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BC-796D receives APCO-25 digital communications, follows trunked systems, and features almost continuous frequency coverage.
BC796D Bearcat Base Scanner

Uniden Bearcat Base/ Mobile Scanners

This list features all Uniden "Bearcat" brand scanners designed for base or mobile (vehicular) use.  Model numbers usually begin with BC or SC and a numeric digit of 7 or higher.

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Current Scanner Models

Model# Cat #Ch/ #Of Banks Scan/ Search Speed First Year Made Freq Coverage (MHz) Features & Comments Vendor Links 
BCD996XT 5,6 6000 Dyn 100/ 100 2006  25-512 764-766 794-956 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, LTR); Dynamic Memory Allocation; CB, TV, FM broadcast radio bands; Holds up to 400 systems; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Control; Alpha Tags; Close-Call feature; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Small Size;  Service Search; Military Aircraft Band; Close Call Feature; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding  
Scanner-Master


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BC370CRS 3 300 10  70/ 75 2006 0.53-1.7 25-54 108-174 216-225 406-512 806-956 Receives commercial AM, FM, and VHF-TV sound; alarm clock;  
Scanner-Master


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BC898T 4 500 10   2004 25-54 108-174 216-512 806-956 Motorola, EDACS and LTR; 1000 Talk Group ID Memories in 10 Lists of 10 IDís per each of the 10 Banks; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Control; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Military Air Band;  

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BCT15 4,6 2500  Dyn 100/ 100 2006 25-515 764-776 794-956 1240-1300 Marketed for mobile use; Triple-Trunking; Tracks Motorola Type I,II,I/II hybrid, EDACS, and LTR; 250 Trunking ID Memories (5 banks, each with 5 lists of 10 IDís ); alpha-tags; PC data transfer; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Service Search; Preprogrammed Hwy Patrol; Close-call signal feature; GPS control; fits in car's DIN-E slot; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding.
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BCT8 4 250 5 100/ 100 2003 25-54 108-174 400-512 806-956 Marketed for mobile use; Triple-Trunking; Tracks Motorola Type I,II,I/II hybrid, EDACS, and LTR; 250 Trunking ID Memories (5 banks, each with 5 lists of 10 IDís ); PC data transfer; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Service Search; Preprogrammed Hwy Patrol;  
Scanner-Master


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BC350C 3 50   3 100/ 100 2003 25-54 108-174 406-512 806-956 Service Search; Search Lockouts; Pre-set Band search only; inflexible scanner  
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BCT7 3 100 100/ 100   25-54 108-174 406-512 806-956 Feature to locate nearby Law Enforcement Vehicles, acts similar to radar detector  
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BC278CLT 3 100 5 25/25   29-54 108-174 406-512 806-956 Includes alarm clock, and AM/FM Radio; Service Scan  

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BC340CRS 2 100 10   2004 25-54 108-174 406-512  Preprogrammed Service Searches; AM, FM, and TV sound for Ch 2-13   
Scanner-Master


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BC350A 2 50   3 100/ 100 1992 29-54 108-174 406-512 Small Size; Preprogrammed Service Search; designed for use in car
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BC244CLT 1 30 12   29-54 108-174 406-512 Includes alarm clock and AM/FM Radio
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BC248CLT 1 50   5 12   29-54 108-174 406-512 Includes alarm clock and AM/FM Radio  
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Non-Current Scanners (Available Used)

Model# Cat #Ch/ #Of Banks Scan/ Search Speed First Year Made Freq Coverage (MHz) Features & Comments Vendor Links 
BCD996T 5,6 6000 Dyn 100/ 100 2009  25-512 764-766 794-956 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, LTR); Dynamic Memory Allocation; CB, TV, FM broadcast radio bands; Holds up to 400 systems; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Control; Alpha Tags; Close-Call feature; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Small Size;  Service Search; Military Aircraft Band; Close Call Feature; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding

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BCT2 1 0       Marketed for mobile use; Has no user-programmable channels; preprogrammed for highway patrol frequencies; alerts user if police car nearby transmits
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BC140 1 10/ 1 ?   29-54 136-174 406-512     
BC142XL 1 10/ 1 ?   29-54? 137-174 406-512     
BC144XLT 1 16/ 1 ?   29-54? 137-174 406-512     
BC145XL 1 16/ 1 ?   29-54 136-174 406-512     
BC147XLT 1 16/ 1 ?   29-54 136-174 406-512     
BC148XLT 1 16/ 1 ?   29-54 136-174 406-512     
BC178XLT 2 100 50/ 100   29-54 108-174 406-512     
BC780XLT 4 500 10 100/ 100 2000 25-512 806-1300 Tracks Motorola Type I,II,I/II hybrid, EDACS, and LTR; 1000 Talkgroup ID memories (10 banks, each with 10 lists of 10 IDís each); Alpha Tags; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Interface; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Uniden Top of the line; also Conít Coverage Radio (Category 6)
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BC785D 5, 6 1000 10 100/ 100 2003 25-512 806-956 1240-1300 Requires Bci 25d digital card to hear digital transmissions, can only hear 3600 baud digital, not 9600 baud digital; also analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, LTR), and conventional scanning; 1000 Talk Group ID Memories (10 banks, each with 10 lists of 10 IDís); PC Control; also Continuous Coverage Radio (Category 6)
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BC796D 5, 6 1000 10 100/ 100 2003 25-512 806-956 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, LTR), and conventional scanning; 1000 Talk Group ID Memories (10 banks, each with 10 lists of 10 IDís); successor to BC785d, PC Control; also Continuous Coverage Radio (Category 6)  
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BC700A 3 50   1     29-54 108-174 406-512 806-956 Marketed for mobile use; service search; regular search  
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BC800XLT 3 40  2   1985 29-54 118-135 136-174 406-512 800-912  First Bearcat scanner to cover the 800 MHz band.
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BC855XLT 3 100 5   1990 29-54 108-174 406-512 806-956  
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BC860XLT 3 100 10 100/ 100 1995 29-54 108-174 406-512 806-956  
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BC890XLT 3 200 10 100/ 100 1994 29-54 108-174 216-512 806-956 Lots of features but poor receiver performance; Auto-sort, automatic search and store for new freqs; channel count; tape control; optional CTCSS eBay 
BC895XLT 4 300 10 100/ 100 1997 29-54 108-174 216-512 806-956 Tracks Motorola Type I,II,I/II hybrid; 500 Trunking ID Memories (5 Lists of 10 IDís per each of the 10 banks); Monitors only 1 trunked system at a time; Only Motorola 800 MHz systems; autostore; channel count; tape control; optional CTCSS; Military (UHF) Air Band. First BM trunk-tracker on the market
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BC8500XLT BM 500 20 100/ 100 1992 25-550 760-1300 Was Unidenís Top of the Line base; only double conversion, no selectable step size or mode, poor reputation
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BC9000XLT BM 500 20 100/ 100 1995 25-550 760-1300 Was Unidenís Top of the Line base; triple conversion, selectable search step size and mode; good reputation
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Note: 800 MHz Coverage excludes the US Cellular Phone Band (824-849 and 869-894 MHz) unless otherwise indicated and may also exclude the adjacent 849-851 and 894-896 MHz bands.

Abbreviations: Banks: Dyn= Dynamic (User selects number of channels in each bank or "scan list") 

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