BC125AT Full Review

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Happy holidays everyone. I own the Uniden Bearcat BC125AT and just purchased Powerex (2)AA 2,700Mah rechargeable batteries however, I'm unable to change the charge time required for these batteries. The ones that come with it are 2,300 mah. Does anyone know about this? I brought up the menu by doing function and enter to change charging time. but it wouldn't go above 14 hours. HELP!!
Bob
 
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I ended up returning mine. The VHF sensitivity was poor. I couldn't even receive the weather service. Their signal is weak in my area, but not being able to receive it all, was really disappointing. I even swapped out the stock antenna for a Diamond RH77CA.

In addition to that, the coverage for MilAir was not complete. Not sure why Uniden did that.
iMonitor-You must of had a defective BC125AT as mine is GREAT running off a Diamond RH77CA. Actually, comparing it to the Bearcat 436HP, it has MUCH better audio and sensitivity on VHF/UHF. The P-25 is great, that I must say on my friends scanner.
 
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Bob955,

I have a BC125AT and according to the manual and the charging menu, the max charging time is 14 hours.

In addition to the batteries that came with the scanner I have additional 2800 mAh AA's that I charge with an EBL charger, this way I don't have to wait 14 hours to charge the batteries using the USB cable.

So far I am very pleased with this scanner, no downside as far as performance and reception. Sensitivity is excellent, but the antenna you use has a prodigious effect on what you'll be able to receive.
 
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#84
Regarding charge time then I would add the following:

The 125/126 series of scanners battery charge based on the adjustable hour timer and will continue to charge for the full duration of the timer. If you then unplug the USB cable and plug it in again another full charging period will occur even though your batteries are fully charged. This over time can lead to battery failures/issues especially if you use/control your scanner from a PC.

Also If you have a simple multimeter available I would measure the charge current that the BC125AT charges the cells at. You can then work out how long (in theory) it will take to fully change any given cell capacity. You may find that for your larger cells the full 14 hours is not required.

Lastly if you press the scroll/volume knob down the current battery voltage will be displayed. Alternatively you can use my free Scan125 Control Program (see my signature for link) to monitor the state of charge of the batteries.
 
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Any reason why you folks chose the 125 over the 330 besides price? Am still looking for a air band scanner and stuck trying to decide. My 436 is doing ok for now.
 
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Any reason why you folks chose the 125 over the 330 besides price? Am still looking for a air band scanner and stuck trying to decide. My 436 is doing ok for now.
Price was the main factor, plus I wanted to stay with a simple rudimentary scanner for local analog comms. I gotta say, another thing is that the 330 also includes HF and shortwave, which I think is great, but I saw myself attaching it to all kinds of antennas and grading it against my tabletop shortwave radio, making comparisons, etc. Been there and done that many many times. Being in this hobby for 60 years, I know myself well enough hi hi.
 

TailGator911

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There are many users of the BC125AT that give good reviews of this scanner for it's performance on the AM air band spectrum, and the accolades are very much deserved. But, it doesn't end there. This scanner is an excellent vhf/uhf receiver for all purposes, and it is a must-have when I am out and about locally or traveling long distances. My 3-radio lineup (for scanning) is the SDS100, TRX-1, and the BC125AT when I am mobile, and the 125AT is an outstanding performer in all areas of vhf/uhf monitoring. I love the fact that the Alpha tags are easy to read, and the sensitivity is great. I have 4 banks programmed with air band freqs including milair and airport ground stuff, and I devote other banks to stuff like FRS/GMRS, business itinerary radios, and med coms. I would highly recommend the BC125AT and in a rating level of 1-10 I would instantly give it a 10+. Just my 2 cents :)

JD
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I decided to go with the R30. Does what all 3 of your scanners do in one radio. Not knocking your setup but I didn’t want to lug around multiple radios. So far, the R30 has exceeded my expectations. Enough to put my 436 up for sale, which wasn’t originally planned.
 

TailGator911

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Nope does not trunktrack.But as long as you are enjoying it that is all that matters.
Great point there, and well said. As long as you enjoy it, that is all that matters. I happen to enjoy backpacking my radios and cameras and other odds n' ends on a camping or fishing trip. And, I'll add my Yaesu FT2DR to that bunch! There is no such thing as too many radios

JD
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