Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Jeff L » Wed, 07 Dec 1994 15:10:00


    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??

    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
    apreciated.  

     Jeff

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Kevin Jess » Thu, 08 Dec 1994 01:12:55



>    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
>    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
>    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??
>    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
>    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
>    apreciated.  

The 8500.  Is that the handheld portable??  If so, read on...

Recently, about 25 radio amateurs in our area, including me, met for our usual
Tuesday evening coffee clutch at a local restaurant. As usual, everyone
brought their latest handheld transceivers and other toys.  It's all  quite
amusing to the non-hams.  Twenty or so  people noisily conversing while they
all have their HTs blaring.  Quite a little nerd society.  ;-))  We practically
own the restaurant, so what can they do?

One guy had the latest Uniden Scanner (the best one they make, the 8500,
right?).  Anyway, many of the amateur handy-talkies also receive well out of
band.  About 5 different HTs, including the Uniden 8500, were set to the
Milwaukee Fire Dept dispatch freq of 154.385 Mhz.  While all the amateur
tranceivers (including some radio shack scanners) were nice and quiet when
the dispatcher was not transmitting, the 8500 would frequently chatter with
noisy and annoying intermod from a near-by paging transmitter.

The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's suseptibility
to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually useless.
This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Flying Turtl » Thu, 08 Dec 1994 07:30:55



> >    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
> >    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
> >    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??

> >    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
> >    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
> >    apreciated.  

> The 8500.  Is that the handheld portable??  If so, read on...

> Recently, about 25 radio amateurs in our area, including me, met for our usual
> Tuesday evening coffee clutch at a local restaurant. As usual, everyone
> brought their latest handheld transceivers and other toys.  It's all  quite
> amusing to the non-hams.  Twenty or so  people noisily conversing while they
> all have their HTs blaring.  Quite a little nerd society.  ;-))  We practically
> own the restaurant, so what can they do?

> One guy had the latest Uniden Scanner (the best one they make, the 8500,
> right?).  Anyway, many of the amateur handy-talkies also receive well out of
> band.  About 5 different HTs, including the Uniden 8500, were set to the
> Milwaukee Fire Dept dispatch freq of 154.385 Mhz.  While all the amateur
> tranceivers (including some radio shack scanners) were nice and quiet when
> the dispatcher was not transmitting, the 8500 would frequently chatter with
> noisy and annoying intermod from a near-by paging transmitter.

> The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's suseptibility
> to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually useless.
> This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.

I have yet to see any made in the states that is state of the art and the Uniden scanners
for the most choice are a poor choice for a demanding person.

IMHO

ki4je

 
 
 

Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by AndyCl1 » Thu, 08 Dec 1994 09:55:04


writes:

Quote:>    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
>    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
>    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??

>    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
>    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
>    apreciated.  

I bought mine from Tucker Electronics, and I sent it back yesterday.  I
never bothered to try to pick up cellular on it (they're boring), but one
can program everything else in the spectrum into it.  I sent it back
because alphanumerics and CTCSS tones can only be programmed on the first
250 channels.  All the mail-order places fail to mention this.  I have to
admit that I really liked the radio, but the shortcoming described caused
me to send it back.  I'm waiting for the next model.  Any questions, feel
free to email me.

Andy Clark

 
 
 

Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Keith Rowla » Thu, 08 Dec 1994 01:48:56


>The 8500.  Is that the handheld portable??  If so, read on...

The 8500 is a base tabletop scanner. You're probably talking about the 2500.

Quote:>The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's suseptibility
>to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually useless.
>This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.

So this is the trouble with the 2500!?! The 8500 may or may not exhibit the
same problems. The 2500 is double conversion (I think) and the 8500 is triple
conversion and so doesn't have as many image problems.

I have the 8500, while it doesn't have the image problems of double conversion
receivers, it does lack a little in sensitivity, which might account for the
lessened acceptablity to images and IM.

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Brian Mora » Thu, 08 Dec 1994 13:32:28


>    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
>    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
>    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??
>    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
>    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
>    apreciated.  
>     Jeff

     I went today and looked at the 8500XLT today at Tucker Electronics,
and I was really impressed, I would buy it myslef, but can't afford it
right now.  Of course Cellular is blocked, not continous, but can't be
modified either.  I would recomend going ahead and buying it, GOOD LUCK!

   Brian

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Jeff Goldma » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 00:40:19

First of all, the model is BC8500XLT. A letter after the T is just a way of
tracking what ad you you saw the scanner in.

The BC8500XLT has been discontinued and will be replaced by the BC9000XLT
next month.

                           -Jeff

 
 
 

Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Kevin Jess » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 00:24:05

I said...

Quote:>>The 8500.  Is that the handheld portable??  If so, read on...

You said...

Quote:>The 8500 is a base tabletop scanner. You're probably talking about the 2500.

I said...

Quote:>>The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's suseptibility
>>to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually useless.
>>This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.

Sorry for the confusion.  The above comment refers to the 2500.

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Brett Miller - N7O » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 01:02:57



>>    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
>>    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
>>    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??
>>    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
>>    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
>>    apreciated.  
>>     Jeff
>     I went today and looked at the 8500XLT today at Tucker Electronics,
>and I was really impressed, I would buy it myslef, but can't afford it
>right now.  Of course Cellular is blocked, not continous, but can't be
>modified either.  I would recomend going ahead and buying it, GOOD LUCK!

>   Brian

Wait a few months until the BC9000XLT comes out.  It should be an improved
version of the 8500.

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Brad Steinman, N8Z » Fri, 09 Dec 1994 09:23:51




>>    I just say an ad for the Bearcat 8500XLT-K Radio Scanner from
>>    Communication Electronics for $368.95.  Does anyone have any
>>    experience with this scanner or Communication Electronics??

>>    I understand this scanner although skips the 800 band but it
>>    can pick it up at 400Khz above the actual.   Any thoughts is
>>    apr
>  This thing is a Dog with a capital D!!Uniden pulled the plug on the piece of

***due to it's many problems:

  HUGE intermod (FM BCB on 800 mhz)Plus a whole lot more!
  Images galore( may be a plus at some freqs)
  The bizarre Ctcss and alpha numeric deal where only HALF the memories are
able to be used that way.

Don't buy this thing unless you can send it back!!
When will Uniden make a radio that has all the features we want AND is a decent
reciever too!
If you could take the features of the Uniden radios and have the MUCH better RF
performance of the Realistic(the ones made by GRE)radios it would be
unbeatable!

Quote:> I've dealt with CE for about 8 years,I've never had a problem with them.

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Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Jeff Goldma » Sun, 11 Dec 1994 21:49:39

The BC2500XLT is triple conversion, but it's so poorly designed that you'd
think it was a double conversion receiver. <g> The BC3000XLT, due at the very
end of this month, will at least have an attenuator button to cut down on
intermod. Still, this ain't in the performance class of a GRE.
 
 
 

Need opinion on Bearcat 8500XLT-K Scanner

Post by Ben Hernande » Sat, 17 Dec 1994 01:21:35


writes:
Quote:>> One guy had the latest Uniden Scanner (the best one they make, the
8500,
>> right?).  Anyway, many of the amateur handy-talkies also receive well
out of
>> band.  About 5 different HTs, including the Uniden 8500, were set to
the
>> Milwaukee Fire Dept dispatch freq of 154.385 Mhz.  While all the
amateur
>> tranceivers (including some radio shack scanners) were nice and quiet
when
>> the dispatcher was not transmitting, the 8500 would frequently chatter
with
>> noisy and annoying intermod from a near-by paging transmitter.

>> The person who purchased the 8500 was rather annoyed with it's
suseptibility
>> to intermodulation distortion which, in his opinion, made it virtually
useless.
>> This was all with the stock *** duck antenna inside a building.
>I have yet to see any made in the states that is state of the art and

the Uniden >scanners for the most choice are a poor choice for a
demanding person.

Someone once said that misinformation is worse than no information! My
favorite quote is "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thougt of
a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

No, the BC8500XLT is a desktop model. What you meant to say was
BC2500XLT, a fine triple conversion scanner.
I have owned, modded, broken, dropped, fixed,and programmed well over
twenty handheld scanners from Radio Shack, AOR, Trident, and Uniden. The
Uniden happens to be the best of the bunch in programming ease, service
promptness and rugged scanners. I happen to live in the San Fernando
Valley in California (Intermod HELL!) and I have never had any intermod
problems! I think this rumor was started by the Uniden competition to
stifle sales! The one problem I did have was short battery life in which
I called the Toll-Free service number and the unit was fixed in less then
a week and I was given a free spare battery.
What I Like About The BC2500XLT:
1. 400 channels.
2. 100 CPS scan.
3. Nice Backlight.
4. Ease of programming.
5. Leather Case, AC adapter, and Earphone.
6. Autostore.
7. Count feature.
8. Charge circuit built into the battery.
9. Evertime you enter a new freq it searches internally to see if it is
already programmed and then tells you what channel it is in.

What I Don't Like About The BC2500XLT:
1. Proprietary battery pack.
2. No alphanumeric display.
3. Not enough people know about this fine scanner.

I am not trying to slam you but please, do not report an opinion as fact!

-Ben