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(U)BC180XLT - (U)BC280XLT


The Uniden Bearcat 180XLT and 280XLT are almost identical recent scanners. The modification with an additional chassis socket has been on this site for a long time.

But it can be done without drilling: the earphone socket can be modified. Next to the standard earphone signal, the unfiltered audio becomes available.

The discriminator IC, an SMD MC3361, is located at the back of the PCB that becomes visible if you open the scanner.

Location of the BA4112
Discriminator Output
Pin 9 of the MC3361 carries the baseband audio
The connection to pin 9

Pin 9 of the MC3361 carries the unfiltered demodulated audio signal.A piece of insulated wire is connected to pin 9. The usual 10 k limiting resistor is soldered at a different place, close to the 3.5 mm socket.

Remove this SMD resistor
Resistor and capacitor
This SMD resistor needs to be removed
Resistor and capacitor connected to the left solder pad

The scanner uses a stereo 3.5 mm headphone output. The middle contact is made available for the discriminator output. The SMD resistor (see circle) needs to be removed. A 10 k resistor is soldered to the left solder pad. A 2.2 nF capacitor is connected to this solder pad as well. The capacitor's other lead is connected to ground

The resistor's other lead is connected to the wire coming from pin 9 of the MC3361.

Using a stereo 3.5 mm plug, the headphone signal is available between the tip and ground. The discriminator output is available between the middle ring and ground.

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