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BearTracker 885
Owner's Manual
Printed in Vietnam



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  • Page 1 BearTracker 885 Owner’s Manual Printed in Vietnam U01UT416ZZZ(0)
  • Page 2 ©2017 Uniden America Corporation Uniden is a registered trademark of Uniden America Corporation. Features, specifications, and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    GPS Receiver ..................13 Connecting the Power Cords ............... 14 Ground Information ................14 MARINE INSTALLATION ................. 14 SET UP BEARTRACKER 885 ............14 BEARTRACKER 885 INITIAL SETUP ............14 BASIC OPERATIONS ..............15 EMERGENCY OPERATION ..............15 BASIC OPERATIONS................. 16 USING THE KEYS ..................
  • Page 4 WEATHER MODE (WX MODE) ..............19 SCANNER FEATURE ................20 FUNCTION KEY ..................21 Function + WX ALERT ................21 Function + Talkback ................21 Function + Day/Night ................22 Function + AVOID ................. 22 Function + ZIP ..................22 Function + S.
  • Page 5 FCC PART 15/IC COMPLIANCE ..........35 FCC COMPLIANCE ..................35 IC COMPLIANCE ..................36 ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY ..........37 RADIO CODE DEFINITIONS ............. 39...
  • Page 7: Overview

    IT’S A SCANNER - The BearTracker 885 includes a database of all known public safety and DOT channels in the US and Canada. The included GPS allows the scanner to select channels in your area, wherever you are.
  • Page 8: And An Early-Warning System

    Replacement or substitution of crystal, transistors, ICs, regulator diodes, or any other part of a unique nature, with parts other than those recommended by Uniden, may cause violations of the technical regulations in Part 95 of the FCC Rules or in violation of type acceptance requirements in Part 2 of the rules.
  • Page 9: What's In The Box

    ƒ Mic and RF Gain ƒ Talkback ƒ ANL/NB WHAT’S IN THE BOX Your BearTracker 885 contains the following: ƒ BearTracker 885 CB 2-way mobile radio ƒ Noise-Cancelling Microphone ƒ Mounting Bracket Kit ƒ DC Power Cord ƒ Window-Mount Antenna ƒ...
  • Page 10 1. Volume Control knob with Power On/Off. Turn the knob clockwise until it clicks to turn power on. Continue turning the knob clockwise to increase the volume. Turn the Volume Control knob counterclockwise to decrease the volume or until it clicks to turn power off.
  • Page 11 NB (Noise Blanker) settings (on or off ) Talkback lets you monitor yourself when transmitting (see page 18). 13. 9/19|DAY/NIGHT: Press to switch between emergency channel 9, channel 19, and standard CB channels. 14. Frequency Display: Displays the MHz of the selected channel. Also displays menu options.
  • Page 12: Installation

    Never transmit if any person is closer than the specified distance to the antenna. Note that Uniden does not specify or supply any CB antenna with this transceiver. While a 0 dBi gain antenna is normal for a typical installation, the above limit applies to any antenna with up to 3 dBi gain.
  • Page 13: Antennas

    Only a properly matched antenna system will allow maximum power transfer from the 50-ohm transmission line to the radiating element. Your Uniden dealer is qualified to help you select the proper antenna for your requirements. A whip style antenna may be used for automobile installation.
  • Page 14: Connecting The Power Cords

    Connecting the Power Cords Uniden recommends connecting the power lead to the Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal. This way, the transceiver is automatically turned off when the ignition switch is turned off. As an alternative, the power cord may be connected to an available terminal on the fuse block or to a point in the wiring harness.
  • Page 15: Basic Operations

    BearTracker Update Manager, page 26. 4. Remove the SD card from your computer and insert it back into the SD card slot on your BearTracker 885. 5. Turn unit on. LOAD displays while the database on the SD card downloads.
  • Page 16: Basic Operations

    2. Press PTT on the microphone and speak clearly. 3. If there is no response, select an active channel and ask that party to relay your emergency broadcast on Channel 9. All channels except Channel 9 may be used for normal communication.
  • Page 17: Using The Keys

    To Do This... Do this... Listen to public safety channels Press a public safety key on the radio. (See item #5 on page 9 and key descriptions on page 19.) Decrease squelch so more CB Adjust the squelch knob (see page 15). signals can get through Adjust scanner’s squelch level See page 23 for procedures.
  • Page 18: Anl/Nb|Talkback Key

    information from the national weather service. 4. From Weather mode, press the key again. CB is active again. ANL/NB|TALKBACK Key Controls ANL (Automatic Noise Limiter) and NB (Noise Blanker) features — ANL on, NB on, or both ANL and NB on or off. ANL reduces external noise and NB reduces interference from vehicle ignition systems.
  • Page 19: Mute | Avoid Key

    seconds and then returns to a normal display. S. MUTE | AVOID Key Press S. MUTE (Scanner Mute) to mute the voice from incoming signals. Press FUNC + AVOID to put a channel in an avoid list so future channel scans will ignore it (see page 22).
  • Page 20: Scanner Feature

    MENU/OK to set it. The next menu item displays. SCANNER FEATURE The BearTracker 885’s built-in scanner lets you: ƒ Change what’s being scanned to match your location ƒ Listen to emergency services in your area (Police, Fire, Ambulance, DOT) ƒ...
  • Page 21: Function Key

    FUNCTION KEY Use the Function key to adjust other settings: ƒ WX Alert ƒ Talkback (CB mode) ƒ Day/Night ƒ Avoid ƒ ZIP (Scanner mode) ƒ Scanner Squelch (S. SQL) Function + WX ALERT When WX ALERT is turned on, displays.
  • Page 22: Function + Day/Night

    5. Turn the Talkback volume level to 0 to not hear yourself through the CB’s speaker. Function + DAY/NIGHT DAY/NIGHT lets you change between day and night LCD settings. 1. Press FUNC|MIC-GAIN and then press 9/19|DAY/NIGHT keys. The LCD display changes from Day to Night, or from Night to Day. 2.
  • Page 23: Function + S. Sql

    3. When all digits are selected, press MENU/OK; the radio sounds a confirmation tone and returns to a normal display. Function + S. SQL Select between 3 squelch levels for scanner signals. 1. In CB mode, press FUNC|MIC-GAIN and then press HOLD/SCAN|S. SQL.
  • Page 24: Set Lcd Contrast

    Option No: Color Option No: Color Cyan White 3. Press MENU/OK to select a color. The LCD Contrast option displays. Set LCD Contrast 1. In Menu mode, turn MENU/OK several times until D-CONT displays. 2. Turn Channel Selector to cycle through the contrast options. (Lowest = 0;...
  • Page 25: Set Bws Alert

    Set BWS Alert The BearTracker Warning System (see page 17) activates when it detects nearby (up to 3 - 5 miles) public safety transmissions (Police, Fire, etc.). Set the alert volume level with this menu option. 1. In Menu mode, press MENU/OK several times until BWS ALT displays.
  • Page 26: Other Features

    SRF/CAL/SWR Meter You can check your incoming signal strength and output power as you use your BearTracker 885. The 12-column LCD display (refer to item number 3 on page 10) displays this data. Press and hold PTT on the microphone to see the RF output power levels. Release PTT to see incoming signal strength.
  • Page 27 4. Search for BT885_Update_Manager on your system. Select it, then click Update on the screen that displays. 5. The Select SD screen displays. Look for Uniden BT885-SCN and select it. Click OK. 6. The BTOM updates the SD card, showing progress bars through all the stages.
  • Page 28: Preventive Maintenance

    4. Be sure all screws and mounting hardware are tight. MAINTENANCE The BearTracker 885 is designed to give you years of trouble-free service. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. It requires no maintenance except replacing the inline fuse in the fuse holder of the DC power cord.
  • Page 29: Servicing Your Transceiver

    Examine GPS module and look for any damage. If you do not get satisfactory results after performing these checks, visit the Uniden website ( for troubleshooting and FAQ information. SERVICING YOUR TRANSCEIVER It is the user's responsibility to see that this radio is operating at all times in accordance with the FCC Citizens Radio Service regulations.
  • Page 30 Antenna Impedance: 50 ohms Power Input: 13.8VDC Current Drain No Modulation: 1300 mA Nom. Max. Modulation: 1900 mA Nom. Operating Temperature: CB: -22°F to 140°F (-30°C to 60°C) Scanner/GPS: 14°F to 140°F (-10°C to 60°C) Storage Temperature: –40°F to 158°F –40°C to 70°C Accessories: DC Power Cord...
  • Page 31: Scanner

    Adjacent Channel Rejection: 55 dB Image Rejection: 65 dB Nom. Internal Speaker Impedance: 16 ohms External Speaker Impedance: 8 ohms PUBLIC ADDRESS Output Power at 10% Distortion: 4 watts Microphone Sensitivity @1kHz 10% 5 mV Nom. Distortion: Acquisition Time (GPS anechoic box input: –103 dB) 30 sec Nom.
  • Page 32: Ctcss Frequencies

    Trunking System Motorola System (Type I, II, IIi, X2-TDMA) EDACS System (FM/NFM) LTR System APCO System [ASTRO IMBE, ASTRO 25.P25 AMBE(HDQPSK)] Heterodyne System 1st Heterodyne 25.000 ~ 225.000 MHz Upper Heterodyne 1st IF 380.75 MHz 320.000 ~ 511.995 MHz Upper Heterodyne 1st IF 265.55 MHz 758.000 ~ 805.995 MHz Lower Heterodyne 1st IF 265.55 MHz 806.000 ~ 960.000 MHz...
  • Page 33: Dcs Codes

    74.4Hz 103.5Hz 146.2Hz 179.9Hz 218.1Hz 77.0Hz 107.2Hz 151.4Hz 183.5Hz 225.7Hz 79.7Hz 110.9Hz 156.7Hz 186.2Hz 229.1Hz 82.5Hz 114.8Hz 159.8Hz 189.9Hz 233.6Hz 85.4Hz 118.8Hz 162.2Hz 192.8Hz 241.8Hz 88.5Hz 123.0Hz 165.5Hz 196.6Hz 250.3Hz 91.5Hz 127.3Hz 167.9Hz 199.5Hz 254.1Hz DCS CODES The scanner can detect the following hexadecimal DCS codes. Sensitivity (12dB SINAD) Nominal VHF Low 1 Band 25.0050 MHz...
  • Page 34 511.9125 MHz 0.3 μV Public Service Band 758.0125 MHz 0.3 μV 806.0000 MHz 0.3 μV 857.1500 MHz 0.3 μV 954.9125 MHz 0.4 μV Threshold Squelch (Manual) VHF Low 1 Band 40.8400 MHz 0.2 μV 53.9800 MHz 0.2 μV VHF High 1 Band 127.1750 MHz 0.2 μV 161.9850 MHz...
  • Page 35: Fcc Part 15/Ic Compliance

    Hum and Noise VHF Low 1 Band 40.8400 MHz 43 dB 53.9800 MHz 47 dB VHF High 1 Band 161.9850 MHz 41 dB 173.2250 MHz 42 dB 216.0200 MHz 42 dB UHF Band 406.8750 MHz 41 dB Public Service Band 758.0125 MHz 42 dB 857.1500 MHz...
  • Page 36: Ic Compliance

    interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void your authority to operate the equipment. Avis de conformité à la FCC : Ce dispositif a été testé et s’avère conforme à...
  • Page 37: One-Year Limited Warranty

    WARRANTOR: UNIDEN AMERICA CORPORATION (“Uniden”) ELEMENTS OF WARRANTY: Uniden warrants, for one year, to the original retail owner, this Uniden Product to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship with only the limitations or exclusions set out below. WARRANTY DURATION: This warranty to the original user shall terminate and be of no further effect one year after the date of original retail sale.
  • Page 38 Product. Include evidence of original purchase and a note describing the defect that has caused you to return it. The Product should be shipped freight prepaid, by traceable means, to warrantor at: Uniden America Service C/O Saddle Creek 743 Henrietta Creek Rd., Suite 100...
  • Page 39: Radio Code Definitions

    RADIO CODE DEFINITIONS The following list contains common “10-Codes” used by CB radio operators for faster communication and better understanding. Code Meaning Code Meaning 10-1 Received poorly 10-34 Trouble at this station 10-2 Receiving well 10-35 Confidential information 10-3 Stop transmitting 10-36 Correct time is 10-4...
  • Page 40 Code Meaning Code Meaning 10-26 Disregard last information 10-84 My telephone number is 10-27 I am moving to channel 10-85 My address is 10-28 Identify your station 10-91 Talk closer to microphone 10-29 Time is up for contact 10-93 Check my frequency on this channel 10-30 Does not conform to FCC...