Learn to Program your Scanner / Radio
Last Updated: 5/25/2023
Version 6 (This version pulls frequencies from the Indy 500 Spotters Guide)
The cars in GRAY are new/different for Indy 500 compared to GMR Grand Prix.
–> BEARCAT Download “bc125at_ss” Config File
–> BAOFENG Download CSV File for Chirp Programming
Thanks to Redditor Alan Saters (asaters) for this printable Frequency Guide (that fits in your ticket holder!)
Thanks to RadioReference.com user chocolate_nault for his reports on bonus frequencies during the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 Practices! As well as most of the Tone data found on this page.
chocolate_nault’s thread | main IndyCar thread
Also thanks to Dan over at http://indymotorspeedway.com/scanner-freqs.html
Always a great up-to-date source to check!
Indy 500 Car and Driver Radio Frequencies:
|2||Josef Newgarden||464.9250||DCS 271|
|3||Scott McLaughlin||466.8250||DCS 712|
|5||Pato O’Ward||469.4375||DCS 152|
|06||Helio Castroneves||452.8000||DCS 205|
|6||Felix Rosenqvist||462.7875||DCS 431|
|7||Alexander Rossi||464.4625||DCS 205|
|8||Marcus Ericsson||457.0250||DCS 516|
|9||Scott Dixon||456.6500||DCS 125|
|10||Alex Palou||467.0375||DCS 036|
|11||Takuma Sato||466.1000||DCS 072|
|12||Will Power||466.2125||DCS 532|
|14||Santino Ferrucci||467.0750||DCS 411|
|18||David Malukas||467.2000||DCS 132|
|20||Conor Daly||469.1125||DCS 734|
|21||Rinus VeeKay||469.9250||DCS 466|
|23||Ryan Hunter-Reay||453.3750||DCS 455|
|24||Graham Rahal||461.0125||CTCSS 85.4Hz|
|26||Colton Herta||467.4000||DCS 251|
|27||Kyle Kirkwood||469.1375||DCS 526|
|28||Romain Grosjean||469.3000||DCS 243|
|29||Delvin DeFrancesco||452.8500||DCS 306|
|30||Jack Harvey||468.2625||DCS 131|
|33||Ed Carpenter||467.7125||DCS 654|
|44||Katherine Legge||460.4250||DCS 054|
|45||Christian Lundgaard||466.3125||DCS 506|
|50||RC Enerson||459.4500||DCS 205|
|51||Sting Ray Robb||463.6000||DCS 162|
|55||Benjamin Pedersen||463.0125||DCS 465|
|60||Simon Pagenaud||461.0750||DCS 143|
|66||Tony Kanaan||456.1375||DCS 115|
|77||Callum Ilott||459.6500||DCS 627|
|78||Agustin Canapino||458.1000||DCS 612|
|98||Marco Andretti||468.4875||DCS 025|
The cars in GRAY are new/different for Indy 500 compared to GMR Grand Prix.
|108||IMS PA (Pri)||450.6875|
Download Bearcat “bc125at_ss” Config File
Download CSV File for Chirp (Baofeng) Programming
See the entire Indy 500 Frequency and Spotters Guide
*NOTICE: If I come across bonus frequencies such as IMS radio network, TV broadcast, safety crews, race control, or even track PA systems, I include them as well. However, it’s important to note that these frequencies are not guaranteed to work and are often updated multiple times between when I first publish them and race day. If you find a frequency that I haven’t included, please let me know! If they don’t work- they may be retired, or they may be backups that weren’t needed. A quiet channel is not “proof” of a frequency no longer in use. “OLD FREQUENCIES” were not heard at the GMR Grand Prix, but I leave them in here in case you want to load them up – Just in case!
Isn’t this Bearcat an analog scanner?
Hasn’t the teams converter to digital?
I have a10 year old Track scan would it still work?
It is analog, yes. But the teams still use that during races and qualifications. I’m not 100% sure what the rule is for practices… But there are times they are allowed to go encrypted. (pre-race, garage, etc) – you’ll never get to hear these. But analog is still great for 99% of what you’d want to hear!
You old radio *should* work – I just can’t give advice on programming it!
Indycar and Nascar require analog for driver to crew communication during the race.
Some frame use digital for communication in the garage, but analog transmission between 450.0000-470.0000 MHz is specified in the rulebook for drivers.
Your trackscan will work but must be manually programmed by hand.
At the track for quals and dcs for Veekay is 466
Ah! I bet I mistyped it. I’ll get it corrected and sent out right away. Thank you! (that is the one downside to tone codes!)
This has been updated both on my webpage, as well as the bearcat config file. Thanks again!!
Just wanted to say thanks for the updates. I have an RE 3000 and Racing Electronics doesn’t support the IndyCar series, so have to program myself. Time consuming for the Indy 500 but your lists and input make it possible. Thanks again,
So good to hear man!
Want to give me a quick writeup of the programming procedure? I’ll add it for anyone else who has the same radio. I don’t have one to experiment and test on.
No problem – before I write it up, is there a way I can send you a scanned or photo of a document (the instructions)? If not I can write something up and get it to you.
Manual Programming _RE3000 (Racing Electronics)
1 – Press the menu key to get the main menu. Select PROGRAM, then select
“Keypad Entry”. Press Select
2 – Prompted for the following information:
* Car Number – channel number assigned to the car. Press Enter
* Enter the frequency by using the “Four-Way-Keys (up, down, left, right).
Press Enter. Note – you do not use the number keys to enter the
* CTCSS/DCS Code – use the “Four-Way-Keys” (up, down, left, right) to set
the CTCS/DCS Codes. The “left & right” keys turn the codes off and on.
The “up and down” keys change the number. After selecting press
* Alpha Label – Used to name the channel. You can use both letters &
numbers. Use the Alphanumeric Keypad to enter the label. The Up and
down keys will switch between ABC, abc & 123. The left and right keys
will move the cursor. When done – Select “Next” to move to the next
channel and continue programming or select “Enter” to save the entry
Great site for a first timer like me. I went with the Baofeng UV-5R. I’m only planning on listening to one driver. Am I correct to assume I can just type in the correct frequency above and I’m good to go?
When you first turn on the radio, you should hear a voice say either “CHANNEL MODE” or “FREQUENCY MODE” — you need to be in frequency mode. Then you can direct-dial in any frequency from my list, the spotter’s guide, or the person sitting next to you!
Press the orange VFO/MR button. If anyone reading has the UV82 radio, you have to turn the radio off, press and hold the menu key, and turn it on to swap modes.
Is it possible to listen to race scanners away from the Indy 500
Speedway Track? Thank you, BOB KEMPEN cell ph # 559 974 8000.
Totally depends on how far away. I’m just a few miles out (I can hear the cars engines) but can not pickup many or any radio transmissions. Sometimes I can pickup one-way from the pit going to the car, but almost never the car responding. They just aren’t pushing unnecessary power to get much beyond the limits of the track.
Is one of the links a “loadable to bearcat “ file. So far I have not been able to open any. If not I can input them with the software. Just being lazy.
There is a bearcat link, yes. It’s for the BC125AT scanner. It can be found here: https://themann00.com/latest-bearcat
Got it. Didn’t realize that it was a zipped file. It looks great. Thanks
No problem! I zipped it up because some computers/browsers complain about unknown file types, and also it let me drop a readme.txt file in there!
One more rookie question. My UV-5R came with a shorter, rigid antenna and skinny antenna about 12” long. I’m assuming it won’t make much difference given my proximity to pit lane but is one better than the other?
I have used both and they both work well. I have used them at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and many road courses. Really couldn’t tell the difference between the two.
Correct. I’ve used a “stubby” just fine at the track… but I’d pack the extra. Maybe your seat and the obstructions around it will make a difference… but you’re probably fine with smaller antennas.
Does anyone know how to go about uploading the frequencies with a PC for the RE3000? The manual says it can be done, but I can’t seem to get it to connect to the computer. You’d think this would still be possible, as the device is really not that old.
As a side note…Thanks to TheMann for this site! Not having to guess on the non-driver frequencies is a nice change of pace, as I’m a sucker for listening in on officials and race control.
I do not- I’ve seen some hand-programming instructions, but not PC programming. I think the manual refers to “over-the-air” programming, which was a special channel you could tune it to when you got to the track, and the Racing Electronics truck would constantly broadcast a digital signal that the scanner could interpret and reprogram itself. But since RE isn’t at IndyCar events, there is no way to do this 🙁
I have a RE3000 scanner. I don’t think there is a way to upload frequencies with a PC. My owner manual indicates over the air programming and manual. I see a USB port but I think that is for RE techs to be able to upload. Since Racing Electronics no longer comes to IndyCar races, the only way to enter the frequencies is manually. It takes some time to enter all the frequencies, DCS codes & alpha labels but once you have them inputed you can use them at other races. If you find a way to upload the frequencies, let me know. Thanks
Agreed- I wish there was a way to do it with a computer, but just doesn’t seem to be so. 🙁
With the USB port there, maybe one day RE will release some software or something to help take care of people who spent money with them at some point.
Thank you. Yeah, I assumed that’s probably what it was for. I asked the RE support and they just came back with “You have to manually enter the cars.” That was it…no explanation of the manual or any real help.
Oh well. I went out and bought a Bearcat today and I already love it. I’ll probably be getting rid of the RE3000 after Indy.
As always, thanks for this! I look forward to your updates every year to make it quick and easy to update my scanner.
Love hearing this. Thank you for visiting!
You saved me so much time and energy and will make race day infinitely more fun for me. Thank you, sir! You are a legend!
Happy to help! Come back and tell us how it was!
I broke down and ended up getting a Bearcat because the RE3000 just became tedious. I’ve had it for about 30 minutes and I already love it.
Quick question on the downloadable frequency guide (and apologies for my ignorance):
What are the channels listed in Banks 8 and 9?
I’m still somewhat new to the tones and codes for stuff, as I usually only cared about car numbers and frequencies. So I wasn’t sure what I was looking at in those two banks.
Never mind. Maybe if I read the file clearly marked Read Me, I would have figured it out. 🙂
Haha- all good man! I figured…. 500 channels, let’s put some other stuff on there!
Local hams may or may not be active on race day- good stuff to check while milling about or waiting for the race to start.
Don’t think we’ll need it this year, but all the surrounding county emergency repeaters if there is bad weather… or weather approaching…
For the race, I’d have those turned off thought. That’d be a real buzzkill. Some rando talking about walking his dog while you’re trying to find out who just crashed in turn 3…
Bank 1-2 Cars
Bank 3-4 Car Backups (if known)
Bank 8 – Local Indy Ham Repeaters
Bank 9 – Emergency Comms during weather for Marion, Boone, Hendricks, Morgan
Bank 1(0) – “Bonus” race-day frequencies. TV/Radio/Safety/PA/etc
You never know, that guy walking his dog may have caused the crash in Turn 3.
The emergency channels are smart anyway because they may be used for other major disasters that hit.
Thanks again for all the work on this site. It’s very well done.
Do you have the primary freq for WIBC Radio? And, of the NBC freqs, do you know which they’ll settle on? Same with IMS (Pri?).
Thank you – love your site!
WIBC just does IndyCar Radio, so should be one of those two. As to which they’ll use race day…. Not sure. PA was the same for many years and just changed last year for no known reason! I just try to include anything that’s out there!
Thank you, very much. I appreciate the feedback. We have been going to the Indy for years (1970) and it’s amazing how the technology has changed. I started timing with a stop watch.