Programming Your GRE Scanner

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How do I program my (insert model number) scanner?

The method of programming is confusing. Are there any shortcuts to make this task easier?

The manual is very hard to read/confusing/worthless. Are there any better ones?

Welcome to the Programming Your GRE Scanner article. At some point, we all end up scratching our heads, and wishing there were an easier way to program our scanners, particularly when there is a new memory management method involved. Those that were involved with banked scanning for years often find the new Object Oriented scanners particularly difficult. Note that some of this material also applies to the MFJ distributed clones.

The links below will be a big help in getting over the hurdle. The Easier to Read Guides for the PSR model radios are linked below. In addition we have user's guides for both ARC500 and Win500, 2 packages popular with programming the PSR-500 and PSR-600.

Most newer PCs have no serial ports, so you need to make the connection between the scanner and PC via an USB device.Please see our Connecting scanners via USB article for more information and tips on how to set this up properly.

FAQs and Shortcuts

  • Easier to Read manuals homepage
    • The Easier to Read Guides for many GRE / Whistler scanners are available here
    • Printed manuals from Scanner Master for these radios are available as links from here
  • See section 7 of the Rebanding article for information on how this affects the GRE Radios.


  • Radio Shack Scanner Programming Software Licensing
  • Nota Bene: For years, GRE made scanners for Radio Shack with the Realistic or Radio Shack or Patrolman names on them. Only occasionally would RS stray and get a model from Uniden (e.g., Pro-2050). In 2013, GRE stopped producing scanners under their own brand or for Radio Shack. In 2014, Whistler purchased and started production on scanners using GRE's intellectual property. For now, they are the same as the previous GRE models, just with Whistler labels.
    • To add to the confusion, RS re-issued some of their scanners with new model numbers. You can use this table to cross reference the various model numbers and distributors
GRE Model Old RS Model New RS Model Whistler Model Notes
PSR-100 Pro-404 Pro-649 WS1010 Includes MFJ-8310
PSR-200 Pro-405 Pro-650 WS1025 Includes PSR-200U
PSR-300 Pro-164 Also applies to the Pro-97
PSR-400 Pro-163 Also applies to the Pro-2055
PSR-500 Pro-106 Pro-651 WS1040
PSR-600 Pro-197 Pro-652 WS1065
PSR-800 N/A Pro-668 WS1080

Object Oriented Scanners

Other GRE Scanners