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Uniden bc250d I have a 3300xlt which is the same model as the 250d, it needs a new volume sqelsh set up, as the two are on one dail the sqelsh wheel has snapped off can you tell me off enywere in england that will repair the scanner or enywere that will supply the part for me to fit myself ??

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Doesnt sacerch scan or nothuing

have you done a reset? some radios have a three button reset that you push at the same time. get a manual if you can or call around to a service center they might help.

Mar 27, 2014 | Uniden BC250D Handheld Scanner

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Uniden bcd396xt scanning but no sound coming from scanner

BCD386XT No sound. If it is actually stopping on an active broadcast and if you have the volume turned up (press down on volume button and release, then rotate to adjust) then the most likely cause is a failed speaker. Try a set of headphones in the jack on top by the antenna, if you have sound there it is most certainly a bad speaker. It is a very tiny speaker that is as thin as a nickel, many have been broken by a simple jar or by being played too loud by the hearing impaired. It is not hard to change but basic soldering skills are required. the speaker is available from uniden parts.

Apr 05, 2013 | Uniden BCD396XT Handheld Scanner

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I have a uniden bearcat scanner and cant pick up my local police dept. I put the frequency in and still dont hear anything. I have a bc145xl 16 channel scanning radio and want to know if its compatible...

If you programmed the correct frequency, you should be getting reception. Check to verify the frequency. Otherwise, you may be too far from the transmitter to receive signals. Try your scanner in other locations, check your antenna, and try receiving the PD on another scanner.

The MARCS - Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications system - is a Motorola Type II SmartZone Omnilink Trunking system that utilizes APCO-25 digital transmissions. Your BC145XL is not compatible with trunking or digital systems. In order to follow the MARCS you will need one of the following scanners:
GRE PSR-500, PSR-600
Radio Shack PRO-106, PRO-197, PRO-96, PRO-2096
Uniden BC250D, BC785D, BC296D, BC796D, BCD396T, BCD396T, BCD996T, BCD996XT, or the brand new HomePatrol-1

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Nov 11, 2010 | Radio Communications

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I have a new in box BC780XLT scanner that I just purchased off of ebay. I may have discovered why it has never been used ! The volume is much to HIGH, and seems to have very little variation from all the...

The BC780XLT is a 2000 model, so your "new" scanner is actually about 10 years old. Your lack of volume control indicates that the ON/OFF/VOLUME control "pot" is defective and needs to be replaced. It looks to be on the same shaft as the SQUELCH, so the Uniden part is likely a combination of the two controls. I suggest that you contact Uniden Customer Service (see link below) and inquire about parts availability and/or factory repair. Due to the age of the unit though, there's a good chance that the control is no longer available -- unless it's being used on a newer model as well. Your other option is to try to work out a return or file an eBay/PayPal claim. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Nov 09, 2010 | Uniden BC780XLT Base Scanner

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If the battery pack is more than a year old it likely needs to be replaced. Also check the charger output with a voltmeter if possible. Finally, check the contact pins inside the battery compartment. If they look white instead of silvery, clean them gently with a fine wire brush or steel wool.

Aug 14, 2010 | Uniden BC250D Handheld Scanner

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What Type Of Scanner Do I Need?

Well, the above answer is somewhat correct, but could use a little clarification.

A radio that transmits in a P25 format is digital. Digital transmissions can be trunked, but don't have to be (as is the case here). In the case of scanners, every major brand scanner out there that works on digital transmissions will decode trunked of conventional digital and analog transmissions.

The current digital models run anywhere from $399 to $599. Radio Shack has 2 newer models out that will do digital...the PRO-106 (handheld) and the PRO-197 (base/mobile). These have been on sale recently for $399. Uniden also makes digital trunking scanners..the latest models being the 396 (portable) and the 996 (base/mobile). While the 996 has the capability to be used with a GPS in a mobile setting, this feature isn't really worth the added cost, especially when compared to the feature rich PRO-197.

There are older model digital scanners, such as the Radio Shack PRO-96, PRO-2096 and the Uniden 250D and 796D. While these receive digital transmissions, the newer scanners have upgraded digital decoding algorithms that provide better audio quality and intelligibility. Also, the older scanners may not be able to decode the 700 MHz public safety band, which is becoming increasingly more popular since the 800 MHz band is quickly filling up.

One word of sure that the agency you are trying to monitor is not using encrypted transmissions. If you don't know...look up the system on Channels that are encrypted usually have an "E" designation under the "mode" column. These transmissions CANNOT be decoded by any of the scanners currently on the market, even if you do have the encryption key.

I hope this helps you with your buying choices. Good luck!

Sep 11, 2008 | Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner

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Scanner turns it self off

Try doing a reset on the scanner, and make sure your battery is good. For the one that dropped it, remove the battery, remove and reinstall the APCO card, bci25d, and then try powering it with the wall adapter, leave the battery out. If it turns on and stays on you might just have a bad battery, they fail and there is plenty of reports online of battery failure causing weird problems.

For the next post regarding your problems to get it to stay on and the APCO card. Remove the card completely, reset the scanner, and then reinstall the card. Make sure its off and the battery and wall adapter are disconnected when removing and replacing the card for safety. After replacing the card leave the battery out and plug in the wall adapter and try turning it on, again eliminating the battery as the possible problem. If it won't turn on you have a bad wall adapter, if it turns on then off yet you could still have a bad wall adapter, get a voltmeter and check it. If it now turns on and stays on you have a bad battery, replace it. You mentioned there is no charge to the battery, how did you check that, is it acting like the battery is not charging? That can also just be symptoms of a bad battery.

The adapter for the 250D is the AD600U, 12v 500ma.

Sep 09, 2008 | Uniden BC250D Handheld Scanner

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