Radio Shack PRO-2050 Owner's Manual

Vhf/uhf/air/800mhz 300-channel trunktracker home scanner.
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Owner's Manual
300-Channel TrunkTracker Home Scanner
Please read before using this equipment.
Cat. No. 20-430

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  • Page 1 Page 1 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Owner’s Manual 300-Channel TrunkTracker Home Scanner Please read before using this equipment. Cat. No. 20-430 PRO-2050 VHF/UHF/Air/800MHz...

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    2-way radio user’s calls and response transmissions on different frequencies, it is difficult to listen to trunked communications using a regu- lar scanner. The PRO-2050 monitors the data channel frequency sent with a 2-way radio user’s transmission and instantly switches to an active fre- quency, so you can hear the call and ©...

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    HyperSearch and HyperScan let you set the scanner to search at up to 300 steps per second (in frequency bands with 5 kHz steps) and scan at up to 50 channels per second, to help you quickly find interesting broad- casts.

  • Page 4: Fcc Notice Page 4 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Your PRO-2050 scanner can receive all of these bands: Frequency Types of Range Transmissions 29–29.7 MHz 10-Meter Amateur Radio 29.7–50 MHz VHF Lo 50–54 MHz 6-Meter Ham Band 108–136.975 Aircraft 137–144 MHz Military Land Mobile 144–148 MHz...

  • Page 5: Scanning Legally

    It is legal to listen to almost every transmission your scanner can receive. However, there are some electronic and wire communications that are illegal to in- tentionally intercept. These include: •...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Channel Storage Banks ... 16 Service Banks ... 16 Understanding Trunking ... 16 Operation ... 17 Turning On the Scanner and Setting Squelch ... 17 Storing Known Frequencies into Channels ... 17 Searching Service Banks ... 18 Limit Search ... 19 Scanning the Stored Channels ...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents Page 7 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Trunk Tracking ... 26 Types of Trunking Systems ... 26 Setting the Scanner to the Trunk Tracking Mode ... 27 Setting Squelch for the Trunk Tracking Mode ... 27 Programming Trunked Frequencies ... 28 Scanning a Trunked Bank ...

  • Page 8: Preparation, Connecting An Antenna, Connecting The Supplied Antenna, Connecting An Outdoor Antenna

    You can place it on a desk, shelf, or table. Your scanner’s front feet fold up or down. Adjust them to give you the best view of the display. Your scanner’s display is protected during shipment by a piece of blue film.

  • Page 9: Connecting Power, Using Ac Power

    AC outlet. To connect power to the scanner, insert the AC adapter’s barrel plug into the jack on the DC 12V back of the scanner, then plug the AC adapter into a standard AC outlet.

  • Page 10: Using Your Vehicle's Battery Power, Connecting An Extension Speaker

    To connect an optional DC cigarette lighter power cable, insert its barrel plug into the DC 12V jack on the back of the scanner, then plug the power cable into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket. jack. Cautions: • If you use a DC cigarette lighter...

  • Page 11: Listening Safely

    (such as Cat. No. 33-175 or 20-210) to the jack on the front of the scanner. This automatically dis- connects the internal speaker. Listening Safely To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use an earphone or headphones.

  • Page 12: Understanding Your Scanner, A Look At The Front Panel

    Once you understand a few simple terms we use in this manual and familiarize yourself with your scanner’s features, you can put the scanner to work for you. You simply determine the type of communications you want to receive, then set the scanner to scan them.

  • Page 13 Page 13 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM SCAN MANUAL TRUNK SVC (service) PRIORITY/SPEED Number Keys • CLEAR E (enter) LIMIT/ DELAY SEARCH L/O/SKIP (lock out/skip) Scans through the stored channels. Stops scanning and lets you directly enter a channel number or frequency.

  • Page 14: A Look At The Display

    A LOOK AT THE DISPLAY The display has indicators that show the scanner’s current operating status. A good look at the display will help you understand how your scanner operates. LIST Appears with a number (1–5) to indicate the list num-...

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    Appears when you set the scanner to its manual mode. Appears when the priority feature is turned on. Appears when the scanner is in the hold mode during a search. Appears when you program a delay. Appears when the data skip function is active.

  • Page 16: Understanding Banks, Channel Storage Banks, Service Banks, Understanding Trunking

    2-way radio user’s transmission on a data channel. You can set this scanner to monitor the data channel frequency, so you can hear both the call and response...

  • Page 17: Operation, Turning On The Scanner And Setting Squelch, Storing Known Frequencies Into Channels

    SQUELCH leave it set to a point just after the hissing sound stops. Notes: • If the scanner will not scan, turn further clockwise. SQUELCH • If the scanner picks up unwanted, partial, or very weak transmis- sions, turn...

  • Page 18: Searching Service Banks

    If you want to store the fre- quency anyway, press • Press if you want the DELAY scanner to pause 2 seconds on this channel after a transmis- sion ends before it proceeds to the next channel (see “Delay” on Page 21). The scanner also stores this setting in the chan- nel.

  • Page 19: Limit Search

    MANUAL 3. Press then SEARCH service bank and begin searching. 4. When the scanner stops on a transmission, press HOLD frequency appears. 5. Press to store the frequency into the channel. LIMIT SEARCH...

  • Page 20: Scanning The Stored Channels, Manually Selecting A Channel, Clearing A Frequency From A Channel

    MANUAL Fre- 2. Enter the channel number. 3. Press MANUAL . See Or, if your scanner is scanning and stops at the desired channel, press one time. (Pressing MANUAL additional times causes your scanner to step through the channels.) To resume scanning, press...

  • Page 21: Special Features, Delay

    2 seconds after the trans- mission stops before scanning or searching. To program a 2-second delay: • If the scanner is scanning chan- nel-storage banks and stops on an active channel where you want to store a delay, quickly press before scanning resumes. DELAY DELAY appears.

  • Page 22: Locking Out Channels And Frequencies, Locking Out Channels, Locking Out Frequencies

    Locking Out Frequencies To lock out a frequency during a limit search or service bank search, press when the scanner stops on the frequency. The scanner locks out the frequency, then continues searching. To lock out a frequency manually, se- lect the frequency and press appears.

  • Page 23: Priority, Changing Search Speeds, Skipping Data Signals, Types Of Trunking Systems

    5 kHz step bands (29–54 MHz and 137–174 MHz). SKIPPING DATA SIGNALS You can set the scanner so it skips nonmodulated or data signals (such as modem transmissions) during a scan or search. Note: Since data signals are not gen-...

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    (for up to a total of 10 stored channels). As the scanner scans the bank, if the priority feature is turned on, the scanner checks the pri- ority channel for activity every 2 sec- onds. scanner...

  • Page 25: Types Of Trunking Systems

    Type I systems are still in use. There are also hybrid systems which are a combination of both Type I and Type II. Your scanner defaults to mon- itor Type II systems, but you can change to Type I or a hybrid of Type I...

  • Page 26: Setting The Scanner To The Trunk Tracking Mode, Setting Squelch For The Trunk Tracking Mode

    • Valid trunked system frequencies range from 851.0000–868.9875 in 12.5 kHz steps. • You can use any of your scanner’s banks as either a trunk tracking bank or conventional scanning bank, but you cannot mix the two. • The scanner only scans one trunked system at a time.

  • Page 27: Scanning A Trunked Bank

    3. Use the number keys to enter the trunked system’s frequencies, then press 4. Note: If you entered an invalid fre- quency in Step 3, the scanner beeps, channel flashes and appears. If Error this happens, press...

  • Page 28: Monitoring An Active Id, Locking Out Ids

    Other IDs might take some time, but determining whom each ID represents is half the fun of trunk tracking! Monitoring an Active ID When the scanner stops on a trans- mission, you can hold the scanner on that transmission. 1. Press appears and...

  • Page 29: Unlocking A Single Id, Unlocking All Ids, Using Trunk Tracking Scan Delay

    Many trunked systems have a period of 2 or more seconds between a query and a reply. You can program a 5- second delay so the scanner holds on an ID for 5 seconds to wait for a reply. The scanner continues to monitor the...

  • Page 30: Monitoring Ids, Channel Activity Indicators

    ID. Your scanner does not monitor these types of calls. • If the scanner is holding on an ID which is not active, the other activ- ity indicators turn on and off as other groups use the system.

  • Page 31: Scan Lists, Manually Storing Ids Into Scan Lists

    When you program trunked frequen- cies into a bank (see “Programming Trunked Frequencies” on Page 26), your scanner sets up 5 scan lists into which you can store your favorite IDs. Each list can contain up to 10 IDs, so...

  • Page 32: Storing Ids Into Scan Lists While Searching

    ID in that location during a search, press to display the PRIORITY current scan list location, then press when your scanner stops on an ID you want to store. To store an ID in the first available scan list location during a search, press at any time.

  • Page 33: Scanning Type I And Hybrid Trunked Systems

    SCANNING TYPE I AND HYBRID TRUNKED SYSTEMS Your PRO-2050 is set to scan Type II user IDs by default. When you scan trunked frequencies, each Type II user ID you see appears as an even num- ber without a dash (such as 2160).

  • Page 34 Page 34 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM 1024 2048 4096 Each ID in the block is unique. The left-most digit is the block number in the ID. The next two digits identify which fleet is active, and the last dig- it(s) (after the hyphen) identifies the subfleet.

  • Page 35 Page 35 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Block Size Block Size Code Code — — E1P5 E1P6 Block Size Block Size Code Code — — — E1P7 E1P8 Block Size Block Size Code Code E1P9 E1P10 Block Size Block Size Code...

  • Page 36: Selecting A Preset Fleet Map, Programming A Fleet Map

    5. Repeatedly press s or t to select the name of the map you want (such as E1P7 ), then press The scanner then searches for trans- missions using the preset map you chose. Note: When the scanner searches for transmissions, you see Type I fleet...

  • Page 37: Programming A Hybrid System

    8. Repeat Step 7 until you have selected a size code for each block you want to work with. 9. Press . The scanner exits SEARCH the trunking programming mode, tunes the data channel, then begins to search using the map you programmed.

  • Page 38: Guide To Frequencies, National Weather Frequencies, Birdie Frequencies

    To find the birdies in your individual scanner, begin by disconnecting the antenna and moving it away from the scanner. Make sure that no other near- by radio or TV sets are turned on near the scanner. Use the search function...

  • Page 39: Guide To The Action Bands, Typical Band Usage Page 39 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM GUIDE TO THE ACTION BANDS Typical Band Usage VHF Band Low Range 6-Meter Amateur Aircraft U.S. Government 2-Meter Amateur High Range UHF Band U.S. Government 70-cm Amateur Low Range FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wide Band Public Service Conventional Systems Conventional/Trunked Systems...

  • Page 40: Primary Usage, Band Allocation

    To help decide which frequency rang- es to scan, use the following listing of the typical services that use the fre- quencies your scanner receives. These frequencies are subject to change, and might vary from area to area. For a more complete listing, re- fer to the “Police Call Radio Guide in-...

  • Page 41 Page 41 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM FIRE ............Fire Department HAM .

  • Page 42 Page 42 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM 35.020–35.980 ......... . .BUS, PUB, IND, TELM 36.000–36.230 .

  • Page 43 Page 43 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM 157.530–157.725 ..........IND, TAXI 157.740 .

  • Page 44 Page 44 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM FM-TV Audio Broadcast, UHF Wide Band (470–512 MHz) (Channels 14 through 69 in 6 MHz steps) 475.750 ............Channel 14 481.750 .

  • Page 45: Frequency Conversion Page 45 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM FREQUENCY CONVERSION The tuning location of a station can be expressed in frequency (kHz or MHz) or in wavelength (meters). The following information can help you make the necessary conversions. 1 MHz (million) = 1,000 kHz (thousand) To convert MHz to kHz, multiply the number of megahertz by 1,000: 9.62 (MHz) ¥...

  • Page 46: Resetting The Scanner Page 46 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM TROUBLESHOOTING If your scanner is not working as it should, these suggestions might help you elimi- nate the problem. If the scanner still does not operate properly, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. PROBLEM...

  • Page 47: Trunk Tracking Page 47 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM PROBLEM Scanner will not track a trunked system. PROBLEM (continued) Scanner will not stop while scanning a scan list. Scanner will not acquire a data channel. Missing replies to con- versations.

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    Channel activity indica- The transmission might tors are lighting but no be a private or tele- sound is heard. phone interconnect call. The scanner does not scan these types of transmissions. The ID is locked out. POSSIBLE CAUSE Try another preset fleet...

  • Page 49: Resetting The Scanner

    • The scanner is dropped or subjected to a physical or electrical shock. Caution: This procedure clears all the information you have programmed into the scanner. Use this procedure only when you are sure your scanner is not working properly.

  • Page 50: Care And Maintenance

    Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal components can cause a mal- function and might invalidate the scanner’s warranty and void your FCC authoriza- tion to operate it. If your scanner is not operating as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

  • Page 51: Specifications Page 51 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM SPECIFICATIONS Frequency Coverage: 10 Meter Amateur Radio ... 29.000–29.6950 MHz (in 5 kHz steps) VHF Lo ... 29.7000–49.9950 MHz (in 5 kHz steps) 6 Meter Amateur Radio ... 50.0000–54.0000 MHz (in 5 kHz steps) Aircraft ...

  • Page 52 Page 52 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Audio Power 1.1 W Maximum Power Requirements: AC Adapter 12 Volts DC DC Adapter 12 Volts DC (such as Cat. No. 270-1533) Dimensions 2 (HWD) 195 mm) Weight 26.5 oz. (750 g) Specifications are typical;...

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  • Page 56 Page 56 Wednesday, August 4, 1999 1:29 PM Limited One-Year Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under nor- mal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized Ra- dioShack franchisees and dealers.

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