BC355N Uniden Police Scanner


The BC355N base/mobile analog police scanner radio is the least expensive base/mobile scanner offered by Uniden. While the BC355N scanner is limited in features, it is a good entry-level scanner to those who are new to police scanning.

I need an analog police scanner, why should I buy the BC355N?

The BC355N is a great little analog scanner that can be used in your home or vehicle. Compact and only 3 pounds, this scanner is very easy to use and operate.

Will the BC355N go on sale anytime soon?

We don't know. Uniden does not disclose when they will be dropping prices and even when prices do drop, it is usually only $5 to $10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted.

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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

No No No No No No


Yes Yes No No No No


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Frequency Range

25 MHz - 960 MHz 25 MHz - 1300 MHz 29 MHz - 512 MHz 25 MHz - 956 MHz 25 MHz - 512 MHz 29 MHz - 512 MHz

AM/FM Radio

No No No No Yes Yes


1000 1000 200 200 500 200


No No No No No No

GPS Capable

No No No No No No

Alpha Tags

No Yes No No No No


No No No No No No

Fire Tone-Out

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Location Based

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Close Call/Stalker

Yes Yes No No No No

Record & Playback

No No No No No No

PC Program

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mac Program

No No No No No No

Software Included

Yes Yes No No No No

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

SD Card

No No No No No No

Range (mi.)

30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi.
Battery Type AA Not Applicable AA AAA Not Applicable Not Applicable

Battery Life

6 hours Not Applicable 6 hours 6 hours Not Applicable Not Applicable
Size (inches) 9.5x8x9.25 11.5x12x17.5 1.6 x 2.4 x 5.7 9.2 x 2.7 x 8.3 8.9 x 3.5 x 8.7 6.9 x 8.2 x 2.4
Weight (oz.) 16.4 33.5 10 48 40 24


1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched 2024 2024 2019 2012 2011 2012
Key Feature DMR & NXDN DMR & NXDN Handheld Low Cost AM/FM Radio AM/FM Radio
  1. Antenna (Telescopic & AM Loop)
  2. Antenna (Telescoping & Window Mount)
  3. AC Adapter
  4. Vehicle Power Cable
  5. DC Power Cord (can hard wire into vehicle)
  6. Bracket for Vehicle Mounting (screws included)
  7. Owners Manual
  8. Does not come with software or frequencies pre-loaded.

Looking to deeeep dive?

We took the time to scour the internet for you.

  • Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BC355N where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BC355N owners.
  • Download free BC355N Software. While software is not included with this scanner, this is a free software program that you can download at no extra charge. Download this software for free, set up favorites lists, configure for your area & see if you're comfortable operating before you buy. If you buy, you'll have everything set up & ready to go.
  • BC355N Owner's Manual.

We do not offer professional programing on this police scanner model.

We DO offer programming on these models which we highly recommend buying over this model. 

Can I program this scanner myself?

We created programming videos to help you decided whether you can program on your own. If you going to program, we highly recommend watching videos and download the free software & programming BEFORE you buy. This will save you a lot of time and frustration. Maybe your programming needs are simple and this is not a big deal, maybe this is a huge program you can avoid.

How long does programming take?

It takes our scanner tech over an hour to program each scanner & this is ALL he does. For new & moderate scanner users we estimate 3-12 hours of programming. Setup time varies wildly based on scanner, area, scanner experience & general tech familiarity.

Programming is the #1 reason police scanners are returned and the root issue with 99.999% of any negative review you'll find.

While scanner programming is much easier than the days of crystal scanners, there is a learning curve like any other electronics purchase. While some scanner enthusiasts are highly technical and want to learn the ins and outs of programming, others want their scanner to just ‘work’ right out of the box.

Unless you’re familiar with scanners, scanner terminology, own a PC (Mac’s do not work), and want to learn the nuances of programming, we highly recommend buying a scanner that can be professionally programmed.

Scanner technology is fairly user-friendly, but scanners are not smartphones or iPads. If you're spending hundreds on a scanner, we recommend springing a few extra bucks so to get one that you're happy with long-term. 

Can't you teach me programming with your lifetime technical support?

No. Lifetime technical support is not unlimited technical support. We are always here to help and love to do so. We made how to videos and can help point you in the right direction, but we will not teach programming.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
James J.
Great Scanner

Scanner is complicated to use but it works as it should once you have a handle on it.

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