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Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner (Black)

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  • Handheld scanner for monitoring police and fire signals, weather transmissions, ham radio bands, and more
  • Comprehensive memory with 100 channels over 10 banks; Close Call RF technology identifies nearby signals
  • Easily locate specific calls with 6 preprogrammed service searches, including public safety, railroad, and marine
  • Compact design fits comfortably in hand; easy-to-read backlit display, lockable keypad for saving settings
  • Runs on 2 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries (these can be be recharged while in the scanner)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Uniden
  • Model: BC72XLT
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Width: 6.00 inches
  • Height: 3.00 inches
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Product Details

Product Manual [2.21mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 5 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002QIBNK
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: BC72XLT
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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Versatile, compact, and easy to use, the Uniden BC72XLT handheld scanner offers a simple way to monitor the "action" bands, including police and fire channels (including rescue and paramedics), NOAA weather transmissions, business and industrial radio broadcasts, utilities, marine and amateur (ham radio) bands, air bands, and more. In short, the scanner keeps interested parties in the information loop.

Uniden BC72XLT
A versatile, compact, and easy to use handheld scanner.
Uniden BC72XLT
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Versatile Handheld Scanning

Easily Monitor "Action" Bands
You can use the BC72XLT to monitor police and fire departments (including rescue and paramedics), NOAA weather transmissions, business/industrial radio, utilities, marine and amateur (ham radio) bands, and air band transmissions. Of course, scanning the 32,000 available frequencies can be time-consuming and frustrating, which is why Uniden added such functions as Close Call capture technology, which instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters to help you detect and identify local signals, and a comprehensive memory that holds up to 100 programmed channels (10 per bank).

Preset Service Banks With Channel Scan/Search

The scanner also offers six preset service banks, with preset frequencies for police, fire/emergency, aircraft, ham, marine, and weather, making it easy to locate specific types of calls. And should you want to regularly monitor a few specific channels, you can designate them as "priority" channels. The BC72XLT will then check those channels every two seconds while it scans each bank, so you never miss an important transmission. Other scanning functions include 10 programmable search ranges for finding unlisted frequencies in your area and a two-second scan delay that lets you hear any replies to the original transmission before moving on.

Avoid Interference

A scanner is fairly useless if you can't decipher the transmission, which is why the BC72XLT is outfitted with triple-conversion circuitry. The technology virtually eliminates any interference from IF images and clarifies the selected frequency, so you needn't strain to pick up certain words or phrases.

Don't Lose Your Settings

And thanks to the key lock, you won't accidentally change the programming while carrying the scanner in your pocket. Add in a memory backup that preserves stored frequencies even if the scanner loses power and an easy-to-read, backlit display and you're ready for virtually any scanning situation.

Additional Features

The scanner comes with a flexible antenna with a BNC connector, ensuring adequate reception in strong signal areas (a separately sold external antenna will further improve reception), along with an AC adapter. As an alternative, you can power the scanner using two AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries (the latter can even be recharged while in the scanner). The unit measures 2.75 by 4.5 by 1.25 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Scanner, AC Adapter, Flexible Antenna, Belt Clip, Frequency Guide, User's Manual


Uniden Handheld Scanner Comparison

Model
Compact Size
Battery
2xAA
2xAA
3xAA
3xAA
Channels
100
200
9000 Dynamic
25000 Dynamic
Pre-Programmed Service Banks
Police, Fire/EMS, Air, HAM, Marine, Weather
Police, Fire/EMS, Air, HAM, Marine, Weather
Public Safety, News, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB, FRS/GMRS, Racing, Special
Public Safety, News, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB, FRS/GMRS, Racing, Special, TV, FM
Close Call
NASCAR Model
--
--
Pager Screen
Weather Band
GPS Enabled
Weather Alert
--
--
SAME
SAME
Triple Conversion
CTCSS/DCS
--
--
Priority Channels
10
10
Unlimited
Unlimited
Hyper Search (steps)
180/Sec
180/Sec
300/Sec
300/Sec
Hyper Scan
--
--
100/Sec
100/Sec
Alphanumeric Display
--
--
Band Scope
--
--
Analog Trunking
--
--
Backlit Display
Backlit Keys
--
--
--
--
Trunking
--
--
Triple
APCO 25
PC Programming
--
PC Control
--
--

Product Description

Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner (Black)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use after you program it.
Michael
Great scanner, after I had it a while I liked it so much I bought another!!So worth the money!!
Anita Blalock
The instruction manual is not well written nor is it at all helpful.
Snuffy Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

181 of 194 people found the following review helpful By Louie N. on January 23, 2007
As they say, "a little bit of knowledge goes a long way..." If you live in or near a big city, this scanner will do absolutely no good because large metropolitan police forces use a trunk communication system due to the large number of units at work at one time. These systems aren't actually scrambled, but due to high volume of calls, it would be hard of a single scanner unit to keep track of them so while you might be able to hear one end of the converstaion, you won't necessarily be able to hear the other.

This unit is perfect for smaller cities which use frequencies betweem 153.0000 and 169.0000 for their police communications. The unit is also good for tracking airport traffic and, as you know by now, NASCAR events. The best thing to do when scanning for new frequencies is to have access to a code book for your area so you'll know what you're listening to at the time.

If you're technologically-challenged in any way, you're better off letting someone who knows what they're doing program the basic channels for you. I like the fact that's it's a lot smaller and not as heavy as its predecesors. It's a conspicuous as a mobile phone and a lot easier to carry on your belt without it getting in the way.
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152 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2007
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My #1 use for this scanner is for public safety scanning - I have family in law enforcement & we like to listen in.

I own a Uniden BC248CLT, & for years I owned a BC80XLT handheld. My BC80XLT was recently damaged & needed replaced. I ordered this BC72XLT, & am ready to return it also. It is not anywhere near the quality my prior Uniden handheld was. My 80 picked up as well or better than my 248 does here at home. This 72 picks up maybe 50% of the traffic of my others--whether in the house, outside, or even right in town. The buttons on this are awful, too. I have to go through multiple steps to do things that took only 1 button press on the 80. The reception, though, is my biggest concern AND complaint. I never had to purchase any extra antenna or such for my other Uniden handheld to get the better reception. Also, the volume, even at max output, is only "normal" listening level--so if I am in a noisy environment, I cannot turn it up to hear it better. My old BC80XLT had much better volume.

An additional warning - Uniden's Support has gone down the toilet. I thought Uniden was a company that would at least *acknowledge* my complaint, and maybe even have some suggestions of a better product - all I got was an auto reply that I should hear from Customer Service in 2-3 business days--and then I never heard a thing. I checked my support question on their site, and it was marked "closed." Good luck!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Corey Bellarosa on July 28, 2007
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This scanner is everything that I expected it to be. It's small and compact, it's easy to hear, it's easy to program, and it's very useful. The price was very reasonable and it was well worth the money. I don't go a day without listening to it and it goes everywhere with me. The only negative thing about it is the batteries don't last long and when I have it in the car, the signal isn't very strong. If you purchase it, make sure you use rechargeable batteries with it, or if you are home, just keep it plugged in using the adapter that comes with it. Other than that, I highly recommend this scanner to everyone.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By D. Urso on April 11, 2006
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This is a good scanner if you do not mind having the 800 mhz unavailable. Easy to use. Good price. Long wait time if you need to return this item to Amazon. BC92XLT from J&R Electronics has the 800 mhz for $30 more.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Metalmorphasis on March 16, 2005
This scanner is about as great as they come for its size!

Bearcat has a solid reputation and has been around a long while.

Its loaded with features crammed into a tiny box no bigger than your cell phone and fits well in your shirt pocket.

What I like about it is that it goes anywhere, uses only 2AA batteries, and works a good long time before the juice runs out.

It also comes with an AC adapter that seems to even help boost the signal somewhat.

The reception is very good with its slap on antenna, and 100 channels, 25mhz on up to 512UHF, is more than enough for those most popular and famous citizens band radio, police and emergency frequencies.

You better get one!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. Rice on July 1, 2008
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I researched this Uniden BC72XLT before I purchased it. I read all of the reviews. I was worried about buying it when I read some of them. I bought it anyway and am glad that I did. It is easy to program and compact in size. I have had no problem with it picking up stations, even 15 to 20 miles away. I use it for police, fire and railroad mostly and am very pleased with it. For the folks who complain that it will not pick up police and fire, it is probably because the signals in their area are trunked and you need a special scanner to listen to that.

I am disappointed with the fact that it eats batteries. I use the land charger at home and purchased a 12 volt charger when using it in the car. Radio Shack handled this scanner sold under their name for a few years. It sold for about $79.00 about the same as this one. Today their scanners sell for a lot more and have less features than this one. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a pocket scanner and don't want to invest a lot of money in one.
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