Summary: I mainly purchased this scanner for the beartracker feature and I am blown away. I usually commute 400-500 miles per week and this thing has kept me ahead of "the man" on NUMEROUS occasion. The sound quality is very clear however I do recommend a external speaker because it is not very loud and a whip antenna because the small wire one that comes with it doesn't quite cut it. But overall this is one of the best scanners I have ever used.
Summary: I've had the BCT8 for just over a month now, so I think a fair amount of time has passed to comment. This scanner replaced a Bearcat 220XLT scanner that I had for over 15 years but got fried by a nearby lightning strike. I'm in the sticks, so I haven't had a need to use the available trunking features, as none of the agencies that I listen to use trunking, so I recommend you check out other reviews/comments if you want to know more about trunking.
Summary: From the time I removed this scanner from the box, to the time I listen to truncated frequencies, this scanner has performed flawlessly. Be certain to read the manual carefully so you will get the most out of your scanner. I also installed an exterior antenna which greatly increased reception. This Bearcat BCT8 comes with a lot of pre-programed frequencies - a ton of them. So you can listen to many different things before you even program it yourself.
Summary: It looks like the device may have been a returned item which I didn't realize when I bought it. The box had been taped shut. However, everything was there that needed to be and it works fine. Sound quality is good and it is exactly what I wanted. No complaints with it at all.
Summary: I got into scanners as a young man for entertainment. Later in life I used them to keep safe traveling the country as a long haul trucker. Uniden has always made the best scanner I thought. There are more expensive scanners out there, but for the money I believe a person would be hard pressed to find one better than this one. I don't like that they send "demo" software with it. And should have included the remote cable to hook to a computer, other than that, a great buy.
Summary: The Uniden BCT8 Trunking Scanner took away all the frustration I had attempting to setup two different Radio Shack scanners. First I purchased the new Pro-107 iScan trunking scanner and was not able to get it programmed to receive a simple EDACS SCAT system. I took it back to Radio Shack and exchanged it for the PRO-164 and still, it would not receive the EDACS SCAT system of my local police.
Summary: My area is still using analog, so this inexpensive scanner fit my needs. The Trunk Tracking feature ensures that I miss less of the transmissions. The user manual leaves much to be desired, so radioreference.com helped me program (and also provided my local frequencies) the BCT8 in under ten minutes. The BCT8 is solidly built and the audio is excellent.
Summary: Apparently Uniden thinks that the loud beartracker beep when powering the unit on is a needed feature? I really like the scanner but can not continue to live with this loud beep every time that I turn the unit on. I did contact Uniden, the beartracker beep can be muted once the unit is on by pushing and holding down the MUTE button for 2 seconds.