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Need to upgrade firmware

I have a pro 96 radio shack scanner.Our police and fire is switching from 800 to 700 mhz.It will not pick up that band. I understand if I upgrade to 4.1 firmware ,it will receive it.Please give me easy step by step instructions on how to do this please so I can enjoy my hobby again.Thanks.

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You might try what is suggested at the site below. You will need to get a usb cable in any event. About $35 at radio shack. Make sure it fits the pro 96.

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Http://www.police-scanner.info/police-scanner-frequencies.htm I was told i had to get a new scanner when most freq.# changed but all i did is go to this site and got the new freq.# put them in and get more then i had.

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