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Old 01-06-2013, 3:14 PM
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I'm new to the forum and scanners as well, and may have just made a mistake.

I purchased a new in the box Uniden Bearcat 210 which was manufactured here in the US way back in 1980. I have not yet received it but heard it may not work because not much is broadcast anymore on the frequencies it was designed for back then.

Am I going to be able to use this scanner in todays modern world and if so for what. Anything anyone can tell me about this model would be appreciated.

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Old 01-06-2013, 5:20 PM
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Well, it's a classic for sure. The bands it covers are still busy, though it lacks the 800 mHz band. VHF-LO should work fine. Ham bands will work fine. Straight FM will work OK. Narrowband transmitters will have less volume on this radio. It only goes up to 512 Mhz and of course, no trunking or digital. What you can listen to largely depends on where you are located and what your interests are.

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Old 01-06-2013, 5:53 PM
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Thank you for the response Dave, I currently have a Radio Shack Pro 89 that was given to me and I can listen to police transmissions on 154.980, will my new old Bearcat 210 be able to get that as well.

Also, I hear them say switch to high band or low band, or go to tack three sometimes and was wondering what that means.

Again, thank you.
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Old 01-06-2013, 8:24 PM
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I purchased a new in the box Uniden Bearcat 210 which was manufactured here in the US way back in 1980. I have not yet received it but heard it may not work because not much is broadcast anymore on the frequencies it was designed for back then.
There was a 210XL and a 210 XLT. I owned one in the 80's but honestly don't know where it went.

TAC = Tactical, and just indicates that they are moving to some other frequency.

Switching to High Band would also indicate moving to some known High Band frequency.

It would help to know what area you are in - OR, try to locate frequencies in the database for your area:
Arkansas Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference

I loved that radio. It became obsolete to me as agencies started using the 800 Frequencies.

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Old 01-06-2013, 8:42 PM
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Thanks Doc, and I have kind of a stupid question, but if answered would help me to understand.

When I'm picking up 154.980 does that mean I'm at 154.980 mHz and well below the 512 mHz limit my Bearcat 210 has that Dave was talking about.

I live in Independence County Arkansas and looked at the frequency reference you posted and I'm hoping my new scanner will be capable of picking up all listed there.

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Old 01-06-2013, 8:46 PM
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I have a Bearcat 210 in the communications center. It is still usefull for Ham Radio,Railroads, Weather, MURS, GMRS, This would be a great scanner to KEEP and use it.Just learn how to search the bands and you will find plenty to keep the radio active for you in your area.
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Old 01-06-2013, 8:55 PM
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And yes, the 210 will receive 154.980.
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Thank you again, I really appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions.
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Old 01-06-2013, 9:27 PM
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I have a Bearcat 210 in the communications center.
I agree. I had mine running in my own Communications Center, and being in Connecticut, ironically I called it the "Northeast Communications Center". Small World! My parents told me to stop calling it that because they were concerned over Zoning Violations. I had 2 scanners, a 23 channel CB, tower on the house with rotary antenna, a rotary desk phone, cassette recorder on a foot pedal and an intercom to a microphone in a flower pot at the front door. We're talkin' Communications!

Back on track.... Keep in mind the 210 has a built in telescoping antenna, and the external antenna requires a Motorola connection like car radios have. I'm willing to bet once you get it going, you'll want more.

You're in the right place for information and advice.

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I'm new to the forum and scanners as well, and may have just made a mistake.

I purchased a new in the box Uniden Bearcat 210 which was manufactured here in the US way back in 1980. I have not yet received it but heard it may not work because not much is broadcast anymore on the frequencies it was designed for back then.

Am I going to be able to use this scanner in todays modern world and if so for what. Anything anyone can tell me about this model would be appreciated.

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Old 01-07-2013, 7:26 AM
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Does 154.980 equal 154.980 mHz ?
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Old 01-07-2013, 7:31 AM
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Yes 154.980 Mhz is one and the same. I have had the Northwest Communications Center for over 40 years. I live in Northwest Marion County,Indiana/Metro Indianapolis.
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I have one of these bought it new when they first came out $300.00 i still have it. it works just fine today. i use it for non essential monitoring. i put a piece of vacuum hose over the antenna so not to shock it. the first if is a chip ic under another ic and some of the pins are soldered together put in a plastic box and filled with epoxy. no parts are available anymore so be ware.
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Astark:

I have a Uniden Bearcat 210XLT which is still in active use today. Love the old slanted front firing speaker and great audio. Like everyone else has said, you will be limited to standard analog stuff on VHF/UHF with the 210. It also does not cover the airband, which is why I bought the 210XLT back in 1987. If you need it, the user manual for the 210 is on-line here:

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By the way, I was recently watching an Ebay auction for a new 210 in the box and was tempted to bid on it. If that's the one you bought, it was in great shape!

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The 210 was a great radio.. was my 1st programable scanner. I miss those Rolling Red Zeros..lol

1 thing to remember on the UHF side.. some of the early models didn't go down low enough to enter 410.000 to 420.000mhz (they only started at 430.000). up here in Montreal Fire used to be on 412.7625 mhz .. to hear it on the 210 we had to add 21.6 to the true freq. making it 434.3625 mhz. Which ended up working fine..
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Thanks for all the replies guys, and that was probably the same one you saw on ebay Mike, I got it for fifty seven dollars and change. I would never have thought about static effecting the antenna when installing or adjusting it, that's good to know. Its also good to know that I will be able to pick up some stuff on it, and I'm getting pretty excited about setting it up and I'm fixing to go look at that user manual posted above.
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One thing you need to know is that the 210 does not allow you to program CTCSS (PL) or DCS (DPL) tones, which means if there is another agency(s) within receiving distance of your scanner that uses 154.9800 or any other frequencies you have programmed, you will also hear those agencies. CTCSS and DCS prevents this. Here's an explanation of what I'm talking about.
Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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@DJ88:

I see you also have the Bearcat 210XLT! I got mine new at Radio Shack in 1987 and it's still in active use today in my shack. Clean as a whistle and great audio. Your point about the lack of PL is right on the money, but I love my old Bearcat :-)

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I see you also have the Bearcat 210XLT! I got mine new at Radio Shack in 1987 and it's still in active use today in my shack. Clean as a whistle and great audio. Your point about the lack of PL is right on the money, but I love my old Bearcat :-)

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Speaking of audio i would run my scanner through one side of an add on car stereo amp along with a hefty speaker and you could hear it 60 mph and 4 windows down.
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