The Uniden Bearcat BC-560XLT 16 channel scanner is a classic. I recently had the chance to program one of these gems and I really liked the feel of it. Uniden of course makes excellent police scanners, as anyone might surmise.

Programming is a breeze even without the manual. It seems like the BC-560XLT was manufactured around 1988, so it has been around. It looks nice, is easy to function, and receive is great. What more can one say for a scanner than can be acquired on the cheap for a song and a dance.

Oddly, there were no beeps as I punched the keys when programming. And those older scanners do not have a digital frequency display, which isn’t a downer, but the digital readout is preferred.

Nevertheless, if I found one these ancient 1980’s model on the cheap, there’s no doubt I would add it to my humble collection. Nothing fancy here, but who needs fancy.

It does come equipped with the old bullet style antenna connection, the speaker is on the bottom, but an external speaker could fix this easily.

As I recall, this unit can be used in the car with a DC adapter, which is a plus scanner fans, for power outages of course.

Bottom line…this one is a keeper. Happy scanning! Keep your powder dry!