I've had my BC246T for a year and two months (has it really been that long?) with no problems ever (except those that I created). The BC246T is not as sensitive as the BR330T, and does not have an illuminated keyboard like the BR330T, but is still a very good unit. I've had my BR330T since this March and recommend that you also look into this unit for the small difference in price between the BC246T and the BR330T.
Like others, I gree that the 246T is a less "receptive," but it's a great Trunking and Conventional Scanner. I like the CTCSS/DCS Tones that allow me to split out highly used conventional frequencies. Also the BC246T is going to work after FCC Rebanding.