- 13 Service Searches: Frequencies are preset in separate Public
Safety, News, HAM Radio, Marine, Railroad, Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS,
Racing, TV Broadcast, FM Broadcast, Military, Air, and Special
searches, to make it easy to search for specific transmissions.
- Close Call™ RF Capture Technology: Lets the scanner detect and
automatically tune to nearby radio transmissions.
- Close Call Do-Not-Disturb: When set, the scanner makes
periodic Close Call checks whenever the scanner is not receiving
audio in another mode. This eliminates the annoying breaks in
conversation while still allowing for Close Call functionality.
- Close Call Temporary Store: Temporarily saves the last 10
Close Call hits and includes them when scanning.
Dynamically Allocated Channel Memory: Your scanner’s 6,000
channels are organized so that it more closely matches how radio
systems actually work, making it easier to program and use your
scanner and determine how much memory you have used and how much
you have left.
Preprogrammed Systems: Your scanner is preprogrammed with over
500 agencies covering police, fire, and ambulance operations in
the 25 most populated counties in the US, plus the most popular
digital systems. This is just a very basic starting point and is
OK for traveling but for most areas you'll want to have the
scanner programmed specifically for your location or you, the
customer, will have to do it yourself properly and in detail for
100 Quick Keys: You can set the scanner so you can quickly
select systems and groups by using the keypad. This makes it
easy to listen to or quickly lock out those systems or groups
you don’t want to scan.
Soft Search Keys: Lets you quickly search specified ranges.
Channel Lockout: You can lock out any system, group, frequency,
or channel while scanning. If you lock out a system or group,
any channels belonging to that system or group are also locked
Frequency Lockout: You can lock out up to 500 frequencies (250
permanently locked out + 250 temporarily locked out). The
scanner skips locked-out frequencies while using the Close Call™
feature or while searching.
CTCSS and DCS Squelch Modes: Prevent interference from stations
not using the tone code you select. Analog and Digital Audio AGC
— Helps automatically balance the volume level between different
Fire Tone-Out Standby: Lets you set the scanner to alert you if
a two-tone sequential page is transmitted. You can set up to 10
settings (transmit frequency, tone frequencies) then select one
for standby monitoring. Up to ten tone-outs on the same RF
setting can be scanned at one time.
Broadcast Screen: Sets the scanner to ignore Close Call™ or
search hits on known broadcast frequencies including common
Custom Screen: Lets you input up to 10 frequency ranges that the
scanner will ignore during Close Call™ or search operation.
Scan/Search Delay: The scanner pauses at the end of a
transmission to wait for a reply. You can set the delay time for
each system you scan, and while searching and using the Close
Attenuator: Reduces the input strength of strong signals by
about 20 dB.
Repeater Reverse: Automatically switches to the input frequency
on a conventional repeater system.
Channel Alert: Alerts you when there is activity on any channel
you specify using your choice of nine unique alert tones.
Memory Check: Lets you see at a glance how much total memory is
Search with Scan Operation: Lets you include selected service
searches or custom search ranges during normal scan operation.
Custom Alerts: For each alert in the scanner (such as channel
alert, Close Call alert, emergency alert), you can select from 9
different tone patterns and also set the alert volume level
independently from the main volume level.
Automatic Channel Step: Accepts frequencies on any valid channel
step, even if it does not fall within the band plan’s default
Frequency Step: Lets you select a frequency step (5, 6.25, 7.5,
8.33, 10,12.5,15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz) for manual mode and
Text Tagging: You can name each system, group, channel, talk
group ID, custom search range, and SAME group, using up to 16
characters per name.
Data Skip: Allows your scanner to skip unwanted data
transmissions and reduces the affect of birdies.
Duplicate Frequency Alert: Alerts you if you try to enter a
duplicate name or frequency already stored in a system.
Memory Backup: If power is lost or disconnected, the scanner
retains the frequencies you programmed in its memory.
Temporary Lockout: Makes it easy to temporarily lock out a
system, 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.
Startup Configuration: Lets you easily manage multiple
configurations for your scanner.
Single-Handed Function Control Operation: You can tap the
Function/Scroll Control to enable the Function mode. It reverts
to normal mode in about 3 seconds from your last press if no
other action occurs.
Record Out Jack: Using the appropriate cable and audio recording
device with signal control, you can record live audio of
Display and Keypad Backlight: Makes the display and keypad easy
to see in dim light using two color options and six light levels
Vehicle Power Connection (Orange Wire) — Lets you connect to
your vehicle’s dimmer circuit to also dim the scanner’s display
with the vehicle’s dimmer control.
Multi-Site Trunking: Lets you share system channels across
multiple sites to more efficiently use the scanner’s memory and
more easily select sites to monitor.
Control Channel Only Scanning: If the scanner is set to scan a
Motorola system, you can set it so it scans using only control
channel data. You do not have to program voice channel
frequencies into memory in this mode as long as all possible
control channels are programmed.
Adaptive Digital Threshold: Automatically sets the digital
decode threshold for APCO 25 systems.
GPS Location Based Scanning: If you connect a GPS unit to the
scanner it can automatically enable and disable systems based on
the Location Information (longitude, latitude, Range) that you
GPS Non-Radio Based Features: The scanner alerts you to
Dangerous Intersections, Speed Alerts, and Points of Interest
that you program into the scanner.
GPS Display Mode: Lets you display extended GPS information such
as Distance to a POI, Direction to a POI, Time to a POI, Speed,
Position, and more.
Weather Search: Lets your scanner receive your local NOAA
SAME Weather Alert: Lets your scanner sound an alert when a SAME
weather alert signal is transmitted on a NOAA weather channel.
The scanner also displays the transmitted alert type. This helps
you quickly find out about severe weather in your area and lets
you avoid false alarms.
WX Priority: Lets your scanner alert you when a weather alert is
transmitted on a NOAA weather channel.
Service Search — Lets you quickly select and search the
scanner’s preprogrammed frequencies. There are 10 Service Search
ranges including: Public Safety, Air, Marine, Rail, Military
Air, FRS/GMRS and more
Custom Search: Lets you program up to 10 custom search ranges.
You can search any of these ranges simultaneously.
CTCSS/DCS Search: Lets the scanner search for CTCSS or DCS tones
or codes on any channel or during a search. The scanner can
identify up to 50 CTCSS tones and 104 DCS codes.
Quick Search: Lets you search from the currently-tuned frequency
if you are searching a conventional system.
Frequency Auto Store: Automatically stores all active
frequencies into the selected conventional system.
Talk Group ID Auto Store: Automatically stores all new talk
group ID’s into a channel group you select.
Priority Scan: Priority channels let you keep track of activity
on your most important conventional channel(s) while monitoring
transmissions on other channels.
Priority Plus: You can set the scanner so it scans only the
PC Control and Cloning PC Control: You can transfer programming
data to and from your scanner and your personal computer, and
control the scanner using a computer. This helps you find
frequencies listed on the Internet and load them into the
scanner. PC control and programming software will be available
from Uniden direct although for full featured software
functionality including the amazing ability to download directly
from the Radioreference.com web site into software see the
ARC996 Basic and Pro software available on this web site.
Clone Mode: You can clone all programmed data, including the
contents of the scanner’s memory, menu settings, and other
parameters from one BCD996T scanner to another BCD996T scanner.
This digital Bearcat scanner can also monitor standard analog
Dual Serial Ports: Front-set serial port using the same connector
as BC246T/BCD396T/BR330T/SC230. Rear DB9 Male connector (for
convenient direct plug-in of GPS Serial cable). Either port can be
configured to be PC interface or GPS interface.