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Programming the Radio Shack Pro-97

The instructions that follow will walk you step-by-step through how to program a Radio Shack Pro-97 scanner to scan Gwinnett County's radio system. Following the instructions is some information on how to use the scanner, in particular the features that are useful when listening to Gwinnett.


Entering the Frequencies

The first thing we must do to setup the scanner to listen to Gwinnett County is to enter the radio frequencies used by Gwinnett's system. This will tell the scanner where to tune to hear radio traffic.
  1. Turn the scanner off and then back on.
  2. The first thing we'll do is clear all of the frequencies in the bank you'll use to listen to Gwinnett County.
  3. Press the black F button, then press 0, then press the F button again, then press CL, and then press the 1 button.
  4. Enter 000 and then press PGM to enter programming mode starting at channel 0. On the display the P on the left of the first line of the display says you're in programming mode, and the 000 indicates your looking at channel 0.
  5. Press the orange T button to enter trunking mode.
  6. Press the MODE button until Motorola is displayed on line 2 of the display.
  7. Press the PGM button again to begin entering frequencies. You'll enter 24 frequencies total. If you make a mistake while entering a frequency you can press the CL button to delete the last number entered. If you accidently press the PGM button twice while entering frequencies you can press the down arrow to back-up to the previous location.
  8. Enter the first frequency, 854.78750, then press ENT and then press PGM to go to the next channel.
  9. Repeat step #8 for the rest of the frequencies 854.81250, 854.83750, 855.31250, 855.48750, 855.76250, 855.78750, 855.81250, 856.81250, 856.83750, 856.91250, 857.81250, 857.83750, 857.91250, 858.78750, 858.81250, 866.13750, 866.21250, 866.38750, 867.33750, 867.38750, 867.96250, 868.11250, 868.13750, 868.48750.
  10. To double-check that you entered all of the frequencies correctly enter 0 and then the PGM button to go back to the first frequency entered.
  11. Press PGM to go through all 24 frequencies, if you see a mistake enter the correct frequency and then press ENT to save it, continue pressing PGM until you have verified all 24 frequencies.
  12. Next press 0 and then PGM to go back to the first frequency again.
  13. Press the MODE button until you see MO following the channel number on the first line of the display (P000 for example). After MO is displayed press PGM to go to the next frequency.
  14. Repeat step #13 for each of the 24 frequencies.


Entering Labels for the Frequencies

If you're anxious to start scanning you can skip this section and come back to it later (or never). This section instructs you how to enter the text that displays on line 2 of the display when the scanner stops on a transmission.
  1. Press PGM, enter 000 and then press PGM again to go back to the first trunking frequency in programming mode.
  2. Press the TEXT button, this should cause the cursor to blink in the first column of the second row of the display.
  3. Enter 41 to display G.
  4. Enter 91 to display W.
  5. Enter 43 to display I.
  6. Enter 62 to display N.
  7. Enter 62 to display N.
  8. Enter 32 to display E.
  9. Enter 81 to display T.
  10. Enter 81 to display T.
  11. Press the period to display a space.
  12. Enter 23 to display C.
  13. Enter 63 to display O.
  14. Enter 82 to display U.
  15. Enter 62 to display N.
  16. Enter 81 to display T.
  17. Enter 93 to display Y.
  18. Press the period to display a space.
  19. Press ENT and you should now see "GWINNETT COUNTY" on the third line of the LCD. If you make a mistake you can use the down arrows to back up and make corrections.
  20. Press PGM to go to the next channel.
  21. Repeat steps #2 through #20 for all 24 frequencies.


Programming the Scan Lists with Text-Tags

Now it's time to program the "scan lists" to tell the scanner what talkgroups (Fire Dispatch, Westside Police Dispatch, etc).

For each trunk system that is being scanned the scanner gives you 5 "scan lists" that can each contain up to 30 talkgroups. These "scan lists" allow you to group talkgroups (like Fire Dispatch, Fire TAC 2, etc) into "scan lists" that will allow you to tell the scanner what you want to hear easily.

The instructions below will setup your scanner with the following scan lists:
Scan List 0Gwinnett Police
Scan List 1Gwinnett Fire and EMS
Scan List 2Gwinnett Fire and EMS (Hospital <-> Rescue only)
Scan List 3Lawrenceville Police
Scan List 4Other city police departments

To begin programming the scan lists press PGM, enter 000, and then press PGM again.


Programming Scan List 0: Gwinnett Police

Press the orange T button. Make sure the LCD displays:
ID Bank 0-0 ON
Motorola TGID#00
MOT: none

If 0-0 is not displayed on the first line keep pressiing the T button until it does. If Motorola is not displayed on the third line keep pressing the MODE button until it does. If TGID#00 is not displayed on the second line keep pressing the up/down arrows until it does.

  • Enter 1648 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD 1 WEST) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 11 (period) 91 32 74 81 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 01 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1680 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD 2 SOUTH) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 12 (period) 74 63 82 81 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 02 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1712 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD 3 NORTH) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 13 (period) 62 63 73 81 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 03 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1744 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD 4 EAST) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 14 (period) 32 21 74 81 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 04 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1968 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD 5 CENTRAL) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 15 (period) 23 32 62 81 73 21 53 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 05 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1808 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD TAC 1) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 11 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 06 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1840 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD TAC 2) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 12 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 07 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1872 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD TAC 3) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 13 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 08 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1904 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD TAC 4) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 14 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 09 in the scan list.
  • Enter 1936 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD TAC 5) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 15 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 10 in the scan list.
  • Enter 2192 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCPD ALL DPS) then press TEXT 41 23 71 31 (period) 21 53 53 (period) 31 71 74 ENT.
If you want to be able to hear fire dispatch while listening to Gwinnett Police do the following:
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 11 in the scan list.
  • Enter 48 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD DISPATCH) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.


Programming Scan List 1: Gwinnett Fire and EMS

  • Press the T button to get:
  • ID Bank 0-1 ON
    Motorola TGID#00
    MOT: none

  • Enter 48 and then press the ENT button.
  • If the scanner says "Dupl ID..." on line 3 press ENT a second time.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD DISPATCH) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 01 in the scan list.
  • Enter 144 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 2) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 12 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 02 in the scan list.
  • Enter 176 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 3) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 13 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 03 in the scan list.
  • Enter 208 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 4) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 14 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 04 in the scan list.
  • Enter 240 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 5) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 15 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 05 in the scan list.
  • Enter 272 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 6) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 16 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 06 in the scan list.
  • Enter 80 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 7) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 17 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 07 in the scan list.
  • Enter 112 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 8) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 18 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 08 in the scan list.
  • Enter 432 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD TAC 9) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 19 ENT.


Programming Scan List 2: Gwinnett Fire and EMS (Hospital <-> Rescue only)

  • Press the T button to get:
  • ID Bank 0-2 ON
    Motorola TGID#00
    MOT: none

  • Enter 304 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD EMS 1) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 32 61 74 (period) 11 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 01 in the scan list.
  • Enter 336 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD EMS 2) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 32 61 74 (period) 12 ENT.


Programming Scan List 3: Lawrenceville Police

  • Press the T button to get:
  • ID Bank 0-3 ON
    Motorola TGID#00
    MOT: none

  • Enter 2544 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LVILLE DISPATCH) then press TEXT 53 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 01 in the scan list.
  • Enter 2576 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LVILLE TAC) then press TEXT 53 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 81 21 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 02 in the scan list.
  • Enter 2768 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LVILLE COMMAND) then press TEXT 53 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 23 63 61 61 21 62 31 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 03 in the scan list.
  • Enter 6640 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LVILLE PD) then press TEXT 53 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 71 63 53 43 23 32 (period) ENT.
If you want to be able to hear fire dispatch while listening to Lawrenceville Police do the following:
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to ID No. 04 in the scan list.
  • Enter 48 and then press the ENT button.
  • If the scanner says "Dupl ID..." on line 3 press ENT a second time.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD DISPATCH) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.


Programming Scan List 3: Other city police departments

  • Press the T button to get:
  • ID Bank 0-4 ON
    Motorola TGID#00
    MOT: none

For this scan list you can select one or more of the city police departments and enter them here.

For Duluth Police do the following:
  • Enter 2608 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (DULUTH DISPATCH) then press TEXT 31 82 53 82 81 42 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Enter 2640 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (DULUTH TAC) then press TEXT 31 82 53 82 81 42 (period) 81 21 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
For Lilburn Police do the following:
  • Enter 2672 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LILBURN DISPATCH) then press TEXT 53 43 53 22 82 73 62 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Enter 2704 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LILBURN TAC 1) then press TEXT 53 43 53 22 82 73 62 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 11 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Lilburn TAC 2 is skipped intentionally, from the Pro-97's point of view it is the same as 2672, you will hear Lilburn TAC 2 traffic on Lilburn Dispatch.
  • Enter 6880 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (LILBURN TAC 3) then press TEXT 53 43 53 22 82 73 62 (period) 81 21 23 (period) 13 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
For Norcross Police do the following:
  • Enter 2480 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (NORCROSS DISPATC) then press TEXT 62 63 73 23 73 63 74 74 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Enter 2512 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (NORCROSS TAC) then press TEXT 62 63 73 23 73 63 74 74 (period) 81 21 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
For Snellville Police do the following:
  • Enter 2416 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (SVILLE DISPATCH) then press TEXT 74 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Enter 2448 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (SVILLE TAC) then press TEXT 74 83 43 53 53 32 (period) 81 21 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
For Suwanee Police do the following:
  • Enter 2736 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (SUWANEE DISPATCH) then press TEXT 74 82 91 21 62 32 32 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
  • Enter 2800 and then press the ENT button.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (SUWANEE TAC) then press TEXT 74 82 91 21 62 32 32 (period) 81 21 23 ENT.
  • Press the (up-arrow) button to go to the next ID in the scan list.
If you want to be able to hear fire dispatch while listening to the city police departments above do the following:
  • Enter 48 and then press the ENT button.
  • If the scanner says "Dupl ID..." on line 3 press ENT a second time.
    • Optional: To add a text tag (GCFD DISPATCH) then press TEXT 41 23 33 31 (period) 31 43 74 71 21 81 23 42 ENT.


Scanner Operation


Open and Close Mode Scanning

When listening you scan in what Radio Shack calls Open mode or Closed mode.

In Open mode the scanner will stop on every transmission whether the talkgroup/channel is programmed (above) or not. In Closed mode you will only hear transmissions on talkgroups/channels which you have programmed and are scanning. You will most likely want to put your scanner into Closed mode and leave it there.

To see what mode your scanner is in press MAN, enter 000, and then press MAN again. On line two of the display to the far right you will see "lo-" or "lo+". If you see "lo-" you are scanning in Closed mode, if you see "lo+" you are scanning in Open mode. To change the mode press F and then press the period key.

Scanning

Press the SCAN button to start listening.

When you start scanning for the first time after programming the scanner the scanner will scan all 5 scan lists that were programmed:

Scan List 0Gwinnett Police
Scan List 1Gwinnett Fire and EMS
Scan List 2Gwinnett Fire and EMS (Hospital <-> Rescue only)
Scan List 3Lawrenceville Police
Scan List 4Other city police departments

You can turn scan lists on and off to listen to only what you are interested in. If you're in the city of Lawrenceville you may want to listen to only scan list 3, if you're not in a city you may want to listen to only scan list 1, or, if there's a big apartment fire you might want to listen to only scan list 1 or to both scan lists 2 and 2.

To turn scan lists on and off press PGM and then the orange T button. On line 1 of the display you will see "ID Bank 0-x" where x is one of the scan lists above. If the display says "ID Bank 0-3" you're currently looking at the scan list 3 (Lawrenceville Police). On the far right of line 1 on the display you'll see ON or OFF, this indicates whether the scan list is on or off.

Press the T button to change which scan list you are currently looking at. To change whether the scan list is on or off press the F button and then 1, you'll see ON change to OFF or OFF change to ON.

Hold Mode

While the scanner is stopped on a transmission you can tell the scanner to hold on that channel by pressing and holding the orange T button until the display says "ID hold ON". In this mode the scanner will only let you hear transmissions on the talkgroup/channel the scanner is holding on. To resume scanning press the T button a second time.

Priority Mode

The scanner has what is called a priority mode, when on the scanner will stop every couple of settings and check for activity on a frequency set as a priority frequency. You will want this turned off. When scanning you'll see either "pri--" or "PRIon" at the right end of the 1st line on the display. If you see "PRIon" press the PRI button to turn priority mode off.

If, later on, you notice there is an interruption in the audio every couple of seconds check to make sure you haven't accidently turned on Priority Mode.

Locking out Talkgroups

The scanner allows you to lock out individual talkgroups while you are scanning. This useful if you do not want to hear radio traffic on that channel. While you're listening to a transmission press the L/OUT button to lockout that channel, you can unlock it again later by following the steps below.

You can also lock out talkgroups without hearing radio traffic on them first. You might want to do this if you are in Duluth and only want to listen to Duluth Police and not any of the other city police departments that are in the same scan list. To do this PGM, enter 000, press PGM again, and then press the orange T button. On line one of the display, to the right of "ID Bank 0-" is the scan list you are currently looking at. Press the T button until the scan list containing channels you want to lock out is displayed.

On the right-side of line 2 on the display you will see "lo" or "LO". "lo" indicates the talkgroup/channel is not locked out, "LO" indicates that it *is* locked out. To change the lockout state of a channel press the L/OUT button.

Press the up arrow button to look at all of the talkgroups/channels in the current scan list. After you've checked all of the entries in the list you can press T to go to the next scan list or press SCAN to start scanning again.

Unlocking Talkgroups

If you have stopped hearing any radio traffic on channels that are normally quite busy you might have accidently locked the channel out.

To see what channels you have locked out (and to unlock them) press PGM, enter 000, press PGM again, and then press the orange T button. On line one of the display, to the right of "ID Bank 0-" is the scan list you are currently looking at. Press the T button until the scan list you want to check is displayed.

On the right-side of line 2 on the display you will see "lo" or "LO". "lo" indicates the talkgroup/channel is not locked out, "LO" indicates that it *is* locked out. To change the lockout state of a channel press the L/OUT button.

Press the up arrow button to look at all of the talkgroups/channels in the current scan list. After you've checked all of the entries in the list you can press T to check the next scan list or press SCAN to start scanning again.

Key Lock

You can lock the keys on the scanner so that they don't do anything by pressing F and then the light button. To unlock the keys press F and then the light button again.





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