Hello from Florida,
1. Since the BC-780 scanner has not been made for several years, I have not seen any of the software developers provide updates to their programming software for this model scanner in the last few years, but it's possible that some developers have done this. Most, if not all of them are spending their time and energy making software for more recent scanners.
2. Many recent computers do not have a serial port. If your computer does not have a serial port, you'll have to get a USB to serial converter to connect a programming cable to your computer. You can buy these from stores or online vendors. If your're a hardcore cheapskate like me, rather than buy the cable at a store, you will look for these adapters at hamfests, and buy them for a dollar or 2. I've found that a web search will find the software drivers for these adapters, and I have had good success doing this. However, one no-name USB to serial cable I bought at a hamfest would not work with either the CD-ROM or downloaded driver, and indicated a cable malfunction. Many scanner hobbyist web posts on USB cable difficulties state that the problems are mostly caused by incorrect
or outdated drivers. I have not had a problem using a USB cable with either XP or Vista, although I use only my XP laptop and not the Vista machine to work the 780. If you have issues, you likely have driver problem or port selection problem.
3. The software for the BC-780 was made in the Windows 98 and XP era, and some brands of scanner software likely won't work with Windows Vista or 7.
4. The freeware/shareware AFS 780 was available at one time on the web. I used it for awhile, but I have not been able to find any web links for it for a few years.
5. The other brands of software I've used for my beloved 780's are Scancat from Computer Aided Technologies, and ARC 780 by Butel Software.
6. Because Uniden stopped providing parts and service for this scanner years ago, and because this model is not compatible with the new frequency plan for rebanded 800 MHz Motorola trunk systems (I've found that my 780 will recognize about 60-70% of the rebanded channels), and because the 3 generations of Uniden base/mobile scanners since the 780 are more sensitive and decode P25 digital, the demand and value for this model have declined, although the 780 still does many scanning functions very well.
On a separate topic, does anyone have any idea where I can get a replacement ribbon cable for my BC-895 first generation TrunkTracker?
Thank you, and I hope this information helps.
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