Own your own scanner/radio
LET’S GO SHOPPING
I have put together two options of what to buy. First is the Uniden Bearcat BC125AT – This is my new preferred method of scanning at the track. Second choice is one of the Baofeng radio options. There are more pieces you will need to buy, but this option is the cheaper overall solution.
This year I made the switch to the Uniden Bearcat BC125AT from the past 7 or 8 years of using the Baofeng UV-82. Nothing against the Baofeng- for the price, it is incredible. But this one is faster, works better out of the box, and is an all around perfect fit for race day. Start your journey here into Indy 500 and Indy Car scanning with the right scanner. It costs a bit more, but there is almost nothing extra you need once you get it. Use your own earbuds, or get some nice headphones. This will cost about $105.
The Tried and True. I’ve programmed and used this radio exclusivly for the previous 7 or 8 Indy 500s. For just $30 to start, you can find out if this is something that peaks your interest, and if you want to go even further for future races. Keep in mind, that the $30 gets you the radio. You will likely need a programming cable, and a headphone adapter of some kind. All in, you’re looking to spend around $70 to enjoy the next race, plus the cost of earbuds or headphones if you don’t already have a set.
The Uniden software is free to download, and works immediately with the cable that comes with the BC125AT scanner. The ability to copy/paste directly into the software like it’s a spreadsheet makes programming an absolute breeze. The guide also includes a link to my own config file, so you can save even more time!
There is a free piece of software out there called CHIRP. It is easy to setup and use, but depending on the programming cable, there could be some driver issues or some general frustrations getting it setup the first time. It’s easy once you’re done. I also provide a CSV file that can be imported into the CHIRP program for quick setup.
3. input frequencies
Here is where I show you step-by-step how to program your Uniden Bearcat BC125AT scanner with the software, or by hand. It’s always good to know how to quickly add in a few frequencies when you get to the track on race day, just incase a few things have changed.
The CHIRP software is easy to use once it is setup. There are a few quick notes to be aware of before you being, including backing up your current radio config first. But quick upload and download of your radio content, and you’ll be ready for race day.
This scanner makes it easy. If you use my config, or make your own in a similar fashion, you simply scan just a few banks of drivers- but have quick access to all the programmed frequencies so you can jump over to Race Control, the track PA system, and even TV/Radio broadcasts. Learn how to quickly remove a channel that’s getting static and interference, so it doesn’t ruin your scanning experience.
Learning the tricks for scanning with the Baofeng is important. There are a few small details that you’ll want to remember. First- all channels are three digits. So to listen in on car #12, you’ll want to type in 012. Second, the ability to add and remove frequencies is a little more complex with this radio than with a scanner. So be sure to familiarize yourself with the process!
All data and frequencies on this site are provided as-is. Always use caution when using software to modify your radio.