Have the BCT-15 sensitivity been tested yet?

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I was wondering if anybody has tested the sensitivity of the new BCT-15 with a service monitor yet?

I am holding off on the purchase of one until someone can verify it's not deaf like the BCD396T. After I purchased the BCD396T, I had get a PRO-96 just so I could continue to monitor my areas VHF and VHF airband comms. I can understand there must be a balance between overall senstivity vs intermod/overload but the PRO-96 hears receives fringe comms much better.

The new unit has lots of good features and looks good, but if it doesn't have good sensitivity it will be useless in my application.

How about intermod rejection and front end overload? I have a PRO-2055 that works very well, but I had to add a notch cavity tuned to 152.480mhz, a 3 db pad and a FM notch filter just to get rid of all the pager crap and front end overload.
 
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My Pro-2054 has similar problems with paging and intermod in my RF hell location.

So far no problem with the BCT-15.
 

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oregontreehugger said:
My Pro-2054 has similar problems with paging and intermod in my RF hell location.

So far no problem with the BCT-15.
That sounds good! I am in a RF hell location also. No scanner has ever worked without filters inline. The only radio I have that is immune to intermod is my VHF Astro Saber. It has no problems even with all my filters removed.

I may have to take the plunge when I can get some real sensitivity specs on the unit.
 
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FWIW, the published specs are in the back of the BCT-15 operating manual. Here's a cut-and-paste of the manual specs:

Sensitivity (nominal) 12dB SINAD:
0.4μV 25 - 27.995 MHz AM
0.3μV 28 - 53.98 MHz NFM
0.7μV 54 - 71.95 MHz WFM
0.3μV 72 - 75.995 MHz FM
0.6μV 76 - 107.9 MHz WFM/FMB
0.4μV 108 - 136.975 MHz AM
0.3μV 137 - 173.9875 MHz NFM
0.6μV 174 - 215.95 MHz WFM
0.3μV 216 - 224.98 MHz NFM
0.4μV 225 - 379.975 MHz AM
0.4μV 380 - 512 MHz NFM
0.3μV 764 - 954 MHz NFM
0.7μV 1240 - 1300 MHz NFM

Interestingly, I get some router and computer interference on the BCT-15, but much less paging interference. With the Pro-2054 I get less router and computer interference, but more paging interference. Oh well, can't win everytime!
 
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