This IS the New BCT15X with 9000 Channels as the other reviewer, H. French's "Amazon Surfer" said, not an older model. By the ways thanks for the review, I too, almost didn't purchase this scanner from Amazon for fear that this was an older stock model but now I'm glad that I did. Thanks again H. French for the info. It was shipped quickly and well packaged by Amazon, although Uniden also packages the unit in its own box pretty good too. No damage!
This thing is a brick! Very Heavy! I'm just using it in my Office/ Computer Room, so the heavier the better for me. I also purchased the TRENDnet USB to Serial Converter TU-S9 (Blue)to hook up the scanner to the computer in order to program it. I would NEVER EVER try to program this thing without a computer. If you don't plan on hooking this Scanner up to a computer, I wouldn't get it if I were you.
I also downloaded and installed the FreeScan Software to Control and Program the BCT15X, this is a free program and does pretty much everything the average user could need, and the best part is it's FREE! the Website is ScanNow.org Did I mention it's Free!
I then went to the Radio Reference Website, went to their database and found the Motorola Trunked Frequencies and Talkgroups for my City/County and Copy/Pasted those into the FreeScan Software, Uploaded it to the Scanner via the USB to Serial Cable and Shazaam I'm listening to my local PD/Sheriff/Fire Dept. and others. You can also Register for their pay service and easily download a data file, but I chose to do it the hard way(copy/paste it into FreeScan), which really wasn't that hard.
I opened the box at 6pm, hooked up the power, antenna, Installed the Driver for the USB to Serial Cable. Downloaded and Installed the FreeScan software, Went to the Radio Reference website, copy pasted the Freq/Talkgroups into Freescan and was listening by 8pm.
This Scanner sounds great too, so much better than my Old handheld Radio Shack Pro-92, which since FCC Rebanding the trunking hasn't worked. The BCT15X Audio is loud and clear, scanning is quick, display looks great.
The only thing I don't like about this scanner is that there is not a printed manual with it, just the PDF file on the CD. I didn't think this would be a big deal, and thought the other reviewers were just being cry babies for bringing up this issue. But now I see their point, it would be very helpful to have at least some basic printed manual for quick reference.
I will Update this Review later as I just received it less than 3 hours ago.