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The Uniden SDS is a handheld scanner manufactured by Uniden America released in Q2 of with an introductory MSRP of $ It is the first scanner to incorporate I/Q technology and SDR (Software Defined Radio) in a handheld scanner. This provides superior performance scanning LSM (Linear Simulcast Modulation) systems. It uses the Uniden HomePatrol database and Uniden Sentinel Software for ease of programming. Its front panel interface and menus are functionally identical to the BCDHP. Its most important new features include water resistance and customizable color LCD.


  • Easy navigation to Favorite List, 1st on Menu w visual On/Off for FQK listing
  • Easy navigation to System List 1st on Menu w visual On/Off for SQK listing.
  • Easy Scan Control using the System, Department and Channel SOFTKEY Hold buttons.

Programming and Interface

Most menus and buttons are identical to the BCDHP.

  • ZIP Services Mode: Enter your ZIP code, service type, and range. The scanner will aggregate a list of nearby radio channels to listen to.
  • GPS Mode: Purchase the additional GPS module and cable to have the scanner automatically update its location to pull in nearby radio channels without having to enter a ZIP code (Location Based Scanning)
  • Manual Entry: Create Favorite lists by manually entering the channel/system information, or import it from the RR DB preloaded on the SD Card (Complete Front Keypad Programming ability)
  • Sentinel: Use a PC with Uniden Sentinel Software to update scanner firmware, update RR Database, and create your own Favorite Lists, Systems, Sites, Channels, TalkGroups and RadioIDs in addition to control scanner settings and customize the LCD Screen.


  • Backlight-on-Squelch option allows the backlight to remain on during an entire transmission.
  • x pixel, plastic, color LCD screen ( user-selectable colors for text and background)
  • Receive Signal Strength Indicator displayed.
  • Select/Volume/Squelch multi-control top rotary encoder knob.
  • Side-actuated Function and Menu controls.
  • 64 character text tagging for each system, site, department, channel, talkgroup, search range, Tone-Out, and SAME group.
  • Visual Independent Alert LED w/ 7 colors and 3 patterns.
  • Weatherproof Backlit Display and Keypad.
  • Water resistant up to IPX4 (JIS4)
  • 8GB microSD card holds the entire US and Canada database of radio systems, plus leaves room for hundreds of hours of audio recording.

Included on the microSD CARD

  • A copy of the RadioReference Database (HPDB)
  • Uniden's Sentinel Software. The link for Sentinel can be found here
  • Pre-Formatted with FAT 32 Filing System
    • Main Folder named "TBA"
    • Below TBA folder contains:
    • (7)Sub-Folders: activity_log, alert, audio, discovery, favorite_list, firmware, HPDB
    • (4)Loose Files:
    • Configuration files: app_data.cfg, discovery.cfg1, profile.cfg
    • Set-Up file: scanner.inf


  • Favorites Lists QKs
  • Systems QKs
  • Departments QKs
  • 3 front SOFTKEY buttons (functions change depending on scanner status).
  • 3 Quick-Access Search Keys


Frequency Coverage

  • MHz
  • MHz
  • MHz
  • MHz
  • MHz

Modulation & Steps

  • AM, NFM, FM, WFM, or FMB.
  • 5, , , , 10, , 15, 20, 25, 50, or kHz


  • Built-in Battery Charger - charge the batteries in the scanner w a USB power cable
  • Charge/Battery Low Independent Alert LED
  • Removable v mAh Wh Extended Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery (Model BT) included with new models


  • USB PC Connectivity/charge port (USB Mini-B)
  • Simultaneous charge while using
  • USB PC Connectivity (USB Micro) - use to be determined


  • Adjustable Band defaults Modulation and Steps
  • Adjustable Priority check interval and quantity.
  • Analysis Mode - includes Trunked System Analysis of Signal, Quality and Activity, and EDACS/LTR LCN Finder
  • Audible Independent Alert Tone Volume – lets you set the volume level of the following tones: Key Beep, Emergency Alerts, Channel Alerts, Tone-Out hits, and Close Call Alert.
  • Avoids
  • Battery Saver
  • Broadcast Screen while searching (TV and radio station frequencies, pagers, etc) with 10 custom bands.
  • Channel delay adjustable to increments of ,5,10,30,
  • Channel Volume Offset individually per channel.
  • Close Call, with Close Call Do Not Disturb, Close Call Priority (or Primary), and Close Call Temporary Store.
  • Control Channel Only
  • Conventional Channel Priority with Priority DND
  • Custom Search - lets you program up to 10 search ranges.
  • Discovery Mode - helps you find new channels on trunked systems and frequency ranges.
  • Fire Tone Out alert with two-tone paging with up to 32 tone slots.
    • Fire Tone Out Search - built-in frequency counter displays the received tones.
  • Individual Site P25 decode Threshold, Settings: Auto, Manual, Default
  • Intermediate Frequency Exchange - changes the IF used for a selected frequency to help avoid image and other mixer-product interference on a frequency.
  • Location Based Scanning
  • Multi-Site Trunking - Lets you program the scanner to share a Trunked System's TGIDs across multiple Sites without having to duplicate TGIDs.
  • Negative Channel dropout delay (forced resume) adjustable to -2, -5, seconds.
  • Number Tagging - Number tags allow you to quickly navigate to a specific Favorites List, System, and/or Channel.
  • Priority Scan
  • P25 One-Frequency Trunking - The scanner can follow individual talk groups on P25 single-frequency systems that use both NAC and TGID’s for squelch control and user identification.
  • Quick Search
  • Recording of Audio - Captures & Stores individual transmissions until squelch closes for later playback with time stamping and some metadata via Scanner or PC.
    • Date/Time indication on display with time stamping for recordings.
    • Instant Replay - Plays back up to seconds of the most recent unsquelched transmissions without the added quiet time between those transmissions.
  • Repeater Reverse
  • Search with Scan for Custom Searches.
  • Startup Configuration
  • Weather Operations

Features missing from SDS previously in BCDHP

RR System Compatibility

  • Analog Conventional Frequencies

System Types

System Voices

  1. Requires, optional, Paid Upgrade w/ Registration via my.uniden.com.
  2. Firmware updates via MicroSD card or through USB port.

Included in the Box

  • SDS Scanner Radio
  • SMA Semi-Rigid Antenna
  • SMA-BNC Antenna Adapter
  • com Registration card
  • USB to USB Mini-B programming / charge cable
  • USB Wall brick 5V 2A (Model: AD)
  • Extended Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery v mAh Wh (Model BT)
  • Extended battery door
  • Rotating Belt Clip
    • Belt clip Plastic Attachment with 1 screw installed
  • Owner’s manual printed copy w online pdf format available
  • microSD Card (8GB) installed
  • Packaging
    • External Box
    • Formed Cardboard packaging - molded pulp
  • Various plastic bags for listed components


USB Pinout


  • Pin 2 (ID) is used for GPS Serial Data
  • Pin 3 and 4 are for Serial Data

Frequently Asked Questions and Third Party Accessories

Groups and Message Boards


Supporting Software

Owner's Manual


After Market Accessories

Return to Uniden Scanners

Sours: https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/SDS

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave Zantow (N9EWO), who shares information about the new flagship handheld scanner from Uniden: the SDS.

Here are the details from Uniden&#;s press release:

SDS Coming Soon

Uniden creates another first with the SDS True I/Q Scanner, the first scanner to incorporate Software Defined Radio technology to provide incredible digital performance in even the most challenging RF environments. The SDS’s digital performance is better than any other scanner in both simulcast and weak-signal environments.

The SDS is also the first scanner that allows you to decide what to display, where, and in what color. Custom fields put the information important to you right where you need it.

And, one more first, the SDS meets JIS4 (IPX4) standards for water resistance.

Slated for release in 2nd Quarter, , the SDS carries an MSRP of $*.

Of course, the SDS also includes all the advanced features you’ve come to expect from a Uniden scanner, including:

  • Customizable Color Display
  • Trunktracker X
  • APCO P25 Phase I and II
  • Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunking
  • MotoTRBO Capacity + and Connect +**
  • DMR Tier III**
  • Hytera XPT**
  • Single-Channel DMR**
  • NXDN and **
  • EDACS ProVoice**
  • Location-Based Scanning
  • USA/Canada Radio Database
  • ZIP Code Selection for Easy Setup
  • Close Call™ RF Capture with Do Not Disturb
  • 8 GB microSD
  • Soft Keys for Intellegent UI
  • Recording, Playback, and Replay
  • Temporary Avoid
  • Fire Tone-Out Alert
  • System Analysis and Discovery
  • CTCSS/DCS/NAC/RAN/Color Code Decoding
  • S.A.M.E. Weather Alert
  • Enhanced Dynamic Memory
  • Preemptive Trunking Priority
  • Fully Customizable Scanning with your own Favorites Lists
  • Backlit Keypad
  • Channel Volume Offset
  • PC Programming and Control
  • USB Connectivity and Charging
  • Weekly Database Updates
  • Free Sentinel Software keeps the SDS database and memory up to date
  • Up to 8 Hours Operation on included LiIon Battery
  • Frequency Coverage:
    • MHz
    • MHz
    • MHz
    • MHz
    • MHz

Dave shares this Uniden SDS Intro Video:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Spec Sheet

Click here to download the Uniden SDS spec sheet (PDF).

Beta Owner&#;s Manual

Click here to download the Beta version of the Owner&#;s Manual (PDF).

Dave notes:

&#;[The SDS] actually is bit smaller than the and if the performance is like they say (see attached picture), then this could be a very exciting scanner indeed!!&#;

Yes indeed!  I have the Uniden BCDHP and love it.  It&#;s such a simple handheld scanner to operate and there&#;s no real need to &#;program&#; it as it will automatically load relevant frequencies based on GPS coordinates or a postal/zip code. This looks like a significant upgrade and I love the fact it&#;s water resistant.  Of course, MSRP is projected to be $ US&#;not a small investment.

Thanks for the tip and all of the links, Dave!


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This entry was posted in New Products, News, Scanners and tagged Dave Zantow (N9EWO), New Products, New Scanners, Scanners, Uniden Scanners, Uniden SDS, Uniden SDS True I/Q Scanner on by Thomas. Sours: https://swling.com/blog//03/the-uniden-sdstrue-i-q-scanner/
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  • HomePatrol database

    Includes all known radio systems in the USA and Canada. The database is updatable with the Sentinel software and Uniden updates the main database weekly.

  • True I/Q receiver

    Designed to improve digital performance in even the most challenging RF environments. The I/Q signal waveform capture allow for improved error correction and digital signal recovery.

  • Location-based scanning

    Allows you to set your location(s) by zip/postal code or GPS coordinates for instant reception. The Auto-locate feature will determine your general location if you don't know where you are.

  • Favorites scan

    Allows you to organize your Systems into Favorites Lists. The scanner can scan any combination of Favorites Lists and the Full Database.

  • microSD card

    Provided 1 GB, up to 32 GB supported. For storing Favorites Lists, Profiles, all your settings, Discovery sessions, and recording sessions.

  • GPS compatible

    Connect to a GPS receiver (not included) for precise system selection and continuing reselection when you travel. The scanner will automatically select what to scan based on your current location as provided by an external GPS unit.

  • Range Control

    Lets you set how far out from your current location the scanner will search for channels in Favorites Lists and the database.

  • TrunkTracker X operation

    Scans APCO 25 Phase I and Phase II, X2-TDMA, Motorola, EDACS, EDACS ProVoice, LTR trunked systems, NXDN, DMR, as well as conventional analog and digital channels.

  • Trunking discovery

    Monitors traffic on a trunked radio system to find unknown IDs and automatically records audio from and logs new channels for later review and identification.

  • Conventional discovery

    Searches a range of frequencies to find unknown frequencies and automatically records audio from and logs new channels for later review and identification.

  • Priority and Priority ID scan

    Priority channels let you keep track of activity on your most important channels while monitoring other channels for transmissions. ID-scan allows you to set priority to talkgroup identifications.

  • Quick search

    Allows you to start searching at the displayed frequency or enter a frequency and start searching.

  • Adjustable scan / search delay / resume

    Set a delay up to 30 seconds or a forced resume up to 10 seconds for each channel or search.

  • Temporary or permanent avoid

    For systems, sites, departments, channels.

  • Close-call RF capture

    Lets you set the scanner so it detects and provides information about nearby radio transmissions. Close Call ''Do-not-Disturb'' checks for close call activity in between channel reception so active channels are not interrupted.

  • Instant replay and Audio recording

    Plays back up to seconds of the most recent transmissions. Also capture transmissions for later playback.

  • Custom alerts

    You can program your scanner to alert when you receive a Channel or Unit ID, a Close Call hit, an ID is transmitted with an Emergency Alert, or a Tone-out hit. For each alert, you can select from 9 different tone patterns, 15 volume settings, 7 colors (Blue / Red / Magenta / Green / Cyan / Yellow / White), and 3 flash patterns.

  • Customizable display

    You can set the display color for each field in the display. Additionally, for many fields you can select the information provided.

  • Individual channel volume offset

    Allows you to adjust the volume offset for each channel.

  • Customizable intermediate frequency

    Changes the IF used for a selected frequency to help avoid image and other mixer-product interference.

  • Start-up Configuration

    You can program each of your favorites lists with a Startup Key () so that when you power up the scanner and press the key number, just those favorites lists assigned to the key will be enabled for scan.

  • Configurable band defaults and Repeater find

    Allows you to set the step and modulation for 31 different bands. Repeater-find allows the scanner to try to switch to the repeater frequency if an input frequency is found.

  • Data naming

    Allows you to name each favorites list, system, site, department, channel, ID, location, custom search, and SAME group, using up to 64 characters.

  • Quick keys

    You can assign up to quick-keys to your favorites lists, systems, departments, and sites.

  • SAME weather alert

    Lets your scanner alert you when a SAME alert is transmitted on a VHF-NOAA weather channel. You can also set a weather channel as a priority channel.

  • Top knob

    Select / volume / squelch multi-control knob.

  • Li-Ion battery

    Up to 8 hours operation.

  • Built-in battery charger

    Allows you to charge the rechargeable batteries in the scanner from any USB port

  • PC control

    USB connectivity for programming and control.

  • Water Resistant

    Resistant to dust and damage caused by splashing water (JIS4) from any direction when all jack covers are in place.

  • Sours: https://www.radiomasterlist.com/en/uniden-bearcat-sdshtml
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