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Uniden BCD325P2 Police Scanner

› Do not buy if you are not very familiar with scanners

› 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

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Seasoned scanner veterans only for this scanner. While those that own it love it, it’s the only digital phase 2 handheld scanner that does not come with software or frequencies. So if you have your own John Connor-ish ‘off the grid’ frequencies list, and scanner software comes as naturally as leaves to a tree, then this is the scanner for you. If you’re a beginner or moderate user - the reason this is less expensive than other digital phase 2 handheld scanners is the lack of software & frequencies.

Again, the reason this scanner costs less than similar models is because it does NOT include software or frequencies. We recommend the Uniden SDS100 if you're looking for an easy-to-use handheld scanner. We do not provide tech support on this scanner as it is difficult to operate and we do not recommend buying it unless you are very familiar with scanners, scanner programming, and technology in general.

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Specifics & Compare

Handheld Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner 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

YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid Upgrade


YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeNo


YesWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid Upgrade

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Reception


Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000

GPS Capable


Alpha Tag


NAC Decoding


Fire Tone-Out


Location Based Scanning


Close Call/Stalker


Record & Playback


Lit Keypad


Headset & External Speaker Compatible


PC Programmable


Mac Programmable


Easy Programming


Software Included

EZ ScanSentinelSentinelNone

USA & Canada Database


Storage (GB)

4 GB8 GB4 GBDynamic

SD Card


Range (mi.)*


Battery Type


Battery Life**

8 hours8 hours8 hours6 hours
Size (inches)1.25 x 2.25 x 5.25N/A2.5 x 6.5 x 12 x 6 x 1
Weight (oz.)12N/A1212


1 year1 year1 year1 year
LaunchedSummer 2016Summer 2018Fall 2013Spring 2015
Key FeatureNXDNSimulcast CapableGPS CapableSoftware not included


› Antenna (Rubber Duck)
› miniUSB to USB Cable
› 2 AA Batteries
› Hand Strap
› Quick Start Guide
› AC adapter is NOT Included (90% of all BCD325P2 sales include an AC adapter which you can add on this page - see above)


How is the BCD325P2 different than the BCD436HP?
The BCD325P2 and the BCD436HP are Uniden's handheld digital phase 2 police scanners. The main difference between them is the BCD325P2 has less advanced features than the BCD436HP, the BCD325P2 does not include Sentinel software, and it does not come pre-loaded with US & Canada frequencies. Scroll down to see a side by side comparison of both.

I need a handheld digital phase 2 police scanner, why should I buy the BCD325P2?
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 BCD325P2 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 single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.


Buyers Say

› Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities
› You cannot use scanner while it is charging (6 hour single charge time) so 2 extra AA batteries may be helpful.
› An AC adapter is not included.
› No built in GPS (must buy GPS device).
› You can add frequencies manually.

› Sentinel Software is not included. Free police scanner software is available (FreeScan).


› Mark's Scanners is an excellent website which has a very detailed digital owner's guides for all police scanner radios including the BCD325P2. We highly recommend this site to all scanner owners (and potential owners) as it loaded with how-to's, screenshots and more.

Download free BCD325P2 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.

BCD325P2 Owner's Manual. This is the official BCD325P2 owner's manual but we highly recommend Mark's Scanners BCD325P2 guide over this.

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BCD325P2 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BCD325P2 owners.

› There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the BCD325P2.

› Uniden created a one page sell sheet for the BCD325P2 with feature & specs.

› View our customers' reviews of the BCD325P which is under the 'Reviews' tab above.


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 (9)

poor audio 125 VBCD325p2Review by stvnd53
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owne both and side by side same freq monitored 125 is WAY better audio! (Posted on 12/4/2017)
Easy set up and really niceReview by Richard Tebbs
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Easy set up and really nice (Posted on 11/6/2017)
bcd325p2Review by Alan Greenfield
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I don't think programming the 325 is that difficult. They make it out to be harder than it actually is on this site. (Posted on 8/8/2016)
you have to get scanner program software not included.Review by Rachel
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you have to get scanner program software not included or program manually an option (Posted on 9/1/2015)
ize is perfect but a couple of issues for usabilityReview by Nick
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Doesn't charge batteries while you use the scanner. Has only one color option. Reception inferior to competitors from Whistler and even other Uniden scanners. Battery life is poor, really needs software to program properly. Scanner alerts have no visual color alarm (LED) indication, just a tone alert. Probably issued this scanner due to problems with their home patrol products. I returned the one I bought - see below:

A friend brought his 325P2 over to my house and it performed much better in receiving weak signals than the one I returned. The lack of visual color alerts is annoying and no charge while using the scanner is also troubling. I should say that the small size restricts the number of AA batteries it could hold but has a big advantage of making the scanner very easy to carry in a shirt pocket. I change my original rating of two stars to 4 stars! Mine was probably defective and if you get a good one you will be happy with performance. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
I am a retired Firefighter with 55 years experience Review by Mike
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The radio scanner works very well and I am enjoying it. The only draw back is the Battery life is a little short it only last about 4-5 hours other devices similar in nature last about 8-10 hours. I am a retired Firefighter with 55 years experience and I like to listen to what is going on with my old friends and co workers. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
5 starsReview by Drew
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works great, picks up lots of activity and you can use AA batteries if you want (Posted on 9/1/2015)
A good replacement for the BCD396XT if you need a handheld P25 Phase 2 scanner at a very good price.Review by Al
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It's a P25 Phase 1 and 2 scanner and appears to work as advertised. Proscan software works for programming purposes with this radio and the mobile version, the BCD996P2. It takes only two batteries instead of the three that the BCD396XT required and will require recharging before you think. Keep an extra set of batteries available. Also, no backlit keypad but the display is backlit. It's very different than what it replaces, the BCD396XT. Uniden does include a mini-USB cable for programming and power purposes. The required cable driver is available on the internet.
If you need a Phase 2 P25 handheld scanner this one is a winner. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
More User Friendly Digital Scanner With Incredible "Ears"Review by Charley
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I have both this unit, the BCD325P2 and also the BCD436HP. This scanner is a more "user friendly" model based on the awesome Uniden 396XT scanner. But this BCD325P2 scanner adds P-25 (Phase 2) Digital reception. This unit does not use an SD card for memory, it has internal memory only. But it is plenty. You can't record/playback things, nor does it have the full RadioReference database included in the memory. But it is more "user friendly."

The display is a standard size but the font is Big and Bold thick letters which you can easily see from a few feet away. The backlight is orange only but really, it is the best display you could ask for. The other BCD 436HP scanner display you can't read good from a few feet away, Any of you past 40? You can program this model a bit easier (by hand) if you want to, you Do Not get free software with it, but can use other vendors software. I tried to program it with the USB cable in Win7 and it works, but you have to download the specific driver for it from the Uniden site and set this up in your Windows Control Panel/Device Manager/Add Driver install screen. It is a bit confusing at first, you won't "see the file" to add at all. And you still need the programming software to get the channel frequencies into this.

As far as reception, the digital P-25 (Starcom21 my area) sites are incredible, it receives just as good as the BCD436HP, I would say it equals or exceeds the BCD436HP in digital reception of phase 1 in terms of signal strength and actual voice quality at the speaker. It receives digital signals like an upgraded version of the 396XT, which has ears like the NSA. VHF/UHF reception is about the same as the rest of my scanners. I used the stock antenna and it works fine for me, but the RS 800 mhz will give you optimal digital signals. You don't get backlit buttons on this unit and it uses only 2 AA batteries, which give me about 6-8 hrs with 2400 NiMH. It is a Handy size scanner.

The BCD325P2 also has a true Band Scope function which acts like a mini spectrum analyzer for checking signal strength of an individual frequency or a frequency area, very useful for "graphically seeing" how much trunking signal that you're receiving at the scanner. With digital scanners, this is gold, as moving the scanner just an inch or two will be like going from full signal to no signal with the stock antenna. Where'd my signal go? Run the Band Scope and see it disappear and come right back as you move the scanner a whole two inches on the table. Now you can see signals like the engineers do and find the best place to set your scanner. A wonderful feature for the hard core scanner fans.

The BCD325P2 is a digital scanner with P-25 (Phase 1 & Phase 2) that receives digital signals incredibly well. It offers a ton of features for the size and a Great Display. While digital scanners nowadays are not easy to setup, I find this one less challenging than the BCD436HP. This is a more "user friendly" digital scanner with really good "ears" for hearing digital P-25 stuff (Posted on 9/1/2015)

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