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Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner

Model:

BCD396XT

 | Catalog #: 20-620
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  • Finding the channel you want to listen to is easy with 500 channels divided into 10 storage banks
  • Alpha Tagging lets you assign names to your channels
  • Orange backlight display is easy to read, even in low light conditions
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  • CloseCall™ RF Capture Technology provides unique information about nearby radio transmissions
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  • Sounds a tone when you perform an operation correctly, and a different tone if you make an error
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  • GPS-enabled scanner automatically selects nearby radio systems for scanning
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  • Enhanced GPS compatibility controls the scanning of groups of channels within systems
  • Channel number tagging
  • Fire tone-out search to identify the tones used on fire-paging dispatch channels
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  • Continuous scanning 25MHz to 1.3GHz, excluding UHF TV and cellular

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Product Summary

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The Uniden BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner is versatile, small and easy to use. It features Close Call™ RF capture technology designed to help you detect and identify strong local radio signals. And, it comes equipped with the Advanced Dynamic Memory System and GPS compatibility.


Frequencies

25-26.9600MHz Petroleum Prod & Broadcast /td>
26.9650-27.4050MHzCB Class D Channel
27.4100-27.9950MHzBusiness & Forest Products
28-29.6800MHz10 Meter Amateur Band
29.7000-49.9900MHzVHF Low Band
50-53.9800MHz 6 Meter Amateur Band
54-71.9500MHzVHF TV Broadcast 2--4
72-75.9950MHzIntersystem & Astronomy
76-87.9500MHz VHF TV Broadcast 5--6
88-107.9000MHz FM Broadcast
108-136.9916MHzAircraft Band
137-143.9875MHzMilitary Land Mobile
144-147.9950MHz2 Meter Amateur Band
148-150.7875MHz Military Land Mobile
150.8000-161.9950MHzVHF High Band
162-173.9875MHzFederal Government
174-215.9500MHz TV Broadcast 7--13
216-224.9800MHz 1.25 Meter Amateur Band
400-405.9875MHz Miscellaneous
406-419.9875MHz Federal Gov'tLand Mobile
420-449.9875MHz 70 cm Amateur Band
450-469.9875MHz UHF Standard Band
470-512MHzUHF TV
806-823.9875MHz Public Service Band
849.0125-868.9875MHz Public Service Band
894.0125-960.0000MHz Public Service Band
1240-1300MHz25 cm Amateur Band

  • Includes support for P25 conventional channel that include NAC and TGID user differentiation
  • EDACS support, control data output allows the analysis of control channel data
  • Close Call temporary stores last 10 hits and GPS support for location-based scanning
  • Fire-tone out alert, band scope, multicolor display backlight, multisite support and NAC decoding
  • Temporary lockout, startup configuration, system/channel tag and individual channel volume offset
Pricing and availability: Please note that all prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices advertised on this site are for online orders only. Prices on some items may differ from those advertised in RadioShack stores. All merchandise may not be available at all stores, and all stores may not participate in all sales promotions. We recommend you contact the store to confirm product availability and price.

Disclaimer: Although TV bands are listed, the BCD396XT cannot decode Digital TV audio and cellular bands are not covered.

What's in the box

  • Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner
  • Antenna
  • AC adapter
  • Data transfer cable
  • Belt clip
  • Wrist strap
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 12 month
  • Labor: 12 month
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Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner
 
2.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

46%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Clear signal (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Rugged (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to program (7)
  • Complicated controls (6)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (4)
  • Drains battery (4)
  • Short range (4)

Best Uses

  • Emergencies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (6), Avid adventurer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT WORTH TIME OR MONEY

By BIG NICK

from DURHAM NC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Complicated Controls
  • Difficult To Program
  • Drains Battery

Best Uses

    Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

    I bought this BCD396XT scanner in 2009. I havent been able to use it because I cant figure out how to program it. Uniden bragged about what a great digital scanner it is. I have the older BC245XLT which is a fantastic unit easy to program. In my opinion this BCD396XT is a waste of money and time.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Won't buy this again

    By scanner guy

    from Salisbury, NC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Reception

      Best Uses

        Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

        very poor reception, live within 3 miles of dispacher center and can't hear them. asked for help from Radio Shack and they can't do anything, (I think I knew more then they did, they didn't know how to turn it on or off, I had to show them)
        Can't pay that amount and not hear calls, I am returning it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        VERY GOOD RECEIVER/WOULD BUY AGAIN

        By BOB THE HAM

        from NASHVILLE,NC

        About Me Military/Law Enforcement

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear Signal
        • Good Audio
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Difficult To Program

        Best Uses

        • Emergencies

        Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

        HAS A VERY SENSITIVE RECEIVER AND COPIES P25/DIGITAL SIGNALS VERY WELL, YOU DO NEED SOFTWARE TO MAKE PROGRAMMING EASY, UNIDEN NEEDS TO INCLUDE THE USB CABLE. VERY SATISFIED WITH THE PRODUCT.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        not worth your time

        By not good

        from south coast or

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Difficult To Program
          • Drains Battery
          • Poor Reception
          • Short Range

          Best Uses

            Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

            it should have warnings on the box real tough to program not enuogh volume bat's dont last soft ware to expensive not a good buy what a waste of money

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not good

            By Thetruth

            from Galveston, Tx

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

              Cons

              • Short Range

              Best Uses

                Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                There are two types of P25 digital, Phase 1 and 2' this radio only receives Phase 1, phase 2 is where all the real PD traffic is, don't waste your money. Do your research

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                A great scanner, BUT...

                By Harvey

                from Brooklyn, New York

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Good Audio
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • A Shocking Dearth Of Docs
                • Complicated Controls
                • Difficult To Program

                Best Uses

                • PLAY

                Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                This is a VERY complex device and it lives or dies with the knowledge of the user. Unfortunately Uniden chose to assume that the buyer was an expert and I am extremely disappointed as I am anything but. For the price that they charge, they should have included extensive tutorials. As a scanner it works very well, I guess, but I am only able to use one percent or less of its functionality due to my ignorance.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Disenchanted!

                By Skyking

                from Tampa Fl

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Difficult To Program
                • Drains Battery
                • Poor Reception
                • Short Range

                Best Uses

                • Poor

                Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                For the price very poor reception along with being complicated to program.
                Other Radio Shack scanners that I own are rock solid with great performance .
                Seems like Uniden needs to listen to the folks that are the average Joes using this
                product. Oh yea good luck with support from Uniden..

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Good Quality Product

                By Rad Dispatcher

                from Washington Court House, Ohio

                About Me Military/Law Enforcement

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Emergencies

                  Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                  This scanner is what I have been waiting for. Meets the APCO 25 of scanning.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not for the beginner

                  By Wally 123

                  from NH

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Signal
                  • Good Audio
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls
                  • Difficult To Program

                  Best Uses

                  • Personal

                  Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                  This product is difficult to use and the directions are of no help. Finally got some help at the third Radio Shack store I went to. Even they had difficulty.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Interesting scanner

                  By Sparky

                  from Tampa Fl

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Reception
                    • Short Range

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                      I am so disenchanted with the performance of this scanner. Why does Radio Shack carry this trash?

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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