Police Scanner Programming

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  • Expert scanner programming for Uniden & Whistler
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Programming is the #1, by FAR, reason for returns

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 scanner product pages.

There are three ways to have your police scanner programmed:

  • Programmed SD Card
  • Mail-In Programming
  • Same Day Programming

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

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.

Here is a YouTube Playlist we put together that answers most of, if not all, your programming questions.

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 its 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 purchase of any Unication product.

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.

Programmed SD Card

This is an option for the following scanners

  • HomePatrol 2
  • HomePatrol 1
  • BCD536HP
  • BCD436HP
  • SDS100
  • 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. 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
  • 8GB SD card

Same Day Programming

This is an option for the following scanners

  • HomePatrol 2
  • HomePatrol 1
  • BCD536HP
  • BCD436HP
  • SDS100
  • TRX-1
  • TRX-2

This is essentially the same as SD card programming, sans the SD card. We create a Favorites List for each of the counties you choose and export the programming as an hpe. file to be sent via email attachment.

Open the "Same Day" tab below for more information and procedures.

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

    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 programming decision tree & 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.

    What lives on the SD card?

    The SD stores scanner memory, which includes both programming data and firmware.

    Can I ship my scanner in?

    That's not totally necessary, as we send out a new SD card to replace the one that came with the scanner.

    What's the difference between Same Day Programming and SD card programming?

    Same Day Programming is only an hpe. file that contains HP Series Sentinel programming that we send via email. SD Card programming is a physical memory chip that contains your programming and we send it through USPS First Class PKG.

    Steps to access your programming:

    Step #1 Download hpe. file

    Step #2 Open Sentinel software

    Step #3 File -> "Import from hpe. file (Favorites List)..."

    Import File

    Step #4 Click "New Favorites List"

    New Favorites List

    Step #5 Name your Favorites List

    Name List

       

    Step #6. Press OK

    Step #7 Double click on hpe. file

    Steps to write programming to your scanner:

    Step #1 Edit -> Edit Profile -> Turn "Monitor" ON

    Monitor On

    Step #2 Select target model

    Target Model

    Step #3 Clear User Data on SD card (icon highlighted)

    Clear User Data

    Step #4 Write to Scanner (down arrow)

    Download Programming

    Step #5 Update Firmware

    Update Firmware

    Why do I need to mail my scanner in?

    Your scanner does not have an SD card and must be shipped in to our warehouse to be programmed. Create a shipping label (UPS, Fedex, USPS) and carefully pack your item(s).

    Where do I ship my scanner?

    Zip Scanners 1620 Central Ave NE Suite 155A Minneapolis, MN 55413

    2 shipping labels?

    Add a 2nd shipping label from us (address above) 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 location. To make this as easy and inexpensive for everyone, we have you create the return shipping label and put it inside the box when you ship to us.

    What do I ship?

    Scanner, USB programming cable, AC adapter (base scanners) batteries (handheld scanners), prepaid return shipping label.

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