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 seems to 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 could be for an improved version of an earlier radio. (The SR30C is basically a BC75XLT with more channels.)
The fifth character is the year code, in our example is an "8" so that would indicate a 2018 manufacture date. Depending on the scanner model this could also indicate 2008.
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 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. Serial numbers restart from 000001 at the start of the production year (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|
|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)|
|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)|
|359||BCD396XT||2009||(SN is 328Z, Product ID is 359)|
|372||BC75XLT, SR30C||2013||(SN Series 385 is the SR30C)|
|385||SR30C||2019||(Radio ID is 372, SN is 385Z)|
The following domestic and international models were also built during the 2001 to current time frame and likely carry a serial number in this protocol. Please edit them into the list as information is found:
- UBC800XLT (Similar to the BCT15X)
- UBC3000XLT (Similar to the BC250D)