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'''GRE COM PSR-800 scanning receiver'''
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=GRECOM PSR-800 Digital Trunking Scanning Receiver=
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The PSR-800 was manufactured by GRE America in China. The first scanner model to be Micro SD based as well as bring the Radioreference Database (RRDB) and EZScan on said card. After an initial few hiccups, the firmware, was reworked to bring, the new at the time, very first APCO's P25 Phase II to scanner market, in the death-throws of GRECOM America, as well as the companies last update. Shortly afterwards, all intellectual property for this product was acquired by The Whistler Group. This model became Whistler's genesis model for which they rebranded and released, the additional badge-engineered models, as their own model WS1080, also manufacturing for RadioShack the RS Pro-668 branded equivalent.  Three additional models with direct ancestry, the RS Pro-18 lacking certain features, the WS1095 with additional numeric and function keys on the keypad and their newest overhauled version of a handheld, the TRX-1 in the same form factor.
  
[[Image:PSR-800LG.jpg|PSR-800]]
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After, a series of hacks, showed promise of bringing the scanners up-to the current WS1080/WS1095 firmware, with new fixes & features and DMR; Whistler began its paid [[Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU)]] program to satiate the formerly-abandoned-product to become current. Standard PSR-800's Utilizes GRE's EZ-Scan software to program and update the RRDB, as well to upgrade firmware with either a USB Mini-B (4-Pin) cable or with a PC based SD card reader. The scanner and it's further iteration have been known to be highly sensitive but can easily be overwhelmed by strong nearby signals.
  
The PSR-800 is manufactured by GRE in China.
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All features and spec's listed below are what the scanner was until, at the latest, May of 2017. For Upgraded details, specs and info, refer to the [[WS1080|Whistler WS1080 page]]. The only difference between the models - seemly are a few bits in coding as well as where a few components that were deprecated, before, Whistler could purchase more and they had to source different but equivalent parts. To tell the difference between modified versions of the PSR-800 - a quick power-up the GRE splash logo will be displayed if it's a standard 800; if it's a Whistler variant: the Whistler logo will appear then after splash screen press the MENU Key to see the Bootloader version WOU is F Ver 2.0.
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<div style="float:center;">__TOC__</div> [[Image:PSR-800LG.jpg|270px|right]] 
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==Specifications==
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=== Features===
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* 200 Scan Lists
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* 200 V-Folders
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* 20 ScanSets
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* PSR-800 [http://web.archive.org/web/20110125112814/http://www.greamerica.com/download/specs/PSR-800.pdf  here| Brochure download].
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* [http://www.greamerica.com/download/manuals/PSR-800_Manual.pdf| User's Manual] and [http://www.greamerica.com/download/EZScanDGInstall_v1.08.zip| EZ ScanDG] Utility Manager can be downloaded from [http://www.greamerica.com/ GREAmerica.com].
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* The PSR-800 uses a normal USB a to Mini-B programming/control/updating uploading/downloading cable. USB 2.0 Compliant Interface Built In logical device and installs drivers for both the Scanner and the MicroSD card. * Please see the [[Connecting scanners via USB]] article for USB cables to connect your PC to the scanner
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* Recording/Playback of Objects or all received audio, at a set volume unchanged by the volume control.
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** Audio codec is AU format and is Time/Date stamped at the header file of the audio sample.
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*** AU audio files can be played via Windows Media Player, WinAmp, and other players.
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** Extra Info such as frequency, TGID, etc. can be seen using the included software.
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* Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
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* Auto power-on ("Alarm Clock")
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* Password at Power-on (Optional)
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_oriented Object oriented memory management]. See the [[Object Oriented Scanning Described]] article for more information.
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* Object capacity Variable, with the included 2GB MicroSD Card: > 10 million, but varies depending on user configuration, including recording
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* Built in IF discriminator data output can be enabled to the headphone jack and can be used with [http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Unitrunker UniTrunker], [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TRUNK88 Trunk88], and [http://www.thebriarpatch.org/treport/ Treport] decoders with a standard stereo audio patch cord.
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* Built in discriminator data output in simple ASCII output using the PC/IF port can be sent to a com port or internal microSD card.
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* Tri-color alert LED - Object programmable; eight factory default colors to any color / brilliance you want by having direct access to the R-G-B drive values (including flash) to assign to talkgroups, frequencies, agencies, etc. Example settings are shown in the owners manual.
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** LATCH option: the color of the last received Object stays on until reset.
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* Audio alert tones
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** Scanner option to look for the Site with the best received CC decode rate (Roam Only).
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* ScanSets: create numerous Scanlists tailored differently to meet user needs.
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One button operation to get to this set.
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* EDACS and Motorola TGID Patch (when used on system), currently in the HEX display format only.
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* Regular LTR trunking with auto-arrange for LCN.
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* [[Spectrum Sweeper]] Near field frequency capture
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* Triple conversion superheterodyne
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* V-Folder - Virtual Scanner Memory Management system (Second generation); One copy of working memory can hold a virtual numbers of objects, meaning any combination of talkgroups or conventional channels, and trunking systems. Each V-Scanner II folder holds one copy of working memory. Actual memory size is determined by the size of the microSD card memory size used.
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* Programmed with all systems in the Radioreference database with ability to update as needed or once a week.
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* Scan rate 70 CPS (without trunk scan)
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* Search speed 80 CPS
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* User defined service search and limit search
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* Default Option keys: return to default setting for any menu
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* [[AGC]] Selectable analog and digital gain control per Site or Per Object
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* Adaptive digital tracking (ADT)
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* Digital signal processing (DSP) speed change via settings
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* Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) injection to/from DSP quantity adjustment via settings
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* Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) injection to/from DSP quantity adjustment via settings
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* [[Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System|CTCSS]]/[[DCS]] abilities
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* [[NAC|Network Access Code]] can be programmed to only break squelch when receiving the correct NAC in a conventional P25 system.
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* 16-character alpha-tagging with text entry can show talkgroup ID (TGID) or service name set per the users preference
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* L/O Objects -  TGID or conventional frequency or
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** SKIP Objects - TGID or frequencies
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* 2 second default delay can be set from 0 to 60 Sec. on conventional and trunked tgid's.
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* Motorola [[Control Channel Only]] trunking
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* Private Calls and RadioID alpha display
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** Note: If RadioID is greater than 9,999,999 (decimal), then HEX is displayed to fit in the 16 character display.
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* 700MHz and 380MHz Trunk Scanning
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* Back-lit display and/or back-lit keypad with User Selectable settings
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* 7 service search ranges/ 1 user definable search range
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* Search "seek" feature
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* Tunes virtually all important bands—local marine, fire/police, Ham, CB, VHF-air, UHF-Air, racing, weather and more
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* Weather band with enhanced [[SAME]] Weather Alert functions and Weather Priority—access weather channels and alerts with the push of a button
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* Skywarn can be programmed with any number of "objects"
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* Zeromatic search tuning
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* 20 dB [[attenuator]] Globally or Per Object settings
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* 4 way navigation keys to access special modes and programming options; emulating today's standard media player operation
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* 6 line x 16 character display with relative signal strength meter
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* Display of the Radio ID of the transmitting user in decimal or hex
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* Advanced encryption handling
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**EncMode selects how the radio treats encrypted voice calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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**“Noise” setting plays the random undecoded encryption noise. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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**“Silent” setting plays no audio during the call. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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**“Tone” setting plays a soft tone for the duration of the call. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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**EncLevel selects the tone level for tones played during encrypted calls
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*Advanced conventional P25 systems
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**CONV TGID When enabled, shows the Talkgroup ID for P25 Conventional Talkgroup calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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**CONV Radio ID when enabled, shows the Radio ID for P25 conventional calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
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* CTCSS/DCS/NAC Search with store via Menu key press during comm and the "S" search icon display when the object is programmed for search.
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*Dimensions approximately 5 5/16 x 2 1/8” x 1 1/16” (135 x 67 x 28 mm) (HWD)
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*Weight approximately 7.4oz (210g) w/o accessories and batteries
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*Weight approximately 13.4oz (380g) w typical antenna and rechargable batteries
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*Built-in Battery Charger - charges Ni-Mh batteries in the scanner w a USB Mini-B cable and Powered USB supply
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**Optional power sources can be used to power handheld for 10-14hrs on quality batteries (varies) and continously on USB:
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**4 AA Battery operating voltage from 6v, down to almost 4v:
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** Rechargable Ni-Mh
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** Regular Alkaline
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**Can use standard USB power at 5V ≥500mA power
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*** If batteries and/or power cable are removed for more than ~1 minute, the clock must be re-set, by hand or EZ Scan.
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***USB cable may raise noise floor, quality shielded with manufactured installed ferrite cores is recommended
  
==General Specifications==
 
* [[Rebanding]] supported?  <span style="color: green"> YES-Enter Custom Tables </span>
 
** See the [[Object Oriented Scanner Software]] article
 
* A brochure for the PSR-800 can be downloaded here: [http://www.greamerica.com/download/specs/PSR-800.pdf PSR-800 Brochure]
 
  
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==RR System Compatibility==
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This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range. [[Rebanding]] supported?  {{Color|Green|YES}} EZ-Scan will import the appropriate Band Plan tables for identified 800mhz rebanded systems from the RadioReference database.:
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;System Types:
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* [[Motorola Type I]]
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* [[Motorola Type II]]
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** [[Motorola Type IIi Hybrid]]
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** [[Motorola Type II Smartnet]]
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** [[Motorola Type II SmartZone]]
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** [[Motorola Type II SmartZone OmniLink]]
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* EDACS
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**[[EDACS Standard]] (Wide)
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** EDACS Standard Networked
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** [[EDACS Narrowband]] (Narrow)
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** [[EDACS Narrowband Networked]]
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** [[EDACS SCAT]]
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** EDACS ESK
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* [[LTR Standard]]
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* [[APCO Project 25]] Standard
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** Phase I FDMA
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** Motorola X2-TDMA *(Deprecated or upgraded to Phase II)
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** Phase II TDMA
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* [[DMR]] <sup>1</sup> <br>
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;System Voices:
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* Analog
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* EDACS
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**Analog
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* [[APCO-25 Common Air Interface]] Common Air Interface
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**Phase I FDMA
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**Phase II TDMA
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* [[DMR]] <sup>1</sup>
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# Reception of these modes requires the [[Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU)]].
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===In the Box===
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Included Accessories:
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* BNC 5" short Rubber Antenna  09080
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* USB A to USB Mini-B (4-Pin) cable (No PC/IF converter or special cable needed)
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* 2GB EZ-Scan MicroSD Card in a inject & eject able sideslot under battery cover on leftside
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* Belt Clip Rotatable
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* CD-Rom (EZScan Digital Programming/Updating Software Utility)
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* 4 AA battery bottom cover
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* Headphone jack cover
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* Plastic temporary lens cover
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* Formed Cardboard packaging - molded pulp
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===Frequency Coverage===
 
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|FM (Canada)
 
|FM (Canada)
 
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* Recording / playback of objects or all received audio at a set volume unchanged by the volume control.
 
** Audio codec is AU format and is time/date stamped at the header file of the audio sample.
 
** Additional information such as frequency, TGID, etc. can be see using the included software.
 
* Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
 
* Auto power-on ("alarm clock")
 
* Audio alert tones
 
* Power-on password
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_oriented Object oriented memory management]. See the [[Object Oriented Scanning Described]] article for more information.
 
* Built in IF discriminator data output can be enabled to the headphone jack and can be used with [http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Unitrunker UniTrunker], [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TRUNK88 Trunk88], and [http://www.thebriarpatch.org/treport/ Treport] decoders.
 
* Built in discriminator data output in simple ASCII output using the PC/IF port or microSD card
 
* Tri-color alert LED - Object programmable; eight factory default colors to any color / brilliance you want by having direct access to the R-G-B drive values (including flash) to assign to talkgroups, frequencies, agencies, etc. Example settings are shown in the owners manual.
 
** LATCH option; the color of the last received object stays on until reset.
 
* Motorola Smartzone systems
 
** Scanner option to look for the site with the best received CC decode rate.
 
(Not the same as RSSI on the Motorola rigs, but similar in operation.)
 
* Scan Set; create a scan list tailored to your favorite scan list settings.
 
One button operation to get to this set.
 
* [[Spectrum Sweeper]] Near field frequency capture
 
* Triple conversion
 
* Virtual Scanner Memory Management system (Second generation); One copy of working memory can hold virtual numer objects, meaning any combination of talkgroups, conventional channels, and trunking systems. Each V-Scanner II folder holds one copy of working memory. Actual memeory size is determined by the size of the microSD card memory size used.
 
* Preprogrammed with all systems currently in the Radioreference database with ability to update as needed or once a week.
 
* Scan rate 70 CPS (without trunk scan)
 
* Search speed 80 CPS
 
* User defined service search and limit search
 
* Default Option keys; return to default setting for any menu
 
* Selectable digital [[AGC]]
 
* Adaptive digital tracking (ADT)
 
* Digital signal processing (DSP)
 
* [[Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System|CTCSS]]/[[DCS]] abilities
 
* [[NAC|Network Access Code]] can be programmed to only break squelch when receiving the correct NAC in a conventional P25 system.
 
* 16-character alpha-tagging with text entry can show ID code or service name set per the users preference
 
* L/O talkgroup ID or frequency
 
* 2 second ID delay
 
* UNSQUELCH Delay; Delay settings before the radio unmutes audio to speaker
 
* Motorola [[Control Channel Only]] trunking
 
* I-Calls, possibly displayed as decimal or hex
 
* 700MHz and 380MHz Trunk Scanning
 
* Easy-to-read back lit control and display with back lit keypad with user selectable settings
 
* 7 service search ranges/ 1 user definable search range
 
* Search "seek" feature
 
* Tunes virtually all important bands—local marine, fire/police, Ham, CB, VHF-air, UHF-Air, racing, weather and more
 
* Weather band with enhanced [[SAME]] Weather Alert functions and weather priority—access weather channels and alerts with the push of a button
 
* Skywarn can be programmed with any number of "objects"
 
* Zeromatic search tuning
 
* 20 dB [[attenuator]] global and per object settings
 
* True USB interface with logical device with Programming and recording features
 
* 4 way navigation keys to access special modes and programming options emulating today's standard media player operation
 
* 6 line x 16 character display with relative signal strength meter
 
* Display of the Radio ID of the transmitting user in decimal or hex
 
*BNC connector
 
* Please see the [[Connecting scanners via USB]] article for USB cables to connect your PC to the scanner
 
*Any microSD Card up to 32GB is supported, as long as it uses 512-byte blocks and is formatted correctly:
 
** 2GB or smaller: FAT16, 32kB clusters
 
** larger than 2GB: FAT32, 32kB clusters
 
  
==Features found on the PSR-800 '''NOT''' included on the RadioShack Pro-18==
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These are the features that the PSR-800 has above the PRO-18:
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===PSR-800 vs RS Pro-18===
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These are the features that the PSR-800 has over-and-above the PRO-18:
 
* Recording / playback
 
* Recording / playback
 
* 200 scan lists (PRO-18 has 100 play lists)
 
* 200 scan lists (PRO-18 has 100 play lists)
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* Discriminator output
 
* Discriminator output
 
* V-Scanner II
 
* V-Scanner II
* Scan Sets
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* 20 Scan Sets (PRO-18 has is 1)
 
* Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
 
* Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
 
* Auto power-on ("alarm clock")
 
* Auto power-on ("alarm clock")
 
* "Extra" audio alert tones (PRO-18 has the 7 from PSR-500; PSR-800 has 8 more)
 
* "Extra" audio alert tones (PRO-18 has the 7 from PSR-500; PSR-800 has 8 more)
* Power-on password
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* Password protect at Power-On
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===FCC / Technical Data===
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*[https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=303932&fcc_id=ADV0602902 FCC OET Exhibits list for FCC ID: ADV0602902]
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*[http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/M30626FHPGP%23U5C/M30626FHPGP%23U5C-ND/964955 CPU - Renesas Electronics America M30626FHPGP#U5C] @ digikey.com
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*[http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/TMS320VC5507PGE/296-17287-ND/680421 DSP - Texas Instruments TMS320VC5507PGE] @ digikey.com
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==Database Hierarchy==
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===Recommended accessories===
*The scanner has a menu-driven version of the RR DB's hierarchy:
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'''Not''' included with the radio. Part numbers are no longer available from Radio Shacks website, may be available from other sources.
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* [https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-800mhz-scanner-antenna?variant=5717063941 Radio Shack 800MHz handheld antenna]
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* '''Note:''' These SKUs are no longer on the RS website. They may be available from other sources like Amazon or eBay
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** RS old id=4385738 USB power adapter
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** RS old id=2963871 Car USB power adapter
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** RS old id=3118203 Digital Concepts™ SD Memory Card Converter Drive
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** RS old id=10951240 MicroSD to SD card adapter
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*Whistler Cover
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*Whistler Official Upgrade (see below)
  
Code:
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==Related Pages==
States
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;Radioreference
  Agencies
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* [[Programming Your GRE Scanner]]
    Categories
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* [[Multi-Site Trunked System Programming for Whistler/GRE Object-Oriented Scanners]]
      Subcategories
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**{{Thread|gre-scanners|203998-psr-800-multi-site-trunked-system-poll.html| PSR-800 Multi-Site Trunked System Poll|}}
        Frequencies
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* [[GRE/RS PC Object Oriented FAQ]]
  Counties / Independent Cities
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* [[Windows 10 installation of GRE PSR-800 Software and Driver]]
    Agencies
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* [https://forums.radioreference.com/forums/gre-scanners.117/ RadioReference GRE forum]
      Categories
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* [[GRE PSR-800 based scanners]]
        Subcategories
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* [[Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU)]]
          Frequencies
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* [[GRE/RS/Whistler based DSP ADC/DAC Adjustments]]
    Categories
 
      Subcategories
 
        Frequencies
 
    Systems
 
      Sites
 
      Talkgroup Categories
 
        Talkgroups
 
  Systems
 
    Sites
 
    Talkgroup Categories
 
  
==Operating Tips==
 
See the [[Object Oriented Scanning tips]] article for more information
 
  
==RR System Compatibility==
 
This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range:
 
* System Types:
 
** Motorola Type I
 
** Motorola Type II
 
** Motorola Type IIi Hybrid
 
** Motorola Type II Smartnet
 
** Motorola Type II Smartzone
 
** Motorola Type II Smartzone Omnilink
 
** EDACS Standard (Wide)
 
** EDACS Standard Networked
 
** EDACS Narrowband (Narrow)
 
** EDACS Narrowband Networked
 
** EDACS SCAT
 
** LTR Standard
 
** Project 25 Standard
 
  
*System Voices:
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;Outside related
** Analog
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* Whistler Remote Control Software '''Also functions on PSR-800 and PRO-668 and PRO-18'''
** Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
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** Remote Control Software (Whistler) -- no longer available for download
** APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive
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*** {{Thread|radio-shack-scanners|336974-whistler-remote-control-software-works-pro-668-pro-18-a.html|Whistler Remote Control}}
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*[http://webpages.charter.net/n9ewo2/psr800.html Dave N9EWO's Review on the PSR-800]
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* [http://whistlerq.wixsite.com/whistlerq WhistlerQ] Import tool for EZ-Scan
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* [http://www.digitalfrequencysearch.com/Search/QuickImport.php Digital Frequency Search Quick Import] Tool to import and P25 into EZ Scan
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*[http://new.marksscanners.com/P800/P800.shtml PSR800 EZScan / iScan Manual]
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**[http://www.scannermaster.com/Easier_to_Read_PSR700_800_Pro_18_107_Manual_p/47-511842.htm Easier to Read PSR-800, Manual] printed via Scanner Master
  
==Included Accessories==
 
* Rubber Antenna
 
* USB Cable
 
* 2GB MicroSD Card (Inside The Scanner)
 
* Rotatable Belt Clip
 
* CD-Rom (EZ Scan Digital Software Utility Program)
 
  
== Misc ==
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;Yahoo Groups and Mailing Lists (receiver support)
* USB 2.0 Compliant Interface Built In
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* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PSR-800 PSR-800 Yahoo Group]
* 200 Scan Lists
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* [https://www.facebook.com/PSR800.Digital.Scanner/ PSR-800 Facebook Group]
* 200 V-Folders
 
  
==FCC Type Acceptance==
 
* [http://tinyurl.com/48yekeb FCC Type Acceptance: ADV0602902]
 
  
==GRE America Support==
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;PSR-800 Scanners for Sale
*[http://www.greamerica.com/support/ GRE America Support]
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*[[PSR-800 eBay Listings]]
  
==Owners Manual==
 
* A preliminary manual is available on the FCC site above.
 
* The GRE support site will have the final manual when it's available.
 
  
==Control and Monitoring Software==
 
See the [[Object Oriented Scanner Software]] article for more information
 
  
==Related Pages==
 
  
==Yahoo Groups and Mailing Lists (receiver support)==
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PSR-800 PSR-800 Yahoo Group]
 
* [http://www.radioreference.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=117 RadioReference GRE forum]
 
  
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Return to the [[GRE Scanners]] page
  
==eBay Listings==
 
* Keep in mind this radio has not yet been released, anticipated release is expected mid to late February 2011. 
 
  
<ebay>GRE ("PSR-800","PSR800")</ebay>
 
  
Return to the [[GRE Radios]] page
 
  
[[Category:Trunking Scanners]]
 
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Handheld Scanners]]
[[Category:Digital Scanners]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without DMR]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without MOTOTRBO]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without NXDN]]
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[[Category:Digital Scanners without ProVoice]]
 
[[Category:Object Oriented Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Object Oriented Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Rebanding Supported Scanners]]
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[[Category:GRE Scanners]]
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[[Category:Radio Models]]

Latest revision as of 13:16, 22 September 2019

GRECOM PSR-800 Digital Trunking Scanning Receiver

The PSR-800 was manufactured by GRE America in China. The first scanner model to be Micro SD based as well as bring the Radioreference Database (RRDB) and EZScan on said card. After an initial few hiccups, the firmware, was reworked to bring, the new at the time, very first APCO's P25 Phase II to scanner market, in the death-throws of GRECOM America, as well as the companies last update. Shortly afterwards, all intellectual property for this product was acquired by The Whistler Group. This model became Whistler's genesis model for which they rebranded and released, the additional badge-engineered models, as their own model WS1080, also manufacturing for RadioShack the RS Pro-668 branded equivalent. Three additional models with direct ancestry, the RS Pro-18 lacking certain features, the WS1095 with additional numeric and function keys on the keypad and their newest overhauled version of a handheld, the TRX-1 in the same form factor.

After, a series of hacks, showed promise of bringing the scanners up-to the current WS1080/WS1095 firmware, with new fixes & features and DMR; Whistler began its paid Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU) program to satiate the formerly-abandoned-product to become current. Standard PSR-800's Utilizes GRE's EZ-Scan software to program and update the RRDB, as well to upgrade firmware with either a USB Mini-B (4-Pin) cable or with a PC based SD card reader. The scanner and it's further iteration have been known to be highly sensitive but can easily be overwhelmed by strong nearby signals.

All features and spec's listed below are what the scanner was until, at the latest, May of 2017. For Upgraded details, specs and info, refer to the Whistler WS1080 page. The only difference between the models - seemly are a few bits in coding as well as where a few components that were deprecated, before, Whistler could purchase more and they had to source different but equivalent parts. To tell the difference between modified versions of the PSR-800 - a quick power-up the GRE splash logo will be displayed if it's a standard 800; if it's a Whistler variant: the Whistler logo will appear then after splash screen press the MENU Key to see the Bootloader version WOU is F Ver 2.0.

PSR-800LG.jpg

Specifications

Features

  • 200 Scan Lists
  • 200 V-Folders
  • 20 ScanSets
  • PSR-800 here| Brochure download.
  • User's Manual and EZ ScanDG Utility Manager can be downloaded from GREAmerica.com.
  • The PSR-800 uses a normal USB a to Mini-B programming/control/updating uploading/downloading cable. USB 2.0 Compliant Interface Built In logical device and installs drivers for both the Scanner and the MicroSD card. * Please see the Connecting scanners via USB article for USB cables to connect your PC to the scanner
  • Recording/Playback of Objects or all received audio, at a set volume unchanged by the volume control.
    • Audio codec is AU format and is Time/Date stamped at the header file of the audio sample.
      • AU audio files can be played via Windows Media Player, WinAmp, and other players.
    • Extra Info such as frequency, TGID, etc. can be seen using the included software.
  • Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
  • Auto power-on ("Alarm Clock")
  • Password at Power-on (Optional)
  • Object oriented memory management. See the Object Oriented Scanning Described article for more information.
  • Object capacity Variable, with the included 2GB MicroSD Card: > 10 million, but varies depending on user configuration, including recording
  • Built in IF discriminator data output can be enabled to the headphone jack and can be used with UniTrunker, Trunk88, and Treport decoders with a standard stereo audio patch cord.
  • Built in discriminator data output in simple ASCII output using the PC/IF port can be sent to a com port or internal microSD card.
  • Tri-color alert LED - Object programmable; eight factory default colors to any color / brilliance you want by having direct access to the R-G-B drive values (including flash) to assign to talkgroups, frequencies, agencies, etc. Example settings are shown in the owners manual.
    • LATCH option: the color of the last received Object stays on until reset.
  • Audio alert tones
    • Scanner option to look for the Site with the best received CC decode rate (Roam Only).
  • ScanSets: create numerous Scanlists tailored differently to meet user needs.

One button operation to get to this set.

  • EDACS and Motorola TGID Patch (when used on system), currently in the HEX display format only.
  • Regular LTR trunking with auto-arrange for LCN.
  • Spectrum Sweeper Near field frequency capture
  • Triple conversion superheterodyne
  • V-Folder - Virtual Scanner Memory Management system (Second generation); One copy of working memory can hold a virtual numbers of objects, meaning any combination of talkgroups or conventional channels, and trunking systems. Each V-Scanner II folder holds one copy of working memory. Actual memory size is determined by the size of the microSD card memory size used.
  • Programmed with all systems in the Radioreference database with ability to update as needed or once a week.
  • Scan rate 70 CPS (without trunk scan)
  • Search speed 80 CPS
  • User defined service search and limit search
  • Default Option keys: return to default setting for any menu
  • AGC Selectable analog and digital gain control per Site or Per Object
  • Adaptive digital tracking (ADT)
  • Digital signal processing (DSP) speed change via settings
  • Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) injection to/from DSP quantity adjustment via settings
  • Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) injection to/from DSP quantity adjustment via settings
  • CTCSS/DCS abilities
  • Network Access Code can be programmed to only break squelch when receiving the correct NAC in a conventional P25 system.
  • 16-character alpha-tagging with text entry can show talkgroup ID (TGID) or service name set per the users preference
  • L/O Objects - TGID or conventional frequency or
    • SKIP Objects - TGID or frequencies
  • 2 second default delay can be set from 0 to 60 Sec. on conventional and trunked tgid's.
  • Motorola Control Channel Only trunking
  • Private Calls and RadioID alpha display
    • Note: If RadioID is greater than 9,999,999 (decimal), then HEX is displayed to fit in the 16 character display.
  • 700MHz and 380MHz Trunk Scanning
  • Back-lit display and/or back-lit keypad with User Selectable settings
  • 7 service search ranges/ 1 user definable search range
  • Search "seek" feature
  • Tunes virtually all important bands—local marine, fire/police, Ham, CB, VHF-air, UHF-Air, racing, weather and more
  • Weather band with enhanced SAME Weather Alert functions and Weather Priority—access weather channels and alerts with the push of a button
  • Skywarn can be programmed with any number of "objects"
  • Zeromatic search tuning
  • 20 dB attenuator Globally or Per Object settings
  • 4 way navigation keys to access special modes and programming options; emulating today's standard media player operation
  • 6 line x 16 character display with relative signal strength meter
  • Display of the Radio ID of the transmitting user in decimal or hex
  • Advanced encryption handling
    • EncMode selects how the radio treats encrypted voice calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
    • “Noise” setting plays the random undecoded encryption noise. Simple Display must be unchecked.
    • “Silent” setting plays no audio during the call. Simple Display must be unchecked.
    • “Tone” setting plays a soft tone for the duration of the call. Simple Display must be unchecked.
    • EncLevel selects the tone level for tones played during encrypted calls
  • Advanced conventional P25 systems
    • CONV TGID When enabled, shows the Talkgroup ID for P25 Conventional Talkgroup calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
    • CONV Radio ID when enabled, shows the Radio ID for P25 conventional calls. Simple Display must be unchecked.
  • CTCSS/DCS/NAC Search with store via Menu key press during comm and the "S" search icon display when the object is programmed for search.
  • Dimensions approximately 5 5/16 x 2 1/8” x 1 1/16” (135 x 67 x 28 mm) (HWD)
  • Weight approximately 7.4oz (210g) w/o accessories and batteries
  • Weight approximately 13.4oz (380g) w typical antenna and rechargable batteries
  • Built-in Battery Charger - charges Ni-Mh batteries in the scanner w a USB Mini-B cable and Powered USB supply
    • Optional power sources can be used to power handheld for 10-14hrs on quality batteries (varies) and continously on USB:
    • 4 AA Battery operating voltage from 6v, down to almost 4v:
    • Rechargable Ni-Mh
    • Regular Alkaline
    • Can use standard USB power at 5V ≥500mA power
      • If batteries and/or power cable are removed for more than ~1 minute, the clock must be re-set, by hand or EZ Scan.
      • USB cable may raise noise floor, quality shielded with manufactured installed ferrite cores is recommended


RR System Compatibility

This scanner is compatible with the following Trunking System Types and System Voices used in the RadioReference Database, of course you must verify that the scanner will cover the appropriate frequency range. Rebanding supported? YES EZ-Scan will import the appropriate Band Plan tables for identified 800mhz rebanded systems from the RadioReference database.:

System Types
System Voices
  1. Reception of these modes requires the Whistler Official Upgrade (WOU).

In the Box

Included Accessories:

  • BNC 5" short Rubber Antenna 09080
  • USB A to USB Mini-B (4-Pin) cable (No PC/IF converter or special cable needed)
  • 2GB EZ-Scan MicroSD Card in a inject & eject able sideslot under battery cover on leftside
  • Belt Clip Rotatable
  • CD-Rom (EZScan Digital Programming/Updating Software Utility)
  • 4 AA battery bottom cover
  • Headphone jack cover
  • Plastic temporary lens cover
  • Formed Cardboard packaging - molded pulp

Frequency Coverage

Frequency Coverage
Freq. Step Mode (Default)
25.0000 − 26.9600 MHz 10 kHz AM
26.9650 − 27.4050 MHz 10 kHz AM
27.4100 − 29.5050 MHz 5 kHz AM
29.5100 − 29.7000 MHz 5 kHz FM
29.7100 − 49.8300 MHz 10 kHz FM
49.8350 − 54.0000 MHz 5 kHz FM
108.000 − 136.9916 MHz 8.33 kHz AM
137.000 − 137.995 MHz 5 kHz FM
138.000 − 143.9875 MHz 12.5 kHz AM
144.000 − 147.9950 MHz 5 kHz FM
148.000 − 150.7875 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
150.800 − 150.8450 MHz 5 kHz FM
150.8525 − 154.4975 MHz 7.5 kHz FM
154.5150 − 154.6400 MHz 5 kHz FM
154.6500 − 156.2550 MHz 7.5 kHz FM
156.2750 − 157.4500 MHz 25 kHz FM
157.4700 − 161.5725 MHz 7.5 kHz FM
161.6000 − 161.9750 MHz 5 kHz FM
162.0000 − 174.0000 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
216.0025 − 219.9975 MHz 5 kHz FM
220.0000 − 224.9950 MHz 5 kHz FM
225.0000 − 379.999375 MHz 6.25 kHz AM
380.0000 − 419.987500 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
420.0000 − 450.000000 MHz 5 kHz FM
450.00625 − 469.99375 MHz 6.25 kHz FM
470.00000 − 512.00000 MHz 6.25 kHz FM
764.00000 − 781.996875 MHz 3.125 kHz FM
791.00000 − 796.996875 MHz 3.125 kHz FM
806.00000 − 823.987500 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
849.00000 − 868.987500 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
894.00000 − 939.987500 MHz 12.5 kHz FM
940.00000 − 960.000000 MHz 6.25 kHz FM
1240.0000 − 1300.00000 MHz 6.25 kHz FM
137.0000 − 174.0000 MHz 5 kHz FM (Canada)
380.00000 − 512.00000 MHz 12.5 kHz FM (Canada)


PSR-800 vs RS Pro-18

These are the features that the PSR-800 has over-and-above the PRO-18:

  • Recording / playback
  • 200 scan lists (PRO-18 has 100 play lists)
  • Tri-color alert LED
  • Discriminator output
  • V-Scanner II
  • 20 Scan Sets (PRO-18 has is 1)
  • Clock display while "off" (and connected to external power)
  • Auto power-on ("alarm clock")
  • "Extra" audio alert tones (PRO-18 has the 7 from PSR-500; PSR-800 has 8 more)
  • Password protect at Power-On


FCC / Technical Data


Recommended accessories

Not included with the radio. Part numbers are no longer available from Radio Shacks website, may be available from other sources.

  • Radio Shack 800MHz handheld antenna
  • Note: These SKUs are no longer on the RS website. They may be available from other sources like Amazon or eBay
    • RS old id=4385738 USB power adapter
    • RS old id=2963871 Car USB power adapter
    • RS old id=3118203 Digital Concepts™ SD Memory Card Converter Drive
    • RS old id=10951240 MicroSD to SD card adapter
  • Whistler Cover
  • Whistler Official Upgrade (see below)

Related Pages

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