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Radio shack pro 96 stopped picking up digital towers. not dropped, didnt change antenna or anything else. HELP

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They might of changed to a different freq

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I have a uniden bearcat scanner and cant pick up my local police dept. I put the frequency in and still dont hear anything. I have a bc145xl 16 channel scanning radio and want to know if its compatible...


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

Bill B.
Listening in since the 60's

Nov 11, 2010 | Radio Communications

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Hi my pro 96 scanner recieves nearby stations poorly


If you're talking about a digital trunked system with multiple towers or a simulcast system, then 'welcome to the club'. I have the same problem, but that only applies to digital trunked multisite P25 9600 baud systems. Everything else should be clear. What band are you trying to listen to: VHF Lo, VHF Hi, UHF, 800MHz, analog or digital? RS's more expensive antenna will give you better reception on VHF over the 'stock' rubber antenna that they give you. Let me know what you're trying to hear, and I can help more on this issue. Okay?

Jul 12, 2010 | Radio Shack Pro-96 Scanner

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IM IN PHILA AND THE POLICE ARE GARBLED OR CHOPPY ,ON MY PRO 96 . IM 1 MILE FROM THE TOWER , I'VE TRIED A FREQ MATCHED ANT FOR THE 800MHZ , SHACK BLAMES IT ON THE CITY'S RADIO SYSTEM .EVEN GRE WON'T HELP ....


Hi John. Try using the "attenuation" feature on your radio. Since you are so close to the tower, it sounds like your radio may be getting overloaded by the strong signals.

Jan 26, 2010 | Radio Shack Pro-96 Scanner

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My radio shack digital scanner will not pick up in my house.


try getting your hands on an outside mounted antenna.It will work very good!

Sep 16, 2009 | Radio Shack Pro-95 Handheld Scanner

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Cant pick up anything


no your local pd decided to chance freq bands and go 800 mhz, some switch to digital radios to. in most part a pro 96 will do, but if they are in the rebanding area it will be no good. you might choose a hand scanner like a bcd 396xt or mobile bcd 996t, all of them will be in the $500 range http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Pro-96 http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Rebanding http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD396XT http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD996T

Jun 13, 2009 | Radio Shack Pro-82 Scanner

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Radio Shack PRO197 works at friend's house but not at my house!


This seems to be a common problem with all digital systems (especially with TV signals), and the ONLY solution is a better antenna. I suggest you search eBay, Scanner Master, etc. for a low-end (price-wise) discone and mount it as high as you realistically can.

The BEST scanner in the world is only as good as the antenna that feeds it!

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I have a radio shack pro 96 digital trucking scanner.the other day we finally put up my outside antenna for it.it worked fine all through xmas and new years.the other day turned it on and it would not pick...


The very part of your scanner that makes it a scanner is inop. YOU can find it but IT won't scan. Back to radio shack for warranty before they change their mind.

Jan 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Pro-96 antennas


It will only work with a crome antenna.

Jun 05, 2008 | Radio Shack Pro-96 Scanner

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Pro-96 BAD ANTENNA


Have it recloned and see what happens.

Jun 05, 2008 | Radio Shack Pro-96 Scanner

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Not picking up channels.....


is the antenna gold or chrome? I know that if it gold they dont work as well.

Jun 05, 2008 | Radio Shack Pro-96 Scanner

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