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Uniden BEARCAT BC95XLT User Manual

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  • Page 1 BC95XLT BC95XLT...
  • Page 2 Changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by Uniden, or operation of this product in any way other than as detailed by this Operating Guide, could void your authority to operate this product.
  • Page 3 This might be particularly true of the type of earphone that is placed in the ear canal. WARNING! Uniden does not represent this unit to be water- proof. To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture.
  • Page 4 BC95XLT Controls and Display BC95XLT Controls and Display Power BC95XLT Controls and Display Squelch Headphone Jack Squelch Volume Display Serial Port Keypad DC 6V Jack...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents The FCC Wants You To Know ... 7 Scanning Legally ... 7 Introduction ... 9 Feature Highlights ... 11 About This Manual ... 13 Understanding Scanning ... 14 Understanding Scanning ... 14 What is Scanning? ... 14 What is Searching? ... 14 Conventional Scanning ...
  • Page 6 Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off ... 48 Locking Out Channels ... 49 Priority ... 49 Using Keylock ... 50 Using the Display Backlight ... 50 Troubleshooting ... 51 Resetting the Scanner ... 53 Care and Maintenance ... 54 General Use ... 54 Location ...
  • Page 7: The Fcc Wants You To Know

    The FCC Wants You To Know The FCC Wants You To Know This scanner has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a scanning receiver, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 8 However, there are some transmissions that you should never intentionally listen to. These include: • Telephone conversations (cellular, cordless, or other private means of telephone signal transmission) • Pager transmissions • Any scrambled or encrypted transmissions According to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), you are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for intentionally listening to, using, or divulging the contents of such a conversation unless...
  • Page 9: Introduction

    Introduction Thank you for purchasing a Uniden BC95XLT Handheld Scanner. The scanner is versatile, compact, and easy to use. In addition to its standard scanning features, your scanner also includes Close Call designed to help you detect and identify strong local radio signals in your area.
  • Page 10 This table lists the frequency ranges, default frequency step, default mode (AM or FM), and type of transmissions you can hear for each range. Frequency Range (MHz) 25.0-27.995 28.0-29.695 29.7-49.995 50.0-54.0 108.0-136.9875 137.0-143.995 144.0-147.995 148.0-174.0 406.0-419.99375 420.0-449.99375 450.0-469.99375 470.0-512.0 806.0-823.9875 849.0125-868.9875 12.5 894.0125-956.0 Introduction...
  • Page 11: Feature Highlights

    Feature Highlights Feature Highlights Close Call RF Capture Technology - you can set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions. See “Close Call RF Capture Technology” on Page 37 for more information. Pager Screen - lets you set the scanner so it does not detect pager frequencies during Close Call search.
  • Page 12 marine, and weather banks, to make it easy to locate specific types of calls. Key Lock - lets you lock the scanner's keys to help prevent accidental changes to the scanner's programming. PC Programming - lets you quickly program the scanner using your PC and optional software.
  • Page 13: About This Manual

    About This Manual The screen displays used in this manual are representations of what might appear when you use your scanner. Since what you see depends on the frequencies for your area and the settings you select, you might notice some differences between what is in this manual and what appears on your scanner.
  • Page 14: Understanding Scanning

    Understanding Scanning To get the most from this manual, review the contents to become familiar with the basic functions available. If you are new to scanning, be sure to read “Understanding Scanning” on Page 14 for a quick background on the technology behind the hobby.
  • Page 15: Conventional Scanning

    frequency, it stops on that frequency as long as the transmission lasts. If you think the frequency is interesting, you can program it into one of the banks. If not, you can continue to search. Conventional Scanning Conventional scanning is a relatively simple concept. Each group of users in a conventional system is assigned a single frequency (for simplex systems) or two frequencies (for repeater systems).
  • Page 16: Where To Obtain More Information

    GMRS/FRS radios. The range is typically 1-8 miles, depending upon the terrain and many other factors. Repeater Operation Repeater systems use two frequencies: one transmits from the radio to a central repeater; the other transmits from the repeater to other radios in the system.
  • Page 17 National Communications. • conventional frequency information on file with the US Government * - This web site is not affiliated with Uniden Corporation. For more information about Uniden and our other products, visit - the Internet's Understanding Scanning...
  • Page 18: Included With Your Scanner

    BC95XLT BC95XLT If any of these items are missing or damaged, immediately contact your place of purchase or Uniden Customer Service at: (800) 297-1023, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Central, Monday through Friday. Setting Up Your Scanner Included With Your Scanner...
  • Page 19: Setting Up Your Scanner

    Setting Up Your Scanner These guidelines will help you install and use your new scanner: • If your scanner receives interference or electrical noise, move the scanner or its antenna away from the source. You might also try changing the height or angle of the telescoping antenna.
  • Page 20 WARNING! Set REG. ALK. BATT./NI-MH BATT. to NI-MH BATT. only if you are using rechargeable batteries. Never attempt to recharge non-rechargeable batteries. Non-rechargeable batteries can get hot or burst if you try to recharge them. 4. Install two batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked inside.
  • Page 21: Using Rechargeable Batteries

    Cautions: • Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type. • Always remove old or weak batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that destroy electronic circuits. • Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.
  • Page 22 the scanner's DC 6V jack (see “Using AC Power” on Page 23). WARNING! Do not connect either adapter to the scanner if non- rechargeable batteries (such as alkaline batteries) are installed in the scanner and REG. ALK. BATT./ NI-MH BATT. is set to NI-MH BATT., or if you are unsure of the switch’s position.
  • Page 23: Using Ac Power

    Using AC Power You can power the scanner using the supplied 6V, 500 mA AC adapter. To use the scanner on AC power, plug the AC adapter into DC 6V on the side of the scanner then plug the other end into a standard AC outlet. If rechargeable batteries are installed and REG.
  • Page 24: Connecting An Earphone/Headphone

    external mobile antenna or outdoor base station antenna. Note: Always use 50-ohm, RG-58, or RG-8, coaxial cable to connect an outdoor antenna. If the antenna is over 50 feet from the scanner, use RG-8 low-loss dielectric coaxial cable. You can get a BNC adapter at your local electronics store.
  • Page 25: The Belt Clip

    You can connect your scanner to a PC using an optional serial cable and software available from Plug the small end of the cable into the BC95XLT serial port (see above). Plug the other end into your PC's serial port. If your PC has only USB ports, use the optional USB-1 cable (also available from to connect the...
  • Page 26: About Your Scanner

    About Your Scanner About Your Scanner We use a few simple terms in this manual to explain the features of the scanner. Familiarize yourself with these terms and the scanner's features, and you can put the scanner to work for you right away. Simply determine the type of communications you want to receive, then set the scanner to scan those communications.
  • Page 27: A Look At The Keypad

    A Look At The Keypad Your scanner's keys have various functions labeled on the key tops and below the keys. To select the function labeled on a key, simply press the key. To select the function labeled below a key, first press Func then release it.
  • Page 28 Key Name Scan/Src Func 1/Pri 3/Svc 5/Dly About Your Scanner Description Scan Scans the stored – channels. Func + Src Starts chain – search or resumes searching. Turns the display – backlight on or off. Func + Locks and – unlocks the keypad.
  • Page 29 Key Name 6/PSrc /Clr 0/L/O E/Pgm Description Enters a 6. – Func + PSrc – program band select mode on or off. Enters a 7. – Enters an 8. – Func + Selects the scan or – search direction. Enters a 9. Enters a decimal point.
  • Page 30: A Look At The Display

    A Look At The Display The display has indicators that show the scanner's current operating status. The display information helps you understand how your scanner operates. BANK - appears with numbers ( - appears when you lock the keypad. - appears only when the function mode is on. - appears while you store a frequency into a channel.
  • Page 31 HOLD - appears during scan hold mode and search hold mode. - appears when you manually select a channel you locked out or a skip frequency. - appears when you select a delay. - appears when the priority feature is turned on. along with an indicator that shows the current ser- vice bank during a service search.
  • Page 32: Understanding Banks

    Understanding Banks Service Banks The scanner is preprogrammed with all the frequencies allocated to the weather, ham, marine, aircraft, police, and fire services. Channel-Storage Banks To make it easier to identify and select the channels you want to listen to, the 200 channels are divided into 10 channel-storage banks.
  • Page 33: Operation

    Operation Turning On The Scanner and Setting Squelch Note: Make sure the scanner's antenna is connected before you turn it on. 1. Turn Squelch fully counterclockwise. 2. Press and hold the scanner on, then turn Volume clockwise until you hear a hissing sound. 3.
  • Page 34: Searching For And Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies

    2 seconds after the end of a transmission before scanning proceeds to the next channel. To turn the function off or on, press Func + Dly. • If you enter a frequency that has already been entered elsewhere, the scanner sounds an error tone and displays the channel that was duplicated.
  • Page 35: Scanning The Stored Channels

    press Func + frequencies. To release the hold and continue searching, press Hold. Or, if you did not press Hold, simply press Func + or Func + Note: Because there are many different frequencies allocated to fire and police departments, it can take several minutes to search all the service frequencies.
  • Page 36: Manually Selecting A Channel

    transmission, it stops on it. When the transmission ends, the scanner resumes scanning. Notes: • If you have not stored frequencies into any channels, the scanner does not scan. • If the scanner picks up unwanted partial, or very weak transmissions, turn Squelch clockwise to decrease the scanner's sensitivity to these signals.
  • Page 37: Special Features

    Special Features Special Features Close Call Your scanner's Close Call feature lets you set the scanner so it detects then displays the frequency of a nearby strong radio transmission. Close Call RF capture works great for finding frequencies at venues such as malls and sporting events. You can set the scanner so Close Call detection works "in the background"...
  • Page 38 • Close Call works better with some types of transmissions than others. It might not correctly display frequency information for transmitters using a highly directive antenna (such as an amateur radio beam antenna), if there are many transmitters operating at the same time in the same area, or if the transmitter is a broadcast television station.
  • Page 39 bnd 800: 800MHz Band (806.0000 - 956.0000 MHz) If you selected C-C.Alt, skip to Step 5. If you selected C-C.PS, skip to Step 7. If you selected C-C.dnd, skip to Step 9. 3. Repeatedly press want to search appears, then press E to select it. Otherwise, press The scanner displays the following options.
  • Page 40 ALt bP-Lt: The scanner flashes the display backlight and beeps when a Close Call signal is detected. ALt OFF: The scanner does not provide any alert when a Close Call signal is detected. 6. Repeatedly press appears, then press E to select it. Otherwise, press if you do not want to select it.
  • Page 41: Chain Search

    Using Close Call RF Capture To turn on the Close Call feature, press Func + once except in WX search, band select, or program mode. appears. Every 2 seconds, the scanner checks for frequencies in the range you specified in “Setting the Close Call Options”...
  • Page 42: Chain Search Mode

    The preset frequency ranges are: Bank Frequency (MHz) 25.0000-27.9950 28.0000-29.6950 29.7000-49.9950 50.0000-54.0000 137.0000-143.9950 144.0000-147.9950 406.0000-419.99375 420.0000-449.99375 450.0000-469.99375 806.0000-956.0000 Chain Search Mode Press Func + Src to start chain search mode. SRCH, the enabled search bank number, and (indicating the search direction) appear. The search bank number being searched flashes.
  • Page 43: Program Band Select Mode

    To start chain search hold mode, press Hold in chain search mode. The scanner stops searching HOLD appears. In this mode, pressing Func + changes the search direction downward and pressing Func + direction upward. current search direction. Storing Frequencies Found During Chain Search into Channel Memory You can store frequencies you find in chain search mode or chain search hold mode.
  • Page 44: Direct Entry Search

    When you select the search bank, the lower limit and upper limit frequency assigned in the search bank alternate on the display. To select another search bank, press Func + PSrc or Func + to increase the search bank number or Func + to decrease it.
  • Page 45: Direct Entry Search Hold Mode

    direction upward. Frequencies appear during the search. Notes: • You can set the delay function on or off during the search or while the search stops. • You can skip a frequency when the search stops. After the search skip frequency is set, the scan- ner starts direct search again.
  • Page 46: Search Skip Memory

    2. Press E to store the frequency into the blank channel. To select another channel, repeatedly press Func + channel you want, then press E. You can also use the 0-9 keys to select the bank. If you enter a frequency that has already been entered elsewhere, the scanner sounds an error tone and displays the channel that was duplicated.
  • Page 47: Delay

    1. Press Hold to stop the search. 2. Press Func + frequency. 3. Press Func + L/O. To clear all the skip frequencies at once while searching or search hold, press Func then press and hold L/O until the scanner beeps. Notes: •...
  • Page 48: Turning Channel-Storage Banks On And Off

    • If the scanner is scanning and stops on an active channel where you want to store a delay, quickly press Func + Dly before it continues scanning again. • If the desired channel is not selected, manually select the channel, then press Func + Dly. appears.
  • Page 49: Locking Out Channels

    • You cannot turn off all banks. One bank must always be active. Locking Out Channels You can increase the scanning speed by locking out channels that have a continuous transmission, such as a weather channel. To lock out a channel, manually select the channel, then press Func + L/O.
  • Page 50: Using Keylock

    1. Manually select the channel you want to select as the priority channel. 2. Press Func + Pgm, then press Func + Pri. appears to the left of the selected channel number. 3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the channel in each bank you want to program as a priority channel.
  • Page 51: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting If your BC95XLT is not performing properly, try the following steps. Problem Possible Cause The scanner scanner might not be doesn’t receiving any work. power. Improper The scanner’s reception. antenna might need to be adjusted. Scan The squelch won’t might need to stop.
  • Page 52 Scan The antenna won’t stop might need to (continued) be adjusted. One or more channels might be locked out. The channel’s frequency might not be stored in memory. The channel might not be active. Scan You must won’t press Scan to start.
  • Page 53: Resetting The Scanner

    Weather The squelch scan might need to doesn’t be adjusted. work. The antenna might need to be adjusted. Resetting the Scanner If the scanner's display locks up or stops operating properly, you might need to reset the scanner. Caution: This procedure clears all the information you have stored in the scanner.
  • Page 54: Care And Maintenance

    Care and Maintenance Care and Maintenance Keep the scanner dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Use and store the scanner only in normal temperature environments. Handle the scanner carefully: do not drop it. Keep the scanner away from dust and dirt, and wipe it with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
  • Page 55: Repairs

    If you still cannot get satisfactory results while using your scanner or if you want additional information, please call or write the Uniden Parts and Service Division. The address and phone number are listed in the Warranty at the end of this manual. If you would like immediate assistance, please call Customer Service at (800) 297-1023.
  • Page 56: Specifications

    Specifications Specifications Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15, Subpart C, as of date of manu- facture. Channels: ... 200 Banks: ... 10 (20 channels each) Frequency Range (in MHz): 25.0-27.995 ... Citizens Band/Business Band 28.0–29.995 ... 10 Meter Amateur Band 30.0–49.995 ...
  • Page 57 Sensitivity 12dB SINAD 25.005 MHz (AM) ... 0.5 µV 40.840 MHz (FM) ... 0.3 µV 49.900 MHz (FM) ... 0.3 µV 118.800 MHz (AM)... 0.5 µV 127.175 MHz (AM)... 0.5 µV 135.500 MHz (AM) ... 0.5 µV 138.150 MHz (FM)... 0.3 µV 162.400 MHz (FM) ...
  • Page 58 IF Frequencies 1st IF (25-174 MHz)...380.6050-380.7000 MHz 1st IF (406-512 MHz) ...380.6125-380.7000 MHz 1st IF (806-956 MHz) ...380.7000-380.7875 MHz 2nd IF ... 21.3 MHz 3rd IF ... 450 kHz Audio Output ... 490 mW maximum Built-in Speaker ... 32 mm dia, 8 ohm Current Drain Squelched ...110 mA Full Output ...
  • Page 59: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Optional Accessories Contact your local Uniden Dealer or call the Uniden Parts Center at: (800)554-3988, 8:00AM to 5:00PM EST, Monday through Friday, for information about ordering these optional accessories. Earphone PC to Scanner Serial Cable Note: the cables are available from the Uniden On-Line store.
  • Page 60: 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.
  • Page 61 The Product should be shipped freight prepaid, by traceable means, or delivered, to warrantor at: Uniden America Corporation Parts and Service Division 4700 Amon Carter Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76155 (800) 297-1023, 7:00 a.m.
  • Page 64 © 2006 Uniden America Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas. Contains additional foreign articles. Printed in China. 7,013,110 7,013,110 7,006,797 7,006,797 A World Without Wires ®...

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