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High-performance, extended-coverage scanner has the ability to scan both trunked and conventional channels at the same time. Program up to 1,000 frequencies in 10 banks of 10. This allows you to organize frequencies for easier access. For example, race frequencies in Bank 1, police/fire/emergency in Bank 2, etc. Triple-trunking lets you follow a signal in virtually any market that uses an analog trunking system. Most major metropolitan areas utilize trunked systems. Signal Stalker II searches for nearby frequency transmissions and lets you hear a nearby radio without knowing its frequency. Skywarn lets you hear local trained severe weather observers calling in their reports. Hear severe weather 3-4 minutes before it is rebroadcast on NOAA weather radio frequencies and 4-10 minutes before you'd get the same warning on local radio or TV. Built-in search for Police/Fire, Air, CB, Ham Radio, FRS, GMRS and more.
GRE manufactured for Radio Shack HH multi system trunker. DOES require proper programming of LCN's on LTR systems. Uses Win97 to program. Due to firmware limitations, computer control of this radio is not possible.
Also see the Pro-2055 page for additional links.
- 1 General Specifications
- 2 Mods
- 3 Reviews and User Opinions
- 4 Related Pages
- 5 Programming Cables and Other Supporting Software
- 6 Yahoo Groups and Message Boards (software and receiver support)
- 7 Finding LTR LCN order
- 8 Restoring The 155 Preset Frequencies
- 9 eBay Listings
- Rebanding supported? NO
- RadioShack is continually staying abreast of the 800MHz rebanding
program. We consult with industry experts regularly and are keeping a close eye on the progress of the entire rebanding effort. Since complete details of the rebanding protocol are not yet available it is now obvious that no one can confirm for certain that any scanner can be updated or adapted after rebanding. Once the first fully rebanded systems are activated we will be in a much better position to assess the impact on our 800 MHz scanning receivers.
- EDACS and LTR functionality should NOT be affected by rebanding.
Motorola systems operating on frequencies between 851-861 MHz will likely continue to function JUST FINE before, during and after rebanding. Motorola systems operating on frequencies between 866-869 MHz, or with a mix of 851-861 MHz and 866-869 MHz frequencies will likely stop operating correctly during and after rebanding.
- The PRO-97 as currently designed will probably NOT be able to handle the
new bandplan for Motorola systems that are currently operating with some or all of their system channels between 866-869 MHz. These frequencies will be relocated 15 MHz down to 851-854 MHz, which requires a new 800 MHz trunking bandplan in Motorola trunked radio systems. That bandplan will not be known until Motorola installs their first few systems and we get a chance to see what they are doing. The 800 MHz trunking bandplan is hard coded into the radio's firmware, and cannot be changed by the end user.
- Discriminator output modifiable? YES see this article on the IdaScan.com site for instructions
- 1000 channels - 10 banks
- Frequency Coverage: 25-54, 108-136.9875, 137-174, 216.0025-221.9975, 222-225, 225.025-405.975, 406-512, 806-960 (excluding cellular) and 1240-1300MHz
- Scan rate 60cps
- AM/FM/CTCSS/DCS mode selector
- 5, 6.25, 7.5, 12.5kHz steps (8.33 steps in 108-136.9875MHz air band)
- UHF/800/900MHz Motorola/EDACS/LTR Trunking
- Triple conversion Superheterodyne receiver virtually eliminates image-type interference
- Signal Stalker II
- 5 ID lists, 30 IDs, 150 per bank; 1500 IDs total
- L/O ID in "Open" mode
- ID delay
- Motorola control channel only trunking
- 16-Character Alpha-numeric display for ID tagging allows frequencies to be easily identified by the name you assign to them
- Lighted keypad for use in low light
- 3 programmable skywarn channels
- 20dB attenuator
- Digital weather alert/priority indicates watch, warning, statement or test statement along with seven preprogrammed NOAA WX stations
- Five service search bands for marine, fire/police, air, CB and Ham bands
- Search 'Seek' feature
- Zeromatic search tuning
- One priority channel
- PC interface, cloning
- Key lock for safety
- Key tone on/off
- Low battery indication
- Power save
- EEPROM memory backup
- Rotary volume control with switch and rotary squelch control
- Three power options: internal non-rechargeable batteries or rechargeable batteries (not supplied), standard AC power (with an optional AC adapter), vehicle power (with an optional DC adapter)
- AC adapter #273-1767/C and DC adapter #273-1863/C
- Includes belt clip and 6" flexible rubber antenna
- Two battery cases—one for (4) alkaline and the other for (4) rechargeable batteries
- Size: (less antenna) 6-1/2x2-5/8x1-3/4"
- Jacks: earphone, PC interface/cloning and external power
- BNC antenna connector
- A cloning cable may be fabricated using 2 1/8 inch mono jacks and shielded cable
- Mods.dk Pro 97 page
- IdaScan.com Pro 97 Discriminator Tap Mod page
- Another page with discriminator tap information can be found here
Reviews and User Opinions
Programming Cables and Other Supporting Software
- Black Bag Software
- GRE Scanner Accessories
- Programming Cable Information
- Radio Shack 20-289 programming cable
- RS 20-047 USB Programming Cable
Other Supporting Software
- Scancat Lite Plus
- Trunkstar Pro NOTE:Future support planned
- Trunkstar XLT NOTE:Future support planned
Yahoo Groups and Message Boards (software and receiver support)
- PRO-97 Yahoo group
- Scancat Yahoo group
- .p97 File Sharing Yahoo group
- Radio Reference Radio Shack Forum
- Radio Shack PRO scanners Pro-97 message board
- Strong Signals GRE Message board
- Strong Signals Radio Shack Message board
Finding LTR LCN order
- The PRO-97 has a feature that will tell you what the proper channel number for an LTR system is. Program a frequency from the system in the first channel (steps 1-6), set the mode for LTR (step 7), put the scanner in manual, and when you hear a transmission, there will be a number in the lower right corner of the display like "R03" or whatever. This is the LCN (Logical Channel Number) of that frequency. If it is "R03", you would re-program that frequency into channel number x03 of whatever bank you are going to use. Continue the above procedure until you have all the numbers for all the frequencies in the system, keeping in mind that some numbers might be skipped over, example, there may be no channel R02 in your particular system.
- Note - The LTR repeater number identifer does not work when the repeater ID burst is turned off by the system administrator.
Restoring The 155 Preset Frequencies
- 1. Turn the scanner OFF and then turn ON again.
- 2. When the Multi-system Trunking Scanner appears, press PGM.
- 3. Press 1
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