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The BCD436HP is the first scanner to incorporate the HomePatrol ease of use in a traditional handheld scanner. Simply enter your zip code, and the BCD436HP will quickly select and scan channels in your local area. It's direct sibling is the mobile/desktop BCD536HP which includes a Wi-Fi Dongle, both utilize the same Sentinel (Uniden software), and can be used interchangeably for both of the BCDx36HP Series on one PC. This is a TrunkTracker V scanner. It includes APCO's newest P25 Phase II, Motorola, EDACS, LTR Trunked Systems. Exclusive EDACS ProVoice, DMR/MOTOTRBO and NXDN can be trunked and monitored via paid upgrade. See the New Functions for the BCDx36 Scanners for a summary of some of the scanners' new functionality.

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  • Complete Front Keypad Programming ability - create custom Favorites Lists either using systems from the HPDB as a starting point by Adding Channel or program your Favorites from scratch.
  • Easy navigation to Favorite List, 1st on Menu w visual On/Off for FQK listing
  • Easy navigation to System List 1st on Menu w visual On/Off for SQK listing.
  • Easy Scan Control using the dedicated System, Department and Channel Hold buttons.
  • Flexible Easy System or Channel Selection using Zip Code or GPS and Service Types - just pick the kinds of channels you want to hear and tell the BCD436HP where you are and let it do the rest.
  • Flexible Scanning - scan from any combination of the main database and Favorites Lists.


  • Backlit Display and Keypad.
  • Backlight-on-Squelch option allows the backlight to remain on during an entire transmission.
  • 192hx 160w-Pixel Dot-Matrix Display w convex display lens
  • Receive Signal Strength Indicator displayed.
  • Rugged construction with Rubber Side and Bottom Impact areas to improve impact resistance.
  • Serial GPS input for Location Based Scanning using the Uniden BC-GPSK or other compatible GPS receiver. See the GPS Units and Connections article.
  • Select/Volume/Squelch multi-control top knob.
  • Side-actuated Function and Menu controls.
  • 64 character text tagging for each system, site, department, channel, talkgroup, search range, Tone-Out, and SAME group.
  • USB PC Connectivity (USB Mini-B)
  • Visual Independent Alert LED ring, Left-knob, w/ 7 colors and 3 patterns.
  • 4GB microSD card holds the entire US and Canada database of radio systems, plus leaves room for hundreds of hours of audio recording.

Included on the Micro SD Card

  • A copy of the RadioReference Database (HPDB)
  • Uniden's Sentinel Software. which can also be found here
  • Pre-Formatted with FAT 32 Filing System
    • Main Folder named "BCDx36HP"
      • Below BCDx36HP folder contains:
      • (7)Sub-Folders: activity_log, alert, audio, discovery, favorite_list, firmware, HPDB
      • (4)Loose Files:
      • Configuration files: app_data.cfg, discovery.cfg1, profile.cfg
      • Set-Up file: scanner.inf


Supplied Software

  • Included Sentinel Software makes database and firmware updates simple. Also allows you to create, edit, and manage your Favorites Lists.


Frequency Coverage

  • 25-512 MHz
  • 758-824 MHz
  • 849-869 MHz
  • 894-960 MHz
  • 1240-1300 MHz

Modulation & Steps

  • AM, NFM, FM, WFM, or FMB.
  • 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, or 100 kHz


  • 3 AA batteries (3.05v DC or higher) or use of USB 5V DC ≥300mA. Battery Operation provides 6-14 hours of operation.
  • Built-in Battery Charger - charge the batteries in the scanner w a USB power cable (w/ the caveat the scanner is off).


  • Adjustable Band defaults Modulation and Steps
  • Adjustable Priority check interval and quantity.
  • Analog and Digital AGC independently per System
  • Analysis Modes include Trunked System Analysis of Signal, Quality and Activity, and EDACS/LTR LCN Finder.
  • Avoids
  • Battery Saver
  • Broadcast Screen while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands.
  • Channel delay adjustable to increments of 0-2,5,10,30
  • Channel Volume Offset individually per channel.
  • Close Call, with Close Call Do Not Disturb, Close Call Priority (or Primary), and Close Call Temporary Store.
  • Control Channel Only
  • Conventional Channel Priority with Priority Do-Not-Disturb
  • Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 search ranges.
  • Discovery Mode help you find new channels on trunked systems and frequency ranges.
  • Fire Tone Out alert with two-tone paging with up to 32 tone slots.
    • Fire Tone Out Search - built-in frequency counter displays the received tones.
  • Independent Audible Alert Tone Volume – lets you set the volume level of the following tones: Key Beep, Emergency Alerts, Channel Alerts, Tone-Out hits, and Close Call Alert.
  • Individual Site P25 decode Threshold, Settings: Auto, Manual, Default
  • Intermediate Frequency Exchange - changes the IF used for a selected frequency to help avoid image and other mixer-product interference on a frequency.
  • Key Lock prevents anything being changed but Volume and ON\OFF - lets you hand the scanner to a novice user.
  • Location Based Scanning
  • Multi-Site Trunking - Lets you program the scanner to share a Trunked System's TGIDs across multiple Sites without having to duplicate TGIDs
  • Negative Channel dropout delay (forced resume) adjustable to -2, -5, -10 seconds.
  • Number Tags allows you to quickly navigate to a specific Favorites List, System, and/or Channel.
  • Priority Scan
  • P25 audio decode level adjustment
  • P25 One-Frequency Trunking - The scanner can follow individual talk groups on P25 single-frequency systems that use both NAC and TGID’s for squelch control and user identification.
  • Quick Search
  • Range Control
  • Recording of Audio- Captures & Stores individual transmissions until squelch closes for later playback with time stamping and some metadata via Scanner or PC.
    • Date/Time indication on display with time stamping for recordings.
    • Instant Replay - Plays back up to 240 seconds of the most recent unsquelched transmissions without the added quite time between those transmissions
  • Repeater Reverse
  • Search with Scan for Custom Searches.
  • Startup Configuration
  • Unit ID display capable
  • Weather Operations

RR System Compatibility

System Types

System Voices

Note: These are all paid upgrades via Firmware version refers to the first version that enables the indicated mode. Firmware updates are performed via MicroSD card or through USB port

  1. Firmware 1.10.02 (or better)
  2. Firmware 1.11.15 (or better)
  3. Firmware 1.14.00 (or better)
    1. The NXDN upgrade is discussed in the NXDN Now Available for the 436, 536 Thread

Included in the Box

  • BCD436HP Scanner Radio1
  • SMA Semi-Ridged Antenna2 Uniden # BATG0469001
  • SMA- BNC adapter
  • Registration card
  • USB to USB Mini-B programming cable
  • Rotating Belt Clip.
    • Belt clip Plastic Attachment with 1 screw installed
  • Battery Department Cover installed
  • 3 AA 2300mah Ni-Mh Batteries (plastic sealed together)
  • Owner’s manual printed copy w online pdf format available
  • Packaging
    • External Box
    • Formed Cardboard packaging - molded pulp
  1. Various plastic bags for listed components
  • microSD Card (4 GB) or (8GB) installed



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