BCD536HP reliable? Others?

Status
Not open for further replies.

NightOwl326

Member
Joined
Nov 11, 2013
Messages
21
Don't want to jump off a cliff with a new purchase.
Is the BCD536HP reliable? Tell me what is safe in both lines in current hardware (Whistler, Uniden)?
 

marksmith

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Jun 20, 2007
Messages
4,278
Location
Anne Arundel County, MD
I don't know of any "unsafe" or unreliable units by either manufacturer. Some radios are better than others, and the price usually follows capability.
 

slhbeard

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Dec 29, 2011
Messages
78
Location
Vicksburg, Ms
I have had mine for 6 years. The only downside, if you want to call it one, is that you have to pay extra for NXDN, DMR. and Pro Voice upgrades. Mine has been on for the most part 24/7 with no problems except the clock and Uniden fixed it and I understand all new ones do not have that issue.
 

captainmax1

Member
Joined
Dec 28, 2010
Messages
550
Location
Florida Keys
I've had mine first 536 for 6 years and my other 2 536's for 5 years. They have all the options and they stay on 24/7. You would not go wrong with an SDS model either. I don't own a SDS200 but own 2 SDS100's and very happy with them. SDS models are the only scanners that can defeat simulcast if that is a concern in your area.
 

GlobalNorth

Active Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
May 2, 2020
Messages
662
Location
Verde Valley & the Hassayampa River
My 536 works well. I use it in a simulcast area, so I've relegated it to non-simulcast systems for listening and it has had no problems. DMR was pretty much a necessity, NXDN an okay option, and Pro Voice isn't used by anyone of note in my State and I won't buy it.
 

rk911

Rich
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Dec 11, 2004
Messages
410
Location
Wheaton, IL
i should have added that i am in a simulcast area and have no issues monitoring it with my 536.
 

kb7gjy

Member
Feed Provider
Joined
Feb 13, 2011
Messages
255
Location
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
It really depends if simulcast is an issue.

I personally will vouch for the 536. Mine has been on 24/7 the first 3 years of its life, no issues. the last 2 or 3 years it has been in a dirty dusty dump truck. It's still hummed along. Still rocking the original micro SD card (Yes I made a backup).

It is a late 90's dump truck that doesn't keep the dust and dirt out very well. a couple times a week the cab and scanner gets blowed out. This fall I will pull it out and pop the top and clean the inside. But I will say, I am very impressed.

Hope this helps
 

TailGator911

Silent Key/KF4ANC
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Feb 12, 2005
Messages
2,689
Location
Fairborn, OH
Use mine everyday for several years now. Reliable. Easy to program once you understand Sentinel. Great on all fronts except for simulcast.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top