Uniden-Bearcat UBC785XLT Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
25-512 / 806-960 / 1240-1300 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
5 / 6.25 / 7.5 / 8.33 / 10 / 12.5 / 25 / 50 / 100 kHz
Filters
-

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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 bank(s) @ 100 channels/second
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
CTCSS & DCS. Alpha-tags RS-232C
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Uniden BC785 Programming Control Codes (v. 1.11)

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Reviews

Super receiver!

Uniden-Bearcat UBC785XLT, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / 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.

Written by elmer on Mar 1, 2009

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2008
EUR 200.00

Prices

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Price Condition Year User
EUR 200.00 Good / Used 2008 elmer
USD 199.00 Mint / New 2008 policescanner
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