Uniden announces DMR support for its flagship scanners

Uniden has announced that its flagship BCD436HP and BCD536HP HomePatrol series scanners will soon support DMR monitoring with a $50 paid upgrade, allowing them to monitor DMR systems, including Motorola’s MOTOTRBO DMR systems.

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The Uniden BCD536HP HomePatrol series scanner will soon support DMR monitoring. Photo credit slickshaft @YouTube.

On May 16th, Uniden announced updates for their flagship BCD436HP and BCD536HP HomePatrol series scanners that would allow them to monitor DMR, including Motorola’s MOTOTRBO Connect Plus and MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus systems, with a single paid upgrade. Until now, anyone interested in monitoring DMR needed to purchase a single-use radio to monitor these systems or kludge together a system using multiple radio dongles plugged into a PC.

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DMR is used extensively across the world by businesses, government agencies, amateur radio operators, and individuals worldwide. RadioReference.com, the premier web site for finding radio system information, has over 600 trunked DMR systems and over 4500 DMR conventional channels documented. The vast majority of DMR systems have never been documented since, up to now, users could not easily discover and monitor them. To overcome this, Uniden has included some basic tools for discovering DMR channels so that users will be able to quickly supplement the information currently provided by RadioReference.com.

Using the Uniden BCD436HP and  BCD536HP HomePatrol series scanners, upgraded with the DMR upgrade, users will be able to seamlessly monitor unencrypted channels on the following system types:

  • Conventional Analog channels
  • Conventional P25 Digital channels
  • Motorola Type I and Type II Trunked Radio systems with Analog and Digital (P25) Voice
  • EDACS Analog trunked radio systems
  • LTR Analog trunked radio systems
  • APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II Digital Trunked Radio systems
  • EDACS trunked radio systems with ProVoice channels (paid ProVoice upgrade required)
  • Conventional Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) channels (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus Trunked Radio systems (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • MOTOTRBO Connect Plus Trunked Radio Systems (paid DMR upgrade required)

Uniden claims to be the only scanner manufacturer to offer the bolded items above, plus other exclusive features available with these scanner models, including:

  • Close Call® RF Capture
  • Dynamic Memory Architecture
  • Location-Based Scanning with GPS Support
  • Trunked and Conventional Discovery Modes
  • WiFi connectivity with iPhone and Android Apps (BCD536HP only, Android App coming in 2016)

For anyone interested in upgrading their existing Uniden BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners to support these new features, Uniden is offering the upgrade for $50 USD. Timing for the upgrade release is still to be determined.

About Don Trynor, VA3XFT

Don Trynor, VA3XFT

Don Trynor is a 16-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and a licensed Canadian ham radio operator since 1988. He is passionate about VHF/UHF repeater communications, especially using digital modes and he has owned and operated a number of ham radio repeater installations over the years, including ones in both the provinces of Ontario (VE3/VA3) and New Brunswick (VE9). Currently, he maintains three UHF DMR repeaters – two in Toronto, ON (VA3XPR-1 & VE3YYZ DMR) and one in Niagara Falls, ON (VA3XPR-2), plus one Yaesu System Fusion repeater in Toronto, ON (VA3XPS) that operates in digital-only mode. In addition to ham radio, Don enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking and astronomy.