Uniden-Bearcat UBC785XLT

    Uniden-Bearcat UBC785XLT - front view
Type
Mobile Amateur HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver 
Frequency range RX
25-512 / 806-960 / 1240-1300 MHz 
TX
Frequency stability
Tuning steps
5 / 6.25 / 7.5 / 8.33 / 10 / 12.5 / 25 / 50 / 100 kHz 
Filters
Receiver
Modulations
AM / FM / N-FM / W-FM 
Sensitivity
FM: 0.4 µV (12 dB SINAD) 
Selectivity
Receiver system
? conversion superheterodyne 
IF-frequencies
Image rejection
Audio output
Transmitter
Modulations
RF-output
Connections
Antenna
BNC 
Impedance
50 Ω 
Electrical
Power requirements
13.8V DC 
Current drain RX
Max 700 mA 
TX
Physical
Dimensions (w×h×d)
177 × 69 × 168 mm (6.97 × 2.72 × 6.61 in)  
Weight
1.33 kg (2.9 lbs)  
Form factor
Mobile 
Manufactured
Between 2006 and 200x in China (designed in Japan) 
Other features
Memories
1000 channels in 10 banks @ 100 chn/sec 
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators 
Manufacturer
Uniden-Bearcat 
Model
UBC785XLT
Features
CTCSS & DCS. Alpha-tags RS-232C 
Manuals, Diagrams and Brochures
 
Uniden BC785 Programming Control Codes (v. 1.11)
 

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Reviews

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Reviewed by
elmer
Review date
Mar 1st 2009, 14:18
Purchased
Used in 2008
  200.00
Performance
4 of 5
Build quality
5 of 5
Features
5 of 5
User friendliness
3 of 5
Value for money
3 of 5

Super receiver!

The UBC785XLT is, in my opinion, a super receiver / scanner. Most functions are fairly easy to use, scanning is really fast (100 channels/sec), it has ample memory capacity and it even looks slick.
I've had a BC9000 before, which is a fine scanner also. But the 785 does everything just a little bit better.

So is nothing wrong then? Well, yes there is. What I miss in the 785 is an easy option to switch modulation (AM, FM, etc.) and tuning steps (5k, 10k, 12.5k, etc.) while listening/searching. The only way to switch both settings is by going into the programming menu and set the modulation for a (programmed) channel. I've found a remote control program for Windows, UnidenCommander ( http://dx.torensma.net ) which does allow the user to switch modulation and tuning steps with an easy click of a button. But if you always want to control your scanner via the PC is questionable.

Another thing I haven't been able to find out is how to enter a frequency directly via the keyboard. What I now do is set up a search range and let the scanner search over the frequency I'm interested in. But it would be nice to be able to just punch in the frequency directly.

I've rated ergonomics only 3/5 for these 2 reasons.

And the 785 is not cheap. But I guess quality doesn't come cheap anywhere.

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