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Scanner sound start and stops every 3 seconds or so

What i have is actually a pro-84 but i heard there was very litle difference. The thing is whenever it is scanning and finds somthing I can heard what there saying for a few seconds and then it looses it volume for a split second then comes back. the only time this doesnt usually happen is if the signal stalker finds the sigle. Any suggestions

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Re: Scanner sound start and stops every 3 seconds or so

The radio has a single receiver so it has to switch off what you are listing to to listen for strong local signals then switch back. Thats why it works fine when you are monitoring a signal stalker signal. Turn off signal stalker off and the problem will go away.

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Try turning the pri off.

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Pro 84 scanner how to search for frequencys between 144.00 and 148.000

You can download a copy of the user's manual here if you need it. It doesn't look like you can set your own scan range, but you can have the scanner search by pre-defined service. Here's what the manual says about searching:

service search

You can search for weather, ham, marine, aircraft, or
police (fire/emergency) transmissions without
knowing the specific frequencies used in your area.
The scanner is preprogrammed with all the
frequencies allocated to these services. To use this
feature, press FUNC + SVC. SRCH appears and the
scanner searches starting with the weather service
bank. To select a different service bank, repeatedly
press FUNC + SVC. Service mode appears on the
When the scanner stops on a transmission, quickly
press HOLD to stop searching and listen to the
transmission. HOLD appears. In this mode, you can
press FUNC + ^ or FUNC + v to step through
the frequencies.
To release the hold and continue searching, press
HOLD. Or, if you did not press HOLD, simply press
FUNC + ^ or FUNC + v to continue searching.

It goes on to explain how to store frequencies as you find them while searching.

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Need to do a master reset on pro 84 sanner but don't have manual

To RESET the PRO-84, turn the scanner OFF, then hold in the 2, 9 and HOLD keys and power the scanner ON. The word CLEAr will appear on the display to confirm the RESET.
While the manual for the PRO-84 has not been posted by Radio Shack, it is essentially a red PRO-83. You can download/print the 83 manual here:

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Pro-84 Nascar Scanner Manual?

You can find your manual at this link in PDF format.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck!
- Jim

Feb 13, 2008 | Radio Shack Pro-84 Handheld Scanner

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New Zealand

Are the transmissions you are trying to receive digital or analogue? The scanner will not receive digital transmissions.

I don't know about NZ, but in Australia, most emergency services are now on digital.

Are you able to receive any other frequencies, just to make sure the scanner is actually working?

Dec 30, 2007 | Radio Shack Pro-84 Handheld Scanner

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Seems to drop off every 3 seconds.

Check if your scanner has been set up to monitor a 'priority channel' whilst scanning. If so then disabling the 'priority' mode will probably stop the regular interruptions that are frustrating you.
Scanners when in priority mode stop what they're doing at regular intervals to check the channel that is set as priority channel to see if it has any activity on it. This is why i think that 'priority' operation fits the issue you are describing.

Hope this helps.

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Radio Shack has a manual for the PRO-83 scanner online in Pdf format. It worked great for me and I honsetly could not tell any difference in the PRO-83 and my PRO-84 !! It worked great for me and I had my scanner set up and working very quickly!! Hope this helps you all as much as it did me.. the manual is for the PRO-83 200 Channel compact scanner w/signal stalker search and lighted keypad.
Hopes this helps you all !!

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