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Bearcat BCD996XT digital Trunktracker IV

The BCD996 Family is Uniden's line of mobile scanners with Dynamic Memory Architecture. All are capable of decoding APCO Project 25 digital audio.

The BCD996T was released in 2004, the BCD996XT was released in 2009, and the BCD996P2 in 2015.


Specifications

Limits

Feature BCD996T BCD996XT BCD996P2
Channels 6000 25000 25000
Systems 500 500 500
Sites (Maximum) 1000 1000 1000
Site (per system) 256 256 256
Channels (talkgroups) per system 250 500 500
Channels (frequencies) per system 1000 1000 1000
Groups per System 20 20 20
Talkgroups per trunked system 250 500
Scan Rate (channels/second) 100 100
Search Rate (5-kHz steps/second) 300 300
System Quick Keys 0-99 0-99
Group Quick Keys 0-9 0-9 0-9
Custom Search Ranges 10 10 10
Preprogrammed Service Search Bands 13 12 12
System Number Tags N/A 0-999 0-999
Channel Number Tags N/A 0-999 0-999


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

FM Bandwidths

  • NFM: ~7.5 kHz deviation
  • FM: ~15 kHz deviation
  • FMB: ~75 kHz deviation
  • WFM: >100 kHz deviation

Power Requirements

  • Power requirements: AC Adapter (13.8V DC 750mA Regulated) (AD-1009 or equivalent).
  • DC:11V to 16.6V(Ext.DC Power Jack or DC Power Jack)
  • Power plug: 5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter; Radio Shack size code "M"

Features

Bold features are newly added in this model over the BCD996T.

  • 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
  • NEW Display the Unit IDs (UID) found on trunk systems. Firmware 1.04.00 or newer is required. See the firmware link below for more information
  • 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 1.0.0.10 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 (vs. Systems and Sites)
  • 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 (vs. 6) 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
  • 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
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Repeater Reverse
  • Broadcast signal ignore while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands
  • 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.
  • Wired Cloning (Will only Clone to another BCD996XT)
  • DIN-E and ISO Vehicle Mountable sleeve included
  • Antenna Connector: BNC

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 Voices:
    • Analog
    • Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
    • APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive


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