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Radio shack pro97

I just bought one on ebay and i cant even get the squelch to make any noise .it might be a older one but i'm not sure it looks brannew and just like all the pictures on radio shack website is there a certain way you have to program them?

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  • stleach1215 Feb 24, 2008

    just printed out page 13 to 25 of the easy understand manual

  • stleach1215 Feb 24, 2008

    this scanner puts out no sound at all other than the beeps when you push a key . i can't even get sound with squelch turned all the way either direction. any idea whats wrong?
    thanks steve

  • stleach1215 Mar 02, 2008

    you have the same problem i think the finals are burnt out but thats a uneducated guess

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  • ama_ename Aug 12, 2008

    I went to radio shack and had them program my pro-97 scanner. It was working fine until I got home. No squelch, and never picks any thing up except weather stations! Help!!!

  • shara_315 Aug 29, 2008

    i just got this scanner off ebay i need a manual

  • lemkorusyn Oct 29, 2008

    Same problem here. Had the PRO-95 for years, then one day it would scan all day and not find anything. Bought a PRO-97 to replace it. It's been a great scanner for about 2 years now. All of a sudden, same thing. It'll scan, beep when I press the keys, I can program it, basically everything "looks" normal, but it doesn't "hear" anymore and I can open the squelch up entirely and it still won't find any activity or even allow me to hear the squelch. Reset it over and over, didn't help.

    I will say that right before both units died, I was using the power supply instead of running off battery power. I'm not sure if there's an issue with surging or what. Two Radio Shack scanners died on me now. Not sure I'll get another one. Very frustrating.

  • jsnidly Nov 25, 2008

    Ditto here. Scanner worked fine, moved to Pahrump,Nv reprogrammed the channels. Nothing, no SQ sound, no weather stations. I can see it scanning but can't get any sound I know the speaker is working. What is my next move?? Throw it out??? Try to fix it??? HELP !!!!

  • kweed555 Dec 27, 2008

    just got a brand new pro97 and no sound or squelch,no weather just scans and scans

    SHARCNET-USA May 11, 2010

    Do you have the manual?



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Had this same problem with my old PRO-95. Bought a PRO-97 to replace it. Same things after about 2 years. Good scanners while they lasted. But they both died with identical symptoms. Working fine for about 2 years, then all of a sudden they would scan but not find anything. I can no longer hear the squelch even if I open it all the way up.

BEWARE: Both the PRO-95 and PRO-97 died while using the power supply as opposed to running off the battery. I think Radio Shack's power supplies must have a regulation issue or something.

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I have the same problem too...Doesn't pick up ANYTHING! All of a sudden, nothing. Spent years programming it, and every frequency I found. Then one day......................................searching, searching.............

SO! Then I took the case off one day and held the battery to the terminals with my fingers and turned it on. It caught a frequency...the weather station! Then a short 3 seconds later the screen flashed, "low battery" and the backlight flickered rapidly on and off about 5 times and it turned off. Replaced batteries, turns on...........searching.........searching.......nothing. And it ALWAYS got the weather stations before. Waste of $225. Damn RadioShack!

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I have the same problem anyone have any solutions????

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

I have the same issue, was working fine, then the scan works but never stops on any freq. nor does the squelch make any sounds. The only sound is the key tones, I have reset the unit and tried new batteries and a different antena. still nothing? any ideas?

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