How to Use the Bearcat 3500XLT

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How to Use the Bearcat 3500XLT
Portable scanners can monitor air traffic control radio frequencies. (air traffic control tower image by Paul Hill from

The Bearcat 3500XLT is a portable handheld scanner that, when programmed, scans radio frequencies of local police, fire, emergency service, air traffic control and emergency weather services. Portable scanners are used by reporters following the local police and fire brigades, boaters who need to know weather conditions and enthusiasts who enjoy listening to air traffic control signals. You can also use the scanner to listen to local AM or FM radio signals.

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  1. 1

    Turn on the Bearcat 3500XLT scanner and adjust the "Volume" and "Squelch" levels to you preference. The "Squelch" adjustment is used to filter out static and interference.

  2. 2

    Press the button marked "Scan" and the scanner starts to monitor the frequencies that have been programmed into its channels. The scanner stops on a channel only when there is a transmission.

  3. 3

    Press the "Man" button to stop the Bearcat 3500XLT from scanning. Press the "Man" button again and select the number of channels you want to program.

  4. 4

    Press the channel number on the keypad and press the "Ent" button to enter the channel.

  5. 5

    Press the numeric keypad to enter the frequency you want to program into that channel. When done, press the "Ent" button and the frequency you just entered will now be saved into that channel number.

  6. 6

    Press "Scan" and the Bearcat 3500XLT returns to scanning the frequencies programmed into its channels.

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