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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Scanners | Bearcat 898T Help

Reviews Summary for Bearcat 898T
Bearcat 898T Reviews: 4 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $190
Description: 500 Channel Programmable Base Scanner with TrunkTracker III
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KC8Y Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2007 16:31 Send this review to a friend
Nice Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've own this radio for about 2-years, it's a great scanner...I listen to local police, fire, aircraft, maritime, vhf-radio repeaters, & ambulances...has good sensitivity w/my outside vertical...Now, I think I'm gonna get the programming software to make changing all those frequencies a little easier for me...excellent inexpensive scanner for general use
WA5RR Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2007 12:44 Send this review to a friend
Works Well  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this scanner over a year ago because I wanted to follow the trunked police and fire in Fayetteville, NC. It did a great job.

Now, I'm in a rural PA setting with good old analog systems. The scanner has good sensitivity with the whip antenna and I now use it to provide an internet audio stream of fire/police action so I can listen at work. The line out on the scanner comes in very handy for that application.

Make sure to get the scanner control software. It makes programming a snap and looks pretty neat also.
W1BKZ Rating: 5/5 Jan 25, 2007 16:03 Send this review to a friend
Nice scanner  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Works as advertised, and works well. Once you get the hang of programming it, or, alternatively use the downloadable programming software, it is a snap to use....even the trunking stuff gets easy once you develop the methodology for programming. Well worth the bucks.
KI4EYO Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2006 06:58 Send this review to a friend
Great!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am the first to post this scanner, so I will list the specs-
BC898T - 500 Channel Programmable Base Scanner with TrunkTracker III# Multiple Channels (500) / Banks (10)
# Frequency Coverage* - Includes the most interesting "action" bands where you can hear police, ambulance, fire, amateur radio, public utilities, weather, and more. 25-54,108-174, 216-512, 806-956 (excluding cellular)
# 1000 Talk Group ID's in 10 Lists of 10 per Bank - Let's you quickly select the talk groups you want to hear when you listen to trunked systems.
# TrunkTracker III Technology - So you can keep up with the action on Motorola, EDACS and LTR systems.
# DCS/CTCSS Rapid Decode - Instantly Detects and Displays the Subaudible Tone So You Can Quickly Determine the System Settings.
# S.A.M.E. Weather Alert - Specific Area Message Encoding - During a NOAA Weather or Emergency Alert, a code for your specific location will alert you to severe conditions in your immediate area.
# Conventional and Trunked Search Operations - Let's you find transmissions not listed in any book or anyone's web site.
# Priority Operation - Helps ensure that you don't miss important transmissions on the channel you designate as the priority channel.
# AC Adapters, DC Power Cable and Automotive Power Outlet Plug - More options for supplying power to your scanner at home or in your car.
# Programmable Delay - When programmed on a channel, it allows time for a reply on the same channel before resuming to scan.
# Programmable Search - Allows you to set the upper and lower limits of specific frequency range for easier searching.
# Modulation Capability (AM/FM/NFM)
# Frequency Steps (kHz) 5/6.25/12.5/25
# 200 Talk Group Skip Memories
# 100 Search Skip Memories
# Base Design
# Public Safety Scanner
I have used this for a long time and I have over 150 freqs programmed in it. It truly does the job. It is a hassle to program, but they all are. It trunks great as well as recieves ham fine, has good audio from the built in speaker.

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