Uniden BCD436HP & BCD536HP offically launched!

So early this morning, Sunday November 17th, I dragged my sorry butt out of bed at 04:55am (AEDT) in preparation for the 5:00am announcement from Uniden regarding their new line of digital scanners. Yes I am THAT big a fan of Uniden gear! The US announcement time was for Saturday 12:00PM (CST), November 16th.

As expected two models were announced, those being the BCD536HP and the handheld variant BCD436HP. I’ve embedded the video at the end of the this article for those who missed it.

I’m not going to delve too much in to finer details simply as I’m going off a video, but will offer a few thoughts ‘at a glance’ and comment on the obvious.

I’ll also post some text pertaining to the features further below.

Both units look very nice and I love the fact they have larger displays. The addition of the date & time on the display is handy for those logging the old-fashioned way or on the run.

The desktop/mobile version, that being the BCD536HP, has the added inclusion of Wi-Fi and will have the ability to be listened to & controlled remotely via an associated App. FANTASTIC!

BCD436&536HP Launch 4Uniden BCD536HP & Wi-Fi attachment.

Born from what would appear to be a marriage between the XT series and HP-1 scanners both new release units have a nice addition in the Micro SD slot which was present on the HP-1, it can handle a card up to 32GB of capacity.

It’s very nice to have the ability to record transmissions.

Both units will be able to handle P25 Phase II (TDMA) and X2-TDMA. I don’t think there are any surprises there, what is a surprise though is the lack of ability to handle any of the other newer protocols that are either making huge inroads, or already have, to the communication field.

At the very least it would’ve been nice to see NXDN and some of the DMR protocols. Several of which are open standard. In recent years in Australia Motorola’s TRBO (DMR based) has seen a large increase in use. Even if licensing issues were raised by Motorola, it begs the question, why not at least make some of the open standard variants capable on the scanners?

BCD436&536HP Launch 3The Uniden BCD536HP & BCD436HP, big on features but no ‘big bang’ on scannable protocols?.

Is this where Uniden would wheel out the ‘cost to end-user’ explanation? Is that the only reason?

They didn’t seem too phased gouging us end users in Australia and New Zealand when they bought out the UBCD396T and UBCD996T models at $999.00 and when the US BCD variants were going at $500.00 or so USD, give or take a little.

Admittedly I’m not an engineer, just an avid scanner geek, so no I don’t know the complexities of providing the above. However ALL features in scanners over time have come from people requesting such and have been at a cost. So why are we not being heard on this?

Okay I guess you can see my disappointment, but it’s not all doom and gloom obviously. I have pointed out a few positives and there are plenty more. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Don’t get me wrong Uniden, especially you UPMan (Paul Opitz), these units look really nice and you good folks at Uniden seem to have created some units with some wonderful features, but I guess I just really had high hopes for a few more scannable protocols, and it seems I’m not alone.

I also think Uniden have done a brilliant effort on the launch of the products.

It will be interesting to see if Whistler’s purchase of the GRE Radio Scanner line and planned releases in 2014 will include a few more protocols that are able to be monitored.

The new units from Uniden are planned for release in January, 2014 and are expected to have an initial price of:

BCD436HP: $499.00 USD
BCD536HP: $599.00 USD

You can download the Owners Manual here: OM BCD436HP & 536HP

It’s too soon to see how these radios and some of their functions will transfer across to Australia and New Zealand, whether it be by users importing units or by Uniden Australia releasing units with software configured for local use.
BCD436&536HP Launch 5

Uniden BCD436HP at a glance:

bcd436hp
• 4 Gigabyte microSD card holds the entire USA and Canada database of radio systems, plus leaves room for hundreds of hours of audio recording.
• Programmable Alert LED lets you set a specific color to alert you when a channel becomes active.
• TrunkTracker V with support for APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II, X2-TDMA, Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunked Radio Systems
• Quick Key access to 100 Favorites Lists, 100 Systems per Favorites List, and 100 Departments per System.
• Discovery Modes help you find new channels on trunked systems and frequency ranges.
• Analysis Modes include Band Scope, RF Power Plot, Trunked System Analysis, and EDACS/LTR LCN Finder.
• Flexible Easy Channel Selection using Zip Code or GPS and Service Types — just pick the kinds of channels you want to hear and tell the BCD436HP where you are and let it do the rest.
• Easy Scan Control using the dedicated System, Department and Channel Hold buttons.
• Complete Front-Panel Programmability — create custom Favorites Lists either using systems from the main database as a starting point or program your systems from scratch.
• Temporary Avoid lets you quickly silence unwanted systems, departments, or channels while allowing you to restore them by cycling power.
• Backlight-on-Squelch option allows the backlight to remain on during an entire transmission.
• Date/Time indication on display with time stamping for recordings.
• Trunked and Conventional Channel Priority with Priority Do-Not-Disturb
• Close Call® RF Capture with Do-Not-Disturb automatically tunes the scanner to nearby transmissions without interrupting reception in progress.
• NOAA Weather Alert with SAME
• Two-Tone Paging with up to 32 tone slots
• Flexible Scanning — scan from any combination of the main database and Favorites Lists
• Included Sentinel Software makes database and firmware updates simple. Also allows you to create, edit, and manage your Favorites Lists.
• USB PC Connectivity – Serial GPS input for location-based scanning using the Uniden GC-GPSK or other compatible GPS receiver.
• 3 AA Battery Operation provides up to 8 hours of operation.
• SMA-type antenna.
• 192 x 160-Pixel Dot-Matrix Display
• Select/Volume/Squelch multi-control
• Side-actuated Function and Menu controls
• Backlit Display and Keypad
• Rotating Belt Clip
• Rugged construction with Rubber Side and Bottom Impact areas to improve impact resistance.
• Printed manual in the box with online updates.

Uniden BCD536HP at a glance:

bcd536HP
• 4 Gigabyte microSD card holds the entire USA and Canada database of radio systems, plus leaves room for hundreds of hours of audio recording.
• Programmable Alert LED lets you set a specific color to alert you when a channel becomes active.
• TrunkTracker V with support for APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II, X2-TDMA, Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunked Radio Systems
• Quick Key access to 100 Favorites Lists, 100 Systems per Favorites List, and 100 Departments per System.
• Discovery Modes help you find new channels on trunked systems and frequency ranges.
• Analysis Modes include Band Scope, RF Power Plot, Trunked System Analysis, and EDACS/LTR LCN Finder.
• Flexible Easy Channel Selection using Zip Code or GPS and Service Types — just pick the kinds of channels you want to hear and tell the BCD536HP where you are and let it do the rest.
• Easy Scan Control using the dedicated System, Department and Channel Hold buttons.
• Complete Front-Panel Programmability — create custom Favorites Lists either using systems from the main database as a starting point or program your systems from scratch.
• Temporary Avoid lets you quickly silence unwanted systems, departments, or channels while allowing you to restore them by cycling power.
• Backlight-on-Squelch option allows the backlight to remain on during an entire transmission.
• Date/Time indication on display with time stamping for recordings.
• Trunked and Conventional Channel Priority with Priority Do-Not-Disturb
• Close Call® RF Capture with Do-Not-Disturb automatically tunes the scanner to nearby transmissions without interrupting reception in progress.
• NOAA Weather Alert with SAME
• Two-Tone Paging with up to 32 tone slots
• Flexible Scanning — scan from any combination of the main database and Favorites Lists
• Included Sentinel Software makes database and firmware updates simple. Also allows you to create, edit, and manage your Favorites Lists.
• USB PC Connectivity
• Serial GPS input for location-based scanning using the Uniden GC-GPSK or other compatible GPS receiver.
• 64 x 288-Pixel Dot-Matrix Display
• Backlit Display and Keypad
• Printed manual in the box with online updates.

Product Launch

5 thoughts on “Uniden BCD436HP & BCD536HP offically launched!

  1. Very much the same here in Australia karldotcom. Thanks for leaving a comment, fingers crossed for future developments.

  2. Do you know if the new uniden scanner can pick up Ohio MARCS – Multi-Agency Radio Communications Radio’s? Just Wondering thanx

    • Hi Josh,

      We’re an Australian based site and would hate to give you incorrect information for a US based system. Perhaps Radio Reference might be able to help you? If the information for the system is up to date on Radio Reference then it would appear that the new scanners could, but perhaps check with the folks over there.
      OHIO MARCS System Information: https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=901

  3. Pingback: Uniden announces DMR abilities for BCD536HP & BCD436HP series scanners. | Vicradio Zone

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