I have a RadioShack Pro 96 Digital Trunking scanner that works fine. My friend sent his to me and asked me to program it to pick up the Ohio Marcs channels. I followed the instructions for the pre-programmed channels and now it says that all channels are locked out and if I try to scan manually, it appears that the banks are all empty. Did I lose the pre-programmed channels? I've tried the reset buttong and nothing changes. If the channels are gone, is there anyway to get them back. I am not a scanner expert by any means.....my friend simply sent this to me because I have one and it works fine. I pick up the Ohio Marcs channels just fine. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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The best programming instructions for your scanner are found in the owners manual which you can download and print, at no cost, here: http://scancat.com/OnLineHelp/OEM_Radio_Owners_Manuals/RadioShack-OlderManuals/Pro-96/pro96.pdf
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and trunking systems in your new area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit: www.RadioReference.com
If you programmed the correct frequency, you should be getting reception. Check www.RadioReference.com to verify the frequency. Otherwise, you may be too far from the transmitter to receive signals. Try your scanner in other locations, check your antenna, and try receiving the PD on another scanner.
The MARCS - Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications system - is a Motorola Type II SmartZone Omnilink Trunking system that utilizes APCO-25 digital transmissions. Your BC145XL is not compatible with trunking or digital systems. In order to follow the MARCS you will need one of the following scanners: GRE PSR-500, PSR-600 Radio Shack PRO-106, PRO-197, PRO-96, PRO-2096 Uniden BC250D, BC785D, BC296D, BC796D, BCD396T, BCD396T, BCD996T, BCD996XT, or the brand new HomePatrol-1
Your PRO-96 has 10 banks of 50 channels, giving you access to 500 channels for conventional systems. It also has 11 banks of 500 channels, giving you access to 5500 users on trunked systems. Detailed instructions for programming the scanner are contained in the factory operating instructions, which you can download and print at no cost here:
There is no such thing as "dual trunking" or "triple trunking." Such terms are used by manufacturers to indicate the number of trunking systems that a scanner is capable of monitoring. The PRO-95 is designated as a Dual Trunk-Tracking scanner because it is capable of monitoring both Motorola and EDACS systems. Programming a trunking system in to a scanner is a detailed process that requires a bit of research.
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Once you have the system information you can follow the programming steps outlined in your scanner's operating instructions. If you don't already have the manual, you can download and print it here:
MO is for monitoring MOtorola trunking systems and will only work if you have programmed a system into your scanner. Most fire departments are using conventional, (FM) transmissions, not trunked systems - mainly so that volunteers and neighboring departments can follow the action and respond if needed. For a comprehensive database of active frequencies and systems in your area, visit:
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http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=1485 Make note of radio reference.com......This is probably the best resource for frequencies in the United States - and it's free! It is particularly helpful with info on digital trunking and how to program your pro 96 for your specific area. Where I live in Wake County, North Carolina EVERYTHING is now trunked digitally and I found radio reference very helpful.....Happy scan ning!