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Category 5: Digital Trunking Scanners

The BC-796D is one of several  scanner models that can receive APCO-25 digital communications.
BC-796D Digital Trunking Scanner

All Radios in this Category feature:

  • Minimum Frequency Coverage of 25-54, 108-137 (Civil Aircraft), 137-174, 406-512, 806-956 MHz (excluding Cellular); some offer continuous coverage  
  • At least 500 Channels
  • All capabilities of scanners in Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4 including analog trunking and a search mode.
  • Can track Motorola APCO Project 25 Digital Trunked Radio Systems operating at 3600 baud; All radio scanners here can also track 9600 baud systems, except the BC250D and BC785D.
  • Can also track analog Motorola Type I, Type II, and Type I/II hybrid systems and EDACS systems;
  • Trunking Scanners are also called "Trunk Trackers" 
  • Notice:  The FCC is rebanding 800 MHz trunked radio systems, set to be completed in 2008; scanners monitoring EDACS and LTR systems merely have to reprogram their radios; listeners monitoring Motorola systems will either have to reflash or replace the radio.  If a radio can be reflashed, it is noted in the comments below. All other radios will not be able to track motorola trunked systems after rebanding goes into effect in your area, but will still hear EDACS, LTR and conventional systems.

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Current Scanner Models

Model# Type # Of Ch # Of Banks Scan/ Search Speed First Year Made Freq Coverage (MHz) Features & Comments Vendor Links 
BCD996XT BM 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; Receives rebanded 800 MHz systems; newer version of BCD996T  
Scanner-Master


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BCD396XT HH 3000 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; InCB, TV, AM&FM broadcast radio bands; Holds up to 200 systems; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Control; Alpha Tags; Close-Call feature; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Small Size; Pre-programmed for 25 most populated counties in US; Preprogrammed auto racing; Service Search; Close Call Feature; Receives rebanded 800 MHz systems; newer version of BDC396T  
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PRO-106 HH 1800 "Objects" Dyn 55/90 2007 25-54 108-174 216-512 796-960 1240-1300 Can receive both analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, & LTR), digital trunking (Motorola P25, and conventional scanning; 1800 "Objects" that can hold frequencies (channels), Talk Group ID Memories, or other info; Follow trunking on any band, including new 700 Mhz band; CTCSS/DCS decode; Spectrum Sweeper; PC Programmable & Interface; Will send trunking data to PC; Store up 37,800 "Objects" in 21 "V-scanner" folders; Scanner accomodates 800 MHz rebanding; Similar to GRE brand PSR-500; Handheld version of PRO-197 and PSR-600 Scanner-Master

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PRO-197 BM 1800 "Objects" Dyn 55/90 2008 25-54 108-174 216-512 796-960 1240-1300 Can receive both analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, & LTR), digital trunking (Motorola P25, and conventional scanning; 1800 "Objects" that can hold frequencies (channels), Talk Group ID Memories, or other info; Follow trunking on any band, including new 700 Mhz band;CTCSS/DCS decode; Spectrum Sweeper; PC Programmable & Interface; Will send trunking data to PC;Store up 37,800 "Objects" in 21 "V-scanner" folders; Scanner accomodates 800 MHz rebanding; Similar to GRE brand PSR-600; Base version of PRO-106 and PSR-500 Scanner-Master

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PSR-500 HH 1800 "Objects" Dyn 55/90 2007 25-54 108-174 216-512 796-960 1240-1300 Can receive both analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, & LTR), digital trunking (Motorola P25, and conventional scanning; 1800 "Objects" that can hold frequencies (channels), Talk Group ID Memories, or other info; Follow trunking on any band, including new 700 Mhz band; CTCSS/DCS decode; Spectrum Sweeper; PC Programmable & Interface; Will send trunking data to PC; Store up 37,800 "Objects" in 21 "V-scanner" folders; Scanner should accomodate 800 MHz rebanding; Similar to Radio Shack PRO-106; Handheld version of PSR-600 and PRO-197 Scanner-Master

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PSR-600 BM 1800 "Objects" Dyn 55/90 2007 25-54 108-174 216-512 796-960 1240-1300 Can receive both analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, & LTR), digital trunking (Motorola P25, and conventional scanning; 1800 "Objects" that can hold frequencies (channels), Talk Group ID Memories, or other info; Follow trunking on any band, including new 700 Mhz band;CTCSS/DCS decode; Spectrum Sweeper; PC Programmable & Interface; Will send trunking data to PC;Store up 37,800 "Objects" in 21 "V-scanner" folders; Scanner should accomodate 800 MHz rebanding; Similar to Radio Schack PRO-197; Base version of PSR-500 and PRO-106 Scanner-Master

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Non-Current Scanners (Available Used)

Model# Type # Of Ch # Of Banks Scan/ Search Speed First Year Made Freq Coverage (MHz) Features & Comments Vendor Links 
BCD996T BM 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  
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BCD396T HH 3000 Dyn 100/ 100 2005  25-512 764-766 794-956 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS, LTR); Dynamic Memory Allocation; InCB, TV, AM&FM broadcast radio bands; Holds up to 200 systems; CTCSS/DCS decode; PC Control; Alpha Tags; Close-Call feature; VHF-High, UHF, 800/900 trunking; Small Size; Pre-programmed for 25 most populated counties in US; Preprogrammed auto racing; Service Search; Close Call Feature; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding  
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PRO-96 HH 500 10 60/ 75  2003 25-54 108-174 216-225 406-512 806-960 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS), and conventional scanning, 1500 Talk Group ID Memories (10 banks, each with 5 sub-banks of 30 IDís); CTCSS/DCS decode; PC download; Store up to 5500 freqs in 11 "V-scanner" folders; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding

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PRO-2096 BM 500 10  60/ 75 2005 25-54 108-174 216-225 406-512 806-960 1240-1300 Can receive both 3600 and 9600 baud digital, analog trunking (Motorola, EDACS), and conventional scanning; 1500 Talk Group ID Memories (10 banks, each with 5 sub-banks of 30 IDís); CTCSS/DCS decode; PC download; Store up to 5500 freqs in 11 "V-scanner" folders; Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding

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BC296D HH 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 each); successor to BC250D; PC Control; also Continuous Coverage Radio (Category 6); Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding.   
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BC796D BM 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); Can be reflashed for 800 MHz rebanding
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BC250D HH 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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BC785D BM 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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Note: 800 MHz Coverage excludes the US Cellular Phone Band (824-849 and 869-894 MHz) unless oth erwise indicated and may also exclude the adjacent 849-851 and 894-896 MHz bands.

Abbreviations: Scanner Type: B = Base; M = Mobile; BM = Base/Mobile; HH = Handheld

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