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Dan Keller's Amateur and Scanner Radio Site
Why this web site?
- To share what I've learned about using radios
- To share the quick-reference cards I've helped to develop.
The manufacturers ought to provide these!
Better yet, the manufacturers should employ user interface design
experts when they design these products.
The cards are my remedy for
the neanderthal user interfaces on these powerful
but absurdly hard-to-use devices.
For the tasks most commonly done with each radio,
the quick-ref cards show
the button-press sequences (and remedies for errors).
Unless you use the radio a lot, it's hard to remember how.
Print these on 3x5 cards and carry them with the radio if, like
mine, your memory of how to operate these miserable monsters is
Ham (receive and transmit)
(3 bands, 5 watts)
This is the most popular radio among San Francisco NERTs.
VX-7R User's Manual
Quick-ref cards (Microsoft Word)
- Set the Power Level
- Tune with the Knob (VFO)
- Set the Squelch
- Select Bands
- Tune to a Specific Frequency
- Tune to a Repeater Frequency
- Store a Frequency in Memory
- Tune from Memory (MR)
- Override the Simplex/Repeater Mode
- Scan the Stored Frequencies
- Light the Display Backlight
Scanner (receive only)
Uniden BCD396T (digital, trunking)
- Search a search range
- Create a new system on the keypad
- Store a frequency to scan using the keypad
- Store a frequency to scan using the PC
- Backup the radio's memory onto the PC
- Listen for Close Calls
- Listen for ham activity
- Download frequencies and talkgroup data
from radioreference.com and install as a new system
- Listen to a particular agency (trunked)
Scanner Radio Glossary
Ham Radio Glossary
Some SF Bay Area repeaters (MS