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Scanning


Rig Settings when scanning memories with repeaters defined

If you have modified your rig such that the ARS (Auto Repeater Shift) no longer works - typically by performing a 'wide-band' mod, you may find that if you halt on a busy repeater channel, and key the rig from the program, that the rig ignores the shift direction. This is because the rig no longer knows what country it is operating in thus what the band plan is with respect to repeaters. The solution is to turn ARS off in the rig's menu. This allow the rig to take notice of the shift amount and direction that has been sent to it by the program.

Scanning methods

There are three ways to define which frequencies you want to scan. 

1. You can scan the frequencies in the currently selected permanent memory bank
2. You can define a range of frequencies with a stepping rate
3. You can scan the currently shown frequencies in the Memory Grid that have a Y in the Scan field.

Halting a scan

You can choose to halt the scan on channel busy, free, or to scan continuously. 

Click the option buttons Busy, Free or None to choose when you want to stop. 

To manually halt a scan click the scan button when it is displaying Stop.

Holding a scan

You can temporarily pause the scanning process by clicking on the Hold button. 

To resume the scan click the Halt button again.

Scanning speed

The scan speed is controlled using the Scan Speed command of the Options menu. 

The overall speed is affected by Scanning Speed, Talk Speed, Cmd Delay and S-meter Delay.

Hang Delay

The Hang Delay command of the Options menu lets you change how long the program waits on a scanned busy/free frequency before automatically resuming the scan. You can turn on the option 'Hang delay starts on signal loss' to stay on a busy channel until the signal goes instead of resuming the scan after the hang delay time. When this option is set the hang delay is the amount of time the program waits for a lost signal to re-appear before it assumes the channel is vacant and resumes scanning.
 
Switching between scanning a range, and scanning a memory bank, and scanning the Memory Grid

The third button down in the top right-hand corner is a yellow Scan Rnge button (for Scan Range). 

This cycles between  Scan Grid, Scan Bank and Scan Rnge.

When the button shows Scan Rnge you scan the range of frequencies defined in the currently selected scanner memory number.  There are twenty ranges of frequencies you can define using the Set Scan button.  Select which one to use by using the Scan Range drop-down box. 

When the button shows Scan Bank you scan the currently selected permanent memory bank. Those memories that have a white background in their Set Mem boxes will be skipped. A right-click on the Set Mem box will toggle the Skip Scan status.

When the button shows Scan Grid you scan the currently shown memories in the Memory Grid.  Note that the scan also takes notice of the Scan indicator Y/N, so even if a memory is shown it will not be scanned if the indicator is N.

Setting filters for the Memory Grid.

The Memory Grid filters will affect which rows are shown in the grid. To quickly de-select all of the filters you can use the 'Clear all filters' command on the View menu

Defining a range of frequencies to scan

To define a range of frequencies to scan, click the yellow Set Scan button at the top right hand part of the screen.  The scanner settings screen is shown.



Choose which of the definitions you wish to modify by clicking the drop-down box next to Range Name. Enter the required start, stop and scan step frequencies.

Now type the Start, Step and Stop frequencies. Start and Stop are in MHz, Step is in kHz.

Then type a short description and choose what mode you want to use.

If you are scanning repeaters with CTCSS capability then choose the required audio tone, and decide whether you wish to use Encode, or Encode+Decode.  You can also enter a specific frequency offset and plus or minus shift. If you are not using a repeater then choose Simplex.

Click the Apply changes button to save, then Exit.  If you wish to clear the entry then click Clear this entry.

Performing A Scan

To start a scan click the yellow Start button. The button will then change to Stop unless the scan stops automatically based on your Stop On specification. If this happens then the button changes to Resume. Click Resume to restart the scan, or Stop to stop the scan.

If you want to temporarily pause scanning click on the Hold button. A second click will resume scanning.