Uniden Corporation acquired the Bearcat division of Electra Company on May 28, 1984.
Model Prefix Information
Most early Bearcat and a few Uniden models only showed the BC prefix on the Ident label.
BC = Intended for sale in the US. . . . . . UBC = Intended for sale in the Europe
Electra stamped all of its scanners with a manufacturing date code on the rear of the cabinet.
The code is comprised of a single character (C = Cumberland, Indiana, P = Puerto Rico),
followed by four digits denoting year and week the radio was built.
For example, "C8124" denotes the radio was made in the Cumberland factory during the 24th week of 1981.
Bearcat (Electra) Date Codes
Bearcat (Uniden) Date Codes
Decoding the date code on your Uniden Bearcat scanner is as follows.
The date code consists of a two digit code representing the
month followed by another two digit code representing the year.
For example, the date code
0AID would decode to Jan 1994 0A = Jan (A=1,
first month of year) ID =94 (I=9, D=4)
0EIC would decode to May 1993
0E = May (E=5, fifth month of year) IC = 93 (I=9, C=3)
0CI0 would decode to March
0C = March (C=3, third month of year) I0 = 90 (I=9,
A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9, 0=0