Uniden is one of the world’s most popular and prolific producers of two-way radios and channel scanners. With a radio scanner, you can monitor police, emergency, fire communications channels, and much more. They are a necessary item for communities, habitations, vacation spots in remote parts of the world where help may be out of reach in a disaster. They are also a great resource for local independent journalists as well as for public safety professionals, sailors, truckers, and even hobbyists. The company has changed hands a few times over the years, but they still produce quality products.
Here, we will discuss the Uniden Bearcat UBC-370CLT. This item is a base scanner and alarm clock. It’s an interesting combination clearly built for professionals who must be awake and alert at specific times. It’s also relatively inexpensive and is a great choice for hobbyists looking to get into CB radio for the first time.
Features of Uniden Bearcat UBC-370CLT
The UBC-370CLT is a multi-channelled conventional channel scanner. It can store frequencies for quick dial access, PMR, Free Net, Aircraft, Marine, HAM, CB, and more. It can scan as many as 500 channels spread out over ten banks, making it surprisingly agile for an older model. Use it to scan:
- Analog public safety channels
- Marine and amateur (HAM radio) bands
- Aircraft (commercial and private) band
- Railroad bands
- Business/Industrial radio and utilities
- FM Broadcast Stations
Now that we know what this scanner offers, let’s check what owners of this machine have to share.
What Do Users Say?
This scanner is highly sought after by veteran radio scanner and CB users both professionally and from the hobby world because it offers unique features and capabilities that are hard to find in newer, more expensive scanners. Part of the reason is that the Bearcat has a dedicated clock screen. This means that the clock display does not have to switch off in order to show the channel and scan information display.
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Most scanners combine these two functions into one screen which can be inconvenient for users who are actively communicating on and about channel chatter.
Another unique and attractive feature of the Uniden Bearcat UBC-370CLT is its ability to scan military air bands. Most scanner manufacturers these days shy away from this not because it is illegal, but because they are afraid it will become illegal and they will be held liable in retrospect. The Bearcat’s military air band goes from 225 megahertz to 380 megahertz. So not only does it scan this unusual frequency, but it does so in a particularly wide range.
Pros and Cons
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
In conclusion, if you’re a professional public safety worker, a mariner, pilot, are in charge of the safety of a small remote community, or just a hobbyist, the Uniden Bearcat UBC-370CLT may not do everything you want and it may not be the most powerful scanner, but it is by far the best starter scanner. It is also an excellent addition to your workstation if you already own a higher-end scanner as it is likely to do things your current equipment cannot do… and don’t forget, you’ll always know what time it is while you’re scanning.
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