Summary: It took me a little while to setup this unit the way I wanted but it has many nice features. One great feature is subscribing to one of the web site's for scanner frequencies, install the software, plugged the scanner cable into the USB port and away you go. Search for any frequencies and program the scanner instantly. Nice.
Summary: While there is a learning curve to this scanner, once you get started, and it does require patience, this is the best of the best! While I was waiting for this radio to come out, I bought the 246T, similar to this one to learn the new programming procedure. I only put in the control channels of the trunking systems I usually monitor (I recognized the voices of those I heard).
Summary: I have had this unit for 2 years now and have been very satisfied with its performance. I have deducted one star because setup is a lot more complex than it should be. The unit is just plain user unfriendly. One has to read and reread the manual.
Summary: Whether you buy this as a toy or a tool, this is not a device that is going to spring out of its box ready to use. I consider myself fairly experienced in electronics and radio-related stuff and it took me several obsessive evenings of tinkering with the settings, reading and re-reading the manual, and searching through a half dozen online forums and reference sites dedicated to just this scanner model to get things set up properly.
Summary: My experience with this scanner was mostly negative. The handbook is like reading hyroglyphics. My scanner was defective with all the promised pre-programmed frequencies missing. No matter how closely I followed the manual, I could not get it programmed. The scanner itself is good style wise. Just know what you're doing and make sure your scanner is operating properly.
Summary: I have had this for ove one year now. and NO it is NOT my first scanner nor reciver for that manner.(Google, or Yahoo for Differences) I have Pretty much ALL of the BAy area in here: San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin Novato, ALameda City, Oakland Etc With about 40 percent of space left to experiment with It can be updated for the Rebanding IF that ever comes I could go on But I dont wan't to tire anyone As I could write the days away Uniden THANK YOU!!!
Comparison for BCD996tT Baseunit and this Portable Version
R. Zauner, Amazon
31 October 2006
Summary: I've seen and used both and I would recommend getting the BCD996T instead of the portable version unless you really need something to work in the event of a power outage or without power. I've had a portable BC245XLT in the past, and I find I'm either using it within a vehicle or at home where there is a constant power source available. Rarely is there a power outage, but when power is out is when you really need a portable!