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Yes, it is.

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I have a pro 97 and want to discard one of the channels I previously entered. How do I delete it. Also how do I find and enter new frequencies that are digital?

This is the Manual for your scanner

As for the Digital frequencies. You will need to replace your scanner with a digital scanner like the Uniden BCD 396 XT or a GRE series scanner in order to listen to the digital channels. you can find out more information at

Jul 16, 2011 | Radio Shack Pro-97 Handheld Scanner

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How do I program an 8 digit frequency into the scanner when only allows me to enter 7?

Just forget the 8th digit. If it's a zero it's meaningless (last digit zero never needs to be programmed). If it's anything else the scanner will still pull in the signal without the last digit.

Need the manual for your scanner? You can download and print it, at no cost, here:

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Feb 15, 2011 | Uniden BC244CLT Base Scanner

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Can I do a mod to receive 8oo digital? Gary

Sorry, but the answer is no. Analog and digital signals are vastly different, and there is no APCO-25 (digital) card available for your scanner. Your only option is to replace your scanner with one that is factory equipped for digital.

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Nov 08, 2010 | Radio Shack Pro-94 Scanner

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Is it possable to convert a anlog police scanner to digal sigal

Sorry, but the two signal types are not compatible with each other, and there is no APCO-25 (digital) card made for your scanner. In order to receive the digital signals you will need to purchase a digital scanner.

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Oct 23, 2010 | Uniden BC248CLT Base Scanner

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How can I receive the new digital signal that is sent out by my local police?

Sorry, but there is no APCO-25 (digital) card available for your scanner. Receiving the digital signals will require a digital scanner. Check out the Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT.

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Oct 22, 2010 | Uniden BC350C Base Scanner

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Can you convert radio shack pro 2038 base police scanner to digital

Sorry, but there is no way to convert an analog scanner to receive and process digital transmissions. Your only alternative is to purchase a digital scanner, and current models are in the $500 range.

Nov 20, 2009 | Uniden Radio Communications

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BC340RS want to listen to digital police frequencie. I work for Lewiston fire department in Maine. We are on 153.950 believe we are analog the scanner picks that up fine Lewiston PD is digital 158.790...

This usually means a software package that is capable of decoding digital.

Most bearcats are pretty good in the digital area.

It some cases it may even mean a slight modification to the scanner.

You should be aware however that scanner use in the US has quite strict legislation which in some states may prohibit the decoding of such signals so please check first.

A good source of information are the two sites below


Scanner software

These may also help you find out if it legal or not in your state

Sep 01, 2009 | Uniden BC340CRS Base Scanner

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What Type Of Scanner Do I Need?

Well, the above answer is somewhat correct, but could use a little clarification.

A radio that transmits in a P25 format is digital. Digital transmissions can be trunked, but don't have to be (as is the case here). In the case of scanners, every major brand scanner out there that works on digital transmissions will decode trunked of conventional digital and analog transmissions.

The current digital models run anywhere from $399 to $599. Radio Shack has 2 newer models out that will do digital...the PRO-106 (handheld) and the PRO-197 (base/mobile). These have been on sale recently for $399. Uniden also makes digital trunking scanners..the latest models being the 396 (portable) and the 996 (base/mobile). While the 996 has the capability to be used with a GPS in a mobile setting, this feature isn't really worth the added cost, especially when compared to the feature rich PRO-197.

There are older model digital scanners, such as the Radio Shack PRO-96, PRO-2096 and the Uniden 250D and 796D. While these receive digital transmissions, the newer scanners have upgraded digital decoding algorithms that provide better audio quality and intelligibility. Also, the older scanners may not be able to decode the 700 MHz public safety band, which is becoming increasingly more popular since the 800 MHz band is quickly filling up.

One word of sure that the agency you are trying to monitor is not using encrypted transmissions. If you don't know...look up the system on Channels that are encrypted usually have an "E" designation under the "mode" column. These transmissions CANNOT be decoded by any of the scanners currently on the market, even if you do have the encryption key.

I hope this helps you with your buying choices. Good luck!

Sep 11, 2008 | Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner

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Change from analog to digital

There are digital scanners available, but their use may be limited, depending on what you want to listen to.

A lot of scanning enthusiasts have spent a lot of money, only to discover their new digital scanner is useless.

Many emergency services are on digital BUT, they are also encrypted, so even with a digital scanner, encrypted transmissions cannot be heard.

Before parting with your cash... do some research on what digital signals can be heard in your area, keeping in mind that although some digital services are currently transmitted 'in the clear' there may be plans to encrypt them later.

Hope this helps.

Dec 31, 2007 | Uniden BC248CLT Base Scanner

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