BC246T- Will it be replaced anytime soon?

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I'm looking to purchase my first real scanner to replace an adopted BC210xl. I think the 246 has everything I want except continuos 25-1300 coverage and digital capabilities. Is there an export version of the 246 that has continuous coverage? I'm new to the hobby- what am I missing because of the gaps besides cellular. I'll be mostly using the scanning police, fire, ems and the like for my job at a local tv station. Any other suggestions for scanners? Must be handheld, alpha capable, trunkable, and cannot brake the bank. Any help would be appreciated. Also I can live with my 210 for awhile if there is a model replacing the 246 in the near future- anyone with inside info? Thank
 

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Try the BR330T. It does everything the 246 does with 500-1300 coverage (minus cell but including mil-air and TV sound etc).

Thing is, your Unidens are made for the US market, so I doubt there'd be any export or government versions. Plus aren't your cellphones going GSM now anyway?
 
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Is there anyway to unlock, reprogram, or flash the deleted frequencies? I know this question has been asked many times but I cannot find a clear answer. I regularly travel outside the US mainly in the UK and Australia and want some of those freqs.
 

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lessthanlights said:
Is there anyway to unlock, reprogram, or flash the deleted frequencies? I know this question has been asked many times but I cannot find a clear answer. I regularly travel outside the US mainly in the UK and Australia and want some of those freqs.

No. The vast majority of cell phone use is now digital so with just the scanner you coldn't decode it anways. So I wouldn't worry about the missing cell phone freqs.. Besides who wants to listen to " Want to go to the mall like and buy some like new shoes because they are totally *****in".

My only suggestion would be if you can afford it go to the 396 so you get the digital coverage. If you can't afford it and there is no digital in your area (and they aren't talking about getting it in the near future) go for the 246 or 330
 

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Hello,
You might consider purchasing the UBCD396T when you make your next trip to Australia. It isn't blocked, and is set up for the bandplan for that area. It is almost identical to the US version of the BCD396T.

Mark
 

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There is some P25 in the UK, but it's usually encrypted (Customs?).

Who knows, we may use it eventually but I think the majority of "sensitive" comms are already moving to Airwave.
 

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lessthanlights said:
...I want except continuos 25-1300 coverage and digital capabilities.
Napalm said:
Try the BR330T. It does everything the 246 does with 500-1300 coverage (minus cell but including mil-air and TV sound etc).
The BR330T does not decode digitial. See this Uniden Comparison Chart. If you are looking for a Uniden, the lastest trunk tracking technology is TrunkTracker IV.


The Uniden BCD396T does what you want; it is about $525.00 USD (comes with data cable and software - free download from Uniden). It is the newest handheld model from Uniden and is probably not about to replaced any time soon. Decodes digital and uses TrunkTacker IV.

The RadioShack/GRE Pro-96 does what you want; It is about $500.0 USD (you will have to pay extra for the data cable and software). This is the latest handheld model from RS/GRE. There has been some speculation that this model is due to be replaced - it's been on the market for about two years; however, no information has been made available about any new scanner from RS or GRE.

There is a RadioReference.com thread discussing the differences between these two scanners: The official PRO-96 / BCD396T comparison thread


The Uniden BC296D does what you want; it is about $450.00 USD. It is not as new as the BCD396T. Decodes digital and uses TrunkTracker III.

The Uniden BCD250D does what you want; this one will be hard to find. It is not as new as the BC296D. Decodes digital and uses TrunkTracker III.


Sources/Links:
http://www.radioreference.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14869
http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Uniden_Scanner_Comparison
http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Radio_Shack_Scanners
http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/BCD396T
http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Pro-96
http://www.radioreference.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17894
http://www.uniden.com/products/productdetail.cfm?product=BCD396T&filter=Digital
http://www.uniden.com/products/index.cfm?cat=scanners
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036238&cp=2032052&f=Taxonomy%2FRSK%2F2032052&categoryId=2032052&kwCatId=2032052&kw=scanners&parentPage=search
http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kw=scanners&f=Taxonomy%2FRSK%2F2032052&categoryId=2032052&kwCatId=2032052
http://www.gre.co.jp/index_e.html
 
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Thanks for the input everyone. I think I'll go with the 246 for now and if that doesn't suit my needs than I'll look at something else. I just hate buying items that have been crippled by manufactures (verizon is infamous for this with their bluetooth phones). The price is right and the reviews are good. Thanks again.
 

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lessthanlights said:
I think I'll go with the 246 for now ...
lessthanlights said:
I think the 246 has everything I want except continuos 25-1300 coverage and digital capabilities.
The BC246T does not have digital decoding.

I, and probably many others, had put off buying a scanner until I could get one that decoded digital. Many, if not most, agencies are going digital (APCO 25 and/or digital trunked - not all trunking is digital). You also may want to make sure the scanner can be updated after the rebanding takes place (mandated by the FCC). I know you will be using it in the UK and in AU, but when you are The States, you want to be able to use it as well.

You don't want to be sorry later. Pay a little more now; better than buying one without the capabilities you want/need and being unhappy that you didn't get the right one.

;)
 
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