Radio Shack PRO-89 Owner`s manual

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Cat. No. 20-561
OWNER’S MANUAL
PRO-63 100-Channel
Portable Event Scanner
Please read before using this equipment.
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INTRODUCTION
Your new Radio Shack PRO-63 100-Channel Portable Event
Scanner lets you in on all the action — in the pits at the big race,
on the sidelines at a pro football game, or on the streets of your
home town. This scanner gives you direct access to over 24,000
exciting frequencies, including those used by participants and
staff at sporting events and air shows, police and fire departments,
ambulance services, and amateur radio services. You can select
up to 100 channels to scan and you can change your selections at
any time.
The secret to your scanner’s ability to scan so many frequencies
is its custom-designed microprocessor — a tiny, built-in computer.
Your scanner has all these special features.
Ten Preprogrammed Search Bands — let you search for transmissions within preset frequency ranges, so you can find interesting frequencies more quickly.
Ten Preprogrammed Weather Frequencies — keep you informed about current weather conditions.
Ten Channel-Storage Banks — let you store 10 channels in
each bank to group channels so calls are easier to identify.
Two-Second Scan Delay — delays scanning for about 2 seconds
before moving to another channel, so you can hear more replies.
Channel Skip — lets you set your scanner to keep channels you
select from being scanned.
Memory Bank Scan — lets you scan frequencies you stored in
any of the scanner’s channel-storage banks.
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All Rights Reserved.
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Direct Channel Access — lets you directly access any stored
channel while you scan the banks.
Button — lets you lock the scanner’s keys to help prevent
accidentally changing the scanner’s programming.
Priority Channel — you can set the scanner to check one channel every 2 seconds so you do not miss important calls.
Auto Lock — lets you lock the scanner’s programmed channels
to keep you from accidentally erasing frequencies stored in the
channels.
ATT (Attenuate) Button — reduces the scanner’s sensitivity to
strong local signals, to reduce interference or noise caused by
these signals.
Liquid Crystal Display — makes it easy to view and change programming information.
Display Backlight — makes the display easy to read in dimly-lit
areas.
Three Power Options — let you power the scanner from alkaline
or rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries, or external AC or DC
power.
Flexible Antenna with BNC Connector — provides excellent reception and is designed to help prevent antenna breakage.
Memory Backup — keeps channel frequencies stored in memory
for up to 10 years during a power loss.
For your records, we urge you to record your scanner’s serial
number in the space below. The serial number is located on the
scanner’s back panel.
Serial Number: ________________
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Your PRO-63 scanner can receive all of these frequencies.
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29-54 MHz (10-Meter Amateur Radio, VHF Lo, 6-Meter
Amateur Radio)
•
108-136.975 MHz (Aircraft/Air Shows)
•
137-174 MHz (Aircraft/Air Shows, Auto Racing, Government,
Motion Picture/Video Industry, Pro Sports Teams, Radio/TV
Remote Broadcast Pickup, Stadiums/Venues,
2-Meter
Amateur Radio, VHF Hi)
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380-512 MHz (Aircraft/Air Shows, Auto Racing, Government,
Pro Sports Teams, Radio/TV Remote Broadcast Pickup, 70Centimeter Amateur Radio, Stadiums/Venues, UHF Lo, UHF
“T” Band)
Your PRO-63 scanner contains the following preprogrammed
search bands.
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29-50 MHz (10-Meter Amateur Radio, VHF Lo)
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50-54 MHz (6-Meter Amateur Radio)
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108-136.975 MHz (Aircraft/Air Shows)
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137-144 MHz (Aircraft/Air Shows, Government)
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144-148 MHz (2-Meter Amateur Radio)
•
148-174 MHz (Auto Racing, Motion Picture/Video Industry,
Pro Sports Teams, Radio/TV Remote Broadcast Pickup, Stadiums/Venues)
•
380-420 MHz (Military Aircraft/Air Shows)
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420-450 MHz (70-Centimeter Amateur Radio)
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450-470 MHz (Auto Racing, Pro Sports Teams, Radio/TV
Remote Broadcast Pickup, Stadiums/Venues)
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470-512 MHz (UHF “T” Band)
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This owner’s manual also includes the section “A General Guide
to Scanning,” which helps you find frequency ranges to scan for a
wide variety of broadcasters.
Note: Mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit
in some areas. Check the laws in your area.
FCC NOTICE
Your scanner might cause TV or radio interference even when it
is operating properly. To determine whether or not your scanner is
causing the interference, turn off your scanner. If the interference
goes away, your scanner is causing it. Try to eliminate the interference by:
•
Moving your scanner away from the receiver.
•
Connecting your scanner to an outlet that is on a different
electrical circuit from the receiver.
•
Contacting your local Radio Shack store for help.
If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you
stop using your scanner.
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SCANNING LEGALLY
Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups
including police and fire departments, ambulance services, government agencies, private companies, amateur radio services,
military operations, pager services, and wireline (telephone and
telegraph) service providers. It is legal to listen to almost every
transmission your scanner can receive. However, there are some
transmissions you should never intentionally listen to. These include:
•
Telephone conversations (either cellular, cordless, or other
private means of telephone signal transmission)
•
Pager transmissions
•
Any scrambled or encrypted transmissions
According to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA),
you are subject to fines and possible imprisonment for intentionally listening to, using, or divulging the contents of such a transmission unless you have the consent of a party to the communication
(unless such activity is otherwise illegal).
Radio Shack encourages responsible, legal scanner use.
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CONTENTS
PREPARATION ........................................................................ 9
Connecting the Flexible Antenna........................................9
Installing Batteries ............................................................. 9
Important Information About the PWR and
CHG Jacks...........................................................12
Charging Nickel-Cadmium Batteries .........................12
Resetting the Scanner .................................................... 13
Using the Belt Clip.......................................................... 14
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCANNER .................................. 15
A Look at the Keypad ...................................................... 15
A Look at the Display....................................................... 16
BANDS AND BANKS ............................................................ 18
Search Bands...................................................................18
Channel-Storage Banks ..................................................19
BASIC OPERATION ..............................................................20
Turning On the Scanner and Setting Squelch ..................20
Searching For and Storing Active Frequencies ............... 21
Limit Search .............................................................22
Manually Storing Frequencies.................................. 23
Scanning the Stored Channels........................................ 25
Scanning All Channels .............................................25
Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off ............25
Scanning a Channel-Storage Bank ..........................26
Manually Selecting a Channel ......................................... 26
Listening to the Weather Band ........................................ 27
ADVANCED OPERATION ..................................................... 28
Delay ...............................................................................28
Skipping Channels........................................................... 28
Priority ............................................................................. 29
Using Channel Lock ........................................................ 30
Using the Display Backlight ............................................. 30
Using the Attenuator........................................................ 31
Turning the Key Tone On and Off ....................................31
Using the Keylock............................................................ 32
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OPTIONS ............................................................................... 33
Connecting Optional Power Sources .............................. 33
Using AC Power....................................................... 33
Using Vehicle Battery Power ................................... 34
Connecting a Mobile or Base-Station Antenna ............... 35
Connecting an Earphone/Headphones .......................... 37
Listening Safely ....................................................... 37
Traffic Safety............................................................ 38
Connecting an Extension Speaker................................. 38
A GENERAL GUIDE TO SCANNING..................................... 39
United States Broadcast Band ........................................ 39
Typical Band Usage ........................................................ 39
VHF Band (30.00-300.0 MHz) ................................. 39
UHF Band (300.00 MHz-3.0 GHz) ........................... 40
Primary Usage ................................................................ 41
VHF Band ................................................................ 41
UHF Band ................................................................ 41
Specified Intervals........................................................... 42
Band Allocation ............................................................... 42
Ham Radio Frequencies .................................................. 47
National Weather Frequencies........................................ 47
Birdie Frequencies .......................................................... 48
Frequency Conversion .................................................... 49
TROUBLESHOOTING........................................................... 50
CARE AND MAINTENANCE ................................................. 52
SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................. 53
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PREPARATION
CONNECTING THE FLEXIBLE ANTENNA
1. Hold the antenna so it stands straight up.
2. Slip the slots in the antenna’s connector over the tabs on the
ANT jack on top of the scanner.
3. Press down and turn the antenna’s base clockwise until it
locks into place.
Note: Instead of the supplied flexible antenna, you can connect a
mobile or base-station antenna (not supplied) to your scanner. For
more information, see “Connecting a Mobile or Base-Station Antenna” on Page 35.
INSTALLING BATTERIES
You can power your scanner with six AA batteries. For the longest
operation and best performance, we recommend alkaline batteries, such as Cat. No. 23-552. Or, you can use rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries (Cat. No. 23-125).
Note: You can also power your scanner from either standard AC
power (using an optional AC adapter) or vehicle battery power
(using an optional DC cigarette lighter adapter). See “Connecting
Optional Power Sources” on Page 33 for more information.
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Follow these steps to install or replace batteries.
1. If the scanner is on, turn VOLUME OFF/MAX fully counterclockwise until it clicks to turn it off.
VO LUME SQUELCH
O F F M A X MI N M A X
2. While pressing and holding down the battery compartment
cover on the bottom of the scanner, slide the cover in the
direction of the arrow to remove it.
3. Remove the battery holder from the battery compartment.
4. Remove any old batteries from the battery holder.
Cautions:
• Always dispose of old non-rechargeable batteries
promptly and properly. Do not bury or burn them.
• Never leave dead or weak batteries in the battery holder.
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• Never mix rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries,
or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.
5. Insert six batteries in the battery holder as indicated by the
polarity symbols (+ and –) marked on the battery holder and
inside the battery compartment.
6. Replace the battery holder in the battery compartment.
Caution: The battery holder fits only one way inside the battery compartment. Do not force it.
7. Replace the battery compartment cover.
If BATT flashes on the display and the scanner beeps, immediately replace all six non-rechargeable batteries, or recharge all six
rechargeable batteries. See “Important Information About the
PWR and CHG Jacks” and “Charging Nickel-Cadmium Batteries”
on Page 12.
Important: This product is capable of using rechargeable nickelcadmium batteries. At the end of the batteries’ useful life, they
must be recycled or disposed of properly. Contact your local,
county, or state hazardous waste management authorities for information on recycling or disposal programs in your area. Some
options that might be available are: municipal curb-side collection,
drop-off boxes at retailers, recycling collection centers, and mailback programs.
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Important Information About the PWR and CHG
Jacks
There are two external jacks on the left side of the scanner — PWR
and CHG. It is important that you understand the purpose of each
jack before you connect any adapter to the scanner.
The PWR jack powers the scanner and disconnects the internal
batteries. You can use this jack with either an AC adapter or DC
cigarette lighter adapter, regardless of the type of batteries you installed.
The CHG jack powers the scanner and also charges the internal
batteries. The CHG jack is covered by a plastic plug. Use the CHG
jack only when rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries are installed.
Warning: Never use the CHG jack with non-rechargeable batteries installed. If you try to recharge non-rechargeable batteries,
they become very hot and could explode.
Charging Nickel-Cadmium Batteries
The scanner has a built-in charging circuit that lets you recharge
nickel-cadmium batteries while they are in the scanner. To charge
the batteries, simply connect an AC or DC adapter to the scanner’s CHG jack (see “Connecting Optional Power Sources” on
Page 33).
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Warning: Do not connect either adapter to the scanner’s CHG jack
if you installed non-rechargeable batteries (standard, extra-life, or
alkaline). Non-rechargeable batteries become hot and can explode if you try to recharge them.
It takes about 10 to 18 hours to recharge batteries that are fully
discharged. You can operate the scanner while recharging nickelcadmium batteries, but the charging time is lengthened.
Cautions:
•
Do not overcharge nickel-cadmium batteries.
•
To prevent damaging nickel-cadmium batteries, never
charge them in an area where the temperature is above
90°F or below 40°F.
Note: Nickel-cadmium batteries last longer and deliver more power if you occasionally let them fully discharge. To do this, simply
use the scanner until BATT flashes on the scanner’s display and
the scanner beeps. Then fully charge the batteries.
RESETTING THE SCANNER
If the scanner’s display locks up or does not work properly after
you connect a power source, you might need to reset the scanner.
Caution: This procedure clears all the information you programmed into the scanner. Use this procedure only when you are
sure your scanner is not working properly.
1. If the scanner is on, turn VOLUME OFF/MAX counterclockwise
until it clicks to turn it off.
2. While you press and hold down the BAND/• and 0 keys, turn
on the scanner.
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3. After 2 seconds, release BAND/• and 0.
USING THE BELT CLIP
You can use the belt clip attached to the back of the scanner for
hands-free carrying when you are on the go. Simply slide the belt
clip over your belt or waistband.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCANNER
A LOOK AT THE KEYPAD
A quick look at the scanner’s keys will help you understand the
scanner’s functions.
Number Keys — each key has a single digit on it and a range of
numbers printed above it. The single digits refer to the number of
a channel or a frequency. The range of numbers (80-89, for example) shows the channels that make up a channel storage bank. In
addition, the keypad has different functions in the manual and
scan modes.
M.SCAN — scans through the channels you have stored.
M.BANK — scans a channel storage bank you select.
BAND/• — selects a preprogrammed search band or enters the
decimal point when programming frequencies.
MANUAL — stops scanning and lets you directly enter a channel
number or frequency.
DELAY — turns the delay function on or off.
PRI — turns the priority channel function on or off.
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WX — scans through the 10 preprogrammed weather channels.
LIGHT — a quick press turns on the display’s backlight for 5 seconds, or turns off the backlight if it is on.
— starts searching for active frequencies so you
SEARCH /
can find ones you want to store, or selects the search direction
when you scan channels or manually step through them.
SKIP — selects channels to skip during scanning.
ATT — turns attenuation on to reduce the scanner’s sensitivity, or
turns it off to increase it.
— locks/unlocks the keypad (except LIGHT) to prevent accidental entries.
LOCK — locks the stored channels to prevent accidental changes.
ENTER —enters frequencies into channels.
A LOOK AT THE DISPLAY
A quick look at the display should help you understand what the
scanner can do.
— appears when you lock the keypad.
M.BANK — appears with numbers (0-9) to show when the scanner scans through a selected channel storage bank. A bar under
the number shows that the bank is selected.
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M.SCAN — appears with numbers (0-9) to show which channelstorage banks are turned on for scanning. A bar under the number
shows that the channel-storage bank is selected. See “Bands and
Banks” on Page 18.
BATT — flashes when the batteries are low.
CH — appears with a number (00-99) to show which of the 100
channels the scanner is tuned to.
P — appears when the scanner is tuned to the priority channel.
888.8888 — digits in the middle of the display show which frequency the scanner is tuned to.
WX — appears when you scan or search the 10 preprogrammed
weather channels.
and
— indicate the search or scan direction.
SRCH — appears during a frequency search.
SKIP — appears when you manually select a channel you
skipped while scanning.
MAN — appears when you manually select a channel.
PRI — appears when the priority feature is selected.
DLY — appears when you turn on the scanner’s 2-second delay
feature.
ATT — appears when you turn on the scanner’s attenuate feature.
L — appears beside the channel number when you lock the channel.
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BANDS AND BANKS
SEARCH BANDS
Your scanner can tune over 24,000 different frequencies. Each of
these frequencies is contained within a group of frequencies
called a band. The scanner uses permanent memory locations
called search bands (0-9) to group these bands. You can search
these bands to quickly find active frequencies you might want to
store into the scanner’s channels (see “Channel-Storage Banks”
on Page 19).
The scanner has the following search bands.
Search Band
Search Range
(MHz)
0
29–50
1
50–54
2
108–137
3
137–144
4
144–148
5
148–174
6
380–420
7
420–450
8
450–470
9
470–512
For example, if you wanted to search for transmissions between
pilots and the control tower at an air show, you could search only
the search bands where you are most likely to hear the transmissions (2, 3, and 6).
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Notes:
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The frequencies in the scanner’s search bands are preset.
You cannot change them.
•
“Band Allocation” on Page 42 lists frequency ranges and the
broadcasters you are likely to hear on those frequencies.
•
Although the scanner displays 108-137 when you select
search band 2, it receives frequencies of 108 to 136.975
MHz in the search band.
CHANNEL-STORAGE BANKS
You can store up to 100 frequencies into memory locations within
the scanner called channels. You can store one frequency in each
of the 100 channels.
To make it easier to identify and select the frequencies you want
to listen to, the scanner’s channels are divided into 10 channelstorage banks (0– 9). Each channel-storage bank contains ten
channels.
You can use each channel-storage bank to group frequencies of
the same type, such as those used by racing teams, aircraft and
the control tower, the police department, and ambulance services
(see “A General Guide to Scanning” on Page 39).
For example, you might want to listen to communications between
the driver of Car 26 and his pit crew at a stock car race. Additionally, there might be other broadcasters at the race you want to listen to, such as the medical center, pace car, and crowd security.
To make it easier to remember where you stored the driver’s frequency, you could program the frequency into Channel 26 (the
same number as his car), then program frequencies for the other
broadcasters in the same bank (starting with Channel 20).
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BASIC OPERATION
TURNING ON THE SCANNER AND
SETTING SQUELCH
Note: Make sure the scanner’s antenna is connected before you
turn it on.
1. Turn SQUELCH MIN/MAX fully counterclockwise.
VO LUME SQUELCH
O F F M A X MI N M A X
2. Turn VOLUME OFF/MAX clockwise until it clicks and you hear
a hissing sound.
VO LUME SQUELCH
O F F M A X MI N M A X
3. Turn SQUELCH MIN/MAX clockwise, then leave it set to a
point just after the hissing sound stops.
The scanner automatically starts scanning channels. Press MANUAL to stop scanning.
Note: If you have not stored frequencies into any channels (see
“Searching For and Storing Active Frequencies” on Page 21), the
scanner does not scan.
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Notes:
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If the scanner picks up unwanted, partial, or very weak transmissions, turn SQUELCH MIN/MAX clockwise to decrease the
scanner’s sensitivity to these signals. If you want to listen to
a weak or distant station, turn SQUELCH MIN/MAX counterclockwise.
•
If SQUELCH MIN/MAX is adjusted so you always hear a hissing sound, the scanner does not scan properly.
SEARCHING FOR AND STORING ACTIVE
FREQUENCIES
You can store up to 100 frequencies into your scanner’s channels
using either of the following methods.
•
Limit search within a range of preprogrammed frequencies
•
Manual storage
Good references for active frequencies are Radio Shack’s “Beyond Police Call,” “Police Call Radio Guide Including Fire and
Emergency Services,” “Aeronautical Frequency Directory,” and
“Radio!” magazine. We update these references often, so be sure
to get a current copy. See also “A General Guide to Scanning” on
Page 39.
If you do not have a reference to frequencies in your area, follow
the steps in “Limit Search” on Page 22 to search for transmissions.
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Limit Search
If you do not know a frequency to store, you can select a search
band containing a preprogrammed frequency range and search
that range for active frequencies. Then you can store frequencies
you find there into channels. SRCH appears on the display during
a search.
1. Press BAND/•.
2. Within about 2 seconds, enter the search band number. The
band’s number appears next to b on the left side of the display and the frequency range of the search band appears on
the right. Then the next available channel flashes.
Notes:
•
If you do not press a number key within 2 seconds after you
press BAND/•, the number for the previously selected search
band is displayed, then the scanner displays the next available channel number (or 00 if you have not stored frequencies into any channels). If this happens, simply press the
search band’s number key again to select the band you
want.
•
You can also repeatedly press BAND/• in Step 2 instead of
entering a number to select a search band.
After you select a search band, the scanner automatically searches from the lower limit to the upper limit through all frequencies in
the search band.
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When the scanner stops on an active frequency, press ENTER to
store it in the flashing channel or press and hold
or
for about
a second to continue the search.
Notes:
•
To search the frequency band upward or downward step by
step (5, 12.5, or 25 kHz), quickly press and release
or .
or
disappears from the display. See “Specified Intervals”on Page 42.
•
To quickly move upward or downward through the range of
frequencies, press and hold down
or
. The scanner
tunes through the frequencies until you release
or .
•
If you try to store a frequency you already stored in another
channel, dUPL flashes on the display for about 3 seconds,
and the channel number where the frequency was previously
stored appears for about 3 seconds. Select another frequency or press ENTER again to store the frequency into the
channel.
•
After you store a frequency into the last available channel,
the scanner displays Ch FULL when you press
or . If
you press
or
again, the scanner continues the search
but -- flashes on the display. To store more frequencies, you
must unlock some channels. See “Using Channel Lock” on
Page 30.
Manually Storing Frequencies
If you know a frequency you want to store, follow these steps to
store it manually.
1. Press MANUAL. MAN appears.
2. Use the number keys to enter the channel number (00 to 99)
where you want to store the frequency, then press
or .
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Hint: If you are storing a frequency used by a specific broadcaster (such as a racing team), you can remember where
you stored the frequency by storing it in the same channel
number as the team’s car number.
Note: If you enter an invalid channel number, the scanner
beeps three times and Error flashes on the display for about
4 seconds. Simply repeat this step.
3. Using the number keys, enter the frequency you want to
store into that channel. Use BAND/• to enter the decimal
point.
4. Press ENTER to store the frequency.
Notes:
•
If you entered an invalid frequency in Step 3, the scanner
beeps three times and Error flashes on the display for
about 4 seconds. Simply repeat Steps 3 and 4.
•
Your scanner automatically rounds the entered frequency
down to the closest valid frequency. For example, if you try
to enter a frequency of 151.4730, your scanner accepts it as
151.4700.
•
If you entered a frequency that is already stored in another
channel, the scanner beeps and dUPL flashes on the display for about 5 seconds, then the channel number where
you tried to store the duplicate frequency appears (next to
the flashing frequency).
• To store the frequency, press ENTER again.
• To store a different frequency, repeat Steps 3 and 4 to
enter another frequency and store it.
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•
If you tried to store a frequency in a locked channel, the
scanner beeps once and L (next to the channel number) and
LOC flash on the display, then the frequency flashes. To
store the frequency, either unlock the channel (see “Using
Channel Lock” on Page 30) and repeat Steps 1-4, or repeat
Steps 2-4 to select another channel and store the frequency.
Repeat Steps 2-4 to store more frequencies into channels. Or, if
you want to program the next channel in sequence, press
or
,
then repeat Steps 3-4.
Note: When you store a frequency in a channel, the scanner automatically locks that channel (see “Using Channel Lock” on Page 30).
SCANNING THE STORED CHANNELS
Scanning All Channels
To begin scanning all the stored channels in your scanner, press
M.SCAN. The scanner scans through all channels in the activated
banks which are not skipped (see “Skipping Channels” on
Page 28).
Note: Press
or
to change the scan direction.
Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off
You can turn each channel-storage bank on and off. When you
turn off a bank, the scanner does not scan any of the 10 channels
in that bank.
While scanning, press the number key of the bank you want to turn
on or off. If the memory bank indicator bar is on, the bank is turned
on and the scanner scans all channels within that bank that are not
skipped. If the indicator is off, the scanner does not scan any of
the channels within that bank.
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Notes:
•
You can manually select any channel in a bank, even if the
bank is turned off.
•
You cannot turn off all banks. There must be at least one
active bank.
•
You cannot turn on a bank where all the channels in the bank
are skipped (see “Skipping Channels” on Page 28).
Scanning a Channel-Storage Bank
You can scan a single channel-storage bank. Select the channelstorage bank you want to scan, then press M.BANK. The scanner
starts scanning channels in the selected bank that are not
skipped.
To select and scan another bank, repeatedly press M.BANK to
move the bar on the top of the display under the bank you want.
To select a channel within the bank, enter the channel number.
MANUALLY SELECTING A CHANNEL
You can continuously monitor a specific channel without scanning. This is useful if you want to hear a broadcast on a channel
and do not want to miss any details (even though there might be
periods of silence) or if you want to monitor a locked-out channel
(see “Skipping Channels” on Page 28).
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Follow these steps to manually select a channel.
1. Press MANUAL. MAN appears on the display.
2. Enter the channel number.
3. Press MANUAL.
4. To select another channel within the bank, repeatedly press
to select higher channels or
to select lower channels.
Or, if your scanner is scanning and stops at the desired channel,
press MANUAL once before the scanner continues to scan.
LISTENING TO THE WEATHER BAND
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has allocated
11 channels for use by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA broadcasts your local forecast and regional weather information on one or more of these channels. We
have preprogrammed your scanner with 10 of the U.S. frequencies available to NOAA.
To scan the preprogrammed weather channels, press WX.
To manually tune through the preprogrammed weather channels,
repeatedly press WX until MAN appears on the display. Then repeatedly press
to select higher channels or
to select lower
channels.
Note: For a list of all 11 national weather frequencies, see “National Weather Frequencies” on Page 47.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
DELAY
Many agencies use a two-way radio system that might have a
pause of several seconds between a query and a reply. Your
scanner’s delay feature lets it wait for 2 seconds after each transmission on a channel or frequency while scanning or searching.
To program a 2-second delay, press DELAY while the channel or
frequency is selected. DLY appears. When your scanner stops on
the channel or frequency while scanning or searching, it waits for
2 seconds after each transmission on that channel or frequency
before it resumes scanning or searching.
SKIPPING CHANNELS
You can increase the scanner’s effective scanning speed by skipping those channels that have a continuous transmission, such as
a weather channel.
To skip a channel while scanning, press SKIP while the channel is
selected. SKIP appears on the display.
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To remove the skip from a channel, manually select the channel,
then press SKIP. SKIP disappears from the display.
Notes:
•
The scanner automatically skips empty channels.
•
You cannot remove the skip from an empty channel.
PRIORITY
You can scan through channels and still not miss an important or
interesting call on a specific channel. Channel 00 (the first channel
in Bank 0) is preset as the priority channel.
When the priority feature is turned on, the scanner checks Channel 00 every 2 seconds, and stays on the channel if there is activity. If there is no activity, P flashes on the display every 2 seconds.
To turn on the priority feature, press PRI. PRI appears on the display. To turn off the priority feature, press PRI again. PRI disappears from the display.
Notes:
•
Channel 00 is preset as the priority channel. You cannot
change it.
•
The scanner automatically skips the priority channel when
there is no transmission on the channel. If there is a transmission on the channel, you must turn off the priority feature
to skip the priority channel.
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USING CHANNEL LOCK
When you enter a frequency into a channel, the scanner automatically locks the channel to prevent it from being overwritten by another frequency. L appears to the left of the channel number.
To unlock a channel, press LOCK. L disappears from the display.
Follow these steps to unlock all channels.
1. Press MANUAL.
2. While pressing and holding down ENTER, press and hold
down LOCK until the scanner beeps three times.
To manually lock a channel, select the channel, then press LOCK.
L appears to the left of the channel number.
USING THE DISPLAY BACKLIGHT
You can turn on the display’s backlight for easy viewing in dimlylit areas. Press LIGHT to turn on the display light for 5 seconds. To
turn off the light before it automatically turns off, press LIGHT
again.
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USING THE ATTENUATOR
To reduce interference or noise caused by strong signals, you can
reduce the scanner’s sensitivity to these signals. Press ATT until
ATT appears on the display to reduce the scanner’s sensitivity.
Note: If you turn on this feature, the scanner might not receive
weak signals.
To turn off the attenuator, press ATT again. ATT disappears from
the display.
TURNING THE KEY TONE ON AND OFF
Each time you press any of the scanner’s keys (except
LIGHT), the scanner sounds a tone.
and
Follow these steps to turn the scanner’s key tone on or off.
1. If the scanner is on, turn VOLUME OFF/MAX counterclockwise
until it clicks to turn it off.
2. While you press and hold down the 2 and ENTER keys, turn
on the scanner.
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3. After a second, release 2 and ENTER.
USING THE KEYLOCK
Once you program your scanner, you can protect it from accidental program changes by turning on the keylock feature. When the
keypad is locked, the only controls that operate are LIGHT, VOLUME OFF/MAX , and SQUELCH MIN/MAX. (However, the scanner
continues to scan channels).
To turn on the keylock, press and hold down
for about 3 seconds until the scanner beeps three times and
appears on the
display. To turn it off, press and hold down
for about 3 seconds until the scanner beeps three times and
disappears
from the display.
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OPTIONS
CONNECTING OPTIONAL POWER
SOURCES
Using AC Power
To operate the scanner from AC power, you need an AC adapter
such as Radio Shack Cat. No. 273-1665.
Cautions:
•
To prevent electric shock, the plug’s blades are polarized
and fit only one way. If the plug does not fit easily, turn it over
and try again. Do not force the plug into the AC outlet.
•
You must use an AC adapter that supplies 9 volts and delivers at least 300 milliamps. Its center tip must be set to negative, and its plug must correctly fit the scanner’s PWR and
CHG jacks. The recommended adapter meets these specifications. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could seriously damage the scanner or the adapter.
•
Always plug the AC adapter’s barrel plug into the scanner
before you plug the adapter’s power module into the AC outlet. Always unplug the adapter’s power module from the AC
outlet before you unplug the adapter’s barrel plug from the
scanner.
Plug the adapter’s barrel plug into the scanner’s PWR jack. Then
plug the adapter’s power module into a standard AC outlet.
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Note: If you installed rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries in
the scanner, you can connect the AC adapter to the CHG jack.
Simply remove the rubber cap from the CHG jack, connect the AC
adapter’s barrel plug to the jack, then plug the adapter’s power
module into a standard AC outlet. This powers the scanner and recharges the batteries at the same time. See “Charging NickelCadmium Batteries” on Page 12.
Using Vehicle Battery Power
To operate the scanner from your vehicle’s battery, you need a
DC cigarette lighter adapter such as Cat. No. 270-1560.
Cautions:
•
You must use a DC adapter that supplies (regulated) 9-volt
power and delivers at least 300 milliamps. Its center tip must
be set to negative, and its plug must correctly fit the scanner’s PWR and CHG jacks. The recommended adapter meets
these specifications. Using an adapter that does not meet
these specifications could seriously damage the scanner or
the adapter.
•
To protect your vehicle’s electrical system, always plug the
adapter into the scanner before you plug it into your vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter socket. Always unplug the adapter from the
vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket before you unplug it from
the scanner.
Follow these steps to connect the DC adapter.
1. Connect the DC adapter’s orange barrel plug to the
adapter’s cable, with the tip set to – (negative).
2. Set the adapter’s voltage switch to 9V.
3. Plug the adapter’s barrel plug into the scanner’s PWR jack.
Then plug the other end of the adapter into your vehicle’s
cigarette lighter socket.
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Notes:
•
If you installed rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries in the
scanner, you can connect the DC cigarette lighter adapter to
the CHG jack. Simply remove the rubber cap from the CHG
jack, connect the adapter’s barrel plug to the jack, then plug
the other end of the adapter into your vehicle’s cigarette
lighter socket. This powers the scanner and recharges the
batteries at the same time. See “Charging Nickel-Cadmium
Batteries” on Page 12.
•
If the scanner does not operate properly when you use a DC
cigarette lighter adapter, unplug the adapter from the lighter
socket and clean the socket to remove ashes and other
debris.
CONNECTING A MOBILE OR BASESTATION ANTENNA
Instead of the supplied flexible antenna, you can connect a mobile
or base-station antenna (not supplied) to your scanner. Your local
Radio Shack store sells a wide variety of antennas. Choose the
one that best meets your needs.
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When deciding on a mobile or base-station antenna and its location, consider the following:
•
The antenna should be mounted as high as possible.
•
The antenna and antenna cable should be as far as possible
from sources of electrical noise (appliances, ignition systems, gauges, and so on).
•
The antenna should be vertical for the best performance.
When connecting an optional antenna, always use 50-ohm coaxial cable, such as RG-58 (Cat. No. 278-1314) or RG-8/M (Cat. No.
278-1313). For lengths over 50 feet, use RG-8 low-loss dielectric
coaxial cable (Cat. No. 278-1312). If the coaxial cable’s connector
does not fit in the scanner’s ANT jack, you might also need a PL259-to-BNC antenna plug adapter, such as Cat. No. 278-120.
Your local Radio Shack store carries a wide variety of coaxial antenna cable and connectors.
Follow the mounting instructions supplied with the antenna. Then
route the antenna cable to the scanner, and connect it to the ANT
jack on the top of the scanner.
Cautions:
•
Do not route the cable over sharp edges or moving parts.
•
Do not run the cable next to power cables.
•
Do not run the cable through a vehicle’s engine compartment or other areas that produce extreme heat.
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Warning: Use extreme caution when you install or remove an outdoor antenna. If the antenna starts to fall, let it go! It could contact
overhead power lines. If the antenna touches a power line, contact
with the antenna, mast, cable, or guy wires can cause electrocution and death. Call the power company to remove the antenna.
DO NOT attempt to do so yourself.
CONNECTING AN EARPHONE/
HEADPHONES
For private listening, you can plug an optional earphone or monaural headphones (such as Cat. No. 33-175 or Cat. No. 20-210,
not supplied) into the
jack on top of your scanner. This automatically disconnects the internal speaker. Your local Radio
Shack store has a wide selection of earphones.
Note: In a noisy area, monaural headphones might provide more
comfortable listening.
Listening Safely
To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use an
earphone or headphones.
•
Set the volume to the lowest setting before you begin listening. After you begin listening, adjust the volume to a comfortable level.
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•
Do not listen at extremely high volume levels. Extended
high-volume listening can lead to permanent hearing loss.
•
Once you set the volume, do not increase it. Over time, your
ears adapt to the volume level, so a volume level that does
not cause discomfort might still damage your hearing.
Traffic Safety
Do not wear an earphone or headphones while operating a motor
vehicle or riding a bicycle. This can create a traffic hazard and is
illegal in some areas.
Even though some earphones and headphones are designed to
let you hear some outside sounds when listening at normal volume levels, they still present a traffic hazard.
CONNECTING AN EXTENSION SPEAKER
In a noisy area, an extension speaker (such as Cat. No. 21-549)
or an amplified speaker (such as Cat. No. 21-541), positioned in
the right place, might provide more comfortable listening. Plug the
speaker cable’s 1/8-inch mini-plug into your scanner’s
jack.
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A GENERAL GUIDE TO SCANNING
Reception of the frequencies covered by your scanner is mainly
“line-of-sight.” This means you cannot usually hear stations that
are beyond the horizon.
UNITED STATES BROADCAST BAND
In the United States, there are several broadcast bands. The standard AM and FM bands are probably the most well known. There
are also four television audio broadcast bands — the lower three
transmit on the VHF band and the fourth transmits on the UHF
band. You can use your scanner to monitor the 470– 512 MHz portion of the UHF band.
TYPICAL BAND USAGE
The following charts show the types of broadcasts you can hear in
each band, the number of the search band where you can search
for them, and the frequency range of the broadcasts.
VHF Band (30.00-300.0 MHz)
Broadcast Type
Search
Band
Frequency Range (MHz)
10-Meter Amateur, VHF
Lo
0
29.00
50.00
6-Meter Amateur
1
50.00
54.00
Aircraft/Air Shows
2
108.00
136.975
Aircraft/Air Shows/Government
3
137.00
144.00
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Broadcast Type
Search
Band
2-Meter Amateur
4
144.00
148.00
Auto Racing, Motion Picture/Video Industry, Pro
Sports Teams, Radio/TV
Remote Broadcast Pickup, Stadiums/Venues
5
148.00
174.00
Frequency Range (MHz)
UHF Band (300.00 MHz — 3.0 GHz)
Broadcast Type
Search
Band
Frequency Range (MHz)
Military Aircraft/Air
Shows
6
380.00
384.00
US Government
6,7
406.00
450.00
70-Centimeter Amateur
7
420.00
450.00
Auto Racing, Pro Sports
Teams, Radio/TV Remote Broadcast Pickup,
Stadiums/Venues
8
450.00
470.00
FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wideband
9
470.00
512.00
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PRIMARY USAGE
As a general rule, most radio activity is concentrated on the following frequencies:
VHF Band
Broadcast Type
Search
Band
Frequency Range (MHz)
Government, Police, and
Fire
5
153.785
155.980
Emergency Services
5
158.730
159.460
Railroad
5
160.000
161.900
UHF Band
Broadcast Type
Search
Band
Frequency Range (MHz)
Land-Mobile Paired Frequencies
8
450.000
470.000
Base Stations
8
451.025
454.950
Mobile Units
8
456.025
459.950
Relay Repeater Units
8
460.025
464.975
Remote Control Stations
8
465.025
469.975
Note: Remote control stations and mobile units operate at 5 MHz
higher than their associated base stations and relay repeater
units.
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SPECIFIED INTERVALS
All the frequencies in the scanner’s search bands are accessible
only at specific intervals. For example:
Search Band
Interval (kHz)
0, 1, 3, 4, 5
5.0
6, 7, 8, 9
12.5
2
25.0
Note: Your scanner automatically rounds the entered frequency
down to the closest valid frequency. For example, if you try to enter a frequency of 151.473, your scanner accepts it as 151.470.
BAND ALLOCATION
To help decide which frequency ranges to scan, use the following
listing of the typical services that use the frequencies your scanner
receives. These frequencies are subject to change, and might
vary from area to area. For a more complete listing, refer to “Beyond Police Call,” “Police Call Radio Guide Including Fire and
Emergency Services,” and “Radio!” magazine, available at your
local Radio Shack store.
Abbreviations
AIR .....................................................................Aircraft/Air Show
AUTO ........................................................................ Auto Racing
CAP ........................................................................ Civil Air Patrol
FIRE ....................................................................Fire Department
HAM ...........................................................Amateur (Ham) Radio
GOVT ...........................................................Federal Government
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MARI........................................................ Maritime Limited Coast
(Coast Guard, Marine
telephone, Shipboard
Radio, Private stations)
MED................................................Emergency/Medical Services
MIL.............................................................................U.S. Military
MOV .............................................. Motion Picture/Video Industry
NET ............................................Notification Nets (Public Safety)
NEWS...................................Relay Press (Newspaper reporters)
POL .................................................................Police Department
PUB ..............................................Public Services (Public Safety,
Local Government,
Forestry Conservation)
PSB ......................................................................... Public Safety
RTV......................................Radio/TV Remote Broadcast Pickup
SPORT .............................................................Pro Sports Teams
STAD ................................................................ Stadiums/Venues
TELB.................................................. Mobile Telephone (Aircraft,
Radio Common Carrier,
Landline companies)
TVn .......................................................FM/TV (Audio Broadcast)
WTHR..............................................................................Weather
High Frequency (HF) — (29 MHz–30 MHz)
10-Meter Amateur Band — (28.0–29.7 MHz)
29.000-29.700 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
Very High Frequency (VHF) — (30 MHz–300 MHz)
Low Band — (30–50 MHz in 5 kHz steps)
29.900-30.550
30.580-31.980
32.000-32.990
33.020-33.980
34.010-34.990
35.020-35.980
36.000-36.230
36.270-36.990
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND,PUB
...........................
GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
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37.020-37.980
38.000-39.000
39.020-39.980
40.000-42.000
42.020-42.940
43.220-43.680
44.620-46.580
46.600-46.990
47.020-47.400
47.440-49.580
49.610-49.990
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL, PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, PUB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIL
6-Meter Amateur Band — (50–54 MHz)
50.00-54.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
Aircraft Band — (108–136 MHz)
108.000-121.490 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR
121.500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR Emergency
121.510-136.975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR
U.S. Government Band — (137–144 MHz)
137.000-144.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR, GOVT, MIL
2-Meter Amateur Band — (144–148 MHz)
144.000-148.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
VHF Hi Band — (148–174 MHz)
148.050-150.345 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAP, MIL
150.775-150.790 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
151.145-151.475 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL
151.625-151.955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO, SPORT, STAD
152.0075 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
152.030-152.240 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
152.510-152.840 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
152.870-153.020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOV
153.740-154.445 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB, FIRE, STAD
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154.540-154.570 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO, SPORT, STAD
154.600. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SPORT, STAD
154.655-156.240 . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO, MED, POL, PUB, STAD
156.275-157.425 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARI
157.450. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
157.710. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO
157.770-158.100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
158.490-158.700 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
158.730-159.465 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL, PUB
161.640 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO
161.600-162.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARI, RTV
162.0125-162.35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
162.400-162.550 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WTHR
162.5625-162.6375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
162.6625. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
162.6875-163.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
163.250. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
163.275-166.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
166.250. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FIRE, GOVT, RTV
166.275-169.400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
169.445. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless Mikes
169.500. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
169.505. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless Mikes
169.55-169.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
170.025-170.150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FIRE, GOVT, RTV
170.175-170.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
170.245-170.305 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless Mikes
170.350-170.400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
170.475. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
170.4875-173.175 . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, PUB, Wireless Mikes
173.225-173.375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOV, NEWS
173.3875-173.5375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIL
173.5625-173.5875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIL, Medical/Crash Crews
173.60-173.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
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Ultra High Frequency (UHF) — (300 MHz–3 GHz)
Military Aircraft Band — (319.1–406 MHz)
380.000-383.900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR, Coast Guard
384.000-406.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR, GOVT
U.S. Government Band — (406–450 MHz)
406.125-419.975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT
70-cm Amateur Band — (420–450 MHz)
420.000-450.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
Low Band — (450–470 MHz)
450.050-450.925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RTV
452.0375-453.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEWS
453.0125-453.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB, STAD
454.025-454.975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
455.050-455.925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RTV
457.550-457.600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO
458.025-458.175 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
460.0125-460.6375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FIRE, POL, PUB
460.6400-462.9350 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AUTO, STAD
462.9375-463.1875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
463.2000-470.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUTO, NET, SPORT, STAD
FM-TV Audio Broadcast, UHF Wide Band — (470–512 MHz)
(Channel 14 through 69 in 6 MHz steps)
475.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
481.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
487.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
493.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
499.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
505.750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
511.750. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Channel 14
Channel 15
Channel 16
Channel 17
Channel 18
Channel 19
Channel 20
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Note: Some cities use the 470-512 MHz band for land/mobile services.
HAM RADIO FREQUENCIES
Ham radio operators often broadcast emergency information
when other means of communications break down.
The following chart shows the voice frequencies you can monitor.
Wavelength
(meters)
Search Band
10 meters
0
29.000
29.700
6 meters
1
50.100
54.000
2 meters
4
144.100
148.000
70 centimeters
7
420.000
450.000
Frequency Range (MHz)
NATIONAL WEATHER FREQUENCIES
All of the following frequencies except 162.440 are programmed
into your scanner’s weather band.
161.650 MHz
162.425 MHz
162.475 MHz
162.550 MHz
161.775 MHz
162.440 MHz
162.500 MHz
163.275 MHz
162.400 MHz
162.450 MHz
162.525 MHz
Note: You can still manually tune to 162.440 (see “Searching For
and Storing Active Frequencies” on Page 21).
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BIRDIE FREQUENCIES
Birdies are frequencies your scanner uses when it operates.
These operating frequencies might interfere with broadcasts on
the same frequencies. If you program one of these frequencies,
you might hear only noise on that frequency.
If the interference is not severe, you might be able to turn
SQUELCH MIN/MAX clockwise to cut out the birdie. These are the
most common birdies to watch for:
29.800 MHz
32.000 MHz
38.400 MHz
46.370 MHz
51.200 MHz
112.375 MHz
115.200 MHz
121.600 MHz
128.000 MHz
131.025 MHz
134.400 MHz
136.675 MHz
140.175 MHz
140.800 MHz
144.625 MHz
148.525 MHz
152.750 MHz
153.600 MHz
156.540 MHz
157.050 MHz
160.555 MHz
162.200 MHz
166.400 MHz
173.925 MHz
381.6625 MHz
388.3875 MHz
396.800 MHz
419.3625 MHz
422.400 MHz
426.025 MHz
427.325 MHz
435.200 MHz
438.5375 MHz
442.100 MHz
443.400 MHz
447.500 MHz
451.4375 MHz
454.5875 MHz
455.450 MHz
458.2625 MHz
459.475 MHz
462.600 MHz
463.4875 MHz
467.5125 MHz
471.525 MHz
479.6625 MHz
487.700 MHz
512.000 MHz
To find your specific scanner’s birdies, begin by disconnecting the
antenna and moving it away from the scanner. Make sure that no
other nearby radio or TV sets are turned on. Search each search
band from its lowest frequency to its highest. Occasionally, the
scanner will stop as if it had found a signal, often without any
sound. That is a birdie. Make a note of that frequency, then continue. Make a list of all the birdies in your scanner for future reference.
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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 by 1,000.
30.62 MHz x 1000=30620 kHz
To convert from kHz to MHz, divide by 1,000.
127, 800 KHz =127.8 MHz
----------------------1000
To convert MHz to meters, divide 300 by the number of megahertz.
300 =
1.75 meters
---------171 MHz
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If your scanner is not working as it should, these suggestions
might help you eliminate the problem. If the scanner still does not
operate normally, take it to your local Radio Shack store for assistance.
Problem
Scanner is on but will not scan.
Suggestion
• If SQUELCH MIN/MAX is
adjusted so you always
hear a hissing sound, the
scanner will not scan properly. Be sure SQUELCH
MIN/MAX is adjusted properly. See “Turning On the
Scanner
and
Setting
Squelch” on Page 20.
• Be sure scanner is set to
the scan mode (MANUAL is not displayed). See
“Scanning the Stored Channels” on Page 25.
• Be sure you have stored
frequencies into the scanner’s
channels.
See
“Searching For and Storing
Active Frequencies” on
Page 21.
Scanner does not work at all.
• Replace the batteries with
fresh ones or recharge
them.
• Be sure the AC adapter or
DC cigarette lighter adapter
is connected properly.
Error appears on the display.
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You programmed a frequency incorrectly. Try again.
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Problem
Scanner receives stations poorly
or not at all.
Suggestion
• Check the antenna (indoor
or outdoor). See “Connecting the Flexible Antenna” on
Page 9 and “Connecting a
Mobile or Base-Station
Antenna” on Page 35.
• Signals may be blocked
from being received by the
scanner due to metal
frames or material in the
building. Change the scanner’s location and try again.
Scanner’s keys or display work
poorly or not at all.
• The scanner’s keys are
locked. Unlock the scanner’s keys. See “Using the
Keylock” on Page 32.
• Reset the scanner. See
“Resetting the Scanner” on
Page 13.
Scanner locks on frequencies
that have an unclear transmission.
You might have tuned to a birdie
frequency. Avoid programming
frequencies listed under “Birdie
Frequencies” on Page 48, or only
select them manually.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Radio Shack PRO-63 100-Channel Portable Event Scanner
is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. 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 can contain minerals that can
corrode the electronic circuits.
Handle the scanner gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases, and
can cause the scanner to work improperly.
Use and store the scanner only in normal temperature environments. Temperature extremes can
shorten the life of electronic devices and distort or
melt plastic parts.
Keep the scanner away from dust and dirt, which
can cause premature wear of parts.
CLEANER
Wipe the scanner with a damp cloth occasionally
to keep it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to
clean it.
Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal components
can cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty and void
your FCC authorization to operate it. If your scanner is not operating as it should, take it to your local Radio Shack store for assistance.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Coverage
VHF Lo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.7–50 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
Amateur Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29–29.7 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
50–54 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
144–148 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
420–450 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Amateur Radio/Government . 450–470 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108–136.975 MHz (in 25 kHz steps)
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137–144 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
380–420 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
VHF Hi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148–174 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
UHF “T” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 470–512 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Channels of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Channels in Any
Band Combinations
(10 channels per bank x 10 banks)
Sensitivity (20 dB S/N) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.7 mV
Selectivity:
±10 kHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –6 dB
±18 kHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –50 dB
Spurious Rejection:
30-54 MHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB at 40 MHz
108-136.975 MHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB at 124 MHz
137-174 MHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB at 154 MHz
380-512 MHz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 dB at 450 MHz
Scanning Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 25 channels/second
Search Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 50 steps/second
Delay Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 seconds
Priority Sampling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 seconds
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Intermediate Frequencies (IF):
1st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.7 MHz
2nd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455 kHz
IF Rejection (10.7 MHz) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 dB at 154 MHz
Squelch Sensitivity:
Threshold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 0.5 mV
Tight (VHF Lo, Hi, UHF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(S+N)/N 25 dB
Tight (Aircraft) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(S+N)/N 20 dB
Antenna Impedance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Ohms
Built-in Speaker . . . .13/8 Inches (36 mm), 8 Ohms, dynamic type
Audio Output Power (10% THD) . . . . . . . . . . . .240 mW Nominal
Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +9 VDC
(6 AA alkaline batteries,
6 AA rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries,
AC adapter (Cat. No. 273-1665),
or DC cigarette-lighter adapter (Cat. No. 270-1560))
Current Drain (Squelched) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 mA
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57/8 ¥ 21/2 ¥ 1 3/4 Inches HWD
(149 ¥ 64 ¥ 45 mm)
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.8 Oz (250 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject to change and improvement without notice.
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NOTES
U.S. PATENT NOS.
3,794,925
3,801,914
3,961,261
3,962,644
4,027,251
4,092,594
4,123,715
4,245,348
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RADIO SHACK LIMITED WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defects for 1 year from date of
purchase from Radio Shack company-owned stores and authorized Radio Shack franchisees and dealers. Within this period, we
will repair it without charge for parts and labor. Simply bring your
Radio Shack sales slip as proof of purchase date to any Radio
Shack store. Warranty does not cover transportation costs. Nor
does it cover a product subjected to misuse or accidental damage.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RADIO SHACK MAKES NO
EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. Some states
do not permit limitation or exclusion of implied warranties; therefore, the aforesaid limitation(s) or exclusion(s) may not apply to the
purchaser.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
We Service What We Sell
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