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RadioShack Pro-96 Digital Trunking Scanner Files

November 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Printer Friendly Version


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The Pro-96 is a handheld radio scanner sold by RadioShack. From the RadioShack site:

This handheld scanner has an abundant memory capacity, able to store frequencies in 5500 memory channels. Plus, you can store up to 16,500 ID codes in one “working” 500 channel. Follow APCO 25 digital and virtually all analog Motorola and GE/Ericsson EDACS trunked systems. More cities are using these trunked systems, allowing city services to share the same set of scanner frequencies. The SAME feature provides weather and other emergency alerts for the areas you program into your unit.

I’ve been using this scanner for several years now and have found a few useful files along the way:

  • Pro-96 Manual – This is great if you have lost your hard-copy.
  • Pro-96 LCD Cheat Sheet – This is a quick reference as to the meaning of each symbol shown on the Pro-96’s display.
  • Win96.exe Program – Handy scanner programming software. You’ll need a cable (link) to program the scanner from your PC.

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ken Molinkiewicz // Sep 24, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    Thanks for the PRO-96 display map/legend! I recently purchased a “like new” PRO-96 on ebay with all the original stuff in the original box, and after reading 3/4 of the way through the manual and programming some frequencies with Win96, I realized I still didn’t know what all the indicators in the display meant (and the information wasn’t in the manual). Your site was #10 in Google search results for”Radio Shack PRO-96 display”.

  • 2 Dennis // Dec 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I have a Pro 96 scanner and have done something to it so it only receives one channel. I’ve found one peculiaraty, using your disply guide. On the display used for attenuation there is a – symbol. How do I get it to the dot symbol? I feel this may be the problem. thanks in advance.

  • 3 Ryan Adams // Dec 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    @Dennis: The “ATT” button should toggle through the tree icons (on, global on, and off).

    You may want to try re-initializing your scanner (this will reset it to the factory defaults): Turn the scanner on, and while “Welcome to digital trunking” is displayed, press 0. Press 1, then Enter.