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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Scanners | Uniden BCT15X Help


Reviews Summary for Uniden BCT15X
Uniden BCT15X Reviews: 15 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $$319.00
Description: A mobile and base radio scanner with conventional and trunked radio systems monitoring support.
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.uniden.com/
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KC6RUO Rating: 2/5 Aug 30, 2010 14:34 Send this review to a friend
Good Grief!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
You will be suicidal before you can get the thing to trunk properly. Also, I like to have a manual in my hands to sit on the sofa with to read not a freaking PDF file.

And at just shy of $300 and no software? What’s that all about Uniden? I called Uniden for Technical support and they refer me to Butel. I could not get it to work and Butel refer me back to Uniden. NICE!
 
N5LXI Rating: 4/5 Jul 10, 2010 03:14 Send this review to a friend
Complex but good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It's a very capable and VERY COMPLEX receiver / scanner. There is NO printed manual and the HTML manual on the CD sucks! Download a PDF manual for the BCT15 (no X), the previous model. That manual is fairly accurate and much better.

It's also VERY annoying as it powers up and defaults to VERY LOUD alerts. You turn that off by pressing the POL and HP buttons. The reason the radio works well, is largely because of Free Scan software, http://scannow.org/. It's really, really good! You can "grab" and import from a spreadsheet, web site (no need to be a subscriber) and about any other source. The radio has very creative memory use and more memories than you will ever need. Way more.

The radio also comes with everything (except the bloody manual) - three power cables, a serial cable (DB-9), and brackets. It is made in China.

I'm lucky, as I don't really need trunking for what I listen too. However, the radio does that as well.

In summary, with free software and a PC to program the radio, it's pretty cool. However, software and PC are REQUIRED not optional!

joel / N5LXI in Dallas
 
WB3IGR Rating: 4/5 Jun 17, 2010 12:05 Send this review to a friend
Nice Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great little radio for the price I paid!
 
W7KEW Rating: 5/5 Oct 11, 2009 22:52 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This scanner radio is a great deal. One of the nice things about it is the ability to select scanning by State to monitor State & Local PD and State Dept of Trans frequencies. Another nice thing is the ability to turn on Control Channel trunking mode in Frequency Searches to monitor any 3600 analog Motorola trunked system while driving down the road. The program Freescan can be used to easily program this scanner and avoid the tedious task of programming by front panel keypad.
Reception on this radio is very good. I can hear weak signal stations a 100 miles away clearly and I'm at a limited Antenna QTH. The unit is built very well so if you are pulling it in and out of the car it can take the abuse. Another plus is the optional DIN E sleeve that you can use to have the radio installed in the dashboard of your car or truck. With 88-108 MHz FM coverage the scanner can act as a full replacement to your radio in dash radio.
The GPS programming is nice. While driving down the road the scanner automatically changes the systems scanned that you have programmed in the scanner. So if you commute from one city to next the scanner tunes to the frequencies in your area.
 
W0KIE Rating: 3/5 Oct 4, 2009 18:56 Send this review to a friend
Out of the box first day impression  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First day impression:

The good: The scanner is a lot smaller than expected and seems to play very well. Having state wide frequencys preinstalled is nice.

The bad: Out of the box the scanner has its alert tone turned on full blast as well as the bearcat alert turned on which interupts the audio every two seconds. The included CD manual is horrible. The speaker is downfiring so for desk mounting you have to intall the scanner on its mobile mount placed beneath the scanner.

This non-digital scanner, like most higher end scanners these days, requires a serious learning curve and some third party software and a radioreference.com subscription to get the most enjoyment out of it.
 
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