Summary: Works great. We use it at the airport to learn the airplane talk around the pattern. Like a lot of people have said, this thing works, and it's not hard to learn to use (if you read the manual), but products that get 5 stars are the ones that require *minimal* manual reference. This thing isn't very intuitive.
Summary: Owned this scanner for two years now and whether I'm reading the manual or just pushing buttons, I'm not understanding this machine. I have a masters degree in English, maybe the fact I'm so far from being an engineer has something to do with it. Then again, I've successfully changed a water pump on a van by reading the Haynes manual. Some people love the BC72XLT, others may be disappointed.
Summary: I've spent hours scanning various channels and attempting to program the unit and had very little success. Other than NOAA (the weather channel) and a few moments of aircraft and ham chatter I received very little else. I searched online (with the websites suggested) for local police, fire and other local channels and monitored those with no success whatsoever.
Summary: People must to know before buy: -Very dificult to learn programing and to use. Nothing intuitive. -Only Analog signals. Frequencys avaliable: 25 - 55 Mhz FM (empty) 108 - 136.9875 Mhz AM (air) (empty) 137 - 174 Mhz FM (empty) 406 - 512 Mhz FM Pros: - Distances received above 150Km in 150Mhz, above 20Km in 490Mhz (tested) - Close call. - Small, very portable. - Only 2 x AA bateries or AC adaptor included.
Summary: product is as advertised. seems to have a pretty good range for picking up transmissions. unit sounds clear and not much static. delivery was prompt. first time scanner owner and I had no problem programing in local channels.
Summary: This scanner was easy to program. If you want to listen to local fire and police it is fine. I would say if you want a small scanner that will run on batteries if you don't have power this is the one for you. Another good deal at Amazon.com. They always have the best prices and you order comes in a timely manner.