WiFi on BCD536HP. How does it work?  What you can and can’t do with it.

The Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP is the only scanner that has the capability of being directly controlled by WiFi. By using the included WiFi dongle one can connect a smart phone or tablet to the scanner and listen to and control the scanner with the device. There are some other uses for the WiFi dongle as well.

Uniden has provided free “Siren” software (available for free via the Apple iTunes store or Google Play Store) to allow you to use your smart device as a scanner controller. You can even use this as a remote head for the scanner if mounted in a vehicle or to listen to your scanner from the patio or another room of the house for a scanner installed in the home. Some third party software allows you to use the WiFi feature to connect the canner to the computer without the need to plug in a cable.

There are a few things that the WiFi dongle will not work for, this includes database and firmware updates and other programming.

The Wifi dongle is designed specifically to work with your home or office WiFi network. While we have read of people using it for remote access this requires such networking tools as VPN, if you know how that works you probably can figure it out. Sorry, we cannot help with notworking issues like this!

To use the WiFi feature you need to understand the two modes involved; Infrastructure and Access Point.

Infrastructure Mode allows your scanner to connect to your home or office WiFi. This then allows you to connect to the scanner via third-party software like ProScan or RadioFeed or to the Siren application.

To get to Infrastructure Mode use the following steps:

Press Menu then select WiFi Setup>Select WiFI Mode>Infrastructure Mode

The radio will look for local access points and list them. When it displays the list select your router’s SSID name.

Then enter your password for the WiFi access point. This is the same password you would use for setting up any other WiFi device on your network. To enter the password you scroll thru the letters and use the 4 and 6 buttons to move the curser.

Access Point Mode allows you to connect you scanner to a smart phone or tablet (iOS or Android) using the free Siren software. You would use this when you are not in range of your WiFi system, such as when the radio is mounted in a vehicle. This allows you to use a phone or tablet as sort of a remote control head for the scanner.

In Access Point Mode the 536 acts as an Access Point and provides an SSID which you can change or leave at the default. You then connect your phone or tablet to that WiFi SSID and enter in the IP address in the Settings of the device. The IP address can be found in the WiFi settings on the scanner.

Siren is the free app available at the Apple iTunes Store for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch’s. It is also available for Android devices at the Google Play Store.

Siren is a neat way to use your 536 scanner but there are limits to it. It will only work with the 536, and it has limited abilities for control. It can set the range, select Quick Keys, set the squelch and start and reply the recording features but that is pretty much all she wrote. There is also a 2-3 second delay in hearing the audio compared to the radio itself.

The WiFi feature on the 546 is unique and useful as long as you know its limits.

The BearTracker 885: Is it a scanner or not?

BearTracker885
Uniden recently released its new BearTracker 885 CB-Scanner combination. Here are a few things to know about it:

1) It has a LIMITED FUNCTION scanner.

The 885 has a specially designed scanner built in that will receive local police, fire, EMS and Highway Department channels based on your location. The radio will tell you whether the channel is Police, Fire etc. but it does not indicate the agency or channel name. You can hear the traffic, the display will tell you that it is police or whatever, but it won’t tell you whether it is Mayberry or the Highway Patrol.

2) You can UPDATE but not program the scanner part.

The 885 has a free software program that simply updates the database the radio uses to hear local traffic. You cannot add/delete or modify channels. To update the radio is fairly simple, take out the full-size SD card, insert it into an SD-Card reader attached to your computer and run the updater program. (The radio does not come with an SD-Card reader, if your computer doesn’t have one you can get them for a few dollars.) The updater software pulls the latest data from the RadioReference database and loads it onto the SD-Card. The database is updated weekly but you only need to bother updating the database once or twice a year.

3) How does the 885 know where I am?

The 885 comes with a GPS receiver. The small receiver is connected to the GPS by an included cable, just put the little box in view of the sky (on the dashboard etc.) and plug it in. If this won’t work for you then you can manually enter in the location from the front panel controls of the radio. When using the GPS the radio’s location is updated regularly and the scanner part will reload itself with the local channels.

4) What about the CB?

The 885 is a basic 40 channel CB. It does not do SSB but it has the typical CB features needed to communicate or listen to other vehicles so equipped. It can also be used as a PA (PA Speaker not included) or as a weather receiver.

5) Is it legal?

We are not lawyers and do not offer legal advice. That said, CB’s are legal for use in the USA and Canada without a license. As far as the scanner goes check with your state and local authorities about whether a scanner is allowed in a vehicle. Laws may vary for commercial vehicles. Since this device has no radar detector it is not prohibited from commercial vehicles for that reason.

If you are interested in scanning specific agencies or want a scanner that allows you more choice then perhaps the 885 is not the radio for you. If you are looking for a CB and like the idea of hearing local emergency scanner traffic then this radio could be ideal.

Download Uniden BearTracker 885 Flyer

New Product – Uniden Bearcat BC75XLT

By Richard Barnett

Product:  Uniden Bearcat BC75XLT
Price: $99.95

All-New Low Cost Bearcat Scanner

The Bearcat BC75XLT is a brand new low-cost scanner from Uniden. This radio is compact, easy-to-program with solid audio and a big bright numeric display. At $99.95 it’s a great entry-level portable scanner but it will not work with 800 MHz, trunking and digital systems which are used in many areas of the country. This radio is perfect though for monitoring public safety agencies which use conventional analog radios as well as railroads, marine, auto racing and civilian and commercial aviation (not military). To find out if this scanner will work in your area contact us by E-Mail or check out policescanners.net.

This scanner also includes Uniden’s incredible Close Call technology for rapidly finding active channels, service searches, priority and more. It operates on two AA batteries and can be powered and re-charged using USB cords (adapters available). The radio comes with a rubber-duck antenna, belt clip, charging cable and manual. It’s an all-around great basic scanner and for the sophisticated hobbyist it’s really useful as a backup or Close-Call only radio to have in your car or at-the-ready for emergency weather monitoring at home.

Frequency Coverage:
25-54MHz, 108-174MHz, and 406-512MHz
(Compatible with Narrowband VHF/UHF Systems)

In the Box:
BC75XLT, Wideband rubber antenna with BNC, USB Cable, and printed materials.

Powered by:
2 AA Batteries, (not included). Use 2300mAh Hi-MH or alkaline batteries.
Optional AC USB and DC USB adapters available.

New Product – Remote HomeTown Programming

New Product/Service:
Remote HomeTown Programming

Cost:
$60.00 for the first 1/2 hour
(then $35 for each
additional 1/2 Hour)

In an effort to better serve our customers, Scanner Master is now providing a remote programming service to solve your scanner programming and operational issues. This service allows you to have your scanner problems solved quickly and without having to send the scanner to Scanner Master.

How remote programming works:

Step 1
Getting your computer ready for remote programming:
You need the proper BuTel ARC Software installed on your computer
You need to have communication set up between your PC & scanner via USB or serial cable. You must have a Radio Reference Paid Subscription

Step 2
Making Appointment:
To schedule appointment for remote programming call 1-800-SCANNER and speak to a programming representative.

Step 3

During your session:
Please shut down all programs and have a “clean desktop”
Using Internet Explore Log on to join.me (or just click the link)
Once logged on click the share button and await further instructions.
Cost of the service
The charge for this service will be $60 for the first 1/2 hour and $35 for each additional 1/2 hour spent with the customer.

We recommend…
The service will be provided for initial programming of scanners and for troubleshooting of scanner problems. This service is geared toward users that are intermediate to expert PC users. If you are a beginner PC user mailing the scanner in is preferred.

Do you have the right scanner for your area???
If you have a new scanner or if your local public safety agencies have switched their radio systems to a trunking or digital type, or they have “rebanded”, please check policescanners.net first or call us 1-800-SCANNER or e-mail us at and let us know the exact model scanner that you have along with your city, county and state. It’s important that you have confirmed that we can update and program your scanner for the police and fire radio systems in your area.

New Product – Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Scanner

Product: Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Analog Conventional Scanner
MSRP Price: $179.95
Price: $139.95
Note: Available first week in February!

This scanner will not work in all areas, please check out sister site policescanners.net for compatibly.

Bellow is product description provide by Paul Opitz Senior Product Manger @ Uniden


BC125AT, 500 channels in 10 banks/50 channels per-bank, the BC125AT includes full VHF and UHF coverage (see the frequency chart below), including Air and Military Air channels, as well as full alpha tagging for all channels. PC programmability makes it simple to quickly program up for events such as air shows, auto racing, boat racing, and more.

Close Call® RF Capture including Do-Not-Disturb makes capturing those unknown frequencies a snap. Plus, Uniden has extended the Do-Not-Disturb functionality to include Priority channels, so annoying interruptions from priority or Close Call checks is a thing of the past.

The BC125AT includes all the feature enhancements you’ve come to expect from Uniden, including Temporary Lockout, CTCSS/DCS decoding, per-channel dropout delay, and complete search features, all in a compact, easy-to-carry chassis. Weather priority and weather alert will also keep you informed as to the latest weather and other hazard as announced by the National Weather Service.

BC125AT Features:

Memory Storage/Programming

  • 10 Channel Storage Banks – You can store up to 50 frequencies into each bank for a total of 500 frequencies so you can more easily identify calls.
  • PC Programming – you can download information into the scanner and control the scanner via your personal computer.
  • CTCSS and DCS Squelch Modes – rapid search for CTCSS/DCS tones/codes used during a transmission. You can identify up to 50 CTCSS tones and 104 DCS codes.
  • Direct Access – lets you directly access any channel.
  • Text Tagging – you can name each channel, using up to 16 characters per name.
  • Memory Backup – keeps the frequencies stored in memory for an extended time if the scanner loses power.
  • Key Confirmation Tones – You can turn on/off a tone that sounds when you perform an operation correctly or if you make an error.
  • Key Lock – lets you lock the scanner’s keys to help prevent accidental changes to the scanner’s programming.

Close Call

  • Close Call RF Capture Technology – you can set the scanner so it detects
    and provides information about nearby radio transmissions
  • Close Call Do-Not-Disturb – checks for Close Call activity in between channel reception so active channels are not interrupted.
  • Close Call Temporary Store – temporarily stores and scans the last 10 Close Call hits in the ‘Close Call Hits’ system.

Lock-Out Functions

  • Lock-Out Function – lets you set your scanner to skip over specified channels or frequencies when scanning or searching.
  • Temporary Lockout – makes it easy to temporarily lock out any channel or frequency. The lockout is cleared when you turn power off, then back on so you don’t have to remember to unlock the channels later.

Priority Functions

  • Priority Scan with Do Not Disturb – lets you program one channel in each bank (10 in all) and then have the scanner check each channel every 2 seconds while it scans the banks so you don’t miss transmissions on those channels. Do-Not Disturb keeps the scanner from interrupting transmissions during receiving.
  • Priority Plus Scan – you can set the scanner so it scans only the priority channels.

Display

  • Display Backlight – You can turn on/off the LCD backlight, set it operate on squelch only, keypress only, or both.
  • Signal Strength Meter – shows the signal strength for more powerful transmissions.

Antenna/Reception

  • Flexible Antenna with BNC Connector – provides adequate reception in strong signal areas and is designed to help prevent antenna breakage. Or, you can connect an external antenna for better reception.
  • Triple-Conversion Circuitry – virtually eliminates any interference from IF (intermediate frequency) images, so you hear only the selected frequency.

Service Banks/Searches

  • Service Banks – frequencies are preset in 10 separate Police, Fire/Emergency, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Civil Air, Military Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS, and Racing banks to make it easy to locate specific types of calls and search any or all of these banks.
  • Custom Search – lets you program up to 10 Custom Search Ranges and search any or all of these ranges.
  • Quick Search – allows you to enter a frequency and start searching up or down from that frequency.
  • Turbo Search – increases the search speed from 100 to 300 steps per second automatically for bands with 5 kHz steps.
  • Search Lockouts – you can lock up to 200 search frequencies: 100 temporary frequencies and 100 permanent frequencies in Custom Search, Service Search, Close Call Search, or Quick Search Modes.
  • Scan/Search Delay/Resume – controls whether the scanner pauses at the end of the transmission to wait for a reply. You can set the Delay time for each Channel, Close Call Search, Custom Search, and Service search. You can also set a negative delay where the scanner stops on transmissions for a set time then automatically resumes.

Weather

  • Weather Alert Priority – the scanner scans active WX channels every 5 seconds to check for the presence of a 1050 Hz Weather Alert Tone.
  • Weather Alert Standby – the scanner allows you to monitor for weather alerts broadcast on NOAA channels.

Power

  • Two Power Options – let you power the scanner using the included two AA rechargeable or alkaline batteries or the supplied USB cable.
  • Battery Save – works when there is no transmission for 1 minute in Scan Hold Mode and any Search Hold Mode (without Priority Scan). This feature turns off RF power for 1 second and turns on it for 300ms to extend the battery life.
  • Battery Low Alert – the icon will blink in the display and a tone warns you every 15 seconds when the battery power gets
  • Built-In Charger – allows you to charge Ni-MH batteries in the scanner using a USB port on any computer and the supplied USB cable.

Frequency Coverage:
25-54 MHz
108-174 MHz
225-380 MHz
400-512 MHz

New Product – Audio Isolator Cables

The Products:
Isolator Cable Male to Male (6 foot)
Price: $19.95

Isolator Cable Male to Female (6 foot)
Price: $19.95
(Both cables made by Comtekk)

Streaming your scanner online? The Isolator Cable is a must have. The Isolator filters out unwanted line noise improving your streams audio. This cable will also protect your computer with the exclusive Comtekk’s 600-ohm isolator with DC Blocking, ground loop elimination “hot chassis” and surge protection.

We carry the Male to male cable for direct connection from PC to the scanner and the male to female cable so you can use extension (male to male) cable for those longer runs.

In the photo below is the Isolator Cable Male to Male (6 foot):

New Product – HomePatrol – Uniden Nylon Travel Case

The Product:
HomePatrol – Uniden Nylon Travel Case
Price: $69.95
For: Uniden HomePatrol HP-1

On the go with your Uniden HomePatrol? We now carry the HomePatrol – Uniden Nylon Travel Case. With the clear plastic cover over the screen you can see and operate the HP-1 in the Travel case. This Travel case is a must have for someone moving the HP-1 for from location to another.

Storage above for:

  • Flex Antenna
  • AC Power Adapter
  • DC power Adapter
  • Desk Stand
  • USB Cable
  • Extra Batteries.

 

Case Size:
10” x 7” x 2 ½”

There are opening on the sides for hook-up to antenna, power, GPS, and headphones. You can close these opening with the Velcro flaps located inside the case.

Other availbale cases for the Uniden Homepatrol:

 

New Product – Tenergy 4 In 1 Battery Charger

The Product: 4 in 1 Battery Charger
Price: $29.95
Tenergy Ultra Fast 4 in 1 Battery Charger will get your batteries charged up within two hours.

  • Ultra Fast Charger, charges 2 or 4 AA or AAA batteries in 2 hours
  • Includes “intelligent” microprocessor controlled charging, identifies defective cells and a safety timer for complete overcharge protection.
  • Powered by an external AC adaptor for both indoor use or for in car usage by a cigarette lighter plug to your car.
  • With mechanical design against wrong polarity and short circuit protection.
  • Especially designed for rechargeable batteries used in scanners and other high drain rate electronic devices.

In the Package:

  • Fast Charger for AA/AAA Batteries
  • 4 AA 2500mAh NI-MH Rechargeable Batteries
  • AC Adapter
  • DC Adapter Cigarette Lighter Plug

New Product – Windshield Mounting Kit for HomePatrol

By Jonathan Higgins

New Product:
Windshield Mounting Kit for HomePatrol
Cost:
$39.95

What’s included with the Windshield Mounting Kit?

  • Heavy duty 3 ½ inches suction mount
  • Adjustable 7 inches arm
  • HomePatrol Mobile Mounting Bracket
  • Bracket mounting screws and nuts


Road Test

Over the past weekend, I was able to Road Test the new Uniden HomePatrol Windshield Mounting Kit.

During the road test I was very impressed with this product. It has heavy duty suction mount along with its 7 inch arm. The windshield mount holds the one pound HomePatrol without a problem. Well built, and suitable for most windshield mounting situations.

This product is made by Ram Mounts for the Uniden HomePatrol.

New Product – Easier to Read Uniden XT Scanner Manual


The Product: Easier to Read Uniden XT Scanner Manual
Price: $29.95
For: Uniden Bearcat’s BCT15X, BC346XT, BCD396XT, BCD996XT

Painstakingly created by Marksscanners, this 100 page Easier to Read Scanner Manual takes you deep into the amazing feature set and instructions for the Uniden XT scanners:

  • BCT15X
  • BC346XT
  • BCD396XT
  • BCD996XT

    This is an extremely handy 5.5 X 8.5 perfect-bound book which you can use on your desk, in your car and on the go. The guide is in 4-color with charts, images and super detailed text. This one guide covers all four of these latest Bearcat® XT model scanners and takes you far beyond what you get with the radio (only a CD-ROM and without the detail of Mark’s guide). Go step-by-step through each of the hundreds of features of these scanners and learn what the functions do and how they are enabled and disabled.

    Mark takes you through the process of planning systems, sites and groups and then programming your scanner with this information. The Uniden XT scanners are remarkable radios but to get the most out of them you really need this ultimate manual we are proud to offer.

    Example Pages: