I believe you but it just shows to go ya how the internet can be wrong. I Googled it and numerous sources came up as Uniden bought the Bearcat name in 1987 from Electra and the first Uniden 210 was the XLT.The Bearcat 210 was made in 1977 by Electra. It was a 10 channel radio covering 32-50 146-174 416-512.
The Bearcat 210XL was made in 1980 by Electra and had 18 channels covering 30-50 146-174 420-512.
Uniden bought Electra in 1984.
The Bearcat 210XW was made in 1985 by Uniden and had 20 channels covering 30-50 136-174 406-512.
The Bearcat 210XLT was made in 1989 by Uniden and had 40 channels in two bands covering 29-54 118-174 406-512. This was the last model in the 210 series.
Good days, indeed!One good thing about the early days was VHF low simplex that all the police used... 39.XX for the locals and 45.XX for the staties. You always knew if they were close or not LOL.
Yes I had most of those units that you described including the Bearcat 100 which was the first keyboard programmable handheld scanner, I had one of the first with the display problems, extra low volume, and the first proprietary antenna connection. I remember having to tape up the battery compartment so that it was tight as the radio kept cutting off.My information comes from user manuals, product brochures, and Monitoring Times articles.
Uniden bought Electra on May 28, 1984 as reported in
Monitoring Times July 1984, page 2. Uniden began
advertising the Bearcat 100 in Monitoring Times
September 1984 edition. These units were undoubtedly
inventory from Electra.
The first Uniden scanners were announced at the June 1985
Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago according to Monitoring
Times July 1985, page 18. The new scanners announced
were BC210XW (July), BC800XLT (August), BC50XL (September),
and BC175XL (September). In August 1985 Communications
Electronics began advertising the Bearcat 100XL and 800XLT.
Monitoring Times reviewed the BC100XL and BC175XL in
October 1985 on page 32.