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Radio Shack 200 Ch VHF/Air/UHF Home Scanner Owner`s manual
PSR-200
200 Channel VHF/Air/UHF Desktop Scanner
Please read this guide before installing, setting up and using your new product.
Owner’s Manual
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CONTENTS
Features ......................................................................................................................... 3
Preparation .................................................................................................................... 6
Power Sources .............................................................................................................. 6
Using AC Power ............................................................................................................ 6
Using Vehicle Battery Power ......................................................................................... 6
Connecting the Supplied Antenna ................................................................................ 7
Connecting an Outdoor Antenna .................................................................................. 7
Connecting an Earphone/Headphones ........................................................................ 7
Listening Safely .............................................................................................................. 8
Traffic Safety .................................................................................................................. 8
Connecting an Extension Speaker ................................................................................ 8
About the Keypad .......................................................................................................... 9
A Look at the Display ................................................................................................... 10
About Your Scanner .................................................................................................... 12
Understanding Banks .................................................................................................. 12
Channel Storage Banks ............................................................................................... 12
One Touch Service Search .......................................................................................... 12
Operation ..................................................................................................................... 15
Turning On the Scanner/Setting Volume and Squelch ............................................... 15
Storing Known Frequencies into Channels ................................................................. 15
Finding and Storing Active Frequencies ..................................................................... 16
Searching the One Touch Service Search Banks ....................................................... 16
Using Tune ................................................................................................................... 17
Scanning the Stored Channels ................................................................................... 18
Turning Channel-Storage Banks Off and On ............................................................... 18
Monitoring a Stored Channel ...................................................................................... 19
Clearing a Stored Channel .......................................................................................... 19
Listening to the Marine Bank ....................................................................................... 20
Listening to the Weather Band .................................................................................... 20
Listening to a Weather Channel .................................................................................. 21
SAME Standby Mode .................................................................................................. 21
Skywarn ....................................................................................................................... 22
Special Features .......................................................................................................... 23
Delay ............................................................................................................................ 23
Locking Out Channels or Frequencies ....................................................................... 23
Locking Out Channels ................................................................................................. 23
Locking Out Marine Channels ..................................................................................... 24
Locking Out Frequencies ............................................................................................ 24
Reviewing Locked-Out Frequencies ........................................................................... 24
Removing Lockouts From All Frequencies in a One Touch Service Search Band ..... 24
Using Priority ............................................................................................................... 25
Turning the Key Tone On and Off ................................................................................ 25
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Cloning the Programmed Data ................................................................................... 26
Initializing the Scanner ................................................................................................. 26
A General Guide to Scanning ...................................................................................... 27
Birdie Frequencies ....................................................................................................... 27
Frequency Conversion ................................................................................................ 27
Care ............................................................................................................................. 27
FAQs ............................................................................................................................ 28
In Case of Fault ............................................................................................................ 28
Specifications .............................................................................................................. 28
FEATURES
Your new PSR-200 200 Channel VHF/Air/UHF Desktop Scanner lets you scan
conventional transmissions, and is preprogrammed with search banks for convenience. By pressing a One-Touch Service Search key, you can quickly search
those frequencies most commonly used by public service and other agencies
without tedious and complicated programming.
This scanner gives you direct access to over 22,000 exciting frequencies, including those used by police and fire departments, ambulance services, aircraft, and amateur radio, and you can change your selection at any time.
Your scanner also has these special features:
One-Touch Service Search Banks — let you search preset frequencies in
separate marine, fire/police, aircraft, ham, and weather banks, to make it easy
to locate specific types of calls.
Display Backlight — makes the scanner easy to read in low-light situations.
Lockout Function — lets you set your scanner to skip over specified channels
or frequencies when scanning or searching.
Ten Channel-Storage Banks — you can store 20 channels in each bank (200
total channels), letting you group channels so you can more easily identify
calls.
Tune — lets you tune for new and unlisted frequencies starting from a specified frequency.
SAME/FIPS Weather Alert — displays the weather event for the specific cities
or counties you choose so you can hear the alert tone.
Memory Backup — keeps the frequencies stored in memory for an extended
time during a power loss.
Scan Delay — delays scanning for about 2 seconds before moving to another
channel, so you can hear more replies that are transmitted on the same channel.
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Priority Channel — lets you set the scanner to check one channel every 2
seconds so you do not miss transmissions.
Data Cloning — lets you transfer the programmed data to another PSR-200/
100 scanner.
Liquid-Crystal Display — makes it easy to view and change programming
information.
Supplied Telescoping Antenna — provides good reception of strong local
signals.
External Antenna Connector — lets you connect an external antenna (not
supplied) with a BNC connector to the scanner for improved reception of distant/weaker signals.
Your PSR-200 scanner can receive these bands:
Frequency Range (MHz) Types of Transmissions
29–54
10-Meter Ham, VHF Lo, 6-Meter Ham
108–136.9875
Aircraft
137–174
Military Land Mobile, 2-Meter Ham, VHF Hi
380–512
UHF Aircraft, Federal Government, 70-cm Ham,
UHF Standard, UHF “T”
Note: See “Specifications” on Page 28 for more information about the scanner’s
frequency steps.
THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a scanning receiver, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
SCANNING LEGALLY
Your scanner covers frequencies used by many different groups including police and fire departments, ambulance services, government agencies, private
companies, amateur radio, 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 (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).
This scanner has been designed to prevent reception of illegal transmissions.
This is done to comply with the legal requirement that scanners be manufactured so as to not be easily modifiable to pick up those transmissions. Do not
open your scanner’s case to make any modifications that could allow it to pick
up transmissions that are illegal to monitor. Doing so could subject you to legal
penalties.
In some areas, mobile use of this scanner is unlawful or requires a permit.
Check the laws in your area. It is also illegal in many areas to interfere with the
duties of public safety officials by traveling to the scene of an incident without
authorization.
We encourage responsible, safe and legal scanner use.
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PREPARATION
POWER SOURCES
Using AC Power
You can power the scanner using a supplied AC adaptor.
Cautions:
! You must use a supplied AC adaptor.
• Always connect the AC adaptor to the scanner before you connect it to AC
power. When you finish, disconnect the adaptor from AC power before you
disconnect it from the scanner.
• The correct orientation for the enclosed power adaptor is in a vertical or
floor-mount position.
To power the scanner using an AC adaptor, connect the plug into the scanner’s
DC 9V jack. Then connect the AC adaptor to a standard AC outlet.
WARNING: To prevent electric shock, do not use the AC adaptor’s polarized plug with an extension cord, receptacle, or other outlet unless you
can fully insert the blades to prevent blade exposure.
Using Vehicle Battery Power
You can power the scanner from a vehicle’s 12V power source (such as cigarette-lighter socket) using a 9VDC at least 400-mA adaptor with 4.75mm outer/
1.7mm inner plug. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the
scanner’s DC 9V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the scanner or the adaptor.
Cautions: Always connect the DC adaptor to the scanner before you connect
it to the power source. When you finish, disconnect the adaptor from the power
source before you disconnect it from the scanner.
To power the scanner using a DC adaptor, connect the plug into the scanner’s
DC 9V jack. Plug the other end of the DC adaptor into your vehicle’s cigarettelighter socket.
Note: If you use a cigarette-lighter DC 9V adaptor and your vehicle’s engine is
running, you might hear electrical noise from the engine while scanning. This is
normal.
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CONNECTING THE SUPPLIED ANTENNA
You must install an antenna before you can operate the scanner.
The supplied telescoping antenna helps your scanner receive strong local signals. To install the antenna, thread it clockwise into the hole on top of the scanner.
The scanner’s sensitivity depends on its location and the antenna’s length. For
the best reception of the transmissions you want to hear, adjust the antenna’s
length according to the chart below.
Frequency
29-174 MHz
380-512 MHz
Antenna Length
Extend fully
Extend 2 segments
Connecting an Outdoor Antenna
The antenna connector on your scanner makes it easy to use the scanner with
a variety of antennas, such as an external mobile antenna or outdoor base
station antenna.
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 the antenna cable’s connector does not have a BNC connector, you
will also need a BNC adapter.
Follow the installation instructions supplied with the antenna, route the antenna
cable to the scanner, then connect it to the antenna jack.
Warning: Use extreme caution when you 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.
CONNECTING AN EARPHONE/HEADPHONES
For private listening, you can plug an 1/8 -inch (3.5-mm) mini-plug earphone or
headphones (not supplied), into the
jack on the back of the scanner. This
automatically disconnects the internal speaker.
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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.
• 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 with your scanner when operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle in or near traffic. Doing so can create
a traffic hazard and could be illegal in some areas.
If you use an earphone or headphones with your scanner while riding a
bicycle, be very careful. Do not listen to a continuous transmission. Even
though some earphones and headphones let you hear some outside sounds
when you listen at normal levels, they still can present a traffic hazard.
Connecting an Extension Speaker
In a noisy area, an amplified extension speaker (not supplied) might provide
more comfortable listening. Plug the speaker cable’s 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) miniplug into your scanner’s
jack.
Note: You must use an amplifed speaker with this scanner. Non-amplified speakers do not provide sufficient volume for comfortable listening.
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ABOUT THE KEYPAD
Here is a brief overview of your scanner’s keys and their functions.
MAR – Lets you search the scanner’s preprogrammed marine band.
HAM – Lets you search the scanner’s preprogrammed amateur radio band.
SCAN/MAN – Scans any programmed channels or stops scanning and lets
you directly enter a channel number.
PD/FD – Lets you search the scanner’s preprogrammed police/fire band.
AIR – Lets you search the scanner’s preprogrammed aircraft band.
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– Searches up or down for active frequencies or selects the direction
when scanning channels.
/SKY – Jumps to a Skywarn channel you programmed (channel 200).
WX – Lets you search the scanner’s preprogrammed 7 weather channels.
PRI/ALERT – Turns on and off the priority feature; turns the SAME standby
mode on and off.
PSE – Stops or restarts search or tune.
Number Keys – Each key has single-digit (0 to 9) and a range of numbers. Use
the range of numbers above the key (21–40 for example) to select the channel
in a channel-storage bank.
L/O RVW/L/O – Reviews locked-out frequencies; lets you lock out selected
channels or frequencies.
DELAY /• – Programs a 2-second delay for the selected channel; enters a
decimal point.
TUNE/CLEAR – Lets you tune a frequency along with
incorrect entry.
or
or, clears an
ENT (enter) – Enters frequencies into channels.
PGM (program)– Programs frequencies into channels.
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A LOOK AT THE DISPLAY
The display has indicators that show the scanner’s current operating status.
This quick look at the display will help you understand how your scanner operates.
BANK – Appears with numbers (1–10) to indicate the scan bank. Bank numbers with a bar under them show which banks are turned on for scanning (see
“Understanding Banks” on Page 12).
WX – Indicates that the scanner is active for weather channels.
MAR – Indicates that the scanner is active for marine bank.
FD/PD – Indicates that the scanner is active for fire/police bank.
AIR – Indicates that the scanner is active for aircraft bank.
HAM – Indicates that the scanner is active for amateur radio bank.
– Appears when you hear the skywarn channel.
/
– Indicates the search or scan direction.
CH – Appears with digits (1–200) or P to show which channel the scanner is
tuned to.
L/O (lockout) – Appears when you manually select a channel that was previously locked out during scanning or when you review a locked-out frequency.
SRCH – Appears during service bank searches.
SCAN – Appears when the scanner scans channels.
MAN – Appears when you manually select a channel.
PGM – Appears when you program frequencies into the scanner’s channels.
PRI – Appears when the priority feature is turned on.
DLY – Appears when you program a 2-second delay.
ALL CH L-out – Appears when you lock out the all marine channels.
b X Ch-FULL – Appears when you try to enter a frequency during a search
when all displayed bank’s channels are full.
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b X StorE – Appears when you program the frequency into desired vacant
channel.
CLOnE – Appears when the scanner stays in the clone mode.
-dUPL- – Appears when you try to store a frequency that is already stored in
another channel.
Error – Appears when you make an entry error.
FLo ALL-CL – Appears when you remove all the locked-out frequencies during
a FD/PD, AIR, or HAM band.
L-r – Appears when you review the locked-out frequencies.
L-O Fr-FULL – Appears when you try to lock out a frequency during a FD/PD,
AIR, HAM, or spectrum sweeper when 50 frequencies are already locked out.
oFF tonE – Appears when you turn the key tone off.
On tonE – Appears when you turn the key tone on.
P – Appears when the scanner is tuned to the priority channel.
-t- – Appears during a tune mode.
MAr – Appears about 2 seconds when you press MAR key.
FIrE – Appears about 1 second when you press FD/PD key.
PoLICE – Appears about 1 second when you press FD/PD key.
AIr – Appears about 2 seconds when you press AIR key.
HAM – Appears about 2 seconds when you press HAM key.
WEAthEr – Appears about 2 seconds when you press WX key.
Lo VHF – Appears when you turn on the low VHF sub-bank 1 while fire/police
bank searching.
Hi VHF – Appears when you turn on the high VHF sub-bank 2 while fire/police
bank searching.
UHF – Appears when you turn on the UHF sub-bank 3 while fire/police bank
searching.
10 M – Appears when you turn on the 10m sub-bank 1 while HAM bank searching.
6 M – Appears when you turn on the 6m sub-bank 2 while HAM bank searching.
2 M – Appears when you turn on the 2m sub-bank 3 while HAM bank searching.
70CM – Appears when you turn on the 70cm sub-bank 4 while HAM bank
searching.
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ABOUT YOUR SCANNER
Once you understand a few simple terms used in this manual and familiarize
yourself with your scanner’s features, you can put the scanner to work for you.
You simply determine the type of communications you want to receive, then
set the scanner to scan them.
A frequency is the receiving signal location (expressed in kHz or MHz). To find
active frequencies, you can use the search or tune function.
You can also search the One-Touch Service Search Banks, which are preset
groups of frequencies categorized by type of service.
When you find a frequency, you can store it into a programmable memory
location called a channel, which is grouped with 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.
UNDERSTANDING BANKS
Channel Storage Banks
A bank is a storage area for a group of channels. Channels are storage areas
for frequencies. Whereas a channel can only contain one frequency, a bank
can hold numerous channels.
To make it easier to identify and select the channels you want to listen to, your
scanner divides the channels into 10 banks (1 to 10) of 20 channels each, a
total of 200 channels. You can use each channel-storage bank to group frequencies, such as those used by the police department, fire department, ambulance services, or aircraft.
For example, a 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 frequencies starting with Channel 21 (the first channel in bank 2).
One-Touch Service Search
The scanner is preprogrammed with the frequencies allocated by marine, fire/
police, aircraft, ham radio, and weather services. This is handy for quickly finding active frequencies instead of searching through an entire band (see “Searching the One-Touch Service Search Banks” on Page 16).
Note: The frequencies in the scanner’s service banks are preset. You cannot
change them.
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Fire/Police
Group Frequency Range (MHz) Step (kHz)
1
33.420-33.980
20
37.020-37.420
20
39.020-39.980
20
42.020-42.940
20
44.620-45.860
40
45.880
45.900-46.060
40
46.080-46.500
20
2
153.770-154.130
60
154.145-154.445
15
154.650-154.950
15
155.010-155.370
60
155.415-155.700
15
155.730-156.210
60
158.730-159.210
60
166.250
170.150
3
453.0375-453.9625
12.5
458.0375-458.9625
12.5
460.0125-460.6375
12.5
465.0125-465.6375
12.5
Air
Group Frequency Range (MHz) Step (kHz)
1
2
108.000-118.000
118.0125-136.9875
12.5
12.5
Amateur Radio
Group Frequency Range (MHz) Step (kHz)
1
2
3
4
29.000-29.700
50.000-54.000
144.000-148.000
420.000-450.000
5
5
5
12.5
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Marine
Channel Frequency (MHz) Channel Frequency (MHz)
01
02
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
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156.0500
156.2500
156.3000
156.3500
156.4000
156.4500
156.5000
156.5500
156.6000
156.6500
156.7000
156.7500
156.8000
156.8500
156.9000
156.9500
157.0000
161.6000
157.0500
157.1000
157.1500
157.2000
161.8000
157.2500
161.8500
157.3000
161.9000
157.3500
161.9500
157.4000
162.0000
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64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
156.1750
156.2250
160.8250
156.2750
156.3250
156.3750
156.4250
156.4750
156.5250
156.5750
156.6250
156.6750
156.7250
156.8750
156.9250
156.9750
157.0250
157.0750
157.1250
157.1750
157.2250
161.8250
157.2750
161.8750
157.3250
161.9250
157.3750
161.9750
157.4250
Note: Both frequencies (transmission and reception) are shown for marine channels used for duplex transmission.
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OPERATION
TURNING ON THE SCANNER/SETTING VOLUME AND
SQUELCH
1. Turn SQUELCH until the indicator points to MIN before you turn on the scanner.
2. To turn on the scanner, slide POWER to ON.
3. Turn VOLUME clockwise until you hear a hissing sound.
4. Turn SQUELCH clockwise, just until the hissing sound stops.
Notes:
• To listen to a weak or distant station, turn SQUELCH counterclockwise. If
reception is poor, turn SQUELCH clockwise to cut out weak transmissions.
• If SQUELCH is adjusted so you always hear a hissing sound, the scanner
will not scan or search properly.
5. To turn off the scanner when you finish, slide POWER to OFF.
STORING KNOWN FREQUENCIES INTO CHANNELS
Follow these steps to store frequencies into channels.
1. Press PGM, then PGM appears. Enter the channel number (1–200) where
you want to store a frequency, then press PGM again.
2. Use the number keys and • to enter the frequency (including the decimal
point) you want to store.
3. Press ENT to store the frequency into the channel.
Notes:
• If you made a mistake in Step 2, Error appears and the scanner beeps three
times when you press ENT. Simply start again from Step 2.
• Your scanner automatically rounds the entered frequency down to the closest valid frequency. For example, if you enter a frequency of 151.473, your
scanner accepts it as 151.470.
• If you entered a frequency that is already stored in another channel, the
scanner beeps three times and displays the lowest channel number where
the frequency is already stored, and –dUPL– then the frequency flashes. If
you want to store the frequency anyway, press ENT again. Press TUNE/
CLEAR to clear the frequency.
• Press DELAY if you want the scanner to pause 2 seconds on this channel
before it proceeds to the next channel after a transmission ends (see “Delay” on Page 23). The scanner also stores this setting in the channel.
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4. To program the next channel in sequence, press PGM and repeat Steps 2
and 3.
FINDING AND STORING ACTIVE FREQUENCIES
Searching the One-Touch Service Search Banks
Your scanner contains groups of preset frequencies called One-Touch Service
Search bands. Each one-touch service search band is associated with a specific activity (see “One-Touch Service Search” on Page 12). You can search for
marine, fire/police, air, ham, and weather transmissions even if you do not know
the specific frequencies that are used in your area. Then you can store the
frequencies you found into the scanner’s channels (except weather and marine banks).
Notes:
• You can use the scanner’s delay feature while searching the banks, see
“Delay” on Page 23.
• To listen to the marine bank, see “Listening to the Marine Bank” on Page 20.
• To listen to the weather bank, see “Listening to the Weather Band” on Page
20.
1. Press FD/PD or AIR or HAM. FIrE POLICE or AIr or HAM appears. After
about 2 seconds, the scanner starts search.
Notes:
• To reverse the search direction at any time, press
or
.
• To pause the search while receiving a signal, press PSE. To resume searching, press PSE again.
• If necessary, you can select search groups using the number keys.
2. To search for another active frequency in the selected band, press
or
.
To select a different band and search for another active frequency, repeat
Steps 1.
Once you find interesting frequencies during the search, you can store them
into the scanner’s channel-storage banks.
1. To store the displayed frequency in the desired bank’s lowest vacant channel, press ENT when you find a frequency. The bank number and StorE
appears.
2. If you desired to store the other bank, press number key.
3. Press ENT to store the frequency. The channel and frequency flash twice. If
you want to cancel the operation, press TUNE/CLEAR instead of ENT.
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Note: If you entered a frequency that is already stored in another channel, the
lowest numbered channel containing the duplicate frequency and -dUPL- (duplicate) flash for about 3 seconds. If you want to store the frequency anyway,
press ENT again. You can then delete the frequency later. See “Clearing a
Stored Channel” on Page 19.
If there is no empty channel in the bank, Ch-FULL appears after you press
ENT. To store more frequencies, you must clear some channels or you may
program the other bank. See “Clearing a Stored Channel” on Page 19. To continue searching after Ch-FULL appears, press TUNE/CLEAR.
Using Tune
During a tune, the scanner tunes up or down, starting from a frequency you
specify. Follow these steps to use tune.
Note: You can use the scanner’s delay feature while using tune.
1. Press TUNE. PSE and start frequency appears.
2. If desired you can change the start frequency. To change the start frequency,
enter frequency with numeral keys, then press ENT.
3. Press PSE to start tune. -t- appears on the display.
4. To change the tuning direction, press
and start tune.
or
. The scanner displays
or
Note: To pause the tune, press PSE. To resume tune, press PSE again.
5. To tune for another active frequency, press
or
.
Once you find interesting frequencies during the tune, you can store them into
the scanner’s channel-storage banks.
1. To store the displayed frequency in the desired bank’s lowest vacant channel, press ENT when you find a frequency. The bank number and StorE
appears.
2. If you desired to store the other bank, press number key.
3. Press ENT to store the frequency. The channel and frequency flash twice. If
you want to cancel the operation, press TUNE/CLEAR instead of ENT.
Note: If the scanner displays -dUPL-, the entered frequency is already stored
in another channel. See above Note on this page.
If there is no empty channel in the bank, Ch-FULL appears after you press
ENT. To store more frequencies, you must clear some channels or you may
program the other bank.
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SCANNING THE STORED CHANNELS
To set the scanner to continuously scan through all channels with stored frequencies, simply pressing SCAN until SCAN and
appear, then the scanner
begins to rapidly scan until it finds an active frequency.
If the scanner finds an active frequency, it stops and displays that channel and
frequency number, then it automatically begins scanning again when the transmission on that frequency ends.
Notes:
• To reverse the scanning direction, press
or
.
• To set the scanner to remain on the current channel for 2 seconds after the
transmission ends, see “Delay” on Page 23.
• To set the scanner to remain on the current channel, even after the transmission stops, press SCAN/MAN at any time during the transmission so MAN
appears and SCAN disappears (see “Monitoring a Stored Channel” on Page
19).
• To lock out channels so the scanner does not stop for a transmission on
those channels, see “Locking Out Channels or Frequencies” on Page 23.
TURNING CHANNEL-STORAGE BANKS OFF AND ON
Channel-storage banks (1–10) are on when they have a bar underneath them
and off when no bar appears underneath them. To turn off a channel-storage
bank, press the bank’s number key during scanning. The bar under the bank’s
number disappears.
Note: The scanner does not scan any of the channels within the banks you
have turned off.
To turn on a channel-storage bank (1–10) during scanning, press the bank’s
number key. A bar appears under the bank’s number.
Notes:
• You cannot turn off all banks. There must be at least one active bank.
• You can manually select any channel in a bank, even if the bank is turned
off.
• When you turn on a bank during scanning, the scanner moves to the selected bank and scans it.
If no transmission is found, the scanner continues scanning to scan through all
selected banks.
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MONITORING A STORED CHANNEL
You can continuously monitor a specific channel without scanning. This is useful if you hear an emergency transmission on a channel and do not want to
miss any details — even though there might be periods of silence — or if you
simply want to monitor that channel.
Follow these steps to manually select a channel.
1. Pressing SCAN/MAN until MAN appears.
2. Enter the channel number (1–200).
3. Press SCAN/MAN again.
CLEARING A STORED CHANNEL
If you no longer want a frequency stored in a channel (and you do not want
to replace that frequency with a different one), follow these steps to clear the
stored frequency.
1. Pressing SCAN/MAN to stop scanning.
2. To select the desired channel number, use the number keys to enter that
channel number (1–200).
3. Press PGM. PGM appears.
4. Press 0 then ENT. The frequency number changes to 000.0000 to indicate
the channel is cleared.
5. To clear another channel, use the number keys to enter that channel number (1–200), then press PGM again. Or, repeatedly press PGM until the desired channel number appears. Then repeat Step 4.
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LISTENING TO THE MARINE BANK
To listen to the marine bank, press MAR. MAr appears about 2 seconds,
then the scanner starts searching from marine channel 16.
To stop searching the channels, press PSE. SRCH disappears and MAN
appears.
To change the channel manually, press
or
.
To search through the marine bank again, press PSE. MAN disappears and
SRCH appears To change the searching direction, press
or
.
You can select a marine channel directly. When the scanner stops scanning
the marine bank, use the number keys to enter the two-digit channel number.
Note: While Marine band search, lock out functions. See “Locking Out Marine Channels” on Page 24.
LISTENING TO THE WEATHER BAND
Your scanner incorporates weather alert as one of its features and is an
extremely sensitive high quality receiver on the weather frequencies. However, the included telescoping antenna is optimized for general purpose scanning. If you use this scanner as your only means for receiving weather alerts,
please check to be sure you are receiving a clear signal on the telescoping
antenna or switch to an external antenna that gives you clear reception of a
local NOAA weather broadcast.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has allocated channels
for use by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Regulatory agencies in other countries have also allocated channels for use
by their weather reporting authorities.
NOAA and your local weather reporting authority broadcast your local forecast and regional weather information on one or more of these channels.
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Listening to a Weather Channel
To hear your local forecast and regional weather information, press WX.
WEAthEr appears for about 2 seconds, then the scanner starts searching
the weather bank.
To stop searching the channels, press PSE. SRCH disappears and MAN
appears.
To change the channel manually, press
or
.
To search through the weather bank again, press PSE. MAN disappears
and SRCH appears. To change the searching direction, press
or
.
SAME Standby Mode
The National Weather Service precedes each weather alert with a digitally
encoded SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) signal, then a 1050 Hz
tone. The SAME signal includes a FIPS (Federal Information Processing
Standard) area code, and an event code that corresponds with the type of
alert being sent. You can configure your scanner to operate in SAME Standby
mode, where it monitors a selected weather radio station for SAME alerts
for areas you specify. You can program your scanner with up to 7 FIPS
codes for the areas you desire. The National Weather Service maintains a
current list of FIPS codes at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.
To configure your scanner for SAME Standby mode, follow these steps:
1. Press WX.
2. Press PGM to access the FIPS code entry table.
3. Use
or
keys to select the desired FIPS code storage location.
4. Use the number keys to enter the desired 6-digit FIPS code, and then press
ENT to store the code. Repeat this process for all the FIPS codes that you
wish to store.
5. Press L/OUT to lock out or enable specific FIPS entries.
6. Press WX to exit the FIPS code entry table. The scanner displays F at the left
hand if you enter the FIPS code(s).
Notes:
• Your scanner can also detect the 1050 Hz weather alert tone when a weather
channel is set as the priority channel and weather priority operation is enabled (see “Priority”). In this mode all alerts are received. FIPS settings are
ignored.
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• The scanner sounds an alert or beep when it receives the SAME code. If you
do not stop the alert (or beep) for five minutes, the alert stops and the scanner beeps every ten seconds. If the scanner receives a new message after
five minutes, it sounds the alert or beep. To stop the sound and ready the
scanner to receive a new alert signal before the five minute time out, press
any key.
• To clear the FIPS code, select FIPS code storage location that you want to
clear, then press and hold TUNE/CLEAR about 2 seconds.
7. Press PRI/ALERT to initiate SAME standby. The scanner will monitor the all
weather radio station for alerts with FIPS codes that match the codes you
entered in the FIPS entry table. To exit SAME standby, press PRI/ALERT
again.
Note: In the SAME Standby mode, the scanner receives all alert/warning
messages for receivable areas if you do not enter the FIPS code.
Skywarn
Many areas of the country have amateur radio repeaters that have been designated as “Skywarn” repeaters. During times of severe weather, these repeaters are used to relay reports of severe weather directly to meteorologists at a
local National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office. Using the Skywarn feature in your scanner, you can easily jump to Skywarn repeater frequencies and
monitor these reports, in many cases hearing about severe weather in your
area instantly as it occurs.
This function lets you quickly move to the skywarn channels (Channel 200)
from any mode by pressing SKY/
. The scanner displays
.
Note: To activate this function, you must program your desired Skywarn frequency into the Skywarn channel.
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SPECIAL FEATURES
DELAY
Many agencies use a two-way radio system that has a period of several seconds between a query and a reply. To avoid missing a reply, you can program
a 2-second delay into any channel or frequency. When your scanner stops on
a channel or frequency with a programmed delay, DLY appears and the scanner continues to monitor that channel or frequency for 2 seconds after the
transmission stops before resuming scanning, searching, or tuning.
You can program a 2-second delay in any of these ways:
• If the scanner is scanning and stops on an active channel, quickly press
DELAY/• before it resumes scanning.
• If the desired channel is not selected, manually select the channel, then
press DELAY/• .
• If the scanner is searching, or tuning, press DELAY/• . DLY appears and the
scanner automatically adds a 2-second delay to every transmission it stops
on in that band.
To turn off the 2-second delay in a channel or for all frequency, press DELAY/•
while the scanner is monitoring that channel or frequency. DLY disappears.
LOCKING OUT CHANNELS OR FREQUENCIES
You can increase the effective scanning or search speed by locking out individual channels or frequencies that have a continuous transmission, such as a
weather channel or a birdie frequency (see “Birdie Frequencies” on Page 27).
Locking Out Channels
To lock out a channel during scanning, press L/O/L/O RVW when the scanner
stops on the channel.
To manually lock out a channel, select the channel then press L/O/L/O RVW
until
appears.
To remove the lockout from a channel, manually select the channel you want to
delete lockout, then press L/O/L/O RVW until
disappears.
Notes:
• Your scanner automatically locks out empty channels.
• You can still manually select locked-out channels.
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Locking Out Marine Channels
To lock out a Marine channel during searching, press L/O when the scanner
stops on the channel.
To manually lock out a Marine channel, select the channel then press L/O.
To remove the lockout from a Marine channel, manually select that channel
again, then press L/O until
disappears.
Locking Out Frequencies
To lock out a frequency during a one-touch service search, press L/O/L/O RVW
when the scanner stops on that frequency. The scanner locks out the frequency
then continues searching.
Note: You can lock out as many as 50 frequencies during a search. If you try to
lock out more, FLo -FULL appears (see “Reviewing Locked-Out Frequencies”
and “Removing Lockouts From All Frequencies in a One-Touch Service Search
Band”).
Reviewing Locked-Out Frequencies
To review the frequencies you locked out, hold down L/O for about 2 seconds
during a search, then repeatedly press
or
. L-r (Lockout Review) appears
and the scanner displays all locked out frequencies as you press
or
, or,
EMPty appears when the search bank has no locked out frequencies. When
you reach the highest locked-out frequency, the scanner beeps twice and returns to the lowest locked-out frequency.
Removing Lockouts Form All Frequencies in a One-Touch
Service Search Band
Note: These steps do not clear any lockouts in the marine and weather band.
1. Hold down L/O/L/O RVW for about 2 seconds during a desired search band.
L-r appears.
2. While holding down TUNE/CLEAR, press L/O to clear the lockout. FLo ALLCL appears about 2 seconds. After 2 seconds, YES —Ent and No —CLEAr
appears alternately.
3. Press ENT. L-r EMPty appears. The scanner clears any lockouts from all
frequencies in a one-touch service search band. Or, if you do not want to
clear the lockouts, press TUNE/CLEAR.
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USING PRIORITY
The priority feature lets you scan through channels and still not miss important
or interesting calls on a frequency you select. You can program one frequency
into the priority channel. As the scanner scans, if the priority feature is turned
on, the scanner checks the priority channel for activity every 2 seconds.
1. Press PGM, then press PRI/ALERT. PCH and 000.0000 or the previouslystored frequency appear.
2. Enter the frequency you want to enter into the priority channel, then press
ENT. The display flashes twice.
To program a weather channel as the priority channel:
1. Press WX.
2. Select the weather channel you want to program as the priority channel.
3. Press and hold ENT then PRI. P ChAnnEL is displayed momentarily. Aftter
P ChAnnEL appears, PCH flashes and 000.0000 or the previously-stored
frequency appears.
4. Press ENT to store the priority channel and display blinks two times. Press
CLEAR to cancel.
To turn on the priority feature, press PRI/ALERT during scanning or searching.
PRI appears. The scanner checks the priority channel every 2 seconds and
stays on the channel if there is activity. PCH and the frequency appear whenever the scanner is set to the priority channel.
To turn off the priority feature, press PRI/ALERT. PRI disappears.
Note: If you program a weather frequency into the priority channel and the
scanner detects a WX alert tone on that frequency (see “SAME Standby Mode”
on Page 21), the scanner sounds the alert tone and ALErt flashes. Press any
key to turn off the alarm.
TURNING THE KEY TONE ON AND OFF
The scanner is preset to sound a tone each time you press one of its keys. You
can turn the key tone off or on.
1. If the scanner is on, slide POWER to OFF.
2.Slide POWER to turn on the scanner. Welcome message appears..
3. While Welcome message appears, press 1 to turn on the key tone or 2 to
turn it off.
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Cloning the Programmed Data
You can transfer the programmed data to and from another PSR-200 (or PSR100) scanner using an optional connecting cable with 1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo
(TRS) phone plugs on both ends (not supplied).
1. Turn on both scanner.
2. Connect the connecting cable to each scanner’s PC/IF jack. CLOnE and
UP to SEnd appears.
3. Press
at the host scanner.
4. SEndInG appears at the host scanner.
The scanner sends the data. To exit the clone mode, remove the cable.
CLOnE and Error may alternately appear when the scanner receives data from
a scanner other than a PSR-100/200. If this happens when the scanner receives data from another PSR-100/200, turn off the scanner and then turn it on
again.
INITIALIZING THE SCANNER
If the scanner’s display locks up or does not work properly after you connect a
power source, you might need to initialize the scanner.
Important: This procedure clears all information you stored in the scanner’s
memory. Initialize the scanner only when you are sure the scanner is not
working properly.
1. Turn off the scanner, then turn it on again. WELCOME SCAnnInG rECEIVEr
appears.
2. Press 0 while Welcome message appears. Then press 1. InItIAL appears
about 2 seconds. After 2 seconds, YES —Ent and No —CLEAr appears
alternately.
3. Press ENT. WAIt appears for about 2 seconds.
Note: Do not turn off the scanner until the initialization is complete. When the
initialization is complete, 1CH 000.0000 appears on the display.
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A General Guide to Scanning
Birdie Frequencies
Every scanner has birdie frequencies. Birdies are signals created inside the
scanner’s receiver. These operating frequencies might interfere with transmissions 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.
To find the birdies in your individual scanner, begin by disconnecting the antenna and moving it away from the scanner. Make sure that no other nearby
radio or TV sets are turned on near the scanner. Use the search function and
search 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.
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:
30.62 (MHz) x 1000 = 30,620 kHz
• To convert from kHz to MHz, divide the number of kilohertz by 1,000:
127,800 (kHz) / 1000 = 127.8 MHz
• To convert MHz to meters, divide 300 by the number of megahertz:
300 / 50 MHz = 6 meters
CARE
Keep the scanner dry; if it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Use and store the
scanner only in normal temperature environments. Handle the scanner carefully; do not drop it. Keep the scanner away from dust and dirt, and wipe it with
a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
The scanner is not working at all. What’s wrong?
• The AC or DC adaptor might not be connected. Be sure the adaptor’s barrel
plug is fully inserted into the DC 9V jack. The center tip of the adaptor’s
barrel plug must be set to positive.
The scanner does not receive any stations or reception is poor. What’s
wrong?
• The scanner might need to be initialized. Turn the scanner off then on again,
or initialize the scanner (see “Initializing the Scanner” on Page 26).
The scanner is on but does not scan. What’s wrong?
• The squelch might not be adjusted correctly. Turn SQ clockwise. There might
only be one channel or no channels stored in the scanner. Store frequencies into more than one channel.
While scanning, the scanner locks on frequencies that have an unclear
transmission. What’s wrong?
• Some frequencies programmed into the scanner might be the same as
“birdie” frequencies. Avoid programming “Birdie Frequencies” or only listen
to them manually.
IN CASE OF FAULT
Where a fault arises, contact your supplier. However, before you do so check
that the fault was not caused by an operational error. Carefully reread the relevant section in the instructions.
SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Coverage (MHz):
10 Meter Amateur Radio .............................................. 29–30 (in 5 kHz steps)
VHF Lo ..........................................................................30–50 (in 5 kHz steps)
6 Meter Amateur Radio ................................................50–54 (in 5 kHz steps)
Aircraft ........................................................ 108–136.9875 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Government ............................................................. 137–144 (in 5 kHz steps)
2 Meter Amateur Radio ........................................... 144–148 (in 5 kHz steps)
VHF Hi ...............................................................148–150.8 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
VHF Hi .................................................................... 150.8–162 (in 5 kHz steps)
VHF Hi ................................................................. 162–174 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Amateur Radio/Government .............................. 380–450 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
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UHF Standard ..................................................... 450–470 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
UHF “T” ............................................................... 470–512 (in 12.5 kHz steps)
Channels of Operation ............................................................... 200 channels
Sensitivity (20 dB S/N):
29–54 MHz .............................................................................................. 0.5 μV
108–136.9875 MHz ................................................................................. 1.0 μV
137–174 MHz .......................................................................................... 0.5 μV
380–512 MHz .......................................................................................... 0.7 μV
Spurious Rejection (FM @154 MHz) ...................................................... 50 dB
Selectivity:
±8 kHz .................................................................................................... –6 dB
±17 kHz ................................................................................................ –50 dB
Search Speed ................................................................... Up to 80 Steps/Sec
Scan Speed ................................................................ Up to 40 Channels/Sec
Delay Time ...................................................................................... 2 Seconds
IF Frequencies:
1st IF ................................................................................................. 10.7 MHz
2nd IF ................................................................................................... 455 kHz
IF Interference Ratio (10.7 MHz) ......................................... 70 dB at 150 MHz
Squelch Sensitivity:
Threshold ............................................................................... Less than 0.5 μV
Tight (FM) ................................................................................ (S+N)/N 25 dB
Tight (AM) ................................................................................ (S+N)/N 20 dB
Antenna Impedance .......................................................................... 50 Ohms
Audio Output Power (10% THD) ............................................... 0.7 W Nominal
Built-In Speaker .................................................... 3 Inches (77 mm), 8 Ohms
Operating Temperature ............................................. 32° to 110°F (0° to 43°C)
Power Requirements ....................................................................... 9 Volts DC
(Supplied 9V AC or Optional 9V DC Adaptor)
Current Drain (Squelched) .................................................................... 50 mA
Dimensions (HWD) ............................... 8 1/4(W) x 6 7/8(D) x 2 3/8(H) Inches
(210 x 175 x 60 mm)
Weight (without antenna) ........................................... approx. 24.3 oz (690 g)
Supplied Accessories ................................ Telescoping Antenna, AC adaptor
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject to change and improvement without notice.
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Limited Warranty
General
GRE America, Inc. warranty all parts of each new product to be of sound design, good material and workmanship, and will repair or exchange any parts
proven to be defective under normal use at no charge for a period of 12 months
from the date of sale to the end user.
GRE America will correct defects. There will be no charge for labor for a period
of 12 months from the date of original sale, except as provided below. Overtime
premiums and/or expedited handling and shipping costs must be paid by the
owner.
An enclosed Warranty Card is included with each unit of purchase. We request
the Warranty card be filled and return back to GRE America to validate the
Warranty of purchase along with Proof-of-purchase or you may also register
online from the link below.
Online Product Registration is also available at http://www.greamerica.com/
register
Warranty Limitations
This warranty does not apply to equipment or parts that have been subject to
accident, abuse, incorrect service, alterations, service by non-authorized service personal, misuse.
A copy of the purchase receipt must be supplied or validated Warranty Registration must be on GRE database either by mail or through online when requesting for service.
Equipment must be sent to GRE America at the owner or dealer’s expense and
will be returned via surface carrier at no cost to the owner.
This warranty is strictly limited to the terms indicated herein, and no other warranties or remedies thereunder, express or implied, shall be binding on GRE
America.
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Warranty Returns
RETURN DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS TO YOUR DEALER OR CALL GRE AMERICA
FOR A RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER (RMA). YOU SHOULD HAVE A
COPY OF YOUR ORIGINAL RECEIPT TO VERIFY DATE PURCHASE. UNIT IN
WHICH THE WARRANTY HAS EXPIRED MAY BE SERVICED AT A FIXED RATE
+ PARTS FOR FACTORY REPAIRS. RETURN SHIPPING FOR UNITS UNDER
WARRANTY WILL BE PAID BY GRE AMERICA. SHIPPING FOR UNITS OUT OF
WARRANTY WILL BE PAID BY THE SENDER IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. AN RMA#
OUTSIDE THE BOX NEXT TO THE SHIPPING ADDRESS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED WITH ALL UNITS BEING RETURN BACK TO GRE AMERICA. RETURNS
WITHOUT RMA# WILL DELAY IN PROCESSING YOUR WARRANTY OR NONWARRANTY REPAIRS.
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Ph: (650) 501-1400 . Fax: (650) 591-2001
Website: http://www.greamerica.com
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