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Uniden BC125AT Scanner

› Our best selling & recommended handheld analog scanner

› 500 channels, lightweight & easy to use

› Ideal for areas with only analog frequencies

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The Uniden Bearcat BC125AT is Uniden's top-of-the-line handheld analog scanner. With 500 channels (10 banks & 50 channels per bank) the BC125 provides 200 more channels of memory than the step down, Uniden's BC75XLT. Lightweight, easy to use, compact & packed with features like alpha tagging, the BC125AT is a great scanner.

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Specifics & Compare

Analog Police Scanner Radio Comparison

Model Number




Scanner Type


Monitor Digital Phase 2


Monitor Digital Phase 1


Monitor Trunking


Monitor Analog


Monitor Weather & NOAA


Monitor P25, TDMA, APCO-25, EDACS, LTR, Analog Motorola, Digital Motorola


ProVoice EDACS


Frequency Range

25 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 956 MHz29 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 512 MHz25 MHz - 512 MHz29 MHz - 512 MHz

AM/FM Reception


Number of Channels


GPS Capable


Alpha Tag


NAC Decoding


Fire Tone-Out


Location Based Scanning


Close Call/Stalker


Record & Playback


Lit Keypad


Color Touchscreen


Headset & External Speaker Compatible


PC Programmable


Mac Programmable


Easy Programming


Software Included

Not IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedNot Included

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable

SD Card


Range (mi.)*


Battery Type

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot ApplicableAAAAAA

Battery Life**

Not ApplicableNot ApplicableNot Applicable6 hours6 hours8 hours
Size (inches)8.9 x 3.5 x 8.79.2 x 2.7 x 8.36.9 x 8.2 x 2.41 x 5 x 34.3 x 2.2 x 7.31.6 x 2.4 x 5.7
Weight (oz.)40482414.51610


1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
Key FeatureAM/FM RadioLow CostAM/FM RadioLow CostAlpha TagHandheld


› Antenna

› Wrist Strap

› Belt Clip

› Batteries

› Serial Programming Cable

› Owners Manual


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. Also, we have a best price guarantee.


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 up batteries. The batteries we sell last about 8 hours on a single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.


Buyers Say

› AC adapter is not included

› Batteries are not included
› You can add frequencies manually.

› Does not come with software or frequencies pre-loaded.


› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BC75XLT 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 free software that you can use. Download this software for free, set up favorite 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 Aficiaonado (a rail fan publication) has a BC125AT review.

› Northeast Railfans (a rail fan blog) has a BC125AT review with a rail focus.


Programming Includes

› 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.


Programming Details

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. Note programming adds 2 to 3 days to shipping. 



Programming Overview

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 decision tree graphic below & watching programming videos to determine whether you should have your scanner professionally programmed. 95% of all scanner sales include programming either at purchase or after, 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.


Programming Questions?


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Customer Reviews (17)

great for the priceReview by sunnyasia
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Don't listen to people saying "You can't actually control the scanning itself from the computer", actually you can control it from the computer, thru USB connection with free software SCAN125, including recording. (Posted on 8/16/2017)
Quality purchaseReview by Dexter
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I am glad I bought from zipscanners as they seem very personable. Luke filled my order over the phone and walked me through the process of buying a scanner. I decided to program myself because there is no SD card slot and I didn'y need someone going into my computer to do it for me. Ended up not being that hard to program, you could figure it out with some effort. (Posted on 8/2/2016)
Great little portable scanner!Review by Jason
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Bought the BC125AT as I wanted a new flexible solution for General monitoring.
(HAM / GMRS / Civil Emergencies)
I was looking for a solution that was Portable, compact and had flexible power options.

The BC125AT looked like a good option from what I had read in other reviews.
I was very please with the unit. It's pretty straight forward to work with.
Operation and programming is fairly easy (simple initial learning curve)
After getting used to my first one I bought a second without hesitation.
(Frankly I think every preparedness kit should have one in it)

- Includes USB charging/Power cable
- Includes pair of AA NiMh batteries
- User friendly
- Can be programmed by PC w/free BC software (download)
- BNC antenna connection

- Not weather resistant
- Not highly rugged (don't drop it)
- Run time could be better (about 8/9 hrs on a fresh pair)

Would I recommend it to friends?
YES!, definitely. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great Beginner UnitReview by Randy
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This is my first venture into scanning, so I didn't want to spend to much out of the chute. After reading many reviews here this seemed a safe bet. This is a durable unit with a clear readable screen and wait for it...........fairly darn easy to use. Well, my experience with it was fairly easy. Don't think for a minute if you have never used a scanner you are going to popped the batteries in and turn it on an be amazed, there is some leg work up front. Other reviews here warned me the manual would be useless, can't confirm this as I never bothered to open the manual. Went right to the Uniden website for the programming software and the usb driver. Here is where things got a little rough, the programming software was a breeze to install, when I plugged my scanner into the usb port I never got a driver prompt screen. Soooooo, some google searches and youtube searches and I managed to directly drop the driver ini file in the right spot. Still could not connect the programming software to the unit, another search and I found under the tools menu in the software a button for device manager and made the connection. A little convoluted, but not overly bad if you are a tad computer savvy. Found all my local frequencies on the radioreference site, started filling int he columns on the software and sent them to the scanner. Hit the scan button and I was off to the races. Volume is ample, locking out is quick and easy if needed. If you want to manually program this unit without the software, plenty of helpful people on youtube have posted some great tutorials. This has been a very positive first experience with a very nice unit, I would recommend to anyone interested in dabbling.
(Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great on aircraft frequenciesReview by Customer
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An excellent scanner, especially on aircraft frequencies but if you expect to listen to trunked systems or P25 systems, you're out of luck. Check carefully for the systems in your area or you'll hear a lot of silence. Is much better on aircraft than my BC436HP regardless of antenna used even though the 436 covers the same aircraft frequencies. Get the Diamond RH77CA antenna for this one.
(Posted on 9/2/2015)
This is without a doubt the best analog scanner availableReview by Brennen
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This is without a doubt the best analog scanner available. If you don't need digital or trunking, then this is the scanner for you. On the description page, Amazon states that there is a newer model of this scanner - the BC75XLT - DON'T BUY IT. For only a few extra dollars you get much, much more with the BC125AT. I know this because I bought the BC75XLT first, and it is a good scanner with great reception but it has none of the extra features that you get with the BC125AT. Just being able to put up to a 16 digit name tag on each channel is worth the few dollars more. Another great feature is being able to have the backlight come on when you receive traffic, so you can easily see what channel you are listening to. Also if you need them, you get an extra 200 channels with the BC125AT model. There are a lot more extra features with the BC125AT that make the few extra dollars well worth it. Also DO NOT pay any attention to the reviews that say this scanner is difficult to program. These people probably have trouble changing a light bulb. This scanner is so easy to program manually that there is no need to use a computer. While the original antenna does a pretty good job, if you are looking for a nice upgrade, try a Diamond RH77CA. It is flexible and 15" in length and does help quite a bit.
(Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great Scanner for NascarReview by Matt
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Works great. Bought this to use at the Daytona for the Nascar race. Worked perfect, easy to use!
I had 4 headphones hooked up to this for the four of us. The 2 AA Batteries lasted through 3 complete race days and then some before they had to be replaced. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Excellent Scanner !!!!!!!!Review by Jeff
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I was reading the reviews on this scanner and I was skeptical at first. I decided to take a chance and purchased the scanner. When I first opened the manual and started reading it, I thought, no way am I going to be able to figure this out. I decided to do a little research and found this site, "". This video makes it a snap to learn the programming procedure. Once I figured out what I had to do, I went to "" to download the software program for this scanner. I then went to, to look up all the frequencies in my area. This site is great for finding the frequencies anywhere you want to go. I found it to be easier to just type all of the frequencies in the software program, that way, if you make a mistake, it takes a second to correct it. Once the frequencies were all type in, I connected the scanner to my laptop, selected write to scanner and all the frequencies were programmed into the scanner. I run it from morning until night and I am able to listen to every emergency in the area. Another feature that I find extremely useful is the weather scan. We have been getting some bad storms in our area, so I use the weather scan and pick up all weather alerts in our area.
One thing I would recommend is purchasing the car charger and the AC 110v home charger. The batteries don't last very long. I bought it with the car charger and then I ordered the AC adapter 4 days ago. I read the reviews on the AC charger offered with this item and I decided to go with a different brand and I'm glad I did. The USB cable fits tight into the plug and doesn't fall out and it works great. There are 2 slots on the plug and it's not made like the cheap cell phone chargers. I went with the following adapter "UpBright® NEW Dual USB Port AC Adapter Wall Charger For THE UNIDEN BC125AT, BC75XLT,GRE PSR-700 AND PSR-800, RADIO SHACK PRO-107 RADIO SCANNERS Power".
I would recommend this scanner for anyone from experienced users to beginners like me. At first, it was intimidating, but a little research made it simple. I couldn't be happier. I can now keep up with any problems in my area. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Awesome RadioReview by Carson
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This is a great low cost scanner for analog listening only. Works great on VHF-High and Airband. I highly recommend this scanner. You can't buy a better scanner (new) for this price that offers these features. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
great scannerReview by Charley
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You need to read the directions a few times to figure it out, but once u program about one or two frequencies and its tag name, it is endless. Great scanner for the prices. It picks up all local agencies. Can't wait to use it at the next race! All my drivers have been programmed.
(Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great radio for the priceReview by Marcus
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This a great basic radio for the price. For a little over 100 dollars you get all the bells and whistles of a more sophisticated model. I'll call this a basic radio because it's not digital, non-trunking and goes up only to 512MHz. But it's all I needed for now, and it does the job I want.
I work at my local airport so I use it to listen to VHF-Air and the UHF airline terminal operations channels just to keep up on what's happening. I listen at home and at work.
The feature I most like is being able to name your frequencies with alpha tagging. No more guessing.
Another good feature is being able to charge and/or use your radio through the supplied USB cable. Dead rechargeable batteries aren't a reason anymore not to listen, at least when you're near a computer.
So yes, I recommend this radio to anyone who likes to listen to VHF air, VHF Lo-Hi and UHF up to 512MHz. There's a lot of non digital frequencies out there to be heard.
Don't let some of the low ratings here deceive you, they're all because some people had some trouble programming the radio.
I'll admit it's not the easiest thing in the world (even for a scanner buff like me) but read the manual, keep calm and within the first hour out of the box with some dedication, you should be able to start listening and even program your favorite frequencies. Don't let the "All channels locked" warning scare you. It just means you haven't programmed anything yet. Use the Search button to start listening right out of the box. It took me about 30 min to an hour to get acquainted with how this radio works. After a week I mastered it. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great for what's its designed for, but DOES NOT SUPPORT TRUNKING (800mHz range)Review by Sam
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I briefly received this product before promptly returning it. It is hard to tell in the description, but this product DOES NOT support trunking or the 800mHz range of frequencies. In rural areas where each channel has its own frequency, this isn't a problem. However I live in the city of Seattle where all of the public safety (Police, Fire, etc.) services use trunking on the 868.175mHz band. Therefore this product didn't work for me and I had to return it.

In the brief time I had using this product, I had a great experience. The scanner is well-built and feels solid in my hand. The controls are easy to learn and I was able to quickly lock-onto police and fire radio channels in rural counties that use dedicated frequencies. I didn't program any channels into the scanner, but I did install and take a glance at the (WINDOWS-ONLY) programming software that was online from Uniden for the scanner. The unit even comes with RECHARGEABLE NiMH AA batteries, a USB charging/programming cable and a wrist strap, and the scanner has a sturdy belt clip on it to boot.

The product arrived very quickly. However, the only complaint that I have is with the shipper (Abetterwaytobuy) because the product box was severely damaged in one corner. The product itself was delivered in excellent condition, though.

The takeaway: If you don't care about being able to scan trunked (800mHz range) channels, this is the scanner for you! It's high quality across the board. If you need to scan trunked channels, though (check for your local area), you'll need to get a scanner with trunking capabilit (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Great RadioReview by Mary
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I got a BC72XLT a couple years ago, and never regretted that purchase. I saw the features of this radio and decided it was worth the upgrade. I think it's definitely worth it for someone looking for a few more features.

Alpha Tags - so you know what you're listening to, you don't have to memorize what frequencies are
USB programming - MUCH easier to program new frequencies. You can also back up everything to a file, so you can change the entire setup of the banks really quickly. Nice if you go on vacation, because you can enter all the new frequencies on the computer, back up the old setup and apply the new setup. When you get back, it takes less than a minute to put the old setup back on.
USB charging - you don't need a special AC charger for the radio, it can charge from a computer or USB charger. If you plan on using it at home or in one place a lot, I would definitely suggest getting a USB charger (maybe with a mini USB plug already on it). This helps to get it away from the computer, which can cause interference. It comes with 2 rechargeable AA batteries, which seem to last maybe 8 hours on a charge. Backlight and frequent transmissions could reduce this, but I have been very happy with battery life.
Military Frequencies - one of the main things that convinced me to get this radio. I have to admit I haven't heard anything except the UHF from airport towers, but I will be around more UHF traffic soon and I expect to get a lot more from this.
Better Programming - you can set delay specifically to each channel. You can also set a temporary lockout, which only locks a channel out until you turn off the radio. Useful for localized interference.
Backlight Options - you can set the backlight to come on only with squelch, so it is off until it picks up a signal.
DND Mode - this stands for "do not disturb." This means that the "close call" or priority modes will only do their checks when scanning. Once it picks up a channel, it will not interrupt the channel to do those checks. This is really nice, because even the short pauses to do those checks can make you miss key information in a transmission.
Close Call memory - you can store the frequencies found in close call mode to a small bank for later review or scanning.
Large banks - 50 channels in each bank. Sometimes I have to combine smaller categories into one bank, but overall it is good to have plenty of space in a bank. Also good to have more frequencies overall.
Dedicated Weather Function - Fn-3 accesses weather radio modes, nice to have when there is bad weather. There is also a weather function to scan weather radio in the background for alerts.
Easier service search - When in service search mode, each service is treated like a bank and can be turned on or off. This is much more intuitive and lets you only choose the ones you are interested in. These are: Police, Fire/Emergency, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Civil Air, Military Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS (handheld civil radios), and Racing. You can also set custom ranges.

There are other features, but these are the ones I found most useful. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
My first scannerReview by Ben
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Well so far so good! this is my first scanner and i think it's going well. I read the instructions jumped on radio reference and loaded it up. It seems to work great and i'm having alot of fun being nosy. Very easy to program and the scanner is picking up towns that are about 17 miles away. thanks!
(Posted on 9/2/2015)
An astounding valueReview by Jack
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I have been using scanner-type radios for more than 40 years -- I am a newspaper editor whose job requires them. I have also been a ham radio operator since 1958.
While I own even a Uniden Homepatrol -- arguably the top of the line, I consider the BC125AT to be the most remarkable value of any radio of this type I have ever seen. The quality of this unit, its performance, the ability to configure it many ways, the scores of features, and the FREE programming software make this an excellent value.
* Low price: You get an awful lot for $119 (or whatever the current price is).
* Free programming software: It's no-frills, but it does everything I want, include setting tone codes and text tags, without all the fuss of using the keypad and "scroll control." Setting up the drivers confused me a bit, but Uniden's help service responded within two days with very detailed instructions -- that worked. Virtually every other scanner that's programmable requires one to purchase software to program it. This feature alone is a substantial value.
* The volume: Many lower-end scanners do not push out much sound. This one is as loud as I would ever need, even in noisy circumstances, such as a fire scene or parade.
* Ability to find channels: This unit has several ways of finding active frequencies in your community, including "Close Call" detection for finding nearby activity and scanning predetermined regions of the spectrum (Marine, Air, railroad, ham, etc.) to find more distance channels by checking thousands of channels that have been preprogrammed in.
* CTCSS and DCS squelch: Most people may not care about this, but if you have a distant police department using the same frequency as the local police department, and you're using an external antenna, programming in the squelch code will prevent you from hearing the interference from the distant department. You hear only station you have provided a code for on that frequency (codes can be gotten from or you can scan for them using the radio).
* Adjustability: The unit is very configurable, right down to the contrast on the screen. You will need to study the manual, but you will be rewarded doing so.
* Manual: It's extensive, it's clear, and it's pocket size. Best of it, it exists! So many things today come without manuals -- you have to download information or read it on a screen. This has a REAL manual, and it is really useful. And it's not written in broken English!
* The build: It's sturdy, well-designed. It would be nice if it could be a bit smaller, like some newer transceivers, but it's certainly not chunky like Radio Shack and Uniden scanners of the recent past.
* USB rechargeable: The unit uses standard AA nicads (included) that can be charged in the radio with a USB cable (included). Not included is a five-volt USB power supply "brick." However, everyone has those already; they come with cell phones and other gear. Just plug the charger cable into one of these transformer blocks -- or into your computer. Smart move by Uniden because you don't have to pay the added cost of transformer you already have. The unit can also use standard alkaline AAs -- making it very flexible.
* Frequency range: It's got just about every frequency range you would want, including CB.
* One rotary control: One knob, called a scroll control, is used to change channels and to program, adjust volume and adjust squelch. The priority use is channel changing (and other functions requiring scrolling). To me it should be volume first. In the many situations in which I use a scanner, I am always turning up or down the volume. I need quick access; with this unit, you have to push and hold down while turning to adjust volume. One learns to do that, but it's still cumbersome. I believe that volume adjustment is the most frequently used purpose of a rheostat-type control. Even better would be TWO rotary controls, one for volume/squelch and one for channel changing, etc. There is room on the top for a second control.
* No digital: Well, for $119, I guess you can't expect digital coverage. (Fortunately for me, most of my local services are still analog.) But it still irks me that when you can walk into a supermarket and buy a throw-away cell phone for $10, you have to pay nearly $500 for a digital portable scanner. That $10 phone is a digital two-way radio transceiver. It's not only a scanner receiver, it's a multichannel transmitter, too! It's time for technology and price to catch up with radio scanners. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
great analog scannerReview by Mike
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I have a GRE PSR-310 scanner that I like, a lot. However this Bearcat came with a programming cable and free programming software is available from Uniden, Sure it's missing the 800MHZ band, trunking and stores fewer channels, but for the price this thing can't be beat, sensitivity is on par with the GRE and volume and sound quality is ALMOST as good, however this Uniden is less than half the size, and much, much lighter, yet feels a tad more solid than the GRE.

I know I'm comparing apples and oranges here, but again, for the price, you'll be hard pressed to find a better scanner. I slightly prefer GRE's "Object Oriented Scanning" due to the flexibility it affords frequency setups, but I'll find myself using this Uniden a lot more because of the form factor and the included programming software/cable.

Now I have to go spend another $60 on a cable and software on the GRE so I can program the thing via my PC.

Uniden, you have spoiled me. (Posted on 9/2/2015)
Best scanner for the price, hands downReview by Gary
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I'm a little stunned by the bad reviews. I couldn't disagree more. This is a great scanner. For the roughly 100 bucks, you really get a lot.

It's handheld, which means it travels nicely. It's great for road trips and can keep you in the loop on weather, accidents, and umm, "other" police activities. It scans CB, FRS/GMRS/MURS and HAM bands which covers pretty much all of the individual use bands. The first two (CB, FRS/GMRS/MURS) are pretty useful on trips too.

It's rechargeable, and uses standard AA Ni-MH batteries (included) and you can recharge the batteries right in the scanner from a USB port. You can charge while it's on. Also, just in case it matters, you can run it directly from the USB port without any batteries installed at all! Of course, in a pinch you can always use regular non-rechargeable AA batteries which are pretty much the most common batteries in America. There's a switch inside the battery compartment to tell the scanner what kind of batteries you have so that it won't try to recharge regular batteries. (I know, too much time on batteries but I can't help it. A scanner's no good if you can't turn it on!)

There are some nice storage features for storing "found" stations and you can program them in manually too, if you know the frequency. You can name all the stations as well. Additionally, there's are banks of per-programmed frequencies for different uses (fire, police, CB, etc.) to allow you to get started right away. (If you're looking for frequencies just google "scanner frequencies" and the city or area you live in. Pretty simple...)

But really, it's connecting to the PC that has me won over. *All* of the settings can be accessed through the PC software available from the website. (The website also includes the *manual* <ahem>, drivers, and firmware updates. The software isn't all that sexy to be sure, but it's plenty functional! It's a lot easier to use than typing into the scanner itself. It allows you to save different configurations in separate files so you can have, for instance, a file for Topeka, and another one for Miami. Again, a really nice feature if you're on the road and have a laptop.

You can't actually control the scanning itself from the computer. Not a big deal but the function might be kinda cool. My biggest complaint is that there is not a standing battery indicator. You only get notification when the batteries get low, but you have no idea when that might be. It's just a minor annoyance... maybe it'll get fixed in a firmware update?

Overall, totally useful. (Posted on 9/2/2015)

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