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Old October 24th 04, 03:01 AM
 
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Folks,

At a `moving sale' I got a vintage (ca.1977) Regency scanner,
Model ACT-T16K.

From the net I learned it covers: 30-50, 146-174, 440-512Mhz.

Why it doesn't normally cover the bottom of the 2-meter amateur band
starting at 144Mhz is beyond me. However, according to the below
instructions found elsewhere on the net, it can be programed
out-of-band by pressing `9' and 'CL'.

Indeed, I was able to program in 145.49, and 53.05Mhz in the
2 & 6 meter bands.

Does anyone know, or remember anything else about this scanner?
....like how far `out-of-band' can it be programmed to go?

any info, schematics, or mod sources would be appreciated.

It's a cool old scanner with its 16 blinking red diodes.

Apparently cost $350.00 when new in 1977 . . .

Bill



REGENCY ACT-T16K Scanner (16 channels)

to program channels:

1. press PR then press the channel button
2. enter the freq. on the keypad
3. press the same channel button again
4. press SC to scan
5. press MA for manual then press the channel button
of the channel you want to listen to

to program search:

1. press SP
2. enter freq of lower limit on keyboard
3. press ch1 button
4. press ch2 button
5. enter freq of upper limit
6. press ch2 button again
7. press SS to start searching

To enable the weather alert featu

1. program a freq of NOAA in ch16
2. press 2 and the decimal point
3. to stop the weather alert press 2 and CL(clear)

to enable ch1 priority press 1 and the decimal point

to disable the priority feature press 1 and CL

to enable out of band programming press 9 and clear while scanning


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Folks,

At a `moving sale' I got a vintage (ca.1977) Regency scanner,
Model ACT-T16K.

From the net I learned it covers: 30-50, 146-174, 440-512Mhz.

Why it doesn't normally cover the bottom of the 2-meter amateur band
starting at 144Mhz is beyond me. However, according to the below
instructions found elsewhere on the net, it can be programed
out-of-band by pressing `9' and 'CL'.

Indeed, I was able to program in 145.49, and 53.05Mhz in the
2 & 6 meter bands.

Does anyone know, or remember anything else about this scanner?
...like how far `out-of-band' can it be programmed to go?

any info, schematics, or mod sources would be appreciated.

It's a cool old scanner with its 16 blinking red diodes.

Apparently cost $350.00 when new in 1977 . . .

Bill



REGENCY ACT-T16K Scanner (16 channels)

to program channels:

1. press PR then press the channel button
2. enter the freq. on the keypad
3. press the same channel button again
4. press SC to scan
5. press MA for manual then press the channel button
of the channel you want to listen to

to program search:

1. press SP
2. enter freq of lower limit on keyboard
3. press ch1 button
4. press ch2 button
5. enter freq of upper limit
6. press ch2 button again
7. press SS to start searching

To enable the weather alert featu

1. program a freq of NOAA in ch16
2. press 2 and the decimal point
3. to stop the weather alert press 2 and CL(clear)

to enable ch1 priority press 1 and the decimal point

to disable the priority feature press 1 and CL

to enable out of band programming press 9 and clear while scanning


If memory serves me correct, the Bearcat 210 wouldn't cover some segments of
bands either and had to be tricked in a similar fashion. I believe a few
frequencies had to be listened to by using "image" frequencies..... Adding
or subtracting the I.F. from the intended frequency or some similar scheme.
Some of those scanners were neat even if they didn't do all. The crappiest
one IMHO that I seen, was one that used cards similar to computer punch
cards - if I recall correctly. An elderly lady wanted a scanner, she bought
one of those - suggested by the sales person. I seen it when she called me
to "program" it. I told her to take it back and get a "real" scanner and
suggested the BC 250. Her sister who did the original purchase and exchange
for her, took the unit back and got a BC 250. That lady loved it until the
day she died. That was her connection to the world, aside from the TV -
radio and phone, being wheel chair bound and not able to get out much. The
one scanner I seen which was neat but for some reason I never took a real
liking to, was the Bearcat 101. I think it too had some programming tricks
to it. Someone who "actually" owned one can clarify that.

I'm not much of a collector of radios - not enough room and don't want to
tie up cash. What I do - is if I see pics of old radios, scanners, etc, cut
them out and scrap book them. Just looking at the pics can take you back.

TRM


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....appreciate reply.

So far, it's going well, but I wonder if there is a way of
`locking out' channels while scanning like the more modern
scanners.

....the former owner promised to look for the manual before
he moved....

Bill


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...appreciate reply.

So far, it's going well, but I wonder if there is a way of
`locking out' channels while scanning like the more modern
scanners.


Try entering the channel number you want to lock out while the radio is
scanning. To unlock the channel press the channel number again while the
radio is scanning.


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Thanks for suggestion, but that didn't lock out a channel.

Appreciate any other ideas tho.

Try entering the channel number you want to lock out while the radio is
scanning. To unlock the channel press the channel number again while the
radio is scanning.


Bill




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Thanks for suggestion, but that didn't lock out a channel.

Appreciate any other ideas tho.

Try entering the channel number you want to lock out while the radio is
scanning. To unlock the channel press the channel number again while the
radio is scanning.


Bill



From the Orange Book, try this:

Regency Touch ACT-TI6K
Fake woodgrain 16 chan.
DPDT on/off slide: use SM65 toggle.
Main board 700-401E. Audio IC: 301-576-29=LM380.

Loses program when unplugged if 9V battery dead; battery goes dead in
48 hours of being unplugged.

To Program: Keyboard on left, two rows (1-8
& 9-16) of channel buttons at right.
1 Touch PRogram on keyboard.
2 Touch chan button.
3 Touch CLear.
4 Enter freq desired including decimal.
5 Touch channel button
6 Touch next chan button.
7 repeat steps 3-6 for all channels.
8 When thru programming press Scan--set
squelch to scan if nobody talking.

(chan 16 is priority channel: press chan 16 button once while scanning for
priority; press again to delete priority).

To scan out-of-band freqs:
1 push MAnual.
2 Touch 9, CLear --.--(freq), Enter.

Back to normal: 1 press MAnual, 2 Press 9, press (decimal).

Lockout: press chan button twice then PR and SC.

Un-lockout: push chan button once.

SP (Search Program): push SP, (freq---.--- for
lower limit), chan 1 button, chan 2 button, (freq---.---for upper
limit), chan 2 button. Press SS to Search Scan. {press SS when noise
& signals stops search to continue searching}.

If all else fails, buy a manual for $6.00 from
http://www.bearcat1.com/manuals.htm


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Many thanks. The `lock out' instructions you provided did the
trick.

Also, thanks for the reference to the `Orange Book.'

Best,
Bill, KC0IZI

www.nyx.net/~wboas




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