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Uniden Bearcat
BC796DGV

BC796DGV - APCO 25 Digital Ready Scanner Featuring 1,000 Channels with free deluxe dual volume control scanner headphone designed for home or race track use. The BC796DGV will automatically monitor both digital and analog transmissions.
Now with 9,600 baud APCO digital control channel with digital voice specifications. Also features C4FM and Compatible Quadrature Phase-Shift Keying (CQPSK) compatibility.


The BC796DGV is sold out and discontinued at Communications Electronics. It has been replaced by the new BCD996T radio scanner. Buy it now - Click here.

For maximum scanning satisfaction, also order Scancat scanner control software version 8.50

SOLD OUT and discontinued - Price was $519.95 - Will be replaced with the BCD996T scanner in June, 2006 - Price includes $30.00 UPS Ground shipping/handling/insurance per scanner to a street address in the continental USA excluding Alaska. Save even more. Did you know, you can get a Bearcat 796D for as low as $439.95 when you order a special package offer? Click to learn more.

The GV means "Great Value." When you buy the Bearcat 796DGV Trunktracker package deal from Communications Electronics, you get more. With your BC796DGV scanner you also get a free deluxe scanner headphone designed for home or race track use. Features independent volume controls, 3.5 mm gold right angle plug and one year limited factory warranty.

For additional ordering & delivery information click here

Canada delivery price is $519.95 plus $110.00 shipping, handling and insurance per scanner.
UK and Australia delivery, price is $519.95 plus $125.00 shipping, handling and insurance per scanner. Prices are in US currency. Client is responsible for all duties and taxes. International shipments are through Federal Express or United States Postal Service.

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BCi96D Digital Card Your BC796DGV scanner purchase includes a free BCi96D digital card. The BCi96D has already been installed to save you time. To monitor APCO 25 Digital Systems at 3,600 or 9,600 baud mixed mode analog control channels with mixed digital and analog voice channels, the BCi96D digital card must always be installed in your scanner. Do not remove the installed digital card or you will not be able to receive digital signals.

Continuous Band Coverage includes Aircraft & 800 MHz bands including deluxe scanner headphone.

Capable of scanning conventional frequencies, analog trunking systems, and the most popular digital trunking systems, the BC796DGV scanner is a great all-in-one solution to your scanning needs.

Factory new in box - not refurbished or repaired

To receive the latest updates and for further information on this new Communications Electronics scanner join our Uniden BC796D users group on-line today.

PDF Click here for free 84 page BC796D Operations Guide (1.09 MB)

Export to Canada is available. Due to Canadian Government regulations, a digital permit or exemption from Government Canada is required to use a BCD396T or BC796D digital radio scanner in Canada.
For more information on this please refer to the following PDF documents:
RSS-135, RSS-215 & IPC-2-1-04. For further assistance, telephone or e-mail your regional Industry Canada Spectrum Management and Telecommunications office.


Domestic warranty service available
United States
United States of America
Factory customer care 1-800-297-1023
Uniden customer care fax 1-800-323-2641

Manufactured in
China
China

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much does the BC796DGV cost?
Communications Electronics price for USA clients is listed above. Quantity discounts apply. The more you buy, the more you save.

Is the digital card in the BC796D scanner removable?
Yes.

Because the digital card is removable, can it be used in the BC250D or BC785D digital capable scanners?
Yes. However the BCi96D Digital Card will not give the BC250D or BC785D scanners 9,600 baud capabilities.

Where do I find out more information on new Uniden Bearcat scanners?
Click here for Communications Electronics new scanner news.

What is the difference between the BCi96D digital card and the BCi25D digital card?
Only the part number. For inventory control purposes, the BCi96D digital card is supplied free with the purchase of a BC296DGV handheld scanner or the BC796DGV base/mobile scanner. The BCi25D digital card is sold as an optional separate item for owners of the BC250D and BC785D digital capable scanners. These BC250DGV and BC785DGV scanners can be purchased directly from Communications Electronics or through our distributors and dealers throughout North America.

What is the difference between the Uniden Bearcat BC796D and the Uniden Bearcat BC796DGV?
When you order direct from Communications Electronics and specify part number BC796DGV, you'll get a free HF24RS headset (a $29.95 value) packed with your scanner. Many independent distributors and dealers remove our headset or other included accessories from our consumer packaging and offer these items at retail separately.

What is the performance difference between Bearcat analog and digital ready scanners?
Performance on digital systems can vary due to signal quality, multipath interference, and cellular interference. Unlike analog trunking, where you can hear the audio with some interference mixed in, interference in a digital system completely blocks the signal. If you do not get good digital reception, we recommend the purchase of the optional ANTMMBNC magnetic mount antenna. Using this antenna, adjust your location and the position of the antenna until reception improves.

 

FEATURES: (New BC796DGV features in red)

  • Digital Ready - APCO Project 25 Phase 1 Digital Ready. Now with 9,600 baud APCO digital control channel with digital voice. Also features C4FM and Compatible Quadrature Phase-Shift Keying (CQPSK) compatibility. Not compatible with AGEIS, ASTRO or ESAS systems. With your purchase of a BC796DGV scanner from Communications Electronics, the APCO Project 25 Digital Card is included, free. When the BCi96D card is installed, you can monitor public safety organizations who currently use conventional, trunked at 3,600 and 9,600 baud analog control channel and digital voice and mixed mode APCO Project 25 systems.
  • TrunkTracker IV - Search for and monitor all the groups within a specific trunked system. Lockout unwanted groups during the search and save other groups to scan lists. (EDACS™, Motorola, E.F. Johnson). Follow VHF High Band, UHF 800/900 MHz trunked public safety and public service systems just as if conventional two-way communications were used.
  • Multi-System Tracking – Scans conventional and trunking systems at the same time.
  • 1,000 Channels - Lets you store frequencies in 10 banks of 100 channels each. Program one frequency into each channel. You must have at least one channel programmed to use the scan mode.
  • 1,000 Talkgroup ID’s – Lets you store 10 groups of 10 ID’s each per bank.
  • 27 Bands - Includes 27 bands, with aircraft and 800 MHz frequency coverage.
  • Continuous Band Coverage (25 MHz TO 1.3 GHz) - Allows coverage from virtually every frequency from 25 MHz to 1.3 GHz excluding the cellular bands and UHF TV band, so you can tune into police, fire, weather, ambulance, aircraft, military, "Ham" radio and much more.
  • 10 Banks - 10 banks with 100 channels each are useful for storing similar frequencies to maintain faster scanning cycles or for storing all the frequencies of a trunked system.
  • 10 Priority Channels - You can assign one priority channel in each bank. Assigning a priority channel allows you to keep track of activity on your most important channel(s) while monitoring other channels for transmissions. When Priority Scan is turned on, your scanner checks the priority channel in the banks you selected every 2 seconds for activity. If a signal is present on the priority channel, your scanner monitors the channel until the transmission ends, then resumes normal scanning. You can designate one channel in each bank as a Priority Channel. By default, the first channel in each bank is the Priority Channel, but you can change this setting.
  • Priority Talkgroups – Increases the priority of selected talkgroups so the scanner is more likely to switch to them if there is activity.
  • Priority Plus Scanning – Lets you scan only those channels you have selected as priority channels.
  • Preprogrammed Service Search (10) - Makes it easy to find interesting frequencies used by public safety, news media TV broadcast audio, Amateur (ham) radio, CB radio, Family Radio Service, special low power, railroad, aircraft, marine, racing and weather frequencies.
  • Data Skip - Automatically skips frequencies that have a constant-level transmission such as used on data channels for some systems, paging systems, and internally generated birdies.
  • Memory Backup - If power is disconnected, the frequencies programmed in your scanner are retained in memory.
  • Direct Channel Access - Jump directly to any channel without stepping through other channels or entering menu mode.
  • RF Attenuator - The BC796D comes with an RF Attenuation feature. If you are near an unusually strong signal source, the signal may overload the scanner. The RF Attenuation features works in all modes and attenuates (reduces) the incoming signal strength to prevent stronger signals from overloading the scanner.
  • PC Programmable - This feature allows the user to remotely program and control the scanner using third party software (available from www.usascan.com). Optional baud rates include 2400, 4800, 9600 (default) and 19200 operating through the scanner's DB-9 RS-232C port.
  • Included PC Programming Software – makes programming your scanner much easier. Full-featured software included (no registration needed).
  • Turbo Search - Searches for activity on frequencies at up to 300 steps per second (in the 5 kHz step ranges).
  • Turbo Scan - This lightning fast technology allows you to scan and search nearly 100 channels or steps per second.
  • Auto Store - The BC796D can automatically store any found active frequencies into an assigned bank.
  • CTCSS/DCS - This feature allows the user to assign analog and digital subaudible tone codes to a specific frequency in memory. The scanner will also search for unknown CTCSS and DCS tones.
  • National Weather Radio - Can be programmed to receive special localized weather warnings broadcast by NOAA and Environment Canada. The scanner is compatible with warning siren and message transmissions.
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) weather alert - S.A.M.E. is NOAA’s coded emergency weather signals that identify a specific geographic area affected by an emergency. Highly recommended by Communications Electronics, Emergency Operations Center for National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP). In weather alert with S.A.M.E. mode, your scanner functions as a county specific severe weather warning radio. To obtain further information about S.A.M.E. and FIPS code, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/index.html.
  • FIPS Code - This feature allows you to input a six-digit code Federal Information Processing System (FIPS) code that will designate a localized severe weather warning. The BC796D can decode the 6-digit FIPS code established by the National Weather Service (NWS). This FIPS code identifies geographic areas anywhere in the United States, US territories and US possessions. Programming the FIPS code is necessary to receive S.A.M.E. alerts about weather occurring in a particular area. To obtain a FIPS code for your area, call the National Weather Service toll free at 1-888-697-7263 or visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrsame.htm.
  • Dimmer - Allows you to change the brightness of the display.
  • Enter Lock - Allows you to lockout the keypad to prevent reprogramming of channels, talkgroups and tones.
  • Key Beep Option - Allows you to turn the key beep on or off.
  • Screen Mask - Screen Mask allows you to limit what appears on the display to the alpha tags that you have set for a channel along with a few function icons. Screen Mask removes the frequency, receiving mode tone data and signal strength bars. This mode is particularly useful in public safety vehicles where "information overload" is already a problem. Screen Mask does not work in Search mode.
  • Reverse Mode - This key will allow you to observe the reverse frequency of the repeater. While pressing "RVRS", the standard repeater pair frequency will be displayed.
  • Channel Step Selection - You can set channel steps, 5 kHz to 100 kHz or Auto, in conventional mode or chain search mode. The default receive mode should be the proper mode setting in almost all cases. You may wish to set some VHF channels for NFM mode, depending on any adjacent channel interference problems. WFM is typically used for broadcast frequencies such as TV audio or FM radio.
  • Mute On/Off - Allows you to manually turn the mute function on or off.
  • Receiving Mode Selection - You can set the receiving mode, AM or FM in conventional mode or chain search mode.
  • Duplicate Frequency Alert - If you enter a frequency which has been stored in another channel, you will hear a beep and the channel stored displays a duplicate warning message.
  • 2 Line Alpha Display - You can customize your scanner by storing text tags for easy identification of banks, channel transmission, trunking talk group ID and more. Allows for alpha tagging display of channel, bank or search range.
  • Control Channel Only Mode - Allows the user to automatically trunk certain systems by simply programming the control channel.
  • Backlit Full-Frequency Display - Shows the channels being scanned and the frequency entered into each channel with an easy-to-read backlit display for enhanced night visibility.
  • Scanner Clone Mode - Allows for cloning of another scanner's programmed frequencies. (The two scanner's must be connected by a cloning cable for the cloning process to take place.)
  • Alpha Tagging - Allows the user to assign an alpha description to each channel, trunking talk group and bank.
  • Beep Alert - You can set a Beep Alert on a per-channel basis to alert you when specific frequencies are active. For example, you may wish to be alerted anytime a mutual aid fire frequency is active. With beep alert, you will hear three
    beeps at the start of each transmission that you have flagged as such. You will also notice that as you scroll pass the flagged channel(s), you will hear three beeps.
  • Record Function - Allows the user to designate a channel to be recorded by an external device. The user will be able to select between ON and OFF. The default setting is OFF. An icon will appear in the LCD when a channel has been assigned the record feature (requires an external recording device.)
  • VFO Control - Allows the user to tune through frequencies, channels, alpha characters and more with the handy VFO tuning knob.
  • Menu-Driven Design - This function allows advanced programming and control operation through the easy-to-use menu system.
  • Frequency Delay Selection - A default delay of 2 seconds is automatically set for each frequency or talk group A different delay can be set for each programmed channel so that when scan or search stops on a channel there is a brief pause before the scanning cycle resumes. To set the delay feature, enter into the menu mode.
  • Negative Delay Selection - Setting negative delay periods are useful if you are only interested in small segments of conversations. For example: If you set a -5 second delay, you will only hear 5 seconds of the conversation and then the scanner will resume scanning, whether or not the conversation is finished.
  • Total Channel Control - Allows the user to program delay, step, mode (adjustable) priority, attenuation and more on a per-channel basis.
  • Chain search mode - When the scanner finds an active frequency, the trunk tracking system will be active. Four frequency
    plans apply to the Control Channel Only feature
  • Trunk Search - Search for and monitor all the groups within a trunked system. Lockout unwanted groups during the search and save other groups to scan lists.
  • Trunk Lockout - Lockout groups you don't wish to monitor, (including data groups) from the trunked system.
  • Trunk Delay - Apply a five second delay to trunking groups so that both sides of a conversation can be heard, even if the trunking frequencies change between replies.
  • One Touch Weather - Automatically scans all national weather channels with a single touch.
  • Turbo Scan - This lightning fast technology allows you to scan and search nearly 100 channels or steps per second.
  • Memory Backup - Retains frequencies entered for more than 3 days without batteries or during a power failure.
  • Programmable Search - Allows you to find new frequencies in any of the bands.
  • Manual Channel Access - Go directly to any channels without stepping through other channels.
SPECIFICATIONS:

CHANNELS

1,000 Channels (100 channels x 10 Banks)

BANDS
27 Bands

PREPROGRAMMED SERVICES

Service Search menus are preprogrammed services used across the United States. Select services from the following: Weather, Public Safety, news, TV broadcast, Amateur (ham) radio, Marine, Railroad, Aircraft, CB radio, Family Radio Service.

SOME OF THE RADIO SERVICES WHICH MAY BE MONITORED
  • Motorola Type I, II, IIi Hybrid, and APCO Project 25 Phase 1 Digital Systems (including 3600 bps and 9600 bps control channel systems) EDACS and EDACS SCAT trunking systems used by police, fire, ambulance, and other local and state public safety agencies as well as utilities and other businesses. Features C4FM and CQPSK compatibility.
  • LTR trunking systems used by local businesses and a few public safety agencies.
  • Conventional Digital APCO 25 frequencies
  • CB, GMRS, FRS, Marine, and other 2-way radios used by families, truckers, and community groups
  • Business Band frequencies used nationwide
  • Amateur Radio frequencies used by licensed radio operators to report emergency weather conditions, experiment with new communications methods, or just to chat.
  • Local and national government agencies
  • Civil and military aircraft
  • FM and TV Broadcast channels
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • And much, much more!

FREQUENCY RANGE

25.0000 - 26.9600 MHz (Petroleum Products & Broadcast Pickup)
26.9650 - 27.4050 MHz (CB Radio)
27.4100 - 27.9950 MHz (Business & Forest Products)
28.0000 - 29.6900 MHz (10 Meter Amateur Band)
29.7000 - 49.9900 MHz (VHF Low Band)
50.0000 - 53.9900 MHz (6 Meter Amateur Band)
54.0000 - 71.9500 MHz (VHF TV)
72.0000 - 75.9950 MHz (Intersystem & Astronomy)
76.0000 - 87.9500 MHz (VHF TV)
88.0000 - 107.9000 MHz (FM Broadcast)
108.0000 - 136.9750 MHz (Aircraft Band)
 137.0000 - 143.9950 MHz (Military Land Mobile)
144.0000 - 147.9950 MHz (2 Meter Amateur Band)
148.0000 - 161.9950 (VHF High Band - 5 KHz spacing)
162.000-173.9875 MHz (VHF High Band - 12.5 KHz spacing)
174.0000 - 215.9500 MHz (VHF TV)
216.0000 - 224.9950 MHz (1.25 Meter Amateur)
225.0000 - 399.9500 MHz (UHF Aircraft Band)
400.0000 - 405.9875 MHz (UHF Aircraft Band)
406.0000 - 419.9875 MHz (Federal Government Land Mobile)
420.0000 - 449.9875 MHz (70 cm Amateur Band)
450.0000 - 469.9875 MHz (UHF Standard Band)
470.0000 - 512.0000 MHz (Public Service & TV Band)
806.0000 - 823.9875 MHz (Public Service Band)
849.0125 - 868.9875 MHz (Public Service Band)
894.0125 - 956.0000 MHz (Public Service Band)
1240.0000 - 1300.0000 MHz (25 cm Amateur Band)

Frequency ranges, the default mode (AM, FM, or Wideband FM), and the default frequency step for each range:
FREQUENCY RANGE
MODE
(MHz)
STEP
(kHz)
25.0000 - 27.9950
AM
5
28.0000 - 53.9900
FM
10
54.0000 - 71.9500
WFM
50
72.0000 - 75.9950
FM
5
76.0000 - 87.9500
WFM
50
88.0000 - 107.9000
WFM
100
108.0000 - 136.9750
AM
25
137.0000 - 161.9950
FM
5
162.0000 - 173.9875
FM
12.5
174.0000 - 215.9500
WFM
50
216.0000 - 224.9950
FM
5
225.0000 - 399.9500
AM
50
400.0000 - 512.0000
NFM
12.5
806.0000 - 823.9875
NFM
12.5
849.0125 - 868.9875
NFM
12.5
894.0125 - 956.0000
NFM
12.5
1240.0000 - 1300.0000
NFM
12.5

MODES

AM/FM/WFM (adjustable per channel)

STEP SIZES (kHz)

5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 25, 50, 100

WEATHER FREQUENCY

162.4000 - 165.5500 MHz (25 kHz Step)

DISPLAY

Full LCD (with back light)
(BANK, LIST, SCAN, SEARCH, HOLD, P RI, DLY, L/O, LINE, FREQ, CHAN, ALPHA, RMT, AUTO, ATT, ALT)

CONTROLS/SWITCHES

Volume/Squelch Control with power ON/OFF switch
VFO Rotary Encoder with Pulsh Switch

POWER REQUIREMENTS

DC 13.8V (External Power Jack)

EXTERNAL JACKS

Antenna Jack: BNC Type
Phone Jack: 3.5 Ø
Record Jack: 3.5 Ø
DC Power Jack: 5.5 Ø
Remote Interface Jack: D-Sub 9-pin

INTERNAL SPEAKER

8 ohm, 2 watts (56 Ø)

SCAN RATE

Up to 100 channels per second

SCAN DELAY

none, 1, 2, 4, infinite (stay on until Resume is pressed), -2, -5, -10 seconds

AUDIO OUTPUT

8 Resistance Load

ANTENNA

50 ohms

OPERATING TEMPERATURE

-4° F - 140° F
-20° C - 60° C

STORAGE TEMPERATURE

-22° F - 140° F
-30° C - 60° C

SIZE

7-5/8” Wide x 6-15/16” Deep x 2-13/16” High
195.0 mm Wide x 177.0 mm Deep x 72.0 mm High

WEIGHT

2.93 pounds
1.33 kg

UPC CODE

0-49999-28732-8

MASTER CARTON QUANTITY

6

SINGLE UNIT CARTON DIMENSIONS

12-3/4” Wide x 8-1/2” Deep x 4” High

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

P-25 digital card, AT248 Telescopic Antenna, AD580U AC Adapter, PS001 Cigarette Lighter Cord, PS002 DC Cord, MB785D Mounting Bracket with Screws, OMBC796D Owner's Manual, ESCAN E-Scanner programming Software CD-ROM, HF24RS Headset.

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

PART

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ANTMMBNC

Magnetic Mount Antenna with BNC Connector & 12 Feet Cable

$29.95
AT002 Window Mount/Suction Cup Antenna with BNC Connector & 10 Feet Cable $15.95

BCi96D

APCO 25 9,600 baud Digital Card

included with BC796DGV

SGFW Scancat Gold for Windows Scanner Control Software $99.95
SGFWSE Scancat Gold for Windows Surveillance Edition Software $159.95

REPLACEMENT ACCESSORIES

PART

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

AD580U

AC Adapter 120VAC to 13.8 VDC @ 700 mA - 18 watts

$19.95

ANTMMBNC

Magnetic Mount Antenna with BNC Connector & 12 Feet Cable

$29.95
AT002 Window Mount/Suction Cup Antenna with BNC Connector & 10 Feet Cable $15.95
AT248 Replacement antenna $14.95

ESCAN

E-Scanner Software

$19.95

HF24RS

Scanner Headset

$29.95

MB785D Mounting Bracket $19.95
OMBC796D Owners Manual for BC796D scanner $14.95

PS001

Cigarette Lighter DC Cord

$14.95

PS002 Vehicle Power Cord
DC Power Cord (Hardwire)
$14.95
TTFREQ Trunking Frequency Guide Book $9.95

Click here for information on understanding scanning.

You must be 100% satisfied with your Bearcat scanner when you order from CEI. All Bearcat scanners purchased directly from CEI are sold for your evaluation and testing for 61 days before you decide to keep it (excluding CEI E-values).

The installation, possession, or use of any radio receiver in a motor vehicle may be prohibited, regulated, or require a permit in certain states, cities and/or local jurisdiction. Your local law enforcement officers should be able to provide this information regarding the laws in your community. Click here for more information on scanning legally.

Features, specifications, availability of optional accessories or database services are all subject to change without notice.

Performance on digital systems can vary due to signal quality, multipath interference, and cellular interference. Unlike analog trunking, where you can hear the audio with some interference mixed in, interference in a digital system completely blocks the signal. If you do not get good digital reception, we recommend the purchase of the optional ANTMMBNC magnetic mount antenna. Using this antenna, adjust your location and the position of the antenna until reception improves.

 


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