Uniden Scanner Serial Numbers

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Since the introduction of the [BC250D] scanner [Uniden] has used a standardized 11-digit serial number protocol as follows:

  • 123456789AB
  • 383Z8812345

It is known that the [BC780XLT] did not use this protocol so it was likely instituted about 2001 with the follow up [BC785D] and [BC250D] which did.

The first three characters (in our example "383" indicate the model number, in this example an [SDS100].

The fourth character seems to always be a "Z" for scanners, it is possible that this is indicative of the scanner product line.

The fifth character seems to be the year code, in our example is is an "8" so that would indicate a 2018 manufacture date. Depending on the scanner this could also indicate 2008.

The sixth character is unknown at this time. In our case it is an "8". On all the scanners in [N9JIG]'s fleet for example this character is either a 2, 4 or 8, but the sample size is less than 30 so it is entirely possible that there could be other numbers used.

Characters 7 thru 11 comprise the sequential serial number of the product. In our example the serial number would represent the 12, 345th radio of that model type manufactured, assuming that the numbers were applied in the order in which the radio was manufactured.

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.

  • Series Model Nr Year Introduced
  • 315Z [BC250D] 2001
  • 316Z [BC785D] 2001
  • 319Z [BC296D] 2003
  • 320Z [BC796D] 2003
  • 326Z [BC246T]
  • 328Z [BCD396T]
  • 330Z [BR330T]
  • 335Z [BCD996T]
  • 336Z [BCT15]
  • 338Z [BC370CRS]
  • 358Z [BC346XT]
  • 359Z [BCD396]
  • 360Z [BCD996XT]
  • 361Z [BCT15X]
  • 363Z [HP-1]
  • 370Z [BC125AT]
  • 375Z [BCD536HP]
  • 376Z [BCD436HP]
  • 377Z [HP-2]
  • 378Z [BCD996P2]
  • 379Z [BCD325P2]
  • 383Z [SDS100] 2018