BCD996XT Settings

This page applies only to the BCD996XT. For other models see:

Set Backlight

This menu lets you configure the display and key backlight.

Set Dimmer

Selects whether the backlight brightness is set automatically or manually.

Auto: Select Polarity

+ Polarity The backlight dims when +12V is applied to the orange lead.
- Polarity The backlight dims when +12V is not being applied to the orange lead.


Manually select the brightness of the backlight. Your options are high (brightest), middle, and low (dimmest).

Set Color

Select the color of the backlight. Your options are blue, red, magenta, green, cyan, yellow, and white.

Adjust Key Beep

Select the volume level (Level 1 through Level 15) you want the keybeep to use, or select Auto to have the scanner sound the keybeep without changing the volume. If you don't want the scanner to beep when you press the keys, select Off .

Adjust Audio AGC

Configure how the scanner handles the Automatic Gain Control (AGC) for Analog and Digital signals:

Parameter Definition Analog settings Digital settings
Response Time How frequently the AGC factor updates. Decrease this value to make AGC respond faster (but this could result in pumping). Increase this value to make AGC respond more slowly. -4 to +6 (default=0) -8 to +8 (default=0)
Reference Gain The reference level that AGC attempts to adjust the volume to. If digital and analog volumes don't match, adjust this parameter. -5 to +5 (default=0) -5 to +5 (default=0)
Gain Range The total dynamic range of the AGC adjustments. A larger value allows a wider variation in volume.

_0_ to 15 (default=6)


Set Upside-down

Lets you invert the display. Useful if you are mounting the scanner in an overhead space.

Adjust Contrast

Select one of the 15 available contrast levels for the display. As you scroll through the options, the display adjusts to the highlighted contrast level; press YES when you see the display contrast you want to use.

Set C-CH Output

Choose how you want the scanner to handle control channel data:

Set GPS Format

Configure how the scanner displays position coordinates, time, and units during GPS operation:

Set Pos Format

Select how the scanner displays longitude and latitude:

Set Time Format

Select 12H for 12-hour (am/pm) time format or 24H for 24-hour time format.

Set Time Zone

Set the number of hours your local time zone differs from universal time (GMT/UTC). Select from -14 hours to +14 hours in half-hour (0.5 h) increments.

Set Unit

Select the unit used for distance: mile or kilometer (km).

Set Serial Port

Select the port you are adjusting ( Set Front Port or Set Rear Port) Then, set the baud rate for the selected serial port. Choose from 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600 , or 115200 bps; select Off to disable the serial port.

The front port defaults to 115200 bps. The rear port defaults to 4800 bps to maintain compatibility with GPS units.

Band Defaults

Use this menu to change the default modulation and frequency step or spacing used for each band. The scanner displays the list of available bands in the following format:

 {Frequency} : {modulation type} / {step} 
Select the frequency band you want to edit. The scanner prompts you for the following information:

Set Modulation

Select the type of modulation you want the scanner to use as the default for this band: AM, Narrowband FM (NFM), FM, Wideband FM (WFM), or FM broadcast (FMB).

Set Step

Select the number of kHz between each frequency or channel step: 5.0, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 20.0, 25.0, 50.0, or 100.0 kHz.

P25 LP Filter

This setting lets you set the scanner to apply a software filter that removes the 4kHz tone you can hear on some P25 systems. Note that turning on this setting increases the CPU load and could slightly degrade P25 decode performance on some systems.

See Scanner Info

This menu lets you see detailed information about the memory and firmware including the scanners ESN and ESN Checksum.

% Memory Used

See the percent of overall memory used ( Memory Used_) along with the number of programmed Systems, Sites , and channels ( CHN) and the percent of available memory positions used for each.

Firmware Version

See the firmware version ( Version), the electronic serial number ( ESN), checksum ( SUM), and major firmware version number ( M-Ver) of the scanner.

This page applies to the following scanner(s): BCD996XT Users Guide