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Uniden BearTracker 885 Police Scanner & CB Radio

Only police scanner + CB radio in one.


GPS included.

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Released in the summer of 2017, the Uniden 885 is the only scanner that can both scan frequencies as well as transmit/receive via CB radio.

While the combo of the CB and scanner in one is great, this scanner is lacking in many areas. While this scanner CAN pick up digital phase 2 frequencies is CANNOT pick up DMR or ProVoice which covers large portions of the US. While all US and Canadian frequencies are on scanner and can be easily set up it does not come with Sentinel software so you cannot program favorite lists' on a computer (why we do not offer programming), everything must be done on the scanner itself. On the face you cannot see what frequencey or Talk Group you are hearing, the Bearcat 885 only displays the word 'Police or Fire' which limits capabilites.The CB does not have SSB.

So while this is a nice combo at first glance, it's a stripped down version of a digital phase 2 scanner and a limited CB radio. So overall, meh, is a good way to sum this scanner up. We still sell this scanner but we want to make our customers aware of it's limitations as our goal it to make all customers happy with their purchase. The ideal buyer of this scanner/CB combo is tuckers/RVers/road trippers who want to be able to use CB a little bit and hear what is going on in their area. That is why the internal GPS is great. However, if you'll be using from one location this is not the product for you.

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Specifics & Compare

Base & Mobile Digital Phase 2 Police Scanner Comparison

Model Number

885HomePatrol-2BCD536HPBCD996P2TRX-200TRX-2

Manufacturer

UnidenUnidenUnidenUnidenWhistlerWhistler

Scanner Type

Base & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & MobileBase & Mobile
Reception

Monitor Digital Phase 2

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Digital Phase 1

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Trunking

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Analog

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Monitor Weather & NOAA

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

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

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

ProVoice EDACS

NoNoYesNoTBDNo

NXDN

NoNoNoNoTBDYes

DMR

NoNoWith Paid UpgradeWith Paid UpgradeTBDYes

Frequency Range

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

AM/FM Reception

NoNoNoNoTBDNo

Number of Channels

Virtually UnlimitedVirtually UnlimitedVirtually Unlimited25,000TBDVirtually Unlimited
Features

GPS Capable

YesYesYesYesTBDNo

Alpha Tag

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

NAC Decoding

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Fire Tone-Out

NoNoNoYesTBDNo

Location Based Scanning

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Close Call/Stalker

NoNoYesNoTBDYes

Record & Playback

YesYesYesYesTBDYes

Lit Keypad

YesNot ApplicableYesYesTBDYes

Color Touchscreen

Not ApplicableYesNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Headset & External Speaker Compatible

YesYesYesYesTBDYes
Programming

PC Programmable

NoYesYesYesTBDYes

Mac Programmable

NoNoNoNoTBDNo

Easy Programming

YesYesYesNoTBDYes

Software Included

NoSentinelSentinelNoTBDEZ Scan

USA & Canada Database

YesYesYesNoTBDYes
More

Storage (GB)

4 GB4 GB4 GBDynamicTBD4 GB

SD Card

YesYesYesNoTBDYes

Range (mi.)*

30303030TBD30

Battery Type

Not ApplicableAANot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable

Battery Life**

Not Applicable8 hoursNot ApplicableNot ApplicableTBDNot Applicable
Size (inches)TBD6 x 3.25 x 1.257.25 x 2.25 x 6.55.75 x 10.75 x 3.75TBD1.75 x 7 x 5.5
Weight (oz.)TBD329696TBD33.5

Warranty

1 year1 year1 year1 yearTBD1 year
LaunchedSummer 2017Fall 2014Fall 2013Spring 2015TBDSummer 2016
Key FeatureScanner & CB ComboColor TouchscreenWiFi & Siren AppNo Software IncludedTBDNXDN & Removable Face

Included

4 GB SD Card & SD Card Reader
Microphone
Mounting Bracket Kit
DC Power Cord
Window Mount Antenna
GPS Receiver & RJ45 Cable
Sentinel Software
Owner's Manual

FAQ

How is the 885 different than the other digital phase 2 scanners?
The BIG thing about the 885 is that it's the only CB and scanner in one.


I need a phase 2 digital scanner, why should I buy the 885?
The CB and scanner combo is pretty slick. While the the 885 can pick digital phase 2 signals is CANNOT pick up some forms of digital phase 2 including DMR, Provoice, moto trunked systems. Our staff can help you determine if this will affect your area, just ask.


What is BearTracker Warning System?

BearTracker Warning System gives you alerts whenever there are nearby public safety radio traffic. The BearTracker 885 does this by checking the low-power signal produced by the radio in the public safety vehicle, so if you get an alert you'll know that there is an activity couple of miles from you. This feature is legal to use even in commercial interstate commerce vehicles.


Will the 885 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.


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

Buyers Say

CB works great.

Scanner does not work great.

Can't be programmed externally.

Resources

› Mark's Scanners is an excellent website which has a very detailed digital owner's guides for all police scanner radio. The Uniden 885 has not been added yet but should be shortly. We highly recommend this page to all 885 owners (and potential owners) as it loaded with how-to's, screenshots and more.

Download 885 frequency update manager for free.

885 Owner's Manual. This is the official 885 owner's manual.

› Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the 885 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by actual Uniden 885 owners.

› Our Uniden 885 YouTube playlist contains several reviews of the 885 from both professionals as well as users.

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Customer Reviews (5)

MikeReview by Mike
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Mike (Posted on 10/27/2018)
volume troublesReview by daydreamer
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received 885 in early May, radio determines volume. the only way to understand what is said is at the lowest volume level. attempts to turn volume up only results in static and distortion so bad it is indiscernable. radio controls the volume, not the user!!! sent radio for repair, they sent it back 8 weeks later saying they could find nothing wrong!!!! returned radio again to repair and three weeks later received a crappy looking replacement that is doing the same thing!!!!! almost Aug and rsdio is again at the repair facility. I do not knowif they can not fix it or just do not know how!!!!! waste of money!!!!!! It has been in my possession 5 days since May 4th, 2018. Uniden thinks I am stupid and do not know how scanners work. I have had scanners for over 40 years, then they try to tell me the bad reception is the area I live. I have driven into the big city and stll the same result. DO NOT BUY UNTIL THEY ACKNOWLEDGE A PROBLEM AND FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Posted on 7/26/2018)
Very innovative!!Review by Radio-Man
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I have a plethora of scanners and receivers of all sorts and I must comment on how "smart" and innovative the Uniden 885 is! As of this writing, I've had my 885 for about 3 months now. What a great idea!! It works very well! Yes, I wish that I had a bit more control over exactly what I'm able to listen to. Yes, I wish there was more useful information on the screen when receiving a station but I believe the concept here was to keep it somewhat simple and very functional. 100% success!! Uniden has done an excellent job of integrating both the scanner and CB functions into one unit. The GPS module is a really cool addition so you don't have to do any programming as you travel from place to place. I wish the CB side had an SSB function but I really, really like the SWR value read not only as a simple bar graph but also as a numeric value as well!! (Is there a way to upgrade the firmware in the 885 for future improvements??) I think the 885 is a positive game-changer and very creative! GREAT JOB, Uniden!!! (Posted on 5/19/2018)
great!Review by Sarah
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Having tried to use a home scanner in the past, I was worried that this item would be too complicated to really work. The last thing I need to be doing while driving is fiddling with buttons and settings.... Well, my worries were completely unfounded. This scanner/CB does exactly what it claimed to do…and no complicated interface. As I drive around, the scanner automatically switches from agency to agency without my having to touch a thing on the unit. I was immediately hearing local police and fire calls and, during my drives, it quickly picked up every little (and big) town I drove through. I had read other reviews of this item but cannot understand any negativity…To buy two separate pieces for probably more than $700 and have to program the scanner-- too complicated. This item for this price is great! The CB/Scanner works like a dream!!!
(Posted on 7/11/2017)
Extremely disappointed by the BearTracker 885. Stripped of features to the point of being unusable.Review by Billy
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I ordered the BearTracker 885 as soon as it was available, and have had it for a little over two weeks now. I am extremely disappointed with how this unit performs, and have found it to be pretty much unusable for the reasons discussed below.

In theory the BearTracker 885 sounds like a great idea, combine Uniden's great BCDx36HP series digital scanners with a CB radio in one package. However, the execution leaves one scratching their head and leaves much to be desired. For some reason they decided to strip the scanner side down to the bear minimum, to the point where the only user controllable option is what agency types you monitor (eg Police, Fire, etc). This can be done by zipcode or automatically with the included GPS module, which works fine. The problem is the screen does not display any frequency/system/talkgroup info that a typical scanner user would be used to, and the local database does not restrict agencies by talkgroup. Thus you spend most of the time listening to unrelated agencies on the other side of the state.

Reception with the included sticky-cup wire antenna is quite good in my area. It is picking up P25 phase II systems crystal clear, but is not selecting only the local TGs. I am picking up everything on the trunked system, including marine units, airport police, railroad police, and several other agencies 40+ miles and several counties away. I can't imagine ever needing to monitor these agencies when driving on the highway. There is no way to set the GPS radius for agencies to monitor. I am quite disappointed in the scanner functionality so far. It's pretty much unusable in the Northeast if it continues to pickup every talkgroup on digital systems. Uniden really needs to give us more granular control over the TGs received, and/or greatly reduce the GPS radius of the systems it covers (including TGs).

Also, a major annoyance is that it does not mute (or at least lower the volume) of encrypted comms. This has been an option on every digital scanner I have owned, not sure why it hasn't been implemented here. It's quite jarring to periodically get a full volume digital tone. Maybe these aren't properly annotated as Enc in the RR db? Unfortunately there is no way to figure it out since you get zero info about the frequency you are receiving.

Again, that last point is concerning if you are a typical scanner user and used to seeing frequency/system/talkgroup information on the screen. You get none of this information on the BearTracker 885.

Another observation: the "BearTracker Warning System" is not like the Close Call feature from other Uniden scanners. All it does is emit a "beep" when a public safety transmission is detected nearby. It doesn't tune to the transmission, or even indicate what group (eg Police, Fire) it belongs to as far as I can tell. I can only see how this would be useful if you're driving through the plains/desert. In any sort of urban/suburban area it is pretty much worthless.

I don't have much experience with the CB side of the radio yet, but it looks pretty standard. 4W output, no SSB.

At this price, you're much better off just buying a separate BCDx36HP scanner and CB. That way you'll get full scanner functionality and a superior CB with SSB support.

Uniden needs to provide some major firmware updates to allow better control over what is scanned, and even if that issue is fixed not being able to see any frequency information on the screen may be a deal killer for most people. (Posted on 7/11/2017)

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