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Radio Shack PRO-92 Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $350.00
Description: portable 500 channel trunking scanner
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N0VKG Rating: 4/5 Aug 27, 2007 19:08 Send this review to a friend
Good oldie TT3  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is still an awesome radio. Even though it is an older model, and showing its age now with 800Mhz ReBanding and P25 Trunking. When rebanding is complete, the older PRO-92s (1st release models) will continue to function on Motorola 800Mhz systems. But those that have the PRO-92A or PRO-92B will find their choices for monitoring 800Mhz Motorola trunk systems will become fewer-and-fewer. Some systems (after rebanding) will not get new channel numbers. The 'A' & 'B' models will still monitor conventional, EDACS & LTR systems just fine.
AD5KL Rating: 4/5 Dec 30, 2004 18:43 Send this review to a friend
Very good scanner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I would definitely recommend the Win92 software to make things easier. Plus the perk if your scanner ever needs to be serviced, you have all your freqs & talkgroups ready to reload into the scanner if needed. I travel a lot & I plan to have the local channels in my laptop, so I can drop them in as I go.

I was able to program the conventional freqs with the scanner but for trunking, and given the huge amounts of talkgroups here in DFW area, I wouldn't even try manually entering all that in. Get some software.

I rate this a 4 only because RS should allow you to upgrade the firmware at a lesser cost than 49 bucks, in fact it should be free if you've already spent the $350 price.
W0FJR Rating: 5/5 Jan 1, 2004 22:04 Send this review to a friend
Finally satisfied with this scanner after lots of time and work  Time owned: more than 12 months
I acquired this PRO92B scanner last Christmas and spent about 6 months programing the channels with frequncies, IDs and appropriate alpha tags for local trunking systems as well as conventional. The scanner suffered from a lack of squelch stability when attempting to monitor trunked systems, either everything (inter-mod maximum)or nothing depending on the squelch setting. This was solved courtsey of an article in Monitoring Times this past year with the installtion of a 1.1K ohm 1/4 watt resistor as described in the article. Also the addition of an EXE-806-BNX 1/2 wave "duck" antenna by Centurion solved the probelm of intermmitant reception of 800/900 MHZ. Amazingly this antenna receives 10 meter, 6 meter, 2 meter, etc quite well. With it's sturdy construction and 9.6 volt battery pack, it has served me well with dailey use.
KF6GOM Rating: 4/5 Jun 23, 2003 16:17 Send this review to a friend
Radio Shack Pro-92  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
just picked it up for $79.99 at a local Radio
Shack Store, will be playing around with it to
see how it receives, so far its working out,
will post more info...........KF6GOM........
WA6AWZ Rating: 4/5 May 29, 2003 13:17 Send this review to a friend
Excellent trunker  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have to admit, when my previous Radio Shack handheld died, I was not sure about getting another. After reading some reviews, I decided on the PRO-92. To me, the trunking is very confusing. I ended up learning trunking on a BC780XLT, which I love, and then figuring out how to do it on the '92 (like, channel 0-99, instead of 1-100). Once it was done though, I find I like this radio a lot. It's the B model.

I gave it a 4 because of some of the programming issues - it's not as easy as some others to deal with on the keyboard. If you use a PC, that helps a lot. But the cumbersome method of locking out IDs is not fun.

If you want to do 800 mHz, you MUST get an antenna made for the band, otherwise the reception WILL disappoint you. Most pocket scanners have crummy antennas anyway.

The many sources on the internet will tell you how to get around the nits of this radio. There are several software packages that support the radio. It's not perfect, but all-in-all it's a solid performer.
KB0PGU Rating: 4/5 Apr 21, 2003 03:20 Send this review to a friend
good scanner  Time owned: more than 12 months
hi i have 3 of the pro 92's . my first one was the A model.i bought new on sale. i have no problems with it, very happy with. my 2nd 92 i got used at a pawn shop it is a b model. and the 3rd i got off ebay cheap is also a B model. my area has no trunking systems to listen to so i cant say anything about happy with all 3. i allso have 2 2067's and 4 bc 780's all great scanners . the 2067's could be a bit better on the receive part.they were replaced with the bc 780's
NH7PT Rating: 5/5 Mar 16, 2003 14:36 Send this review to a friend
Delivers what is needed !  Time owned: more than 12 months
I don't know whyso many seem to have problems with this radio? I think many jumped on the initial bad reviews bandwagon when the 92 was first released and never gave it a chance ... There seems to be more positive reviews than negative so I would weigh that very heavily if considering buying one ...Granted it is a little more sophisticated than non-trunking models but still is very learnable and real easy with the Win92 freeware. It has some features that others don't have (i.e. PL/DL/CTSS, alpha tags, able to trunk track 3 different protocols). I've never had any problems with following trunked systems (400 & 800 Motorola systems, Edacs and some LTR too) but then I do consider myself able to read and follow the detailed instructions that are required... I also own and use other trunk trackers (Pro 2067, Pro 95 and a BC 780 XLT)and the Pro 92 is no better or worse than any of them ... It does what it's able and supposed to do and compares favorably. Note: I do have the "B" model so maybe there is some truth in negative reviews on the earlier models...

But that said, if any out there are disgrunted owners of the "B" models, give me a buzz and I'll take them off your hands !

LNXAUTHOR Rating: 3/5 Feb 25, 2003 10:17 Send this review to a friend
Linux compatible but poor performer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
- i have a pro-95 which tracks trunked systems in the DC Metro area (Arlington, Va.'s county system)... however, that scanner is 'closed hardware,' not supported by Linux, and to date, only may be programmed using software from Satan (aka Windows)... i get around this by running Don Starr's fine Win95 freeware under Win98 in VMware emulation under a Red Hat 8 GNOME X11R6 desktop...

- i snarfed a used pro-92, which, on the other hand, works great with the cross-platform [Win, MacOS, Linux, Solaris] tk92 programming client...

- the same RS232C blackbag cable may be used to program the p95 and p92

- there are three versions of the pro-92 out there: the original, an 'A' version, and a 'B' version... you can tell the difference by looking at the model #s...

- the pro92 i acquired ('B') is *supposed* to be able to handle the same trunking systems as the pro-95 - BUT IT DOESN'T!!!

- this handheld scanner is useless for tracking the radio system used by Arlington, Va.

- i was disappointed, but will keep the pro-92 anyway, as it works with Linux and can store 500 channels... i'll just use it for scanning conventional frequencies...

- the unit requires 6 AA batteries, but is about the same form factor as the pro-95...

- my advice? if you're looking for a trunking scanner, don't get a pro-92...

- but if you're looking for a nice conventional frequency scanner that works with Linux, the pro-92 may appeal...
KA5S Rating: 4/5 Dec 22, 2002 14:10 Send this review to a friend
Flexible scanning  Time owned: more than 12 months
I just bought another PRO-92, used. My first one was modified by Radio Shack to the "A" configuration, using the control channel for trunking. This one is the original, version 1.00, using subaudible tone, low-speed handshaking to trunk.

Each has its advantages. Control channel trunking means talk-group ID's are received consistently, without the ID wobble that troubled the first PRO-92's. On the other had, if you lose the control channel, you can't trunk at all. On-channel trunking (the original) gives better performance when the control channel is transmitted from a more distant site than the trunk being monitored. In addition, the older version can follow private trunks and "splinter" systems the rev 3.25 and 3.28 versions cannot.

Both have excellent CTCSS scanning and FAST tone decode. Neither uses tone squelch in manual mode, though, a decided strike against the 92.

The PRO-92 (and the PRO-2067 mobile/base version) requires entering every channel in the trunked system to be monitored. Using a computer program, this becomes a small detail. And if one scanner is updated, it can be cloned to the other with a simple audio cable.

Decent audio, a plus. Six AA batteries, in a proprietary holder or a 9.6 volt 600 maH battery (OK, that). Runs off 9 volts DC center NEGATIVE.

At a sale price of $150, it's a good deal. Used prices can be lower. And the 92's ability to follow EF-Johnson trunking systems may be a feature to some.

KC4TRS Rating: 4/5 Dec 13, 2002 23:16 Send this review to a friend
nice features, terrible receive when trunking!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
i purchaced a pr0-92 used in good condition. ctcss/dpl is a great feature. didn't get the book w/ it so it took approx. 20 minutes to figure out how to set it up. relatively easy. i had to go inside the radio and modify the antenna cicuit to increase receiver sensitivity. still not as good as my bc-245 trunk tracker. also, if the radio doesn't come w/ the yellow battery holder, you can't charge ni-cad/ nickel metal batteries. unit has good audio and a great squelch circuit. when in the batwing or edacs mode, the unit seems to have a hard time locking to the data channel and therefore the unit does not trunk very well, receive sens. again. i noticed this same problem w/ the 1st trunk tracker handheld that radio shack came out with. it seems, to me at least that uniden units have a hotter receiver. the alfa tag is the best part of the unit. anyway, good luck w/ yours and have fun.
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