Taking a look at a Uniden Classic
After twenty years, this scanner is still highly collectable. Do you know why?
Today we're talking about a classic, the Uniden BC780XLT.
This radio came out in 2000 and it shook up the scanner radio market.
Learn why the power that was behind it made it a go-to scanner for many people at the time and what was available for this model on the aftermarket.
What You Will Learn in This Week's Podcast:
- What can the BC780XLT do right out of the box.
- The BC780XLT was strictly analog.
- You can put a Motorola trunk system in the same bank as conventional frequencies.
- You can't mix two trunk systems in the same bank but you can mix conventional and trunking together.
- This model allows you to search out CTCSS and DCS tones.
- You can program 500 channels in 10 banks.
- It works well as a weather receiver
- You can program scan delays that are built-in per channel, and you can have a limit hold on each frequency.
- This scanner has channel alerts.
- A very cool feature is this scanner’s versatile RS232 serial port.
- You have a tape-out on the back of the radio
- Program searches are built-in.
- You can pre-program ten search ranges and have selectable step sizes.
- The display was revolutionary for the time.
- There were many aftermarket software options for this model.
- People took this scanner with them and actually used it as a portable radio.
- Aftermarket Accessories Include:
- Protective carrying cases for portable use
- There was a way to have internal battery packs powering the scanner.
- AM and shortwave broadcasts modification
- An automatic mute with an RF sensor mod.
- Remote head kit.
The Uniden BC780XLT Specification
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