Product Comparison: Uniden BCD436HP vs Uniden BCD536HP


General Specifications
Brand
Uniden
Uniden
Model
BCD436HP
BCD536HP
Origin
China
China
About the Product
The BCD436HP is the first scanner to incorporate the HomePatrol-1’s ease of use in a traditional handheld scanner. Plus, Uniden’s exclusive Close Call® RF Capture feature, GPS Connectivity, Extra-Large Display, Radio System Analysis and Discover Modes put the most advanced scanner features ever right in the palm of your hand.
The BCD536HP continues Uniden’s tradition of leading innovation. HomePatrol Programming makes it the easiest-to-program mobile professional scanner we’ve ever made. Plus, the Wi-Fi feature lets you use the exclusive Uniden Siren App on your smartphone or tablet to access your scanner from anywhere in your home or vehicle+.
Key Specs
Receiving System
Triple conversion PLL super heterodyne
Triple conversion PLL super heterodyne
Receiving Modes
AM, NFM, FM, WFM, FMB, APCO25 Phase 1&2
AM, NFM, FM, WFM, FMB, APCO25 Phase 1&2
Frequencies
25-512 MHz, 758-824 MHz, 849-869 MHz, 894-960 MHz, 1240-1300 MHz
25-512 MHz, 758-824 MHz, 849-869 MHz, 894-960 MHz, 1240-1300 MHz
Search Rate
80 steps/sec.
80 steps/sec.
Scan Rate
85 channels/sec.
85 channels/sec.
Scan Delay
2 sec.
2 sec.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Uniden BCD436HP HomePatrol Series Digital Handheld Scanner
  • I even pick up a NOAA station almost 100 miles away. Trunking is really good for a scanner. Very satisfied.
  • The 436 sets up easily and I was scanning within 2 minutes of putting in the batteries. The pre-programming takes all the work out of scanning. Because the 436 can receive Project 25 Phase 2, it can be used anywhere in the US or Canada
  • You can do some editing but for the most part you select where you are, how much distance from where you are that you want to hear, it imports it and you are scanning. Very easy to use, the screen is quite readable.
  • Scanning setup has gotten incredibly complex these days and I have been using scanners for 35 years. The basic complete frequency database for USA and Canada
  • Within 10 minutes after all the downloads you should be scanning the emergency departments in your area. The audio booms on this scanner.
Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner
  • The best way is a DSP receiver, and you can only obtain that by buying a Motorola, Harris radio (which you cannot legally program properly), a Pricey Unification Pager, or set up a software defined radio (for geeks).
  • Simply enter your zip code and it will find many frequencies used in your area.
  • If you're a 'newbie' to scanning, setup is remarkably simple: power it up, set the time and date, and insert your zip code...and in seconds, after it loads in the appropriate information, you're scanning local traffic...fire, police, EMS, utilities, HAMs, railroads, you name it..
  • The good stuff comes when you load the FREE Sentinel software that also come pre loaded on the removable micro SD card. It provides the ability to easily program in "Favorites' of channels you group to listen to according to taste.
  • Very slow scan rate, expected better for computer priced scanner.
Size & Weight
Height
6.3 in.
2.2 in.
Width
2.8 in.
7.2 in.
Depth
1.5 in.
5.9 in.
Weight
0.77 lbs.
3.39 lbs.
Sensitivity (12db Sinad) Nominal
VHF Low Band
0.4 μV
0.4 μV
VHF Low 2 Band
0.7 μV
0.6 μV
Aircraft Band
0.4 μV
0.3 μV
VHF High 1 Band
0.4 μV
0.2 μV
VHF High 2 Band
0.3 μV
0.3 μV
UHF Low
0.4 μV
0.4 μV
UHF/UHF-T
0.3 μV
0.3 μV
UHF High
0.3 μV
0.3 μV
1200MHz Band
0.4 μV
0.3 μV
What customers say about "Sensitivity (12db Sinad) Nominal"
Uniden BCD436HP HomePatrol Series Digital Handheld Scanner
  • This scanner is VERY sensitive in comparison. I can hear Birmingham Alabama APCO25 system at home now almost 30 miles away where I live on the outskirts!! And that's with a 800Mhz rubber antenna!!
  • I also have GRE 500 scanner and the sensitivity of both that one and the 436 seem pretty similar. Great that the database from Radioreference is already preloaded, so fun to listen to sites I would never enter myself.
  • This handheld scanner covers just about anything you might want to listen to. Trunking operation is great. Good sensitivity. Feature rich.
  • A few draw backs that all have mentioned is that it doesn't charge the batteries while in use and the speaker could be louder. I also don't feel that the sensitivity on the unit is as good as other radios I own.
  • This scanner is very good. The only problem I have with it is that the receiver is not very sensitive.
Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner
  • Very sensitive receiver Receives analog and P25 digital and capable to upgrade the common digital modes Provoice and DMR at small cost.
  • VHF sensitivity is better than I expected it would be based on user comments I’d read. The radio looks and sounds great!
  • Their sensitivity at VHF and UHF is comparable to the GRE units that they replaced. I use one of these in my base station and one in my mobile. So far they are working GREAT!
  • It Has good receiver sensitivity even with antenna attached to rear of receiver.
  • Very sensitive as well. Living in central Florida, I can monitor service from both coasts, using a discone style antenna.
Features
Extras
Simple Programming, TrunkTracker V, S.A.M.E. Emergency/Weather Alert, Covers US and Canada, Quick Record and Playback, Close Call RF capture with 4GB of memory. Audio AGC
Simple Programming, TrunkTracker V, S.A.M.E. Emergency/Weather Alert, Covers US and Canada, Quick Record and Playback, Close Call RF capture with 4GB of memory. Audio AGC
Type
Handheld
Base/Mobile
Frequency Range
25 - 1300 MHz
25 - 1300 MHz
Display
192 X 160 Full Dot Matrix LCD with white-color backlight
64 X 288 Full Dot Matrix LCD
Weather Channels
7 Channels
7 Channels
Internal Speaker
0.8 W
5 W
Antenna Impedance
50 Ohms
50 Ohms
Power Requirements
3 X AA Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (2300mAh)
DC 11.0 V - 16.6 V
What customers say about "Features"
Uniden BCD436HP HomePatrol Series Digital Handheld Scanner
  • Programming is easy with the supplied sentinel software. The scanner has more features than the BCD325p2. The DMR upgrade works well with the sites I have programmed.
  • Like all smaller portable scanners the speaker is a little weak but, with earphones or light headphones the sound is really good. Back in the saddle again! Love to listen on road trips.
  • This is a very easy scanner to use that can accomplish very complex scanning tasks. Easiest use of all the scanner's features benefits from using a computer software package.
  • I was impressed at the fact that when I turned on my scanner it started scanning my area of Ohio just like the tech on the phone said it would. My husband and I have a good time, drinking tea and listening to the scanner.
  • I have owned several handheld scanners and this one is my favorite. Why? because I didn't have to program it! And program it again every time I go somewhere! Wherever I go I just punch in a zip code and I am scanning
Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner
  • Screen is larger and displays more details about target; has 32 larger font characters across another 4 for HOLD status.
  • The radio itself is built well and has a nice display. With the reviews I have seen about the backlight, I'm running it at less intensity than full.
  • Love the large rich contrast display that shows tons of info on what you're hearing. It is actually VERY intuitive to use if you have any experience using scanners.
  • There are more problems, the back light on some displays are fading over time.And another issue that I recently confirmed with my last 536HP is the rear speaker jack has a constant background noise.
  • Nice radio, but my display is just way too dark. Even on highest brightness with best contrast, it's way too dark. And it never should have been advertised as Wi-Fi enabled before it was perfected.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
FCC
FCC
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
599.99 $
659.99 $


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