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New Radio Shack Pro-197 Digital Scanner. Set up by Radio Shack staff with info from this site: http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=304 Town: Darien CT We are a local newspaper. Scanner set up identical to same scanner in another town (diff frequencies) yet we get nothing. We are no more than 3 blocks from Police station. Please help.

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help. I am locked out of my 97 pro.. I was listentenig I pushed a button and it loicked. Radio shack says they cant figure it uot "read my Manuel!!"

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  • Try these steps to program your scanner to make sure the frequencies are in proper and don't forget to add the decimal [.] point.


  1. 1. Press "MAN."
  2. 2. Press #1.
  3. 3. Press "MAN."
  4. 4. Now enter your frequency.
  5. 5. Now press "E" for Enter.
  6. 6. Now you have a frequency programmed. Repeat steps above to save more frequencies.

  • You could be having a problem with your antenna too. Might want to check the soldier joints, condition of or antenna replace it. The repeaters for N.O.A.A. transmit with more power and puts out a much stronger signal out of their repeaters than the local municipals will. So it is not uncommon to pick up weather and not some of the local frequencies. Especially if you are trying to pick up frequencies in a county rather than in a bigger city.

  • Let me know if you have any other question.
  • Hope this helps.

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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.

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