Getting Started with your PRO-97 and PRO-2055

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Welcome to the Getting Started article for the Pro-97 and Pro-2055. Note that the newer Pro-163, Pro-164, GRE's PSR-300 and PSR-400 share the same functionality.

Newcomers often find programming a scanner to be a daunting task. This article links to several resources to help you get started. Note that anything in blue is a link.

The Nuts and Bolts

  • If you're a newcomer, you've probably already discovered that there's a huge amount of terms that seem unfamiliar to you. Our Glossary has lots of these terms, along with definitions. Just click on the term you wish to view.
  • When looking at frequencies in our database, float your mouse over the column header, and you should get a balloon with a brief description of the terms and abbreviations that are used there.
  • The biggest hurdle for many is the concept of trunking. Our Trunking Basics article will get you started, as well as this PDF file written by UPMan. Note that you will need Adobe Acrobat or a compatible reader (such as Foxit) to read it.

Related Pages

Easier to Read Manuals


  • PSR-300/400 Software and USB Support
    • Includes Pro-97, 2055, 163 and 164 support
  • You will need a USB-serial converter to connect the PC and scanner. With RS gone, the programming cable is harder to find. See the Aftermarket Cables section of the Connecting scanners via USB article.
  • You will also need data. If you purchase a premium subscription you can download data from our database. Alternately you can go to your state's forum and ask for a file. Be specific as to what software you are using, as not all formats are compatible with one another.