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Includes 5500 Dynamically Allocated channels (3500 Typical) for plenty of system storage. Preloaded for most major digital and many analog areas. Also has Motorola analog and APCo25, EDACS analog, and LTR analog trunking, Close Call RF Capture Technology, Pager Screen, Fire Station Tone-out, Extended Quick Keys, Service Search, CTCSS/DCS, Repeater Reverse, Alpha Tagging, Data Skip, Weather Search, SAME Wx Alert, Search Auto Store, Close CAll Auto Store, Priority Scanning, Backlit Display, PC Programming and Control, plus On-Air Cloning (software included by download). Includes belt clip, AC Adapter/Charger, PC Data Cable, and 2xAA NiMH batteris. Also comatible with Alkalines. 3.5mm Headphone jack.
Brand Name: : Uniden
Model: : BCD-396T
Width: : 0.00 inches
Height: : 0.00 inches
Weight: : 6 pounds
Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 3 inches ; 3 pounds
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Item model number: BCD-396T
Date first available at Amazon.com: July 20, 2005
Great performance after complicated setup
Whether you buy this as a toy or a tool, this is not a device that is going to spring out of its box ready to use. I consider myself fairly experienced in electronics and radio-related stuff and it took me several obsessive evenings of tinkering with the settings, reading and re-reading the manual, and searching through a half dozen online forums and reference sites dedicated to just this scanner model to get things set up properly.
Most folks who own this scanner are happy to share the files they have created of their own metropolitan areas (I found and downloaded complete Baltimore County files in a few minutes after subscribing BCD396T Yahoo Group) and with the included data cable every feature of the scanner can be controlled and modified from the computer screen.
Now that the unit is completely set up, it works exactly the way I want it to. This is a great portable scanner if you have digital trunking systems in your area, or anticipate your local systems going digital in the next few years. The back-light works great and lights up the buttons along with the display, which makes the scanner as easy to use in the dark as in full daylight.
The included antenna is a wide-band scanner antenna, so expect to have to purchase a band-specific antenna for the unit if you’re mostly concerned with listening to 700 or 800 MHz trunking bands in your area and want the best possible performance on those bands.
If you have no digital systems in your area, you may want to check out some of the less expensive alternatives without digital capability such as the UNIDEN BC-246T Compact Hand Held Scanner.
I have 2 of these fine portables
While there is a learning curve to this scanner, once you get started, and it does require patience, this is the best of the best! While I was waiting for this radio to come out, I bought the 246T, similar to this one to learn the new programming procedure. I only put in the control channels of the trunking systems I usually monitor (I recognized the voices of those I heard). When the 396T arrived, I sold the other radio on the popular auction site for nearly what I paid for it. I like the fact that there is no wasted space like there was with the bank-based scanners of the past. I listen to trunking as well as conventional frequencies and have them set up so I can press one button to change from one county (or town) to another. I would like to be able to monitor a priority channel within a trunking system. I now notice that Uniden has a 396XT out. I’d like to compare that to the 396T and hope to be able to clone the T to the XT if I was to go for it. Would also like to have the portable be a one-handed radio or have a delay between button presses. But as it is now, I cannot press the side controls and the front ones at the same time while driving. With that in mind, I have it set up for only one-button press to control what I need to listen to. Would like to have a better battery charging system, 14 hours is too long for most of us, I use an external charger daily so I have fresh batteries (have 2 sets of 3). I mostly monitor traffic in the local areas traveled thru while on the job. This works for me and has for the last 30-plus years that I’ve been scanning. All things considered, I give it 5 stars.
It took me a little while to setup this unit the way I wanted but it has many nice features. One great feature is subscribing to one of the web site’s for scanner frequencies, install the software, plugged the scanner cable into the USB port and away you go. Search for any frequencies and program the scanner instantly. Nice.
Outstanding Scanner – Hard To Setup
I have had this unit for 2 years now and have been very satisfied with its performance. I have deducted one star because setup is a lot more complex than it should be. The unit is just plain user unfriendly. One has to read and reread the manual.
Great scanner, good reception, good battery life. Does require scanner programming software to save the headache of manually programming. Very satisfied overall.
A good scanner
It is quite difficult to set up, but it is of great performance. The low frequency edge 25MHz is too large. It have to be zero.
Uniden’ best thus far (Top 5)
I have had this for ove one year now.
and NO it is NOT my first scanner nor reciver for that manner.(Google, or Yahoo for Differences)
I have Pretty much ALL of the BAy area in here: San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin Novato, ALameda City,
With about 40 percent of space left to experiment with
It can be updated for the Rebanding
IF that ever comes
I could go on
But I dont wan’t to tire anyone
As I could write the days away
Uniden THANK YOU!!!