RS Pro 2020 Scanner won't come out of scan mode, pad ineffective
I use the scanner to monitor water tower level, so it stays on one
frequency all the time (never use it to scan). When there is a storm, I
unplug it. This time when I plugged it in, it went into scan mode like
usual, but the buttons had no effect: Couldn't stop scan to select a
channel. Often one can reset some units by unplugging for a minute or
so. Even 48 hours. If I turn off the unit, hold PROGRAM and
1,2,4,5,7,or 8, while I turn it on, it beeps and does not scan. Still,
no entries can be made from the pad. It is stuck until I turn off/on,
when it goes back to scanning. I can do the off/on trick while holding
LOCKOUT, where it locks out the lowest channel, but can't unlock.
Channel 1 and 2 are locked out now. The battery is dead, so I lost all
my memory frequencies (that's OK, I only used one of them). SCAN or
MANUAL buttons are supposed to stop the scan, but they don't. Is this
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If you mean a Bearcat 2020 radio, then that unit is ancient, and I'm amazed that it still works. If you're only monitoring one frequency, you can get a really cheap scanner to do that and replace the 2020.
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Check your antenna connections, if the connections are good then try a different antenna. Most likely that is the problem if it's the scanner. If your trying to scan Public Safety Frequencies you may be running into a situation where they have gone Digital and your scanner is Analog or they may have encrypted their frequency or control channels so the scanners won't work.
The memory on the unit is not retaining the frequencies. Check for a small battery on the circuit board like a button battery you would find on your computer motherboard. Replace the battery and reprogram the unit.
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.
You have to program it TRUNKING mode when you enter the control channel frequencies. It is decoding okay as the MO shows motorola control channel and +DG means digital decoded and an OPEN group. You need to press the 'trunk' button everytime a talkgroup comes up that you want it to remember for future 'closed' group (-DG) talk groups. I suggest you go to 'RadioReference DOT com" and there are many forums there for your radio, as well as one or two YAHOO GROUPS specifically for your scanner. 73's
Sounds like old age - the 2020 is nearly 30 years old! Have you tried just using the LOCKOUT feature on all channels except the you want? How about just programming the same frequency into all 20 channels?
You are pressing the "scan" button in the upper left hand position and getting all channels locked out? Correct? If
you haven't programmed any frequencies the channels will stay locked
out. Get your local frequencies by doing a search for police scanner
frequencies. Once you have gotten the information for your area press
the "PGM" button on the lower right hand side of the key pad. Input
your 1st frequency ###.#### then press "ENTER". Press "PGM"key again
and enter your 2nd frequency then "ENTER" again. Repeat as often as you
wish to enter more frequencies. Make sure you are entering your frequencies in empty channels unless you want to over write one that you don't want to use any longer. Press "PGM" until you get to an empty channel. When you are done, (you can stop
any time) press the "SCAN" button in the upper left hand position and
you are in business. You are supposed to be able to choose which memory
position you wish to use but I haven't tried to figure that one out. If you need the manual for the radio go to radioshack site and do a search for PRO95 and it will come up in PDF format. Hope
this helps. I have owned the pro 95 for maybe 6 or 7 years and after
doing a little programming yesterday the thing is much more to my
liking. It scanns quicker and scans the channels I wish to listen to.
The Realistic PRO-2052 is an old (vintage) scanner receiver with fixed
AM and FM modes on the bands it cover, as specified by the U.S. band
allocation. The PRO-2020 covers only the VHF and UHF frequencies and
modes AM and FM is not user selectable. Frequencies can be programmed
into any of the 20 memory channels
U.S. Coverage: (varies from state to state and other countries. We
don't use 30-50 Mhz here in the Philippines for 2 way mobile
communications, except for cordless phones)
30-50 Mhz Lower VHF at FM narrowband only (covers mobile, emergencies, businesses, etc. and
108-136 Mhz Aircraft band at AM narrowband only
138-174 Mhz Amateur and Commercial band at FM narrowband only (2 meter band)
410-512 MHz Amateur and Commercial band at FM narrowband only (70 cm band)
If you're trying to select AM or FM for a specified frequency, I'm afraid you can't do that as it is not selectable.
If you are trying to program AM Broadcast frequencies (mediumwave (MW)
or FM Broadcast frequencies (FM radio stations), those were not covered
by your PRO-2020's microprocessor. Even if you modify your scanner to
receive those bands, you will not hear radio transmission properly
since the receiver do not decode FM wideband, which is the standard
mode for FM broadcast and Television band.
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Are you getting talkgroup ID's? If not, you're probably monitoring the EDACS system in conventional mode rather than trunking. When the scanner hears those beeps, it's supposed to go back to monitoring the control channel if you're in either trunking mode (search or scan). This also happens if the CC isn't coming in very well. If you're not in trunking mode, read the manual to find out more about programming and monitoring trunked systems. If you are in trunking mode and receiving ID's, the unit is probably malfunctioning.