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UnidenŽ BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner

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BCD396XT

 | Catalog #: 20-620
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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.

  • 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
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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
 
2.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (5)
  • Difficult to program (5)
  • Short range (4)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (3)
  • Drains battery (3)

Best Uses

  • Emergencies (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (4), Avid adventurer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Reviewed by 11 customers

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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

      (1 of 1 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

          (2 of 2 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

          (2 of 2 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 2 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 3 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

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                bearcat scanners are the best

                By chevydude1

                from akron ohio

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Authentic Design
                • Durable Construction
                • Small And Compact

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                i have had 10 bearcat scanners the are the best not as easy to program as the old analog but worth the money spent

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A MUST BUY !!

                By Chuck

                from Susanville, California

                About Me Dedicated Scanner User

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Light Weight
                • Dependable
                • Good Voice Quality
                • Great value
                • Loaded With Features

                Cons

                • Steep Learning Curve

                Best Uses

                • CAMPING
                • Daily Use
                • Emergencies
                • Fire Tone Out
                • Radio Hobbyist
                • Traveling
                • Weather Monitoring

                Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                I was skeptical at first to add this Uniden digital scanner to my collection, especially considering the hugh arsenal of scanners I already own. But when my purchased arrived, I was up and running within an hour. Keep in mind! Any modern day digital or analogue scanner will come with a modest to a steep learning curve. Patience is of value here. It took me months to program my Pro 106 manually without the software and cable, but I eventually learned how to program it on my own. With a Free Scan software download and a subcription to Radioreference.com, I was able to escape the learning curve. Trust me once you get past those obstacles, it is a joy to listen too!

                (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                can be difficult to program

                By Lt Jim

                from Mass

                About Me Professional/Guide

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Difficult To Program

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner:

                  can be dificult to program if you have never done one before. audio must be adjusted per chanell with offset feature. i would like to have more offset capability. had to buy the rs232 adapter to connect to my computer, USB not included.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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