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Uniden BCD436HP HomePatrol Series Digital Handheld Scanner
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- Favorites List, System, Department/Site Quick Keys and temporary avoid
- Enhanced dynamic memory with narrowband reception and location-based scanning.Preemptive trunking priority and multi-site system support
- Unit must be turned off for the batteries to charge. Unit can be externally powered for operation (but won’t charge during operation).
- S.A.M.E weather alert with USA/Canada radio database and fire tone-out alert
- Close Call RF capture with 4GB of memory. Please refer User Manual before use.
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BCD436HP HomePatrol Series Scanner
The BCD436HP is the first scanner to incorporate the HomePatrol-1's ease of use in a traditional handheld scanner. Plus, Uniden's exclusive Close Call RF Capture feature, GPS Connectivity, Extra-Large Display, Radio System Analysis and Discover Modes put the most advanced scanner features ever right in the palm of your hand.
Follows communications on APCO 25 Phase 1, Phase 2, X2-TDMA, Motorola, EDACS and LTR trunked systems.
Close Call RF Capture Technology
Close Call automatically detects and tunes to nearby transmissions, even if the frequency isn't programmed into a channel.
S.A.M.E Weather Alert
Specific Area Message Encoding - During a NOAA Weather or Emergency Alert, a code for your specific location will alert you to severe conditions in your immediate area.
|Conventional||Analog Trunking||Digital Trunking||Databse (Digital)|
|Use For||Gifts, Amateur Radio, Rural Public Safety, Air Band, Auto Races, Military Air Shows, Marine, Railroad||Everything to the left, plus, Analog Public Safety, Technical user in areas w/o digital trunking systems||Everything to the left, plus, Analog Public Safety, Technical user in areas w/o digital trunking systems||Digital Public Safety Program by Zip Code|
- Size (LWH): 3.8 inches, 2.4 inches, 9.02 inches
- Weight: 1 pounds
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|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 3.8 x 9.02 in||5 x 1 x 3 in||2.68 x 9.25 x 8.26 in||1 x 10 x 2 in|
"The BCD436HP is the first scanner to incorporate the HomePatrol-1's ease of use in a traditional handheld scanner. Plus, Uniden's exclusive Close Call RF Capture feature, GPS Connectivity, Extra-Large Display, Radio System Analysis and Discover Modes put the most advanced scanner features ever right in the palm of your hand. The LCD backlit keypad elluminates the keys and screen helps you make favorite lists quick and easy to setup. The department/site Quick Keys makes for a quick call or tagging the system/channel number. There are five different frequencies that are covered with the BCD436HP (25-512 MHz, 758-824 MHz, 849-869 MHz, 894-960 MHz, 1240-1300 MHz). Other features: TrunkTracker V, APCO 25 phase I and phase II, X2-TDMA, CTCSS/DCS rapid decoding, P25 NAC decoding and simple-to-use Sentinel PC software to keep your scanner's database and firmware up to date. Receives conventional and the following types of trunked channels: •Motorola Type I •Motorola Type II •Motorola Type IIi Hybrid •Motorola Type II Smartnet •Motorola Type II Smartzone •Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink •Motorola Type II VOC •LTR Standard •Project 25 Standard •Motorola X2-TDMA •P25 Phase I and Phase II •EDACS Standard (Wide) •EDACS Narrowband (Narrow) •EDACS Networked (Wide/Narrow) •EDACS ESK On the following frequencies: (25-512 MHz) (758-960 MHz) (excluding cellular telephone bands) (1.24 – 1.3 GHz) "
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1. It is plug & play. Enter your zip code and it knows what frequencies to scan in your area. Game on!
2. If you travel, buy the Uniden-brand GPS unit available on Amazon (Uniden BC-GPSK Serial GPS Receiver for Scanner and Marine Products). The reason to buy the Uniden unit is A) As you travel, the GPS feeds your location into the scanner and the scanner updates the frequencies it is scanning to those near you and B) because it is also plug & play. Mine arrived with the necessary cords to plug directly into the scanner, and it worked from that moment. Perfect!
3. You can connect the scanner to your PC to update the firmware and the frequency database from Uniden. It is easy. No need to buy a third-party web database. Uniden regularly updates their database. I purchased my unit in 9/2014 and used it nine months before performing updates. It works fine out of the box.
4. The scanner has two batteries, a main battery for scanning and a secondary battery for the clock. Charge the main battery first, then turn on the scanner to charge the secondary battery. Oddly, the clock battery charges when the unit is on.
5. On trips, an external antenna will extend your range. I purchased a magnetic mount antenna on Amazon for about $30 (ASIN B004HM9RHE) and it works great. Almost a plug & play device, you do not need an SWR meter as it is pre-tuned. Plug & play caveat: You will need a BNC Female/SMA Male Adaptor (ASIN B00CLFFM4G) to plug the antenna into the scanner.
6. When using in a vehicle, know the law. In Michigan where I reside, you need permission from the state police to have a police scanner in your car. I have been told by the Ontario Provincial Police it is legal to have a scanner in a vehicle in Canada but have not been able to find the law on the books.
7. That's it. This scanner is as simple or complex as you wish it to be. For a busy dad, the simplicity is welcome and the Plug & Play No Fuss Ready-to-Use attributes actually let me enjoy the thing without brushing off my kids to learn how to make it work. It reminds me of the original Apple MacIntosh computer: A product so smart you can turn it on and use it without devoting hours of study to get it to function :-)
About a month ago the audio started to cut out. I could see on the screen it was receiving something. I tapped the case and sound was back. I had to do this several times. Tonight it just quit. Nothing I could do would make it work. The headphone jack still works though. Doing a search it doesn't seem like an isolated problem. Others have had the same issue. I'm taking off a star for quality.
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This scanner (BCD436HP) can be as easy or as complicated as you want. Turn it on, enter date/time and your zip code and you’re scanning an area within a 20-mile radius. I mainly listen to our police and fire department. I have found with zip code scanning you miss a lot of traffic. Depending on where you live there could be a lot of frequencies. I’ve heard complete conversations on my other scanner (set for only two frequencies) that were missed on the BCD436HP because of the amount of time to scan through all the frequencies within 20 miles. You can also adjust this range. I would also like more volume. Turned up it's hard to hear with windows cracked while driving. On the right side there is a rubber flap that covers the USB and GPS ports. After several uses the flap doesn't stay as well as it did.
The Sentinel software (latest version and USB drivers [...]) is used to really customize the scanner. The setup files for Sentinel are loaded on the scanner’s SD card. So, don’t be alarmed when you cannot find the CD. When you plug the scanner into a USB port on your PC the scanner will ask if it’s a mass media device or serial. Select mass media and you can view the files on the SD card through a drive letter just like with a camera card reader. It’s pretty much a guarantee the software version and database will be outdated. After you install Sentinel you can update the firmware and frequency database on your scanner. Unfortunately, every scanner software that I’ve used has had an awkward outdated feel. To me Sentinel isn’t much better. It’s not intuitive or easy to understand. Just make sure your scanner and Sentinel are synced. Otherwise, when you write programming information to the scanner you can overwrite something you did manually on the scanner. I recommend you search YouTube for videos on how to use it.
The BCD436HP comes with three (3) AA rechargeable batteries that are charged using the USB mini cable. You can plug it into a PC or cell phone wall/car charger that outputs 5 volts (pretty much all of the newer ones). It doesn’t have an intelligent charger built-in. By factory, it’s set to charge for 14 hours and stop. You can adjust this setting. I plugged mine in overnight when I received the scanner and it was pretty warm in the morning. If you plan to run on batteries, I would get an external charger that doesn’t require you to charge in pairs and some extra batteries. The scanner also has to be turned off before the batteries will charge. While the scanner is plugged in and on it doesn’t use the batteries. It runs off the power from USB. This is nice if you want to run for very long times for logging or discovery sessions or long trips.
This scanner can use Uniden’s BC-GPSK GPS receiver for location based scanning as Uniden recommends. Just know this will NOT WORK out of the box. You will need a 9-pin male-to-male gender changer to connect the two cables. At least mine did.
The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you’re buying a very sophisticated scanner. You will hate this thing if you don’t understand that. I’ve read over many of the reviews and most of the one stars are people who expected to turn it on and listen to whatever they expected. That will not happen. Even with zip code programming you’ll need to adjust to your liking. Also, this site ([...]) has the best free manual you can get. It gives you step-by-step instructions and explains things the included manual doesn’t. They also have a link to a paid printed version.
Hope this has helped.