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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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 (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.

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 BC355N 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 BC355N 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.

Why should I buy programming?

Programming is the #1 concern of potential police scanner radio buyers. Each scanners' programming is unique & we added how-to's 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 decide on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner, but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming.

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