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I have the pro 82 scanner an i want 2 listen 2 the ploice in my area but 9i mostly get the fire department how do i fix that

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You need to know what types of systems (conventional or trunked) and what frequencies are in use in your area. If your area is using trunked systems for the law enforcement agencies you will need to upgrade to a different scanner. Your best course is to check with a comprehensive database site like or

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Your PRO-82 has a key marked "AIR". Press it while the scanner is powered ON and it will search the AIR band for you, stopping each time it detects an active frequency. For more details on programming and monitoring with your scanner, you can download and print the factory manual, at no cost, here:

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The PRO-82, circa 1999, was designed and equipped with what might be called tamper-proof circuitry. Unlike many scanners from the 80's, there is no way to "unlock" this scanner or otherwise add frequency coverage that is not factory enabled. If you want wider coverage you'll need to purchase a different scanner.

Need the factory manual for the PRO-82? You can download and print it, at no cost, here:

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I'm not picking up any local police channels can I program some in? and where can I find the codes for Philadelphia?

Your PRO-82 is fairly simple to program, and you can find detailed instructions in the factory manual which you can download and print, at no cost, here:

For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, and a lot of other useful scanning information, visit:

FYI, though, many areas have upgraded to trunking systems for their law enforcement communications. If this is the case in your community, you will need to purchase a trunking scanner to listen in.

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When in the MO mode, I hear nothing. In the FM mode, I hear everything. I want just to listen to local FD. I have their codes loaded in. Just doesn't seem to scan the channels when in MO. What am I doing...

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How to program radio shack pro 82 scanner

is it a digital scanner? You know that everyone has gone digital there fore making that kind of scanner outdated and if you are trying to listen to police u wont pick anything up. I was told that some raido shacks will re program it for you.

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No problem!
First if you don't have an owner's manual you can download a copy free HERE

Be sure to read all of's got great info to get you comfortable with all the controls of your scanner.

Secondly you'll need local radio frequencies for your area.
Do a search enter "radio frequencies" and also the name of your city, county and state.
You'll find people may have posted lists of frequencies for your area.

Print out the lists and then by following the step by steps in the owner's manual, enter each frequency into your scanner .

Once you've got them entered... you'll be ready to scan!
For understanding the 10-code language used, do a google search for "10-codes" and you should be able to find a list of definitions... They'll also use alot of local abreviations for street names and locations and those will be understood more as you listen to your local calls for a while.
good luck and have fun...and be safe.

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