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Programing Radio Shack Pro 106 scanner

We purchased a new Pro 106 scanner and can not get it programmed. No one at Radio shack seem to know how to help us??? Is there software that we need to buy (where to get it??) or what do we need to do?? Please help.
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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    Radio shack should be more helpful to us !! we paid big money 4this!!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Most of the Radio Shack personnel do not know how this unit works yet.

  • joedad55 Mar 16, 2009

    I have tried to program the scanner. I have tried to understand and use the manual which I find can be a little hard to digest. I also went to three Radio Shacks in my area and only one person employed only one has some knowledge of the Pro106. He is the " Cloner "I have a major problem with trying to figure out why the scanner will not access the Frequencies of our areas " Metro " police department. It was supposed to be pre-programmed. The employees have no knowledge of that either. Please give me some answers. Joe

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I purchased a Pro 106 sanner at Radio Shack. In three differened stores of Radio Shack I received no usable help. I rather met incompetence of a totally untrained staff. Up to this point I spent over five hours of my valuabal time with in there stores.

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As an employee of Radioshack, I have found that you can use scancat lite to progrom the pro 106. Programing conventional trunking systems work well with this system. However after three days of frustration I did find out how to program the digital channels. After programing the conventional channels in, you will have to program the digital channels in manually. Do not program the group id's into the scanner, just leave it in a "wildcat" search. When the group Id shows up while listening to the scanner push enter and that will program the Id in. When you got the all the Id's that you need, then program the scanner to a private mode, this will let you to listen to just what you want to listen to. I am still working on finding better solutions.

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  • james trahan May 15, 2011

    im trying to figure out when they say go to channel 2 i hear them talk but it is like scrambled how do i unscramble it it muffeled

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First you need to know the frequencies you want programmed into it, you can find them at www.radioreference.com With most radio shack scanners you first set it to the channel you want to program with the manual (man) button, then you push program (pgm) and type in the frequency, then press enter (ent) and move to the next channel with manual and repeat the process. Another way is to program it with a computer but not scanners have that feature,if it does you need a cable you can get at radio shack to hook it to your computer.radioreference also has forums for radio shack scanners where you can talk with others who own the same radio.

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Its easy to program but its aquard to program.put scanner in program mode. and hit new for conventional channels. I know how to program the Pro 106. I have one. Randy. Paris Tennessee Henry County.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010

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I also have the Pro-106 Scanner. I live where the V CHIP isn't listed, but no big deal. RS has Programmed my Scanner about 5-6 times but the MARCS won't play. So I programmed the Numbers in myself, BUT then an error comes up. After about 3 more times of visiting RS I found that I had to turn on feature's and then all of a sudden MARCS has been playing non stop but nothing else will come in, the ERROR messages are back again, occassionally an Analog Frequency will come in.....I wondering if I get this wiped out again and start with programming in each Freqencey how hard this will be? I know there are Wildcards, Digital,Marcs and Analog.....but will they separate themselves? Help Please.

The guys really do not know how to do it themselves and I think that is terrible that they don't have some sort of training! If it hadn't been for picking this Scanner up for a little over $300 on Ebay, I would ask for my money back.......can you offer any help? Thanks!

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Call radio shack store 620-669-8850 ask for mike the manager during the day or carl in the evening about 6;30pm they will help you what ever problem you are having with the pro 106 digital police scanner

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I would call the radio shack in derby kansas ask for mark he programmed my pro 106 scanner in minutes and probably walk you through the programming the phone number is 316-788-4225

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My Pro 106 just came in last night. The Sales person at RS hooked it up to their computer terminal and programmed in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. It seems they have a deal with a software company and they will put in one area for you. It at least started me out. Their owner's manual needs KISS section.

Go back and see if your store has the software and can program it for you to start. If a problem, talk to the store manager--some of the folks there don't know much 'cause they are part time and some were just Christmas help.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

  • JERSEYBOY07 Feb 26, 2011

    I can program it by hand or by PC email me at jerseyboy072106@gmail.com with pro-106 in subject box..

  • reyg Mar 07, 2011

    I was very surprised that I was having so much trouble understanding the manual. I also went to my local Radio Shack and wasn't able to get any help. What I decided to try out before returning my scanner back to Radio Shack was to watch demonstrations on Youtube. They were very easy to understand and I am now listening to all the local frequencies that I like. Give Youtube a try and you will be surprised. Just type in "pro 106 scanner".

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For anyone who has either the Pro-106, Pro-197, GRE500/600 scanners, you will be MUCH better off using one of the software programs available to program it with. I use both Win500 and PSRedit500. Either one is a great program, and both have a 30 day trial on the software. As was mentioned above, go to www.radioreference.com and you can find more info on the radios as well as the software needed to program them.

With a premium subscription at radioreference.com, you can find and download what frequencies you want in a matter of minutes. Using the programming software I mentioned makes programming this radio much, much easier.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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If you read in the manual it tells you how to program the scanner from the memory banks preloaded in your scanner. I live in FL and that worked until they re-banded recently. Looks like I will have to do everything manually.

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Can someone assist me in helping me upload my frequencies?

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Ryan at the Monticello Minnesota is great and knows his stuff. That is why I went many miles out of my way to go to a store where they knew their stuff.

I do understand that many Radio shackstores do not have this calaber of help but not all stores have the volume of sales to support this calaber of help.

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I bought the pro 106 on 3/11/2010
I READ THE USER'S GUIDE FROM COVER TO COVER.
i programed it and it worked great until yesterday.
we stopped by to see an old grade school buddy of mine and were there maybe 60 to 90 minutes. i left the scanner on as i always do it was operating and was powered by freshly charged re-chargeable Batteries.
it was about 6:30 pm and very cool about 78 degrees and we parked in the shade.
when we returned to the car i grabbed it and saw nothing on the screen so i thought i turned it off and i was going to turn it on only to find it was already on. i turned it off removed the batteries and placed them in my quick charger in the car they were already fully charged by the light indicator.
i put the batteries in and turned on the radio and nothing only the back light comes on it beeps when i press buttons but nothing else.
i Called the store where i bought it 5 months ago and the sales clerk did not know what the radio was let alone if it was a radio shack item. WTF DON'T THEY TEACH THEM ANYTHING ?

IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE DO SO!!!!! I KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM THE 106.

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  • billcubbage Feb 26, 2011

    call mike or carl mike during the day carl in the evening this is a radio shack store in hutchinson ,ks 620-669-8850 they will help you or tell you what you need to do hope this helps you out

  • JERSEYBOY07 Feb 26, 2011

    Jerseyboy here I took my Pro-106 back to Radio Shack and they sent it to be repaired, I got it back in a few days. I only Delt with the Store Manager (The person who sold it to me).
    I since then have Acquired WINN 500/600 Firmware and I am a member of Radio Reference.
    I have been uploading my scanner and making copies when i change the Frequencies.
    I recently discovered an APP on iTunes for my iPhone that is a scanner frequencies so with my iPhone, My laptop, and my Pro-106 I'm driving my wife crazy...

  • eshel55 May 15, 2011

    Please do not call the store in Hutchinson Kansas. We have other responcibilities to our other customers to take care of. I will personally be glad to help with any and all questions by emailing me at eshel55@hotmail.com.
    Things you will be required to have:
    owners manual. Read it even if you don't understand it. this will help in the long run.
    Win500. a program you can use the scanner by the computer.
    Programing cable from radioshack
    If you do not have access to the last two. programing the scanner manually just takes a little longer, and alot of patience.
    Last thing you need is access to RadioReference.com
    I will be able to help anyone who will want help. Please do not call the number that billcubbage suggust. If you do. It will have to be a very short conversation.
    Thank you in advance
    I will be very happy to help those who email. or post on here
    Carl

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Your scanner covers conventional frequencies as well as a variety of trunking systems. Programming steps can be detailed, and they vary according to the system being worked, so it's not practical to attempt a full programming tutorial in this short response. Your best bet is to review the operating manual for the scanner, and then follow the steps for the system(s) that you want to program. If you run into a specific problem, let us know and we'll do our best to work through it with you.

Need the manual? You can download/print it here:

http://www.radioshack.com/graphics/uc/rsk/Support/ProductManuals/2000106_PM_EN.pdf

For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and systems in your area, visit:

www.RadioReference.com

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