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How to Easily Switch Scan Lists on an AnyTone Handheld

How to Easily Switch Scan Lists on an AnyTone Handheld

Want to Scan the Weather Channels and Your Local Repeater?

Many amateur radio operators want to scan multiple lists with their radio. You might want to scan your weather channels and then switch to your local repeater channels. You may even want to scan your local analog channels and switch to DMR.

In this video, Sebastian, KBØTTL, will share how to easily switch between scan lists with the AnyTone 878 Plus.

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Video Transcription:

Hi, this is Sebastian, KB0TTL. So on your 878 radio, you've got more than one scan list. So you want to go ahead and scan the weather channels, and you also want to be able to scan local repeaters, but you want two separate lists. Or maybe you want to scan a few of the digital channels on one side, a few of the analog channels on the other. Let's go ahead and show you how mid-play you can switch between the two scan lists that you've programmed into your 878.

Now let's get started. I'm just going to show you that in fact, we do have two separate scan lists here for the 878. What I'm going to go ahead and do is go into each of these here that I've created. One of these has to do with the local NOAA weather channels. It's just on a constant scan loop here. Now, the other is on some local repeaters that I went ahead and put in. We're going to go ahead and access our scan list here. So this first one has the seven NOAA weather channels in it. And we're actually going to start scanning on that one first.

Then we have a list of analog repeaters here that are in the area that we're going to scan on here as well. So we're actually going to switch midstream. That is from the scanning in the weather channels, over to scanning the local repeater channels. So what I'm actually going to go ahead and do here is show you some of these channels and how I have them entered. Now I've actually gone into each channel. Not only do you have to create your scan lists, but you also have to go into each channel and assign that channel to a particular scan list. So if you want the same repeater or frequency in more than one scan list, you'll actually need to copy and paste and reenter that channel again in your channels list, but for a different scan list. So I'm going to go ahead and just show you here real quick.

Just going into the channel list here. And this is one that I had just entered earlier for a Lee Summit, Missouri area repeater here, 146.700 at a negative offset and 107.2CTCSS. Now notice here in scan list instead of none, which it was before, I selected analog repeaters. So this is going to be part of the analog repeater scan list. All of my NOAA weather channels, I went ahead and assigned to scan list one.

So basically in essence, I'm going to show you then on the radio, how I'm going to go from scanning what's on scan list one, which is the NOAA weather channels, to the analog repeaters list. I'm just going to jump right on over to the radio and we will get started.

All right. So we're going to go ahead and we're going to select our scan lists here and then we're going to go ahead and start the scanning process here on this radio. And just so you guys know, I have P1 Long that is, I'll have to push P1 one for a few seconds to get scan to start and stop. That's just the button that I chose to program in for the scan start and stop function. You could choose any of these buttons here up front you like in optional settings and in key function settings in the CPS software when you do this.

So right now, I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to start scanning here on these local repeaters. I have all of these local repeaters put in my initial scan list and I have NOAA weather channels put in my secondary scan list. And here's the cool thing. If you want to go ahead and start scanning, all you have to do is start the scanning on any of the channels that are in your scan list. And then to stop, you would stop scanning by pushing the button again. You could switch scan lists by starting to scan on channels that are in a different scan list. So I'm going to show you how that's done here.

I'm going to start scanning here by pushing my scan button in for a couple of seconds. And it's going to start scanning here. Now, I want to stop that. So I'm going to go ahead and put a stop to the scan. Now I'm going to go to one of my other channels here that is in a separate list. It's just as easy as selecting the channel that is in a different list. Starting the scanning process and of course stopping the scan process.

So what have we learned here? We've learned that we can start and stop the scanning process or change scanning lists simply by beginning the scan on a channel that is in a different list. So that is how we would do that. I hope you enjoyed today's video. This is Sebastian, KB0TTL.

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Ted - August 26, 2021

Should have shown a NOAA channel setup rather than a local repeater channel. That way you could copy Channel Information

Gerald Buotte - December 7, 2020

I read where you can speak just about anywhere with this radio by using the Hotspot. Am I reading this right?

Jerry Buotte

Don Anderson - December 2, 2020

In firmware version 1.19, I found I could start a scan with a long press of the zone rocker switch. No need to program anything.


Don – KJ7OKE
Tucson, Arizona, USA

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