Cat 20-527

PRO-97 1,000 Channel Triple Trunking Hand Held Scanner

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Thank you for purchasing your Pro-97 1,000 channel tripple trunking hand held scanner from RadioShack. Your hand held scanner is one of a new generation of scanners designed to track Motorola® Type I and II (such as Smartnet® and Privacy Plus®) and hybrid analog trunking systems, GEEricsson (EDACS®) type systems, and EF Johnson (LTR) type systems which are extensively used in many communication systems.

user’s guide • quick start guide • preprogrammed frequency addendum

Belt clip

Scanner

Antenna

Nonrechargeable battery holder

Rechargeable battery holder

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The Basics

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your scanner’s controls power sources
using batteries charging rechargeable batteries using AC power using vehicle battery power connecting an earphone/headphones listening safely traffic safety connecting an extension speaker connecting the supplied antenna connecting an optional external antenna using the belt clip transferring data to or from another scanner or PC

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quick start
understanding your scanner’s modes AM mode FM mode CTCSS (CT) mode DCS (DC) mode Motorola mode EDACS mode LTR mode open and closed modes

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setting up your scanner
turning on the scanner and setting squelch storing known frequencies into channels

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CTCSS and DCS
storing trunking frequencies into channels

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The Basics
storing text tags assigning a text tag to a channel assigning a text tag to a group ID assigning a tex tage to a bank text input chart 34 34 35 35 36

finding and storing active frequencies
searching a preprogrammed frequency range band charts search bank: SR0 marine band search bank: SR1 CB band search bank: SR2 FRS/GMRS/MURS band search bank: SR3 police/fire band search bank: SR4 aircraft search bank: SR5 amateur band search bank: SR6 programmable limit search searching active frequencies in a range manually tuning a frequency listening to the weather band listening to a weather channel SAME standby mode WX Alert and beep tone confirmation Skywarn using frequency copy copying a frequency into a specified channel copying a frequency into an empty channel within a bank copying a frequency into the priority channel Signal Stalker II using Signal Stalker II using Signal Stalker II with lockout scanning channels turning channel-starage banks off and on monitoring a single channel/power save circuit

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The Basics using CTCSS and DCS deleting frequencies from channels deleting all frequencies in a channel bank using dealy locking out channels or frequencies locking out channels reviewing locked-out channels locking out frequencies reviewing locked-out frequencies clearing a locked-out frequency clearing all locked-out frequencies in a search bank priority changing the receive mode using the attenuator turning the key tone on and off using the display/key backlight using the keylock changing the display contrast cloning the programmed data 53 54 54 55 55 55 56 56 56 57 57 57 59 60 61 61 63 63 64 trunking how trunking works setting squelch for trunking mode programming trunking frequencies programming Motorola trunking systems (UHF-Lo) programming Motorola trunking systems (800 MHz) programming fleet maps talk group IDs storing talk group IDs talk group ID hold turning an ID sub-bank on or off locking out talk group IDs delay function in ID indication mode reviewing locked-out talk group IDs 65 65 67 67 69 71 71 73 73 76 76 77 77 78 5 .

Smartnet.The Basics clearing talk group IDs clearing all talk group IDs in a single bank changing the open/closed mode 78 78 79 care service and repair birdie frquencies 80 80 80 specifications initializing your scanner 81 84 The FCC wants you to know scanning legally 85 85 glossary FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) warranty 86 87 88 Hypersearch. 6 . EDACS is a registered trademark of MA-COM Inc. Hyperscan. ASTRO and Privacy Plus are registered trademarks of Motorla Inc. and Adaptaplug are trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation. LTR is a registered trademark of EF Johnson. Motorola.

ED. MODE — changes the receive mode (AM. PSE — stops search. FUNC (function) — lets you use various functions by pressing this key in combination with other keys. MO. 7 . TRUNK — stores the trunking ID code or holds the trunking ID while scanning. TEXT — lets you input text. PRI (Priority) — sets and turns the priority function on or off. or jumps to a Skywarn channel you programmed (997-999).The Basics your scanner’s controls SCAN/ — scans through the programmed channels. LT). CT. or activates the Signal Stalker II function. WX/ — scans through the seven preprogrammed weather channels. or when used with FUNC locks/unlocks the keypad to prevent accidental entries. FM. MAN — stops scanning and lets you directly enter a channel number. DC. / — turns on/off the backlight.

The Basics TUNE — lets you input a frequency and allows you to fine tune a frequency along with e or d. SRCH — lets you search the seven search banks. PGM (Program) — programs frequencies into channels. or turns it off to return the sensitivity to normal. L/OUT (Lock Out) — lets you lock out a selected channel. e or d — selects the scan or search direction. ATT (Attenuate) — turns attenuation on to reduce the scanner’s sensitivity and block extremely strong signals. or lock out a selected ID code. ENT — completes the entry of frequencies and text. skip a specified frequency during search. 8 .

#. or inputs characters M. or inputs characters 0 through 9 in text mode. or inputs characters D. &. !. X. 6/MNO — enters a 6. ^. or inputs characters G. . space.. or I. . or inputs characters W. -. @. 9/WXYZ — enters a 9. or inputs characters P Q. or L. B. 7/PQRS — enters a 7. $. K. or ∆. ). or S. _. 5/JKL — enters a 5. or O. %. 3/DEF — enters a 3. 4/GHI — enters a 4. E. or enters a hyphen (in trunking ID setting). or inputs characters . or C. Y. 8/TUV — enters an 8. 0 — enters a zero. 9 . or F. N. ~. CL (Clear) — clears an incorrect entry. ‘.. U. or V. or inputs characters J. or inputs characters A. +.The Basics 1 — enters a 1. *. 2/ABC — enters a 2. (. /. . or programs delay time for the selected channel/search bank. ?. H. R. or Z./DELAY — enters a decimal point (necessary when programming frequencies). or inputs characters T.

10 . PC/IF — connect an optional PC interface cable here to use the scanner with your computer.The Basics PWR DC 9V — connect a power source here.

— connect an earphone or headphone here. 11 . OFF VOL/SQ — turn the scanner on or off and adjust the squelch.The Basics ANT — connect the supplied antenna or an external antenna here.

you can operate the scanner and recharge the rechargeable batteries at the same time. You can use either the supplied non-rechargeable battery holder (black). You must charge rechargeable batteries before you use them the first time. standard AC power (with an optional AC adapter – see “Using AC Power”). try resetting it.The Basics power sources You can power your scanner from any of these sources: • • • Notes internal non-rechargeable batteries or rechargeable batteries (not supplied – see “Using Batteries”). vehicle power (with an optional DC adapter – see “Using Vehicle Battery Power”). Connecting an AC or DC adapter to the scanner disconnects internal batteries when you use the supplied non-rechargeable battery holder. we recommend alkaline batteries. we 12 . using batteries You can power the scanner with four AA batteries (not supplied). available at your local RadioShack store. or the supplied rechargeable battery holder (yellow). If the scanner stops working properly after connecting it to power. but it does not disconnect internal batteries when you use the supplied rechargeable battery holder. If you use the rechargeable battery holder. See “Using Batteries” and “Charging Rechargeable Batteries”. For the longest operation and best performance. See “Initializing the Scanner”. If you install the rechargeable battery holder. See “Charging Rechargeable Batteries”.

Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts. Notes 4.The Basics recommend RadioShack nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. 3. remove the batteries. place them into the black holder. If you are using rechargeable batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that destroy electronic circuits. Warning! Never install non-rechargeable batteries in the rechargeable yellow battery holder. Do not force it. The battery holder fits only one way. Press in on the battery compartment cover on the back of the scanner and slide the cover down to remove it. 2. If you are using non-rechargeable batteries. as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked on the holder. Always remove old or weak batteries. You must charge rechargeable batteries before you use them the first time. 1. See “Charging Rechargeable Batteries”. Pull the battery holder out of the battery compartment. Follow these steps to install the batteries. place them into the yellow holder as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and -) marked on the holder. Place the battery holder into the battery compartment. Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type. Do not mix old and new batteries. Non-Rechargeable batteries can get hot or explode if you try to recharge them. or rechargeable batteries of different capacities. If you do not plan to use the scanner with batteries for a month or longer. 13 . different types of batteries (alkaline or rechargeable).

Replace the cover. RadioShack’s involvement in this program is part of the company’s commitment to preserving our environment and conserving our natural resources. Notes Always dispose of old batteries promptly and properly. the scanner turns itself off. For best results we recommend RadioShack rechargeable nickelmetal hydride (Ni-MH) 1600 mAh batteries. Replace all four non-rechargeable batteries. Do not bury or burn them. remove the batteries. or recharge the rechargeable batteries. To charge rechargeable batteries. If you do not plan to use the scanner with batteries for a month or longer. The RBRC program provides a convenient alternative to placing used Ni-Cd batteries into the trash or the municipal waste stream. See “Charging Rechargeable Batteries”.The Basics 5. when taken out of service in the United States or Canada. Please call 1-800-THE-SHACK (1-800-843-7422) for information on Ni-Cd battery recycling and disposal bans/restrictions in your area. charging rechargeable batteries Your scanner has a built-in charging circuit that lets you charge nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) or nickel cadmium (NiCD) rechargeable batteries (not supplied) while they are in the scanner. connect an appropriate AC or DC adapter to the PWR DC 9V jack. which may be illegal in your area. Low battery! appears and the scanner beeps continuously. When battery power is depleted. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts. When battery power is low. Notes The EPA certified RBRC© Battery Recycling Seal on the nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) battery indicates RadioShack is voluntarily participating in an industry program to collect and recycle these batteries at the end of their useful life. 14 .

Plug the adapter’s two-prong plug into an AC outlet. To do this. do not overcharge them. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the scanner or the adapter. 15 . Notes The scanner can also charge Ni-Cd batteries. 3. Overcharging shortens battery life. Rechargeable batteries last longer and deliver more power if you let them fully discharge once a month. Connect the Adaptaplug to the adapter’s cord with the tip set to positive. 2. Both are available at your local RadioShack store.The Basics It takes about 16 hours to recharge fully discharged 1600 mAh Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. 300 mA AC adapter and a size C Adaptaplug (neither supplied). Then fully charge the rechargeable batteries. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the scanner’s PWR DC 9V jack. use the scanner until Low battery! appears. You can operate the scanner while recharging the rechargeable batteries. 1. 600 mAh batteries require 6 hours and 850 mAh batteries require 8 hours to charge. but charging takes longer. When you charge rechargeable batteries. Plug the adapter’s barrel plug into the scanner’s PWR DC 9V jack. using AC power You can power the scanner using a 9V. You must use a Class 2 power source that supplies 9V Notes DC and delivers at least 300 mA.

This automatically disconnects the internal speaker. available at your local RadioShack store.The Basics using vehicle battery power You can power the scanner from a vehicle’s 12V power source (such as cigarette-lighter socket) using a 9V. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the scanner or the adapter. If the scanner does not operate properly when you Notes connect a DC adapter. Plug the adapter’s cigarette-lighter plug into your 12V power source. connecting an earphone/headphones For private listening. in the jack on top of your scanner. Connect the Adaptaplug to the adapter’s cord with the tip set to positive. Plug the adapter’s barrel plug into the scanner’s PWR DC 9V jack. you can plug an 1/8-inch (3. or check the adapter’s internal fuse. unplug the DC adapter from the power source and clean the socket. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the scanner’s PWR DC 9V jack.5 mm) mini-plug earphone or headphones (not supplied). 1. 2. 3. Both are available at your local RadioShack store. 300 mA DC adapter and a size C Adaptaplug™ adapter (neither supplied). Notes You must use a power source that supplies 9V DC and delivers at least 300 mA. 16 .

Avoid or limit listening at high volume levels. follow these guidelines when you use an earphone or headphones. Over time. This can create a traffic hazard and can be illegal in some areas.5 mm) mini-plug into your scanner’s jack. Even though some earphones and headphones let you hear some outside sounds when you listen at normal levels. Plug the speaker cable’s 1/8-inch (3. 17 . connecting an extension speaker In a noisy area. adjust the volume to a comfortable level. so volume levels that do not cause discomfort might damage your hearing. your sensitivity to a volume level decreases. might provide more comfortable listening. Prolonged exposure to high volume levels can cause permanent hearing loss. • Set the volume to zero before putting on headphones. available at your local RadioShack store. Avoid increasing the volume once you set it. an amplified speaker (not supplied).The Basics listening safely To protect your hearing. With the headphones on. they still can present a traffic hazard. • • traffic safety Do not wear an earphone or headphones while you drive a vehicle or ride a bicycle.

If your antenna’s cable does not have a BNC connector. Warning! Use extreme caution when installing or removing an outdoor antenna. Your local RadioShack store sells a variety of antennas. For lengths over 50 feet. you will also need a BNC adapter (not supplied. let it go! It could contact overhead power lines. such as an external mobile antenna or outdoor base station antenna. If the antenna starts to fall. cable. 18 . or guy wires can cause electrocution and death. Follow the installation instructions supplied with the antenna. to connect an outdoor antenna. DO NOT attempt to do so yourself. Always use 50-ohm coaxial cable. available at your local RadioShack store). If the antenna touches a power line. touching the antenna. Press the antenna down over the jack and turn the antenna’s base clockwise until it locks into place. such as RG-58 or RG-8. align the slots around the antenna’s connector with the tabs on the antenna jack. Call the power company to remove the antenna.The Basics connecting the supplied antenna To attach the supplied flexible antenna to the antenna jack on the top of your scanner. connecting an optional external antenna The antenna connector on your scanner makes it easy to use the scanner with a variety of antennas. route the antenna cable to the scanner. then connect it to the antenna jack. mast. use RG-8 low-loss dielectric coaxial cable.

transferring data to or from another scanner or PC You can transfer the programmed data to and from another PRO-97 scanner using a connecting cable which has 1/8 -inch phone plugs on both ends (not supplied). See “Cloning the Programmed Data”. use the supplied belt clip by attaching it to the back of the scanner. To remove the battery clip. slide it upward while pulling the tab toward you. 19 . Connect the cable between each scanner’s PC/IF jacks. You can also upload or download the programmed data to or from a PC using an optional PC interface kit available through your local RadioShack store.The Basics using the belt clip To make your scanner easier to carry when you are on the go.

see “Open and Closed Modes”. AM mode The AM mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using amplitude modulation (AM). ED.The Basics quick start To help familiarize yourself with the scanner’s functions. For more information. ED and LT) can only be selected for frequencies above 137 MHz. See “Listening to the Weather Band”. Your scanner’s closed mode lets you hear only those trunking talkgroups you specify. and available frequencies. (See “Specifications” for a list of the available frequency ranges. Preprogrammed Search Banks — allow you to listen to frequencies and decide which frequencies you want to store when you are ready to program the scanner. Notes Trunked modes (MO. and LT). 20 . keypad. MO. See “Signal Stalker II”. Each receive mode affects how your scanner operates when scanning and receiving transmissions. CT. understanding your scanner’s modes You can program each channel with any of seven receive modes (AM. primarily used for aircraft. See “Searching a Preprogrammed Frequency Range”.) Weather Radio — allows you to listen to NOAA weather broadcasts without programming. Manual Tuning — allows you to manually move through the entire range of available frequencies. FM. you can utilize one of these four features before you begin programming the scanner. Signal Stalker II — searches nearby strong signals quickly. DC.

DCS (DC) mode DCS mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using frequency modulation (FM) with Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) subaudible data signaling. DCS is very similar to CTCSS. the CTCSS feature can be used to block the reception of transmissions on shared channel to only those that use the CTCSS mode also features a Code Search setting that allows you to instantly display and store unknown codes into the channel memory. used for most public safety transmissions. Like CTCSS. and some government transmissions. it always stops on the transmission. When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the FM mode. (Refer to “Specifications” for a list of the frequencies covered. some amateur radio. as well as broadcast. CTCSS (CT) mode CTCSS mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using frequency modulation (FM) with Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) subaudible tone codes. except that a digital code is transmitted instead of an audio tone. and amateur radio transmissions.The Basics military. it always stops on the transmission. DCS allows multiple users to share a single radio frequency without hearing each other’s 21 . FM mode The FM mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using frequency modulation (FM).) When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the AM mode. CTCSS tones can sometimes be heard as a low “hum” in the background of a voice transmission. business. In your PRO-97 scanner. CTCSS allows multiple users to share a single radio frequency without hearing each other’s transmissions.

In the open mode. Motorola mode You can set your scanner so it decodes the talk group IDs used with Motorola trunking systems. In the closed mode. eliminating the “squelch tail” burst of noise the commonly occurs when the signal is lost. To do this. One channel in the system is continuously transmitting data that identifies which talk groups are active on which channel. This setting is called the Motorola mode. the scanner only stops on the transmission if the talk group ID matches a talk group ID that you have stored in the 22 . Some DCS systems transmit a special “turn off code” at the end of each transmission. it first decodes the talk group ID data included with the transmission. In addition.The Basics transmissions. When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the Motorola mode. DCS mode also features a Code Search setting that allows you to instantly display and store unknown codes into the channel memory. The turn off code causes a properly equipped receiver to mute before the transmission ends. In your PRO-97 scanner. For example. the east side patrol officers might all be assigned to talk group 2160. DCS data can sometimes be heard as a low “purring” sound in the background of a voice transmission. the scanner stops on the transmission and displays the talk group ID on the bottom line of the display. each group of users in the system is assigned to a specific talk group. the DCS feature can be used to block the reception of transmissions on a shared channel to only those that use the DCS tone that you have specified. this talk group information is also transmitted as subaudible data on each active channel. Motorola systems are trunking systems used primarily by business and public safety groups to efficiently allocate a small number of frequencies (as few as five) to many groups of users (as many as several thousand).

Each category displays and uses talk group IDs in slightly different ways. CNTRL appears on the bottom line of the display. Type I/II hybrid systems use both fleet-subfleet and 5-digit formats for talk group IDs. Type II system talk groups are identified by a 5-digit number. and Type I/II Hybrid. Notes If the scanner decodes control channel data while receiving transmissions from a Motorola trunking system. Motorola trunking systems come in three categories: Type I. Tuning the scanner to an active control channel while in Motorola mode will display the Motorola System. the scanner rounds the ID down to the next valid ID. Notes For example. This information can help you identify the Motorola trunking system that you are monitoring and the receive quality of the control channel signal. Motorola Type II IDs are in the form FFF-SS. Fleet map information is widely available on the Internet for most Type I systems in use.The Basics bank’s talk group ID list and have not locked out. 23 . Type II. where. ID and the approximate control channel message decode success rate. Valid talk group IDs are divisible by 16. a valid fleet-subfleet ID identifying all detectives within a police department might be 000-12. To properly map the raw Type I data to the correct fleetsubfleet format. you must program the correct fleet map into the scanner. If you try to enter an invalid talk group ID. FFF=Fleet ID SS=Subfleet ID Type I systems are usually organized with different user groups assigned to different fleets. where 000 identifies all police users and 12 identifies the Detective division.

that information is sent out on the control channel. try manually selecting the data channel. Because EDACS scanning requires clear reception of the control channel at all times. starting with Memory 01. For the scanner to correctly switch to an active frequency. EDACS systems are trunking systems used primarily by business or private communications service providers. the scanner only goes to transmissions with IDs that match talk group IDs you have stored in the bank’s talk group ID list which are not locked out. If you are getting good reception. EDACS systems transmit active talk group information only on a dedicated control channel. the scanner then goes to the transmission and displays the talk group ID on the bottom line of the display. EDACS systems tend to have a smaller usable area. 24 . In the open mode. Each frequency is assigned a Logical Channel Number (LCN). EDACS talk group IDs are entered as a 4-digit decimal number from 0001 to 2047 or AFS (Agency Fleet Subfleet) number from 00-001 to 15-157.The Basics EDACS mode You can set your scanner so it decodes the talk group IDs used with EDACS (GE/Ericsson) trunking systems. you must program the frequencies in LCN order. This setting is called the EDACS mode. Try changing your location or using an outdoor antenna to improve reception. The scanner decodes the ID for the active talk group. When there is activity on an EDACS system. If you are having trouble scanning an EDACS system. EDACS frequencies are organized in a specific order. An external antenna can greatly improve EDACS scanning in a fringe area. as well as by some public safety organizations. In the closed mode. the scanner will indicate talk group CTL-01.

if you see R12 displayed on a particular LTR frequency. To correctly program this Home Repeater number into your scanner. These systems encode all trunking information as digital subaudible data that accompanies each transmission. Each frequency is assigned a Home Repeater Number (HR). starting with Memory X01 in the selected bank. The scanner’s LTR Repeater Finder displays the current Home Repeater when monitoring LTR transmissions in manual mode. The “R” number is the Home Repeater number that the current transmission is occurring on. that frequency needs to be programmed into Channel 12 of the current bank in order to track the LTR system activity properly. LTR frequencies are organized in a specific order. Listen to each channel one at a time in manual mode and watch for the decoded LTR data at the bottom of the scanner’s display. and a number preceded by “R” in the bottom right hand corner (i. LTR systems are trunking systems used primarily by business or private communications service providers. R12). To determine the correct Home Repeater programming. For the scanner to correctly switch to an active frequency. When an LTR transmission occurs. For example. Be sure to program the mode for each LTR channel to LT. enter the system channels of an LTR system in any order. you should see the LTR talkgroup information on the bottom line of the display. This setting is called the LTR mode. be sure that the channel number in the bank is equal to the number that is displayed after the “R”. delivery trucks. you must program the frequencies in HR order. such as taxicabs.e.The Basics LTR mode You can set your scanner so it decodes the talk group IDs used with LTR systems.. and repair services. Your PRO-97 scanner features a new tool to help you determine the correct channel mapping for LTR system frequencies. Users on an 25 .

In the open mode. the scanner only stops on the transmission if the LTR data matches a talk group ID that you have stored in the bank’s talk group ID list and have not locked out. In the closed mode. LTR systems are frequently programmed so that each radio has a unique ID code.The Basics LTR system are assigned to specific talk groups. open and closed modes You can set your scanner to change the way it receives signals. affect how the scanner receives signals from communications systems that use some type of closed squelch (such as Motorola. Notes In open mode. which are identified by the radio as six-digit numbers. it first decodes the LTR data included with the transmission. any transmission opens squelch. 26 . the scanner stops on the transmission and displays the talk group ID on the bottom line of the display. and LTR systems). you hear only those talk groups you specify. These numbers are in the form AHHUUU. where: A = Area code (0 or 1) H = Home repeater (01 through 20) U = User ID (000 through 254) When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the LTR mode. you hear all active talk groups except those you specifically exclude. making it easy to hear everything going on. These settings. In closed mode. called open mode and closed mode. When you select a system voice channel manually. This makes it easy to listen only to talk groups you are interested in and exclude others. EDACS. regardless of the current mode.

The scanner stops on any ID code and only uses the ID list to look up ID text tags. the scanner stops only on signals that have an ID code which is found in the ID list for the bank. it receives the signal in MO. or LT mode. the text tag appears on the display.The Basics When no ID code is programmed into the scanner. the scanner scans signals transmitted only under the following conditions: • • When the signals are in the FM. If the ID is stored. the scanner only stops on a transmission if the ID is stored. or LT mode and the signal’s ID code matches the programmed ID code You can also select the user or talk groups you want the scanner to receive in closed mode. . In open mode. In closed mode. When the signals are in the MO. the talk group ID appears on the display. Also. + appears under the bank’s number while scanning. When you set a channel storage bank to open mode. You can set each of the scanner’s channel storage banks to open or closed mode.appears under the channel storage bank’s number while scanning. ED. CT. the scanner scans signals transmitted in all systems. Otherwise. In open mode. In closed mode. See “Changing the Open/Closed Mode” for more information about setting the open and closed modes. ED. When you set a channel storage bank to closed mode. the scanner stops on any transmission. OPEN or CLOSED appears while the scanner is in manual mode or while the scanner is receiving a signal during scanning. or DC mode. 27 .

the radio will be most sensitive to very weak signals. then turn SQ clockwise until the hissing sound stops. If SQ is adjusted precisely at the threshold where the hissing sound stops. Then adjust VOL to a comfortable level. To ensure the scanner operates properly while in the trunking mode. Turn SQ fully counterclockwise. If the scanner picks up unwanted. or very weak transmissions. Most users prefer to position the squelch control a little bit past the point of threshold to avoid receiving noise or signals that are too weak to understand. If SQ is adjusted so you always hear a hissing sound.The Basics setting up your scanner turning on the scanner and setting squelch 1. The radio may also receive unwanted noise or signals that are too weak to understand. To turn on the scanner. turn VOL clockwise. If the scanner does not scan and you have already stored frequencies in channels. turn VOL counterclockwise to OFF. partial. turn SQ clockwise to decrease the scanner’s sensitivity to these signals. the scanner will not scan properly. you might hear a hissing sound. we suggest you set SQ using the steps listed above. turn SQ counterclockwise. 28 . Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears. turn SQ further clockwise. To turn off the scanner. If you want to listen to a weak or distant station. The scanner does not scan if there are no frequencies Notes stored in channels. 3. After about 3 seconds. 2.

Then press e or d. Press FUNC. and 4 respectively. Then hold down e or d. so be sure to get a current copy. Notes Press FUNC. The bank number moves in the direction of the arrow pressed. For example. Aeronautical Frequency Directory. When M appears on the display. 150. 3. Or. The bank number moves continuously in the assigned direction.0200. you must store them in order. press d. you can use FUNC and the arrow keys to select your desired bank and channel number. with the first frequency in channel 1 for the current bank. The channel number moves upward one by one.0100. enter the bank (0-9) and channel number (0099) where you want to store a frequency. We update these directories every year. 2. Press MAN. 150. Follow these steps to store frequencies into channels.0300. you must store them in Channels 1.0400 MHz. and 150. Notes If you are storing frequencies for an EDACS system. then press MAN again. Press e. 1.The Basics storing known frequencies into channels Good references for active frequencies are RadioShack’s Police Call. The channel number moves downward one by one. M and the bank and channel number appear at the upper left corner of the display (for example: M000). 29 . and Maritime Frequency Directory. if you want to store frequency of 150.

Some scanner designs do this without showing the correct step in the display. the scanner automatically pauses for 2 seconds on this channel before proceeding to the next active transmission. The scanner stores this setting in the channel. briefly Notes appears and the scanner beeps when you press ENT.550. Press . After a transmission. See “Using Delay”. 30 . Press ENT to store the frequency into the channel. All scanners tune by steps. Invalid Freq. the audio quality will not be affected by the offset. Press PGM then repeat steps 3 through 6. program a text tag for the channel (see “Assigning a Text Tag to a Channel”). Use the number keys and . any scanner will tune to the next step. 5. This scanner will show the actual tuned frequency in the display./DELAY to turn the delay function off or on. 3. If you enter a non-valid step frequency. M changes to P.553. If necessary. Your RadioShack scanner uses steps consistent with the latest US or worldwide standards. your scanner accepts it as 151. Because steps are so close together. For example. press CL to delete a single digit or press and hold CL about 2 seconds to delete all digits.Beyond the Basics 2. Press PGM. if you enter a frequency of 151. Your scanner automatically rounds the entered frequency to the nearest valid frequency. 6. press MODE to change the receiving mode. If desired. The next channel in sequence is ready for programming./DELAY to enter the frequency (including the decimal point) you want to store. Start again from Step 3. 7. If you made a mistake in Step 3. 4. If you make a mistake.

you can manually enter the code when you are programming the scanner. CTCSS and DCS can also help reduce instances where interfering signals cause your scanner to stop on one channel. There are two ways you can program your scanner to operate with CTCSS and DCS. DSP based CTCSS and DCS decoder. See “Storing Known Frequencies into Channels”. see “Using CTCSS and DCS”. To program channel memories for CTCSS or DCS operation. If you know the CTCSS or DCS code that is used on a particular frequency.Beyond the Basics CTCSS and DCS Your PRO-97 scanner features an advanced. and DC for DCS. and will instantly decode and display any CTCSS or DCS code that is found with the transmission. press MODE until the desired mode appears in the upper left hand corner of the display. 2. Use CT for CTCSS. You can then store the found code in the channel memory with one keystroke. This section of the manual describes the process for configuring a memory channel for CTCSS or DCS operation and manually programming a known code. 31 . Once you have entered the frequency. or any time afterwards. For more information on using the CTCSS and DCS feature while scanning. First. follow these steps: 1. CTCSS and DCS allow you to program frequencies into your scanner that are used by more than one group in your area and listen only to the group that is of interest to you by specifying the group’s specific CTCSS or DCS code. You can also set a special search code up that will instantly decode the CTCSS or DCS code on a received transmission. Channels programmed with the search code will receive all traffic on the channel. enter a conventional frequency.

6. press ENT to store the code in the channel memory. Note that the scanner will automatically fill the code field as you enter the code.0 Hz 69. and follow the steps above.3 Hz 179.5 Hz 107. Simply place the scanner in program mode.9 Hz 183. CTCSS Code Table: 67.4 Hz 156. it will not be able to decode digital transmissions. You can also use the keypad to enter the code manually. To program a specific code. When stopped on an active conventional channel while scanning. Once the desired code is selected. If a channel is configured for CTCSS or DCS.4 Hz 100.0 Hz 79.2 Hz 203. navigate to the channel you wish to change.7 Hz 94. 5.8 Hz 97. you can press MODE to cycle through the valid modes for that channel. 4. allowing you to easily check for other CT or DC codes that may be present on the frequency. the search code (indicated with Code Search in the bottom of the display) is programmed.7 Hz 171.3 Hz 146. including CTCSS and DCS.5 Hz 141. Use the FM mode when mixed analog and digital voice reception is desired.4 Hz 77.1 Hz 32 .3 Hz 71.1 Hz 225. By default.9 Hz 74.5 Hz 186. press FUNC.5 Hz 206. CTCSS.Beyond the Basics 3.2 Hz 151.2 Hz 110. This will reset any stored CT or DC code to the search code.0 Hz 103.8 Hz 177. and then use the arrow keys to scroll to the desired CTCSS or DCS code.5 Hz 210.9 Hz 131. It is possible to program memory channels for CTCSS or DCS operation at any time.7 Hz 229. DCS and digital voice all operate independently Notes of each other.3 Hz 173. MODE.8 Hz 136.7 Hz 218.

8 Hz 250. Press PGM and select the channel number using e or d.9 Hz 192.8 Hz 162.5 Hz 233. 5. 3.3 Hz 159. EDACS.5 Hz 167.8 Hz 123. 33 .4 Hz 88.Beyond the Basics 82.8 Hz 196.5 Hz 85.2 Hz 165. 2.5 Hz 91.5 Hz 114.1 Hz DCS Code Table: 006 007 015 017 021 023 025 026 031 032 036 043 047 050 051 053 054 065 071 072 073 074 114 115 116 122 125 131 132 134 141 143 145 152 155 156 162 165 172 174 205 212 214 223 225 226 243 244 245 246 251 252 255 261 263 265 266 271 274 306 311 315 325 331 332 343 346 351 356 364 365 371 411 412 413 423 431 432 445 446 452 454 455 462 464 465 466 503 506 516 523 526 532 546 565 606 612 624 627 631 632 654 662 664 703 712 723 731 732 734 743 754 storing trunking frequencies into channels 1.6 Hz 241. or LTR. Press PGM and FUNC then e or d to select the desired bank to program.6 Hz 199.0 Hz 127. Repeatedly press MODE to select Motorola.8 Hz 118. Press TRUNK to enter into trunking mode. 4.9 Hz 189.3 Hz 254. Enter the UHF trunking frequency and press ENT.

Press 4 then 2. press e or d to move to the Notes character you want to change. to identify amateur (ham) radio transmissions in the 6 meter range. • “M” is the first letter associated with 6 on the keypad. If you make a mistake. For example. • “A” is the first letter associated with 2 on the keypad. Press 2 then 1. Press MAN. Enter the text using the numeral keys (see “Text Input Chart”). storing text tags You can customize your scanner by storing text tags (up to 16 characters) for easy identification of channel transmissions. 34 . trunk IDs. M and the bank and channel number appear at the upper left corner of the display (for example: M100). Press PGM. press MODE to change the receiving mode. 4. 3. M changes to P. then press MAN again. enter the channel number where you want to enter the text. 7. input “HAM 6m” as follows: • “H” is the second letter associated with 4 on the keypad. 2. The cursor appears at the third line. Press TEXT. or banks. assigning a text tag to a channel 1.Beyond the Basics 6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to enter the other trunking group frequencies for EDACS or additional control channel frequencies for Motorola systems. If necessary.

then enter the text using the keypad. • A space is entered by pressing . Press 6 and FUNC (for the lower case set). Bank X (0 through 9) selected. 6. 7. Press PGM. assigning a text tag to a group ID 1. Press ENT to store. Press TRUNK to select the desired sub-bank. 4. • “6” is the sixth number associated with 1 on the keypad. 2. Press TEXT. 3./DELAY. 3. 35 . Press TRUNK. 4. Fn+CLR to delete all frequencies. Press PGM. TEXT to edit tag appears. • “m” is the first letter associated with 6 on the keypad. Press TEXT then enter the tag using the keypad. assigning a text tag to a bank 1. Press or hold down e or d to select the desired group ID. 5. (See “Text Input Chart”). Press ENT to input the text.Beyond the Basics Press 6 then 1. Press FUNC then press bank number. 5. Press 1 then 6. Press FUNC then e or d to select the desired bank. then press 1. Press ENT to store. 2.

press FUNC after pressing the first numeral key. PRESSED 1 2 2 then FUNC 3 3 then FUNC 4 4 then FUNC 5 5 then FUNC 6 6 then FUNC 7 7 then FUNC 8 8 then FUNC 9 9 then FUNC 0 0 then FUNC •/DELAY CL CHARACTERS 0123456789 ABC abc DEF def GHI ghI JKL jkl MNO mno PQRS pqrs TUV tuv WXYZ wxyz . after you press TEXT (when you Notes assign the text tag to a channel) or you press FUNC and bank number (when you assign the text tag to a bank). press 1. Then press the desired number you want to enter. To enter lowercase character or a character from the second set for the key 0.Beyond the Basics text input chart To access the numbers.-#_@+*&/. $%!^()?~‘∆ Space Back Space 36 .

Beyond the Basics

finding and storing active frequencies
You can search for transmissions in the scanner’s preprogrammed search bank. The search bank is divided into seven search bands. You can change the search range of Bank SR6 manually by setting the lower and higher ends of the search range.
Notes

You can use the scanner’s delay feature while searching the search bank. See “Using Delay”. The scanner does not search locked-out frequencies while searching ranges. See “Locking Out Channels or Frequencies”.

searching a preprogrammed frequency range
The scanner contains these preprogrammed search ranges, stored in the search bank (SR0-SR6).
Bank SR0 SR1 SR2 SR3 SR4 SR5 SR6 Band Marine CB FRS/GMRS/MURS Police/Fire Aircraft Amateur Bands Limit search (User changeable)

Follow these steps to select preprogrammed search bands and search them for active frequencies: 1. Repeatedly press SRCH to select your desired search bank (SR0, SR1, SR2, SR3, SR4, SR5, or SR6).

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2. In the marine, CB, and FRS/GMRS/MURS bands, you can directly select a channel or search through the band. When MAN appears at the right of the third line, you can directly select a channel (refer to “Band Charts”). Press the desired channel number while MAN appears to select it. You can also change the channels by pressing e or d. 3. Press FUNC then SRCH while MAN appears. MAN changes to SRCH and now you can search through the band. Press FUNC then SRCH again to return to the previous mode. 4. Rotate SQ clockwise and leave it set to a point just after the rushing sound stops. After 2 seconds (if the delay feature is on), the scanner starts searching. 5. When the scanner finds an active frequency, it stops searching.

band charts
search bank: SR0 marine band Two frequencies are assigned in one channel in some Notes Marine frequencies. For example, 157.000 and 161.600 are assigned in Channel 20. Receive mode: FM
Ch. 01 06 Frequency (MHz) 156.0500 156.3000 Ch. 05 07 Frequency (MHz) 156.2500 156.3500

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08 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 64 66 68 70 72 74 78 80 82 84 86 88 156.4000 156.5000 156.6000 156.7000 156.8000 156.9000 157.0000 161.6000 157.1000 157.2000 161.8000 157.3000 161.9000 157.4000 162.0000 156.2250 160.8250 156.3250 156.4250 156.5250 156.6250 156.7250 156.9250 157.0250 157.1250 157.2250 161.8250 157.3250 161.9250 157.4250 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 63 65 67 69 71 73 77 79 81 83 85 87 156.4500 156.5500 156.6500 156.7500 156.8500 156.9500 157.0500 157.1500 157.2500 161.8500 157.3500 161.9500 157.1750 156.2750 156.3750 156.4750 156.5750 156.6750 156.8750 156.9750 157.0750 157.1750 157.2750 161.8750 157.3750 161.9750

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search bank: SR1 CB band Receive mode: AM
Ch. 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 Frequency (MHz) 26.9650 26.9850 27.0150 27.0350 27.0650 27.0850 27.1150 27.1350 27.1650 27.1850 27.2150 27.2550 27.2450 27.2750 27.2950 27.3150 27.3350 27.3550 27.3750 27.3950 Ch. 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 Frequency (MHz) 26.9750 27.0050 27.0250 27.0550 27.0750 27.1050 27.1250 27.1550 27.1750 27.2050 27.2250 27.2350 27.2650 27.2850 27.3050 27.3250 27.3450 27.3650 27.3850 27.4050

search bank: SR2 FRS/GMRS/MURS band Receive Mode: FM
Ch. 01 Frequency (MHz) 462.5625 Ch. 02 Frequency (MHz) 462.5875

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7250 151.6125 467.7000 151.6875 467.5625 467.6250 462.880 45.Beyond the Basics 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 462.060 46.5700 search bank: SR3 police/fire band Receive Mode: FM Group 0 Frequency (MHz) 33.8800 154.420 39.860 45.7125 467.020 – 42.940 – 46.500 40 20 Step (kHz) 20 20 20 20 40 41 .6500 462.6875 462.9400 154.6000 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 462.900 45.8200 151.6375 467.7125 462.6375 462.6625 467.980 37.020 – 39.6125 462.420 – 33.940 44.5500 462.5750 462.080 – 46.6750 462.620 – 45.980 42.020 – 37.6625 462.5875 467.6000 462.

415 – 155.770 – 154.99166 Notes Step (kHz) 8.5 12.9875 12.250 170.33 All scanners tune by steps.130 154.650 – 154.150 2 453.445 154.5 12.0125 – 868. Your RadioShack scanner uses steps consistent with the latest US or worldwide standards.730 – 156.700 155. the audio quality will not be affected by the offset.6375 465.9875 866. Because steps are so close together.9625 458.Beyond the Basics 1 153.0125 – 860.0125 – 460. This scanner will show the actual tuned frequency in the display.9625 460.210 166.0125 – 465. If you enter a non-valid step frequency.5 25 12.210 158. Some scanner designs do this without showing the correct step in the display.0375 – 453.6375 3 851. 42 .950 155.010 – 155.370 155.145 – 154.730 – 159.0375 – 458.5 12.5 60 15 15 60 15 60 60 search bank: SR4 aircraft Receive mode: AM Frequency (MHz) 108. any scanner will tune to the next step.000 – 136.

2.0000 Step (kHz) 5 5 5 5 12. Press ENT to set the frequency.0000 – 148. 1./DELAY to enter the desired lower-end limit frequency (including the decimal point).0000 – 450.0000 222. If the entered frequency is incorrect. 6. The cursor moves to U.0000 – 54. 43 .0000 – 225. Press PGM then SRCH. Repeatedly press SRCH to select SR6. Enter your desired upper-end frequency and press ENT.0000 420. Invalid Freq.7000 50.Beyond the Basics search bank: SR5 amateur band Receive mode: FM Group 0 1 2 3 4 5 Frequency (MHz) 28. 4.0000 1240. Use the number keys and .25 search bank: SR6 programmable limit search Receive mode: FM (Default setting) searching active frequencies in a range You can program the desired frequency range for a search.0000 – 29. Enter SR6 Search Range Limits: appears and the cursor blinks L on the third line for the lower-end limit frequency. briefly appears. Press SRCH to start searching.0000 144.5 6. 3. 5.0000 – 1300.

In the Air and Limit search bands. For example to turn off 0. 44 .Beyond the Basics 7. appears on the bottom line. You can turn off or on the groups by pressing the group numbers. Press FUNC then 0 again to reverse the Zeromatic setting. See “Using Frequency Copy” to save the frequency. Zeromatic ON. 4. When the scanner finds an active frequency. 5 and 6. There are several group banks in SR3 Police/Fire and SR5 Amateur bands. You can set Zeromatic on or off by pressing FUNC then 0. press FUNC then press e to start searching up from the lowest frequency or press d to start searching down from the highest frequency. press 0. When you turn this feature off. The frequency copy works only in search banks 1 through 6. it stops searching. and the scanner resumes searching. Rotate SQ clockwise and leave it set to a point just after the rushing sound stops. While the scanner is searching. or priority channel when the scanner finds an active frequency. briefly appears then ZM appears at the right of the second line and the scanner stops at the correct frequency. Notes channel. Notes If you press PSE while searching. Whenever this feature is turned on. The scanner repeats this operation. Zeromatic functions only in search banks 3. You can copy and save a frequency into a specified bank. ZM changes to small caps (zm) and the scanner stops when it detects an active signal. The scanner stops at an active frequency for five seconds and restarts searching automatically. Seek Search ON. Press PSE again. the scanner stops searching and *** PAUSED *** appears. you can use the seek search by pressing FUNC then 7.

For example.31000 MHz. pressing FUNC TUNE will enter TUNE mode and automatically set the TUNE frequency for 145. *** PAUSED ***. Use the number keys to enter the frequency where you want the scanner to start.31000 MHz. or select a specific frequency as a starting point. press e or d to tune up or down. it stops on the frequency. 5. The scanner starts the tune operation.Beyond the Basics manually tuning a frequency You can manually set the scanner to move through all receivable frequencies. NOAA and your local weather reporting authority broadcast your local forecast and regional weather information on one or more of these channels. 2. 45 . Press PSE. The currently-tuned frequency . Press ENT. 3. Regulatory agencies in other countries have also allocated channels for use by their weather reporting authorities. When the scanner finds an active frequency. 4. if the scanner is stopped in MANUAL mode on channel 144 with frequency 145. To change the tune direction. You can press FUNC TUNE while the scanner is stopped on a frequency in MANUAL mode to begin the TUNE function from that frequency. listening to the weather band The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has allocated channels for use by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Press TUNE. and Fine Tune Mode appear. 1.

and an event code that corresponds with the type of alert being sent. Press WX until you identify the weather station with the strongest signal for your location.noaa. where it monitors a selected weather radio station for SAME alerts for areas you specify. To configure your scanner for SAME Standby mode. press WX. Press FUNC. and then press ENT to store the code.Beyond the Basics listening to a weather channel To hear your local forecast and regional weather information. 5. then a 1050 Hz tone. follow these steps: 1. 46 . You can program your scanner with up to 10 FIPS codes for the areas you desire. The National Weather Service maintains a current list of FIPS codes at http://www. SAME standby mode The National Weather Service precedes each weather alert with a digitally encoded SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) signal.gov/nwr/. 3. Press TEXT to label the code entry with an alphanumeric text table if desired. 4. Use the e or d keys to select the desired FIPS code storage location. Use the numeric keys to enter the desired FIPS code. Your scanner scans through the weather band then stops within a few seconds on the next available weather broadcast. 2. and then PGM to access the FIPS code entry table. The SAME signal includes a FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) area code. Repeat this process for all the FIPS codes that you wish to store.nws. Press L/OUT to lock out or enable specific FIPS entries. You can configure your scanner to operate in SAME Standby mode.

and the scanner sounds an alert or series of beeps. and then WX to initiate SAME standby. The scanner will monitor the selected weather radio station for alerts with FIPS codes that match the codes you entered in the FIPS entry table. The beeps automatically change every 3 seconds. Press FUNC. The display indicates the type of message. Press L/OUT to toggle lockout status. press any key except . Press any key except to stop test sound mode. To stop the sound and ready the scanner to receive a new alert signal before the five minute time out. 7. Press WX to exit the FIPS code entry table. press WX for more than 2 seconds while SAME Standby appears. 2. To test the WX alert. The scanner sounds an alert or beep when it receives the SAME code. If the scanner receives a new message after five minutes.Beyond the Basics 6. Press WX then a number key to quickly review stored FIPS Notes codes. 47 . Your scanner can also detect the 1050 Hz weather alert tone when a weather channel is set as the priority channel and weather priority operation is enabled. it sounds the alert or beep. the alert stops and the scanner beeps every ten seconds. and then WX. FIPS settings are ignored. To exit SAME standby. press FUNC. If you do not stop the alert (or beep) for five minutes. WX Alert and beep tone confirmation 1. In this mode all alerts are received. (see “Priority”).

48 . This function lets you quickly move to the skywarn channels (channels 997 through 999) from any mode except SAME standby by pressing and holding WX about 1 second. 1. you cannot copy a frequency from the Marine search band. After about 1 second. you can easily jump to one of three Skywarn repeater frequencies and monitor these reports. you must program your desired Skywarn frequencies into the Skywarn channels. Notes To activate this function. However. Store in ChXXX ? appears on the bottom line. The scanner displays Skywarn-1 in the fourth line. copying a frequency into a specified channel You can copy a frequency into a specified channel when the scanner stops on that frequency during search mode or manual tuning. Press e or d to select different Skywarn channels. the frequency to be copied flashes. The scanner has 3 Skywarn channels. in many cases hearing about severe weather in your area instantly as it occurs. Press FUNC then PGM when you find a frequency. these repeaters are used to relay reports of severe weather directly to meteorologists at a local National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office. During times of severe weather. using frequency copy You can copy a frequency into a specified channel.Beyond the Basics Skywarn Many areas of the country have amateur radio repeaters that have been designated as “Skywarn” repeaters. or a priority channel. Using the Skywarn feature in your scanner. a vacant channel in a specified bank.

3. If you want to copy the duplicate frequency anyway. the scanner automatically returns to search mode. press your desired bank number to store. If you try to copy a frequency which is already stored. 3. If you want to copy the duplicate frequency anyway. the scanner sounds the notice tone 3 times after you press ENT. Press FUNC then ENT when you find a frequency you want to copy. then press ENT. It is stored in the first available vacant channel in the bank. All the conditions such as receiving mode and delay condition are copied on the channel. The display indicates the bank and channel number. press ENT. ChXXX appears on the third line. press ENT. Channel Stored! appears for 2 seconds. press CL to cancel. Dupl. press CL to cancel. If you try to copy a frequency which is already stored.Freq. After about 2 seconds. the scanner sounds the notice tone 3 times after you press ENT. Channel Stored! briefly appears. Press ENT. the frequency to be copied flashes. 49 . If you want to copy the frequency into bank 9. or if not. The scanner automatically returns to search mode.Freq.Beyond the Basics 2. copying a frequency into an empty channel within a bank You can copy a frequency into a vacant channel in a specified bank when the scanner stops on the frequency during search or tune mode. Press the desired bank and the channel number where you want to store the frequency. ChXXX appears. All the conditions such as receive mode and delay condition are copied onto the channel. or if not. Or. press ENT. 1. After about 1 second. 2. Dupl. Bank 9 Store? appears.

the transmission is played through your scanner’s speaker. Press FUNC then PRI when the frequency appears. The display flashes twice and the frequency is copied to the priority channel. Manual. The Signal Stalker II feature is more sensitive than portable frequency counters and will detect transmissions at a greater distance. Scan. and will not function properly until you have left the vicinity of the transmitter. or WX mode. monitor and store frequencies for nearby radio transmissions. Tune. Many portable frequency counters will remain locked to a nearby constant signal. The Signal Stalker II feature is similar in functionality to portable frequency counters that cost much more than your scanner. or you can specify those frequency ranges that you wish to sweep and exclude ranges that you do not want to sweep. but provides many advantages over typical portable frequency counters. You can activate the Attenuator to reduce the sensitivity if desired.Beyond the Basics copying a frequency into the priority channel You can copy a frequency into the priority channel (see “Priority”) when the scanner stops on the frequency during Search. 50 . and you can quickly store it in any of your scanner’s memory locations. Once an active frequency is found. This allows you to omit frequency ranges with constant strong frequency activity. Signal Stalker II Your scanner’s Signal Stalker II feature provides a powerful new tool for you to rapidly detect. For example: The Signal Stalker II allows you to sweep the entire range of your scanner’s design frequencies. such as those with paging or broadcast transmitters. such as a paging or broadcast transmitter.

Notes Priority mode is not available while using the Signal Stalker II. If you lock out 5 frequencies within a 1 MHz segment. Press FUNC then e or d. The Signal Stalker II function can be set to watch for activity on all band frequencies or Police/Fire frequencies only. If RF signal energy is detected in a 1 MHz segment. Certain segments of RF spectrum are used by high power transmitters. Press L/OUT when the scanner is stopped on an undesired transmission. To change the all bands to police/fire or vice versa. the scanner will skip that segment in subsequent sweeps. such as paging transmitters. press FUNC then .Beyond the Basics using Signal Stalker II Your scanner’s Signal Stalker II functions when you press and hold for approximately 1 second. even at great distances 51 . You can lock out 150 frequencies while searching all bands and 50 frequencies while searching Police/Fire frequencies. In the Special Stalker operation. Signal Stalker II will sweep through the 1MHz segment in finer steps until the source of the RF signal energy is found. using Signal Stalker II with lockout The scanner’s lock out feature can be used to bypass unwanted transmissions while using the Signal Stalker II. Press FUNC L/OUT to review or clear locked out frequencies in the Signal Stalker II. you can change the normal Signal Stalker II operation to the Special Signal Stalker II operation. See “Using Signal Stalker II with Lockout” below. Signal Stalker II functions by rapidly sweeping through the RF spectrum in 1 MHz segments. Sp. Stalker appears and the frequency range is divided by 1 MHz segment. You can also turn on/off frequency sub-bands using the corresponding number keys while Signal Stalker II is active. The Signal Stalker II can detect these transmitters easily.

Of course. if you have locked out the undesired transmissions. press e or d. This will cause the Signal Stalker II to execute another fine step search of the 1 MHz segment. Signal Stalker II features a special lockout mode that causes the scanner to skip a 1 MHz segment if five or more lockouts exist in that 1 MHz segment. the Signal Stalker II will not stop on them again. To clear a locked-out frequency.Beyond the Basics due to their high transmitter output power. however. select that frequency. however. The scanner scans through all channels (except those you have locked out) in the active banks (see “Turning ChannelStorage Banks Off and On”and “Locking Out Channels or Frequencies”). the overall sweep performance of the Signal Stalker II will be impacted. To change the scanning direction. the Signal Stalker II will still see their RF signal energy when sweeping through the 1 MHz segment. If a 1 MHz segment contains 5 or more lockouts it will be skipped entirely while Signal Stalker II is sweeping. press SCAN. turning channel-storage banks off and on To turn off banks while scanning. scanning the channels To begin scanning channels or to start scanning again after monitoring a specific channel. To activate this mode. You can press L/OUT when the Signal Stalker II stops on these undesired transmissions to prevent the Signal Stalker II from stopping on them in future sweeps. then press CL. Notes You must store frequencies into channels before the scanner can scan them. press the bank’s number 52 . Use FUNC L/O to review or clear locked Signal Stalker II frequencies. The scanner does not scan through empty channels. press FUNC e while in the Signal Stalker II mode.

Beyond the Basics key so the bank’s number disappears. The scanner will receive traffic on the selected frequency. There must be at least one active bank. The power save mode works by allowing the receiver to “sleep” briefly while waiting for a call on the selected channel. press 1. For example. Your scanner features a power save circuit that is automatically activated any time you manually select a channel. Notes You cannot turn off all banks. monitoring a single channel/power save circuit You can monitor a single channel with your scanner by navigating to that channel while in manual mode. CTCSS and DCS can also help reduce instances where interfering signals cause your 53 . You can manually select any channel in a bank. DSP-based CTCSS and DCS decoder allows you to listen only to the group that is of interest to you by specifying the group’s specific CTCSS or DCS code for a certain frequency. The power save circuit is disabled when the scanner is tuned to a channel in program mode. To turn on banks while scanning. press 1. press the number key until the bank’s number appears. using CTCSS and DCS Your scanner’s advanced. The scanner does not scan any of the channels within the banks you turned off. For example to turn bank 1 on again. even if the bank is turned off. to turn off bank 1.

or DCS code if programmed for DCS code. the scanner stops on the transmission and allows the audio to pass to the speaker. For more information about your scanner’s receive modes. Use the number keys to enter the channel with the frequency you want to delete. including CTCSS and DCS. 5. see “Understanding Your Scanner’s Modes”. Press PGM to enter the program mode. M changes to P. For more information on programming memory channels for CTCSS or DCS operation. Press MAN again. If the special “search” code is in use.Beyond the Basics scanner to stop on one channel. The frequency number changes and 0. Press MAN. Press PGM. the scanner resumes scan operation. You can store the detected code into the channel memory by pressing ENT while the code is displayed. 54 . it checks for a match between the transmitted and stored codes match. 2. deleting all frequencies in a channel bank 1. If the codes do not match. Press CL.0000 appears. the scanner will instantly display any detected CTCSS code if programmed for CTCSS mode. 4. Press FUNC. deleting frequencies from channels 1. 6. see “CTCSS and DCS”. When your scanner stops on a conventional frequency that is configured for CTCSS or DCS. 3.

Notes Delay is automatically set as the default for each channel when you turn on the scanner. 4. press . Press any other than 1 to cancel clear. any other key aborts appears. select the channel then press L/OUT so lo changes to LO on the display.Beyond the Basics 2. please stand by. using delay Many conversations might have a pause of several seconds between a query and a reply. Press FUNC then CL. Press FUNC then the bank number you want to clear. locking out channels or frequencies You can scan existing channels or search frequencies faster by locking out channels or frequencies that have a continuous transmission. The delay feature is also available while searching. To avoid missing a reply. 3. press L/OUT when the scanner stops on the channel. when the scanner stops on the channel. Clear entire bank? Press 1 to clear all. TEXT to edit tag appears./DELAY. Press 1 to clear the selected bank’s all channel memory. such as a weather channel. appears while the scanner clears all channel memory. Bank X selected. To lock out a channel manually. locking out channels To lock out a channel while scanning. Then. 55 . DLY appears and the scanner continues to monitor the channel for 2 seconds after the transmission stops before it resumes scanning. To turn delay on or off. DLY (delay on) or dly (delay off) appears on the display. Fn+CLR to delete all frequencies. you can program a 2-second delay into any of your scanner’s channels.

Then repeatedly alternate between pressing FUNC and then L/OUT to view each locked-out channel. Press FUNC then 56 . press MAN.Beyond the Basics Notes You can still manually select locked-out channels. The locked-out frequency and Lockout list appear. Press FUNC then L/OUT. Notes The scanner does not store locked out frequencies during a search. reviewing locked-out frequencies To review the frequencies within a search bank that you locked out: 1. To remove the lockout from a channel. 2. Press e or d to review the list. If you lock out all frequencies in one search bank and only this search bank is activated. press MAN. All ranges Locked out! appears and the scanner does not search. The scanner locks out the frequency. reviewing locked-out channels To review all locked out channels. Press SRCH to set search mode. (The tenth of thirty locked out number would appear as Lockout 10 of 30). L/O Memory Full! appears. then continues searching. You can lock out as many as 50 frequencies in each bank. If the search bank has no locked-out frequencies. press L/OUT when the scanner stops on that frequency. When you finish reviewing locked-out channels. No Lockout appears. locking out frequencies To lock out a frequency during a search. manually select the channel and press L/OUT so LO changes to lo. If you try to lock out more. The locked-out number and the total locked-out number also appears as Lockout XX of YY.

Press FUNC then 6. Press SRCH. you can scan through programmed channels and still not miss an important or interesting transmission on a specific channel. priority In addition to the 1. List cleared. Clear entire list ? Press 1 to clear all. select that frequency (see “Reviewing Locked-Out Frequencies”). 2. Press 1 to clear all locked-out frequencies. Press any key other than 1 to cancel clear. 4. When priority is turned 57 . the scanner has one priority channel.000 programmable memory channels. appears for about 2 seconds. clearing all locked-out frequencies in a search bank 1. any other key aborts appears. Lockout list appears.Beyond the Basics L/OUT again to cancel reviewing locked-out frequencies. Press FUNC then press L/OUT. If all locked-out frequencies are cleared within a bank. With the priority feature. 3. No Lockout appears. then press CL. clearing a locked-out frequency To clear a locked-out frequency. Select the search bank in which you want to clear all locked-out frequencies.

If you press PSE while the scanner receives the priority channel. Press PRI. The display blinks. If you program a weather channel as the priority channel. To program a weather channel as the priority channel: 58 . then press ENT. and stays on the channel if there is activity until the activity stops. Then press MAN again. Use the number keys to enter the channel number which contains the frequency you want to program as the priority channel. Therefore. To program a frequency in the priority channel: 1. To program the priority channel directly: 1. 3. the scanner stays in the priority channel only when the scanner detects the weather alert tone. 2. 3. ED. This scanner cannot set a channel as the priority channel if the channel’s receive mode is MOT. Press MAN. the scanner displays *** PAUSED *** and stays on the priority channel even after the transmission finished. or LTR. Press PGM. Notes The priority feature does not operate while the scanner receives a trunking voice channel or during trunking delay time. the priority check seems random during peak hours.Beyond the Basics on. the scanner checks that channel every 2 seconds. Enter the frequency you want to enter into the priority channel. Press FUNC then PRI. 2.

the transmission might sound weak or distorted. you might have to change the receive mode. changing the receive mode The scanner is preset to the most common AM or FM receive mode for each frequency range. The receive mode changes as follows: AM – accesses the AM mode FM – accesses the FM mode 59 . If the scanner detects activity on the priority channel. If you try to listen to a transmission when the scanner is not set to the correct receive mode. the scanner sounds the alert tone. If you program a weather frequency into the priority channel and the scanner detects a weather alert tone on that frequency. The preset mode is correct in most cases. Priority Channel! appears for 3 seconds then changes to Weather ALERT and the scanner sounds an alert tone. press PRI so pri changes PRI on the display while scanning. If you want to listen to trunking transmissions in closed mode. some amateur radio transmissions and trunked systems do not operate in the preset mode. To change the receive mode. Select the weather channel you want to program as the priority channel. When the scanner detects a 1050 Hz alert tone. priority WX activates and you receive a weather alert. However. The display flashes two times. Or if the scanner detects a weather alert tone in Priority WX mode. 3. Press FUNC then PRI. Notes Priority WX is only for receiving a weather alert.Beyond the Basics 1. Press WX. press PRI. To turn on the priority feature. Priority Channel appears. repeatedly press MODE. To turn off the priority feature. 2.

Press FUNC and then ATT again to turn off the global attenuation 60 . and LT modes are not available when the scanner tunes up or down through the frequency ranges in which the trunking operation is not used. ED. ATG or atg appears on the second line. When the attenuator is on. EDACS Trunking System (with 4-digit decimal ID code or 5-digit AFS code) LT – accesses the FM mode. Press ATT to turn on or off the attenuator while the channel number is indicated or while the scanner is searching through bands/groups. One is normal attenuator mode in which you set the attenuator in each channel or each band/group in the search and tune mode. Press FUNC and then ATT to set the attenuator to its global mode. using the attenuator To reduce interference or noise caused by strong signals. Press ATT to turn the attenuator on or off. When you turn it off. You cannot set the attenuator while the scanner is scanning. you can reduce the scanner’s sensitivity to these signals. LTR Trunking System (with 6digit ID code) Notes MO (MOT). Motorola Trunking System (with 4.Beyond the Basics CT – accesses the FM mode. This setting is applied all the time in every mode. appears for 2 seconds at the bottom line and atg appears. DCS System MO – accesses the FM Mode. ATT changes to att. CTCSS System DC – accesses the FM mode. Global ATT.or 5-digit ID code) ED – accesses the FM Mode. att changes to ATT. There are two attenuator modes in your scanner. The other is global mode in which you set the attenuator only once.

Notes If you turn on the attenuator. Normal mode. using the display/key backlight Your PRO-97 features a backlit keypad and display for easy viewing and use in dark environments. 2. turn OFF/VOL counterclockwise until it clicks to turn the scanner off. Turn OFF/VOL clockwise to turn the scanner on. Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears. Normal ATT. There are three backlight modes you can choose from to control backlight activation. This mode is useful if you want the backlight to come on automatically when you perform an operation using the keypad. With Normal mode. With Keypress mode. and first keypress Ignore mode. press 1 to turn on the key tone or 2 to turn it off. The backlight continues to remain on while you are operating the keypad. To turn off the backlight before it automatically turns off. press again. While Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears. To turn the scanner’s key tone off or on: 1. simply press to activate the backlight. the backlight will light automatically when you press any key on the keypad. the scanner sounds a tone. and function as described above in Normal mode. Keypress mode. If the scanner is on. the scanner might not receive weak signals. appears on the bottom line for about 2 seconds. 3. turning the key tone on and off Each time you press any of the scanner’s keys. 61 . The backlight will activate and remain on for the factory default setting of 5 seconds.Beyond the Basics mode.

5. K10. press . turn it off and back on again.Beyond the Basics With Ignore mode. or K20 sets the backlight mode for Keypress operation for the selected duration. or 20 sets the backlight mode for normal operation for the selected duration. 62 . While Multi-System Trunking Scanner appears. MultiSystem Trunking Scanner appears in the scanner’s display. you can press and hold for about 1 second to force the backlight on full time. Selecting 3. and the scanner sounds the low pitched error beep to remind you that the first key pressed to activate the backlight is ignored by the scanner. 2. Press while the backlight is on to turn it off. This mode is useful when you wish to quickly illuminate the display and keypad without having to search for the key. In any backlight mode. Follow these steps to change the backlight mode and duration: 1. or I20 sets the backlight mode for Ignore operation for the selected duration. Selecting I3. 3. If the scanner is on. Press e or d to select the desired backlight mode and duration. the backlight functions as described in Keypress mode. I10. 10. K5. I5. The first keypress is ignored. Press ENT to store your selection. except that the scanner ignores the first keypress. Selecting K3.

Press ENT to set the display contrast. Press MAN. SQ. / . appears. 63 . press FUNC then appears for about 1 second. appears. When the keypad is locked. changing the display contrast 1. 2.Beyond the Basics using the keylock Once you program your scanner. 3. ENTER key saves. and VOL. / . Press e or d to select the contrast. Use Up/Down keys to set contrast. Key locked. You cannot activate the keylock while you are entering a frequency into a channel. Press FUNC then 9. The scanner To turn off the keylock. you can protect it from accidental program changes by turning on the key lock feature. Key locked. press FUNC then beeps three times and Key unlocked. the only controls that operate are FUNC. To turn on the keylock. appears when you press any key after locking the keypad. / . 4.

Beyond the Basics cloning the programmed data You can transfer the programmed data to and from another PRO-97 scanner using an optional connecting cable with 1/8-inch (3. 64 . 4.5 mm) phone plugs on both ends (not supplied. Confirm to send data? 1 -> YES Press other key for NO. **CLONE MODE** Press UP to send Remove cable to exit. Follow these steps to clone the data. appears. The scanner sends the data. Press 1 to send the data to the other unit or press any other key to cancel the operation. 2. appears. To exit the clone mode. 1. available at your local RadioShack store). Notes “CLONE MODE” Incorrect Model appears if the scanner receives data from another scanner other than a PRO-97. Press e. Turn on both scanners. 3. remove the cable. Connect the connecting cable to each scanner’s PC/IF jack.

Your PRO-97 automatically calculates Motorola voice channel frequencies when it decodes the control channel. Trunking systems allocate a few frequencies to many different users. plus GE/ Ericsson (EDACS) and EF Johnson (LTR) type systems extensively used in many communication systems. If you do not know which is the control channel. The control channels are subject to change depending on the day. one frequency is chosen from among the allocated frequencies in that trunking system. it is better to enter all the system frequencies into the same bank. When the mobile unit transmits a signal. the received frequency with VC (voice channel) on the second line. the scanner displays the control channel memory location on the top line.Beyond the Basics trunking how trunking works The scanner tracks transmissions that use the Motorola Type I and Type II (such as Smartnet and Privacy Plus) and hybrid analog trunking systems. The user’s ID talk group is sent with the signal. To receive trunking signals. Therefore enter all the control frequencies in the same bank. This eliminates the need to enter all the Motorola group frequencies. the bank and control channel memory location number on the third line and the Motorola ID number on the bottom line. 65 . you must store all the trunking control frequencies for Motorola systems or all the trunking group frequencies for EDACS and LTR in one bank (see “Storing Known Frequencies into Channels”) and input ID codes in the ID memory (see “Storing Talk Group IDs”). When the scanner decodes the Motorola control channel and finds the voice channel.

at www. Notes There might be more than one talk group transmitting at a time in some Motorola trunking systems. trunkscanner. but the display will alternate between all active IDs. For EDACS and Motorola (above 406 MHz range). the text name stored for the ID appears. Frequency fleet map and talk group information are also widely available on the Internet (for example. The system automatically transmits the call on that frequency. 66 . If not found.Beyond the Basics Notes To listen to the transmission. ED. and also sends a code that identifies that 2-way radio user’s transmission on a control channel. In the past. This resulted in heavy traffic and often required 2-way radio users to wait for a specific frequency to clear before transmitting. such as police departments. Trunked systems allow more groups of 2-way radio users to use fewer frequencies. groups that transmit frequently. scanning resumes immediately unless the bank is in open trunking mode.com). the ID list for the bank is searched. the mode of the programmed channel must be the same as that of the trunking channel (MO. the scanner monitors the control channel between each transmission to identify talk groups. and if found. the scanner uses the subaudible data sent with each transmission to identify talk groups. Instead of selecting a specific frequency to transmit on. When an ID code is received. a trunked system chooses one of several frequencies when the 2-way radio user transmits. Your scanner lets you easily hear both the call and response transmissions for that 2-way radio user and therefore follow the conversation. or LT). For some Motorola (under 512 MHz range) and LTR systems. you will hear the talk group on that channel. could transmit on only a few frequencies. If you set the scanner to manually tune in Motorola trunking mode.

ED.Beyond the Basics setting squelch for trunking mode Your scanner automatically mutes the audio during trunk scanning when it decodes control channel data. we recommend you turn SQ clockwise and leave it set to a point just after the rushing sound stops. To move through the banks 67 . You can. home repeater order 1 would go into channel 01 for the current bank. you must first program the fleet map (see “Programming Fleet Maps”). or LT) with each frequency. Follow these steps to program trunked frequencies: 1. If you are programming frequencies for an EDACS system you must store them in the Logical Channel Number order (usually listed as LCN#). or LTR in a bank at one time. LCN1 would go into channel 01 for the current bank. However. either EDACS. and home repeater order 2 would go into channel 02. Press PGM and select the bank. To move through the bank selection faster. Motorola. If you are programming frequencies for an LTR system you must store them in the home repeater order. Notes You can scan only one type of trunked frequency. mix conventional channels and frequencies in a bank. except that you must store the appropriate mode (MO. For example. For example. and LCN2 would go into channel 02. If you are programming trunked frequencies for Motorola Type I and hybrid systems. programming trunking frequencies You program trunking frequencies the same as non-trunked frequencies. This lets the scanner quickly acquire the data channel. however. press PGM then Notes FUNC and hold down e or d.

Repeatedly press MODE to select Motorola. Press TRUNK to enter the ID program mode. Notes If you select conventional mode instead of Motorola. EDACS (GE/ Ericsson). Press PGM to enter the program mode. appears. repeat the sequence of PGM. press Mode key. 3. 2. This sets the talk group ID decoding method to be used for the bank. 5. or LTR (EF Johnson) system to scan. FUNC then e or d until you reach the desired bank. EDACS. the scanner does not scan trunked frequencies. 4. Enter the desired trunking frequency then press ENT to store. Trunking mode not selected. 68 .Beyond the Basics one at a time. or LTR.

69 . If you make an error in the entry process. pressing PGM and entering the new frequency. and the channel number that has been duplicated. You must program the system’s base frequency and offset frequency to do this. 7. You may replace any frequency by selecting the bank and channel. If you enter a frequency that has already been entered. Press SCAN to start scanning. (See “Storing Known Frequencies into Channels”). Notes the scanner sounds an error tone and displays Dupl. programming Motorola trunking systems (UHF-Lo) You can program the scanner to receive transmissions in the UHF-Lo band (406-512 MHz) of the Motorola trunking system. To enter additional trunking frequencies as subsequent channels in the same bank. press CL as often as needed to erase the incorrect data.Beyond the Basics 6. If the dual entry is intentional press ENT to accept. press PGM or e to access the next open channel then enter the frequencies. You can receive these transmissions by checking the trunking system’s control channel. If the dual entry is an error press CL and enter the correct frequency. Freq.

10. trunkscanner.25. If it is incorrect. If it is incorrect. While B in Base blinks. 25.0000 on the second line.Beyond the Basics Notes Base and offset frequencies vary for each type of trunking system. 35. 5. the scanner ignores the entry.0. 31. 30.0. Press PGM then TRUNK to enter the ID program mode. 2. if necessary. 43. if necessary. Offset: 380 on the third line and Step:25. After you confirm the input. 20. Confirm the entry.0. repeatedly press e or d to select the step number. other Internet sources. Press FUNC and press (or hold) e or d to select the bank. If you try to program an offset frequency in the UHF-Hi bands (806-960 MHz). or locally published guidebooks. then press the number keys again to set the frequency. Follow these steps to program Motorola trunking frequencies in the UHF-Lo band: 1. While O in Offset blinks. press the number keys again to set the base frequency.0.0. 12. Press PGM to enter the program mode. press the desired Base frequency with the number keys and press ENT.5.0. 4. press ENT again. Press FUNC then 2. 70 . 5.0. 7.75. 37. The display indicates Custom Range 1/3 on first line. 3. enter the offset number and press ENT. 40. Press MODE and select MOT. You can get information about these frequencies for the trunking system you want to scan using www.0 kHz. Base: 406. then press ENT.0.com.25. 18. 6. While S in Step blinks. Confirm the entry. or 50. After you confirm the input. Store the trunking IDs into the sub-bank in the same bank. press ENT again. 8.75. 6.5.0kHz on the bottom line. 15.

use the default setting. On the 900 MHz trunking band. 1. 71 . Press FUNC then e or d to select the desired bank. 2. Follow these steps to program a fleet map. 3. Notes On the 800 MHz trunking band.0125 MHz. step). The default setting is normal. 4. change to OFFset.Beyond the Basics programming Motorola trunking systems (800 MHz) Follow these steps to program 800 MHz band Motorola trunking. programming fleet maps You must set the fleet map if you want to receive a Motorola Type I system.0000 MHz. 1. offset. Then e or d to select the bank. Press PGM then TRUNK. you can select a base frequency (normal or offset). The base frequency in OFFset is 851. Fleet maps are included along with other information about Motorola Type I systems at www. Press FUNC then 3. The base frequency in normal is 851. 5. Press e or d to select NORMAL or SPLINTER and press ENT. trunkscanner. Press MODE and select Motorola trunking mode.com. you do not need to set the base frequency (base. repeatedly press FUNC. 2. Press PGM then TRUNK to enter the ID program mode. Use Up/Down keys to set 800MHz Motorola ch plan NORMAL appears. • • If you are uncertain about the base frequency. If you cannot receive with the normal setting. For each bank you want to program.

Enter the size code supplied with the Type I system information. Block 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 S11 2 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 3 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S12 — Size Code 4 S12 — S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 5 S4 S4 S12 — S4 S4 S4 S4 6 S3 S10 S4 S4 S12 — S12 — 7 S10 S10 S11 S4 S4 S4 S4 S4 8 S1 S1 S2 S2 S3 S3 S4 S4 Block 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 S4 S4 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 10 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S4 S4 11 S4 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 S0 Size Code 12 13 S0 S3 S0 S3 S0 S11 S0 S4 S0 S4 S0 S0 S0 S0 S4 S0 14 S4 S3 S10 S4 S4 S4 S12 — 15 S4 S4 S4 S11 S11 S0 S12 — 16 S3 S10 S10 S11 S0 S0 S12 — 72 . If the information was not supplied. referring to the instruction that appears on the display. 4. Press FUNC. Size Code Setting appears. Then press 8.Beyond the Basics 3. try the following common fleet maps.

The bottom line indicates where the ID was stored (as ID save X-XX). EDACS. If you make a mistake. When the scanner stops on a transmission in the Motorola. Notes However. 6.500 talk group IDs in 10 banks. Press SCAN to start scanning. repeat Steps 1-5 and press ENT. In the open mode. ID was saved appears. or LTR mode. talk group IDs There are 10 talk group ID banks and each ID bank has 5 subbanks. press CL and begin again at Step 1. the scanner always stops on a transmission. so you can program up to 1. but it displays the ID’s text tag if you have stored the ID. 73 . Press ENT for each entry. then it changes to ID#XXXX. If you find an error. if you set Type I and you want to return to Type II. enter 15 at Step 4. The default setting of the bank is for Motorola Type II. You can program up to 150 talk group IDs in each bank. you confirm the size code. press TRUNK when the scanner stops on a voice channel transmission or when a talk group ID is indicated in the manual mode. If the ID has already been stored when you press TRUNK.Beyond the Basics 5. Each sub-bank has 30 ID locations. it checks to see if the ID has been stored. storing talk group IDs To store a talk group ID. In the closed mode. The first X in ID save X-XX is the sub-bank number (0-4) in the bank. Each time you press ENT. To confirm the input. press CL and enter the correct size code. XX is the number of IDs from (00-29) in each sub-bank. the scanner only stops on the transmission and displays its text tag if you have stored and not locked out the ID.

6. Press TRUNK. If necessary. 74 . press TEXT. 2. use the decimal point for a hyphen. Press PGM. 7. If you want to tag the ID. Press e or d to select the location where you desire to store the ID number. 1. Enter the talk group ID and press ENT. enter the desired text tag for the ID. Press MODE to select MOT. To select the bank where you want to store the ID. 3. ED. Memory Full! appears. Repeatedly press TRUNK to select the sub-bank. 8.Beyond the Basics Notes When you try to store more than 150 talk group IDs in a bank. 5. 4. repeatedly press FUNC then e or d until you reach the desired bank. Follow these steps to manually store talk group IDs or to edit a stored ID. Clear some talk group IDs in order to store new ones (see “Clearing Talk Group IDs”). Then press ENT (see “Text Input Chart”). or LTR.

To store the next ID memory in sequence. When you press FUNC then 2. Press SCAN to start scanning. press e and repeat Step 7. AFS Format appears for about 2 seconds. Invalid ID value appears Notes and the scanner beeps when you press ENT. 10. You can enter either a decimal or AFS code for ED (EDACS) IDs. press CL.Beyond the Basics 9. Dupl. ID of X-XX appears. If you entered an ID code that is already stored in another ID channel. press ENT. To cancel the operation. Start again at Step 3. If you want to store the ID code. The default setting is decimal ID entry. 75 . Now you can enter the ID code with AFS format. If you made a mistake in Step 4.

Press FUNC then 1 to turn the sub-bank on if it is off or off if it is on. hold down TRUNK until ID hold ON. press SCAN or TRUNK. Press TRUNK repeatedly to select the desired sub-bank. Press TRUNK. When ID hold is activated and the scanner receives a voice channel. the scan indication S at the first digit in the top line changes to H. Then press 4. 2. press FUNC. Follow these steps to turn the ID sub-bank on or off during the scan mode: 1. appears. turning an ID sub-bank on or off Follow these steps to turn the ID sub-bank on or off during the program mode: 1. 2. Press FUNC while the scanner is stopped on a voice channel transmission. 3. While the scanner is stopped on a voice channel (VC appears). 76 . For example to turn sub-bank 4 on or off. The display indicates which sub-bank is turned on or off. and the active sub-bank number flashes.Beyond the Basics talk group ID hold You can set your scanner to follow a trunking signal that you want to track during scanning. Press FUNC and the number of the sub-bank you desire to turn on or off. To release ID hold.

3.5. Press TEXT again to cancel. Press FUNC. 1. 5. Press PGM. 1. Press TEXT while the scanner is receiving the voice channel and indicating the text name. 2.0 seconds. 4. Press e or d to select None. LO changes to lo. 2. and press L/OUT. 77 . The ID code appears as MOT: XXXXXX. 6. Use Up/Down keys to set ID Delay. 2.0. Press e or d to select the ID memory.0. 1. ENTER key saves. 1. lo changes to LO. You can confirm the ID code while the scanner shows the text when the received signal is a voice channel.Beyond the Basics locking out talk group IDs 1.5. 0.5. 3. delay function in ID indication mode You can set the ID delay function separate from the channel delay. 2. e or d to move to the desired bank. To remove the lockout from a trunking ID. 2. 3.5. etc. Press L/OUT to lock out the ID. manually select the ID memory. or 4. 2. Press FUNC then . You can only lock out talk group IDs when the scanner is Notes in the closed mode (see “Open and Closed Modes”)./DELAY while you are programming the trunked ID.0.0 seconds appears. Press TRUNK.

2. clearing talk group IDs 1. 5. Press TRUNK to enter a talk group ID memory mode. 78 . 2. Press ENT.Beyond the Basics 3. 3. e or d. Press PGM then TRUNK. Then L/OUT. The locked out ID appears. 3. This lets you quickly delete all talk group IDs from a bank if you want to use the bank to store different data (such as a new set of talk group IDs). Press FUNC. Press FUNC. Clear entire list ? Press 1 to clear all. Press FUNC then CL. 4. clearing all talk group IDs in a single bank You can clear all talk group IDs within a bank. List cleared. ID delay watches the control channel Notes command for the delay time when the signal disappears from the voice channel. any other key aborts appears. 1. e or d to select ID memory. 1. Press FUNC then 6. When activated. Select a talk group ID bank using FUNC. 2. you hear the low beep tone. Press PGM then TRUNK. Press 1 to clear all talk group IDs within a bank. If the ID memory bank has no locked-out ID. reviewing locked-out talk group IDs You cannot clear all lockouts from a talk group at the same time. Press PGM.

Press MAN. 2. or Bank CLOSED. Press FUNC then e or d to select the channel storage bank. To cancel the deletion. appears./DELAY. the fifteenth digit on the second line of the display changes from + to – or vice versa. 79 . The scanner returns to the talk group ID memory mode. 3. Press FUNC then . changing the open/closed mode 1. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for each bank. After that message disappears.Beyond the Basics appears. 4. press any key except 1. Bank OPEN.

you hear only noise on that frequency. begin by disconnecting the antenna and moving it away from the scanner. take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. and wipe it with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new. 80 . if it gets wet. Make sure that no other nearby radio or TV sets are turned on near the scanner.radioshack. If the interference is not severe.com). do not drop it. Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. service and repair If your scanner is not performing as it should. often without any sound. use the store locator feature on RadioShack’s website (www. Keep the scanner away from dust and dirt. To locate your nearest RadioShack. or call 1-800-The Shack (800-843-7422) and follow the menu options. This is a birdie. the searching will stop as if it had found a signal. wipe it dry immediately. These operating frequencies might interfere with transmissions on the same frequencies. Make a list of all the birdies in your scanner for future reference. Use the search function and scan every frequency range from its lowest frequency to the hghest. Use and store the scanner only in normal temperature environments. Occasionally. birdie frequencies Every scanner has birdie frequencies. If you program one of these frequencies. To find the birdies in your scanner.Beyond the Basics care Keep the scanner dry. Handle the scanner carefully. Birdies are signals created inside the scanner’s receiver. you might be able to turn SQ clockwise to omit the birdie.

....................................................................5 kHz steps) 216..............................33 kHz steps) 137–174 MHz ..............................5 µV 216–225 MHz ..Beyond the Basics specifications Frequency Coverage: 25–54 MHz ..................... (in 5 kHz steps) 108–136......................... 0...................................................................................................0000 MHz ............................. (in 5...........5 µV 806–960 MHz .......................................9875 MHz ...................7 µV 81 ................................................... 100 Talk group ID memories ........................................................................................................................................................................................................25 kHz steps) 849–868................25 kHz steps) 806–823.. 10 Number of memory channels per bank ................................99166 MHz .................................................025–405....... 0.......... 1 µV 406–512 MHz .......... (in 6..25.......................500 ID memory banks ............................................. (in 6............................................................................. 1......................................................................................... 5 Number of memory IDs per sub-bank .................3 µV 108 –136.................................975 MHz ......................................... (in 6.....(in 6.................................................................25 kHz steps) 894– 960 MHz ..................................................9875 MHz ............................... (in 25 kHz steps) 406–512 MHz .... 10 Sub-banks per bank .......................25 kHz steps) 1240–1300 MHz ................. 7................ (in 5 kHz steps) 225................................ 1000 Channel memory banks .............................. (in 8..............................................0025–225.....................3 µV 137–174 MHz ............................... 0. 6........... 30 Sensitivity (20 dB S/N): FM: 25–54 MHz .......... 0................................... or 12.............5........... 0...............99166 MHz .....25 kHz steps) Memory channels ............................................................ (in 6..............................................

.............................................................................................................................................................1 MHz ............ –14 to 140° F IF Rejection: 380............................... 455 kHz Priority Sampling ........................................................................... 40 dB Scanning Rate ............................................................................... 3 µV 406–512 MHz .......... 0...................995 MHz at AM mode –6 dB .4 MHz 3rd ................ Up to 60 Channels per Second Search Rate ...........................................................................................99166 MHz .................................................................... Up to 75 Steps per Second Delay Time ................................................. 380........................................................................... 2 µV 1240–1300 MHz .. 3 µV Selectivity: 25 – 27....................5 µV 216–225 MHz ............ 21........................................... 1 µV 137–174 MHz .............................1 MHz FM) ...............................................................7 µV AM: 25–54 MHz ................................... 2 seconds Intermediate Frequencies (IF): 1st .................................. ±10 kHz –50 dB ................................................................................................................................................................................................... ±5 kHz –50 dB .................... 2 µV 806–960 MHz .................................................................................................................995 MHz at AM –6 dB ........................ 1 µV 108–136................. 60 dB 82 .Beyond the Basics 1240–1300 MHz .................................................8 MHz at 154.............................................. ±6 kHz All frequencies at AM and FM mode except 25 – 27............... 1.....................................................8 MHz 2nd .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ±18 kHz Spurious Rejection (at 154.................................................................... 2 seconds Operating Temperature ...........................................

.................9V DC Current Drain (Squelched) ................. Specifications and depictions are subject to change and improvement without notice.................................................Beyond the Basics 21.................................... (240 g) Specifications are typical........ individual units might vary..... 150 mA Dimensions (HWD) .............................. 90 mA Battery Charge Current ............................................................................................ 100 dB Squelch Sensitivity: Threshold (FM and AM) ............................................................................................................................................................. (8-ohm............................................................5 µV Tight (FM) .......................... 83 ......... 50 Ohms Audio Output Power (10% THD) . 20 dB Antenna Impedance ......................................................... 4 AA Alkaline Batteries External Power ...................................................5 oz................ 5 3/4 x 2 9/16 x 1 5/8 Inches (145 x 65 x 42 mm) Weight (without antenna and batteries) ...........................8. Dynamic Type) Power Requirements: Batteries ............. 170 mW Built-in Speaker ........................................................................ 25 dB Tight (AM) ..................................................................... 1 3/8 Inches (36 mm) .............................................4 MHz at 154.....................................1 MHz ..............................0.......................

Turn off the scanner. then turn it on again. M000 appears on the top line of the display. Bank 0 Ch 00 appears on the third line. Do not turn off the scanner until the initalization is Notes complete. 4. Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears. 84 . Initialize the scanner only when you are sure the scanner is not working properly. 1. Press ENT. When the initialization is complete. appears for about 5 seconds.Beyond the Basics initializing your scanner If the scanner’s display locks up or does not work properly after you connect a power source or install batteries. 3. Press 0 while Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears. Notes This procedure clears all information you stored in the scanner’s memory. 2. you might need to initialize it. Press 1. Initializing please stand by.

However. • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Check the laws in your area. you are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for intentionally listening to. It is legal to listen to almost every transmission your scanner can receive. the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. This is done to comply with the legal requirement that scanners be manufactured so as to not be easily modifiable to pick up those transmissions. We encourage responsible. Do not open your scanner’s case to make any modifications that could allow it to pick up transmissions that are illegal to monitor. may cause harmful interference to radio communications.Beyond the Basics The FCC wants you to know This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a scanning receiver. This scanner has been designed to prevent reception of illegal transmissions. • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. This equipment generates. cordless. uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. and wireline (telephone and telegraph) service providers. or divulging the contents of such a transmission unless you have the consent of a party to the communication (unless such activity is otherwise illegal). It is also illegal in many areas to interfere with the duties of public safety officials by traveling to the scene of an incident without authorization. amateur radio services. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. ambulance services. Doing so could subject you to legal penalties. These include: • Telephone conversations (cellular. In some areas. government agencies. pager services. or other private means of telephone signal transmission) • Pager transmissions • Any scrambled or encrypted transmissions According to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). scanning legally Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups including police and fire departments. 85 . using. safe and legal scanner use. mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. there are some transmissions you should never intentionally listen to. However. private companies. military operations.

Each time the scanner finds an active frequency. Channels — programmable memory locations for the frequencies you want to monitor. for a total of 10 talkgroup ID lists. Each sub-bank has 30 ID locations. it checks to see if the ID has been stored in the associated ID list. the scanner only stops on the transmission and displays its text tag if you have stored and not locked out the ID. frequency listings posted on the Internet. 86 . In the Open Mode. When the scanner stops on a transmission in the Motorola or EDACS mode. it stops and monitors the radio traffic on that channel until the transmission ends. then resumes scanning. Whereas a channel can only contain one frequency. Channels are storage areas for frequencies. Each ID list has 5 sub-banks. so you can program up to 1500 talkgroup IDs in 10 banks. the scanner always stops on all transmissions except those you specifically exclude. and diplays the ID’s text tag if you have stored the ID. or the built-in search function. you can use frequency guides available from your local RadioShack store. To find active frequencies. Talkgroup IDs — each channel storage bank has an associated talkgroup ID list. Channel Storage Banks — a storage area for a group of channels. In the Closed Mode. a bank can hold numerous channels. You can program up to 150 talkgroup IDs in each bank. see “Open and Closed Mode Operation”. For a detailed description of Open and Closed Mode operation.Beyond the Basics glossary Frequency — the receving signal location (expressed in MHz).

Be sure the adapter’s barrel plug is fully inserted into the PWR DC 9V jack. Turn off keylock.Beyond the Basics FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) The scanner is not working at all. The center tip of the adapter’s barrel plug must be set to positive. The batteries might be dead or need to be recharged. What’s wrong? The scanner might need to be initialized. the scanner lcoks on frequencies that have an unclear transmission. Avoid programming “Birdie Frequencies” or only listen to them manually. What’s wrong? Some frequencies programmed into the scanner might be the same as “birdie” frequencies. The scanner does not receive any stations or reception is poor. Recharge the rechargeable batteries or replace the standard batteries. What’s wrong? The squelch might not be adjusted correctly. Store frequencies into more than one channel. What’s wrong? The AC or DC adapter might not be connected. The scanner is on but does not scan. or initialize the scanner (see “Initializing the Scaner”). There might only be one channel or no channels stored in the scanner. The keylock might be turned on. While scanning. Turn SQ clockwise. 87 . Turn the scanner off then on again.

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