BCD396XT Digital Scanner
Scanner Master Ultimate Review
Copyright 2009, Richard Carlson/Scanner Master Corporation
The Uniden Bearcat BCD396XT is the follow-up to Uniden's premier
handheld scanner, the BCD396D, which has been discontinued. The 'XT has
more memories (up to 25,000 channels!) and many new features while
retaining the 396D's small form factor and price. The BCD396XT directly
competes with the GRE PSR500 and Radio Shack Pro106.
The BCD396XT adds such new features as allowing up to 500 talkgroups
per trunked system (compared to 200 for the 396D), NAC decoding, Fire
Toneout Search and GPS Support. Some of these features have never been
available on any scanner before.
The BCD396XT uses Uniden's Dynamic Memory Architecture (DMA) instead of
fixed Banks and Channels. This method of programming was introduced a
few years back with the BC246T and is also used on such scanners as the
BCD396T and BCD996T. While it has a similar effect as the GRE "Memory
Object" system, the Uniden method is somewhat easier to fathom and
program for many people. DMA allows you to program as many Channels,
Systems and Groups as you can until the memory runs out instead of
locking you into a fixed amount of banks and channels.
The radio resembles the BCD396D but has a silver faceplate. Otherwise
the general layout is identical, with a single multi-function control
knob on the top, 16 button keypad on the front and 2 side buttons on
the left side. The right side has the same computer interface jack and
power jack, the earphone jack is on the top between the multi-function
knob and the antenna.
Also in the box is the BNC-SMA adaptor that was introduced with the
BC330 and 396 scanners, the same belt holder, antenna, serial
programming cable and wrist strap as the older radios. The owner's
manual for the radio is contained on a CD-ROM, in PDF format. There is
no printed manual.
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