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Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner (Black)

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  • Handheld scanner for monitoring police and fire signals, weather transmissions, ham radio bands, and more
  • 100 channels and 10 banks; Close Call RF technology identifies nearby signals
  • 6 preprogrammed service searches, including public safety, railroad, and marine
  • Compact design fits comfortably in hand; easy-to-read backlit display
  • Runs on 2 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: BC72XLT
  • ASIN: B0002QIBNK
  • Date first available at Aug. 20 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,925 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Versatile, compact, and easy to use, the Uniden BC72XLT handheld scanner offers a simple way to monitor the -Inchaction-Inch bands, including police and fire channels (including rescue and paramedics), NOAA weather transmissions, business and industrial radio broadcasts, utilities, marine and amateur (ham radio) bands, air bands, and more. In short, the scanner keeps interested parties in the information loop. Of course, scanning the 32,000 available frequencies can be time-consuming and frustrating, which is why Uniden added such functions as Close Call capture technology, which instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters to help you detect and identify local signals, and a comprehensive memory that holds up to 100 programmed channels (10 per bank)

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it is very refreshing to purchase a product that does every thing you could reasonably expect of it. it scans radio signals reliably and stores them if you wish. The interface is a bit obtuse,. but is easy enough to master if you spend the less than ten minutes it takes to learn all the commands.,
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I love my new scanner , it is just what I wanted!! And it's compact size is great!!! But is still a quality product!!!! Great $$$. Works great and nice features .
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188 of 202 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab839c) out of 5 stars small size, big performance Jan. 23 2007
By Louie - Published on
As they say, "a little bit of knowledge goes a long way..." If you live in or near a big city, this scanner will do absolutely no good because large metropolitan police forces use a trunk communication system due to the large number of units at work at one time. These systems aren't actually scrambled, but due to high volume of calls, it would be hard of a single scanner unit to keep track of them so while you might be able to hear one end of the converstaion, you won't necessarily be able to hear the other.

This unit is perfect for smaller cities which use frequencies betweem 153.0000 and 169.0000 for their police communications. The unit is also good for tracking airport traffic and, as you know by now, NASCAR events. The best thing to do when scanning for new frequencies is to have access to a code book for your area so you'll know what you're listening to at the time.

If you're technologically-challenged in any way, you're better off letting someone who knows what they're doing program the basic channels for you. I like the fact that's it's a lot smaller and not as heavy as its predecesors. It's a conspicuous as a mobile phone and a lot easier to carry on your belt without it getting in the way.
159 of 177 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab87a4) out of 5 stars A real disappointment March 20 2007
By JnC Amazon - Published on
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My #1 use for this scanner is for public safety scanning - I have family in law enforcement & we like to listen in.

I own a Uniden BC248CLT, & for years I owned a BC80XLT handheld. My BC80XLT was recently damaged & needed replaced. I ordered this BC72XLT, & am ready to return it also. It is not anywhere near the quality my prior Uniden handheld was. My 80 picked up as well or better than my 248 does here at home. This 72 picks up maybe 50% of the traffic of my others--whether in the house, outside, or even right in town. The buttons on this are awful, too. I have to go through multiple steps to do things that took only 1 button press on the 80. The reception, though, is my biggest concern AND complaint. I never had to purchase any extra antenna or such for my other Uniden handheld to get the better reception. Also, the volume, even at max output, is only "normal" listening level--so if I am in a noisy environment, I cannot turn it up to hear it better. My old BC80XLT had much better volume.

An additional warning - Uniden's Support has gone down the toilet. I thought Uniden was a company that would at least *acknowledge* my complaint, and maybe even have some suggestions of a better product - all I got was an auto reply that I should hear from Customer Service in 2-3 business days--and then I never heard a thing. I checked my support question on their site, and it was marked "closed." Good luck!
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab8bd0) out of 5 stars A SCANNER THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE! July 28 2007
By Corey Bellarosa - Published on
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This scanner is everything that I expected it to be. It's small and compact, it's easy to hear, it's easy to program, and it's very useful. The price was very reasonable and it was well worth the money. I don't go a day without listening to it and it goes everywhere with me. The only negative thing about it is the batteries don't last long and when I have it in the car, the signal isn't very strong. If you purchase it, make sure you use rechargeable batteries with it, or if you are home, just keep it plugged in using the adapter that comes with it. Other than that, I highly recommend this scanner to everyone.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab8be8) out of 5 stars Not a bad scanner for the price July 1 2008
By H. Rice - Published on
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I researched this Uniden BC72XLT before I purchased it. I read all of the reviews. I was worried about buying it when I read some of them. I bought it anyway and am glad that I did. It is easy to program and compact in size. I have had no problem with it picking up stations, even 15 to 20 miles away. I use it for police, fire and railroad mostly and am very pleased with it. For the folks who complain that it will not pick up police and fire, it is probably because the signals in their area are trunked and you need a special scanner to listen to that.

I am disappointed with the fact that it eats batteries. I use the land charger at home and purchased a 12 volt charger when using it in the car. Radio Shack handled this scanner sold under their name for a few years. It sold for about $79.00 about the same as this one. Today their scanners sell for a lot more and have less features than this one. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a pocket scanner and don't want to invest a lot of money in one.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab8c0c) out of 5 stars o.k scanner April 11 2006
By D. Urso - Published on
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This is a good scanner if you do not mind having the 800 mhz unavailable. Easy to use. Good price. Long wait time if you need to return this item to Amazon. BC92XLT from J&R Electronics has the 800 mhz for $30 more.

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