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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 1 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM BC72XLT OWNER’S MANUAL OWNER’S MANUAL...

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    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.

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    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: Controls And Display

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 4 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM BC72XLT Controls and Display BC72XLT Controls and Display Headphone Jack Squelch Volume Display Keypad DC 6V Jack Power BC72XLT Controls and Display...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    What is Scanning? ... 14 What is Searching? ... 14 Conventional Scanning ... 14 Where To Obtain More Information ... 16 Included With Your Scanner ... 18 Setting Up Your Scanner ... 19 Using Internal Batteries ... 19 Using AC Power ... 23 Connecting the Antenna ...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Locking Out Channels ... 48 Priority ... 48 Using Keylock ... 49 Using the Display Backlight ... 50 Troubleshooting ... 51 Resetting the Scanner ... 53 Care and Maintenance ... 54 General Use ... 54 Location ... 54 Cleaning ... 54 Repairs...

  • Page 7: Scanning Legally

    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.

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    FCC authorization to operate it. In some areas, mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit. Check the laws in your area. It is also illegal in many areas (and a bad idea...

  • Page 9: Introduction

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 9 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Introduction Introduction Thank you for purchasing a Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner. The scanner is versatile, compact, and easy to use. In addition to its standard scanning features, your scanner also...

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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 10 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM 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 Step Mode Transmission (MHz) (kHz) 25.0-27.995...

  • Page 11: Feature Highlights

    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. Chain Search - lets you enter personal search bands in 10 locations and search all locations in a chain of frequency bands.

  • Page 12: About This Manual

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 12 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Key Lock - lets you lock the scanner's keys to help prevent accidental changes to the scanner's programming. Direct Access - lets you directly access any channel. Display Backlight - makes the scanner easy to read in low-light situations.

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    The first thing you’ll need to do is install batteries in the scanner. Then you need to connect the included antenna to the scanner. See “Using Internal Batteries” on Page 19 and “Connecting the Antenna”...

  • Page 14: Understanding Scanning, What Is Scanning, What Is Searching, Conventional Scanning

    What is Scanning? Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations, most two- way communications do not transmit continuously. Your BC72XLT scans programmed channels until it finds an active frequency, then stops on that frequency and remains on that channel as long as the transmission continues.

  • Page 15: Simplex Operation, Repeater Operation

    When you are scanning a conventional system, the scanner stops very briefly on each channel to see if there is activity. If there isn’t, the scanner quickly moves to the next channel. If there is, then the scanner pauses on the transmission until it is over.

  • Page 16: Where To Obtain More Information

    Here are a few useful sites: • http://www.scannermaster.com * - frequency resources and home of Police Call. You can also call them at 1 800 SCANNER (hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday). •...

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    • svartifoss2.fcc.gov/reports/index.cfm conventional frequency information on file with the US Government * - This web site is not affiliated with Uniden Corporation. To purchase another copy of the conventional frequency guide, contact your local dealer or: Uniden Parts Department (800) 554-3988 (Hours are from 8:00 a.m.

  • Page 18: Included With Your Scanner

    Owners Manual Frequency Guide 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, Using Internal Batteries

    • Do not use the scanner in high-moisture environments such as the kitchen or bathroom. • Avoid placing the scanner in direct sunlight or near heating elements or vents. Using Internal Batteries You can power your scanner using two alkaline or rechargeable AA batteries (not supplied).

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    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. Setting Up Your Scanner...

  • Page 21: Using Rechargeable Batteries

    REG. ALK. BATT./NI-MH BATT. inside the battery compartment to NI-MH BATT., install the batteries in the scanner, and connect an external AC adapter to the scanner's DC 6V jack (see “Using AC Power” on Page 23). Setting Up Your Scanner...

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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 22 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM 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, Connecting The Antenna

    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, Connecting An Extension Speaker

    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: Attaching The Belt Clip

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 25 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Attaching the Belt Clip To make your scanner easier to carry when you are on the go, use the supplied belt clip. Use a Phillips screwdriver and the supplied screws to attach the clip to the scanner.

  • Page 26: About Your 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

    Func then release it. display. Then press the next key in the function key sequence while appears. disappears as you press Func. If your scanner's keys seem confusing at first, the following information should help you understand each key's function. Key Name Description...

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    Func Lets you use various functions by pressing this key in combination with other keys. Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to turn the scanner on or off. 1/Pri Enters a 1. – Func + Pri priority function on or off.

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    E/Pgm Enters frequencies into – channels. Func + Pgm the frequency. Sets and turns the – Sets and turns – Selects the scan or – Lets you lock out – lets you program – About Your Scanner...

  • Page 30: A Look At The Display

    - appears during search mode. - appears while rechargeable batteries are charging and alerts you when the battery power gets low. - appears when the scanner is set to a Close Call mode. - appears when you select a priority channel. About Your Scanner...

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    HAM, WX, POL, FIRE, AIR, or MRN - appears along with an indicator that shows the current service bank during a service search. ALT - appears when you receive a Close Call alert while the Close Call function is on. About Your Scanner...

  • Page 32: Understanding Banks

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 32 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM 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 100 channels are divided into 10 channel-storage banks.

  • Page 33: Operation, Turning On The Scanner And Setting Squelch, Storing Known Frequencies Into Channels

    2 seconds to turn the scanner on, then turn Volume clockwise until you hear a hissing sound. 3. If the scanner is scanning, press Hold to stop scanning, then turn Squelch clockwise until the hissing stops. Storing Known Frequencies Into Channels 1.

  • Page 34: Searching For And Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies, Search Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies

    If you do not have a reference to frequencies in your area, use a search (except weather service search) to find a transmission. Note: When the scanner starts searching, it auto- matically turns on the delay function. To turn delay on or off, press Func + Dly.

  • Page 35: Scanning The Stored Channels

    The scanner scans through all non-locked channels in the activated banks. (See “Locking Out Channels” on Page 48 and “Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off” on Page 47). When the scanner finds a to step through the before you press...

  • Page 36: Manually Selecting A Channel

    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. To listen to a weak or distant station, turn Squelch counterclockwise.

  • Page 37: Special Features

    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" while you are scanning other frequencies, turn off normal scanning while Close Call is working, or turn off the Close Call feature and use the scanner normally.

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    C-C.ALt: Lets you select the Close Call alert settings. C-C.PS: Lets you turn Pager Screen on or off. Pager Screen lets you set the scanner so it does not detect pager frequencies. 2. Repeatedly press you want, then press E.

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    Then skip to Step 9. 5. Press E while C-C.Alt appears. One of the following alert options appears. ALt bEEP: The scanner beeps when a Close Call signal is detected. ALt Light: The scanner flashes the display backlight when a Close Call signal is detected.

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    Pager Screen options appears. PS On: The scanner ignores hits on common pager frequencies. PS OFF: The scanner alerts you when it receives hits on common pager frequencies. 8. Repeatedly press want appears, then press E to select it.

  • Page 41: Chain Search

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 41 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM To turn on the Close Call feature and turn off normal scanning, press Func + twice. To turn off Close Call and turn on normal scanning, press Func + three times.

  • Page 42: Chain Search Hold Mode

    (Disabled bank numbers disappear). At least one search bank must be enabled. (The scanner sounds an error tone if you try to disable all the search banks). The search bank and the frequency where chain search starts depends on how the scanner was set before you selected chain search mode.

  • Page 43: Direct Entry Search

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 43 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM The scanner sets itself to program mode after you store a frequency. Setting the Search Range You can use this mode to define the search range used during a search in each search bank. To change a search range, press Func and PSrc.

  • Page 44: Direct Entry Search Hold Mode

    Step 2. If you enter a frequency that is out of range, the scanner sounds an error tone and Error appears. Press Func + to change the search direction downward or Func + to change the search direction upward.

  • Page 45: Search Skip Memory

    If you entered the frequency by mistake, press To enter the frequency anyway, press E to accept. The scanner moves to program mode after you stored the frequency. Search Skip Memory You can skip up to 50 specified frequencies during a search.

  • Page 46: Delay

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 46 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM To skip a frequency, press Func and L/O when the scanner stops on the frequency during a search or a search hold. The scanner stores the frequency in memory and automatically resumes the search if it is not in hold.

  • Page 47: 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. DLY appears.

  • Page 48: Locking Out Channels, Priority

    L/O disappears. To unlock all channels in the banks that are turned on, press Hold to stop scanning, then press Func and press and hold L/O until the scanner beeps twice. Priority The priority feature lets you scan through the channels and still not miss important or interesting calls on specific channels.

  • Page 49: Using Keylock

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 49 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM If the priority feature is turned on, as the scanner scans the bank, it checks that bank's priority channel for activity every 2 seconds. The scanner automatically designates each bank's first channel as its priority channel.

  • Page 50: Using The Display Backlight

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 50 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Using the Display Backlight To turn on the display light for easy viewing at night, press . The display lights for 15 seconds. To turn off the light sooner, press again.

  • Page 51: Troubleshooting

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 51 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Troubleshooting Troubleshooting If your BC72XLT 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.

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    Make sure the channels you want to scan are not locked out. Make sure the channel’s frequency is stored in the scanner’s memory. Wait for a transmission on the channel. Press Scan. Adjust the squelch threshold. See “Turning On The Scanner and Setting Squelch”...

  • Page 53: Resetting The Scanner

    Caution: This procedure clears all the information you have stored in the scanner. Before you reset the scanner, try turning it off and on to see if it begins working properly. Reset the scanner only when you are sure it is not working properly.

  • Page 54: Care And Maintenance, General Use, Location, Cleaning

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 54 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM 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.

  • Page 55: Repairs, Birdies

    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

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 56 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Specifications Specifications Specifications Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15, Subpart C, as of date of manu- facture. Channels: ... 100 Banks: ... 10 (10 channels each) Frequency Range (in MHz): 25.0-27.995 ...

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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 57 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM Sensitivity (SINAD 12 dB) 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) ...

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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 58 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM IF Frequencies 1st IF (25-174 MHz)...380.6050-380.7000 MHz 1st IF (406-512 MHz) ...380.6125-380.7000 MHz 2nd IF ... 21.3 MHz 3rd IF ... 450 kHz Audio Output ... 490 mW maximum Built-in Speaker ...

  • Page 59: Optional Accessories

    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 59 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    BC72 Paper OM.fm Page 64 Monday, October 25, 2004 3:11 PM REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! THANK YOU FOR BUYING A UNIDEN PRODUCT. THANK YOU FOR BUYING A UNIDEN PRODUCT. May be covered under one or more of the following U.S. patents.

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