type of interface - Scanner is what you want

- it then gives a number of options, one of which ic to use an existing Scan frequency group, choose this option.  I've attached a sample scan group for London Civil (put it in the My Radio Files directory)

- Choose this group from the browse window

- the software should now connect to your radio (if you've got the settings right) and start scanning.

If you get that far, lesson 2 will come later :-)
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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2009, 08:03:21 PM »
Thanks Allocator I will make time over the weekend to give it a try.

EMA

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2009, 09:10:51 PM »
Well I did not get far, I downloaded the trial and the first thing it said was my trial period had expired :-(

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2009, 09:14:13 PM »
Well I did not get far, I downloaded the trial and the first thing it said was my trial period had expired :-(

Can't think why this might be, other than your PC clock being wrong, or if you have installed it before.  I trailed this on one desktop and 2 laptops all running Windows XP and the install and demo ran fine.  Drop Signal Intelligence an Email

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2009, 09:15:46 PM »
Clock and date are okay and I have never used this software before, also the PC is only a couple of weeks old.

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2009, 09:53:02 PM »
Maybe it's a Vista thing?

Edit: The program release notes say that it works with Vista - attached.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2009, 10:04:15 PM by Allocator »

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2009, 06:36:08 PM »
I can't believe that I've bought another scanner :-0

A well used Uniden UBC 780 XLT off of eBay.  It doesn't seem to work with Spectrum Commander (even though it is supposed to!) but I purchased the Butel software so I could 'load' all the channels from my PC.  It's very sensitive and I'm very happy with it - listening to Heathrow Director right now and watching all the action on RadarBox :-)

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #42 on: September 28, 2009, 06:46:40 PM »
Hi Allocator

I am currently using the 785XLT  :-)

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #43 on: September 28, 2009, 07:45:04 PM »
I guess that the 785XLT is just a bit newer/better than the 780?

Do you use PC software to manage your radio?

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Re: Don't throw away your old equipment!
« Reply #44 on: September 28, 2009, 07:48:03 PM »
I can't believe that I've bought another scanner :-0

That's just plain greedy...how many have you got now? ;^)

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