Cat 20-527

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

Please read this user’s guide before installing, setting up and using your new product www.radioshack.com

Contents
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

2

The Basics

contents
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

7 12
12 14 15 16 16 17 17 17
18

18 19 19

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

20
20 20 21 21 21 22 24 25 26

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

28
28 29

CTCSS and DCS
storing trunking frequencies into channels

31
33

3

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

37
37 38 38 40 40 41 42 43 43 43 45 45 46 46 47 48 48 48 49 50 50 51 51 52 52 53

4

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. and Adaptaplug are trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation. Motorola. Hyperscan. ASTRO and Privacy Plus are registered trademarks of Motorla Inc. LTR is a registered trademark of EF Johnson. EDACS is a registered trademark of MA-COM Inc.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 .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Basics using the belt clip To make your scanner easier to carry when you are on the go. To remove the battery clip. 19 . Connect the cable between each scanner’s PC/IF jacks. See “Cloning the Programmed Data”. 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. 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). use the supplied belt clip by attaching it to the back of the scanner. slide it upward while pulling the tab toward you.

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

(Refer to “Specifications” for a list of the frequencies covered. it always stops on the transmission. FM mode The FM mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using frequency modulation (FM). DCS (DC) mode DCS mode sets the scanner to receive transmissions using frequency modulation (FM) with Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) subaudible data signaling. 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. 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. and amateur radio transmissions.The Basics military. CTCSS tones can sometimes be heard as a low “hum” in the background of a voice transmission. and some government transmissions. as well as broadcast. some amateur radio.) When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the AM mode. DCS allows multiple users to share a single radio frequency without hearing each other’s 21 . it always stops on the transmission. Like CTCSS. In your PRO-97 scanner. CTCSS allows multiple users to share a single radio frequency without hearing each other’s transmissions. business. DCS is very similar to CTCSS. When the scanner receives a transmission on a channel set to the FM mode. except that a digital code is transmitted instead of an audio tone.

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

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

as well as by some public safety organizations. The scanner decodes the ID for the active talk group. 24 . EDACS systems transmit active talk group information only on a dedicated control channel. try manually selecting the data channel. If you are having trouble scanning an EDACS system. For the scanner to correctly switch to an active frequency. you must program the frequencies in LCN order. 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. Try changing your location or using an outdoor antenna to improve reception. In the open mode. EDACS frequencies are organized in a specific order. EDACS systems tend to have a smaller usable area. 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. An external antenna can greatly improve EDACS scanning in a fringe area. starting with Memory 01.The Basics EDACS mode You can set your scanner so it decodes the talk group IDs used with EDACS (GE/Ericsson) trunking systems. the scanner then goes to the transmission and displays the talk group ID on the bottom line of the display. This setting is called the EDACS mode. that information is sent out on the control channel. Each frequency is assigned a Logical Channel Number (LCN). EDACS systems are trunking systems used primarily by business or private communications service providers. If you are getting good reception. In the closed mode. When there is activity on an EDACS system. Because EDACS scanning requires clear reception of the control channel at all times. the scanner will indicate talk group CTL-01.

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

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. the scanner stops on the transmission and displays the talk group ID on the bottom line of the display. open and closed modes You can set your scanner to change the way it receives signals. called open mode and closed mode. When you select a system voice channel manually. making it easy to hear everything going on.The Basics LTR system are assigned to specific talk groups. affect how the scanner receives signals from communications systems that use some type of closed squelch (such as Motorola. In closed mode. Notes In open mode. LTR systems are frequently programmed so that each radio has a unique ID code. In the open mode. you hear all active talk groups except those you specifically exclude. EDACS. 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. and LTR systems). 26 . it first decodes the LTR data included with the transmission. In the closed mode. These numbers are in the form AHHUUU. which are identified by the radio as six-digit numbers. These settings. This makes it easy to listen only to talk groups you are interested in and exclude others. you hear only those talk groups you specify. any transmission opens squelch. regardless of the current mode.

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

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

When M appears on the display. 3. Then press e or d. 29 . Or. and 150. 1. press d. with the first frequency in channel 1 for the current bank.0400 MHz.0300. you can use FUNC and the arrow keys to select your desired bank and channel number. 2. if you want to store frequency of 150. Notes Press FUNC. and Maritime Frequency Directory. The channel number moves downward one by one. so be sure to get a current copy. and 4 respectively. Press FUNC. Follow these steps to store frequencies into channels. We update these directories every year. you must store them in order. Then hold down e or d. you must store them in Channels 1. Press MAN. M and the bank and channel number appear at the upper left corner of the display (for example: M000). Press e. enter the bank (0-9) and channel number (0099) where you want to store a frequency.The Basics storing known frequencies into channels Good references for active frequencies are RadioShack’s Police Call. The bank number moves continuously in the assigned direction. 150. 150. For example. then press MAN again. Notes If you are storing frequencies for an EDACS system.0200. The channel number moves upward one by one. Aeronautical Frequency Directory. The bank number moves in the direction of the arrow pressed.0100.

Press PGM then repeat steps 3 through 6. 4. The next channel in sequence is ready for programming. the audio quality will not be affected by the offset.Beyond the Basics 2. program a text tag for the channel (see “Assigning a Text Tag to a Channel”). Press ENT to store the frequency into the channel. 3. your scanner accepts it as 151.553. any scanner will tune to the next step. See “Using Delay”. M changes to P. Start again from Step 3./DELAY to turn the delay function off or on. If desired./DELAY to enter the frequency (including the decimal point) you want to store. If you enter a non-valid step frequency. Press PGM. briefly Notes appears and the scanner beeps when you press ENT. the scanner automatically pauses for 2 seconds on this channel before proceeding to the next active transmission. All scanners tune by steps. This scanner will show the actual tuned frequency in the display. 7. press MODE to change the receiving mode. If you made a mistake in Step 3. Your scanner automatically rounds the entered frequency to the nearest valid frequency. If necessary. 6. For example. Use the number keys and . Press . 30 . Your RadioShack scanner uses steps consistent with the latest US or worldwide standards.550. Invalid Freq. Some scanner designs do this without showing the correct step in the display. Because steps are so close together. If you make a mistake. if you enter a frequency of 151. 5. After a transmission. The scanner stores this setting in the channel. press CL to delete a single digit or press and hold CL about 2 seconds to delete all digits.

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

8 Hz 136.4 Hz 156.1 Hz 225.3 Hz 71. 4. You can also use the keypad to enter the code manually.0 Hz 103.2 Hz 203.5 Hz 141. press FUNC. When stopped on an active conventional channel while scanning.5 Hz 210. the search code (indicated with Code Search in the bottom of the display) is programmed.7 Hz 171.0 Hz 79. CTCSS. It is possible to program memory channels for CTCSS or DCS operation at any time.4 Hz 100. To program a specific code.9 Hz 183. 5.3 Hz 179.3 Hz 146.7 Hz 94.0 Hz 69. Once the desired code is selected. 6.9 Hz 74.2 Hz 151.5 Hz 186. you can press MODE to cycle through the valid modes for that channel. MODE. CTCSS Code Table: 67. If a channel is configured for CTCSS or DCS.4 Hz 77. By default.7 Hz 229. Note that the scanner will automatically fill the code field as you enter the code.7 Hz 218. it will not be able to decode digital transmissions. press ENT to store the code in the channel memory. and follow the steps above.2 Hz 110.3 Hz 173.5 Hz 107. allowing you to easily check for other CT or DC codes that may be present on the frequency. including CTCSS and DCS.9 Hz 131. DCS and digital voice all operate independently Notes of each other. This will reset any stored CT or DC code to the search code.5 Hz 206. navigate to the channel you wish to change. and then use the arrow keys to scroll to the desired CTCSS or DCS code.8 Hz 97.8 Hz 177. Simply place the scanner in program mode.1 Hz 32 .Beyond the Basics 3. Use the FM mode when mixed analog and digital voice reception is desired.

5 Hz 85.6 Hz 199.5 Hz 114. Press PGM and select the channel number using e or d. Repeatedly press MODE to select Motorola.2 Hz 165.5 Hz 233. Enter the UHF trunking frequency and press ENT. Press PGM and FUNC then e or d to select the desired bank to program.3 Hz 159.5 Hz 91.4 Hz 88. 33 .8 Hz 123.8 Hz 196. EDACS. Press TRUNK to enter into trunking mode.9 Hz 192.8 Hz 118.8 Hz 162. 4.8 Hz 250.1 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. 3.3 Hz 254.0 Hz 127. or LTR.5 Hz 167. 5. 2.9 Hz 189.6 Hz 241.Beyond the Basics 82.

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

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

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 . To enter lowercase character or a character from the second set for the key 0. $%!^()?~‘∆ Space Back Space 36 .Beyond the Basics text input chart To access the numbers. Then press the desired number you want to enter. press 1. 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 FUNC after pressing the first numeral key.

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).

37

Beyond the Basics

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

38

Beyond the Basics
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

39

Beyond the Basics
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

40

6875 462.620 – 45.6375 462.6125 462.Beyond the Basics 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 462.7250 151.940 – 46.500 40 20 Step (kHz) 20 20 20 20 40 41 .5500 462.6625 462.6000 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 462.940 44.8200 151.6000 462.6125 467.420 39.6250 462.980 42.860 45.6625 467.6375 467.8800 154.6750 462.5750 462.420 – 33.5625 467.060 46.7000 151.5875 467.6500 462.020 – 39.9400 154.5700 search bank: SR3 police/fire band Receive Mode: FM Group 0 Frequency (MHz) 33.080 – 46.020 – 37.880 45.020 – 42.980 37.900 45.6875 467.7125 462.7125 467.

6375 465.370 155.5 60 15 15 60 15 60 60 search bank: SR4 aircraft Receive mode: AM Frequency (MHz) 108. If you enter a non-valid step frequency.33 All scanners tune by steps.130 154. Your RadioShack scanner uses steps consistent with the latest US or worldwide standards. 42 .000 – 136.9625 458.010 – 155.730 – 159.210 166.5 12. the audio quality will not be affected by the offset.5 12.210 158. Some scanner designs do this without showing the correct step in the display.5 25 12. This scanner will show the actual tuned frequency in the display.9875 12.9875 866.150 2 453.0125 – 868.145 – 154.0125 – 460.650 – 154.415 – 155.700 155.950 155. Because steps are so close together.445 154.99166 Notes Step (kHz) 8.9625 460.Beyond the Basics 1 153.0125 – 465. any scanner will tune to the next step.0375 – 453.0125 – 860.5 12.730 – 156.770 – 154.250 170.6375 3 851.0375 – 458.

Enter your desired upper-end frequency and press ENT. If the entered frequency is incorrect./DELAY to enter the desired lower-end limit frequency (including the decimal point). Use the number keys and . Press SRCH to start searching. briefly appears. 2.5 6. The cursor moves to U.0000 1240. Enter SR6 Search Range Limits: appears and the cursor blinks L on the third line for the lower-end limit frequency.0000 – 1300. Press PGM then SRCH.0000 – 54.0000 – 29. 3. 43 . Repeatedly press SRCH to select SR6.0000 144. 1.7000 50.0000 – 148. 5.Beyond the Basics search bank: SR5 amateur band Receive mode: FM Group 0 1 2 3 4 5 Frequency (MHz) 28.25 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. Invalid Freq. 6. 4.0000 222.0000 – 450.0000 420.0000 – 225. Press ENT to set the frequency.0000 Step (kHz) 5 5 5 5 12.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. however. Notes You must store frequencies into channels before the scanner can scan them. press FUNC e while in the Signal Stalker II mode. if you have locked out the undesired transmissions. scanning the channels To begin scanning channels or to start scanning again after monitoring a specific channel. This will cause the Signal Stalker II to execute another fine step search of the 1 MHz segment. Use FUNC L/O to review or clear locked Signal Stalker II frequencies. press SCAN. To change the scanning direction. Of course. press e or d. then press CL. however. 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. To clear a locked-out frequency. select that frequency. turning channel-storage banks off and on To turn off banks while scanning. the Signal Stalker II will not stop on them again. To activate this mode. the overall sweep performance of the Signal Stalker II will be impacted.Beyond the Basics due to their high transmitter output power. 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”). press the bank’s number 52 . The scanner does not scan through empty channels. 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 scanner does not scan any of the channels within the banks you turned off. For example. CTCSS and DCS can also help reduce instances where interfering signals cause your 53 . 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. Your scanner features a power save circuit that is automatically activated any time you manually select a channel. You can manually select any channel in a bank. to turn off bank 1. even if the bank is turned off. For example to turn bank 1 on again. press the number key until the bank’s number appears. The power save mode works by allowing the receiver to “sleep” briefly while waiting for a call on the selected channel. press 1. The power save circuit is disabled when the scanner is tuned to a channel in program mode. Notes You cannot turn off all banks. The scanner will receive traffic on the selected frequency. using CTCSS and DCS Your scanner’s advanced. press 1.Beyond the Basics key so the bank’s number disappears. To turn on banks while scanning. 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. There must be at least one active bank.

If the special “search” code is in use. 54 . or DCS code if programmed for DCS code. including CTCSS and DCS. it checks for a match between the transmitted and stored codes match. 3. the scanner resumes scan operation. When your scanner stops on a conventional frequency that is configured for CTCSS or DCS. For more information about your scanner’s receive modes. deleting frequencies from channels 1. 2. see “Understanding Your Scanner’s Modes”. see “CTCSS and DCS”. Press MAN. Press MAN again. Press PGM to enter the program mode. Press FUNC. Press PGM.Beyond the Basics scanner to stop on one channel. You can store the detected code into the channel memory by pressing ENT while the code is displayed. For more information on programming memory channels for CTCSS or DCS operation. the scanner will instantly display any detected CTCSS code if programmed for CTCSS mode. 6. M changes to P. deleting all frequencies in a channel bank 1.0000 appears. Press CL. 5. If the codes do not match. Use the number keys to enter the channel with the frequency you want to delete. The frequency number changes and 0. the scanner stops on the transmission and allows the audio to pass to the speaker. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The user’s ID talk group is sent with the signal. Trunking systems allocate a few frequencies to many different users. 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”). the received frequency with VC (voice channel) on the second line. If you do not know which is the control channel. When the mobile unit transmits a signal. the scanner displays the control channel memory location on the top line. Therefore enter all the control frequencies in the same bank. the bank and control channel memory location number on the third line and the Motorola ID number on the bottom line. one frequency is chosen from among the allocated frequencies in that trunking system. This eliminates the need to enter all the Motorola group frequencies. it is better to enter all the system frequencies into the same bank.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. To receive trunking signals. When the scanner decodes the Motorola control channel and finds the voice channel. The control channels are subject to change depending on the day. plus GE/ Ericsson (EDACS) and EF Johnson (LTR) type systems extensively used in many communication systems. 65 . Your PRO-97 automatically calculates Motorola voice channel frequencies when it decodes the control channel.

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

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

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

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

75. While O in Offset blinks. 20.com. Store the trunking IDs into the sub-bank in the same bank. 40. 12. Press PGM then TRUNK to enter the ID program mode. press the number keys again to set the base frequency. 5. 18. While B in Base blinks. Press FUNC and press (or hold) e or d to select the bank.25. press ENT again. While S in Step blinks. After you confirm the input. 31. Follow these steps to program Motorola trunking frequencies in the UHF-Lo band: 1. 25. 37. 35.5. if necessary.0. Press FUNC then 2. 7. 8. repeatedly press e or d to select the step number.0 kHz. then press ENT. If it is incorrect. 4. 43. Press PGM to enter the program mode.25. 70 . After you confirm the input. trunkscanner.0kHz on the bottom line. 6. or 50. You can get information about these frequencies for the trunking system you want to scan using www. 10.0.0. Confirm the entry.0. enter the offset number and press ENT. or locally published guidebooks. press ENT again.0000 on the second line. If you try to program an offset frequency in the UHF-Hi bands (806-960 MHz). 15. Offset: 380 on the third line and Step:25.0.0. the scanner ignores the entry. 30. The display indicates Custom Range 1/3 on first line. 2. if necessary.0.75. 5. other Internet sources. Base: 406. press the desired Base frequency with the number keys and press ENT. 3. Press MODE and select MOT.Beyond the Basics Notes Base and offset frequencies vary for each type of trunking system. then press the number keys again to set the frequency.0. If it is incorrect. 6.5. Confirm the entry.

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

Enter the size code supplied with the Type I system information. Then press 8. If the information was not supplied. referring to the instruction that appears on the display. 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 . try the following common fleet maps.Beyond the Basics 3. 4. Press FUNC. Size Code Setting appears.

You can program up to 150 talk group IDs in each bank. Notes However. press TRUNK when the scanner stops on a voice channel transmission or when a talk group ID is indicated in the manual mode. 6. then it changes to ID#XXXX. 73 . press CL and begin again at Step 1. XX is the number of IDs from (00-29) in each sub-bank. Press SCAN to start scanning. If the ID has already been stored when you press TRUNK.Beyond the Basics 5. Each time you press ENT. Press ENT for each entry. enter 15 at Step 4. storing talk group IDs To store a talk group ID. The first X in ID save X-XX is the sub-bank number (0-4) in the bank. but it displays the ID’s text tag if you have stored the ID. The default setting of the bank is for Motorola Type II. To confirm the input. you confirm the size code. The bottom line indicates where the ID was stored (as ID save X-XX). press CL and enter the correct size code. the scanner only stops on the transmission and displays its text tag if you have stored and not locked out the ID. it checks to see if the ID has been stored. ID was saved appears. talk group IDs There are 10 talk group ID banks and each ID bank has 5 subbanks. In the open mode. If you make a mistake. If you find an error. if you set Type I and you want to return to Type II. Each sub-bank has 30 ID locations. EDACS.500 talk group IDs in 10 banks. or LTR mode. When the scanner stops on a transmission in the Motorola. the scanner always stops on a transmission. so you can program up to 1. repeat Steps 1-5 and press ENT. In the closed mode.

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

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

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

The ID code appears as MOT: XXXXXX.0. 0.Beyond the Basics locking out talk group IDs 1. manually select the ID memory.0. Press e or d to select None. lo changes to LO. 1.0. 2.5. You can only lock out talk group IDs when the scanner is Notes in the closed mode (see “Open and Closed Modes”). Press TEXT again to cancel. Use Up/Down keys to set ID Delay. 2.5. Press TRUNK. e or d to move to the desired bank. 5.0 seconds appears. etc. 1. 2.5. Press FUNC then . 4. Press TEXT while the scanner is receiving the voice channel and indicating the text name. LO changes to lo. 6. Press L/OUT to lock out the ID. You can confirm the ID code while the scanner shows the text when the received signal is a voice channel. delay function in ID indication mode You can set the ID delay function separate from the channel delay. Press FUNC. and press L/OUT. 2. or 4.5. 3. ENTER key saves. 77 . 1. Press e or d to select the ID memory. Press PGM. 3./DELAY while you are programming the trunked ID. 3. To remove the lockout from a trunking ID. 1.0 seconds. 2. 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. scanning legally Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups including police and fire departments. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. However. Check the laws in your area. cordless. may cause harmful interference to radio communications. 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. This equipment generates. 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. 85 . the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. It is legal to listen to almost every transmission your scanner can receive. • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. We encourage responsible. using. mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit. government agencies. Do not open your scanner’s case to make any modifications that could allow it to pick up transmissions that are illegal to monitor. This scanner has been designed to prevent reception of illegal transmissions. These include: • Telephone conversations (cellular. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. and wireline (telephone and telegraph) service providers. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. Doing so could subject you to legal penalties. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. military operations. 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). amateur radio services. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. pager services. In some areas. ambulance services. safe and legal scanner use. or other private means of telephone signal transmission) • Pager transmissions • Any scrambled or encrypted transmissions According to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). However. there are some transmissions you should never intentionally listen to. you are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for intentionally listening to.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. private companies. • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

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

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

RadioShack Corporation. For complete warranty details and exclusions. check with your local RadioShack store. Fort Worth.com are trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation. RadioShack and RadioShack. All rights reserved. . TX 76102 04/04 Printed in Hong Kong GE-04D-2310 12A04 ©2004. 6th Floor. RadioShack Customer Relations 200 Taylor Street.This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful