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Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Handheld Scanner Owner Manual

Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Handheld Scanner FEATURE

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Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Handheld Scanner

Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Handheld Scanner PRODUCT

About Uniden 
Uniden America Corporation, the North American subsidiary of Japan-based Uniden Corporation, manufactures and markets wireless consumer electronic products including home security and video security systems, Bearcat® scanners, FRS/GMRS radios, marine radios, radar detectors, dash cams, and other wireless personal communications products. Based in Irving, Texas, Uniden sells its products through retailers and distributors throughout North, Central and South America.


Before you use this scanner, please read and observe the following.


  • Be sure to use only a monaural earphone with this scanner. You can also use an optional stereo headset. Use of an incorrect earphone or mono headset might be potentially hazardous to your hearing. The output of the phone jack is monaural, but you will hear it in both headphones of a stereo headset.
  • Set the volume to a comfortable audio level coming from the speaker before plugging in the monaural earphone or headset. Otherwise, you might experience some discomfort or possible hearing damage if the volume suddenly becomes too loud because of the volume control or squelch control setting. This might be particularly true of the type of earphone that is placed in the ear canal.


  • Uniden does not represent this unit to be waterproof. To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture.
  • Uniden® is a registered trademark of Uniden America Corporation.
  • Close Call™ is a trademark of Uniden America Corporation.


This scanner has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a scanning receiver, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This scanner generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this scanner does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the scanner on and off, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
  • Increase the separation between the scanner and the receiver

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups, including police and fire departments, ambulance services, government agencies, private companies, amateur radio services, military operations, pager services, and wire-line (telephone and telegraph) service providers. It is legal to listen to almost every transmission your scanner can receive.

However, there are some transmissions that you should never intentionally listen to. These include:

  • Telephone conversations (cellular, cordless, or other private means of telephone signal transmission)
  • Pager transmissions
  • Any scrambled or encrypted transmissions

According to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), you are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for intentionally listening to, using, or divulging the contents of such a conversation unless you have the consent of a party to the conversation (unless such activity is otherwise illegal). This scanner has been designed to prevent the reception of cellular telephone transmissions and the decoding of scrambled transmissions. This is done to comply with the legal requirement that scanners be manufactured so they are not easy to modify to pick up these transmissions.

Do not open your scanner’s case to make any modifications that could allow it to pick up transmissions that are illegal to monitor. Modifying or tampering with your scanner’s internal components or using it in a way other than as described in this manual could invalidate your warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. In some areas, mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit. Check the laws in your area. It is also illegal in many areas (and a bad idea everywhere) to interfere with the duties of public safety officials by traveling to the scene of an incident without authorization.

Changes or modifications to this product not expressly approved by Uniden, or operation of this product in any way other than as detailed by this Operating Guide, could void your authority to operate this product.


Thank you for purchasing a Uniden BC125AT Handheld Scanner. The scanner is versatile, compact, and easy to use. In addition to its standard scanning features, your scanner also includes Close Call™ RF capture technology designed to help you detect and identify strong local radio signals in your area.

You can program up to 500 frequencies into the scanner’s memory either manually or using optional computer software. The scanner lets you scan transmissions and is preprogrammed with service banks for your convenience. You can quickly search those frequencies most commonly used by police and other agencies, without tedious and complicated programming. The scanner gives you direct access to over 40,000 exciting frequencies. Use your scanner to monitor:

  • Police
  • Fire/Emergency
  • HAM Radio
  • Marine
  • Railroad
  • Civil Air
  • Military Air
  • CB Radio
  • Racing


  • 10 Channel Storage Banks – You can store up to 50 frequencies in each bank for a total of 500 frequencies so you can more easily identify calls.
  • Close Call™ RF Capture Technology – you can set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions
  • Close Call Do-Not-Disturb – checks for Close Call activity in between channel reception so active channels are not interrupted.
  • Close Call Temporary Store – temporarily stores and scans the last 10 Close Call hits in the Close Call Hits bank.
  • PC Programming – you can download information into the scanner and upload it to the scanner via your personal computer.
  • CTCSS and DCS Squelch Modes – rapid search for CTCSS/DCS tones/codes used during a transmission. You can identify up to 50 CTCSS tones and 104 DCS codes.
  • Direct Access – lets you directly access any channel.
  • Lock-Out Function – lets you set your scanner to skip over specified channels or frequencies when scanning or searching.
  • Temporary Lockout – makes it easy to temporarily lock out any channel or frequency. The lockout is cleared when you turn the power off, and then back on so you don’t have to remember to unlock the channels or frequencies later.
  • Triple-Conversion Circuitry – virtually eliminates any interference from IF (intermediate frequency) images, so you hear only the selected frequency.
  • Text Tagging – you can name each channel, using up to 16 characters per name.
  • Service Banks – frequencies are preset in 10 separate Police, Fire/Emergency, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Civil Air, Military Air, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS, and Racing banks to make it easy to locate specific types of calls and search any or all of these banks.
  • Priority Scan with Do Not Disturb – lets you program one channel in each bank (10 in all) and then have the scanner check each channel every 2 seconds while it scans the banks so you don’t miss transmissions on those channels. Do-Not Disturb keeps the scanner from interrupting transmissions during receiving.
  • Priority Plus Scan – you can set the scanner so it scans only the priority channels.
  • Scan/Search Delay/Resume – controls whether the scanner pauses at the end of the transmission to wait for a reply. You can set the Delay time for each Channel, Close Call Search, Custom Search, and Service search. You can also set a negative delay where the scanner stops on transmissions for a set time and then automatically resumes.
  • Custom Search – lets you program up to 10 Custom Search Ranges and search any or all of these ranges.
  • Quick Search – allows you to enter a frequency and start searching up or down from that frequency.
  • Turbo Search – increases the search speed from 100 to 300 steps per second automatically for bands with 5 kHz steps.
  • Search Lockouts – you can lock up to 200 search frequencies: 100 temporary frequencies and 100 permanent frequencies
    in Custom Search, Service Search, Close Call Search, or Quick Search Modes.
  • Weather Alert Priority – the scanner scans active WX channels every 5 seconds to check for the presence of a 1050 Hz Weather Alert Tone.
  • Weather Alert Standby – the scanner allows you to monitor weather alerts broadcast on NOAA channels.
  • Display Backlight – You can turn on/off the LCD backlight, and set it to operate on squelch only, keypress only, or both.
  • Signal Strength Meter – shows the signal strength for more powerful transmissions.
  • Flexible Antenna with BNC Connector – provides adequate reception in strong signal areas and is designed to help prevent antenna breakage. You can also connect an external antenna for better reception.
  • Memory Backup – keeps the frequencies stored in memory for an extended time if the scanner loses power.
  • Three Power Options – let you power the scanner using the included two AA rechargeable or alkaline batteries or the supplied USB cable.
  • Built-In Charger – allows you to charge Ni-MH batteries in the scanner using a USB port on any computer and the supplied USB cable.
  • Key Confirmation Tones – You can turn on/off a tone that sounds when you perform an operation correctly or if you make an error.
  • Key Lock – lets you lock the scanner’s keys to help prevent accidental changes to the scanner’s programming.
  • Battery Save – works when there is no transmission for 1 minute in Scan Hold mode and any Search Hold mode (without Priority Scan). This feature turns off RF power for 1 second and turns on it for 300ms to extend the battery life.
  • Battery Low Alert – the BATT iconUniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-1 will blink in the display and a tone warns you every 15 seconds when the battery power gets low.


This table lists the frequency ranges, frequency steps, default modulation, and type of transmissions you can hear for each range.

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  • BC125AT scanner with attached belt clip
  • Antenna
  • Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap

If any of these items are missing or damaged, immediately contact your place of purchase or Uniden Customer Service at (800) 297-1023, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, CST, Monday through Friday.


Contact your local Uniden Dealer or call the Uniden Parts Center at (800)554-3988, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday, for information about ordering these optional accessories.

Note: USB cables are also available from the Uniden On-Line store. Visit http://www.uniden.com.


This section provides you with background on how scanning works. You don’t really need to know all of this to use your scanner, but some background knowledge will help you get the most from your BC125AT.


Unlike standard AM or FM radio stations, most two-way communications do not transmit continuously. Your BC125AT scans programmed channels until it finds an active frequency, then stops on that frequency and remains on that channel as long as the transmission continues. When the transmission ends, the scanning cycle resumes until the scanner receives another transmission.


The BC125AT can search for active frequencies. This is different from scanning because you are searching for frequencies that have not been programmed into the scanner. When you select frequency bands to search, the scanner searches for any active frequency within the lower and upper limits you specify.

When the scanner finds an active frequency, it stops on that frequency as long as the transmission lasts. If you think the frequency is interesting, you can store it in one of the banks. If not, you can continue to search.


What is CTCSS/DCS?

Your scanner can monitor systems using a Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) and Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) system, which allows the squelch to open only when the tone you have programmed with a specific frequency is received along with a transmission.

  • CTCSS and DCS are sub-audible tone signaling systems sometimes referred to as PL or DPL (Motorola’s trademarked terms for Private Line and Digital Private Line respectively). CTCSS and DCS are used only for FM signals and are usually associated with both amateur and commercial two-way frequencies. These systems make use of a special sub-audible tone that accompanies a transmitted signal.
  • CTCSS and DCS are used for many purposes. In many cases, CTCSS and DCS are used to restrict access to a commercial repeater, so that only those units which transmit the correct tone along with their signal can “talk” to the repeater.
  • CTCSS and DCS are also used in areas that receive interference where there are several stations with output frequencies close to each other. When this occurs, you might hear multiple communications on the same frequency. The stations might even interfere with each other to the point where it is impossible to clearly receive any of the stations.
  • Your scanner can code each received frequency with a specific sub-audible CTCSS or DCS frequency or code. Then, when you receive multiple signals, you only hear the transmission with the CTCSS or DCS tone you programmed. If you do not receive the correct tone with a signal, the scanner’s squelch remains closed and you hear nothing.

Conventional Scanning

Conventional scanning is a relatively simple concept. Each group of users in a conventional system is assigned a single frequency (for simplex systems) or two frequencies (for repeater systems). Any time one of them transmits, their transmission always goes out on the same frequency. Up until the late 1980’s this was the primary way that radio systems operated.

Even today, there are many 2-way radio users who operate using a conventional system:

  • Aircraft
  • Amateur radio
  • FRS/GMRS users
  • Many business radio users

When you want to store a conventional system, all you need to know is the frequencies it operates on. When you are scanning a conventional system, the scanner stops very briefly on each channel to see if there is activity. If there isn’t, the scanner quickly moves to the next channel. If there is, then the scanner pauses the transmission until it is over.

Simplex Operation

Simplex systems use a single frequency for both transmit and receive. Most radios using this type of operation are limited to line-of-sight operation. This type of radio is frequently used at construction job sites, and with inexpensive consumer radios such as GMRS/FRS radios. The range is typically 1-8 miles, depending upon the terrain and many other factors.

Repeater Operation

Repeater systems use two frequencies: one transmits from the radio to a central repeater; the other transmits from the repeater to other radios in the system. With a repeater-based system, the repeater is located on top of a tall building or on a radio tower that provides great visibility to the area of operation.

When a user transmits (on an input frequency), the signal is picked up by the repeater and retransmitted (on an output frequency). The user’s radios always listen for activity on the output frequency and transmit on the input frequency. Since the repeater is located very high, there is a very large line of sight. Typical repeater systems provide coverage out to about a 25-mile radius from the repeater location.


Channel Storage Banks

To make it easier to identify and select the channels you want to listen to, the 500 channels are divided into 10-channel storage banks containing 50 channels each. You could use each channel storage bank to group frequencies by department, location, area of interest, or any other way you prefer. You can listen to any or all of the banks by using the number keys to turn them on or off.

Service Search Banks

The scanner is preprogrammed with many of the frequencies allocated to Police, Fire/Emergency, Ham, Marine, Railroad, Civil Air, Military Air, CB radio, FRS/GMRS/MURS, and Racing services. There are 10 banks allocated for these searches that can be used just like the channel storage banks to search these frequencies in Service Search mode.

Custom Search Banks

Custom Search Banks let you program and search 10 custom search ranges. During custom search, the scanner starts searching with the lowest frequency in the search range you select to the highest frequency in the range. You can search any or all of these ranges by turning each search bank on or off just like channel storage banks in Search mode.


By itself, this manual really only provides part of what you need to know to have fun scanning – how to program and use the scanner. The website, http://www.radioreference.com, is the Internet’s premier source for user-supported radio system information. This website is not affiliated with Uniden Corporation.

For more information about Uniden and our other products, visit http://www.uniden.com.


These guidelines will help you install and use your new scanner.

  • If your scanner receives interference or electrical noise, move the scanner or its antenna away from the source. You might also try changing the height or angle of the rubber antenna.
  • To improve the scanner’s reception, use an optional external antenna designed for multiband coverage. (You can purchase this type of antenna at a local electronics store). If the optional antenna has no cable, use 50 ohm coaxial cable for lead-in. An adapter plug might be necessary for the optional antennas.
  • Use an optional mono earphone or stereo headset with proper impedance for private listening.
  • Do not use the scanner in high-moisture environments such as the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Avoid placing the scanner in direct sunlight or near heating elements or vents.


  1. Align the slots around the antenna’s connector with the tabs on the scanner’s BNC connector.
  2. Slide the antenna’s connector down over the scanner’s connector.
  3. Rotate the antenna connector’s outer ring clockwise until it locks into place.

Connecting an Optional Antenna

The scanner’s BNC connector makes it easy to connect a variety of optional antennas, including an external mobile antenna or outdoor base station antenna.

Note: Always use 50-ohm, RG-58, or RG-8, coaxial cable to connect an outdoor antenna. If the antenna is over 50 feet from the scanner, use an RG-8 low-loss dielectric coaxial cable. If it is less than 50 feet, use RG-58. You can get a BNC adapter at local electronics stores.


For private listening, you can plug a 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) mini-plug earphone or stereo headphones (not supplied) into the headphone jack on top of your scanner. This automatically disconnects the internal speaker.


In a noisy area, an optional extension speaker, positioned in the right place, might provide more comfortable listening. Plug the speaker cable’s 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) mini-plug into your scanner’s jack.

WARNING! If you connect an external speaker to the scanner’s headphone jack, never connect the audio output line to a power supply and ground. This might damage the scanner.


The factory-attached belt clip makes it easier to carry the scanner. Use a Phillips screwdriver to adjust (loosen) the mounting screws or remove the belt clip completely.


You can power the scanner using alkaline (ALK) non-rechargeable batteries (not supplied) or the included Nickel Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. [Uniden provides a USB cable to charge the Ni-MH batteries on initial installation and to recharge them through your computer (or through a power adapter that provides USB charge power (not included, but available at many retailers).]

Inside the battery compartment is a switch to set the unit to either ALK or Ni-MH.

WARNING! Non-rechargeable batteries can get hot or burst if you try to recharge them.


  • WhenUniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-1 flashes in the display and the scanner beeps every 15 seconds, recharge or replace the batteries.
  • Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type.
  • Always remove old or weak batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that destroy electronic circuits.
  • Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.

Installing Non-Rechargeable Batteries

  1. Make sure the power is turned off.
  2. Slide the battery compartment cover off.
  3. Use a pointed object such as a ballpoint pen to set the battery selection switch inside the compartment to ALK.
  4. Insert the batteries as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked inside the battery compartment.
  5. Replace the battery compartment cover.

Installing Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries

You can also use two Ni-MH rechargeable batteries to power your scanner. The Ni-MH batteries included with your unit are not fully charged; you must charge them completely after you install them into your scanner. See Charging the NiMH Batteries, page 24, for details.

  1. Make sure the power is turned off.
  2. Slide the battery compartment cover off.
  3. Use a pointed object such as a ballpoint pen to set the battery selection switch inside the compartment to Ni-MH for Nickel Metal-Hydride batteries.
  4. Install two batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked inside and replace the cover.


  • To prevent damage to Ni-MH batteries, never charge them in an area where the temperature is above 113°F (45°C) or below 40°F (4°C).
  • For longer operation, you can get higher-capacity Ni-MH batteries at your local electronics store. This type of battery takes longer to recharge.

Charging the Ni-MH Batteries

The scanner has a built-in circuit that charges the included Ni-MH batteries when a USB cable connects it to a computer (NOT to a USB hub) or to an AC or DC adapter that provides USB charging power. Verify that the battery selection switch is set to Ni-MH and that only Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are inserted in the scanner before connecting it to your computer.

  1. Be sure the scanner is turned off. It will recharge only if it is turned off, even with the USB cable connecting it to a computer.
  2. Connect the included USB cable to the scanner’s USB port.
  3. Connect the other end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port or to an AC or DC adapter that provides USB charging power.
    NOTE: If you connect to a computer’s USB port, the PC will prompt you for the drivers for your scanner. To download and install these drivers, go to http://info.uniden.com/UnidenMan4/BC125AT.
  4. The scanner displays Charging while it charges the batteries and Charge Complete when the Ni-MH batteries are completely charged.

Different status messages may be displayed depending on the battery type and scanner status:Uniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-5

If the batteries are good, the scanner charges the batteries. and it operates normally. If the scanner cannot immediately determine if the batteries are good and can be charged, it checks them and displays the battery icon. If the scanner judges the batteries are good, the scanner starts charging and the battery icon disappears. If it cannot regard the batteries as good in 60 seconds, the scanner stops checking and the battery icon blinks.


We use a few simple terms in this manual to explain the features of the scanner. Familiarize yourself with these terms and the scanner’s features, and you can put the scanner to work for you right away. Simply determine the type of communications you want to receive, then set the scanner to search those communications.

  • A frequency, expressed in kHz or MHz, is the tuning location of a station. To find active frequencies, you use the search function or refer to a frequency reference.
  • Besides searching within a selected frequency range, you can also search your scanner’s service banks. Service banks are preset groups of frequencies categorized by the type of services that use those frequencies. For example, many amateur radio frequencies are located in the HAM service bank.
  • When you search and find a desired frequency, you can store it in a programmable memory location called a channel. Channels are grouped into channel storage banks. The scanner has 10 channel storage banks and each bank has 50 channels. You can scan the channel storage banks to see if there is activity on the frequencies stored there.


If your scanner’s keys seem confusing at first, the following information should help you understand each key’s function.

Your scanner’s keys have various functions labeled on the key tops and below the keys. The keys operate in Normal mode and Function mode. Pressing Func puts the scanner into Function mode for 3 seconds and then returns to Normal mode. The scanner displays F . During that 3 seconds you can press other keys and operate that function. Pressing Func again before 3 seconds returns to Normal mode and the F icon disappears. In Normal mode, the F icon is not displayed.Uniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-6



Note: Make sure the scanner’s antenna is connected before you turn it on.

  1. You can select the band plan (USA or Canada) when you turn on the scanner. When you press and holdUniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-9 for 1 second to turn on the scanner, also press and hold 1 for USA or 2 for Canada. The opening screen displays, followed by the copyright notice.
  2. If the scanner is new or has been reset, the default mode is Scan Hold with all banks enabled and Close Call Do-Not-Disturb active. Otherwise, the scanner displays the last mode the scanner was in before it was powered down.


The display has indicators that show the scanner’s current operating status. The display information helps you understand how your scanner operates.

Note: Not all of these icons may appear at the same time.Uniden-Bearcat-BC125AT-Handheld-Scanner-Owner-Manual-10



  • Size: 2.6 in (W) x 1.3 in (D) x 4.5 in (H)
  • Weight: 6.2 oz. (without antenna and battery)
  • Operating Temperature: – 20º C (– 4ºF) to + 60ºC (+ 140º F)
  • Close Call: – 10º C (+ 14ºF) to + 50ºC (+ 122º F)
  • Power Requirements: 2 AA Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (2.4V DC)
    2 AA Alkaline Batteries (3.0V DC)
    Connect to PC with a USB cable
    (5.0V DC 500mA)
  • LCD Display: 64 X 128 Full Dot Matrix LCD with orange-color backlight.
  • Internal Speaker: 24ohm, 32mm diameter, Dynamic Type, 0.8W Max.

Certified in accordance with FCC Rules and Regulations Part 15 Sub-part C as of the date of manufacture.

  • Scan Banks: 10 banks
  • Scan Channels: 500 Channels (50 Channels/Bank)
  • Service Searches: 10 Bands
    • Police
    • Fire/Emergency
    • HAM Radio
    • Marine Railroad
    • Civil Air
    • Military Air
    • CB Radio
    • Racing
  • Custom Searches: 10 Bands
  • Weather Channels: 7 Channels
  • Search Band:16 searchable bands
  • Scan Rate: 80 channels/second
  • Search Rate:  90 steps/second 270 steps/second (5kHz step)
  • Scan Delay: 2 seconds
  • Audio Output Power: Internal Speaker – 360mW nominal (24ohm)
    Headphone (L-ch) 4mW nominal (32ohm)
  • Antenna: 50 ohms (Impedance)
  • Sensitivity: (12dB SINAD)
  • Nominal VHF Low Band
    • (AM)  25.005 MHz  0.3 uV
    • (NFM)  40.840 MHz  0.3 uV
    • (NFM) 132.980 MHz 0.3 uV
  • Aircraft Band:
    • (AM)    118.800 MHz    0.4 uV
    • (NFM)  127.175 MHz    0.3 uV
    • (NFM)  135.500 MHz    0.3 uV
  • VHF High 1 Band
    • (NFM)  138.150 MHz    0.3 uV
    • (FM)     157.100 MHz    0.2 uV
    • (NFM)  161.985 MHz    0.2 uV
    • (NFM)  173.225 MHz    0.2 uV
  • VHF High 2 Band
    • (AM)    225.050 MHz    0.4 uV
    • (AM)    272.950 MHz    0.4 uV
    • (AM)    315.050 MHz    0.4 uV
  • UHF Band
    • (AM)     325.050 MHz    0.4 uV
    • (NFM)   406.875 MHz    0.3 uV
    • (NFM)   511.9125 MHz  0.3 uV
  • Close Call Sensitivity (No Modulation)
    VHF Low Band
    • (NFM) 40.8400 MHz  282 uV
  • Aircraft Band 
    • (AM) 127.1750 MHz  112 uV
  • VHF High 1 Band
    • (NFM)  173.2250 MHz  0.89 uV
  • VHF High 2 Band
    • (AM)   315.0500 MHz  200 uV
  • UHF Band
    • (NFM)  406.875 MHz 0.3 uV
  • Signal Noise Ratio (nominal)
    VHF Low Band
    • (AM)    25.0050 MHz    48dB
    • (NFM)   40.8400 MHz  37dB
  • Aircraft Band
    • (AM)    127.1750 MHz    48dB
  • VHF High 1 Band
    • (FM)    157.100 MHz  42dB
    • (NFM)  173.2250 MHz  37dB
  • VHF High 2 Band
    • (AM)    225.0500 MHz    48dB
  • UHF Band
    • (AM)  325.0500 MHz    49dB
    • (NFM)    511.9125 MHz    34dB

Features, specifications, and availability of optional accessories are all subject to change without notice.



Important: Evidence of original purchase is required for warranty service.


ELEMENTS OF WARRANTY: Uniden warrants, for one year, to the original retail owner, this Uniden Product to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship with only the limitations or exclusions set out below.

WARRANTY DURATION: This warranty to the original user shall terminate and be of no further effect 12 months after the date of the original retail sale. The warranty is invalid if the Product is

  • damaged or not maintained as reasonable or necessary,
  • modified, altered, or used as part of any conversion kits, subassemblies, or any configurations not sold by Uniden,
  • improperly installed,
  • serviced or repaired by someone other than an authorized Uniden service center for a defect or malfunction covered by this warranty,
  • used in any conjunction with equipment or parts or as part of any system not manufactured by Uniden, or
  • installed or programmed by anyone other than as detailed by the owner’s manual for this product.

STATEMENT OF REMEDY: In the event that the product does not conform to this warranty at any time while this warranty is in effect, the warrantor will either, at its option, repair or replace the defective unit and return it to you without charge for parts, service, or any other cost (except shipping and handling) incurred by the warrantor or its representatives in connection with the performance of this warranty. Warrantor, at its option, may replace the unit with a new or refurbished unit.


Some states do not allow this exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

LEGAL REMEDIES: This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state. This warranty is void outside the United States of America and Canada.


If, after following the instructions in the owner’s manual you are certain that the Product is defective, pack the Product carefully (preferably in its original packaging). The Product should include all parts and accessories originally packaged with the Product. Include evidence of the original purchase and a note describing the defect that has caused you to return it.

The Product should be shipped freight prepaid, by traceable means, to the warrantor at:
Uniden America Corporation
Parts and Service Division
4700 Amon Carter Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155
(800) 297-1023, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday

FAQS About Uniden Bearcat BC125AT Handheld Scanner

Is Uniden BC125AT an analog or digital device?

digital scanner

How long does it take an Uniden scanner to charge?

6.5 hours

What is the purpose of a Bearcat scanner?

Numerous two-way radio channels and frequencies, including those used by the police, the fire department, and others, are scanned or checked.

What is the Uniden frequency range?

25-960 mhz

What are the uses of Uniden?

radio frequency search

What country produces Uniden scanners?

Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

How long does the battery in a scanner last?

500 charges are made.

What does the bc125at’s battery indicator mean?

When the battery is running low, the BATT icon will blink in the display and a tone will alert you every 15 seconds.

What distinguishes digital scanners from analog scanners?

Only analog can be detected by analog scanners.

What is the range of a frequency scanner?

30-50 miles

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