Beartracker 885 Uniden Police Scanner

  • Only police scanner + CB radio in one
  • GPS included

Released in the summer of 2017, the Uniden BearTracker 885 is the only scanner that can both scan frequencies and transmit/receive via CB radio.

While the combo of the CB and scanner in one is great, this scanner is lacking in many areas. While this scanner CAN pick up digital frequencies, it CANNOT pick up DMR or ProVoice, which covers large portions of the US. While all US and Canadian frequencies are on the scanner and can be easily set up, it does not come with Sentinel software. Without Sentinel software you cannot program favorites lists on a computer (why we do not offer programming), everything must be done on the scanner itself. On the face you cannot see what frequency or Talk Group you are hearing, the BearTracker 885 only displays the word 'Police or Fire', which limits capabilities. The CB does not have SSB.

So while this is a nice combo at first glance, it's a stripped down version of a digital scanner and a limited CB radio. So overall, "meh", is a good way to sum this scanner up. We still sell this scanner but we want to make our customers aware of it's limitations as our goal it to make all customers happy with their purchase. The ideal buyer of this scanner/CB combo is tuckers/RVers/road trippers who want to be able to use CB a little bit and hear what is going on in their area. That is why the internal GPS is great. However, if you'll be using from one location only, this is not the product for you.

I need a digital scanner, why should I buy the BearTracker 885?

The CB and scanner combo is pretty slick. While the BearTracker 885 can pick up digital signals, it CANNOT pick up some forms of digital, including: DMR, ProVoice, and moto trunked systems.

What is BearTracker Warning System?

BearTracker Warning System gives you alerts whenever there is nearby public safety radio traffic. The BearTracker 885 does this by checking the low-power signal produced by the radio in the public safety vehicle, so if you get an alert, you'll know that there is activity within a couple miles of you. This feature is legal to use, even in commercial interstate commerce vehicles.

Will the 885 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 -$10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted.

Additional Memory?

You can add a larger memory (SD card) to increase favorites lists and recording space. Recording time by SD card size:

  • 2 GB = 6 hours
  • 4 GB = 12 hours
  • 8 GB = 24 hours
  • 16 GB = 50 hours
  • 32 GB = 100 hours
  • 64 GB = 200 hours
What do BearTracker 885 buyers say?
  • CB works great.
  • Scanner does not work great.
  • Can't be programmed externally.
How is the BearTracker 885 different than the other digital scanners?

The BIG thing about the BearTracker 885 is that it's the only CB and scanner in one.

Compare Base Digital Police Scanners

Model Number

BearTracker 885 HomePatrol-2 BCD536HP BCD996P2 SDS200 TRX-2


Uniden Uniden Uniden Uniden Uniden Whistler


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

No No Yes No With Paid Upgrade Yes


No No No No With Paid Upgrade Yes


No No With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade Yes

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Radio

No No No No No No


Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited 25,000 Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited


No No No No Yes No

GPS Capable

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Alpha Tags

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Fire Tone-Out

No No No Yes Yes No

Location Based

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Close Call/Stalker

No No Yes No Yes Yes

Record & Playback

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

PC Program

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mac Program

No No No No No No

Software Included

No Sentinel Sentinel No Sentinel EZ Scan

USA & Canada Database

Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Storage (GB)

4 GB 4 GB 8 GB Dynamic 8 GB 4 GB

SD Card

Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Range (mi.)

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

Battery Life

Not Applicable 8 hours Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Size (inches) TBD 6 x 3.25 x 1.25 7.25 x 2.25 x 6.5 5.75 x 10.75 x 3.75 7 x 5 x 3 1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.) TBD 32 96 96 96 33.5


1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched Summer 2017 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Spring 2015 Winter 2019 Summer 2016
Key Feature Scanner & CB Combo Color Touchscreen WiFi & Siren App Software Not Included Ethernet connectivity for remote streaming & control NXDN & Removable Face
  1. 4GB SD Card & SD Card Reader
  2. Microphone
  3. Mounting Bracket Kit
  4. DC Power Cord
  5. Window Mount Antenna
  6. GPS Receiver & RJ45 Cable
  7. Owner's Manual

Looking to deeeep dive?

We took the time to scour the internet for you.

  • Mark's Scanners is an excellent, very detailed website comprised of digital owner's guides for all police scanner radios. The Uniden BearTracker 885 has not been added yet, but should be in the near future. We highly recommend this page to all BearTracker 885 owners (and potential buyers). It's loaded with how-to's, screenshots, and more.
  • Download BearTracker 885 frequency update manager for free.
  • BearTracker 885 Owner's Manual. This is the official BearTracker 885 owner's manual from Uniden.
  • Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BearTracker 885 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by actual Uniden BearTracker 885 owners.
  • Our Uniden BearTracker 885 YouTube playlist contains several reviews of the BearTracker 885 from both professionals as well as users.

Deep dive on programming here.

We HIGHLY recommend letting our experts program your scanner.

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

  • Returns
  • 99% of any negative comments about the BearTracker 885 you'll read while researching
  • 99% of any negative comments about us
  • 90% + of all support questions
  • 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 "One Touch Start Up"?

Adding this with programming allows our technicians to make hardware, software & frequency updates prior to shipping your scanner. You can buy only the programming, which will give you everything needed to listen in your area, but 'one touch start up' ensures a smooth experience right from the start with zero technical know-how. "One Touch Start Up" is a popular gift item as this allows the scanner to simply "work" by powering on.

Air, Rail & Race programming?

Each of these will count as "1 County." So 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.

How long does this take?

Programming adds 1-2 additional business days to delivery.

What if this does not work?

We have a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your programming.

How are you so much cheaper than other scanner programming places?

We’re awesome.

Can you program X, Y, Z?

We can program anything that is in Radio Reference. If you have frequencies that are not in Radio Reference, as long as you can put them in a CSV file, we can program them. 

What if I need help?

We’re always here to help. 

Can I program this scanner myself?

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.

Can't I just punch in my zip code for programming?

When you type in your zip code, it scans EVERYTHING in your area, which is kinda like getting the phone book thrown at you. This is why over 95% of orders include programming & why we highly recommend it. Our professional programming filters the junk out so you don't have to listen to things such as the dog catcher, repo guy, power company & such.

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.

Why should I buy programming?

Programming is the #1 reason police scanners are returned. 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.

95% of all scanner sales include programming, so 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 having your scanner 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 it works right out of the box. 

Self Programming

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.

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