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Uniden's analog-only Base/Mobile Trunktracker scanner with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]] and GPS Support.
 
Uniden's analog-only Base/Mobile Trunktracker scanner with [[Dynamic Memory Architecture]] and GPS Support.
Shipping started Summer 2006.
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Shipping started Summer 2006. This is a [[TrunkTracker III]] with Motorola [[Control Channel Only]] trunking and [[I-Call]] monitoring
 
 
[http://www.uniden.com/press/docs/BCT15_Release_FNL.pdf Uniden Press Release]
 
  
 
   
 
   
 
==General Specifications==
 
==General Specifications==
===Power===
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===Physical===
* Voltage: 13.8 Volts d.c.
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* BNC antenna connector
* Current: less than 750mA (max. rating of included wall wart)
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* Compatible with [[BC-RH96]] Remote Head
* Power plug: 5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter; Radio Shack size code "M"
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* DIN-E and ISO Vehicle Mountable (optional)
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* GPS Support for [[Location Based Scanning]], location alerts, and crows-flight navigation
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* LCD Backlight
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* Memory Back Up
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* PC Programming and Control
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* Record Out - you can connect an output jack to a VOX controlled recorder or PC sound input to record the received audio.
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* Reversible Display - Lets you reverse the display to mount unit upside down (and hear the speaker from the top)
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* Signal Strength display
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* Single-Handed Function Operation -Tap Function to access F+ key presses. 5 seconds after your last key press, the scanner reverts to non F+ entry (or press Function again to revert sooner).
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* Strong signal attenuation
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* 16 character text tagging for each system, site, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, location, Tone-out, and [[SAME]] group
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* Three-Level Backlighting - Lets you set the display/keypad backlight to any of three brightness levels (or off). Also lets you connect to your vehicle’s dimmer circuit to dim the scanner’s display with the vehicle’s dimmer control.
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* Trunking Activity Indicators
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===Keys===
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* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
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* 3 [http://new.marksscanners.com/BCT15/bct15.shtml#search%20key Quick-Access Search Keys]
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* “Soft“ Search Keys -Let you program the keypad’s secondary functions to turn on/off specified search ranges.
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* System Quick Key range: 0-99
  
===Limits===
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===Technical===
 
* Channels: 2500 maximum
 
* Channels: 2500 maximum
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* Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 search ranges
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* Groups per system: 20 maximum
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* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* 13 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, TV Broadcast, FM Broadcast, Military Air, and Special (Itinerant)
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* Sites: 1000 maximum, 256 maximum per system
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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: 500 maximum
 
* Systems: 500 maximum
* Sites: 1000 maximum, 256 maximum per system
 
* Groups per system: 20 maximum
 
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 250 maximum
 
* Talkgroups per trunked system: 250 maximum
* Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
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* 500 (250 Temporary + 250 Permanent) Search Lockouts
* System Quick Key range: 0-99
 
* Group Quick Key range: 0-9
 
* Custom Search Ranges: 10
 
* Preprogrammed Service Search Bands: 13
 
  
===Frequency Coverage===
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====Frequency Coverage====
 
* 25 - 512 MHz
 
* 25 - 512 MHz
 
* 764 - 776 MHz
 
* 764 - 776 MHz
 
* 794 - 956 MHz
 
* 794 - 956 MHz
 
* 1240 - 1300 MHz
 
* 1240 - 1300 MHz
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====Power====
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* Voltage: 13.8 Volts d.c.
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* Current: less than 750mA (max. rating of included wall wart)
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* Power plug: 5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter; Radio Shack size code "M"
  
 
===Features===
 
===Features===
* [[Rebanding]] Supported? <span style="color: green"> YES </span>  [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCT15Update106ReleaseNotes '''Currently available with version 1.06 firmware''']
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* Adjustable Hold (scan duration 0-255 sec) per system, custom or service search
* [[TrunkTracker III]] with Motorola [[Control Channel Only]] trunking and [[I-Call]] monitoring
 
* Multi-Site support
 
* Trunking Activity Indicators
 
* EDACS [[ESK]] support (requires firmware 1.06)
 
* [[BearTracker]] warning system
 
* State-by-State Preprogrammed Channels - lets you easily keep up with activity on local police, Department of Transportation, and Highway Patrol frequencies when you travel, without having to program any channels.
 
* [[Close Call]], with [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Do Not Disturb|Close Call Do Not Disturb]], [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Priority|Close Call Priority (or Primary)]], and [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Temporary Store|Close Call Temporary Store]].
 
* GPS Support for [[Uniden Scanner GPS Features|location-based scanning]], location alerts, and crows-flight navigation
 
* Independent GPS Control of Sites and Channel Groups
 
* 100 Quick Keys
 
* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel.
 
* Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
 
 
* Adjustable (0-5 sec) scan delay
 
* Adjustable (0-5 sec) scan delay
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* Alert Mute - silences all alerts
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* Alert Plus - silences the scanner except for channels/BearTracker warnings that have assigned alerts.
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* [[AGC]]
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* [[BearTracker]]
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* [[Broadcast Screen]] ignores searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands
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* [[Uniden Close Call|Close Call]], with [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Do Not Disturb|Close Call Do Not Disturb]], [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Priority|Close Call Priority (or Primary)]], and [[Uniden Close Call#Close Call Temporary Store|Close Call Temporary Store]].
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* [[Control Channel Only]]
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* [[Data Skip]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
 
* [[DCS]]/[[CTCSS]] [[Automatic_CTCSS_identification|Rapid Decode]]
* [[AGC]]
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* [[Duplicate Channel Alert]]
* Temporary System, Site, Group, Channel, and Location Lockout
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* EDACS [[ESK]] support (requires firmware 1.06)
* 500 (250 Temporary + 250 Permanent) Search Lockouts
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* [[Fire Tone Out]] Alert
* 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
 
* 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
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* Independent Alert Tone Volume – lets you set the volume level of the following tones: Key Beep, Emergency Alert, Channel Alert, and Close Call Alert.
* Compatible with [[BC-RH96]] Remote Head
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* [[Location Based Scanning]] If you connect a GPS unit to the scanner it can automatically enable/disable systems based on the geographic information you provide.
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* [[Uniden Multi-Site Trunking|Multi-Site support]]
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* [[Priority Scan]]  
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* Quick Recall – quickly navigates to a specific Channel by choosing the System, Group, and Channel.
 
* Quick Search
 
* Quick Search
* Search with Scan for Service and Custom Searches with assigned Quick Keys
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* [[Repeater Reverse]]
* 13 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, TV Broadcast, FM Broadcast, Military Air, and Special (Itinerant)
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* [[Search with Scan]] for Service and Custom Searches with assigned Quick Keys
* Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 search ranges
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* [[Startup Configuration]]
* 3 Quick-Access Search Keys
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* [[Temporary System, Site, Group, Channel, and Location Lockout]]
* [[Fire Tone Out]] Alert
 
* [[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
 
* Alert Mute - silences all alerts
 
* Alert Plus - silences the scanner except for channels that have assigned alerts
 
* Duplicate Channel Alert
 
* [[Priority Scan]] with Priority Plus
 
* Signal Strength display
 
* LCD Backlight
 
* Reversible Display - Lets you reverse the display to mount unit upside down (and hear the speaker from the top)
 
* Adjustable Hold (scan duration 0-255 sec) per system, custom or service search
 
* Strong signal attenuation
 
 
* Upgradeadable firmware
 
* Upgradeadable firmware
* [[Repeater Reverse]]
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** Can be updated to support [[Rebanding]]? {{color|green|YES}}   
* Broadcast signal ignore while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands
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**See the [[Updating the Firmware in Uniden DMA Scanners]] article for the firmware link
* PC Programming and Control
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* [[Weather Operations]]
* Record Out - you can connect an output jack to a VOX controlled recorder or PC sound input to record the received audio.
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* [[Wired Cloning]]
* Wired Cloning (Will only Clone to another BCT15 only)
 
* DIN-E and ISO Vehicle Mountable (optional)
 
* BNC antenna connector
 
* Memory Back Up
 
* Power requirements: 11.0V to 16.6V DC
 
 
 
===Features Added===
 
* Please see the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCT15Update106ReleaseNotes BCT15 1.06 Release notes (on Uniden wiki)]
 
  
 
===RR System Compatibility===
 
===RR System Compatibility===
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*System Voices:
 
*System Voices:
 
** Analog
 
** Analog
 
===New Features===
 
The following features were added by the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCT15Update106ReleaseNotes 1.6 Update]:
 
* Support for rebanded Motorola Trunked Systems
 
* Make the AGC settings in normal menu items
 
* Improve the RSSI PC report-out performance
 
* Add a 30-second option to Fire Tone-Out
 
 
== Advanced Features ==
 
'''[[Uniden Multi-Site Trunking]] -'''
 
Allows independent system sites to share common talk group channel lists.
 
 
'''[[Location Based Scanning]] -''' If you connect a GPS unit to the scanner it can automatically enable/disable systems based on the geographic information you provide.
 
 
'''Startup Configuration -'''
 
Pressing a number button while powering on the scanner automatically unlocks all systems assigned to that startup key and automatically locks all systems assigned to a different startup key (unassigned systems are not affected).
 
 
'''Temporary Lockout -'''
 
Makes it easy to temporarily lock out a system, channel, or frequency. The lockout is cleared when you turn power off.
 
 
'''Alert + -'''
 
Sets the scanner for "wife and girlfriend" mode. Silences all channels and audio except for those channels and events that have an assigned alert.
 
 
'''Three-Level Backlighting -'''
 
Lets you set the display/keypad backlight to any of three brightness levels (or off). Also lets you connect to your vehicle’s dimmer circuit to dim the scanner’s display with the vehicle’s dimmer control.
 
 
'''“Soft“ Search Keys -'''
 
Let you program the keypad’s secondary functions to turn on/off specified search ranges.
 
 
'''Single-Handed Function Operation -'''
 
Tap Function to access F+ key presses. 5 seconds after your last key press, the scanner reverts to non F+ entry (or press Function again to revert sooner).
 
  
 
== Related pages ==
 
== Related pages ==
* [http://marksscanners.com/BCT15/bct15.shtml Easier to Read BCT-15 Manual]
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* [http://new.marksscanners.com/BCT15/bct15.shtml Easier to Read BCT-15 Scanner Manual]
* [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/ScannerManuals Firmware Updates]
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* [[Programming Your Uniden Scanner]]
* [[Uniden DMA FAQ]]
 
* [[Software Support for Uniden Rebanding]]
 
* [[:Category:DMA Radios Hints and Kinks|DMA Radios Hints and Kinks]]
 
 
* [[Uniden scanner test modes]]
 
* [[Uniden scanner test modes]]
* [http://www.uniden.com/pdf/BCT15om.pdf BCT-15 Owner's Manual]
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* [http://www.uniden.info/download/ompdf/BCT15om.pdf BCT-15 Owner's Manual]
 
* [[media:Bc996discriminatortap.jpg|BCT15 Discriminator tap point]]
 
* [[media:Bc996discriminatortap.jpg|BCT15 Discriminator tap point]]
 
** '''NOTE:''' The BCD996 and BCT15 appear to share the same tap point location. Look at the center of the board, go right and down.
 
** '''NOTE:''' The BCD996 and BCT15 appear to share the same tap point location. Look at the center of the board, go right and down.
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* [http://www.discriminator.nl/ubc800xlt/index-en.html BCT-15 Discriminator output modification description]
 
* [http://www.scannermaster.com/USB_Cable_p/01-551038.htm Uniden USB-1 page on Scanner Master]
 
* [http://www.scannermaster.com/USB_Cable_p/01-551038.htm Uniden USB-1 page on Scanner Master]
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* [http://www.stevenrhine.com/?p=4320 Uniden BCT-15 and BCT-15X Teardown & Other Data]
  
 
== Reviews ==
 
== Reviews ==
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== PC Programming and Control ==
 
== PC Programming and Control ==
* [http://www.butelsoftware.com BuTel Software]
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* [[Uniden DMA Software Support]]
** ARC-15 Basic 
 
** ARC-15 PRO (capable of audio recording)
 
** ScannerStation
 
* Please see our [[Uniden DMA Software Support]] article for more software links
 
* [http://www.uniden.com/rn_productsupport_downloads.cfm?product=BCT15 UASD Software and Firmware Updates]
 
** [http://www.uniden.com/store/itemdetail.cfm?item=BCT15UASD Purchase BCT15UASD Software Registration]
 
 
* [http://www.tarapippo.net/uniden/wm15.html WM15 - BCT15 control via SmartPhone] Bluetooth application
 
* [http://www.tarapippo.net/uniden/wm15.html WM15 - BCT15 control via SmartPhone] Bluetooth application
  
==Yahoo Groups and Message Boards==
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==Message Boards/Forums==
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BCT15/ BCT15 Yahoo group]
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* {{Forum|uniden-forums.82|RadioReference Uniden}}
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BCT-15/ BCT-15 Yahoo group]
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; Facebook
* [http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/arc396/ ARC330/ARC396/ARC996/ARC15 software discussion and support.]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/448987651918830 Radio Scanner World]
 
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/667031203353717 Radio Scanners]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/4188584134 Scanner Enthusiasts]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/2889562301118379 Radio Scanner Help and Chat]
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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]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1480421685608148 Uniden Bearcat Scanner Fan Club]
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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/BCT15 BCT15]
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* [https://groups.io/g/radioprogramming Radio Programming]
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* [https://uniden.groups.io/g/main Uniden main group]
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* [https://groups.io/g/Scanners Radio Scanners Uniden / Whistler]
  
== eBay Listings ==
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==BCT15 Scanners for Sale==
<ebay>Uniden ("BCT15","BCT-15")</ebay>
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*[[BCT15 eBay Listings]]
  
  
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[[Category:Desktop Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Desktop Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Mobile Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Mobile Scanners]]
[[Category:Trunking Scanners]]
 
 
[[Category:Analog Trunktrackers]]
 
[[Category:Analog Trunktrackers]]
 
[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
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[[Category:Radio Models]]

Latest revision as of 12:37, 24 June 2021

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Uniden's analog-only Base/Mobile Trunktracker scanner with Dynamic Memory Architecture and GPS Support. Shipping started Summer 2006. This is a TrunkTracker III with Motorola Control Channel Only trunking and I-Call monitoring


General Specifications

Physical

  • BNC antenna connector
  • Compatible with BC-RH96 Remote Head
  • DIN-E and ISO Vehicle Mountable (optional)
  • GPS Support for Location Based Scanning, location alerts, and crows-flight navigation
  • LCD Backlight
  • Memory Back Up
  • PC Programming and Control
  • Record Out - you can connect an output jack to a VOX controlled recorder or PC sound input to record the received audio.
  • Reversible Display - Lets you reverse the display to mount unit upside down (and hear the speaker from the top)
  • Signal Strength display
  • Single-Handed Function Operation -Tap Function to access F+ key presses. 5 seconds after your last key press, the scanner reverts to non F+ entry (or press Function again to revert sooner).
  • Strong signal attenuation
  • 16 character text tagging for each system, site, group, channel, talkgroup, search range, location, Tone-out, and SAME group
  • Three-Level Backlighting - Lets you set the display/keypad backlight to any of three brightness levels (or off). Also lets you connect to your vehicle’s dimmer circuit to dim the scanner’s display with the vehicle’s dimmer control.
  • Trunking Activity Indicators

Keys

  • Group Quick Key range: 0-9
  • 3 Quick-Access Search Keys
  • “Soft“ Search Keys -Let you program the keypad’s secondary functions to turn on/off specified search ranges.
  • System Quick Key range: 0-99

Technical

  • Channels: 2500 maximum
  • Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 search ranges
  • Groups per system: 20 maximum
  • Scan Rate: 100 channels per second (conventional mode)
  • 13 Service Searches - Public Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS, Racing, TV Broadcast, FM Broadcast, Military Air, and Special (Itinerant)
  • Sites: 1000 maximum, 256 maximum per system
  • Supported step sizes: 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz
  • Systems: 500 maximum
  • Talkgroups per trunked system: 250 maximum
  • 500 (250 Temporary + 250 Permanent) Search Lockouts

Frequency Coverage

  • 25 - 512 MHz
  • 764 - 776 MHz
  • 794 - 956 MHz
  • 1240 - 1300 MHz

Power

  • Voltage: 13.8 Volts d.c.
  • Current: less than 750mA (max. rating of included wall wart)
  • Power plug: 5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter; Radio Shack size code "M"

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
    • EDACS Standard (Wide)
    • EDACS Standard Networked
    • EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
    • EDACS Narrowband Networked
    • EDACS SCAT
    • LTR Standard
  • System Voices:
    • Analog

Related pages

Reviews

PC Programming and Control

Message Boards/Forums

Facebook
Groups.io

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