Radio Shack PRO-94 Owner's Manual

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PRO-94 1000-Channel
Handheld Trunking Scanner
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    Owner’s Manual PRO-94 1000-Channel Handheld Trunking Scanner Please read before using this equipment.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Service Banks ... 22 Channel Storage Banks ... 22 Monitor Memories ... 23 Operation ... 24 Turning on the Scanner and Setting Squelch ... 24 Storing Known Frequencies into Channels ... 24 Searching For and Temporarily Storing Active Fre- quencies ... 25 Limit Search ...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    NWR-SAME Code Detection Tests ... 37 Trunking Operation ... 38 Types of Trunking Systems ... 38 Setting the Scanner to the Trunking Mode ... 39 Simultaneous Trunking ... 39 Setting Squelch for the Trunking Mode ... 40 Storing Trunked Frequencies ... 40 Searching a Trunked Bank ...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Guide to the Action Bands ... 59 Typical Band Usage ... 59 Primary Usage ... 59 Band Allocation ... 60 Frequency Conversion ... 64 Troubleshooting ... 65 Resetting the Scanner ... 68 Care and Maintenance ... 69 Specifications ... 70...

  • Page 5: Features

    ˆ Features Your RadioShack 1000-Channel Handheld Trunking Scanner is one of a new generation of scanners de- ® signed to track Motorola Type I, Type II, hybrid analog ® ® systems, (such as Smartnet and Privacy Plus ) plus ®...

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    Priority Channels — lets you program one channel in each bank (20 in all) and then have the scanner check that channel every 2 seconds while it scans the bank, so you do not miss transmissions on those channels.

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    — the scanner automatically scans up to 50 channels per second to help you quickly find interest- ing broadcasts. Key Lock — lets you lock the scanner’s keys to help prevent accidental changes to the scanner’s program- ming. Data Signal Skip — lets you set the scanner to skip non-modulated or data signals (such as fax or modem transmissions) during searches.

  • Page 8: Fcc Notice

    If the interference goes away, your scanner is caus- ing it. Try the following methods to eliminate the interference: • move your scanner away from the receiver • connect your scanner to an outlet that is on a differ- ent electrical circuit from the receiver Step (kHz)

  • Page 9: Scanning Legally

    • contact your local RadioShack store for help Note: Mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit in some areas. Check the laws in your area. SCANNING LEGALLY Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups including police and fire departments, ambulance...

  • Page 10: Preparation, Using Internal Batteries, Using Non-rechargeable Batteries

    ˆ Preparation You can power your scanner from any of three sources: • internal batteries (not supplied) • standard AC power (using an optional AC adapter) • vehicle battery power (using an optional DC adapter) USING INTERNAL BATTERIES You can power your scanner using four alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable (Ni-Cd or Ni-MH) AA batteries (not sup- plied).

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    3. Before you install alkaline or any other non- rechargeable batteries, use a pointed object such as a ballpoint pen to set inside the compartment to Warning: Set ALKALINE for use only with nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) or nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. Never attempt to recharge non-rechargeable batter- ies.

  • Page 12: Using Rechargeable Batteries

    You can also use four rechargeable batteries. Before you use Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries, you must charge them. The scanner has a built-in circuit that lets you recharge Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries while they are in the scanner. To charge the batteries, set...

  • Page 13: Using Ac Power

    RadioShack store, recycling collection centers, and mail- back programs USING AC POWER You can power the scanner using an 9V, 300 mA AC adapter and a size H Adaptaplug plied). Both are available at your local RadioShack store. Cautions:...

  • Page 14: Using Vehicle Battery Power

    USING VEHICLE BATTERY POWER You can power the scanner from a vehicle’s 12V power source (such as cigarette-lighter socket) using a 9V, 300 mA DC adapter and a size H Adaptaplug (neither sup- plied).

  • Page 15: Connecting The Antenna, Connecting An Optional Antenna, Connecting An Earphone/headphone

    Note: If the scanner does not operate properly when you use a DC adapter, unplug the adapter from the cigarette-lighter socket and clean the socket to remove ashes and debris. CONNECTING THE ANTENNA To attach the supplied flexible antenna to the...

  • Page 16: Listening Safely, Traffic Safety

    This automatically disconnects the internal speaker. Listening Safely To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use an earphone or headphones. • Do not listen at extremely high volume levels. Extended high-volume listening can lead to perma- nent hearing loss.

  • Page 17: Connecting An Extension Speaker, Attaching The Belt Clip

    In a noisy area, an optional extension speaker, posi- tioned in the right place, might provide more comfort- able listening. Plug the speaker cable’s -inch (3.5- mm) mini-plug into your scanner’s jack. Your local Ra- dioShack store carries a selection of suitable speakers. ATTACHING THE BELT CLIP...

  • Page 18: About Your Scanner

    We use a few simple terms in this manual to explain the features of the scanner. Familiarize yourself with these terms and the scanner’s features, and you can put the scanner to work for you right away. Simply determine the type of communications you want to receive, then set the scanner to scan those communications.

  • Page 19: A Look At The Keypad

    Lets you lock out selected channels or skip specified frequencies during a search; lets you lock out a selected ID while trunking. Locks the keypad to prevent accidental pro- (KEYLOCK) gram changes; turns the display backlight on and off. Function(s) About Your Scanner...

  • Page 20: A Look At The Display

    IDs in the scan lists. A LOOK AT THE DISPLAY The display has indicators that show the scanner’s cur- rent operating status. The display information helps you understand how your scanner operates. Bank A —...

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    — appears while Hyperscan or Hypersearch is active during a direct or limit search. 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 — appears during a limit, direct, or service search, indicating the search direction. – About Your Scanner ) during trunking. to directly enter a...

  • Page 22: Understanding Banks, Service Banks, Channel Storage Banks

    ALERT — appears when the weather alert is turned on, or flashes when the scanner detects an alert coded sig- nal. — indicate either a Motorola ( ) trunking system or EDACS ( ) system.

  • Page 23: Monitor Memories

    Monitor Memories The scanner also has 10 temporary memory locations called monitor memories. Use these monitor memories to temporarily store frequencies when you search through an entire band (see “Searching For and Tempo- rarily Storing Active Frequencies” on Page 25). You can then move a frequency to a channel for permanent stor- age.

  • Page 24: Operation, Turning On The Scanner And Setting Squelch, Storing Known Frequencies Into Channels

    You can locate and store specific frequencies into chan- nels for later use. To assist you in locating a desired fre- quency from the scanner’s wide range, consider using a frequency guide. Good references for active frequencies are the RadioShack Police Call Guide including Fire and Emergency Services , and Official Aeronautical Frequen- cy Directory .

  • Page 25: Searching For And Temporarily Storing Active Fre Quencies

    Action Bands” on Page 59. Note: While doing a limit, direct, or service bank search, press: • if you want the scanner to pause 2 seconds DELAY after a transmission ends before it proceeds to the next frequency (see “Delay” on Page 31).

  • Page 26: Limit Search, Direct Search

    , then PROG (or the previous low limit frequency) appear. 29.000 MHz is the low end of the scanner’s range. 2. Enter the frequency that is the lower limit of the range you want to search (including the decimal point), then press 3.

  • Page 27: Service Bank Search

    PROG enter the channel number and then press again. PROG • If you enter an invalid frequency, the scanner dis- plays Error. 9 9 9 9 3. Press to search down or the selected frequency.

  • Page 28: Search Skip Memory

    The scanner stores the frequency in memory and automatically resumes the search. To clear a single frequency from skip memory so the scanner stops on it during a limit, direct, or service bank search: 1. Press to stop the search.

  • Page 29: Listening To The Monitor Memories, Moving A Frequency From A Monitor Memory To A Channel

    Notes: • If you selected all frequencies to be skipped within the search range, the scanner beeps 3 times and does not search. • If you select more than 50 frequencies to skip, each new frequency replaces a frequency previously stored, beginning with the first stored frequency.

  • Page 30: Scanning The Stored Channels, Manually Selecting A Channel

    (See “Locking Out Channels” on Page 32 and “Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off” on Page 31). When the scanner finds a transmission, it stops on it. When the transmission ends, the scanner re- sumes scanning. Notes: • If you have not stored frequencies into any chan- nels, the scanner does not scan.

  • Page 31: Delay, Turning Channel-storage Banks On And Off, Special Features

    Depending on how the scanner is operating, follow one of these steps to program a delay. • If the scanner is scanning and stops on an active channel where you want to store a delay, quickly press DELAY appears.

  • Page 32: Locking Out Channels, Priority

    (10 for the banks in Group A and 10 for the banks in Group B). If the priority feature is turned on, as the scanner scans the bank, it checks that bank’s priority channel for activity every 2 seconds.

  • Page 33: Using The Keylock

    To unlock any desired priority channels, see “Locking Out Channels” on Page 32. USING THE KEYLOCK To protect the scanner from accidental program chang- es, turn on the keylock feature. When the scanner is locked, the only controls that operate are KEYLOCK VOLUME/OFF To turn on the keylock, hold down appears.

  • Page 34: Using The Display Backlight, Using The Auto Backlight Display, Changing Search Speeds

    USING THE AUTO BACKLIGHT DISPLAY You can set the scanner so the auto backlight turns on for about 5 seconds when the scanner receives signals. If you press a key (except display remains lighted for more than 15 seconds.

  • Page 35: Turning The Battery Save Function Off/on, Skipping Data Signals, Receiving Nwr-same And Weather Alert Signals

    TURNING THE BATTERY SAVE FUNCTION OFF/ON When the scanner is set to receive (monitor) a manually selected channel, and it is not actively scanning, using the battery save feature conserves energy. To turn the battery save function off or back on, turn off the scanner, then hold down scanner.

  • Page 36: Turning On The Same Weather Alert Feature, Same Signal Detection Updating

    SAME signals and de- code the alert level. The scanner displays this data as codes corresponding to the levels of severity (L1, L2, and L3). Turning On the SAME Weather Alert Feature 1. Press SVC (E) See “Service Bank Search”...

  • Page 37: Nwr-same Alert Tone Test, Nwr-same Code Detection Tests

    When the scanner receives the test code, TESt also ap- pears. To exit the test mode, press for about 1 sec- ALT (DATA) ond. Note: If an actual alert is sent, the scanner sounds the appropriate tone and displays the corresponding alert level. Special Features...

  • Page 38: Types Of Trunking Systems, Trunking Operation

    National Public Safety Trunked System Frequency Guide included with your scanner. TYPES OF TRUNKING SYSTEMS This trunking scanner monitors two basic types of sys- tems — the Motorola Type I/Type II or hybrid system, and the Ericsson EDACS system. Instead of selecting a...

  • Page 39: Setting The Scanner To The Trunking Mode, Simultaneous Trunking

    Type I systems are still in use. There are also hybrid systems which are a combination of Type I and Type II. Your scanner is preset to monitor Type II systems, but you can change to Type I or a hy-...

  • Page 40: Setting Squelch For The Trunking Mode, Storing Trunked Frequencies

    However, the squelch setting can affect how fast your scanner acquires the data channel, and, in some in- stances, can prevent your scanner from acquiring the data channel at all.

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    SCAN trunk’s data channel and scan conventional fre- quencies at the same time. As the scanner looks through the frequencies, you see them on the display. When the scanner finds the controlling data channel, the scanner begins trunking. Trunking Operation...

  • Page 42: Searching A Trunked Bank, Turning A Trunked Bank On Or Off

    SEARCHING A TRUNKED BANK Once the data channel is acquired, the scanner begins a trunk search. With the search function, you will be able to find all the active talk groups within the trunked sys- tem. Press . You can switch to the trunk scan SCAN mode from the trunk search mode.

  • Page 43: Skipping A Trunked Bank, Turning The Status Bit Ignore (s-bit) On Or Off

    (such as an emer- gency status). Your scanner is preset to assume that the status bits in a talk group ID are set to 0 and ignores them. For exam- ple, when the scanner receives the talk group ID...

  • Page 44: Identifying A Trunked Frequency, Selecting The Edacs Talk Group Id Format

    Identifying a Trunked Frequency While ID scanning (looking for IDs within a trunked sys- tem) or performing an ID search, press current trunked frequency. (The frequency flashes twice.) Then hold down sounds and the ID and the frequency alternately appear. To return to normal operation, press Selecting the EDACS Talk Group ID Format The EDACS system uses two group ID formats: Decimal...

  • Page 45: Using Hold To Monitor An Active Talk Group Id

    2. If you want to listen to (and hold) a different ID, use the number keys to enter that ID. 3. Press HOLD (A/B) scanner monitors the ID. 4. Press to resume searching for a data channel (trunk scanning). Temporarily Storing a Talk Group ID...

  • Page 46: Unlocking A Single Talk Group Id, Unlocking All Talk Group Ids

    Sometimes a user might pause before replying to a transmission. You can set the scanner to hold on an ID for 5 seconds to wait for a reply. That way, the scanner continues to monitor the ID for 5 seconds after the trans- mission stops before resuming scanning.

  • Page 47: Monitoring Talk Group Ids, Channel Activity Bars

    ID. Your scanner does not monitor these types of calls. • If the scanner is holding on an ID which is not being used, the other activity bars turn on and off as other groups use the system.

  • Page 48: Using Talk Group Id Lists, Id Lists

    1. Select the trunking bank you want to use (see “Searching a Trunked Bank” on Page 42). 2. After the scanner begins trunk scanning, press . A number showing the current talk group ID list appears at the top of the display, and bars appear that show activity in other banks.

  • Page 49: Entering Edacs Partial Talk Groups, Moving Talk Group Ids To Talk Group Id Lists

    Note: To clear a mistake while entering an ID, press then , then start over at Step 1. 5. Repeatedly press scan list location you want to program. Then repeat Step 4 to enter another ID. 6. When you finish, press Entering EDACS Partial Talk Groups You can enter partial group numbers in an EDACS talk group.

  • Page 50: Scanning The Talk Group Id Lists, Deleting A Stored Talk Group Id List

    Priority Talk Group ID Scanning You can assign a priority to a favorite ID so during scan- ning the scanner checks that ID more frequently than the others in the list. Each of the five memory locations re- Trunking Operation PROG .

  • Page 51: Scanning Type I And Hybrid Trunked Systems

    Page 45. SCANNING TYPE I AND HYBRID TRUNKED SYSTEMS Your scanner is preset to scan Type II system IDs. When you scan trunked frequencies, each Type II user ID you see appears as an even number without a dash (exam- ple 2160).

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    Select a size code for a block, then press to the conversations. If you are receiving most of the re- plies, then you have probably selected the right size code and can program the next block of the map. There are 16 preset fleet maps to choose from, and it is best to start with these when setting up a Type I or hybrid trunk scanning bank.

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    E1P7 Size Block Code Block E1P10 Size Block Code Block E1P13 Size Block Code Block Trunking Operation E1P8 Size Code Block E1P11 Size Code Block E1P14 Size Code Block E1P9 Size Code E1P12 Size Code E1P15 Size Code...

  • Page 54: Selecting A Preset Fleet Map

    Block Selecting a Preset Fleet Map 1. Set the scanner for conventional scanning and press then PROG the fleet map. 2. Press a number key to select the bank to store the fleet map. 3. Repeatedly press . A previously programmed trunked frequency appears.

  • Page 55: Programming A Fleet Map

    How do you know if the preset map you selected is cor- rect? Listen to find out if you are following complete con- versations. If not, try another preset map. Programming a Fleet Map 1. Set the scanner for conventional scanning. Press then PROG TRUNK 2.

  • Page 56: Programming The Base And Offset Frequencies

    To properly track Motorola VHF and UHF trunked sys- tems, you must program the applicable base and offset frequencies for each system. For a list of these frequencies and other scanner infor- mation, go to and other similar frequency resources.

  • Page 57: Programming A Hybrid System, Turning On/off The Motorola Disconnect Tone Detect Function

    DATA flashes for about 5 seconds. Notes: • To set the scanner so it remains on the voice chan- nel (even when a disconnect tone is transmitted or there is no signal at all) set hissing. 8 8 8 8...

  • Page 58: A General Guide To Scanning, Guide To Frequencies, National Weather Frequencies, Birdie Frequencies

    • You cannot use the disconnect tone detect function if you are programming a trunking frequency or a fleet map. To set the scanner to automatically tune to the data channel once again when it detects a disconnect tone, press SVC (E) ˆ...

  • Page 59: Guide To The Action Bands, Typical Band Usage, Primary Usage

    GUIDE TO THE ACTION BANDS Typical Band Usage VHF Band Low Range 6-m Amateur U.S. Government 2-m Amateur High Range 1-m Amateur UHF Band U.S. Government 70-cm Amateur Low Range FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wide Band Public Service Conventional Systems Conventional/Trunked Systems Trunked Systems Public Safety...

  • Page 60: Band Allocation

    BAND ALLOCATION Use the following listing of the typical services within your scanner’s frequency coverage to assist you to de- cide which frequency ranges to scan. These frequencies are subject to change, and might vary from area to area.

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    PUB ... Public Services (Public Safety, Local Government, Forestry Conservation) PSB ... Public Safety PTR ... Private Trunked ROAD ... Road & Highway Maintenance RTV ... Radio/TV Remote Broadcast Pickup TAXI ... Taxi Services TELB ... Mobile Telephone (Aircraft, Radio Common Carrier, Landline Companies) TELC ...

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    VHF High Band (148–174 MHz) 148.050–150.345 ... CAP, MAR, MIL 150.775–150.790 ... MED 150.815–150.980 ... TOW, Oil Spill Cleanup 150.995–151.475 ... ROAD, POL 151.490–151.955 ... IND, BUS 151.985 ... TELM 152.0075 ... MED 152.030–152.240 ... TELB 152.270–152.480 ... IND, TAXI, BUS 152.510–152.840 ...

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    Low Band (450–470 MHz) 450.050–450.925 ... RTV 451.025–452.025 ... IND, OIL, TELM, UTIL 452.0375–453.00 ... IND, TAXI, TRAN TOW, NEWS 453.0125–454.000 ... PUB, OIL 454.025–454.975 ... TELB 455.050–455.925 ... RTV 457.525–457.600 ... BUS 458.025–458.175 ... MED 460.0125–460.6375 ... FIRE, POL, PUB 460.650–462.175 ...

  • Page 64: Frequency Conversion

    FREQUENCY CONVERSION The tuning location of a station can be expressed in fre- quency (kHz or MHz) or in wavelength (meters). The fol- lowing information can help you make the necessary conversions. 1 MHz (million) = 1,000 kHz (thousand) To convert MHz to kHz, multiply the number of mega- hertz by 1,000: 9.62 (MHz) 1000 = 9620 kHz...

  • Page 65: Troubleshooting

    ˆ Troubleshooting If your scanner is not working as it should, these sugges- tions might help you eliminate the problem. If the scan- ner still does not operate properly, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. Problem Scanner is on but will not scan.

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    Problem The keypad does not work. BATT. Lo flashes. Poor or no recep- tion. Error appears. The scanner locks on frequen- cies that have an unclear transmis- sion. Troubleshooting Possible Cause The keylock func- To turn off the key- tion is activated.

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    The system you are trying to track is a Type I sys- tem, and the scanner is set to scan Type II sys- tems. Scanner is set to The fleet map receive Type I you have select-...

  • Page 68: Resetting The Scanner

    Caution: This procedure clears all the information you have stored in the scanner. Before you reset the scan- ner, try turning it off and on to see if it begins working properly. Reset the scanner only when you are sure it is not working properly. Troubleshooting...

  • Page 69: Care And Maintenance

    Scanner is an example of superior design and crafts- manship. The following suggestions will help you care for your scanner so you can enjoy it for years. Keep the scanner dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.

  • Page 70: Specifications

    Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might inval- idate its warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. If your scanner is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for as- sistance.

  • Page 71

    Hypersearch ... 300 Steps/Second Service ... 50 Frequencies/Second Priority Sampling ... 2 Seconds Delay Time ... 2 Seconds IF Frequencies ... 380.7 MHz, 10.85 MHz, 450 kHz Antenna Impedance ... 50 Audio Output ... 350 mW maximum Built-in Speaker ... 1 Maximum Current Drain ...

  • Page 72

    Limited Ninety-Day Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FIT- NESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO...

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