Trunked radio systems now handle a huge amount of emergency and public service radio traffic meaning that if these are the type of signals you want to listen to then trunked scanner radios are the way to go. Trunking works by allocating one channel out of many to the users wishing to talk to each other meaning that transmissions are always shifting around which makes tracking conversations impossible without a trunking enable scanner.

When choosing a trunked scanner always try to find a scanner that will work on as many of the trunking systems as possible giving you the widest listening options and building in a bit of future proofing.

All these scanners generally come with detailed manuals to help you program them correctly and what ever model you have there is a mountain of information online to help should you ever get stuck. YouTube can be particular good at hosting videos that will give you a visual run through of a radio scanners operation.

Uniden Trunking Scanners Sorted by Price

ImagesModelModesCoverage
MHz
Memory Price
Uniden BCT8 ScannerUniden BCT8

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Ratings and Reviews
AM
FM
25-54
108-512
806-956
250$
Uniden BC346XT Handheld ScannerUniden BC346XT

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AM
FM
25-224.98
400-512
806-823.9875
849.0125-868.9875
894.0125-960
1.24-1.3 GHz
9000 $$
Uniden BCT15X BearTrackerUniden BCT15X

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AM
FM
NFM
WFM
25-823.987
849.000-868.987
894.012-956.000
1.24-1.3GHz
Max 2500$$
Uniden BCD396XT HandheldUniden BCD396XT

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AM
FM
NFM
WFM
25 -512
758.-823.9875
849.0125-868.9875
894.0125-960.
1.24-1.3GHz
25,000$$$
Uniden BCD996XT ScannerUniden BCD996XT

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AM
FM
NFM
WFM
25-512
758-823.9875
849.0125-868.9875
894.0125-960
1.24-1.3GHz
25,000$$$

A Better Look at How a Trunking Radio System Works

Having a better understanding of how your trunked radio scanner tracks signals will make it easier for you to operate and program your set to get the best performance.

Trunking is a complicated system and I have tried to keep this explanation as simple as possible.

All radios belonging to one company or department will be placed into a talk group and will monitor a common channel that is used by the trunking system to transmit instructions to the entire talk group.

When one of the transmitters in the talk group is activated the trunking control system will look around for an empty pair of channels (duplex operation). Once the system has found clear channels it will transmit instructions to every radio on the talk group and change all the transmitters to the same channel so the conversation can start.

Identification of each talk group is achieved by a unique sound tone so every time a transmission is received by the trunking control system it knows exactly where to route the signals.

Your trunking scanner uses the instructions sent out by the trunking control system to switch to the exact frequency that it has just sent to the talk group of radios you wish to listen to.

As all the signals used by trunking radio systems are in the VHF/UHF frequency range this communication is routed by repeaters place in high spots to give good radio signal coverage over a wide area (especially needed when dealing with mobile two way radios). Some systems with a very wide area to service will use multiple linked repeaters that will feed the signals to where ever they are needed.

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Uniden are always releasing now radio scanner models and our aim is to keep this page updated as they add to their already large catalog of radios. There will also be any major updates in the way the core trunking systems changes and how this alters the way you use these trunked Uniden scanners.

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