Ordered a BCD436HP

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Haven't run scanners for about 10 years. Just ordered a BCD436HP, Remtronix 800 SMA antenna and some cables/GPS to make my own slim, 2 cord GPS. :D
Now I need to look at another ProClip mount.
 

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I bought one about a month ago -- nice scanner. I just can't decide on what PC software to use along with it (prefer Mac, but we know how that goes). The only thing I don't like about it is the LCD display could be easier to read. You will really like the BCD436HP. Congratulations.
 

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Please let me know how you like it. I'm running a Uniden BCT-8. Looking to upgrade eventually.


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Please let me know how you like it. I'm running a Uniden BCT-8. Looking to upgrade eventually.
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Will do. Thanks to Amazon Prime, I get it tomorrow. :)
 

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[MENTION=12845]studio1930[/MENTION], how are you liking the new scanner?
 

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Yea. How is it?
 

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Sorry, missed getting back to this thread.

I love the 436. I thought I might need an external antenna for my vehicle, but I just bought a REMTRONIX 800 MHz antenna (better version of the Radio Shack antenna) and it is perfect. Most comms in my area are P25 digital in the 800 MHz range so I don't need a big antenna for Highway Patrol like some states do. Programming is very easy with the free software. You just have to learn the systems in your area to know how to setup what you want. I can now quickly dial in a certain city (Kansas City is just a bunch of small cities bunched together so you need to know the city you want to listen to) or listen to all of the ones near me. I can also quickly turn on or off certain types like fire, police, ems, highway patrol, utility.

I added a GPS and power connection for the car and can just drive around and have it follow my areas without needing to program it or know what city I am in. Very nice feature. I also love the recording feature and playback feature where you can quickly play back the last few things said. A bluetooth dongle makes it easy to send the audio to headphones or the car stereo.

I guess the only think I don't really like is that it won't charge and power at the same time (you have to turn it off to charge it). Also, it asks you if you want to charge it when you plug it in and won't start charging until you tell it yes. This is not good when you have a power fluctuation and find the next morning that it isn't charged because it was asking you to click yes. I also found that I was missing some conversations or getting cutouts on the audio and found that it was due to having Close Call turned on. Now I only turn on Close Call when I really need it rather than having it on all of the time. (Close Call allows you to pick up anyone very close, say 1000 feet or less, transmitting without needing to know their frequency. Very fun feature when arriving at an accident or when in a certain building.)

Overall, love it.
 

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Sorry, missed getting back to this thread.

I love the 436. I thought I might need an external antenna for my vehicle, but I just bought a REMTRONIX 800 MHz antenna (better version of the Radio Shack antenna) and it is perfect. Most comms in my area are P25 digital in the 800 MHz range so I don't need a big antenna for Highway Patrol like some states do. Programming is very easy with the free software. You just have to learn the systems in your area to know how to setup what you want. I can now quickly dial in a certain city (Kansas City is just a bunch of small cities bunched together so you need to know the city you want to listen to) or listen to all of the ones near me. I can also quickly turn on or off certain types like fire, police, ems, highway patrol, utility.

I added a GPS and power connection for the car and can just drive around and have it follow my areas without needing to program it or know what city I am in. Very nice feature. I also love the recording feature and playback feature where you can quickly play back the last few things said. A bluetooth dongle makes it easy to send the audio to headphones or the car stereo.

I guess the only think I don't really like is that it won't charge and power at the same time (you have to turn it off to charge it). Also, it asks you if you want to charge it when you plug it in and won't start charging until you tell it yes. This is not good when you have a power fluctuation and find the next morning that it isn't charged because it was asking you to click yes. I also found that I was missing some conversations or getting cutouts on the audio and found that it was due to having Close Call turned on. Now I only turn on Close Call when I really need it rather than having it on all of the time. (Close Call allows you to pick up anyone very close, say 1000 feet or less, transmitting without needing to know their frequency. Very fun feature when arriving at an accident or when in a certain building.)

Overall, love it.
awesome! Sounds like a win-win to me! Do you think the rubber duck would be good enough for VHF/UHF, standard and lowband? I would REALLY like to avoid an external antenna. SP, counties, and a few locals are on P25, and 800 mhz. All others analog. What antenna setup do I have to run?
 

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awesome! Sounds like a win-win to me! Do you think the rubber duck would be good enough for VHF/UHF, standard and lowband? I would REALLY like to avoid an external antenna. SP, counties, and a few locals are on P25, and 800 mhz. All others analog. What antenna setup do I have to run?
I have the DMR license and have no issues picking up UHF freqs and the occasional VHF. With that being said, I don't listen to that much outside of the P25 800 MHz range. I think you will be fine unless you are needing to listen to HF stuff. Maybe someone else here has more experience with the 436HP and lower frequencies.
 

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Thank you for the response. Maybe OpenRoad could chime in? I know California has low band, but I'm sure he would have knowledge on the antenna stuff.
 

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By the way, I did order another proclip phone mount for my vehicle and the 436HP clips right on and stays put while I drive. I then just slip it off when leaving or needing to put my phone in the holder. Very nice.

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Also, here is a great site to lookup DMR in your area and then quickly export it and import it to your 436. No typing! Love it.
http://www.digitalfrequencysearch.com/

Also, I added this copper tape to the inside of the battery door to reduce EMI and it does help you lock into weak signals (known issue with the 436 and several others).
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8MCK6M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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By the way, I did order another proclip phone mount for my vehicle and the 436HP clips right on and stays put while I drive. I then just slip it off when leaving or needing to put my phone in the holder. Very nice.

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Also, here is a great site to lookup DMR in your area and then quickly export it and import it to your 436. No typing! Love it.
http://www.digitalfrequencysearch.com/

Also, I added this copper tape to the inside of the battery door to reduce EMI and it does help you lock into weak signals (known issue with the 436 and several others).
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8MCK6M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks I'll be sure to check the links out!


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By the way, I did order another proclip phone mount for my vehicle and the 436HP clips right on and stays put while I drive. I then just slip it off when leaving or needing to put my phone in the holder. Very nice.

- - - Updated - - -

Also, here is a great site to lookup DMR in your area and then quickly export it and import it to your 436. No typing! Love it.
http://www.digitalfrequencysearch.com/

Also, I added this copper tape to the inside of the battery door to reduce EMI and it does help you lock into weak signals (known issue with the 436 and several others).
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8MCK6M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Photos of the proclip? I just did one and put a ram ball on it for my phone, it might be worth relocating the ham radio for (and actually I'm thinking about maybe finding DMR ham radio hearing how active those repeaters are and moving the DSTAR into the house).
 

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I have two ProClip mounts in my Jeep. One on each side of the steering wheel. I can put my phone or scanner on either one or use one for my phone and one for the wife's phone and the scanner is put away/not used.

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Nice! I guess A/C isn't important in KC, eh? :)
 

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Thanks for the photos, if I get a second proclip it's going on the far side of the screen, and I'd have to move my I wish they made a left hand vent that would be perfect.
 

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Thanks for the photos, if I get a second proclip it's going on the far side of the screen, and I'd have to move my I wish they made a left hand vent that would be perfect.
Yeah I got lucky since they make the left vent mount for my vehicle. I also have a Proclip mount for the gear shifter area but I don't use it right now. I had a monitor there but got rid of it when I integrated it into my head unit.

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I thought of one more important tip for anyone using the 436HP (or other scanners with this feature). Uniden has a feature called "ID Scanning" and "ID Searching". Make sure you are using the right one or you will get unexpected results when scanning a trunked system. Many of you may know this, but if you don't, this can save you some time and frustration.

ID Scanning: Scanner will scan/listen to all of your programmed frequencies and when it finds an active frequency it will check your list of Talk Groups that you said you wanted to listen to (ex: City1 police, City3 fire...) and if the ID of the person transmitting on that frequency is in your Talk Group ID list that you said you wanted to listen to, then it opens the squelch and lets you listen to the audio. If the person transmitting has an ID that is not in your approved/selected Talk Group list (ex: City6 Trash Collection) then it just keeps on scanning other frequencies and does not allow you to hear the audio. This is what you would expect and is what you normally want to have set.


ID Searching:
Scanner will scan/listen to all of your programmed frequencies and when it finds an active frequency it will open the squelch and allow you to hear the audio even if the ID of the person transmitting is NOT in your approved Talk Group list. It does this because you selected "searching" and assumes you want to "search" for active Talk Groups is your area that you were not aware of. This can be confusing if you said you only want to hear City1 Police Talk Groups but you keep hearing City1 Police AND City6 Trash Collection even though you didn't select City6 Trash Collection in your list of what you wanted to hear.
 

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