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BC75XLT Owner's
© 2012 Uniden America Corporation
Printed in Vietnam
Fort Worth, Texas



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  • Page 1 BC75XLT Owner’s Manual © 2012 Uniden America Corporation Printed in Vietnam Fort Worth, Texas U01UB372ZZZ(0)
  • Page 2: Precautions

    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 Set the volume to a comfortable audio level coming from the speaker before plugging in the monaural earphone or headset. Otherwise, you might experience some discomfort or possible hearing damage if the volume suddenly becomes too loud because of the volume control or squelch control setting.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 BC75XLT FEATUrE HiGHLiGHTS ..... . . 10 FrEQUEnCY rAnGE .
  • Page 5 CONTROLS AND DISPLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29...
  • Page 6 Unlock ..........45 PriOriTY .
  • Page 7: The Fcc Wants You To Know

    THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW 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. Uniden® and Close Call® are registered trademarks of Uniden America Corporation.
  • Page 8: Scanning Legally

    accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. SCANNING LEGALLY Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups, including police and fire departments, ambulance services, government agencies, private companies, amateur radio services, military operations, pager services, and wireline (telephone and telegraph) service providers.
  • Page 9 components or using it in a way other than as described in this manual could invalidate your warranty and void your 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 everywhere) to interfere with the duties of public safety officials by traveling to the scene of an incident without authorization.
  • Page 10: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing a Uniden BC75XLT handheld scanner. The scanner is versatile, compact, and easy to use. in addition to its standard scanning features, your scanner also includes Close Call® rF capture technology designed to help you detect and identify strong local radio signals in your area.
  • Page 11 PC Programming - lets you program your scanner using your PC. Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 custom search ranges and search any or all of those ranges. Quick Search - allows you to enter a frequency and start searching up or down from that frequency.
  • Page 12 Priority Scan with Do Not Disturb - lets you set the Priority feature to check each channel every 2 seconds as long as the scanner is not receiving transmissions. Duplicate Channel Alert - lets you know when you have entered a frequency that is already registered on another channel.
  • Page 13: Frequency Range

    Three Power Options - Use the supplied USB cable to charge the BC75XLT through your computer or other USB charging port. You can also power the scanner using two AA rechargeable ni-MH batteries (not included) or optional alkaline batteries.
  • Page 14: Usa Band Plan

    Select the band plan (USA or Canada) when you turn on the scanner (default = USA). Press and hold the key for 2-3 seconds to turn on the scanner while pressing and holding 1 for USA or 2 for Canada. The band plan will remain until you change it again.
  • Page 15 Frequency Range Step Mode Transmission (MHz) (kHz) 150.77500-150.81250 7.5 150.81500-154.45250 7.5 154.45625-154.47875 7.5 154.48250-154.51250 7.5 154.51500-154.52500 5.0 154.52750-154.53500 7.5 154.54000-154.60750 7.5 154.61000-154.64750 7.5 VHF High Band 154.65000-157.44750 7.5 157.45000-157.46500 5.0 157.47000-163.24500 7.5 163.25000-173.20000 12.5 173.20375-173.21000 6.25 173.21500-173.22000 5.0 173.22500-173.38750 12.5 173.39000-173.39625 6.25 173.40000-174.00000 5.0 406.00000-512.00000 6.25...
  • Page 16: Canada Band Plan

    CANADA bAND PLAN Frequency Range Step Mode Transmission (MHz) (kHz) 25.00000-27.99500 Citizens Band/ Business Band 28.00000-54.00000 10 Meter Amateur Band 108.00000-136.99166 8.33 Aircraft Band 137.00000-174.00000 5.0 Military Band 406.00000-512.00000 6.25...
  • Page 17: Scanning Basics

    Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations, most two-way communications do not transmit continuously. Your BC75XLT 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. When the transmission ends, the scanning cycle resumes until it receives another transmission on a programmed channel.
  • Page 18: Conventional Scanning

    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). Any time one of them transmits, their transmission always goes out on the same frequency. Up until the late 1980’s this was the primary way that radio systems operated.
  • Page 19: Repeater Operation

    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. With a repeater-based system, the repeater is located on top of a tall building or on a radio tower that provides great visibility to the area of operation.
  • Page 20: Custom Search Ranges

    The website, http://www.radioreference. com, is the internet’s premier source for user-supported radio system information. You can find lists of frequencies for your area there. This web sites is not affiliated with Uniden Corporation. For more information about Uniden and our other products,...
  • Page 21: Setup

    Not shown: • USB cable • Strap • Owner’s Manual if any of these items are missing or damaged, immediately contact your place of purchase or Uniden Customer Service at: (800) 297-1023, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central, Monday through Friday.
  • Page 22: Setting Up The Scanner

    SETTING UP THE SCANNER Connect the Antenna Align the slots around the antenna’s connector with the tabs on the scanner’s BnC connector. Slide the antenna’s connector down over the scanner’s connector. rotate the antenna connector’s outer ring clockwise until it locks into place. The scanner’s BnC connector makes it easy to connect a variety of optional antennas, including an external mobile antenna or outdoor base station antenna.
  • Page 23: Connect An Optional Earphone/Headphone

    Connect an Optional Earphone/Headphone For private listening, you can plug a 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) mini- plug earphone or stereo headphones (not supplied) into the headphone jack on top of your scanner. This automatically disconnects the internal speaker. Connecting an Optional Extension Speaker in a noisy area, an optional extension speaker, positioned in the right place, might provide more comfortable listening.
  • Page 24: Installing Non-Rechargeable Batteries

    inside the battery compartment is a switch; set the unit to either ALK or Ni-MH to match the type of battery you’re using. WARNING! Non-rechargeable batteries can get hot or burst if you try to charge them. CAUTIONS: • When flashes in the display and the scanner beeps every 15 seconds, recharge or replace the batteries .
  • Page 25: Usb Connection

    Make sure the power is turned off. Slide the battery compartment cover off. Use a pointed object such as a ballpoint pen to set the battery selection switch inside the compartment to Ni-MH. install two batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked inside the battery compartment.
  • Page 26 USB charging power. Note: If you connect to a computer’s USB port, the PC will prompt you for the drivers for your scanner. To download and install these drivers, go to BC75XLT. The scanner displays and the low battery icon CHArg while it charges the batteries.
  • Page 27: Low Battery Alert

    determine if the batteries are good and can be charged, it checks them and displays the battery icon. if the scanner judges the batteries are good, the scanner starts charging and the battery icon disappears. if it cannot regard the batteries as good in 60 seconds, the scanner stops checking and the battery icon blinks.
  • Page 28: Adjust Squelch

    Adjust Squelch The scanner recognizes signals as transmissions if they exceed a signal strength threshold. Adjusting the squelch sets this threshold level. increasing squelch requires a signal to be stronger to be seen as a transmission. if you set the squelch too high, you will risk not receiving transmissions that are lower than that threshold.
  • Page 29: Bc75Xlt Controls And Display

    CONTROLS AND DISPLAY HARDWARE DESCRIPTION Keypad Priority Hold/ Delay Close Call PSrc Scan Search/ Service Clear Lockout/ Keypad Lock Function Power/ Program/ Backlight Enter Your scanner’s keys have various functions labeled on the key tops. To select the function labeled on a key, simply press the key.
  • Page 30 Key/Icon Primary Function Key Scan Cycles through channels looking for transmissions on stored frequencies (see page 39). Srch/Svc Searches through Service Search - frequencies looking cycles through for transmissions (see preprogrammed page 35). service bands (see page 37). Temporarily or Locks the keypad (see L/O / permanently...
  • Page 31: Scroll Control Knob

    Key/Icon Primary Function Key 6/PSrc Enter a numeric 6. Sets the Program Custom Search limits (see page 36). Pgm/E Sets Channel Program Enter. mode. . Clr Press once: enters a decimal. Press twice: cancels a numeric key input. Func Sets scanner in Cancels Function Function mode.
  • Page 32: Lcd Display

    LCD DISPLAY Line 1 Line 2 Line 3 Line 4 Line 5 The display has indicators that show the scanner’s current operating status. The display information helps you understand how your scanner operates. Line Display Description B:1 - 10 Search mode: Custom Search range.
  • Page 33 Line Display Description displays when the Function mode is on. ▲ ▼ displays during Search mode. SEARCH displays when a 2-second delay at the end of a transmission is on. displays when the scanner is set to Close Call mode: - Close Call Priority - Close Call do not disturb displays and blinks when the...
  • Page 34 Line Display Description Scan 4, 5 displays when you scan channels. Hold displays during Scan Hold and Search Hold modes. WX, AIR, FIRE, Service bands. These will display HAM, POL, with an indicator for the current RAIL, MRN, CB, service band during a Service RACE, OTHER search.
  • Page 35: Operation

    OPERATION SEARCHING The BC75XLT has 10 preset search ranges that display as across the top of the screen when you press Srch. it also has 10 preset service bands that display in two rows across the bottom of the screen when you press Func + Svc.
  • Page 36: Custom Search

    to the nearest valid frequency. For example, if you enter 151.473 (MHz), your scanner accepts it as 151.475. However, if you enter a frequency that is out of range, the scanner sounds an error tone and appears. Error Enter another frequency. Press Srch.
  • Page 37: Service Search

    Press Srch to start searching your custom search range or turn the scroll control knob to a different search range and enter another frequency. Service Search You can search for Weather, Police, Fire/Emergency, Marine, racing, Civil Air, HAM radio, railroad, CB radio, and Other (Other = FrS/GMrS/MUrS) transmissions without knowing the specific frequencies used in your area.
  • Page 38: Storing Frequencies

    STORING FREQUENCIES To store frequencies in the first available channel: Press Hold. Enter the frequency and press Hold and Func + Pgm . The scanner alternates between the frequency you are stopped on and the first available channel number with no frequency stored.
  • Page 39: Erasing A Stored Frequency

    if you entered a frequency that has already been entered elsewhere, the scanner sounds an error tone and displays the channel that was duplicated. if you entered the frequency by mistake, press .Clr twice to clear the frequency and enter a different one.
  • Page 40: Scan The Stored Channels

    displays at (or disappears from) the top of the screen, showing the currently enabled banks. The scanner scans all the channels within the displayed banks that are not locked out. The bank number flashes when the scanner scans a channel that belongs to that bank. You can manually select any channel within a bank, even if that bank is disabled.
  • Page 41 To manually select a channel when in Scan mode, press Hold, enter the channel number, and press Hold again.The scanner moves to the frequency stored in that channel. during scanning, if the radio stops at a channel you want to listen to, press Hold once.
  • Page 42: Special Features

    SPECIAL FEATURES CLOSE CALL® RF CAPTURE Your scanner’s Close Call feature lets you set the scanner to detect then display the frequency of a nearby strong radio transmission such as mobile and handheld two-way radios in areas with no other strong transmission sources. However, if you are in an area with many transmission sources (such as pager radio transmitters, multi-use radio towers, traffic control devices, etc.), Close Call mode might not find...
  • Page 43: Using Close Call Mode

    For the Close Call mode, frequencies are divided into 4 Close Call bands. Turn these bands on and off by pressing 1 - 4 as indicated: Range (MHz) To turn a Close Call band band on/off, press . . . High VHF Low 25.00000...
  • Page 44: Locking Out Channels And Frequencies

    • Close Call dnd. Close Call do not disturb only checks for close calls if it is not stopped on a transmission. The icon displays. • Close Call Priority. The scanner checks for close calls regardless of whether it is stopped on a transmission. icon displays.
  • Page 45: Temporary Lock Out

    Temporary Lock Out To temporarily lock out a channel in Scan mode or a frequency in Search and Close Call modes, manually select the channel or frequency (see page 40) and then press L/O. appears. You have TEMPOrAriLY locked out the TL/O channel/frequency.
  • Page 46: Priority

    displays. Press E to unlock scanner beeps twice and CLEAr all. Notes: • You cannot lock out frequencies during WX service search. • Locked out frequencies are shared between Service Search, Custom Search, Quick Search, and Close Call modes. If locked out frequencies are set in a specific mode, those frequencies are also skipped in other Search (except WX Service Search) and Close Call modes.
  • Page 47: Delay

    every 2 seconds only when it is not receiving transmissions. • Priority Scan ( displays) : The scanner checks Priority channels every 2 seconds regardless of whether or not it is receiving a transmission. You can designate one channel in each bank as a priority channel (10 total).
  • Page 48: Keylock

    Mode Delay Specification Search Custom Search: if one range is set, all ranges are set. Service Search: Each band can be set as a unit. Quick Search Changes made to delay assignment in one and Close Call mode are reflected in the other mode. When the delay feature is on, displays.
  • Page 49: Backlight

    Connect your scanner to your PC through the USB cable to: • Program channels into the scanner • Set any setting When you connect your scanner to your PC, a series of screens will appear to assist you. USB drivers and programming software are available for download from BC75XLT.
  • Page 50: Troubleshooting

    TROUbLESHOOTING if your BC75XLT is not performing properly, try the following steps. Problem Possible Cause Suggestion The scanner The scanner Check the batteries doesn’t might not be or make sure the USB work. receiving any cable is connected power. to the PC and to the scanner.
  • Page 51 Problem Possible Cause Suggestion Scan The antenna Check the antenna won’t stop might need to be connection. (continued) adjusted. One or more Make sure the channels might channels you want to be locked out. scan are not locked out. The channel’s Make sure the frequency might channel’s frequency is...
  • Page 52 Problem Possible Cause Suggestion Press Scan. Scan won’t You must press Scan to scan. start. The squelch Adjust the squelch might need to be threshold. See page 28. adjusted. One or more Make sure the channels might channels you want to be locked out.
  • Page 53: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE 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 . before you reset the scanner, try turning it off and back on to see if it begins working properly .
  • Page 54: Cleaning

    • do not use excessive amounts of water. REPAIRS do not attempt any repair. The scanner contains no user serviceable parts. Contact the Uniden Customer Service Center or take it to a qualified repair technician. bIRDIES All radios can receive “birdies” (undesired signals). if your scanner stops during Scan mode and no sound is heard, it might be receiving a birdie.
  • Page 55 Uniden Parts and Service division. The address and phone number are listed in the Warranty at the end of this manual.
  • Page 56: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Certified in accordance with FCC rules and regulations Part 15, Subpart C, as of date of manu facture. Channels: ................... 300 Banks: ............10 (30 channels each) Sensitivity (SinAd 12 dB) 25.005 MHz (AM) ............. 0.3 µV 40.840 MHz (nFM) ............0.2 µV 53.980 MHz (nFM) ............
  • Page 57: Audio Output

    Hyper ......... 270 steps per second (max) Priority Sampling ............2 seconds Scan delay ..............2 seconds iF rejection (at 453.25 MHz) ........... 80 dB iF Frequencies 1st iF (25-512 MHz) ....... 265.5050-265.6000 MHz 2nd iF ................21.3 MHz 3rd iF ................450 kHz internal Speaker ........24 ohm, 0.8W Max (32 Ø) Audio Output internal Speaker ......
  • Page 58: One-Year Limited Warranty

    (“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 12 months after the date of original retail sale.
  • Page 59 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, 8:00 a.m.

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