- Scanner Type Triple trunking
- Memory Channels 1000
- Preprogrammed Frequencies Yes
- Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) decoding Yes
- AM/FM Mode Yes
Radio Shack Pro 97 Triple-Trunking Handheld Scanner
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- Alpha-numeric display for ID tagging allows frequencies to be identified by the name you assign
- Lighted keypad and backlit LCD display for use in low ligh
- Digital weather alert keeps you informed of emergencies; 7 NOAA weather stations preprogrammed
- PC programmable: download frequencies from computer to scanner (software and cable optional)
- Features Signal Stalker™ circuitry and Skywarn
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High-powered handheld. High-performance, extended-coverage scanner has the ability to scan both trunked and conventional channels at the same time. Program up to 100 frequencies in banks of 10 for easier access. Triple-trunking lets you follow a signal in virtually any market that uses an analog trunking system. Signal Stalker™ circuitry searches for nearby frequency transmissions and lets you hear a nearby radio without knowing its frequency. Skywarn lets you hear local severe-weather observers and get warnings before they are broadcast on local radio or TV. The neat stuff * Features Signal Stalker™ circuitry and Skywarn * AM/FM mode selector * Service search key for marine, fire/police, air, CB and HAM bands * 1 priority channel * Key lock prevents accidental dropping of communication * Frequency lock-out to block unwanted frequencies * Triple-conversion Superheterodyne receiver virtually eliminates image-type interference * Includes: VHF Lo/Hi, UHF, VHF-Air and 800MHz
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Top Customer Reviews
I live in an area where I can listen to 5+ agencies so this is very helpful. The bank system also works quite well for turning off things I don't want to listen to at any particulat time. (Usually have police, ambulance, air, fire, and others in separate banks).
I've been very happy with my purchase.
If I had to say anything bad about this product, it would be the squelch volume while in scan mode. If you're in scan mode, and you have the squelch too low, the radio will blank out at a frequency of 000.00 and give off an extremely loud hiss, rather than stopping at the frequency it's scanning over. I'd also like to see a tune dial. The only real way to tune a frequency (that I know of) is to punch in the frequency manually, rather than just stepping up a few khz with a knob. There may be a way to do this, but it still isn't on it's own dial/button, which isn't that big of a complaint and not worth taking a star off.
All in all, it's simply the best scanner that you can get for both experienced AND new users. It's easy to learn the basics of just picking it up and setting a frequency. A simple scan button that'll just scan through until it finds an active frequency (which can be annoying when there's constant buzzing repeaters in your area that isn't technically talking, but is still an actively transmitting radio the scanner will indeed stop on). It has all kinds of advanced trunking functions and bank settings, if you're an advanced user. Nice sized lettering on the display. It's a good tool, and worth the money. I chose not to rate it for "ease of use", because it honestly depends on your level of experience with scanners. If you've never used a scanner before, it'll take a little reading to learn how to program it. It was my first scanner, however I am a pilot and I do know a thing or two about VHF AM and FM, yet simple things like saving a new frequency took about 5 minutes to learn. Remember it's a VHF radio, and VHF signals can't travel through simply anything. If you have a hard time listening to the radio (music) in your house, odds are you have thick walls, and may need to take your scanner outside to pick up distant/low altitude signals. You may find you can easily hear aircraft in the sky, but have a hard time hearing the traffic controller on the ground if there's many obstacles between you and him. It all depends on your location relative to the source, especially distance and elevation. For example, I can hear police chatter easily in my own home, but I need to step outside to hear the ATIS at the airport a few cities south of me, despite being 200 feet higher in elevation.
Tip - Holding your scanner improves it's reception, but ONLY if you hold it around the main scanner itself. You may think touching the antenna improves reception, like the radio in your home, but it won't work well. Grip it around the screen level area if you're having a hard time. Touching the antenna seems to draw energy from it. Also, if you're in a vehicle, touch the top of your antenna to a metal surface *near the roof* of the car. You'll be able to use the car's very powerful radio antenna and surface area to dramatically improve range. :-)
Can program 1000 channels, easily access frequencies, can block out frequencies when scanning, and lots more. I primarily use it for railfanning and am happy with it.
Remember....read the instructions...read the instructions...read the instructions. (They can be easily found online if you want. I bought a used unit that had the instructions on DVD. It was easier to go to the internet and download it. Just use Google search.)