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Police Scanner Programming

› Our top seller—added to 95% of orders

› Programming issues are the #1 reason for returns

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› Uniden, Whistler & Unication programming

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Have your police scanner professionally programmed by our expert police scanner technicians. We guarantee 100% satisfaction on all programming. This service is for those that already have a scanner. If you're buying a new scanner we offer programming on all scanners. You can add programming from all scanner product pages.

There are 2 ways to have your police scanner programmed:

› Mail-In Programming
› Programmed SD Card

Click on the tabs below to learn more about programming and see the differences.

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Mail In Scanner Programming

Box up your scanner, mail to us and we'll take care of the rest.


Included with Mail In Programming Service:

› Firmware update
› Frequency database update
› Complete initial software setup
› Creation of favorites list for Law, Fire and EMS for as many counties as you choose as well as State Law, Fire & EMS
› Configuration of scanner settings to specification
› Overview of software and programming

Benefits of Mail In Programming

› Programming is the #1 reason scanners are returned - this is alleviated
› We have your scanner so we will take care of everything; once you get back, simply power on & you're good to go
› Training - we will give you an overview of your scanner and scanner software saving you time and frustration
› Software configured for your future use
› Since we’ll download the software and frequencies to your computer, you will have a backup



Programmed SD Card

This is an option for the following scanners:

› HomePatrol 2
› HomePatrol 1
› BCD536HP
› BCD436HP
› SDS100
› TRX-100
› TRX-200
› TRX-1
› TRX-2


All other scanners must be mailed in to be programmed as they do not have an SD card.


Your programmed SD card will arrive 2-4 business days after you place your order. Along with your card are instructions on how to insert the SD card into your device; all you’ll need to do is replace the existing SD card. 


Included with SD Card Programming Service:

› Frequency database update
› Creation of favorites list for Law, Fire and EMS for as many counties as you choose
› 4GB SD card


Can I programming this scanner myself?

We created a programming decision tree as well as programming videos (above) to help you decided on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming.


How long does this take?

› SD Card - You will receive your card 2-4 business days after you order. All cards ship via USPS from Minneapolis.
› Mail In - 1-2 business days once we receive.


What if this does not work?

We have a 100% money back guarantee if for any reason you’re not happy with the result.


So I just mail in my scanner?

Yes, box up your scanner along with all cables and ship to us. Add a second shipping label from us back to you, write down the tracking number and you can follow it's progress. We have you create the 2nd shipping label as the cost of this varies greatly based on scanners(s), box shape, method and your location. To make this as easy and inexpensive for everyone, we have you create the return shipping label and put in the box when you ship to us.


How are you so much cheaper than other programming places?

We’re awesome. Also, we have a full time programming expert and other places ship their scanners to us for us to program. They charge more and you get this exact same thing.


Can you program X, Y, Z?

We can program anything that is Radio Reference. If you have frequencies that are not in Radio Reference, as long as you can put them in a CSV file, we can program them.


Additional Memory?

You can add a larger memory (SD card) to increase favorites lists and recording space. Only applicable to scanners that have SD cards. Recording time by SD card size:

› 2 GB Card = 6 hours
› 4 GB Card = 12 hours
› 8 GB Card = 24 hours
› 16 GB Card = 50 hours
› 32 GB Card = 100 hours
› 64 GB Card = 200 hours


Free Unication Programming?

We will program up to 10 frequencies for free with purcahase of any Unication.


Frequencies not Counties?

This is confusing - don't worry! Chat with a Unication expert and we can let you know. Short answer: We use the Radio Reference database and however many frequencies from here you'd like programmed is how we charge.



Scanner Programming Overview

Programming is the #1 concern of potential police scanner buyers. Each scanners' programming is unique & we added how-to's on each scanner product page showing how to program that particular scanner. We recommend following the decision tree graphic below & watching programming videos to determine whether you should have your scanner professionally programmed. All scanners we sell offer programming & we can program any police scanner. 90% of all scanner sales include programming either at purchase or post sale.

One Touch Start Up

Adding the one touch startup along with programming allows our technicians to make hardware, software & frequency updates. There is a lag from production till when you get your scanner and with the 'one touch start up' our technicians will make all updates. You can buy only the programming which will give you everything needed to listen in your area. The 'one touch start up' is popular with those that do not have access to a computer, those that buy as a gif or those that just want their scanner to 'work' without having to do anything but power on. Note that the 'one touch start up' may add 2 days to delivery.



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Customer Reviews (17)

Programmed codesReview by P
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Get frequent codes
(Posted on 3/7/2019)
Qe XtReview by Latesha
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works great now - thx (Posted on 11/30/2018)
Love it!!Review by Mary
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Now it actually works!!! Thanks Joey!!! (Posted on 11/15/2018)
Zip Scanners is a stand up companyReview by Dwight Sayer
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Zip at Zip Scanners , refunded my programming Charges as it has been determined that my area wherre I live has gone all encrypted for police and fire, so there is nothing I can listen to here. He said he should have caught that before sending my programmed card. He was very gracious and is refunding my charges.
(Posted on 1/16/2018)
TRX-2 Programmed SD CardReview by John
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Ordered SD card programmed for TRX-2 it worked great. And it stopped the Error Code 4-00 from showing up so I’m very happy with purchase. (Posted on 1/16/2018)
They were fast to program my scannerReview by Ray OCC
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They were fast to program my scanner, And mail it ASAP!
(Posted on 12/7/2017)
Ok you are the ones that can give new …Review by Allen kirkbride
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Ok you are the ones that can give new life to an older police scanner. (Posted on 11/6/2017)
I like the communications and no hassle …Review by Bobbert
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I like the communications and no hassle purchase and support. Recently used them to assist in programing my scanner and they were fast and efficient I would definitely purchase and use them again. (Posted on 11/3/2017)
Zip Scanners gave my scanner new lifeReview by Richard
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I've had my scanner for about 4-5 years and I wasn't very happy about what I was hearing on it. I wasn't getting much of what I wanted to hear. And then surfing through the internet, I came across this site and so I gave them a try. Changing the sim card brought my scanner back to life. I am getting more traffic now. Thank you Zip Scanners. (Posted on 11/3/2017)
Programming ServiceReview by Scott
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I purchased 1 county programming service for my Whistler WS1098. SD Card shipped to me same day. Very fast shipping. Great customer service, Would highly recommend.
(Posted on 11/3/2017)
awesome scannerReview by jonathan670
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very easy to program. i love the tx1
best scanner i have ever owned. i found zip scanners on a google search. glad i did. great peope to work with. fast shipping. i recomend zip scanners. (Posted on 7/6/2017)
325 works nowReview by Bill
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Bought Uniden BCD325P2 from another place that had no support for how to set up for Dallas. After a few days I found Luke and ended up mailing scanner in. Came back next week all good. Had a few questions afer and Nixon was very professional and responeded imediately. Wish I'd have just bought here to begin with and this would have worked but I tried to save a few nickles:) LOL. Highly recommend - thanks guys!

Bill S. (Posted on 12/5/2016)
greatReview by Joshua
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I should have boughten my scanner from these guys to start out with. Oh well. They are good at making this easy. All I have to do is input the SD card they send me in the mail to the scanner and I am all good. (Posted on 8/1/2016)
Worked as statedReview by Neil
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Got whistler 1080 then put in new card. worked as stated here (Posted on 7/18/2016)
Worked for racesReview by Glen
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Sent in my 1010 to get programmed for NASCAR and it came back and worked perfect. Went to 3 races and it worked great at all of them. thanks (Posted on 9/8/2015)
yesReview by Roger
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I bought the BCD996P2 and got frustrated programming. I mailed my scanner in and since I got it back it works perfect. I can hear Sandberg police as a lot more in my area. Would recommend. (Posted on 9/8/2015)
PefectReview by Mary
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Got programming with a scanner for my father for his birthday and he loves it. I was worried about programming scanner as he does not have a computer but this worked perfect just like Luke said it would. THANKS!!!! (Posted on 9/8/2015)

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