Radio Shack 200 Owner`s manual

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Owner’s Manual
Cat. No. 20-417
PRO-2048 200-Channel
Programmable Home Scanner
Please read before using this equipment.
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FEATURES
Your RadioShack PRO-2048 200Channel Programmable Home Scanner lets you in on all the action! This
scanner gives you direct access to
over 30,000 exciting frequencies that
include police and fire departments,
ambulance and transportation services, and amateur radio. You can
select up to 200 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 also has these features:
Manual or Scan Channel Select —
lets you manually specify a single
channel or set the scanner to automatically scan all the stored channels.
Triple Conversion Superheterodyne Receiver — virtually eliminates
any
interference
from
intermediate frequency (IF) images,
so you hear only the frequency you
select.
Search Function — searches for
new and unlisted frequencies using a
designated frequency range (limit
search) or starting from a specified
frequency (direct search).
Selectable Scan/Search Speeds
— let you select normal or Hyper
Scan speeds, and normal, high, or
HyperSearch speeds.
HyperScan — scans 50 channels
per second.
HyperSearch — searches through
frequencies at 300 steps per second
in bands that have 5 kHz steps to
help you find interesting broadcasts.
Ten 20-Channel Storage Banks —
let you store 20 channels in each of
10 banks to group frequencies so
you can easily identify calls.
Ten Priority Channels — let you set
the scanner to check up to 10 channels every 2 seconds so you do not
miss important calls.
Data Signal Skip — lets you set the
scanner to skip non-modulated signals or data signals during a limit or
direct search so it can automatically
continue searching.
Monitor Memories — let you store
up to 10 frequencies you locate during a frequency search which you
can then transfer into channels.
Search Skip — lets you select up to
20 frequencies for the scanner to
skip during a limit or direct search, so
you can avoid unwanted frequencies
such as those with a continuous
transmission.
© 1997 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
HyperScan and HyperSearch are trademarks and RadioShack
is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
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Adjustable Tone — lets you turn on
or off the beep you hear when you
press a key.
antenna to the screw-in terminal, or
an external antenna to the BNC connector.
Two-Second Scan Delay — delays
scanning for 2 seconds before moving to another channel, so you can
hear more replies.
Optional Power Sources — you
can power your scanner using the
supplied AC adapter or an optional
DC cigarette-lighter power cable.
Weather Band Key — scans the
preprogrammed weather frequencies so you can stay informed about
current weather conditions.
Warning: To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose this system
to rain or moisture.
Memory Backup — keeps the channel frequencies stored in your scanner’s memory for up to 3 days during
a power loss.
Squelch Control — lets you adjust
the receiver’s sensitivity low enough
to receive weak signals or high
enough to eliminate receiver noise
when not receiving a signal.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT OPEN.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE
COVER OR BACK. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
This symbol is intended to alert
you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the
scanner’s enclosure that might be
of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not
open the scanner’s case.
Lock-Out Function — prevents
channels you select from being
scanned.
Backlit Liquid Crystal Display —
lets you easily see the indicators on
the scanner’s display, even at night.
Audio Output Jack — lets you connect an earphone or headphones for
private listening, or an external
speaker for listening in a remote or
noisy area.
Optional Antenna Terminals — let
you connect the supplied telescoping
!
!
This symbol is intended to inform
you that important operating and
maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompanying this scanner.
We recommend you record your
scanner’s serial number here. The
number is on the back panel.
Serial Number: ________________
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Your PRO-2048 can receive these bands:
Band
Frequency Range
(MHz)
10-Meter Ham Band
29.00–29.7
VHF-Lo
29.7–50.00
6-Meter Ham Band
50.00–54.00
Aircraft
108–136.975
Government/Ham
137–148
VHF-Hi
148–174
Ham/Government
406–450
UHF-Lo
450–470
UHF-T (TV)
470–512
UHF-Hi
806–823.9375
851–868.9375
896.1125–956
FCC NOTICE
Your scanner might cause radio or TV interference even when it is operating
properly. To determine if your scanner is causing the interference, turn off your
scanner. If the interference goes away, your scanner was 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 RadioShack store for help
If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you stop using
your scanner.
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This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules . Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
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 conversation (unless such activity is otherwise illegal). We encourage responsible, legal scanner use.
Note: Mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit in some areas.
Check the laws in your area.
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CONTENTS
Preparation ..................................................................................................... 8
Connecting Power ..................................................................................... 8
Using Standard AC Power .................................................................. 8
Using Vehicle Battery Power ............................................................... 8
Connecting the Antenna ............................................................................ 9
Connecting an Optional Antenna ...................................................... 10
Resetting the Scanner’s Display .............................................................. 10
Initializing the Scanner ............................................................................ 11
Connecting an Earphone/Headphones/External Speaker ....................... 12
Listening Safely ................................................................................. 12
Traffic Safety ..................................................................................... 12
Understanding Your Scanner ......................................................................
A Look at the Front Panel ........................................................................
A Look at the Display ...............................................................................
Understanding the Scanner’s Memory ....................................................
Channel-Storage Banks ....................................................................
Monitor Memories .............................................................................
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Operation ......................................................................................................
Turning On the Scanner/Setting the Volume and Squelch ......................
Manually Storing Frequencies in Channels .............................................
Searching For and Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies ....................
Limit Search ......................................................................................
Direct Search ....................................................................................
Search Skip Memory .........................................................................
Listening to Monitor Memories .................................................................
Moving a Frequency from a Monitor Memory to a Channel .....................
Scanning the Stored Channels ................................................................
Turning Channel-Storage Banks On and Off ...........................................
Manually Selecting a Channel .................................................................
Listening to the Weather Band ................................................................
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Special Features ...........................................................................................
Using Priority Channels ...........................................................................
Using the 2-Second Delay .......................................................................
Locking Out Channels .............................................................................
Changing Scanning and Search Speeds .................................................
Skipping Data Signals .............................................................................
Turning the Key Tone On or Off ...............................................................
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A General Guide To Scanning ..................................................................... 30
Guide to Frequencies ............................................................................... 30
US Weather Frequencies .................................................................. 30
Canadian Weather Frequencies ......................................................... 30
Ham Radio Frequencies .................................................................... 30
Birdie Frequencies ............................................................................. 30
Guide to the Action Bands ....................................................................... 31
United States Broadcast Bands ........................................................ 31
Typical Band Usage .......................................................................... 31
Primary Usage ................................................................................... 33
Specified Intervals .................................................................................... 33
Band Allocation ........................................................................................ 34
Frequency Conversion ............................................................................. 39
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................... 40
Care and Maintenance ................................................................................. 41
Specifications ............................................................................................... 42
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PREPARATION
Your scanner’s display is protected
during shipment by a piece of blue
film. Peel off this film before you use
the scanner.
CONNECTING POWER
Note: If a power failure occurs or if
the DC cigarette-lighter power cable
or AC adapter is disconnected, the
scanner’s memory backup circuit
keeps information in memory for up
to 3 days.
Using Standard AC Power
• Be sure you connect the AC
adapter to the scanner before
you connect it to a standard AC
outlet. Then disconnect the
adapter from the AC outlet
before you disconnect it from the
scanner.
• If you have difficulty inserting the
AC adapter’s polarized plug, do
not force it. Turn it over and reinsert it.
1. Insert the supplied AC adapter’s
barrel plug into the scanner’s DC
12V jack.
EXT SP
DC 12V
RESET
You can power your scanner from a
standard AC outlet using the supplied AC adapter.
Warning: Do not use the AC adapter’s polarized plug with an extension
cord receptacle unless the blades
can be fully inserted to prevent blade
exposure.
Cautions:
• The supplied AC adapter supplies 12 volts and delivers 500
milliamps. Its center tip is set to
positive, and its plug properly fits
the scanner’s DC 12V jack.
Using an AC adapter that does
not meet these specifications
could damage the scanner or
the adapter.
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2. Plug the adapter’s power module into a standard AC outlet.
ANT
EXT SP
DC 12V
Using Vehicle Battery Power
To power your scanner from your vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket, you
need a DC cigarette-lighter power
cable such as Cat. No. 270-1533).
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Cautions:
• The DC cigarette-lighter power
cable must be capable of delivering 12 volts and 500 milliamps, its center tip must be set
to positive, and its barrel plug
must correctly fit the scanner's
DC 12V jack. The recommended
power cable meets these specifications. Using a power cable
that does not meet these specifications could damage the scanner or the power cable.
• Always plug the power cable
into the scanner before you plug
it into your vehicle's cigarettelighter socket. Always unplug
the power cable from the vehicle's cigarette-lighter socket
before you unplug it from the
scanner.
Note: If the scanner does not operate properly when you use a cigarette-lighter power cable, unplug the
power cable from the cigarettelighter socket and clean the socket to
remove ashes and other debris.
CONNECTING THE
ANTENNA
To attach the supplied telescoping
antenna to your scanner, simply
screw it into the hole on top of your
scanner.
Follow these steps to use vehicle
battery power.
ANT
EXT SP
DC 12V
RESET
The antenna’s length controls its
sensitivity. Adjust the length of the
telescoping antenna as follows for
the best reception.
1. Insert the power cable’s barrel
plug into the scanner’s DC 12V
jack.
2. Plug the other end of the power
cable into the vehicle’s cigarettelighter socket.
29–54 MHz
Extend all 3
segments
108–174
MHz
Extend only 2
segments
406–956
MHz
Collapse fully
(only 1 segment
extended)
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Connecting an Optional
Antenna
The supplied telescoping antenna receives strong, local signals. However, to receive weaker, more distant
signals in all bands, you can attach
an optional antenna, such as an external mobile antenna or outdoor
base station antenna. Your local RadioShack store sells a variety of antennas.
Note: If you connect an external antenna, remove the telescoping antenna from the top of the scanner.
Always use 50-ohm coaxial cable,
such as RG-58 or RG-8, to connect
an outdoor antenna. For lengths over
50 feet, use RG-8 low-loss dielectric
coaxial cable. If your antenna’s cable
does not have a BNC connector, use
a BNC adapter available at your local
RadioShack store.
Follow the installation instructions
supplied with the antenna, route the
antenna cable to the scanner, then
connect it to the ANT jack on the back
of the scanner.
ANT
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EXT SP
Warning: Use extreme caution when
installing or removing 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.
Cautions:
• Do not run the cable over sharp
edges or moving parts.
• Do not run the cable next to
power cables or other antenna
cables.
• Do not run the cable through
areas that produce extreme
heat.
• Follow all cautions and warnings
included with the antenna.
RESETTING THE
SCANNER’S DISPLAY
If the scanner’s display stops working after you connect a power
source, follow these steps to reset it.
1. If the scanner is off, press
POWER to turn it on.
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INITIALIZING THE
SCANNER
If the scanner or its display does not
work properly even after resetting it,
follow these steps to initialize the
scanner.
2. Using a pointed object, such as
a straightened paper clip, press
RESET on the back of the scanner. The display resets, and the
scanner turns off.
Caution: Initializing the scanner
clears all the channels you stored in
memory. Initialize the scanner only
when you are sure it is not working
properly.
1. If the scanner is off, press
POWER to turn it on.
EXT SP
DC 12V
RESET
3. Press POWER to turn on the
scanner again.
2. Hold down •/CLEAR , then press
RESET on the back of the scanner using a pointed object, such
as a straightened paper clip.
The display resets, and the
scanner turns off.
ANT
EXT SP
DC 12V
RESET
3. Press POWER to turn on the
scanner.
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CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE/
HEADPHONES/
EXTERNAL SPEAKER
The 1/8-inch EXT SP jack on the back
of the scanner lets you connect an
optional earphone (such as Cat. No.
33-175), headphones (such as Cat.
No. 20-210), or an external speaker
(such as Cat. No. 21-549).
ANT
EXT SP
DC 12V
RESET
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 highvolume listening can lead to permanent hearing loss.
• Set the volume to the lowest setting before you begin listening.
After you begin listening, adjust
the volume to a comfortable
level.
• 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.
Note: Connecting any external device to the EXT SP jack automatically
disconnects the internal speaker.
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 could be
illegal in some areas.
Even though some earphones and
headphones let you hear some outside sounds when listening at normal
volume levels, they still can present a
traffic hazard.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCANNER
Once you understand a few simple terms we use in this manual and familiarize
yourself with your scanner’s features, you can put the scanner to work for you.
You simply find the communications you want to receive, then set the scanner
to scan those frequencies.
A frequency is the tuning location of a station (expressed in kHz or MHz). To
find active frequencies, you can use the limit search function which lets you
search within a specific range of frequencies or the direct search function
which lets you search up or down from the currently displayed frequency.
When you find a frequency, you can store it into a permanent memory location
called a channel, which is grouped with your other channels in a channelstorage bank. You can then scan the channel-storage banks to see if there is
activity on the frequencies stored there. Each time the scanner finds an active
frequency, it stays on that channel until the transmission ends.
Another option is to store the frequency into a temporary memory location
called a monitor memory until you decide to move it to a channel.
Just keep in mind — you search frequencies and scan channels.
A LOOK AT THE FRONT PANEL
This look at the scanner’s front panel will help you understand each control’s
function.
VOLUME
Sets the scanner’s volume.
SQUELCH
Adjusts the scanner’s receiver sensitivity to help you eliminate background noise.
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SCAN
Starts scanning through the stored channels.
MANUAL
Stops scanning and lets you manually enter a channel
number.
L/O/SEARCH SKIP
Turns the selected channel’s lockout function on and off,
or skips a specified frequency during a limit or direct
search.
DELAY
Programs a 2-second delay for the selected channel.
PRI/HYPER SEARCH
Sets and turns on and off the priority function for a particular channel, or selects the HyperSearch speed.
MON
Stores frequencies into and accesses the 10 monitor
memories.
LIMIT
Used to set the lower or upper limit during frequency
searches.
SPEED
Changes the scanning or search speed.
POWER
Turns the scanner on and off.
D—
Enters the up or down direction in the search mode.
Number Keys
Each key has a single-digit label and a range of numbers.
The single digits are used to enter a channel or a frequency. The range of numbers (21–40, for example) above the
key indicates the channels that make up a channel-storage bank.
•/CLEAR
Enters the decimal point in a frequency, or clears an incorrect entry. Also used when you initialize the scanner.
ENTER
Enters programmed frequencies into channels.
PGM
Programs frequencies into channels.
WX
Searches through the seven preprogrammed weather
channels.
DATA
Turns the data skip feature on and off.
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A LOOK AT THE DISPLAY
The display’s indicators show the scanner’s current operating mode.
MON
Appears when you listen to a monitor memory.
BANK
Appears with numbers (1–10) next to it to show which
channel-storage banks are turned on for scanning.
SCAN
Appears when you scan channels. Blinks when the scanner is in the HyperScan mode.
MANUAL
Appears when you manually select a channel.
PROGRAM
Appears while you program frequencies into the scanner’s channels.
P
Appears when you are hearing a priority channel.
CH
Digits to the left of this indicator show which channel the
scanner is tuned to.
MHz
Digits to the left of this indicator show which frequency the
scanner is tuned to.
PRIORITY
Appears when you turn on the priority channel feature.
LOCKOUT
Appears when you manually select a locked channel, or
during a search hold when the frequency is stored in
search skip memory.
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DATA
Appears while the data skip function is turned on.
DELAY
Appears when you program a channel for a two-second
delay before scanning or when you listen to a channel
programmed with the delay feature.
WX
Appears when the scanner is in the weather band mode.
s and t
Indicates the search direction. Blinks in the high speed
search mode.
SEARCH
Appears during a limit (-L-) or direct (-d-) search or
weather scan. Blinks in the HyperSearch mode.
Error
Appears when you make an incorrect entry.
Lo
Appears when you program the lower limit for a frequency
search.
Hi
Appears when you program the upper limit for a frequency
search.
-h-
Appears during a direct search hold.
-H-
Appears during a limit or weather search hold.
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UNDERSTANDING THE
SCANNER’S MEMORY
You can store up to 210 frequencies
into your scanner’s memory. This
scanner has 200 channel memories
and 10 monitor memories.
Channel-Storage Banks
To make it easier to identify and select the channels you want to listen
to, channels are divided into 10 channel-storage banks of 20 channels
each. Use each storage bank to
group frequencies, such as the police department, fire department, ambulance services, or aircraft (see
“Guide to the Action Bands” on
Page 31).
Monitor Memories
The scanner has 10 monitor memories. You can use these memories to
temporarily store frequencies while
you decide whether or not to store
them into channels. This is handy for
quickly storing an active frequency
when you search through an entire
band. You can manually select these
memories, but you cannot scan
them. See “Searching For and Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies”
on Page 20.
For example, the police department
might use four frequencies, one for
each side of town. You could program the police frequencies starting
with Channel 1 (the first channel in
Bank 1) and program the fire department starting with Channel 21 (the
first channel in Bank 2).
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OPERATION
TURNING ON THE
SCANNER/SETTING
THE VOLUME AND
SQUELCH
4. Turn VOLUME clockwise to set
the scanner’s volume about 1/4
of the way between MIN and
MAX.
1. Turn SQUELCH fully clockwise.
5. Turn SQUELCH counterclockwise until you hear a hissing
noise.
2. Press POWER to turn on your
scanner. The scanner continuously scans the unlocked channels.
6. Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable
level.
7. Slowly turn SQUELCH clockwise
until the hissing noise stops.
Squelch Tips:
• If the scanner picks up unwanted or weak transmissions, slightly turn SQUELCH
clockwise to decrease receiver sensitivity.
Note: If you have not stored any
frequencies into channels, the
scanner does not scan.
3. Press MANUAL to stop the scanning. The display shows the current channel.
• If the scanner does not pick
up any transmissions, slightly
turn SQUELCH counterclockwise to increase receiver sensitivity.
8. To turn off the scanner, press
POWER.
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MANUALLY STORING
FREQUENCIES IN
CHANNELS
3. Press PGM. BANK and the bank
number, the selected channel
number and CH, 000.0000
MHz, and PROGRAM appear.
You can manually store up to 200 frequencies into your scanner’s channels.
Great references for active frequencies are the RadioShack “Police Call
Guide including Fire and Emergency
Services,” “Official Aeronautical Frequency Directory,” and “Maritime
Frequency Directory.” We update
these directories every year, so be
sure to get a current copy.
If you do not have a reference to frequencies in your area, you can use a
limit or direct search to find a transmission (see “Searching For and
Temporarily Storing Active Frequencies” on Page 20).
4. Enter the frequency you want to
store, including the decimal
point.
Note: When you enter a frequency, the scanner automatically rounds it to the nearest
valid number. For example, if
you enter 151.473 , your scanner
rounds it up to 151.475.
5. Press ENTER to store the frequency into the selected channel.
Follow these steps to manually store
frequencies.
1. Press MANUAL to stop the scanning.
Note: If you made a mistake in
Step 4, Error appears. Repeat
Steps 4 and 5.
2. Enter the channel number where
you want to store a frequency.
6. To program the next channel in
sequence, repeat Steps 3–5. To
program other channels not in
sequence, repeat Steps 2–5.
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SEARCHING FOR AND
TEMPORARILY
STORING ACTIVE
FREQUENCIES
You can search for frequencies using
a limit or direct search, then temporarily store frequencies into monitor
memories.
Limit Search
Note: If you enter an invalid frequency, Error appears. To correct this, simply repeat the step.
3. Press LIMIT. Hi and a frequency
appear.
A limit search lets you search for active transmissions within a specified
range of frequencies.
Note: You can also use the scanner’s delay feature while using a limit
search (see “Using the 2-Second Delay” on Page 27).
Follow these steps to search for active frequencies using a limit search.
1. Press PGM, then LIMIT. Lo and a
frequency appear.
2. Using the number keys, enter
the lowest frequency (including
the decimal point) you want to
search within the desired frequency range, then press
ENTER.
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4. Using the number keys, enter
the highest frequency you want
to search within the desired frequency range, then press
ENTER.
5. Press D to search upward from
the lower to the upper limit, or
press — to search downward
from the upper to the lower limit.
-L-, SEARCH, and s or t
appear, and the next available
monitor memory flashes.
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6. When the scanner finds an
active frequency, you can do
one of the following:
• To store the displayed frequency into the current monitor memory, quickly press
MON.
Follow these steps to search for active frequencies using a direct
search.
1. Press MANUAL .
• To continue the search, press
D or —.
• To hold the frequency, press
LIMIT. -H- appears.
Press LIMIT again to cancel the
hold and resume the limit
search.
Notes:
• If you press D or — during the
hold mode, the frequency
changes in the current step
increment toward the upper or
lower limit (see “Specifications” on Page 42).
• If you tune to a search skip
frequency, the display shows
LOCKOUT (see “Search Skip
Memory” on Page 22).
2. Using the number keys, enter
the frequency (including the decimal point) you want to start the
search from, or the channel
number containing the starting
frequency.
3. Press D to search up or — to
search down starting from the
specified frequency or channel.
-d-, SEARCH, and s or t
appear, and the next available
monitor memory flashes.
Direct Search
A direct search lets you specify a
starting frequency, then search for
active transmissions above or below
the specified frequency.
Note: If you enter an invalid frequency, Error appears. Repeat Steps 2 and 3.
Note: You can also use the scanner’s delay feature while using direct
search (see “Using the 2-Second Delay” on Page 27).
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4. When the scanner finds an
active frequency, you can do
one of the following:
• To store the frequency into the
current
monitor
memory,
press MON .
To skip a frequency, press L/O/
SEARCH SKIP when the scanner
stops on the frequency during a limit,
direct, or weather search.
• To continue the search, press
D or —.
• To hold the frequency, press
LIMIT. -h- appears.
Press LIMIT again to cancel the
hold and resume the direct
search.
Notes:
• If you press D or — while a
frequency is held, the frequency changes in the current
step increment.
To clear a single frequency from skip
memory so the scanner can stop on
it during a limit, direct, or weather
search, press LIMIT to hold the
search, press D or — to select the
skipped frequency, then press L/O/
SEARCH SKIP until LOCKOUT disappears.
• If you tune to a search skip
frequency, the display shows
LOCKOUT (see “Search Skip
Memory”).
Search Skip Memory
You can skip specified frequencies
during a limit, direct, or weather
search (see “Listening to the Weather Band” on Page 25). This lets you
avoid unwanted frequencies or ones
you have already stored in a channel.
You can program up to 20 frequencies to skip into the scanner’s memory.
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To clear all the skip frequencies at
once, while in the search mode, hold
down L/O/SEARCH SKIP until the
scanner beeps 2 times.
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Notes:
• If you program more than 20
skip frequencies, each new frequency replaces old ones, starting from the first stored
frequency.
• You can select the skipped frequency when the scanner is in
the hold mode. The scanner displays LOCKOUT when you
select a skipped frequency.
• If you skip all frequencies in the
weather band or within a search
range, the scanner sounds three
beeps and will not start searching.
Note: To listen to the monitor memories, the priority channel feature must
be turned off (see “Using Priority
Channels” on Page 26).
MOVING A FREQUENCY
FROM A MONITOR
MEMORY TO A
CHANNEL
1. Press MANUAL to stop the scanning.
LISTENING TO
MONITOR MEMORIES
After you temporarily store frequencies into the scanner’s monitor memories, you can listen to them by
pressing MANUAL, MON, then the
number for the monitor memory you
want to listen to.
2. Enter the channel number where
you want to store the monitor
frequency, then press PGM.
PROGRAM appears.
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3. Press MON, then enter the monitor memory number that has the
frequency you want to store.
MON and the entered frequency
appear, and the channel number
blinks.
When you turn off a bank, the scanner does not scan any of the 20
channels in the bank.
4. Press ENTER. The scanner
stores the frequency into the
selected channel.
Notes:
SCANNING THE
STORED CHANNELS
To scan the stored channels, press
SCAN . Your scanner scans through
all the stored channels except the
ones you lock out (see “Locking Out
Channels” on Page 27).
If necessary, readjust SQUELCH so
you do not hear the hissing sound
between transmissions.
TURNING CHANNELSTORAGE BANKS ON
AND OFF
You can set your scanner to scan
more efficiently by turning selected
channel storage banks on or off.
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While scanning, press the number
key for the bank you want to turn on
or off. If the memory bank indicator is
on, the bank is turned on and the
scanner scans all channels within
that bank that are not locked out. If
the indicator is off, the scanner does
not scan any of the channels within
that bank.
• 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.
MANUALLY
SELECTING A
CHANNEL
You can continuously monitor a specific channel without scanning. This
is useful if you hear an emergency
broadcast on a channel and want to
hear all the details (even though
there might be periods of silence) or
if you want to monitor only a specific
channel or a locked-out channel.
To manually select a channel, press
MANUAL, enter the channel number,
then press MANUAL again.
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Your scanner searches through the
weather band and stops on an active
broadcast. If a broadcast is weak,
press WX again to continue to search
through the weather band.
If the scanner is scanning and stops
at the desired channel, press MANUAL once. Repeatedly press MANUAL
to step through the channels one at a
time.
You can press LIMIT to pause the
weather search, then press D or —
repeatedly to move forward or backward through the channels. To continue the search, hold down LIMIT , D,
or — for more than 1 second.
Note: If you tune to a search skip frequency, the display shows LOCKOUT (see “Search Skip Memory” on
Page 22).
LISTENING TO THE
WEATHER BAND
Your scanner is preprogrammed with
the following weather frequencies.
162.400 MHz
162.500 MHz
162.425 MHz
162.525 MHz
162.450 MHz
162.550 MHz
162.475 MHz
To hear your local forecast and regional weather information, simply
press WX . WX appears.
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SPECIAL FEATURES
USING PRIORITY
CHANNELS
The priority feature lets you scan
through channels and still not miss
important or interesting calls on specific channels. You can program one
stored channel in each bank as a priority channel (up to 10 stored channels in total). As the scanner scans
the bank, if the priority feature is
turned on, the scanner checks the
priority channels every 2 seconds for
activity.
The scanner automatically designates each bank’s first channel as its
priority channel. Follow these steps
to select a different channel as the
priority channel for a bank.
1. Press PGM.
2. Enter the channel number you
want to select as the priority
channel, then press PRI/HYPER
SEARCH . P appears to the left
of the channel number.
Note: If the scanner cannot find a priority channel, P CH LOCOUt appears when you turn on the priority
feature.
To confirm all priority channel numbers, press PGM, then repeatedly
press PRI/HYPER SEARCH to see the
priority channels.
To turn on the priority feature, press
PRI/HYPER SEARCH during scanning. PRIORITY appears and every
2 seconds the scanner checks the
priority channel in each bank that is
turned on, starting from the lowestnumbered to the highest-numbered
priority channel. If there is a transmission on the priority channel, the
scanner tunes the transmission until
it stops.
The scanner does not check the
channel if it is in a bank which is
turned off or if the priority channel is
locked out.
To turn off the priority feature, press
PRI/HYPER
disappears.
3. Repeat Steps 1 –2 for the channel in each bank you want to
program as a priority channel.
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SEARCH.
PRIORITY
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USING THE 2-SECOND
DELAY
Many agencies use a two-way radio
system that might have a pause of
several seconds between a query
and a reply. To avoid missing a reply,
you can program a 2-second delay
into any of your scanner’s channels
or frequencies. Then, when the scanner stops on the channel or frequency, DELAY appears and the scanner
continues to monitor the channel/frequency for 2 seconds after the transmission stops before it resumes
scanning or searching.
You can program a 2-second delay in
any of these ways:
• If the scanner is searching,
press DELAY during the search.
DELAY appears and the scanner automatically adds a 2-second delay to every transmission
it stops on.
To turn off delay, press DELAY when
DELAY is displayed.
LOCKING OUT
CHANNELS
You can set your scanner to scan
more efficiently by locking out channels you do not want to monitor. This
is handy for locking out channels
where you stored a frequency with a
continuous transmission, such as a
weather channel.
To lock out a channel, press MANUAL, enter the desired channel number, press MANUAL or PGM to select
the channel, then press L/O/SEARCH
SKIP so LOCKOUT appears.
• If the scanner is scanning and
stops on an active channel,
quickly press DELAY before it
starts to scan again. DELAY
appears.
• If the desired channel is not
selected, manually select the
channel then press DELAY.
DELAY appears
Note: You can still manually select
locked out channels.
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To unlock a channel, manually select
the channel, then press L/O/SEARCH
SKIP so LOCKOUT disappears.
To unlock all channels, while the
scanner is scanning, select the
banks containing the locked channels you want to unlock, press MANUAL, then hold down L/O/SEARCH
SKIP until the scanner beeps twice.
CHANGING SCANNING
AND SEARCH SPEEDS
The PRO-2048 has two scan and
three search speeds.
Type
Speed
Normal Scan
12 channels/
second
HyperScan
50 channels/
second
Normal Search
High Speed
Search
HyperSearch
50 steps/second
100 steps/
second
Note: You can use HyperSearch
speed only in 5 kHz-step bands.
SKIPPING DATA
SIGNALS
You can set the scanner to skip nonmodulated or data signals (such as
control signals for pagers or trunked
systems) when searching or scanning.
Note: This feature does not work and
DATA does not appear in the AM
mode. Also, the scanner might not
skip data signals that have varied
patterns of pauses and frequencies.
To skip data signals, press DATA.
DATA appears.
300 steps/
second (5 kHz
steps only)
To change the scanning speed, during scanning, press SPEED to switch
between normal and HyperScan
speeds. SCAN flashes during HyperScan speed.
To change the search speed, during
a limit, direct, or weather search,
press SPEED to switch between the
normal and high speed search
speeds. s or t flashes during high
speed search.
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To select the HyperSearch speed,
during a limit or direct search, press
PRI/HYPER SEARCH. SEARCH flashes during HyperSearch speed.
To turn off data skip, press DATA so
DATA disappears.
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TURNING THE KEY
TONE ON OR OFF
Your scanner beeps each time you
press a key. Follow these steps to
turn off the key tone beep.
1. Turn off the scanner.
2. Hold down L/O/SEARCH SKIP,
then turn on the scanner. OFF
bEEP appears.
To turn on the beep, repeat these
steps. on bEEP appears.
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A GENERAL GUIDE TO SCANNING
Reception of the frequencies covered by your scanner is mainly “line-of-sight.”
That means you usually cannot hear stations that are beyond the horizon.
GUIDE TO FREQUENCIES
US Weather Frequencies
162.400
162.425
162.450
162.475
162.500
162.525
162.550
Canadian Weather Frequencies
161.650
161.775
163.275
Note: These frequencies are not pre-programmed in the weather service bank
but can be manually programmed into a channel.
Ham Radio Frequencies
Ham radio operators often transmit emergency information when other means of
communication break down. The following chart shows the frequencies the scanner receives that Ham radio operators normally use:
Wavelength (meters)
10–Meter
6–Meter
2–Meter
70–cm
33–cm
Frequencies (MHz)
29.000–29.700
50.000–54.000
144.000–148.000
420.000–450.000
902.000–928.000
Birdie Frequencies
Every scanner has birdie frequencies. Birdies are signals created inside the
scanner’s receiver. These operating frequencies might interfere with broadcasts
on the same frequencies. If you program one of these frequencies, you hear only
noise on that frequency. If the interference is not severe, you might be able to
turn SQUELCH clockwise to cut out the birdie.
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The birdie frequencies on this unit to watch for are:
31.200 MHz
116.0375 MHz
132.1755 MHz
145.600 MHz
823.800 MHz
36.0500 MHz
120.1625 MHz
140.1900 MHz
163.2200 MHz
940.900 MHz
114.400 MHz
128.1750 MHz
145.195 MHz
813.400 MHz
To find the birdies in your scanner, 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 near the scanner. Use the search function and scan every frequency range from its lowest frequency to the highest. Occasionally, the searching will
stop as if it had found a signal, often without any sound. That is a birdie. Make a
list of all the birdies in your scanner for future reference.
GUIDE TO THE ACTION BANDS
United States Broadcast Bands
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.
Typical Band Usage
HF Band
10-Meter Amateur Band
29.00–29.70 MHz
High Range
29.70–29.90 MHz
VHF Band
Low Range
6-Meter Amateur
Aircraft
U.S. Government
2-Meter Amateur
High Range
30.00–50.00 MHz
50.00–54.00 MHz
108.00–136.00 MHz
138.00–144.00 MHz
144.00–148.00 MHz
148.00–174.00 MHz
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UHF Band
U.S. Government
0.6-Meter Amateur
Low Range
FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wide Band
Conventional Systems
Conventional/Trunked Systems
Trunked Systems
Public Safety
Private Trunked
General Trunked
406.00–420.00 MHz
420.00–450.00 MHz
450.00–470.00 MHz
470.00–806.00 MHz
851.00–856.00 MHz
856.00–861.00 MHz
861.00–866.00 MHz
866.00–869.00 MHz
896.00–940.00 MHz
940.00–950.00 MHz
UHF Band
10-Meter Amateur Band
29.00–29.70 MHz
High Range
29.70–29.90 MHz
VHF Band
Low Range
6-Meter Amateur
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30.00–50.00 MHz
50.00–54.00 MHz
Aircraft
108.00–136.00 MHz
U.S. Government
138.00–144.00 MHz
2-Meter Amateur
144.00–148.00 MHz
2-Meter Amateur
144.00–148.00 MHz
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Primary Usage
As a general rule, most of the radio activity is concentrated on the following frequencies:
VHF Band
Activities
Government, Police, and Fire
Emergency Services
Railroad
Frequencies
153.785–155.980 MHz
158.730–159.460 MHz
160.000–161.900 MHz
UHF Band
Activities
Land-Mobile “Paired” Frequencies
Base Stations
Mobile Units
Repeater Units
Control Stations
Frequencies
450.000–470.000 MHz
451.025–454.950 MHz
456.025–459.950 MHz
460.025–464.975 MHz
465.025–469.975 MHz
Note: Remote control stations and mobile units operate at 5 MHz higher than
their associated base stations and relay repeater units.
SPECIFIED INTERVALS
Frequencies in different bands are accessible only at specific intervals. For example:
Band Type
VHF, HAM, and Government
All Others
Aircraft
Specified Interval
5.0 kHz steps
12.5 kHz steps
25.0 kHz steps
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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 the “Police Call Radio Guide Including Fire and Emergency
Services,” available at your local RadioShack store.
Abbreviations
Services
AIR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aircraft
BIFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boise (ID) Interagency Fire Cache
BUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business
CAP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Civil Air Patrol
CB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citizens Band
CCA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Common Carrier
CSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conventional Systems
CTSB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conventional/Trunked Systems
FIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fire Department
HAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amateur (Ham) Radio
GOVT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Federal Government
GMR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Mobile Radio
GTR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Trunked
IND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Industrial Services
(Manufacturing, Construction, Farming, Forest Products)
MAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Military Amateur Radio
MARI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maritime Limited Coast
(Coast Guard, Marine telephone,
Shipboard Radio, Private stations)
MARS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Military Affiliate Radio System
MED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emergency/Medical Services
MIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.S. Military
MOV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Motion Picture/Video Industry
NEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Mobile Narrow
NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Relay Press (Newspaper reporters)
OIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oil/Petroleum Industry
POL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Police Department
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
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TELB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mobile Telephone
(Aircraft, Radio Common Carrier, Landline companies)
TELC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordless Phones
TELM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Telephone Maintenance
TOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tow Trucks
TRAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transportation Services
(Trucks, Tow Trucks, Buses, Railroad, Other)
TSB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trunked Systems
TVn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FM-TV Audio Broadcast
USXX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Government Classified
UTIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Power & Water Utilities
WTHR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weather
HIGH FREQUENCY (HF)
10-Meter Amateur Band (28.0-29.7 MHz)
29.000–29.700 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
VERY HIGH FREQUENCY (VHF)
VHF Low Band (in 5 kHz steps)
29.700–29.790 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND
29.900–30.550 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
30.580–31.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, PUB
32.000–32.990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
33.020–33.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUS, IND, PUB
34.010–34.990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
35.020–35.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUS, PUB, IND, TELM
36.000–36.230 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
36.250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oil Spill Clean up
36.270–36.990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
37.020–37.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB, IND
38.000–39.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
39.020–39.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
40.000–42.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, MARI
42.020–42.940 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL
42.960–43.180 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND
43.220–43.680 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELM, IND, PUB
43.700–44.600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRAN
44.620–46.580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL, PUB
46.600–46.990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, TELC
47.020–47.400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
47.420 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Red Cross
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47.440–49.580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, PUB
49.610–49.990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIL, TELC
6-Meter Amateur Band
50.00–54.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
Land Mobile Service Band
72.00–76.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LMS
FM Radio Broadcast, Wide Band
88.00–108.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FM
Aircraft Band
108.000–121.490 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR
121.500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR Emergency
121.510–136.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR
U.S. Government Band
138.000–144.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
2-Meter Amateur Band
144.000–148.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
VHF High Band
148.050–150.345 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAP, MAR, MIL
150.775–150.790 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
150.815–150.965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOW
150.980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oil Spill Clean up
150.995–151.130 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROAD
151.145–151.475 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL
151.490–151.955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, BUS
151.985 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TELM
152.0075 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
152.030–152.240 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
152.270–152.465 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, TAXI
152.480 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS
152.510–152.840 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
152.870–153.020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, MOV
153.035–153.725 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, OIL, UTIL
153.740–154.445 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PUB, FIRE
154.490–154.570 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, BUS
154.585 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oil Spill Clean-Up
154.600–154.625 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS
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154.655–156.240 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED, ROAD, POL, PUB
156.255 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OIL
156.275–157.425 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARI
157.450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
157.470–157.515 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TOW
157.530–157.725 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IND, TAXI
157.740 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUS
157.770–158.100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
158.130–158.460 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUS, IND, OIL, TELM, UTIL
158.490–158.700 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TELB
158.730–159.465 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POL, PUB, ROAD
159.480 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OIL
159.495–161.565 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRAN
161.580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OIL
161.600–162.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MARI, RTV
162.0125–162.35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, USXX
162.400–162.550 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WTHR
162.5625–162.6375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, USXX
162.6625 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
162.6875–163.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, USXX
163.250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
163.275–166.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, USXX
166.250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, RTV, FIRE
166.275–169.400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, BIFC
169.445 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wireless Mikes
169.500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GOVT
169.505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wireless Mikes
169.55–169.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL, USXX
170.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BIFC
170.025–170.150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, RTV, FIRE
170.175–170.225 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GOVT
170.245–170.305 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wireless Mikes
170.350–170.400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, MIL
170.425–170.450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BIFC
170.475 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PUB
170.4875-173.175 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GOVT, PUB, Wireless Mikes
173.225–173.375 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MOV, NEWS, UTIL
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)
U. S. Government Band
406.125–419.975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GOVT, USXX
70-cm Amateur Band
420.000–450.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAM
Low Band
450.050–450.925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RTV
451.025–452.025 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, OIL, TELM, UTIL
452.0375–453.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, TAXI, TRAN TOW, NEWS
453.0125–453.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PUB
454.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS
462.1875–462.450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS, IND
462.4625–462.525 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IND, OIL, TELM, UTIL
462.550–462.725 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GMR
462.750–462.925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS
462.9375–463.1875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MED
463.200–467.925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BUS
FM-TV Audio Broadcast, UHF Wide Band
(Channels 14 through 69 in 6 MHz steps)
475.750 . . . . . .
481.750 . . . . . .
487.750 . . . . . .
.
.
.
805.750 . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Channel 14
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Channel 15
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Channel 16
.
.
.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Channel 69
Note: Some cities use the 470–512 MHz band for land/mobile service.
Conventional Systems Band—Locally Assigned
851.0125–855.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CSB
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Conventional/Trunked Systems Band—Locally Assigned
856.0125–860.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CTSB
Trunked Systems Band—Locally Assigned
861.0125–865.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TSB
Public Safety Band—Locally Assigned
866.0125–868.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PSB
Common Carrier
869.010–894.000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CCA
Private Trunked
935.0125–939.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PTR
General Trunked
940.0125–940.9875 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GTR
FREQUENCY CONVERSION
The tuning location of a station can be expressed in frequency (kHz or MHz) or
in wavelength (meters). The following information can help you make the necessary conversions.
1 MHz (million) = 1,000 kHz (thousand)
To convert MHz to kHz, multiply the number of megahertz by 1,000:
9.62 (MHz) x 1000 = 9620 kHz
To convert from kHz to MHz, divide the number of kilohertz by 1,000:
2780 (kHz) ÷ 1000 = 2.780 MHz
To convert MHz to meters, divide 300 by the number of megahertz:
300 ÷ 7.1 MHz = 42.25 meters
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have problems, here are some suggestions that might help. If they do not,
take your scanner to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
PROBLEM
Scanner is on but will not
scan.
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SQUELCH is not correctly
REMEDY
Adjust SQUELCH clockwise.
adjusted.
Only one channel or no
channels are stored.
Store frequencies into more
than one channel.
The scanner’s display
must be reset.
Reset the scanner’s display
(see “Resetting the Scanner’s Display” on Page 10).
No power.
Make sure the scanner is
plugged into a working AC
or DC outlet.
The AC or DC adapter is
not connected.
Be sure the adapter’s barrel
plug is fully plugged into the
DC 12V jack.
The scanner’s display
dims.
The AC or DC adapter is
not providing the required
voltage.
Make sure the AC or DC
adapter is set to provide the
required voltage.
Keypad does not work or
display randomly
changes.
The scanner’s display
must be reset.
Reset the scanner’s display
(see “Resetting the Scanner’s Display” on Page 10).
Poor or no reception.
An antenna is not connected or connected
incorrectly.
Make sure an antenna is
correctly connected to the
scanner.
Programmed frequencies
are the same as “birdie”
frequencies.
Avoid programming frequencies listed under
“Birdie Frequencies” on
Page 30, or only listen to
them manually.
Error appears.
Programming error.
Reprogram the frequency
correctly, including the decimal point.
While scanning In the
scan mode, the scanner
locks on frequencies that
have an unclear transmission.
Programmed frequencies
are the same as “birdie”
frequencies.
Avoid programming frequencies listed under
“Birdie Frequencies” on
Page 30, or only listen to
them manually.
Scanner is totally inoperative.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your RadioShack PRO-2048 200-Channel Programmable Home 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
might 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.
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 the scanner.
Modifying or tampering with the scanner’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate your scanner’s 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 assistance.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Coverage:
VHF-Lo ............................................................... 29-50 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
Ham ................................................................... 50-54 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
Aircraft ................................................ 108-136.975 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Government ................................................... 137-144 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
Ham ............................................................... 144-148 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
VHF-Hi ........................................................... 148-174 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)
Ham/Government ...................................... 406-450 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF-Standard ........................................... 450-470 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF-T (Television) .................................... 470-512 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF-Hi .................................. 806.0000 - 823.9375 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF-Hi .................................. 851.0000 - 868.9375 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF-Hi ........................................... 896.1125 - 956 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Channels of Operation .................... 200 channels in any combination of bands
Sensitivity:
AM: 20 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio at 60% modulation
108–136.975 MHz ............................................................................... 1.5 µV
FM: 20 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio at 3 kHz deviation
29–54 MHz ..........................................................................................
137–174 MHz ......................................................................................
406–512 MHz ......................................................................................
806–956 MHz ......................................................................................
0.5 µV
0.6 µV
0.6 µV
0.8 µV
Scanning Rate:
Normal ................................................................................ 12 channels/sec
Hyper .................................................................................. 50 channels/sec
Search Speed:
Normal ...................................................................................... 50 steps/sec
High ......................................................................................... 100 steps/sec
Hyper ................................................. 300 steps/sec (only 5 kHz step band)
Delay Time ........................................................................................ 2 Seconds
IF Frequencies ........................................ 380.7 MHz, 10.85 MHz, and 450 kHz
Antenna Impedance ............................................................................. 50 Ohms
Audio Power ........................................................................ 1.3 Watts maximum
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Built-In Speaker ................................... 21/4-Inch (57 mm), 8-ohm, dynamic type
Power Requirements .......................................................... AC 120 Volts, 60 Hz
Current Drain ................................................................ DC 230 mA (squelched)
DC 400 mA (full volume unsquelched)
Dimensions (HWD) ...................................................... 23/4 × 81/16 × 711/16 Inches
(70 × 205 × 195 mm)
Weight ..................................................................................................... 1.5 lbs
(680 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject
to change and improvement without notice.
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Limited One-Year Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under
normal use for one (1) year 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 FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF
THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON
OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS
WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow the limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion of incidental
or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise
provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the
product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned
parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and
products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period.
This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident,
misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided
by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation, set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to
state.
RadioShack Customer Relations, Dept. W, 100 Throckmorton St., Suite 600, Fort Worth, TX 76102
We Service What We Sell
3/97
RadioShack
A Division of Tandy Corporation
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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