BC-8500xlt

BC-8500xlt

Post by Andy Bikki » Mon, 03 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Does anyone have any info regarding a BC-8500XLT

Is it any good as a scanner?

Is it modifiable?

Can you cellular?

 
 
 

BC-8500xlt

Post by JTWard » Mon, 03 Feb 1997 04:00:00


The 8500 makes a great paperweight, boat anchor, door stop, etc.

If you want to use it to listen to actual radio transmissions, forget it.
But a 9000XLT instead - many improvements.

If you don't believe me, ask yourself why Uniden took the 8500 off the
market only six months after introducing it and shortly folllowed up with
the 9000XLT.

John

 
 
 

BC-8500xlt

Post by Greg Las » Tue, 04 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Nah, it's too light for the boat anchor!
 While the 8500 has some drawbacks, (such as trailing squelch after
transmission and internal birdies,) I wouldn't condem it to the deep. Its
reception sensitivity is more than adequate for urban areas. I routinely
used it to cover P.D.s in a 30mile radius around my home with nothing but
the telescoping whip antenna supplied.  Not certain why Uniden pulled it
off the market, but if it was for quality problems then why didn't they
pull the 890 or their hand held replacement for the 200 off the market.
Both suffered from the malady you mentioned. (A friends BC890 couldn't
pull in a neiboring PD operating in the 475Mhz while my 8500 had no
problem.)  While I have not tried the 9000xlt, it better be much improved
to justify its list price which it about $70 more than I paid for my
8500.


> The 8500 makes a great paperweight, boat anchor, door stop, etc.

> If you want to use it to listen to actual radio transmissions, forget it.
> But a 9000XLT instead - many improvements.

> If you don't believe me, ask yourself why Uniden took the 8500 off the
> market only six months after introducing it and shortly folllowed up with
> the 9000XLT.

> John

 
 
 

BC-8500xlt

Post by Steve Ralsto » Tue, 04 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Yes, the BC8500xlt is far from the "PERFECT" scanner, but its not
useless. I have used one for over 2 years , running 24hrs a day
recording Military Aircraft. The reception in the MILAIR band is good
and the 100ch per sec. scan rate allows me to monitor 300 freqs with few
misses. Also the Squelch Controled Tape Recorder function works quite
well. In the $350 price range the BC9000XLT is by far the best buy, but
I would buy a used BC8500XLT if it was around $200.
My 2 cents, Steve in Escondido, CA


> Nah, it's too light for the boat anchor!
>  While the 8500 has some drawbacks, (such as trailing squelch after
> transmission and internal birdies,) I wouldn't condem it to the deep. Its


> > The 8500 makes a great paperweight, boat anchor, door stop, etc.

> > If you want to use it to listen to actual radio transmissions, forget it.
> > But a 9000XLT instead - many improvements.

--
Receivers: AR8000, BC8500XLT and a PRO-2026
Antennae: RS Discone, 2m-75cm MFJ beam, 75ft wire Dipole
and a surplus Collens UHF (225-400Mhz) Log-Periodic