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Uniden's APCO-25 Capable portable Trunktracker scanner with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]].
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'''Uniden's APCO-25 Capable portable Trunktracker IV Scanner''' with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]].
  
  
 
==Specifications==
 
==Specifications==
'''Limits'''
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===Physical===
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* Antenna Connector: SMA (w/BNC adapter)
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* Battery level display
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* Blue LCD and Keypad Backlight
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* Compatible with [[BC-RH96]] Remote Head
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* PC Programming and Control
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* [[Signal Strength display]]
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* Strong signal attenuation
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===Keys===
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* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
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* System Quick Key range: 0-99
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===Technical===
 
* Channels: 6000 maximum
 
* Channels: 6000 maximum
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* Custom Search Ranges: 10
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* Groups per system: 20 maximum
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* Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 12
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* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* 12 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, FM Broadcast, TV Broadcast, and Special (Itinerant)
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* Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz.
 
* Systems: 400 maximum
 
* Systems: 400 maximum
* Groups per system: 20 maximum
 
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, Tone-out, and [[SAME]] group
* System Quick Key range: 0-99
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* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
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==== Frequency Coverage====
* Custom Search Ranges: 10
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; North American Model BCD396T
* Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 12
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* 25.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
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* 764.0000 - 775.9875 MHz
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* 794.0000 - 823.9875 MHz
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* 849.0125 - 868.9875 MHz
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* 894.0125 - 956.0000 MHz
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* 1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz
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; Australia/New Zealand Model UBCD396T
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* 25.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
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* 764.0000 - 775.9875 MHz
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* 794.0000 - 956.0000 MHz
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* 1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz
  
'''Frequency Coverage'''
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====Power====
* 25-512 MHz
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* 3 AA batteries, 6V DC, or 800mA AC adapter. Example: [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000065VV0 Sony Car DC Adaptor]
* 764-776 MHz
 
* 794-956 MHz
 
* 1240-1300 MHz
 
  
'''Features'''
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==Features==
* [[Rebanding]] supported? <font color=green> YES </font>
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* Adaptive Digital Threshold - Automatically sets the digital decode threshold for APCO 25 systems
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* Adjustable Hold (scan duration 0-255 sec) per system, custom or service search
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* Adjustable (0-5 sec) scan delay
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* Analog and Digital [[AGC]]
 
* [[Project_25|APCO25 Digital Audio]] decoding
 
* [[Project_25|APCO25 Digital Audio]] decoding
* Adaptive Digital Threshold - Automatically sets the digital decode threshold for APCO 25 systems
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* [[Battery Saver]]
* [[TrunkTracker IV]] with Control-Channel Only scanning and [[I-Call]] monitoring
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* [[Broadcast Screen]]
* [[Close Call]]
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* [[Uniden Close Call|Close Call]], with [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Do Not Disturb|Close Call Do Not Disturb]] (with version 3 firmware), [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Priority|Close Call Priority (or Primary)]], and [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Temporary Store|Close Call Temporary Store]]
* Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
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* [[Control Channel Only]]
* [[Fire Tone Out]] Alert
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* Custom Search — lets you program up to 10 search ranges
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* [[Data Skip]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
* Scan and (selected) Service Search simultaneously
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* [[Duplicate Channel Alert]]
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* EDACS [[ESK]] Support  '''Requires 3.0 firmware'''
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* [[Fire Tone Out]] alert
 
* Frequency/ID AutoStore - automatically store frequencies from a service or limit search into a conventional system or store talk group IDs into a trunked system
 
* Frequency/ID AutoStore - automatically store frequencies from a service or limit search into a conventional system or store talk group IDs into a trunked system
* 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, taklgroup, search range, and [[SAME]] group
 
* Compatible with [[BC-RH96]] Remote Head
 
* Analog and Digital [[AGC]]
 
* Quick Search
 
* 12 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, TV Broadcast, FM Broadcast, and Special (Itinerant)
 
* Custom Search — lets you program up to 10 search ranges
 
* [[SAME]] Weather Alert
 
* Weather Priority
 
* [[Priority Scan]] with Priority Plus
 
* Signal Strength display
 
* Battery level display
 
* LCD and Keypad Backlight
 
* Configurable scan delay
 
* Strong signal attenuation
 
* Upgradeadable firmware
 
* [[Channel Alert]]
 
 
* Independent Alert Tone Volume – lets you set the volume level of the following tones: Key Beep, Emergency Alert, Channel Alert, and Close Call Alert.
 
* Independent Alert Tone Volume – lets you set the volume level of the following tones: Key Beep, Emergency Alert, Channel Alert, and Close Call Alert.
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* [[Key Lock]]
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* [[On-Air Programming]]
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* [[Priority Scan]] 
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* [[P25 audio decode level adjustment]]
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* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel
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* [[Quick Search]]
 
* [[Repeater Reverse]]
 
* [[Repeater Reverse]]
* Broadcast signal ignore while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc)
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* [[Search with Scan]]
* Dropout Delay
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* [[Startup Configuration]]
* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel.
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* [[Temporary System, Site, Group, Channel, and Location Lockout]]]]
* Duplicate Input Alert
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* [[Uniden Digital AGC Tweak Procedures]]
* Data Skip
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* Upgradeable firmware
* Key Lock
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** Can be updated to support [[Rebanding]]? {{color|green|YES}}
* PC Programming and Control
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** See the [[Updating the Firmware in Uniden DMA Scanners]] article for the firmware link
* Wired Cloning
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* [[Weather Operations]]
* Battery saver
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* [[Wired Cloning]]
* Power requirements: 3 AA batteries, 6V DC, or 800mA AC adapter
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** Example: [http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102591 Radio Shack adapter] with Adaptaplug '''B'''
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==RR System Compatibility==
** Or [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000065VV0 Sony Car DC Adaptor]
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This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range:
* Antenna Connector: SMA
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* System Types:
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** Motorola Type I
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** Motorola Type II
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** Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
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** Motorola Type II Smartnet
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** Motorola Type II Smartzone
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** Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
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** Motorola Type II VOC
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** EDACS Standard (Wide)
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** EDACS Standard Networked
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** EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
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** EDACS Narrowband Networked
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** EDACS SCAT
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** EDACS ESK '''(version 3.0 firmware or later required)'''
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** LTR Standard
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** Project 25 Standard
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*System Voices:
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** Analog
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** Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
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** APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive
  
 
==Mods==
 
==Mods==
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BCD396T/message/8405 Discriminator Tap directions]
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* The JPEG for the discriminator tap can be viewed [[media:BCD396T_Discriminator_Out.jpg|here]]
** '''NOTE:''' You must be a member of the BCD396T Yahoo Group to view this message
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* [[Replace a Blown Speaker in the 396]]
** The JPEG for the discriminator tap can be viewed [[media:BCD396T_Discriminator_Out.jpg|here]]
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* {{Thread|uniden-thread-archives|108388-396t-usb-port-discriminator-bluetooth-mod.html|USB Port Discriminator and Bluetooth mod}}
  
==Digital/Analog AGC Tweak Procedures==
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==Tips & Tricks==
* [[Uniden Digital AGC Tweak Procedures]]
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* '''Frequency 'tune' mode:''' While in scanning mode, press HOLD, key in the frequency, then press HOLD.  The scanner stays on this frequency.  This also works for talkgroups (hit . twice for a dash).  An error message is displayed if you enter a talkgroup while scanning a conventional system.
  
 
==Reviews and User Opinions==
 
==Reviews and User Opinions==
 
;eHam
 
;eHam
 
*[http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/5242 BCD396T review thread]
 
*[http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/5242 BCD396T review thread]
;Monitoring Times
 
*[http://www.monitoringtimes.com/html/mtbcd396t.pdf BCD-396T Review (PDF)]
 
 
;UKMidlandscanner
 
;UKMidlandscanner
* [http://www.ukmidlandscanner.co.uk/unibcd396t.htm BCD396T Review]
 
;Safetyobc's Review
 
 
* [[BCD396T Review]]
 
* [[BCD396T Review]]
  
 
==Related Pages==
 
==Related Pages==
* [http://myweb.cableone.net/marksscanners/330/330test.html Easier to Read BD396T Manual]
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; External Links
* [http://www.grove-ent.com/SCANNERPROGRAMMING.htm Scanner Programming: Man-Machine Interface]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/396/396.shtml Easier to Read BCD396T/UBCD396T Digital Scanner Manual]
** 'Getting the Most from the new Uniden Scanners' by Paul Opitz
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* [http://my.uniden.com/downloads.cfm?product=BCD396T UASD Software, cable driver software and Firmware update link]
* [[DMA Problems|Uniden Dynamic Memory Scanner Problems]]
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* [http://www.uniden.info/download/ompdf/BCD396Tom.pdf BCD396T Owner's Manual]
* [http://bcd396.com/ "The Mighty Uniden BCD396T Scanner"]
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* [http://www.scannermaster.com/USB_Cable_p/01-551038.htm Uniden USB-1 page on Scanner Master]
* [http://www.wpascanner.com/396tone.htm Unofficial BC396T Fire Tone Out Tutorial]
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* [[Firmware Upgrade (Uniden DMA Scanners)|Firmware Upgrading]]
* Programming an UHF system requires at least 1 base frequency and offset. An example is shown [[media:Arc396uhf.jpeg|here]]. This screen is from the ARC396 software, and shows how to correctly program the [http://www.radioreference.com/modules.php?name=TRSDB&sid=234 Washington DC Police] system, which requires 2 base frequencies and offsets.
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* [http://www.uniden.com/rn_productsupport_downloads.cfm?product=BCD396T UASD Software and Firmware Updates]
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; Wiki Articles
* [http://uniden.com/pdf/BCD396Tom.pdf BCD396T Owner's Manual]
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* [[Programming Your Uniden Scanner]]
* [[Uniden_scanner_test_modes]]
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* [[Program your DMA Scanner|Tutorial on how to program DMA scanners]]
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* [[Updating the Firmware in Uniden DMA Scanners]]
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* [[FreeScan User Guide]]
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* Compare the BCD396T to other digital models
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** [[Uniden Scanner Comparison]]
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* [[Firmware Upgrade (Uniden DMA Scanners)]]
  
 
==Supporting Software==
 
==Supporting Software==
; TCL/TK Software
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[[Image:Arc3961.gif|thumb|ARC396 Version 2.0 Screenshot]]
 
 
* [http://www.fullhilt.com/~toms/bcd396t/ BCD396T Manager]
 
* [http://home.comcast.net/~kilowattradio/index.html BCD396T Manager for Mac OSX 10.4, Intel]  
 
 
 
 
; Windows Software
 
; Windows Software
* [http://www.butel.nl/bc396/bcd396t.html ARC396]
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* [http://www.butelsoftware.com BuTel] Software Products
** [http://www.ukmidlandscanner.co.uk/arc396prorev.htm ARC396 Pro review at ukmidlandscanner]
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** ARC396
** [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arc396/ ARC396 Yahoo group]
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** ARC396PRO is capable of recording audio 
* Clone396 from [http://www.butelsoftware.com/ Butel Software]
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* For additional selections, please see the [[Uniden DMA Software Support]] article
* ARC-EasyStream [http://www.butelsoftware.com/ Butel Software]
 
* [http://bellsouthpwp.net/k/d/kd5eis/IDTracker/IDTracker.htm IDTracker II]
 
* [http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/1552/radioctl.html RadioCtl]
 
** A review of an older version of this software can be found [http://strongsignals.net/access/feature/review_009.html here]
 
* [http://www.scancat.com/scancat-lite-plus.html Scancat Lite Plus]
 
** [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Scancat/ Scancat Yahoo group]
 
* [http://www.scannerbase.com/scannerbase-avc396-uniden-bcd396t-scanner-software/ Scannerbase Advanced Virtual Control 396]
 
* [http://www.scannersoft.com Scan Control]
 
** The Yahoo support group for Scan Control can be found [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScanControl/ here]
 
* [http://www.scanstar.com/products/tselite.htm Trunkstar Elite]
 
* [http://www.scanstar.com/products/tsepro.htm Trunkstar Elite Pro]
 
* [http://www.uniden.com/rn_productsupport_downloads.cfm?product=BCD396T UASD Software and Firmware Updates] from Uniden.
 
  
==Yahoo Groups and Message Boards==
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==Message Boards / Forums==
 
;{{color|red|RadioReference}}  
 
;{{color|red|RadioReference}}  
*[http://www.radioreference.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=82 Uniden forum]
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*{{Forum|uniden-forums.82|Uniden}}
*[http://www.radioreference.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17894 Pro-96-BCD396T Comparison Thread]  
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; Facebook
 
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/448987651918830 Radio Scanner World]
;Strong Signals
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/667031203353717 Radio Scanners]
*[http://www.strongsignals.net/access/clubs/bcd396t/index.cgi BCD396T Club]  
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/4188584134 Scanner Enthusiasts]
*[http://www.strongsignals.net/access/forums/viewforum.php?f=31&sid=a008fecb4f59406385d1ff0cbe328c9c BCD396T Forum]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/2889562301118379 Radio Scanner Help and Chat]
*[http://strongsignals.net/access/forums/viewforum.php?f=29 Uniden Forum]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnidenScanners Uniden Scanners]
 
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/UBScanners Uniden Bearcat Scanners]
;Yahoo! Groups
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1480421685608148 Uniden Bearcat Scanner Fan Club]
*[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BCD396T/ BCD396T]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/923164271205464 Uniden Bearcat Scanner Owners UK]
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;Groups.io
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* [https://groups.io/g/BCD396T  BCD396T]
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* [https://groups.io/g/radioprogramming Radio Programming]
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* [https://groups.io/g/Scanners Radio Scanners Uniden / Whistler]  
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* [https://uniden.groups.io/g/main Uniden main group]
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* [https://uniden.groups.io/g/BCD396T BCD396T Sug Broup]
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;Twitter
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*[https://twitter.com/search?q=%23bcd396t&src=typed_query BCD396T on Twitter]
  
==eBay Listings==
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==BCD396T Scanners for Sale==
<ebay>Uniden ("BCD396T","BC-396T","BC396T")</ebay>
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*[[BCD396T eBay Listings]]
  
  
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[[Category:Uniden Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Uniden Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
[[Category:Trunking Scanners]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without DMR]]
[[Category:Digital Scanners]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without MOTOTRBO]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without NXDN]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without ProVoice]]
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[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
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[[Category:Radio Models]]

Latest revision as of 12:45, 24 June 2021

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Bearcat BCD396T digital Trunktracker IV
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Uniden's APCO-25 Capable portable Trunktracker IV Scanner with Dynamic Memory Architecture.


Specifications

Physical

  • Antenna Connector: SMA (w/BNC adapter)
  • Battery level display
  • Blue LCD and Keypad Backlight
  • Compatible with BC-RH96 Remote Head
  • PC Programming and Control
  • Signal Strength display
  • Strong signal attenuation

Keys

  • Group Quick Key range: 0-9
  • System Quick Key range: 0-99

Technical

  • Channels: 6000 maximum
  • Custom Search Ranges: 10
  • Groups per system: 20 maximum
  • Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 12
  • Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
  • 12 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, FM Broadcast, TV Broadcast, and Special (Itinerant)
  • Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz.
  • Systems: 400 maximum
  • Talkgroups per trunked system: 200 maximum
  • 16 character text tagging for each system, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, Tone-out, and SAME group

Frequency Coverage

North American Model BCD396T
  • 25.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
  • 764.0000 - 775.9875 MHz
  • 794.0000 - 823.9875 MHz
  • 849.0125 - 868.9875 MHz
  • 894.0125 - 956.0000 MHz
  • 1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz
Australia/New Zealand Model UBCD396T
  • 25.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
  • 764.0000 - 775.9875 MHz
  • 794.0000 - 956.0000 MHz
  • 1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz

Power

Features

RR System Compatibility

This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range:

  • System Types:
    • Motorola Type I
    • Motorola Type II
    • Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
    • Motorola Type II Smartnet
    • Motorola Type II Smartzone
    • Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
    • Motorola Type II VOC
    • EDACS Standard (Wide)
    • EDACS Standard Networked
    • EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
    • EDACS Narrowband Networked
    • EDACS SCAT
    • EDACS ESK (version 3.0 firmware or later required)
    • LTR Standard
    • Project 25 Standard
  • System Voices:
    • Analog
    • Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
    • APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive

Mods

Tips & Tricks

  • Frequency 'tune' mode: While in scanning mode, press HOLD, key in the frequency, then press HOLD. The scanner stays on this frequency. This also works for talkgroups (hit . twice for a dash). An error message is displayed if you enter a talkgroup while scanning a conventional system.

Reviews and User Opinions

eHam
UKMidlandscanner

Related Pages

External Links
Wiki Articles

Supporting Software

ARC396 Version 2.0 Screenshot
Windows Software

Message Boards / Forums

RadioReference
Facebook
Groups.io
Twitter

BCD396T Scanners for Sale


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