Summary: I replaced an old handheld with this model and am completely pleased. I purchased a serial USB cable for $[...] from CompUSA and ARC software for $[...] from [...] to enable me to utilize the desktop programming capabilities so for a little over $200 I have a great little system here.
Summary: The Uniden BC898T With ARC898 Software is the cats meow!! The problem here is the seller "bargain88" claimed it was a Refurbished unit! I deal in refurbished radios so I no what's what, i.e. you can't tell a refurbished radio from a new one! the only why you no it's refurbished is, it says so on the box, and on a sticker under the radio!! In this case, there was no BOX or 90 Unedin warranty, or a refub sticker under the radio!!
Summary: Not a bad scanner for the money. Easy to program. Still need lots to learn on how to use the trunking mode and other feactures. I highly recommend buying the frequency channells for your area. Radio Shack has stop selling the national frequency book but you can still find them on the net. Over all it's a good scanner.
Summary: Excellent scanner. The built-in speaker is rather good for a scanner. Very easy to program. Only drawback is no alphanumerics, so you can't program the "name" of the frequency. This is a good product at a fair price.
Summary: I should've paid closer attention to William "Macintosh Gamer's" negative comment about the BC898T's Line-Out feature, in that it clips off the first couple of seconds of each & every transmission that's received!! Also as he mentions, that "pop" becomes quite annoying. I purhcased this scanner solely for the purpose of providing an Internet feed from it. But I'm unable to use this scanner for this purpose now, so it's going back for an exchange. I read R.
Summary: As an Amateur Radio Operator, I own and have owned many scanners. This is one of my keepers. It outperforms almost all of my other radios. It does not have all the features of radios costing more, such as text tagging and digital capabilities, but what it can do, it does very well. At its current sub-$175 price, it's a bargain. This radio has been out for awhile now, and a firmware update has corrected the issues that the radio originally had with DCS/CTCSS decoding.