Pros:Good array of features, decent reception
Cons:Doesn't comply with today's trunked system, no sleep timer, can't see time while on.
The Bottom Line: Uniden is one of the few brands that can still make great products after all this time and this scanner is highly recommended.
As a child, I always enjoyed listening to police communications. In fact when I came to the US, my uncle bought me some fake police equipment including a radio. Then, as I got a bit older, I began to sit in my room and wonder what the police must be doing. Since then, I have always wanted to have a scanner.
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To satisfy my craving I ordered the Uniden BC340CRS Clock Radio base Scanner. I was moved by the features as I read them and before long, I settled on it. While the order was slow, excitement grew every second, minute, hour, and day.
The BC340CRS is a base scanner as mentioned earlier. It is mostly squared with a tiled portion for the LCD. There is a keypad much like a telephone keypad and buttons to the right labeled: up/down, hold, scan, and backlight/snooze from top to bottom. Above those buttons is a mode switch for chosing AM/FM Radio, NOAA weather radio, or scanning mode. Two more switches are at the very bottom. The one to the left is for setting the clock and alarm, and the one on the right is for disabling the alarm or setting it to Radio or Tone alarm.
The scanner can store up to 100 channels that are seperated into 10 groups (refered to as banks in the manual) of ten. There is also a 12-hour clock in standby mode and an alarm clock. The alarm is set similar to that of a clock radio. You can choose from radio broadcasts or just a standard beeping sound. I prefer the beep over radio simply because it rises in volume. The AM/FM radio has fair reception although I refrain from using it as I have a Philips stereo in my room that does a good job as far as station reception goes. You can listen to NOAA weather radio with ten channels (seven US and three Canadian). The scanner is my FAVORITE part. You can do a limit search (search within frequency boundries you pre-define) or a service search where you search the preprogramed services of Police, Fire/Ems, Aircraft, Marine, or Amateur Radio. As far as programming and operation, it is a bit non-intuitive at first unless you study the manual, but it becomes a breeze before long. You can have the scanner scan your channels, or hold on to one. You can also lock out channels that you don't want to stop on and designate 10 channels (one per bank) as a priority channel so it's checked every 2-3 seconds. The reception with the scanner is only about a B because sometimes there is quite some static but it could just be the police reception and not my scanner. Another notable feature is delay. Delay allows the scanner to pause 2-3 seconds after a message is complete before picking up with scanning. This can help prevent missed replies.
The scanner is AC Powered and takes 3x AA battery for backup in case of a power outage.
However, this scanner only complies with the old UHF/VHF system as opposed to the trunked system that most companies of police and fire use today. Also, a sleep feature would be nice.
So yes, I have always trusted Uniden and I highly recommend this scanner to anyone in need. It seems like a great addition to your bedroom because you also get weather radio and an alarm clock.