My PRO-95 was working fine until recently it stopped receiving anything on the trunking network. I tried reprogramming, checking locked out channels, etc. then eventually had to initialize the scanner. It still isn't receiving anything on the Motorola trunking. VHF is working fine. I am getting AM and FM transmissions crossing over on the 800 MHZ frequencies that I am using. The scanner wasn't damaged, but has been left in a hot vehicle at times. Any suggestions?
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Re: Motorola Trunking not working
If you are getting "cross over" on freqs, then you need to take it in and have it repaired by a pro. You have some bad parts inside and only with the proper electronic gear can you locate them. Plus it will need to be retuned.
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The MTX9250 is usually used as a trunking radio. It is likely programmed to work with a system of towers and will not work radio-to-radio without being reprogrammed. Stop by your local Motorola dealer and inquire about FCC licensing and reprogramming the radios to a simplex (radio-to-radio) frequency. Or if the dealer is the manager of the trunking tower system this radio was originally used with, they may be able to offer you service on their system.
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
If you are using a trunking system, then it sounds like you just have it set for "FM" mode, instead of "MO" Motorola trunking. You will have to use your owners manual to see how to set up a trunking system by putting the control channel (tower) frequencies in a special mode, then it will work if it is a PRO 96, PRO 106, etc.
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.
For details on active trunking systems in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit:
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:
Trunking radios are controlled by logging on to a central control - for use unless you have a trunking network with repeaters set up (costs a lot of money) stick to the non trunking versions - they can be reprogrammed to your frequencies and are very useable. without connection to a trunking network the Trunk versions would be better used as a door stop as they are very limited for re-use
When you first turn on the pro 95 and the dual trunking screen is still
on insert (gently) a pin or straightened paper clip in the small hole
just above and to the right of the external power plug. That will reset
the radio. Once it is reset (wait until it finishes resetting) you may
need to initialize it. Turn it off then back on, while it is still
displaying the dual trunking screen press "0" and then the "1". Do not
turn the radio off until the Initializing is finished. Now re
program your radio if you with to use the "SCAN" button. Other wise you
should be able to use the "search" button to select the service you
wish to listen to. Hope this helps.
mORE AND MORE POLICE AGENCIES ARE SWITCHING TO "DIGITAL TRUNKING". I CAN ONLY PICK UP PARTS OF MY LOCAL SHERIFFS STATIONS. RADIO SHACK HAS THE NEW dIGITAL TRUNKING SYSTEMS THEY COST ABOUT $500. I AM UP GRADING NOW.
FOR TRUNKING ... WHEN YOU GET A ACTIVE CHANNELL KEEP HITTING THE RED TRUNK BUTTON TILL YOU SEE THE MOTOREOLA 5 NUMBEWR ID.THJEN HIT ENTER.
I WANT THE NEW PROGRAMER THAT IS FAST ENOUGH TO FOLLOW DIGITAL HYPER-TRUNKING. ALL POLISE ARE GOING TO IT EVENTUALLY.