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Bearcat BCD396XT digital Trunktracker IV
FCC Filing Photo: Unit
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BCD396XT Backlight Choices

Uniden's APCO-25 Capable portable Trunktracker scanner with Dynamic Memory Architecture. This scanner became available to the market the last week in March, 2009. Discontinued.



  • also see the BCD396XT article on the Uniden wiki for additional information
  • Channels: 25,000 maximum
  • Systems: 500 maximum
  • Groups per system: 20 maximum
  • Talkgroups per trunked system: 500 maximum
  • Channels per conventional system: 1000 maximum
  • Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
  • Search Rate: 300 steps per second (on 5 kHz steps)
  • System Quick Key range: 0-99
  • Group Quick Key range: 0-9
  • Custom Search Ranges: 10
  • Startup Keys: 10
  • System Number Tagging: 999
  • Channel Number Tagging: 999
  • Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 12
  • Band Scope Span Range: 0.2 Mhz To 500 Mhz
  • Band Scope Step: 5 Khz To 100 Khz

Frequency Coverage

  • 25.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
  • 758.0000 - 823.9875 MHz
  • 849.0125 - 868.9875 MHz
  • 894.0125 - 960.0000 MHz
  • 1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz

Power Requirements


  • Bold features are newly added in this model over the BCD396T.
  • Can be updated to support Rebanding? YES
  • APCO25 Digital Audio decoding
  • NAC decoding
  • Support for P25 Conventional channels that include NAC and TGID user differentiation (P25 One-Frequency Trunk)
  • Adaptive Digital Threshold - Automatically sets the digital decode threshold for APCO 25 systems
  • TrunkTracker IV with Motorola Control Channel Only trunking and I-Call monitoring
  • Multi-Site support
  • Display UID (Unit IDs) on trunking systems. Requires version 1.08.14 or newer firmware
  • EDACS ESK support
  • Multi-color display backlight
  • System / Channel Number Tagging - provides rapid access to a specific system or channel.
  • Control Channel Data Output – allows the analysis of control channel data without the need to perform invasive modifications to the scanner Now supported in UniTrunker version or newer.
  • Uniden Close Call, with Close Call Do Not Disturb, Close Call Priority (or Primary), and Close Call Temporary Store
  • GPS Support for location-based scanning, location alerts, and crows-flight navigation
  • Independent GPS Control of Sites and Channel Groups
  • 100 Quick Keys
  • Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
  • Adjustable Band defaults
  • Individual channel volume offset
  • Intermediate Frequency Exchange - changes the IF used for a selected frequency to help avoid image and other mixer-product interference on a frequency.
  • Key Safe Mode - lets you hand the scanner to a novice user and prevent programming from being modified.
  • Private Systems - lets you flag a system so that it cannot be read out of the scanner or modified.
  • Band Scope - gives a graphic representation of signal activity.
  • Negative Channel dropout delay (forced resume) adjustable to 0-2,5,10,30, -2, -5, -10 seconds
  • DCS/CTCSS Rapid Decode
  • Temporary System, Site, Group, Channel, and Location Lockout
  • 500 (250 Temporary + 250 Permanent) Search Lockouts
  • Startup Configuration
  • 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, site, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, location, Tone-out, and SAME group
  • Compatible with BC-RH96 Remote Head
  • Analog and Digital AGC
  • Ability to flag a channel as Digital, Analog, or All
  • Quick Search
  • Search with Scan for Service and Custom Searches with assigned Quick Keys
  • 12 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, FM Broadcast, Military Air, and Special (Itinerant)
  • Custom Search — lets you program up to 10 search ranges
  • 3 Quick-Access Search Keys
  • Fire Tone Out alert
  • Fire Tone Out Search - built-in frequency counter displays the received tones.
  • 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.
  • Weather Alert Priority
  • SAME Weather Alert
  • Duplicate Channel Alert
  • Priority Scan with Priority Plus
  • Adjustable Priority check interval
  • Priority ID Scan on trunked systems
  • Preemptive Priority on Motorola analog systems
  • Signal Strength display
  • LCD and Keypad Backlight
  • Battery level display
  • Battery saver
  • Key Lock
  • Adjustable Hold (scan duration 0-255 sec) per system, custom or service search
  • Strong signal attenuation
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Repeater Reverse
  • Broadcast signal ignore while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands
  • PC Programming and Control
  • Wired Cloning (Will only Clone to another BCD396XT)
  • Antenna Connector: SMA (w/BNC adapter)

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 ESK (not ProVoice)
    • LTR Standard
    • Project 25 Standard Phase I (not Phase II)
  • System Voices:
    • Analog
    • Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
    • APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive (P25 CAI)

Preloaded Systems and their System Quick Keys

Press and hold 2,9, and Hold, power on the scanner to re-initialize the Memory and restore the Preloaded systems. When it asks do you wish to restore the preloaded systems press the E/Yes key. WARNING This will erase any personal programming you may have done to your DMA.

The preloaded system list for the BCD396XT:

SQK System

  • 21 Alaska ALMR
  • 22 Arkansas AWIN
  • 23 Colorado DTRS
  • 24 Connecticut State
  • 25 Delaware
  • 26 Georgia GEWIN
  • 27 Idaho IIMARS
  • 28 Ill StarCom21
  • 29 Indiana SAFE-T
  • 30 Kansas KSICS
  • 31 Louisiana LATIE
  • 32 Mass State Sys
  • 33 Michigan MPSCS
  • 34 Mississippi MWIN
  • 35 Montana StateSys
  • 36 NC VIPER
  • 37 Nevada SRS
  • 38 Ohio MARCS
  • 39 Rhode Isl RISCON
  • 40 SC Palmetto 800
  • 41 SDakotaState
  • 42 TX DPS
  • 43 Utah UCAN
  • 44 Virginia STARS
  • 45 WVirginia WVIRP
  • 46 WyoLink


Capturing Live Audio

It has been reported that the majority of current BCD396XT models have a stereo output jack for headphones instead of the traditionally-found mono jack. This creates a peculiarity when capturing live audio with a computer because the volume level with the scanner will be about half of the expected volume level if you're using a mono capture cable. There are two ways that this can be addressed easily:

  • Stereo Input Cable - You can always use a stereo cable to connect the scanner to your capture device as long as your capture port is also stereo (Line In). You should not use this method if you're capturing with a mic port as the mic port is mono, not stereo.
  • Stereo to Mono Converter Plug - You can potentially use a stereo to mono adapter (such as this one) to convert the audio. You'll have to use this option if you're capturing with a mic port.


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