Uniden Scanner Serial Numbers
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Uniden has a 3-digit code used for each of its scanner models since at least 1999, starting with 296 for the BC80XLT-1. This was also part of the FCC ID (Search at https://www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid) for scanners made by Uniden, using the Grantee Code of "AMW" and the Product Code of UBxxx" where the 3 digit number series indicated is used (no "Z")
Starting with the BC785D about 2001 that 3-digit code was generally used as part of the product's serial number as well, usually followed by the letter Z, codes for the year and location of manufacture and the sequential number. Exceptions are noted in the list below.
Uniden also manufactured many scanner models for Radio Shack and they also used the same model code system but they used Radio Shack's serial number protocol. These are listed here as well.
The first three characters (in our example "383" indicate the model number, in this example an SDS100.
The fourth character will usually be a "Z" for scanners, it is possible that this is indicative of the scanner product line. Some scanners use the letter "A", such as the SR30C, this indicates an improved version of an earlier radio or updated with newer parts that require a newer firmware version. (The SR30C is basically a BC75XLT with more channels.) Later versions of the BCD536HP (and perhaps others) have the letter "C" in this position, likely due to the radio being manufactured for over 10 years. The "C" versions were manufactured starting in 2021, the Z versions from the radio's inauguration in 2013 thru 2020.
The fifth character is the year code, in our example is an "8" so that would indicate a 2018 production run. Depending on the scanner model this could also indicate 2008 or eventually 2028. Production Run date codes may not always indicate the actual year it was manufactured as runs often straddle calendar years. If the preceding 4th character is a letter other than Z then it is probably the second decade of its manufacturing run.
The sixth character is the factory code. These are the known codes used:
- 2 Beta/Engineering
- 4 China
- 6 Philippines
- 8 Vietnam
Characters 7 thru 12 comprise the sequential serial number of the product. In our example the serial number would represent the 123,456th radio of that model type manufactured, assuming that the numbers were applied in the order in which the radio was manufactured. Serial numbers restart from 000001 at the start of the production run (which may or may not correspond with the calendar year switch).
Missing number series could be used for other product lines like CB and 2-way radios or perhaps internally for projects that may not have made it to a product release.
This is not to be confused with the Electronic Serial Number ("ESN") used on certain Uniden scanners for mode upgrades like DMR, NXDN and ProVoice. This number is similar to the physical serial number but is all numeric (no letters) and 14 characters. For example an SDS200 ESN would be 384260xxxxxxxx. A 3-character alphanumeric "SUM" code follows the ESN with a dash, eg: 384260xxxxxxxx-1A3. The SUM code is used as a check-digit to verify the ESN. HomePatrol units have a dash in the ESN between characters 5 and 6.
The ESN is found by pressing Menu>Settings>See Scanner Information>Firmware Version on most scanners, on HomePatrol units it is obtained by pressing Menu>Advanced Menu>Version Information.
|Product Code||Model Nr||Year Introduced||Notes|
|247||UBC3000XLT||1994||Australian 400 channel scanner|
|296||BC80XLT-1||1999||Also the BC45XLT|
|327||Pro-83||2004||Private Label for Radio Shack, similar to the BC92XLT|
|331||Pro-2051||2004||Private Label for Radio Shack, similar to the BCT8|
|344||Pro-528||2006||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|345||Pro-433||2006||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|347||UBC3500XLT||2006||European version of the BR330T|
|348||BC95XLTB||2006||SN is 323Z, Product ID is 348|
|350||Pro-162||2007||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|351||Pro-160||2007||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|352||Pro-137||2007||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|353||Pro-135||2008||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|354||Pro-136||2008||Private Label for Radio Shack|
|356||UBC800XLT||2007||European version of the BCT15|
|359||BCD396XT||2009||SN is 328Z, Product ID is 359|
|372||BC75XLT, SR30C||2013||SN Series 385 is the SR30C|
|374||UBC125XLT||2013||EU/UK version of the BC125AT|
|375||BCD536HP||2014||Later versions (2021+) have the letter C instead of the Z|
|380||UBC125XLT||2013||Custom Manufactured in Vietnam|
|385||SR30C||2019||Radio ID is 372, SN is 385Z|
|705||BC-RH96||2007||Remote head accessory for certain Uniden scanners|
|780||UBC75XLT||2013||Custom Manufactured in Vietnam|