Uniden UBC355CLT Reviewed | Should You Go For It?

Believe it or not, people still use radios to listen to music and tune into their favourite programs. There’s just something about an old-school receiver where you get to tune in and switch from channel to channel. So, whether you are yet to make the move to digital streaming platforms or you simply enjoy a good old receiver, you will love the Uniden ubc355clt.

Uniden UBC355CLT

Now, enough about music and streaming platforms; let’s talk about scanner receivers. What if you could scoop up a scanner at an affordable price with radio functions? Sounds great, right? Well, here’s more of what the Uniden ubc355clt has to offer.

Features of Uniden UBC355CLT

Below is a list of the main features the UBC355CLT offers.


Gone are the days when receivers used to be heavy and would be an inconvenience to carry around. With the Uniden ubc355clt, it comes in 1.38kg so that you don’t have to do the heavy lifting but can do the heavy listening. Size matters a lot, especially when you want to carry your receiver for an out-of-town trip without having to think about extra bags. Instead, you can simply toss it in your purse or carry-on bag and get on the move. Moreover, you can mount it in your car!

Band range

You want to consider the frequencies it can pick up while you are on the move. This high-quality receiver that scans and stores frequencies will leave you spoilt for choice. It comes with a telescopic aerial that works well, but if you are looking for better reception, you can amplify its strength by connecting an external antenna best placed on your roof if you are looking for more variety in channels.  There is no FM mode, so you will have to make do with the frequencies available under AM mode. Another drawback is that you might struggle a bit with the number keys for manual tuning as there is no direct frequency keypad. Nonetheless, once you get the hang of it and store your favourite channels, you will enjoy the Uniden bearcat ubc355clt. With the memory lock, you can lock in your favourite channels and keep them from disappearing or anytime you re-program.


The Uniden ubc355clt comes with an AC Adaptor, a DC Power Cord, an e-cigarette socket cord, a telescopic & window mount antenna, a mounting Bracket, and a User manual. The instructions are easy to follow, and you can set up your scanner in minutes. The mounting bracket comes with screws; it is ideal for cars and desktops, so you have no worries about it falling or toppling over it whenever you are driving.

Key Features

  • Over 300 channels and an additional 100 channels on the emergency and Freenet banks each.
  • Close call scanner ability
  • Turbo search
  • Frequency skip
  • Memory back up
  • Clock display
  • Backlit LCD
  • Memory lock

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Scan Ability

One of the outstanding features from the list above is the close scanner ability. Wherever you are, the scanner has the ability to detect a nearby transmission, usually within 100 yards, and will lock and scan into the transmission immediately. As if that’s not good enough, the turbo feature allows the scanner to increase its search speed up to 180 steps per second for any 5kHz transmission band. Now, if that’s not an excellent feature, I don’t know what it is. But, again, this is purely out of choice; if you opt not to connect to the nearby transmission, you can simply switch off the close call scanner whenever the close-range notification pops up.


Another critical feature worth mentioning that will make you fall even more in love with this scanner is the frequency skip, memory back up and memory lock. Think about those radios that run an auto-scan to search for available transmissions. Now, try to remember the scanning process. Was it short or long? After the scan, how many of those channels were of interest to you? Not all right? Well, here is something you can do about the unwanted channels. You can frequency skip!

The Uniden ubc355clt allows you to scan and lockout any unwanted frequencies so that your search can be faster. Once you have scanned all your channels, you can safely lock them in your memory to prevent any re-programming anytime you scan. Even better, you can back up these channels in case the re-programming affects the memory. This is the ultimate scenario of having your cake and eating it.


As far as the sound quality is concerned, you can get away with the inbuilt speaker if you are just listening to your favourite shows indoors. However, suppose you are one of those people who enjoy their music and like to experience it in good audio quality or you enjoy driving while listening to music, you might want to get external speakers for better sound output as the sound may not be clear enough in a noisy environment.

Pros and Cons

Now that we know what to look for, let’s check out pros and cons.

  • Affordable given its features
  • Private frequency scanning
  • Portable and mountable
  • Great storage capacity and speed
  • LCD backlight for easy reading
  • Lacks FM mode
  • Some users find the ‘beep’ sound annoying every time a key is pressed as it cannot be turned off.
  • Some users find the manual entry of frequencies tiring and clumsy.

Our rating: 4.4 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1) How do I switch on to clock mode?

Once you turn off the radio functions, your scanner’s clock will display. However, if you want to check the time while still using the radio, press, and hold the PROG key, and the backlight will turn on, flashing the current time.

2) My scanner won’t work. What could be the problem?

If you are using a wall switch, check to ensure both ends of the AC are connected. Next, check if the DC and adaptor are connected and switch on the socket. If it still doesn’t power, a fuse could be broken, and you need to contact a professional to troubleshoot. Finally, if you are using the scanner in your car, check and make sure your vehicle is in the accessory position and power it on.

3) I’m not getting proper reception even with an aerial. What is the issue?

Check whether the antenna is connected correctly. Try moving around with the scanner and see whether you will get any reception. If you do not, you may be in a fringe area that requires multi-band antennae to register channels.

4) How do I clean my scanner?

First, disconnect the scanner from the power outlet and clean the exterior with a soft cloth. Do not attempt to disassemble the interior, and do not use any abrasive solvents or strong cleaning detergents. Also, be careful not to rub the LCD window.

In Conclusion

Despite the complaints of poor audio quality and antennae, the Uniden ubc355clt is a great affordable option for a receiver. Its performance is impeccable for its price point, and its features such as close call scan and memory backup make it a top contender among available scanners in the market.

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