The surprise Uniden package, that is not a surprise.

Well there you go!

A few months ago a popular scanner supplier and its associated web site Universal Radio based in the United States posted a page with a tantalising photo of the then purported Uniden SDS100 Bearcar. Scanner and communication forums in some parts of the world went into overdrive with a mixture of excitement, resentment, scepticism and assumptions.

Then just like that the page posted by Universal Radio was removed, but not before some folks had grabbed what information they could (which was little) and the image and hosted it on their own sites. Uniden through Paul Opitz (UPMan) made a brief comment regarding the SDS100 on Radio Reference which stated the following;

1) BCD436HP is still in production.

2) What was posted was an inaccurate and incomplete page from a PowerPoint of possible new product concepts. If it comes to fruition, I can guarantee that it will have some features not mentioned and will not have several features that were mentioned…and will have significant differences in appearance from what was posted.

3) Uniden did not intentionally leak this. It was unsanctioned and pulled from a page that included several important disclaimers.

4) If you contact Uniden Support, they will have absolutely no more information than you see in this post and in the leaked information. So, leave them alone, please.

5) I intend for this to be my only post regarding this matter.

The purported Uniden SDS100 image originally released by Universal Radio & that got some hearts racing.

Point 1 was made in relation to the numerous, obviously incorrect, comments, stating this meant the end of production of the 436HP series with some stating production had already ceased and there was minimal stock left. Point 3 was made in relation to the conspiracy theorists who saw what had transpired from the initial release of the image and information until its ‘mysterious’ removal, many saw it all as some sort of marketing ploy by Uniden.

What struck me was point 2, it obviously gave scanner enthusiasts hope. Maybe we should all look at Paul Opitz as the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the scanner world? Providing some hope and a glimpse of what could one day be from an old force, that being Uniden.

Fast forward a few months and Paul Opitz through his usual Jedi like coded mind tricks and through the magical power of his avatars began hinting at something. Then on Monday 19th March, 2018 Uniden announced the SDS100 albeit looking a little different, just a bit, from the original image posted that caused a stir initially. Here’s what has been posted so far on the new unit.

Uniden SDS100 pre-production model. Click for a larger image.

Some exciting things to note initially regarding this unit is the radio is based on Software Defined Radio technology, the ‘True I/Q’ and the fact it meets IS4 (IPX4) standards for water resistance. The 8 GB microSD card reader can actually handle up to a 32 GB microSD card.

At present UPMan is making some very big claims regarding the abilities of this scanner to receive and decode signals where its current x36HP series appears to struggle and only time will tell if this is true or he’s simply selling his product. He has been kind enough to provide video links via Radio Reference of both units working side by side for comparison.

Not too sure how owners of the current x36HP series will feel about those boasts. I’d imagine some would be quite peeved. In reality the x36HP were a leap forward in some areas and these new SDS100 are whole new era and leap forward again, so you’d have to expect improvements having been made when compared to your 2013/2014 units, it’s 2018 people, things advance. (Except with Uniden Australia apparently, come on folks win us back! ).

Close up view of the SDS100 display.

The new unit, like it’s predecessors (can we even call them that yet?) x36HP series, will have paid upgrades available to it over time to permit reception of;
– MotoTRBO Capacity + and Connect +
– DMR Tier III
– Hytera XPT
– Single-Channel DMR
– NXDN 4800 and 9600
– EDACS ProVoice
The big thing to note with the above is that the upgrade options may not be available at the time of release of the scanner itself. So even if you get your hands on one of these in the early stages just remember you may need to wait for a period of time until you can monitor the above on it. (Us Aussies and Kiwis are VERY used to waiting..and waiting…and waiting..and waiting).

In plain text for everyone, here are some of the initial specifications at the present time, it should be noted that actual production units may vary slightly.

  • Customizable Color Display
  • Trunktracker X
  • APCO P25 Phase I and II
  • Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunking
  • MotoTRBO Capacity + and Connect +**
  • DMR Tier III**
  • Hytera XPT**
  • Single-Channel DMR**
  • NXDN 4800 and 9600**
  • EDACS ProVoice**
  • Location-Based Scanning
  • USA/Canada Radio Database
  • ZIP Code Selection for Easy Setup
  • Close Call™ RF Capture with Do Not Disturb
  • 8 GB microSD
  • Soft Keys for Intelligent UI
  • Recording, Playback, and Replay
  • Temporary Avoid
  • Fire Tone-Out Alert
  • System Analysis and Discovery
  • CTCSS/DCS/NAC/RAN/Color Code Decoding
  • S.A.M.E. Weather Alert
  • Enhanced Dynamic Memory
  • Preemptive Trunking Priority
  • Fully Customizable Scanning with your own Favorites Lists
  • Backlit Keypad
  • Channel Volume Offset
  • PC Programming and Control
  • USB Connectivity and Charging
  • Weekly Database Updates
  • Free Sentinel Software keeps the SDS100 database and memory up to date
  • Up to 8 Hours Operation on included LiIon Battery
  • Frequency Coverage:
    • 25-512 MHz
    • 758-824 MHz
    • 849-869 MHz
    • 894-960 MHz
    • 1240-1300 MHz

*Note that this item has not yet received FCC approvals and may not be offered for sale.
** Paid Upgrade required. Upgrade might not be available upon initial release.

I’ll refrain from getting to wound up about the whole lack of support, upgrades and business politics we Aussies and Kiwis seem to continuously suffer from with our local UBCD436PT and UBCD536PT units. It’s just plain ridiculous, frustrating and frankly quite pathetic. Maybe this new unit might turn things around for us? (Who’s that laughing?!?)

I have always liked my Uniden scanners, however I’ve refrained from purchasing a x36HP or its local variant in part because of the above. Such was my frustration I actually purchased a Whistler TRX-1 via Zip Scanners (they were great to deal with) in the US and have thoroughly enjoyed getting what I can out of that. Both Zip Scanners and Whistler Group I feel have been very supportive, and I know I’m not the only one locally who thinks that. But I have to admit the new unit form Uniden looks the goods and has me interested, even more so if they start delivering on some the upgrade packages.

Whistler Group have hinted at something possibly around May.

The Uniden SDS100 looks great so far Uniden. For those interested a manual is available here: Uniden SDS100

Below are some of the videos UPMan has been kind enough to share. Although I’m sure some will accuse him of teasing us with them.



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