Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Uniden BCT15X

I've had my Uniden BCT15X for over a month now and I am thoroughly pleased and impressed with its features!

As it was supplied with a serial cable which is next to useless for most modern computers, I have programmed it manually which was actually quicker and easier than I thought it would be. Although it was probably two to three hours work in all to create a total of three systems (CIVIL AIR, MILITARY AIR & TACTICAL AIR) each containing various groups and then programming individual channels with alpha tags under all the group's, I now have everything set out just as I want it and it's very easy to instantly enable or disable groups and/or systems as I'm scanning (which incidentally it does very fast).

I've had a mess around with some of the features such as the bandscope function which allows you to set a centre frequency, then set the band width and step for the frequency search and will then display a signal bar for any transmissions found in the search range you have set. In fact, messing around with this feature enabled me to find an E3 AWACS frequency that was in use at the time!

Putting it alongside my UBC125XLT I think it is a little more sensitive but of course, any radio is only as good as the antenna used and it's position.

Above you can see my BCT15X in bandscope mode with 126.000MHz as the centre frequency with a total bandwidth of 1 MHz (from 125.5 to 126.5). The largest signal bar to the right of centre is East Midlands approach transmissions being intercepted on 126.175.

If you have a BCT15X and are struggling to get to grips with using it please check out the easier to read online manual on the Marksscanners website. 

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