BC125AT Uniden Police Scanner


The Uniden Bearcat BC125AT is Uniden's top-of-the-line handheld analog scanner. With 500 channels (10 banks & 50 channels per bank) the BC125AT provides 200 more channels of memory than the step down, the now phased out Uniden BC75XLT.

Lightweight, easy to use, compact & packed with features like alpha tagging, the BC125AT is a great scanner.

I need an analog police scanner, why should I buy the BC125AT?

The BC125AT is the top-of-the-line handheld analog scanner on the market and is perfect for NASCAR and racing. With 500 channels, this is recommended to those that will use multiple channels and aviation & rail fans.

Will the BC125AT 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.

Can I charge the batteries from the scanner when it is on?

No. You must power off the scanner to charge. We recommend an external battery charger and 2 sets of rechargeable AA batteries; all of which can be added on this page. This way you can always have a fresh set of batteries. The batteries we sell last about 8 hours on a single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.

What do buyers say?
Compare Analog Digital Police Scanners

Model Number

SR30C BC125AT WS1010 BC355N BC365CRS WS1025


Uniden Uniden Whistler Uniden Uniden Whistler


No No No No No No


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

No No No No No No


No No No No No No


No No No No No No

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 512 MHz 25 MHz - 512 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


500 500 200 200 500 200


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

No No No No No No

USA & Canada Database

No No No No No No

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 AA AA Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Battery Life

6 hours 6 hours 8 hours Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Size (inches) N/A 4.3 x 2.2 x 7.3 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.) 15 16 10 48 40 24


1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched 2019 2012 2014 2011 2012 2014
Key Feature Battery Save Alpha Tag Handheld Low Cost AM/FM Radio AM/FM Radio
  1. Antenna
  2. Wrist Strap
  3. Belt Clip
  4. Serial Programming Cable
  5. Owner's Manual

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 BC125AT where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BC125AT owners.
  • Download free BC125AT Software. While software is not included with this scanner, this is a free PC 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.
  • BC125AT Owner's Manual.
  • There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the BC125AT.
  • Radio Reference has a wiki page for each scanner including the BC125AT.
  • eHam has user reviews of the BC125AT.
  • Our YouTube page has several professional and user created reviews of the BC125AT.
  • Monitoring reviews has a videos and write up review of the BC125AT.
  • Train Aficionado (a rail fan publication) has a review.
  • Northeast Railfans (a rail fan blog) has a BC125AT review with a rail focus.

Deep dive on programming here.

We HIGHLY recommend letting our experts program your scanner.

Programming issues are, by FAR, the #1 reason for...

  1. Returns
  2. 99% of any negative comments about the BC125AT you'll read while researching
  3. 99% of any negative comments about us
  4. 90% + of all support questions
  5. Our receding hairlines

Basically, you're about to spend hundreds of dollars on a snappy new gadget, might as well spring a few extra bucks so it will actually work right out of the box.

What is included with the BC125AT programming?
  • Check & install any firmware updates (OS may have updates since production).
  • Sync & update frequencies to ensure accuracy.
  • Create favorites lists for as many States & Counties as ordered.
  • Set clock & date.
  • Program with 3rd party software.
  • Use national frequency database for frequencies.
What is "One Touch Programming"?

With "One Touch Programming" our technician will program your scanner for your area—all you need to do is simply power your scanner on. Choose as many Counties as you'd like and our scanner technician will create favorites lists for police, fire and EMS in that County using frequencies from a national frequency database.

When you choose a County, we also program the State that County is in. For example, if you choose Cook County, Illinois, we will program Illinois State police, fire & EMS in addition to Cook County police, fire & EMS. If your County is large and you want to listen to a specific City within that County, add this to the notes section. Please note that programming adds 2-3 days to shipping. 

Air, Rail & Race programming?

Each of these will count as "1 County." If you want to listen to Air and Rail you would buy "2 Counties" of programming and in the text area, type the name of the Airport and Rail you'd like to hear.

Programming Overview

Programming is the #1 concern of potential police scanner radio buyers. Each scanners' programming is unique & we added "how to" videos on each scanner product page showing how to program that particular scanner (see above for this model).

We recommend following the programming decision tree & watching programming videos to determine whether you should have your scanner professionally programmed. 95% of all scanner sales include programming either at purchase, or afterwards when users get frustrated. 

Self Programming

Can I program on my own?

We created a programming decision tree as well as programming videos (above) to help you decided on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner, but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming.

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