Uniden Australia has recently imported the BCD325P2 Handheld Scanner into Australia.
This particular scanner was released shortly after the BCD436HP handheld was introduced in the USA.
The Scanner itself is a pleasure to use - the internals and how it operates is almost identical to the UBCD396XT Scanner, but with the bonus of having Apco Phase 2 capabilities.
It has a very large display and is quite easy to read and its general operation is quite easy via the front keypad. The main menu button is located on the front of the unit instead of the left side, as with the UBCD396XT.
Picture shows the BCD3252P-AU in comparison to size to a UBCD396XT and a BCD436HP
As I mentioned, the internals are virtually identical to the UBCD396XT in regards to how the data is stored and structured inside its memory. Anyone who has previously operated a UBCD396XT scanner will find this one a breeze to operate.
So far the only software I have used for my BCD325P2 Scanner is the BUTEL ARC XT and I can NOT confirm at this stage if it will actually work with the BCD325P2-AU.
Freescan is not compatible.
Manually entering data as well all know is a pain in the *****, so having software that is compatible is a must!
I have been using the US model, BCD325P2, now for some months and found it a reliable robust Scanner with good audio and although it has a 'plastic' feel to it - it has been quite resilient to a few bumps and knocks while being used 'in the field'.
However - the biggest and most annoying drawback to this particular scanner is the cost!
$749 AUD is way too high for this Scanner.
OK - I can accept the fact that Uniden have updated a US Model to suit Australia, which in our limited Scanning market is something we shouldn't take for granted and thumbs up to Uniden for offering the consumer another product...but the only market that I can see in Australia that make even consider this Scanner is Tasmanian buyers.. and at $749, I would still keep my hands in my pockets.
Anyone else in the country can import one of these ex-USA and save yourself around $200AUD. Check out US prices - there are very good buys at the moment and if you can get a deal on the shipping... it makes it a serious consideration... even with the AUD$ being terrible at the moment.
I've used it for the SA GRN, NSW GRN and of course it works perfect for the Victorian CFA. (Actually using the BCD325P2 to monitor a fire near the Victorian/SA Border as I write)
I have found the US Model to be more than sufficient for anyone using it on mainland Australia.
As for Tasmania who still use the EDACS system (this will change to an Apco 25 apparently), the BCD325P2-AU scanner offers those guys the full 800Mhz range, but the US model BCD325P2 does not.
So if EDACS is your 'thing' this would be the only reason I would consider this scanner...
Then why not just buy a UBCD396XT? Exactly.
The BCD325P2-AU is NOT a replacement for the UBCD396XT. It is strictly a limited model.
The UBCD396XT is a well liked - robust and other than smashing it with a hammer, super reliable Scanner. I've had virtually hundreds pass through my hands and only ever come across two that have failed.(Speaker issue) They just go and go...
There will be a public version of the CFA issued UBCD436-PT Scanner coming out soon with a retail point of around $500.
The UBCD536PT Desktop Scanner is due for release within 10 days of writing this and at a RRP of $780 AUD this would surely be a better buy than the BCD325P2-AU. ? Let’s hope that Uniden come to their senses and drop the price on the BCD325P2-AU and then I would have no hesitation in recommending that everyone go out and by one for their collection.
As a wise man once told me - 'you can never have too many scanners'