The Uniden Bearcat BCT15X is the follow-up to Uniden’s premier analog mobile scanner, the manual for the radio is contained on a CD-ROM, in PDF format. DImage_/Manual/ (1 of 3)5/26/ .. This page applies to the following scanner(s): BCDXT BCT15X UnidenĀ® and BearcatĀ® are registered trademarks of Uniden America Corporation. View and Download Uniden BCT15 owner’s manual online. scanner radio with You can adjust the level of the following tones: Key Beep, BearTracker Alert.

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Without this personal gesture, you would not be reading this. And, thanks to the many people who have posted their valuable insight on the Radio Reference forums and Yahoo groups. An overview of the features can also be viewed at my Trunking Radio Comparison Chart page. It is also recommended that you download and install the latest firmware upgrade for the scanners manuzl you don’t have it. See checking Firmware Version.

For those of you who are new to trunkingdynamic memoryor haven’t had a scanner in the last 10 years it is a good idea to read the respective sections on those topics. You really have to know how trunking works in order to program a trunking system. It won’t do you any good to try to program a trunking system unless you know what the radio needs and is going to do with the data control channel, IDs, LCN order, etc.

I have included links to other information in the Wiki not relevant manusl the operation of the scanner so you can still find the rest of the info such as specs, weather event codes, deciphering trunked systems, etc.

Uniden BCT15 Owner’s Manual

I hereby absolve myself from anything that happens to anyone or the scanner as a result of the information you will be reading. I have tried the best I can to make sure everything is accurate here but if I missed a step or you see something that’s obviously wrong, please email me. Check back often as this document will be updated and revised from time to time.

Coded squelch techniques involve the transmission of a special ‘code’ signal along with the audio of a radio transmission. A receiver with coded squelch only activates when the received signal has the correct ‘code’. This lets many users share a single frequency, and decreases interference caused by distant transmitters on the same channel. In all major metropolitan areas of the United States, every available radio channel is assigned to more than one user.

Public safety radio systems on the same frequency are usually set up at a distance of 40 miles apart, or more. This means that you may hear transmissions from a distant system when your local system is not transmitting.

By programming the CTCSS tone for a local channel the scanner will not stop on transmissions from the distant system. Trunkscanning is basically scanning IDs that are programmed into ID locations same concept as frequencies into channels. You can then trunkscan just the programmed IDs.

Trunktracking is searching for all IDs in a system same concept as searching for frequencies in a band. Set End Code Motorola only. Creating Groups Once you have your Systems built, systems options configured, trunking system Sites Createdand Site Options configured, you can create your groups.

Continue at ‘ Edit Name ‘ below. When connected to a GPS, you can program specific location information which will trigger an alert from the scanner. The scanner becomes an extension of the GPS device. Even if you don’t use the scanner to scan, you can enhance you GPS unit with information the scanner provides.

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Point of Interest POI: Stores location and range. Stores location, direction of travel, and speed. If you are traveling at a speed greater than that specified, in the direction specified, and if you are within range of the set location, the scanner sounds an alert at 1.

These range distances are also automatic and fixed. You can also temporarily lockout cancel any combination of these alerts. Make sure that the cable terminates in a female, 9-pin serial connector and you select the correct baud rate bps for the rear serial port.

The scanner will display ‘ Searching for Satellite ‘ in GPS Display Mode until it receives the signal from the satellite if you have your connections and baud rate set correctly. The first manal the scanner starts receiving a signal from the GPS, it beeps and briefly displays ‘ GPS Connected ‘ and temporary locks and unlocks all sites and groups that are ‘enabled for scan’, unlocked, and whose quick key is enabled according to your current location.

If you have a lot of data programmed, it might take the scanner a couple of minutes to complete the process. The scanner opens a dialog ‘ Storing Location ‘ to store your current location or ‘ Location Exists ‘, Accept? In this mode, you can see the current location information as well as information about your btc15x relative to selected POI’s. The third line of the screen shows ‘ Off ‘ if no POI is selected. Rotating will select different POI’s. To select a Vct15x turn the scroll control.

If no programmed location is displayed ‘ OFF ‘ in the displayyou will only be able to toggle ‘Data Display’ and the current ‘Location Display’. The scanner automatically unlocks the locked out location when it moves 4 miles or more from the alert point. To toggle ‘Hold Mode’ on a background scan hct15x search press Beaecat. To view ‘Review Location’ mode press E Yes. When a location alert with a higher priority occurs, the current location alert is canceled and the scanner alerts for the location with the higher priority.

The priority order is: If you lose the satellite signal, you will mannual ‘ Searching for Satellite ‘ until the GPS unit reacquires a signal. It applies the location-based rules to all systems at one time. The most recently stored location is displayed.

Uniden BCT15X Scanner

Use the scroll control to display the next screen for review. Range – Indicates the programmed distance to your POI. Head – Indicates the selected heading to the designated Dangerous Crossing from beacat direction. Head – Indicates the selected heading to the designated Dangerous Road from a set direction.

LS – Indicates the maximum Speed Limit you set. While in Review Location Mode: To select a location turn the scroll control. To overwrite and store the current location press and hold GPS for 2 seconds. To edit the location press E Yes. Priority Scan When the scanner is scanning a conventional system, it interrupts scanning based on the priority check interval setting to check priority channels for activity.

The more channels you have set to priority, the longer the interruption will be. The scanner is unable to scan over priority channels at once. The quick keys for the system s and group s containing the bct15s channel s have to be enabled and unlocked or the scanner will display ‘Priority Scan No Channel’. Priority Plus Scan The scanner only scans priority channels in unlocked conventional systems with system and group quick keys enabled.

Priority for priority channels in the same channel group follows the order in which the channels were created. Priority ID Scan This function is similar to conventional priority although there is no interruption during the transmission.


Priority ID Scan is always on for a system if enabled in the system setting. Priority cbt15x checked in between transmissions, when the scanner is receiving the control channel, and during the channel delay period.

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The scanner can only look for priority IDs in the trunked system it is currently scanning. Preemptive Priority Preemptive priority is a feature that works on Motorola systems. If the Motorola system has priority manuual, and you assign one of those TGs as manyal in the scanner, then when one of those channels becomes active, the scanner will jump to it even if it is on a different system voice channel i.

This feature relies on the system itself having talk groups assigned as manua so the active channel information is included on voice channel low-speed data. If a talk mznual you assign as priority is not also a priority channel on the transmitting system, then the scanner will use standard trunking priority for the talk group. To use Priority Scan you must first set your priority channels. Set Priority sets the priority mode.

You can also toggle these modes by pressing PRI in scan mode. Off – the priority feature is off. On – the scanner checks conventional priority channels. PRI appears in the display when you select this mode. P lus On – the scanner only scans the conventional priority channels. PRI flashes in the display when you select this mode. Set Interval sets how often the scanner will check the priority channels.

If there are more priority channels than the value you select, the channels are divided into more than one group and the scanner scans each group in turn. For example, if you set the maximum manuql to 20 and there are priority channels, the scanner checks those channels in groups of 20 and takes a total of 5 intervals to complete the priority scan.

To Use a Startup Key: Turn the scanner off. Continue holding the number key until the scanner display shows the number of the startup key configuration. When you use startup configuration, the bdarcat checks all systems, sites, and search ranges and: All systems, sites, or search ranges that do not have a startup key assigned will be scanned the way they were when you last turned off the scanner. All systems, sites, or search ranges that have a startup key assigned to the one you pressed will vearcat unlocked.


All systems, sites, or search ranges that have a different startup key assigned will be locked out. The scanner will remember the last startup configuration you used when you power up the scanner using just the power key. If you press the wrong key when you press the power key to set your startup configuration, and that wrong key doesn’t have any systems assigned to that key, you will startup your scanner with all systems locked out.

You can’t start Key-Safe mode and Startup Configuration at the same time i. Also, you can’t cancel Startup Configuration, i. Conventional channels within the groups are scanned in order of creation. IDs are not really scanned.