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1) Press PGM
2) use the UP or DOWN arrow to select a desired channel
3) enter in the frequency you want to monitor - don't forget to include the decimal point!
4) Press ENT
5) repeat from step 2 to enter more frequencies.
Once finished press the SCAN button until "SCAN" is shown on the display.
To view the Owner's Manual with Operating Instructions just use your mouse to click on the link, which is the underlined and blue highlighted text just above.
This will open a new web browser page automatically for you and allow you to view the information at the website indicated and the contents of the Owner's Manual.
You may need ADOBE READER installed on your computer to read PDF documents, although many computers already have this type of utility pre-installed.
You can download this free at WWW.ADOBE.COM if necessary. Click on the DOWNLOAD ADOBE READER button on right side of the ADOBE home page when you get there, then follow the onscreen instructions to install the software on your computer.
I am not aware of any computer receiver ported for USB connection capable of 162.550 MHz; almost all are regular FM band. There are however amateur/ham radio equipment that could be interfaced with the PC that covers 136 to 174 Mhz.
If your requirement is to be able to monitor NOAA weather broadcasts, it might be simpler to use Internet Radio/audio streaming. NOAA addresses this particular issue here and here among others.
you may need to play with the squelch. and/also hold down the light/key button until the key goes away but mess with the squelch after you get rid of the lock. you want the squelch as far left without it stopping and making static noise
press manual then scroll though the stored frequencies press the unlock button when you find the number you want, hold down till you get a beep sound. key icon should be displayed and will show that it has unlocked. then resume scanning
Check if your scanner has been set up to monitor a 'priority channel' whilst scanning. If so then disabling the 'priority' mode will probably stop the regular interruptions that are frustrating you.
Scanners when in priority mode stop what they're doing at regular intervals to check the channel that is set as priority channel to see if it has any activity on it. This is why i think that 'priority' operation fits the issue you are describing.