Uniden BC245XLT Handheld Scanner
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- 300 channels
- 12 bands, including aircraft and 800 MHz
- Cloning capability
- Computer interface
- Tracks Motorola and EDACS trunked-radio systems
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Portable smartscanner w/Trunk Tracker II, 300 channels, 12 bands incl. aircraft & 80 MHz. Preprogrammed search, 2 rechargable nicad batteries/charger, one touch weather
Uniden takes scanning to a new level with the hand-held Bearcat 245XLT. This powerful scanner is about the size of a cell phone and has a detachable antenna, making it great for travel and car use. Plus, the 245XLT can scan the standard 29 MHz to 956 MHz frequencies, now including Motorola and EDACS trunked system.
Uniden's integrated SmartScanner technology makes it easy to get the 245XLT up and running. SmartScanner automatically scans the nearest 300 frequencies within a given zip code. To set this up, you need to connect the scanner to your PC using the included adapter and connect to the SmartScan database. However, because you are connecting to a 1-900 number, there is a 99-cent-per-minute charge for this service--so be careful how much time you spend downloading frequencies.
You can also track multiple trunked and conventional channels at the same time, scan trunked frequencies, and apply a five-second trunk delay so you can hear both sides of the conversation when the trunked frequencies change. --L.E. Klein
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This radio scans fast (100 channels/second) and is very solid in terms of reception. You can purchase a cable and software to program the scanner from your computer (and therefore avoid having to punch in each frequency on the tiny keyboard).
You CAN monitor BOTH conventional and TRUNKED frequencies at the same time! This is a big plus with this scanner as some others (including the 895) claim to trunk but only allow you to monitor either conventional frequencies OR trunked -- but not both.
Some competitors to this radio:
Radio Shack Pro-94: Essentially the same radio in a different case.
Radio Shack Pro-92: Has 500 channels, slower scan speed (25 channel/second), the ability to simultaneously scan both conventional and trunk frequencies. Allows programming via computer. Allows storage of alphabetic descriptions of what has been programmed into each channel.
Uniden BC 780XLT: Not released as of 11-2000 (scheduled for 12/2000 or 1/2001). Supposed to be a 500 channel scanner with alpha tags and 100 channel/second scan speed. Will have all capabilities of the 245. May produce a new handheld based on its design.
Other new features include computer interface port, "Smart Scanner" programmability via telephone modem (a feature requiring a 900-number call at $0.99/min.), and cloning capability.
Otherwise, this radio is similar in operation and functionality to its predecessor, the BC-235XLT. It features 300 channels, 12 band coverage from 29-956 MHz (excluding cellular and 512-806MHz), Service Search, attenuator, automatic display lighting, and other unique features.
On the downside, the radio delays for 5 seconds between scanning trunk systems even if no signals are detected.
Overall, this is a great radio for the money. It is the best available technology for scanning enthusiasts who want to monitor the modern trunked radio systems in use by numerous public service agencies worldwide.