Connecting a GPS receiver

To determine whether the information on this page applies to your scanner, see the tags at the bottom of the page.

Compatible GPS receivers

You can connect your scanner to any GPS receiver that meets the following criteria:

Configuring your scanner

  1. Go to the Settings menu and select Set Serial Port .
  2. Select 4800 bps for the baud rate.

Connecting the receiver


  1. Connect your GPS receiver to a null modem adapter or cable.
  2. Connect the data cable that was supplied with your scanner to the null modem.
  3. *The data cable has a DE-9 socket (female) connector. To connect to the data cable, you need a DE-9 plug (male) connector. (DE-9 connectors are often called DB-9 connectors.)
  4. *Depending on your GPS connection and your null modem, you might need a gender changer and/or a DB-25-to-DE-9 adapter.
  5. Connect the data cable to the scanner's data port.
  6. When the scanner recognizes the GPS input, it displays a confirmation message and shows the GPS icon on the display.
  7. *If the GPS receiver does not have a lock on the satellites, the scanner displays Searching for Satellite .


If you can't get the scanner to recognize the GPS receiver:

If the scanner recognizes the GPS receiver but doesn't lockout systems as you expected:

This page applies to the following scanner(s): BCD396XT BC346XT BC346XTC Users Guide

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