BCD996P2 Uniden Police Scanner

  • Software & frequencies not included
  • For advanced users with custom programming needs
  • Lifetime tech support does NOT apply to this scanner due to complexity of use
  • Trade-in your old scanner

Not for tenderfoot scanner users. The BCD996P2 is the only digital base and mobile police scanner that comes without software and frequencies. While it’s a great scanner that has awesome features like GPS, we only recommend it for scanner pros. Think of yourself as David and this scanner Goliath, except in this version David doesn’t win. I mean, you could figure it out, but wouldn’t you rather spring the extra $50ish and get an easy-to-use scanner?

Are you a scanner pro who finds software and frequency lists unsophisticated? Then this is a very good scanner. You will be satisfied. With over 25,000 channels and dynamic memory, you’ll find a place in your amateur arsenal, and your heart, for the BCD996P2.

The reason this scanner costs less than similar models is because it does NOT include software or frequencies. We recommend the Whistler TRX-2 if you're looking for an easy to use, base/mobile scanner. We do not provide tech support on this scanner as it is difficult to operate and we do not recommend buying unless you are very familiar with scanners, scanner programming, and technology in general.

I need a base digital police scanner, why should I buy the BCD996P2?

This scanner is great for lifelong scanner users who are VERY familiar with amateur radios. Unless you consider yourself an expert, we do not recommend buying this scanner as it is not user friendly.

Will the BCD996P2 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.

What do buyers say?
  • Looks great installed in the dash of vehicles and comes with mounting gear.
  • No built in GPS (must buy GPS device).
  • FreeScan software only takes a few minutes to install.
  • You can add frequencies manually.
How is the BCD996P2 different than the BCD536HP?

The BCD996P2 is the lower cost alternative to the BCD536HP. The 2 biggest differences are:

  • BCD996P2 does not come pre-loaded with U.S. & Canada frequencies for quick programming.
  • BCD996P2 does not have the Siren App.
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. AC Adapter
  2. DC Adapter
  3. Three-wire Harness
  4. Quick Start Guide
  5. Mounting Bracket (fits most vehicles)
  6. Antenna
  7. Serial Programming Cable
  8. Owners 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, including the BCD996P2. We highly recommend this page to all BCD996P2 owners (and potential buyers) as it's loaded with how-to's, screenshots and more.
  • Download free BCD996P2 Software. While software is not included with this scanner, this is a free PC software that you can download. Download this software for no extra charge, set up favorite lists, configure for your area & see if you're comfortable operating before you buy. If you choose to buy, you'll already have everything set up & ready to go.
  • BCD996P2 Owner's Manual. This is the official BCD996P2 owner's manual, but we highly recommend Mark's Scanners BCD996P2 guide over this.
  • Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BCD996P2 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BCD996P2 owners. As this scanner is new, this may be the best place for answers.
  • There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the BCD996P2.
  • Uniden created a one page sell sheet for the BCD996P2 with specs & features.
  • BCD996P2 review on eHam.
  • Know of any reviews? Please tell us & we'll add them: zip@zipscanners.com

    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 BCD996P2 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 BCD996P2 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." 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.

    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" 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.

    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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