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Uniden Scanners...Is It Just My Imagination

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KME507

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Is it just me...or does the 800mhz reception just suck on Bearcat scanners? I have collected scanners for about 15 years now. Most of them are/were Radio Shack brands, most of which are non-trunking, but the two I listen to most are Uniden. I have a BC250D and a 780XLT. Listening to 800mhz is such a pain in the neck. I live less than 10 miles from the repeaters and still only get moderate to weak reception. I have tried three different antennas and still get the same thing without having to move either the antenna or scanner around a dozen times. The antenna that came with them, the Radio Shack rubber duck, and another antenna suposedly designed just for 800mhz(the latter getting the worst reception). Geeze...if the wind blows hard enough, it interferes with reception. This is really becoming very irritating...and before anyone replies, an outdoor antenna is not an option.
 

pro92b

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The 780 is known to have poor 800 MHz sensitivity. The 250D should do better unless it is being overloaded. The R/S 800 MHz antenna should make things better. Since it does not, overload may be affecting your reception.
 

pinellasfirefighter

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or the system just might not beable to come in clearly . sometimes the places where you live are just prone to interference.
 

Gilligan

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Due to the dynamic memory structure of new Uniden scanners, I'm completely devoted to Uniden after nearly 10 years of solid Radio Shack loyalty. However, I must admit that when I still had my Pro-95 sitting next to my 246T, it was picking up stuff on 800 lying horizontally that my 246T couldn't get standing up vertically. I was impressed with the sensitivity of that scanner on 800, yet I still got rid of it. Oh well.
 

red8

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i have used both over the years and i've had problems with the
radio shack scanners took'em to get repaired and have been talked
down to by the manager like i was a dog. and i have gotten good service with the uniden and i will keep using them. i know i can have
one radio in one room and the otherwith me in another and 800 comes just as pretty as you please especially on that396t for 700
you can't touch it for reception.
red8
 
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