BCT15X | Uniden-Bearcat

Uniden-Bearcat » BCT15X

Desktop / mobile VHF and UHF receiver, frequency range 25-1300 MHz in three specific bands. It features a band scope function and fast scan/search rate. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2009.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage 25.0000 ~ 512.0000 MHz
758.0000 ~ 960.0000 MHz [1]
1240.0000 ~ 1300.0000 MHz
Modulation mode AM / FM / WFM
Tuning step [2] 5 / 6.25 / 8.333 / 10 / 12.5 / 20 / 25 / 50 / 100 KHz
Receiver :
Sensitivity AM 0.4 uV (25~28 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (108~137 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (225~380 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
FM 0.3 uV (28~54 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.2 uV (72~76 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (137~174 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (216~225 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (380~512 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.3 uV (758~960 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.4 uV (1240~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
WFM 0.6 uV (54~72 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.5 uV (76~108 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.5 uV (174~216 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
RF attenuator 20 dB
Intermediate frequency [3] 265.500~265.600 MHz
380.700~380.800 MHz
10.8 MHz
450 KHz
Features :
Memory 500 regular memories in banks
Dynamic memory allocation support trunking systems
Antenna BNC 50Ω connector
Power supply 11 ~ 16.6 VDC external, 13.8V nominal
Audio power 3 W with an 8Ω load
Audio output Jack 3.5 mm headphone
Connections Jack 3.5 mm external speaker
Jack 3.5 mm line
Plug 5.5 mm, power adapter, center positive
D-Sub9, for GPS / PC
Mini-4, for PC on front panel
Mechanical and environmental data :
Operating temperature from -20°C to +60°C
Dimensions 184 (W) x 56 (H) x 151 (D) mm
Weight 1.42Kg

[1] In official data 824~849 and 869~894 MHz are blocked
[2] Steps predefined as band-plan
[3] 1° IF frequencies correlated to specific band segments

Description :

The BCT15X is in fact the basic version of the BCD996XT to which it shares almost all features and functionality, the main differences concern the supported trunking systems and minimal variations on sensitivity in VHF. The receiver tunes the VHF and UHF with the exclusion of the portions of 512 ~ 758 MHz and 960 ~ 1240 MHz. This scanner is suitable for both a fixed and a car installation and is aimed particularly at those who follow the public mobile radio networks. The apparatus, developed for US customers, is set up according to a band-plan which relates certain frequency ranges with the mode (AM/FM/WFM) and the step between channels. By default, placing itself in the aeronautical bands, the scanner places itself in AM with steps of 8.333 KHz on VHF and with steps of 25 KHz on UHFs as necessary in this context.

The apparatus implements the TrunkTracker III technology and allows PMR stations to be monitored not only on traditional networks, on a single channel or via a radio repeater, but also on trunking systems that employ a group of channels managed by users as an dynamically allocated radio resource according to a standard protocol. Network scanning can be performed by identification code (ID). The supported trunking systems are Motorola Type I and II, EDACS, LTR. It is pointed out that these standards have their main diffusion on the North American continent.

Other features: RF attenuator, 500 general locations divided into banks and a large number of memories serving the management of Trunked networks, search for memories or between band limits, fast scan up to 300 CH / second with steps of 5 KHz, recognition of the audio tones DCS / CTCSS. Close Call RF Capture function to instantly tune to the frequency of the strongest signal. Spectrum analyzer function covering 0.2 to 500 MHz span with scanning step between 5 and 100 kHz. Interfacing with a GPS unit to integrate geolocation to the trunking networks monitoring. Dot matrix display with 64 x 128 px and orange backlight. Additional setting of the audio volume on the individual channels as an offset to improve the listening of broadcasters and / or networks that are characterized by a different than the average sound intensity.

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