Uniden Bearcat BC785D Digital Scanner with APCO 25 Digital transmissions

Uniden BC-785D TrunkTracker III Digital Scanner

The Uniden Bearcat BC-785D is more scanner than ever before. This model covers virtually every frequency from 25 to 512 and 806 to 1300 MHz (less cellular). It receives military frequencies not found on most other scanners. You get 1000 channels organized in 10 banks. Enjoy TrunkTracker III technology, supporting Motorola, EDACS and EF Johnson systems. Selectable mode allows you to change the default receiving mode (AM, FM-wide or FM-narrow) to hear all the action. The 785D accepts an optional plug in APCO 25 card to monitor some types of APCO 25 Digital transmissions.

Advanced features include: Two Line Alpha LCD, keypad entry, Delay key (2 seconds), Channel Lockout, Data Skip (the scanner skips over non-voice channels), backlit display and 'S.A.M.E.' weather. The CTCSS/DCS feature allows the user to assign analog and digital sub-audible tone codes to a specific frequency in memory. You also get: 12 service searches, beep alert, clone feature and S.A.M.E. weather alert.

The rear panel has external jacks for:  BNC antenna, external speaker, line out and DC power input. There is also a DB-9 RS-232C port to remotely program and control the radio (required PC cable not supplied). Approximate size: 7x2.9x6.7 inches 3 lbs. (177x72x167mm 1.33 kg).

This radio comes with a mounting bracket, telescopic BNC antenna, AD-580U AC adapter, cigarette lighter power cord, screwdriver, Trunk Tracker Frequency Guide and E-Scanner Software CD [for Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP].

The 785 is the same inside as the Uniden 250D -- except it is a tabletop receiver versus being portable as the 250D is.

Like the 250D, you'll need to purchase a digital decoder card if you wish to get any digital signals. The card is inserted into a slot in the back of the scanner. The price of the card is roughly equivalent to the price of the scanner itself -- so be sure you plan for that expenditure. I've only got one beef with the 785D and that is the birdy (a channel in a scanner that receives nothing but loud static due to internal circuitry). All scanners have these birdies. Unfortunately the Uniden 785's is smack in the middle of the frequency bank for Troop H in Hartford CT. Other than the birdy issue (which you can overcome by hitting the scan button when it locks onto the static) I enjoy this scanner a lot. The one thing you'll definitely want to do is purchase software to program it. Your fingers will get tired VERY quickly of keying in the data and alpha tags for every frequency. There are a couple good choices for software and the unit itself only requires a serial connecter cable (readily available at Radio Shack). If I had one more wish it would be for the scanner to allow for monitoring of priority channels while trunking. As it stands the priority feature is only active when you are scanning conventional (non trunked) channels. Overall this is THE scanner to get if you are serious about listening to your local public safety frequencies.

Uniden BC785D TrunkTracker III Digital Scanner w/ AC Adapter

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  • Digital scanner reads police, fire, marine, and other communication frequencies
  • Continuous band coverage from 25 MHz to 1.3 GHz
  • Monitors APCO P-25 digital systems with installation of BCi 25D digital card
  • 1,000 channels, 10 banks, and 10 priority channels
  • PC programming and control; full-frequency LCD display

Uniden Bearcat bcd996t/bc785d scanner


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