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Uniden BCD436HP Police Scanner

This outdated model was being replaced with the superior SDS100

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Long and lean, like a championship welterweight boxer, the BCD436HP is the sister model to the BCD536HP base/mobile unit.

Before the SDS100 launched in June 2018, the BCD436HP was Uniden’s top handheld scanner (& the favorite child).

The BCD436HP is bursting with features, like the backlit keypad, and GPS capabilities that other phase 2 digital scanners lack.

The 436 has been a solid scanner but its time has come and gone and will soon be discontinued. Once that happens it will be like owning the iPhone 1 - technically it will still work but...meh. It is priced less than the far superior SDS100 to liquidate stock. We HIGHLY recommend the SDS100 over this model as the extra money is worth it.

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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


› 4GB SD Card (Installed)
› Antenna (Rubber Duck)
› miniUSB to USB Cable
› 3 AA Batteries
› Hand Strap
› SMA to BNC Connector (Antenna Adapter)
› Quick Start Guide
› Sentinal Software
› AC adapter is NOT Included (90% of all BCD436HP sales include an AC adapter which you can add on this page - see above)


What’s the difference between the TRX-1 and the BCD436HP?
Go to 'Specifics & Compare' tab to see all the technical differences. The main differences are:

› TRX-1 can charge while powered on; BCD436HP must be powered off to charge.
› Whistler regularly upgrades their scanners for free; Uniden charges $50+ for upgrades.
› Whistler has knowledgeable staff you can call; Uniden is very hard to reach.
› BCD436HP came out in 2013; TRX-1 in June 2016. Like all new technology there have been several minor upgrades.
› TRX-1 has a free case, BCD436HP does not.
› The BCD436HP has been recalled a few times since it launched.



How is the BCD436HP different than the BCD536HP?
The BCD436HP and the BCD536HP were both released in the fall of 2013 and the main difference between them is that the BCD436HP is handheld and the BCD536HP is for home and vehicles.


I need a digital phase 2 scanner, why should I buy the BCD436HP?
The BCD436HP was our top selling overall scanner until the launch of the Whistler TRX-1 in the summer of 2016. The BCD436HP has great reviews, is very durable and we get a lot of positive feedback from users.


Will the BCD436HP 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. Also, we have a best price guarantee.


I'm reading reviews and see there are issues with the BCD436HP - what's the deal?
When the BCD436HP and BCD536HP launched in the fall of 2013 there were some issues with the scanners and several needed to be replaced. Uniden has since modified the BCD436HP and the larger issues have been addressed. All Uniden scanners come with a 1 year warranty and Uniden stood behind this and made good with affected scanners. If you see a negative review or comment about the BCD436HP is was most likely posted before the spring of 2014 so be sure to view when it was posted.


What's ProVoice and do I need it?
ProVoice is form of digital broadcast that affect some EDACS signals. These can only be monitored on the BCD436HP and the BCD536HP scanners with the addition of the ProVoice upgrade. Zip Scanners can make this upgrade for you by choosing this add on option or you an update on your own after purchase here. Below is a map of affected areas and here is the most up to date list.




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


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 (8 hour single charge time) so 3 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.


› Mark's Scanners is an excellent website which has a very detailed digital owner's guides for all police scanner radios including the BCD436HP. We highly recommend this page to all BCD436HP owners (and potential owners). It is loaded with how-to's, screenshots and more.

Download BCD436HP Sentinel Software. Download the software that drives this scanner 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.

BCD436HP Owner's Manual. This is the official BCD436HP owner's manual but we highly recommend Mark's Scanners BCD436HP guide over this.

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BCD436HP where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BCD436HP owners.

› There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the BCD436HP.

› eHam is a great source for unfiltered user reviews of the BCD436HP. While not as in-depth as professional reviews, you can get a good general idea of what users think about the BCD436HP.

› Our BCD436HP YouTube playlist contains several reviews of the BCD436HP from both professionals as well as users.

› BCD436HP review from a Ham user's blog.


Watch our Uniden Sentinel software programming video here or above in video gallery.

Police Scanner Programming FAQ

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 popular with gifts as this allows the scanner to simply 'work' by powering on.


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 programming 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. 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 as well as scanner & 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.


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, 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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Customer Reviews (29)

Lynn SloanReview by Lynn Sloan
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They completed what I ask for in a very timely manner and I am 100% satisfied with their work (Posted on 4/28/2019)
456Review by Inge
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works fine for me (Posted on 6/14/2018)
.Review by Ron Fox
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Overall pleased with my purchase and fast service. Ran into some hiccups with chat/email support vs phone..kept getting told the whistler would work for me, when it actually wouldnt. Then the cup holder mount i ordered is a flimsy 3rd party cell pbone holder that doesnt hold the bcd436hp at all. Otherthan that will see how things go down the road if support is needed or not. (Posted on 5/4/2018)
So Far So GoodReview by Jerry Gates
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ZS seems customer focused. Went the extra mile to help me. Of course it doesn't hurt anything with top of the line products for sale, plus makes it easier when you believe in your merchandise. I think that they do. (Posted on 1/16/2018)
The 436hp is a hard scanner to use & program, even the basic is hard to do. Think before u decide to buy it or make sure sure u have someone around to help outReview by Frank
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Hard to understand & run. (Posted on 12/29/2017)
...Review by William
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As expected - tahsns (Posted on 12/7/2017)
BC436HPReview by mike
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Just purchased the BC436HP, I love it! Easy to operate if you know your zip code, Would recommend this scanner highly! (Posted on 11/22/2017)
Good scanner Review by David Mance
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Good scanner (Posted on 11/15/2017)
It surprises me to see a few bad …Review by David
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It surprises me to see a few bad reviews on Zip Scanners as my experience was darn near perfect. They kept me informed throughout the transaction, sent plenty of information and instructional videos so I would get the most from my new toy. I even had a scan list on an sd card ready to install when it arrived. Oh, and I forgot to mention...their price was the best I could find. (Posted on 11/6/2017)
I would recommend this companyReview by Stephen
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I would recommend this company . that's why I bought a scanner from them. SMS . (Posted on 11/3/2017)
Loads of featuresReview by Perry
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Great features and most information on display. Great scanner. (Posted on 1/29/2017)
Awesome scannerReview by walter
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Easy to program with the right antenna you will have endless hours and enjoyment with this scanner love zip scanners very professional and right there to answer all questions (Posted on 1/10/2017)
Download and read the Manual before purchaseReview by Gerald
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The following is taken directly from the 436hp’s users guide page 15……”When the scanner is turned on, the scanner does not charge the batteries.” Now I know that charging and using at the same time is not the best for battery life and can cause a little extra heat inside the scanner, but I like to return home, plug in my scanner and continue to listen and charge at the same time. I have been doing it for years on my 396xt with no side effects. O.K. Bearcat here’s the scenario ……there has been a strong tornado/thunderstorm in my area. Power is out and my scanner batteries are getting low. I can’t Plug it into my battery powered laptops USB, my car or my generator to charge and continue to listen when I need it most. Bearcat didn’t even provide a 110 charger plug for the USB cord with this unit. The charge port (also the pc programming port) is hidden by a rubber cover that has to be removed every time you charge or program. Your only option for continual use is to have an extra set of batteries, a separate plugin wall charger and become a battery swapper. (Posted on 8/2/2016)
Bc436hpReview by Leah
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A bit of a learning curve but it's a great radio. I downloaded the pro voice upgrade and it works great. I only wish the sentinel software would update all the favorite list instead of just the nationwide db. (Posted on 8/2/2016)
Scan & chargeReview by SARGE
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Can't charge and listen. If you listen a lot buy something else. (Posted on 1/1/2016)
Great Scanner!Review by Justine
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Gave product to my mom. She likes things simple. Was right up her alley. Very satisfied. Definitely a great buy. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
Feature enriched scanner. Poor documentation.Review by John
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I would have given Four out of Five Stars because the supplied (I use that term loosely) documentation is horrible. But why punish the engineers who put together a fantastic product because of the talentless technical writers at Uniden.

Getting back into scanning after a 25+ years absence, I consider myself an old-newbie. And I chose correctly with the BCD396XT. It is more 'scanner' then I need but that's OK. There is a learning curve with this scanner. I have invested about 25 hours thus far learning about the scanner and doing some programming. I'm maybe 3/4 the way there before feeling comfortable utilizing this scanner's capabilities.

Documentation from Uniden is less then pathetic. Unicorns and elves can write a better manual. Nevertheless, as long as you utilize the information at [...] (pay for the $30/yr membership - best bargain around), you'll be in good hands. Don't try to program the scanner manually. Window users can utilize the FREE utility FreeScan - makes programming the scanner a snap!

BOTTOM LINE: This is NOT a plug and play scanner. Documentation stinks but there is plenty of other (friendly) support and user groups out there that will get you going. Don't let the learning curve shy you away from this scanner. Invest the time and you'll have rewards for many years to follow. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
An excellent scanner overall!Review by Mark
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An excellent scanner overall. Receives nice and clear and isn't difficult to program if you don't have a PC to program it via the USB cable. Only thing is that is use's batteries somewhat fast. I currently use Duracell Ultra's and they last between 10-12 hour's per use. I'm also using Duracell 2000mah rechargables and they last about the same as regular alkalines. Beside's that it's an excellent scanner! :) (Posted on 9/1/2015)
A more portable version of the BCD536HPReview by Tim
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If you already own the BCD536HP then you are familiar with this unit. It's the exact same scanner; just more portable.

Also, you can use the same USB cable to connect it to your computer. Also, you can use the same Sentinel Software to program it.

This unit does come with a USB cable, and the software is included on the micro SD card that is also included with the unit. The SD card is in the battery compartment.

Having already owned the 536 version, setting up this unit was real easy. I just connected the USB to my computer, opened the Sentinel software and it automatically detected this scanner. Then, since I have already programmed my 536 the way it wanted, all I did was write to the 436 all of my saved preferences. Took less than two minutes and this included checking for a firmware update.

Then, the real test. I turned them both on and to my surprise, they were almost alike. The 536 would pick up a conversation slightly quicker than the 436 but also the 436 (this unit) would pick up a conversation quicker. For the most part, they were on an even keel.

You can use either rechargeable batteries or non-rechargeable batteries with this unit. When you plug in the USB cable, it will ask you if you have rechargeable batteries or not..

The box also includes a belt clip and a hand strap. It also includes an adapter for a larger antenna if you feel the need for one.

This scanner is probably more scanner than the average user will ever need but if you are really into keeping tabs on what's going on in "your neck of the woods" then this is the scanner for you. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
Uniden BCD436HP - WOW...Best scanner I have ever owned and I have owned 30!Review by Ted
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First off, I'm a HAM radio operator, a stringer for TV NEWS stations (shoot news stories and sell them to the various TV stations), and have owned and used scanners since 1971. I usually have an ear bud in one ear and have a handheld scanner with me most of the time. I still own 10 scanners but this one is the best.

To begin with, I bought the original Home Patrol (not the 436) but needed to exchange it as it didn't pick up the VHF frequencies in my area very well. I've owned scanners since 1971 and all of them worked well on VHF but not the original Home Patrol. I was hoping that I received a defective unit but when the second one arrived, it had the same problem. Back it went. The Home Patrol was not for me.

I have been searching for a while for the "Best Scanner" on the web and found that Uniden had released the BCD436HP ((stands for (B)ear(C)at (D)igital (436) (H)ome (P)atrol as best as I can figure out)). I immediately purchased one from Amazon. I was so excited when it arrived quickly but I found out the it didn't receive at all (even the nearby National Weather Service broadcast) It looked like it was scanning but just not receiving. Then, all of a sudden, it started working and then it didn't and then it did. It wasn't the antenna or area that I was in as I tested it along side of my BCD396XT. Since the scanner was intermittent I ordered another one and sent the first one back for a refund rather than waiting for a replacement to arrive. I was going on vacation in a few days and wanted to take it with me. Amazon is very good at refunds. Thanks Amazon!

The second 436 scanner worked great right out of the box, to my great relief, and I was VERY pleased at how well it picked up all the frequencies (even VHF) in my area (Northern California) and also the frequencies in Southern California where I was on vacation. All bands seem to work well, even some low bands with the Radio Shack 800MHz antenna. It's amazing what you can hear without even knowing what is available or how to program a scanner. Thanks Uniden!

I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with my second 436. Along with every thing else, I am now able to listen to the CHP here (California Highway Patrol) on it's P25 area-wide digital trunking system that I didn't even know existed. The scanner loaded it for me. CHP here is really busy and interesting to listen to. Before this scanner I didn't hear them because I had them only in the VHF-Lo area.

On vacation I tried the "Auto Locate" under "Set Your Location" in the "Menu" while at Newport Beach and the scanner said I was in the Los Angeles area, which was close enough. I went with that suggestion and didn't need to find and enter the area code for where I was. Lots of stuff to hear on vacation including fire drops via plane for a fire in the outlying area.

I have been reading the 436 manual (online) a lot as well as watching and reading everything about this scanner on the net. THE BEST INFORMATION I COULD FIND ON THIS SCANNER (and others) is from K4DPS on Youtube. This guy is very, very good and his video is great and informative. His posts are a fine example of how to make a good Youtube video. From the videos I have been able to understand this complicated scanner much better. Make no mistake, this scanner can do so many things that if you want to get really into it, you can go on for months. On the other hand, if you just want a scanner to find things to listen to easily and quickly, this will do it for you also. You can even listen to activity in your area while you are learning how to get it to work better for you and your needs.

I'll be posting some information on my YouTube channel under Indicamguy in the near future including some cool and useful shortcuts, swapping the SD memory card, and other things. There's more to swapping out the SD memory card than you would expect but I'll attempt to show you how to do it. I'll also be offering some suggestions for firmware upgrades to Uniden if they want to make a great scanner into a REALLY GREAT SCANNER. Can anyone say "Macros"? Just a teaser.

Other features I really like about the 436 are:
The record function - you can record for hours and hours with just the included 4Gig chip.
You can put in up to a 32 Gig SD memory card and record for like...forever?!!!
Scanning by location with "auto locate" or Zip Code entry
GPS (follow me automatically) while traveling (need to buy and connect a suitable GPS antenna)
All the options for adjusting what you want to hear and what you don't want to hear
Sentinel Software (a must) for much easier programming and backing up (also a must)
The whole USA and Canadian frequency database which is upgraded weekly
Close Call with the DND and Priority options
Temporary and Permanent Lockout
Customizable search
Priority scan (needs some changes to make it what it needs it be)
Fairly long battery life with three AA batteries. I use eneloop AA batteries with the AlphaPower Battery Charger Model No. BC700 (bought from Amazon). Keep three extra charged batteries with you if you use the scanner for a long time.

This review is long enough. The scanner works great and I am seriously pleased.

Thanks! I hope you found this review helpful. (Posted on 9/1/2015)

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