bcTool is an easy to use, free application to program, control and log Uniden Bearcat Dynamic Memory Scanners. Works with BC246T, SC230, BR330T, UBC3500XLT, BCT15, BCD396T, and BCD996T models.

Screenshots

Screenshots of bcTool in action

These screenshots are taken from 1.2r1 (the first official, public release of bcTool). This page contains screenshots which are out of date and apply to the original version of bcTool, the page will be updated with new screenshots in the next few days. The overall look and feel is very similar though so these screenshots should give you an idea of the user interface present in bcTool+.

Simply click on a screenshot to see a larger version:

bcTool Programming

bcTool's main programming interface is based around the system/group list on the left, and the programming grid on the right. The grid changes format depending on system type and makes entering and editing programming easy.

 

bcTool Radio Control

The programming grid features a context-sensitive popup menu which allows quick access to commonly used features, such as moving channels, adding duplex frequencies or performing bulk edit operations.

 

bcTool Programming

The Programming menu controls most aspects of programming your scanner. You can see that bcTool supports a number of formats for importing data from other applications or sources. RadioReference data is also supported (see screenshot later on this page).

 

bcTool Programming

You can easily and quickly change system settings, including system type, quick key, hold/delay times, lockout status and all trunk parameters when appropriate

 

bcTool Programming

bcTool also provides fully featured logging options. Here you can see the 'Summary Log', which provides a brief overview of scanner activity with number of hits per channel, tone, frequency, modulation and status of any recorded audio.

 

bcTool Programming

For more advanced logging, a 'Detail Log' is available which allows you to drill down and see full details of activity on each received channel, including signal strength, duration and tone, so you can easily see if more than one tone is being used on a channel.

 

bcTool Programming

You can also configure bcTool to automatically record all received transmissions. Options are provided to automatically stop recording (and optionall move the scanner on) after a set duration, automatically delete short recordings, define filename structure and set recording format and bitrate.

 

bcTool Radio Control

Full remote radio control features are also provided, allowing you to control your scanner using your mouse and keyboard or remotely using bcTool Server. Macro features are provided to automate common atasks such as locking out systems and changing scanner settings.

 

bcTool Programming

Almost all scanner configuration can be performed from bcTool - here you can see Custom Search ranges being configured.

 

bcTool Programming

Close Call options can also be set, including setting broadcast screens.

 

bcTool Programming

Global Lockouts can be easily cleared, edited or saved to a file and later reloaded.

 

bcTool Programming

RadioReference subscription data is supported and systems can be imported directly to bcTool.

 

bcTool Programming

Full duplicate detection and search facilities are provided too. You can easily remove duplicates or export a list for use elsewhere.

 

These screenshots represent just a fraction of the power of bcTool! For a proper example, please download and try with your scanner!