Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Scanner Master Road Trip - Dallas

By Richard Barnett

Today I flew to Dallas and had lunch with Paul Opitz, scanner product manager for Uniden America. Amongst other topics Paul and I and discussed the new portable BC346XT and BCD396XT scanners and their success in the marketplace. Paul was kind enough to review and make some edits to our 346 and 396XT comprehensive reports and we'll be posting those corrections shortly. I had a suggestion for Paul for a new features for these and other Dynamic Memory scanners: The ability to stop on one System and scan it by itself, even if other systems are enabled. But Paul had me scooped. The feature is already in the radio. Here's how you activate it: While scanning any system, press HOLD for 2 seconds.

There's so much scanner firmware developers can now do with scanner operation that many features we're not even aware of -perhaps because we didn't spend enough time reviewing the manual- although sometimes one finds features that are not even in the manual.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Scanner Master Road Trip - Set-up Day at Dayton Hamvention

By Richard Barnett

I arrived in Dayton after a long, long, ride from Boston. I met up with Gommert Buysen of Butel Software and Rich Carlson of the CARMA club in Chicago and we set up good 'ol booth 402-403, our regular spot at Hamvention these last 10 or so years. I wonder how turnout will be with the economy in rough shape. Last year the economy was holding up OK but gas prices were double what they are today so we didn't expect to see people coming to the show from long distances. In the end though we had a great show last year, surprisingly better than the year before.

Tonight we went to a terrific ICOM-hosted dinner party at a Packard car museum in downtown Dayton. Beautiful cars and great food, hosted by a very classy company. We are proud to have been selected as ICOM's newest dealer and Scanner Master now carries the full line of ICOM communications receivers. More on that in a future blog.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welcome to the Scanner Master Blog Site

Hello. We're pleased to introduce the Scanner Master web blog service today at The purpose of the blog is to provide a forum for Scanner Master staff and colleagues to provide interesting and informative scanner news and tips to our customers and friends. Over time these blogs will also serve as an information resource that our customers will be able to use to research such topics such as, "Ways to Improve Scanner Reception Indoors," and other interesting articles. We'll also let you know about new products that are soon to be released and events and trade shows that Scanner Master will be attending.

We also invite you to submit your ideas for topics and your scanner questions that you would like answered. And of course at anytime we'd love to hear from you with your comments on our blog and our our site. Thank you very much.

Richard Barnett
May 2009