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Uniden Handheld TrunkTracker IV Digital Police Scanner (BCD396XT)

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  • Handheld scanner for monitoring police and fire signals, weather transmissions, ham radio bands, and more
  • Store 25,000 total conventional channels, trunked channels, and trunked system frequencies for quick recall
  • TrunkTracker IV Digital Scanning lets you monitor APCO 25, Motorola, EDACS, and LTR systems in addition to conventional channels
  • GPS Compatible so that the scanner can automatically select and scan nearby agencies
  • Close Call RF Capture detects and tunes to nearby transmissions with no programming needed
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Technical Details

Style: BCD396XT
  • Brand Name: Uniden
  • Model: BCD396XT
  • Form Factor: apple
  • Width: 8.00 inches
  • Height: 4.00 inches
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Product Details

Style Name: BCD396XT
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 1.2 x 5.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001W0Y44K
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  • Item model number: BCD396XT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (698 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2009

Product Description

Style: BCD396XT

Product Description

Monitor all of the major types of munications systems used by public safety local government and amateur radio operatorsSupport for P25 conventional channel that includes NAC and TGID user differentiation (P25 1-frequency trunk)EDACS support control data output - allows the analysis of control channel data without the need to perform invasive modifications to the scanner Close Call temporary store (last 10 hits) GPS support for location-based scanning location alert and crows-flight navigationFire tone out alert band scope multi-color display backlight multi-site support NAC decoding ability to flag a channel as digital analog or allTemporary lockout startup configuration system/channel tagging individual channel volume offset key safe mode and private systemBand Scope graphically finds radio activityContinuous band coverage 25MHz to 1.3GHz excluding UHF TV and cellularS.A.M.E. Weather Alert and public safety scanner


The Uniden BCD396XT adds a multicolor backlit display, a whopping 15,000 more channels of memory, and other features to its little brother, the BC346XT. Program up to 25,000 channels or 500 trunked systems in dynamic memory. GPS support gives you location-based scanning, location alerts, and crows-flight navigation with a compatible GPS unit. Fire Tone-Out Alerts you when fire pages are issued, and Band Scope gives you a graphic representation of signal activity. Close Call RF Capture tunes to nearby signals with no programming needed, and so much more. Plus, PC programming and control makes setting up the scanner easier than ever.

Uniden BCD396XT
A versatile handheld scanner with a wealth of advanced features.

Advanced Heandheld Scanning With TrunkTracker IV

TrunkTracker IV Technology

TrunkTracker IV with Control-Channel Only scanning and I-Call monitoring tracks voice traffic on P25, Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunked systems.

25,000 Channels With Close Call Technology

Create up to 9,000 total conventional channels, trunked channels, and trunked system frequencies for quick recall. The BCD396XT also boasts Close Call RF capture technology, which allows it to instantly tune to signals from nearby transmitters, so you can stay on top of what's going on in your vicinity.

Location-Based Scanning

Location-Based scanning automatically selects programmed systems based on your location when connected to a compatible GPS receiver.

Fire Tone-Out Search

The BCD396XT determines the tones received for easy tone-out programming.

Alpha Tagging

Alpha tagging lets you assign an alphanumeric name to each System, Site, Channel Group, Channel, Location, Custom search range, SAME group, and Tone-Out. You can use 16 characters per tag.

Band Scope

Get a graphic representation of signal activity, great for finding active channels.

Temporary Lockout

Automatically unlocks channels when you cycle power.

DCS/CTCSS Rapid Decode

The BCD396XT instantly detects and displays the subaudible tone so you can quickly determine system settings.

S.A.M.E. Weather Alert

S.A.M.E., aka Specific Area Message Encoding, weather alerts are supported. During a NOAA Weather or Emergency Alert, a code for your specific location will alert you to severe conditions in your immediate area.

Uniden BCD396XT
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PC Programming/Control

Use Uniden's software for conveniently setting up your scanner without having to do everything individually via the hardware interface.

Additional Features
  • Multi-Colored Display Backlight
  • Continuous Band Coverage
  • Audio AGC
  • Automatic Digital Threshold Adjustment
  • Temporary Lockout
  • Search with Scan
  • NAC Decoding
  • Public Safety Scanner
  • System / Channel Number Tagging
  • Compatible with BC-RH96 Remote Head
  • Individual Channel Volume Offset
  • Priority ID Scan on trunked systems

What's in the Box

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

Uniden Handheld Scanner Comparison

Compact Size
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
Pager Screen
Weather Band
GPS Enabled
Weather Alert
Triple Conversion
Priority Channels
Hyper Search (steps)
Hyper Scan
Alphanumeric Display
Band Scope
Analog Trunking
Backlit Display
Backlit Keys
PC Programming
PC Control

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to program and use.
Trent S.
After spending days trying to get this thing to work correctly we gave up in complete frustration and sent it back.
Angele Florisi
Reception is very nice, audio is crisp and loud.
We are of cake.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

300 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Expressed Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 2, 2013
Style Name: BC75XLT
I purchased this scanner to replace one that I had purchased at Radio Shack about 15 years ago. Comparing the two, is like comparing night and day. What I like the most about this scanner is its ease of use. It took me forever to figure out how to use all of the functions on my old scanner, while on this one I was up and running in just a few hours time. Also, the signal reception is superb, allowing me to easily scan not only police and fire departments, but also the National Weather Service, aircraft bands, ham radio bands, etc.

The scanner has a wonderful feature that allows you to hone in on local frequencies, thus taking the aggravation out of spending an endless amount of time trying to connect to transmitters that are nearby. Also, while I'll probably never use it to the fullest, the scanner comes with a built-in memory, capable of storing up to 300 programmed channels. Another very nice feature, and one that will get you up and running in no time, is the 6 pre-programmed service searches, covering the most listened to bands. You can use either two AA batteries, or rechargeable batteries of the same size. I would recommend using regular AA alkaline batteries, as I've been using the scanner for over two months and have yet to have to replace them.

The bottom line is that this is a well made, reasonably priced scanner that comes with a lot of useful features and is extremely easy to use. I give it 5 stars.
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185 of 197 people found the following review helpful By James Prine on February 13, 2010
Style Name: BCD396XT
I've owned scanners since the mid-'70s and this little beast is the finest one I've ever owned, hands down. It has more features than I'll ever use (or comprehend), but it's tidy, compact form factor, superlative audio, and superb built quality puts it in a class all its own.

If you decide to get one, please do yourself a huge favor and get a decent USB programming cable...yes, a serial cable comes packed with the rest of the goodies, but how many people have access to serial ports on their computers these days? Don't toss the serial cable, with the optional GPS rig and a null modem, you can enjoy GPS-enabled scanning wherever you go!

And there are several excellent programming programs available; I use Freescan which makes programming ridiculously easy, especially if you subscribe to a site like radioreference...programming digital modes is a cake walk.

Yes, I am delighted with my 396XT and have become a 'true believer' <g>.

Thanks for reading!

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187 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Devildogs on September 5, 2011
Style Name: BCD396XT Verified Purchase
Great Scanner you will need the following to program without frustration.

This is my first scanner and after 1 day I had all the counties in my state programmed. I went with police, sheriff, Fish and game, and state patrol only.

1. Order the car charger, also you will need a 9 pin male adapter with a usb port. The scanner comes with a 9 pin female adapter.

2. Order ARC-XT Basic Software. This is the software that makes programming much easier. It also has an online manual you can click for reference.

3. Equally important under the internet tab you will see the radioreference icon. Click that and order a 6 month subscription for roughly $9.00 create your user name and password and they also accept paypal. This internet site will work inconjunction with your ARC-XT software and allow you to click on your state or where ever your located and you simply scroll through the couinties, then click import, followed by copy to clip board, next you click the upper send icon which is a radio icon. This automatically sends all frequencies and names of the department to your scanner.

4. Lastly, and i blew this the first time dont forget to hit the save icon, and save as profile(i used my first name) this way all your county, state, federal, ect frequencies will be saved on the left side of your profile. At any time you can upload them all, or make changes to them. If you close the window after spending a good hour or two selecting all the frequencies from various counties they will not be saved. So dont make the mistake I did save save save your profile.

If you still have trouble look up scannermasters.com online, they have a live help chat, a remote access to your computer app, and if you prefer you can send your radio in and have them program it.
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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Dos box on October 26, 2012
Style Name: BCD396XT Verified Purchase
!!PROS/CONS/TIPS below review!!
I've had the Uniden BCD396XT for a month or so and am still discovering new features daily. If you're anything like me, I had no understanding about scanners when I purchased this except that I knew I wanted a scanner that could scan analog, digital, and trunking systems. When I first turned it on and began playing with it I was a little overwhelmed by its lack of good documentation. I halfway expected a $400+ device to just start picking up stuff in my town out of the box but it turned out I just didn't understand the basics of how scanners worked. Now that I've had some time to play with it, I'm quite satisfied with its feature set and capabilities.

Scans pretty much any non-encrypted source including CB/FM/AM/Trunking systems (digital and analog)
Portable (I can take it in my car, leave it on my desk, or carry it with me)
Advanced programming features (hook it up to your PC with FreeScan and program stuff quickly)
Battery life is good (I can leave it on for about 8 hours before the low battery warning comes on)
Comes with a set of rechargeable batteries (simply plug it in to charge them)

Average antenna (portable antennas like this don't pick up as much. However can be hooked up to a better one easily)
Steep learning curve (be ready to do some reading and keyboard smashing from getting frustrated)

Get a USB -> Serial adapter like the Trendnet RS-232 (This will make your life much more enjoyable when programming from the PC)
Download FreeScan by SixSpot Software (free free free is good!
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