ProScan & the Uniden UBCD536-PT connection, step by step.

Following on from our previous post where we mentioned and provided some information how forum member ‘Xplorer’ was able to successfully connect his Uniden UBCD536-PT to work with ProScan, we now offer the subsequent images to assist with his provided step by guide. You can read the previous article here: ProScan and the Uniden 436-PT / 536-PT Series Scanners

‘Xplorer’ was spurred on by the success of forum member ‘melbscan’ who had successfully connected his UBCD436-PT to ProScan, something that many had previously thought was not achievable due to not being able to connect in the more expected and traditional way, that was until ‘melbscan’ had a discussion with Bob from ProScan whilst troubleshooting a separate matter.

Here we’ll replicate again the steps taken, only this time we’ll include some images in order to assist and we hope it helps those who may wish to achieve the same results.


“I tried using your 436PT method on a 536PT with no luck. But, I have found the solution.

I checked the x36PT manual that failed to provide sufficient detail.
The x396XT manual confirms when connecting a 396 to a GPS, a Null Modem is required to create a crossover.

So I went and purchased a Null Modem from Jaycar to try my luck.
That was the key ingredient I was missing, where ProScan is now working with my UBCD536PT (Aus model).

You need the parts (or variant) listed below (Jaycar links are down the bottom of actual parts I’m using):
• 1 x RS232 DB9M to USB Converter Adapter ($27.95)
• 1 x Null Modem ($7.95)

1. Connect the Null Modem Cable to GPS port of 536PT.
2. Set the GPS port to 115200 in the 536PT settings.
3. Connect RS232 to USB Converter Adapter (or cable) to computer USB port.
4. Ensure the computer Device Manager has a correctly installed adapter under “Ports”.
5. If not correctly installed, trial different drivers until you have it installed correctly.
6. Take note of that Port Number.
7. Connect the Null Modem Cable to the RS232 to USB Adapter together.
8. Open ProScan software, select “Scanner Type”, click Scanner “BCD536HP” and “OK” (as there is no listing for UBCD536PT).
9. Select “Comm Port”, click “Refresh”, then “Auto Detect”.
10. Ensure ProScan “Baud Rate” speed is 115200.
11. The port number from above will now be shown as “Available”.
12. Click on that Available port number, then select “Set Selected Available Port”.
13. The 536PT scanner will now be visible on ProScan software, where you now have full control.
14. Happy Days thanks to melbscan 436PT procedure that assisted with proving ProScan working with the 536PT model.

I’m not saying you need this specific RS232 to USB Converter Adapter.
If you have an alternative, that may work too, but the key ingredient is the “Null Modem” either in adapter or cable form.

RS232 DB9M to USB Converter Adapter
http://www.jaycar.com.au/rs-232-db9m-to-usb-converter/p/XC4927

Null Modem Cable, Female to Female, 0.5m
http://www.jaycar.com.au/db9-female-to-db9-female-null-modem-cable/p/WC7511

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PROCEDURE SLIDE IMAGE ACTION (Click text below to see image)
Setup – Cabling 01 Null Modem Cable – Top
Setup – Cabling 02 Null Modem Cable – Ends
Setup – Cabling 03 RS232 to USB Converter Adapter – Top
Setup – Cabling 04 RS232 to USB Converter Adapter – Bottom
Setup – Cabling 05 Modem connected to RS232/USB
Setup – Cabling 06 Modem plugged into Scanner
Setup – Cabling 07 PC Device Manager – Before
Setup – Cabling 08 RS232/USB plugged into Computer
Setup – Cabling 09 PC Device Manager – After
Setup – Scanner 10 Menu
Setup – Scanner 11 Setup Your Location
Setup – Scanner 12 Setup GPS
Setup – Scanner 13 Setup Serial Port
Setup – Scanner 14 Baud 115200
Setup – ProScan 15 ProScan opened
Setup – ProScan 16 Set “Scanner Type” to “BCD536HP”
Setup – ProScan 17 Set scanner “Comm Port” set to “115200”
Setup – ProScan 18 Click “Auto Detect”
Setup – ProScan 19 Click “Port 6” line, “Set Selected Available Port” and “Close”
ProScan & Scanner 20 ProScan and Scanner
ProScan & Scanner 21 NSW GRN – ProScan & Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 22 SA GRN – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 23 ACT TRN – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 24 VIC MMR – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 25 VIC RMR – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 26 UHF CB – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 27 VHF Marine – ProScan and Scanner working example
ProScan & Scanner 28 NSW GRN ProScan and Scanner (Logging) working example

Many thanks to ‘melbscan’ and ‘Xplorer’ for their assistance on this article.



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