Radio Shack iScan 20-107 User Manual

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20-107 / PRO-107
User's Guide
iSCAN Trunking Scanner
Thank you for purchasing your iScan Trunking Scanner from
RadioShack. Please read this user's guide before installing,
setting up, and using your new scanner.


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    20-107 / PRO-107 User’s Guide iSCAN Trunking Scanner Thank you for purchasing your iScan Trunking Scanner from RadioShack. Please read this user’s guide before installing, setting up, and using your new scanner.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction ... 4 Package Contents ...4 Features ...5 How iSCAN Works ...6 Understanding Objects ...7 Conventional Frequencies ...7 Trunked Radio Systems ...7 Understanding the Library Organization ...8 Library Copyright Notice ...9 Understanding Keys and Features ...10 Understanding the Display ...12 Display Icons ...13 Channel Status Indicators ...13 Setup ...

  • Page 3: Introduction, Package Contents, Features

    United States! Please take a few moments to read this manual carefully before using iSCAN. iSCAN is unlike any other scanner ever produced, and we want you to fully understand how it can maximize your enjoyment of the scanning hobby.

  • Page 4: How Iscan Works, Understanding Objects, Conventional Frequencies, Trunked Radio Systems

    SD card memory. The SD card holds the entire RadioReference database for the United States, giving you the ability to automatically program your scanner without using an external software application and without connecting to the Internet.

  • Page 5: Understanding The Library Organization, Library Copyright Notice

    Understanding the Library Organization States – Pick your state; each state contains three data types: Agencies, Counties/Cities, and Systems. Agencies – Statewide agencies such as highway patrol, emergency mgmt., state parks, etc. (Conventional frequencies) Counties/Cities – Pick your local county or independent city; three data types: Agencies, Categories, and Systems.

  • Page 6: Understanding Keys And Features

    Understanding Keys and Features BNC Antenna Connector  / Increase volume • Scroll up through objects and menus • SKIP Press while monitoring or paused on an object to • skip the object Press again while the object is selected to resume •...

  • Page 7: Understanding The Display, Display Icons, Channel Status Indicators

    C i t y P o l i c e S t a t e P o l i c e The “Individual Object Display” is shown when the scanner is monitoring activity on an object. The “Display Icons” across the top provide status information.

  • Page 8: Setup, Attaching The Antenna, Connecting An External Antenna, Powering Iscan, Installing Batteries

    Setup Attaching the Antenna 1. Align the slots on the antenna’s connector with the posts on iSCAN’s connector and slide the antenna in place. 2. Rotate the antenna’s BNC connector clockwise until it snaps in place. Connecting an External Antenna To connect an external antenna, follow the installation instructions supplied with the antenna.

  • Page 9: Using Ac Power, Using Vehicle Power, Charging Ni-mh Batteries

    Battery Notes: • A low battery warning sounds every 30 seconds (default setting) when the batteries are nearly depleted. • Dispose of batteries promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury them. • Use only fresh batteries of the required size and type. • Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities. • Discontinue use of any battery that exhibits leakage, swelling, or abnormal generation of heat. • If you do not plan to use the iSCAN for a month or longer, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can damage electronic parts. Using AC Power 1.

  • Page 10: Using The Main Power Cut-off Switch, Connecting Earphones Or Headphones, Connecting An External Speaker

    Using the Main Power Cut-Off Switch The Main Power Cut-Off switch is only used to prevent battery drain when iSCAN is not used for long periods of time. Do not use the Main Power Cut-Off switch on a routine basis. Always press and hold to turn off iSCAN before switching the Main Power Cut-Off switch to OFF and before removing the...

  • Page 11: Using Iscan's Main Menu, Programming Iscan, Browse The Library

    Using iSCAN’s Main Menu The heart of iSCAN’s user interface is the Main Menu, where all the major functions are controlled. The following options are available in the Main Menu: Play Begin playback (scanning) of imported objects in enabled playlists. See “Programming iSCAN” below for more information. Browse Objects Browse the objects that you have imported into playlists.

  • Page 12: Select Objects From The Library, Import Objects To Playlists, Importing Trunked Systems

    • See “Importing Trunked Systems” on page 24 for more instructions on importing trunked systems. • A “D” in place of a checkbox indicates that the object or system is fully digital and cannot be monitored with this version of iSCAN. • An “S” in place of a checkbox indicates that the trunked system is not supported by the scanner (e.g. MPT 1327, LTR Passport, etc.) • A solid checkbox ( ) indicates that some frequencies in a subcategory are selected, but not all. • All selected objects and groupings will be imported into the same playlist or group of playlists that you pick in step 3.

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    • If you select an entire grouping, you may have an excessively large number of objects imported to a playlist, so be sure you want to monitor everything that a grouping contains. iSCAN only monitors one transmission at a time, and trying to scan too many objects may be slow if they are frequently busy. Importing Trunked Systems The same three programming steps are followed for importing trunked systems, except that during step “ Library” on page 22, one or more sites must be also be selected along with any individual talkgroup objects.

  • Page 14: Working With Playlists, Enabling Playlists, Renaming Playlists, Working With Objects, Browsing Objects

    Working with Playlists Before you can begin monitoring your imported objects, you must enable the playlists where your objects are stored. You can also give your playlists descriptive names. Enabling Playlists 1. In the Main Menu, scroll to Playlists and press  to view P l a y the list of playlists.

  • Page 15: Skipping Objects, Editing Objects

    To pause on an active object: 1. Press /II/SEL while iSCAN is stopped on the object. 2. To resume scanning, press /II/SEL again. Skipping Objects You can “skip” objects you no longer want to monitor while scanning or browsing objects. You can also restore skipped objects. To skip objects while scanning: 1.

  • Page 16: Changing Iscan's Settings

    Objects” on page 28. Priority When checked, priority is enabled for the selected object. Priority causes the scanner to check for activity more fre- quently. Priority status is indicated in the Channel Status Indicator: Lower case “p ” indicates that priority is not enabled for the object, and upper case “P ”...

  • Page 17: Searching, Signal Stalker Ii, Service Search, Limit Search

    –Settings– Menu Priority Mode When checked, Priority Mode is enabled. Objects that have Priority enabled in the Object Edit Menu will be checked more frequently for activity. Priority Time Controls how frequently conventional channel priority objects are checked. G Atten Mode When checked, Global Attenuator mode is enabled and iSCAN applies attenuation to every object and search, ignoring the individual object’s...

  • Page 18: Service Search

    –Stalker– Menu Main Menu Navigate back to iSCAN’s Main Menu. Stalker Menu Navigate back to the Signal Stalker Menu. Store Channel Stores a found frequency as an object in the first playlist. Cancel Changes Exit the Signal Stalker Menu without saving changes. Save Changes Save your changes and exit the Signal Stalker Menu.

  • Page 19: Limit Search

    –Services– Menu Aircraft Search civilian and military air frequencies: 108-118 MHz Navigation 118-137 MHz Civilian Voice 138-150 MHz Military Voice (excludes 2m Amateur) 225-400 MHz Military Voice Railroad Search the Association of American Railroads (AAR) VHF railroad frequencies used in the US and Canada. Amateur Search amateur radio frequencies: 28.0-29.7 MHz 10m Band 50-54 MHz 6m Band 144-148 MHz 2m Band 222-225 MHz 1.25cm Band 420-450 MHz 70cm Band...

  • Page 20: Weather Modes, Normal Weather Mode, Weather Priority Mode, Same Standby Mode

    Weather Priority channel periodically to see if the All Hazards 1050 Hz Warning Alert Tone is present. If it is, the scanner will display an alert and tune to the specified weather frequency to monitor the alert.

  • Page 21: About Same Signals, Programming Fips Codes

    Note: Weather Priority does not work in all scanning modes. See the following table for Weather Priority operation. Normal Priority Normal Priority is ON and WX is ON and WX Priority is ON Priority is Off Checks both Check only Normal Priority Normal Priority channel and WX channel Scan (Play)

  • Page 22: Activating Same Standby Mode, Skywarn, Working With Iscan's Data

    Activating SAME Standby Mode After you have programmed FIPS codes for one or more SAME locations, you can activate SAME Standby Mode: 1. Press , then press to select the strongest NOAA  or  channel for your area. 2. Press SKIP to select Standby Mode. The speaker silences and SKIP Normal appears at the bottom of the screen.

  • Page 23: Removing And Inserting The Sd Card, Sd Card Contents

    STMP SD Card Error Messages iSCAN’s SD card must be formatted correctly to work with the scanner. If the SD card is corrupted, defective, improperly formatted, improperly installed, or missing, iSCAN will report one or more of the SD card...

  • Page 24: Installing The Iscan Pc Application

    Installing the iSCAN PC Application iSCAN comes with a powerful, easy-to-use PC Application used for: • Updating the Library to the most current version • Formatting and maintaining the SD card • Making changes to iSCAN’s programming and configuration • Updating iSCAN’s firmware for enhancements and bug fixes Refer to the iSCAN PC Application’s Help system to learn how to use the iSCAN PC Application. To install, insert the CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.

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    Custom Setup If you selected the custom install, this screen will appear allowing you to choose the components to be installed. Once the components have been selected, click “Next” to continue. Destination Folder Select the destination folder for the application and the USB cable drivers.

  • Page 26: Additional Information, Flash Patterns

    Additional Information Flash Patterns Each object uses a 32-step Flash Pattern that you can define so you can identify an active object at a glance from across the room. Flash patterns are defined in the Edit Objects Menu (see “Editing Objects” on page 29.). Each step in the 32-step flash pattern defines whether the backlight is on or off for the durations specified in the “On Time”...

  • Page 27: Troubleshooting

    The USB cable Connect the USB cable to the scanner is not plugged and the computer to proceed. into the com- puter or the scanner.

  • Page 28: Specifications

    Specifications Frequency Range Step 25.0000 − 26.9600 MHz 10 kHz 26.9650 − 27.4050 MHz 10 kHz 27.4100 − 29.5050 MHz 5 kHz 29.5100 − 29.7000 MHz 5 kHz 29.7100 − 49.8300 MHz 10 kHz 49.8350 − 54.0000 MHz 5 kHz 108.000 − 136.9916 MHz 8.33 kHz 137.000 − 137.995 MHz 5 kHz 138.000 − 143.9875 MHz 12.5 kHz 144.000 − 147.9950 MHz 5 kHz 148.000 − 150.7875 MHz 12.5 kHz 150.800 − 150.8450 MHz 5 kHz 150.8525 − 154.4975 MHz 7.5 kHz...

  • Page 29: Birdie Frequencies, Care, Service And Repair

    Occasionally, the searching will stop as if it has found a signal, often without any sound. This is a birdie. Make a list of all the birdies in your scanner for future reference.

  • Page 30: Fcc Notice, Scanning Legally, Key Terminology

    Doing so could subject you to legal penalties. In some areas, mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit. Check the laws in your area. We encourage responsible, legal scanner use.

  • Page 31: Limited Warranty

    Indicates relative signal strength of a received signal. Scan Search to find an active frequency through channels. Scanner Wideband radio receiver for performing search/scan to find an active frequency. It can receive Aircraft, CB, Fire, FRS, HAM, Militarily-air, Public safety, Railroad communication, Weather broadcast, etc.

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    FOR ONLY $7.50 A QUARTER, RADIOREFERENCE.COM ALSO PROVIDES PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS, WHICH ENTITLES PAID MEMBERS ACCESS TO: • The Web service, to allow software applications to program a scanner directly from the RadioReference Database. • PDF Downloads of database information for easy printing.

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    Protect the environment by recycling your used electronics. Go to to find an electronic recycling center near you. Motorola, Smartnet, Smartzone, Omnilink, and Privacy Plus are registered trademarks of Motorola Inc. EDACS is a registered trademark of Harris Inc. LTR is a registered trademark of E.F. Johnson, Inc. ©2009.

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