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Reviews Summary for Uniden BC785D
Uniden BC785D Reviews: 3 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $389
Description: The BC785D Digital Capable Scanner is APCO P-25 Capable with 1000 channels, 10 banks, 10 priority channels and continuous band coverage.
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W5GM Rating: 5/5 Oct 25, 2006 11:47 Send this review to a friend
Awesome!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I love this scanner so much I own two of them! The huge screen is visable at any angle. The massive buttons are great for those with bigger paws. I use trunkstar to program and it has been great!!
N6HBJ Rating: 4/5 Jul 18, 2004 02:39 Send this review to a friend
Overall good.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have found a solution for the already mentioned problem with the scanner being stuck on a trunked bank and not being able to get out of it as described by the prior review.

What I do is hit the service (SRVC) button and then I hit the SCAN button. The scanner will then scan like normal for a half a second. During that half second time you must quickly hit the bank that you want to enable/disable. Seems to work for me so far...
KC9FCZ Rating: 4/5 Mar 4, 2004 22:04 Send this review to a friend
Not bad... but not perfect.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The Uniden BC-785D works as described, and includes a very high sensitivity -- which can sometimes be a disadvantage. The trunking systems are followed well but a design of the scanning mode makes it dangerous to operate while driving at times, which I will explain shortly. As for HF, VHF, UHF and 800/900, this receiver does a really good job... even with a simple 1/4-wave VHF whip. However, it does not reject intermod very well. Many paging towers and other devices will significantly interfere with this receiver, even with attenuation activated on the disturbed frequencies (which does help, but not enough).

Computer programming and control via the built-in DB9 connector makes this unit a perfect inexpensive receiver for your ham shack. Uploading or downloading 1000 frequencies is a very slow process compared to my handheld 500 channel PRO-92 Radio Shack trunking scanner, but you can also choose to upload individual banks of 100 channels instead of the "all or nothing" upload procedure of the PRO-92.

Unfortunately, there is a very frustrating "issue" with the way you enable/disable active scanning banks and enable/disable active ID banks with trunking frequencies. The problem arises when you program a trunking system into one memory bank, for example: Bank 2. For this example, let's suggest that Bank 1 has common VHF/UHF public safety frequencies. If the trunking system is very active on Bank 2, the receiver will "get stuck" on all of the trunking activity and never release to re-scan Bank 1 until all trunking activity stops so it can move forward. Not just the single transmission on the trunked system that caused the scanner to stop, but it will re-scan the Bank 2 looking for new trunked system activity AGAIN before returning to Bank 1 (and it will continue to re-scan Bank 2 and thereby locking it on the trunked system until all trunked activity is silent to cause it to reach the end of Bank 2 and return to finally re-scan Bank 1). On most scanners, this wouldn't be a *huge* problem, as you would simply disable Bank 2 while all this activity is keeping you "stuck" there, but when the scanner is locked on activity from a trunking system you cannot enable/disable the Scan Bank but instead you enable/disable the Radio/Group ID List Banks (sharing the functionality of buttons 0-9) used by that trunk system for user identification. Therefore, pressing 2 in order to turn off Scan Bank 2 will instead only toggle the Radio/Group ID List Bank 2 and still keep you trapped in the trunked system! Very disappointing, I would expect more from this company but I might be willing to evaluate the BC796 if this problem has been resolved in that new model.

Overall this is an above-average scanning receiver, but I wouldn't recommend it if you want to monitor all activities of all Radio/Group IDs on more than one trunking system. It seems to be better designed for monitoring a *few* Radio/Group IDs on one or more trunked systems instead of attempting to listen to everything on a very busy network. For the price it is a reasonable investment, but obviously some poor interface design decisions were made.

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