A worthwhile investment for a totally awesome scanner.
14 December 2014
Summary: The Uniden BCD996XT is truly a remarkable scanner. As a 36 year paid veteran fireman now retired I still enjoy monitoring the various fire and emergency calls that are dispatched by our local area Fire Departments particularly the department for which I'm a retired member of. With it's many built-in features I find this to be an extremely versatile scanner to have, as far as service and reliability. I believe it to be probably the best scanner I've ever owned.
Summary: just got the scanner and two things are apparent, 1) the uniden "manual" is actually a web link via the included cd/dvd and it is convoluted to say the least (nothing is direct and succinct and programming via it is next to impossible) - i am using the FREE software called "freescan" and 2) the included serial (RS232) to scanner cord for programming the scanner can be used with computers that have only USB serial interfaces by using a serial (RS232 [male]) to USB (male)...
Summary: I am a Sheriff's Deputy and a Firefighter/EMT. We, like a lot of departments, have gone to Digital (P25). This scanner is AWESOME. Programming is SO SIMPLE. I simply connected to my PC (get the usb cable for UNDER $30 here on Amazon, do NOT pay $50-70), and programmed it using FreeScan. I was finished in less than 10 minutes. Such a shame to hear so many people on here complaining about how difficult this scanner is, and/or how it's not user friendly.
Awesome,impressive and FUN receiver- BUT- read this before you buy!
Danielle morgan, Amazon
20 May 2014
Summary: This is not a scanner you will have programmed with all you want right out of the box with your local information stored on it. It is not user friendly. It is a complicated scanner requiring complicated programming. There are some "pre-programmed" areas (Alaska, some other states) but like me it is likely your area is not already in there.
awesome scanner you wont find anything that compares
3 May 2014
Summary: I love this scanner it is excellent product ,had great reviews. the one thing I don't like is there is a lot of info on the the operation of this scanner that you simply don't get from the manual. there is no other digital scanner on the market today so uniden has the market cornered there is nothing else to compare this to.
Summary: I have owned this scanner for two weeks. I started planning everything prior to the scanner and Uniden USB-1 cable arriving. First interfacing software; Freescan is a great program but, living in the country, I have satellite internet. Freescan will not work with my satellite internet. I understand it is due to the long ping. Both ARC XT and Proscan work fine with it. They aren't free but a necessity. Uniden should've included free software AND a USB cable.
Great Scanner but I really should have listened to my fellow reviewers. Not for Noobs or the quickly bored.
chris from RI "Dad, husband, coach. Vince Fl..., Amazon
5 April 2014
Summary: That being said I think its the most reliable and cost effective unit available for digital scanning. none of the directions worked for "easy set up despite being in Rhode SIalnd which is one of the options...took me hours to get alaska off screen! Anyway...I got the software, the subscription but this was a but more than a noob like myself could handle with out to some real learning. But thats what life is about right?
Summary: I replaced my ancient BC-200XLT that finally died permanently on me with this thing. I never hooked it to my computer, nor did I even bother to look at the manual. Opened the box, Connected the Antenna and power, Got annoyed with the pre-programmed junk in it (I do not live in Alaska, Delaware, ETC, and even my own state was incorrectly programmed anyway), so I erased all the pre-set Systems, EVERYTHING from it by choosing each system, then DELETE System.