I tried using Don Starr's scanner utility to upload some new frequencies and when I tried using the scanner after the process it would not scan. I even tried resetting it but with no luck. Can someone please help me? Thanks
It could also be that something might have fried inside. If you are unsuccessful trying to program new frequencies, I recommend you take the scanner back to Radio Shack and get it sorted out by a pro.
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Plug the AC adapter into the
back of the scanner and into a wall electrical outlet. Screw the antenna
into the receptacle on the back of the scanner (extend the antenna to
full length for best reception).
Set the squelch level to allow
signals to be heard by turning the squelch knob counterclockwise. Rotate
the volume knob clockwise until you hear static. Slowly turn the
squelch knob clockwise until the static noise disappears.
Start programming frequencies into the scanner by pressing the "Manual" button.
Press the up arrow or down arrow key until the channel you wish to program is visible on the display.
Use the numbers on the keypad to enter the frequency for the local transmitter you wish to receive.
Press the "E" key to complete the process of entering the frequency.
Repeat steps 3 through 6 for each additional frequency you wish to monitor.
Press the "Scan" key to start
the scanning process. The scanner stops on a channel when it detects a
signal strong enough to hear over the squelch setting. Two seconds after
the signal stops, the scanning process resumes.
You will probably have to use a '3rd party' SOFTWARE package. Mr. Donn Starr has written software for most of the GRE / Radio Shack scanners, and using his software will usually allow you to enter 700MHz frequencies. You will need the USB Scanner programming cable and software from Radio Shack, then search online for a link to get Don Starr's software. You might be able to try it out for free for a little while, but it is really worth the $30 for how easy it makes it to program your scanner once you get the doggone Radio Shack USB scanner programming cable configured to work with your computer. Let me know if you have more questions.
Turn on the radio Press the "band" button Keep pressing the "band" button until you come within the parameters of the frequency that you want Let the radio scan until it gets close to the actual frequency that you're looking for Press the "hold" button and use the arrow "up" or "down" button till you lock in the correct frequency Once you have the frequency locked in, press the "program" button Press the "private" button The unused channel will be flashing Press the "program" button, this locks the frequency into that channel Continue this process until all of the frequencies are loaded into the radio
- With the scanner ON and scanning, press the Hold key. - enter the frequency, including decimal point (48.28) - Press E - Scanner will query "Quick Freq Save?" Press E (Yes) and the frequency is entered.
To enter a known frequency into your scanner: - Power the scanner ON - Press the MAN key to stop scanning - Press MAN repeatedly to select the channel to program - Enter the desired frequency, including the decimal point - Press E to enter your data into the scanner's memory
Repeat the process for other frequencies, and press the SCAN button when you're finished programming.
More detailed programming steps are presented in the factory operating manual, which you can download/print, free of charge, here:
For a comprehensive database of active frequencies in your area, visit:
This scanner only monitors 2 of the 3 types of trunking systems. There is no digital voice inversion. There is an AGC control for the digital voice to try either way DG (on) or Dg (off) There is software you can buy to program the PRO96 from Don Starr. There are two Yahoo GrOUPS you can join to discuss this radio, in addition to forums on RadioReference DOT com.
Find the frequency you would like to store, press "E" pgm, then select the bank you would like to store it in (1 thru 10) by using arrow up or down then hit "E" again and it will save it in that bank. When you hit scan this will scan all your saved frequencies.
For scanning all frequencies not saved, move the switch to scanner and arrow up or down, when you find one you would like to save follow the process above.
Did you use a software program or have radio shack program the scanner for you? If so, check to make sure the banks were selected in the software to be enabled. I assume the your scanner shows 0123****** Now to manually select banks, simply press the number for the selected bank to both select and de-select as warrented. When you press 4, bank 4 will now be scanned. Also, should you press 1, bank 1 will not be scanned.