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* Favorites Scan List; create a scan list tailored to your favorite object settings.
* Favorites Scan List; create a scan list tailored to your favorite object settings.
One button operation to get to this set.
One button operation to get to this set.
* [ Signal Stalker] Near field frequency capture
* [ Signal Stalker II] Near field frequency capture
* Triple conversion
* Triple conversion
* [[Rebanding]] supported? <font color=green> YES </font>  
* [[Rebanding]] supported? <font color=green> YES </font>  
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* Tunes virtually all important bands—local marine, fire/police, Ham, CB, VHF-air, UHF-Air, racing, weather and more
* 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
* 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"
* Skywarn list can be programmed with any number of "objects"
* "Multiple" Priority channels
* "Multiple" Priority channels
* Zeromatic search tuning
* Zeromatic search tuning

Revision as of 10:28, 21 December 2008


The Pro-106 is manufactured for Radio Shack by GRE America Inc.

The Radio Shack is a Digital Trunk Tracking scanner which boasts the ability to track APCO 25 digital trunking systems, in addition to following Motorola type I/II systems, LTR and EDACS trunking systems. It is very similar to the GRE PSR-500.

The Pro-106 is functionally identical to the PSR-500 and uses the same radio control software and scanner cables. Firmware updates are NOT compatiable between this radio and the GRE PSR-500 though.

General Specifications

Frequency Coverage
Frequency (MHz) Step Size Value
25-27.405 10 kHz
27.41-29.7 5 kHZ
29.71-49.83 10 kHz
49.835-54 5 kHz
108-136.9916 8.33 kHz
137-137.995 5 kHz
138-143.9875 12.5 kHz
144-147.995 5 kHz
148-150.7875 12.5 kHz
150.8-150.845 5 kHz
150.8525-150.845 5 kHz
150.8525-154.4975 7.5 kHz
154.515-154.64 5 kHz
154.65-156.255 7.5 kHz
156.275-157.45 25 kHz
154.47-161.5725 7.5 kHz
161.6-161.975 5 kHz
162-174 12.5
216.0025-219.9975 5 kHz
220-224.995 5 kHz
225.000-379.975 25 kHz
380-419.9875 12.5 kHz
420-450 5 kHz
450.00625-469.99375 6.25 kHz
470-512 12.5 kHz
764-805.996875 3.125 kHz
806-823.9875 12.5 kHz
849-868.9875 12.5 kHz
894-901.9875 12.5 kHz
902-928 5 kHz
928.0125-939.9875 12.5 kHz
940-960 6.25 kHz
1240-1300 6.25 kHz
  • Object oriented memory management. Talkgroups can be associated with a single system. Systems can be defined as multi-site for statewide and networked systems. Talkgroups can be members of multiple scan lists. There are "Scan Lists" where you group the objects you wish for scanning. You do not need to enter frequency or talkgroup info more than once as you can just use those "objects" in the scan lists as you desire.
    • You navigate objects in MAN mode: Just use the Arrow Keys. Up/Down scrolls within a scan list, and Left/Right scrolls to change scan lists. You can also just type the Object number and press ENT. Also in PGM mode, there is a FIND option and you type Alpha/Numeric (partial or full) and it will search the number and text fields in every object and let you choose to monitor (MAN), or press NEXT (Softkey) to keep FIND-ing, or EDIT to edit the found object.
    • Hold: You can pause while scanning, or now the MAN mode is fully trunking so you can just "FIND" on some Conventional, Search, or Talkgroup, Sweeper, alpha or number data, and then press MAN.
  • Built in discriminator data output in simple ASCII output using the PC/IF port
  • Full duplex support and USB connection using the GRE 30-3290 (RS #20-047) USB Scanner Data Manager Cable. (Not included)
  • Object programmable LED; 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.
    • 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.)

  • Favorites Scan List; create a scan list tailored to your favorite object settings.

One button operation to get to this set.

  • Signal Stalker II Near field frequency capture
  • Triple conversion
  • Rebanding supported? YES
    • See the bottom of the Win96 page for the values to be set in the trunking tables
  • Virtual Scanner Memory Management system; One copy of working memory can hold up to 1800 objects, meaning any combination of talkgroups, conventional channels, and trunking systems. Each V-Scanner folder holds one copy of working memory. So, 21 * 1800 = about 37,800 objects altogether can be stored in the V-Scanner storage system.
    • The V-Scanners work like the Radio Shack PRO-96 in that they store the radio's working memory (settings, frequencies etc.) to a separate area of internal memory. The radio's main memory is no longer banks/channels, but "objects". The Scan lists are now how you group the objects for scanning and you toggle them on/off with the traditional method of pressing the number keys during scanning. The arrow keys do not page through the V-Scanners. The V-Scanner function is in a separate menu much like the Radio Shack PRO-96.
    • When creating a talk-group object, you associate the talkgroup-object with the system object. The system-object has all the control channel information and is only entered once. Scan lists can have pointers to talkgroup-objects such as Fire, EMS, Police. As you create the talkgroup-objects you can assign them to any number of scanlists while you create them. You can also edit the scanlists later. You only create a system-object once, and associate multiple talkgroup-objects with it. Then the talkgroup-objects can be pointed to any number of scanlists (including none if you want to temporarily just set aside the talkgoup, but not delete it). If a talkgroup-object points to a system-object the paused talkgroup will stay synced up with the entire system over multiple control channels.
  • Preprogrammed for most major metropolitan areas
  • Scan rate 60 CPS
  • Search speed 90 CPS
  • User defined service search and limit search
  • Direct Tune mode
  • TCXO for frequency stability
  • Default Option keys; return to default setting for any menu
  • Digital AGC
  • Adaptive digital tracking (ADT)
  • Digital signal processing (DSP)
  • 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 ID code or service name
  • L/O talkgroup ID or frequency
  • ID delay
  • UNSQUELCH Delay; Delay settings before the radio unmutes audio to speaker
  • Motorola Control Channel Only trunking
  • I-Calls, possibly displayed as hex as mentioned at Dayton Hamvention 07'
  • 700MHz and 380MHz Trunk Scanning
    • The trunking "object" includes a "VHF/UHF" selection, and you can put in all of the offset/base etc. It also has a full trunking table capability for each trunking object (with plenty of entry slots!). As far as I can tell there is no freq limitation on trunking like the Pro-96 had. So you enter the data in the trunking object, and it will tune to any freq (except cellular of course).
  • Easy-to-read back lit control and display with back lit keypad
  • 6 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 list can be programmed with any number of "objects"
  • "Multiple" Priority channels
  • Zeromatic search tuning
  • 20 dB attenuator
  • Computer interface and Programming (with computer control)
  • 3 function keys; softkeys, that when pressed, execute the function that is shown just above the key in the display
  • 5 way navigation keys to access special modes and programming options
  • 4 line x 16 character display with relative signal strength meter
  • Display of the Radio ID of the transmitting user
  • BNC connector
  • A cloning cable may be fabricated using 2 - 1/8 inch stereo jacks and shielded cable. Note: Make sure the radios used for cloning are not set to output control channel data or they will not clone. PGM, Fun+Glob (F3), then pressing the Func+down arrow and then the up arrow once, press the right arrow once to YES, then (F1) to Save.
  • Verifying the firmware version

You can verify the version of DSP firmware currently active in the Pro-106 by pressing the 3 key during the "Welcome" screen.

Future firmware upgrades can be installed by downloading and running an upgrade program from the Radio Shack web site.

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
    • LTR Standard
    • Project 25 Standard
  • System Voices:
    • Analog
    • Analog and APCO-25 Common Air Interface
    • APCO-25 Common Air Interface Exclusive

Operating Tips

  • Activate/Deactivate Scan Lists: Sets membership in Scan Lists. Use left and right keys to scroll through Scan Lists. Use SEL key to toggle Scan List membership. A “*” next to the Scan List number indicates that the object is mapped to that Scan List.
  • Default Scanlist: When programming an object, select the scan list using the menu or the default scan list one will be used. To return an object to your selected scanlist, set the default the the scanlist to the number you want. To return an object to the default during EDIT or NEW press Dflt.
  • Dupe function: To repeat commonly used object attributes, use the Dupe function.
  • Object access: To go to an object, press MAN or PGM and the object number, then press E to goto the object.
  • Force Analog: If you have a CONV object that you know is analog, You can set the object to tone search to force it as analog.
  • Force Digital: If you have a CONV object (or trunked) that you know is digital, you can force it as digital by forcing it to search for P25 NAC.
  • Flex Step: "Super Expert Setting Menu". PGM, FUNC F3:GLOB Scroll down to "flexStep" and Rt-Arrow it to "On" F1:Save
  • Audio Boost: Expert menu, AudioBoost, On or OFF, Applies a 6 dB boost to audio levels when the object is active
  • Delete Alpha Characters during entry: Func + CL will delete all the characters in a line. Use the "." (decimal) key to delete a character and make a blank space.
  • Battery Settings: Change the battery setting in the Global menu: Alkaline, NiCad, or NiMIH, to set the proper battery warnig levels for the battery type you are using.
  • Quick Menu Move: Func + Up or Down will move to the top or bottom of a menu.
  • Go directly to a newly saved conventional object: Press MAN right after pressing "Stor" in the search, you'll be taken right to the CONV object you just stored.
  • Object Search: If you press manual, you can then scroll through the scanlist (the default save to, is scanlist 1) with the up/down arrows. You can also use the Find feature. press Program, Edit, Find enter a alpha text or frequency. And you can find it by object type by pressing Program, Edit, press left or right key to select the object type, such as CONV, the the up down arrow to select the conventional object.
  • Signal Strength Meter Settings: A setting of 470-750, provides a more relative indication of signal bars than the default range.
  • EDACS Narrow: For some systems, the control channel data may need to be inverted. Once the EDACS narrow system is created, arrow down to the "Expert Below" section until you see "Invert Data: No", arrow right or left to display "Yes", press Save (F1) to save changes.

Expert Settings

Included Accessories

  • Antenna
  • Printed Owner's manual
  • Black non-rechargeable battery holder
  • Yellow rechargable battery holder
  • Belt clip

Recommended accessories (Not included with the radio)

  • RS #273-1768 9-Volt AC adapter, 800mA (500mA needed)
  • RS #273-1863 9-Volt Vehicle DC-to-DC Adapter
  • RS #273-1706 Adaptaplug C - Needed for the above adapters
  • RS #20-047 USB Scanner Programming Cable
  • RS #20-283 Radio Shack 800MHz handheld antenna
  • Replacement Belt clip - Radio Shack RSU part number 12418273. Cost is $3.49 each plus shipping. See your local Radio Shack store to order.

radio control software See also the programming software and cables below.

Discriminator Tap

  • There is also a built in data dump which can be enabled with "CCDump" in the Func-Global "super expert" menu which may meet many users needs when used with 3rd party software which already supports this data. When CCDump = "Yes" most control channel and weather SAME data is dumped to the PC/IF port for use with the USB cable. This may save soldering and warranty issues for most users.

Programming Software

Application Software
USB Cables/Drivers

Control Channel Monitoring Software

Related Pages

Radio Shack Pro-106 Support Links
RadioReference Links

Yahoo Groups and Mailing Lists (software and receiver support)

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