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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Scanners | Radio Shack Pro-2054 Help


Reviews Summary for Radio Shack Pro-2054
Radio Shack Pro-2054 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $$149.00
Description: A good all around analog 300 channel scanner.
Product is in production.
More info: http://radioshack.com
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N6CBK Rating: 3/5 May 29, 2006 17:12 Send this review to a friend
Basic Scanner 300 channels 800 MHz & Civil Aviation  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Scanner purchased new in May 2006. SN: 005xxx Date code: 09A05 (September 2005?)

A basic scanner for mobile or base use. Frequencies include 800 MHz (cell blocked) and AM
civil aviation (no military aviation frequencies). The scanner comes with a 12v A/C adapter
and mobile power cord.

300 channels in 10 banks. Channels and banks can be locked out. No CTCSS or trunking or
signal strength meter. BNC antenna connector fits the provided whip antenna. Internal
speaker is mounted face down in bottom of the radio. Attenuation can be set for all
frequencies or for each channel individually. Delay can be set for each channel (it
defaults ON). AM / FM mode is not selectable by the operator. Mobile brackets are provided
for in-dash or under dash mounting. Scanner can be programmed from a PC with optional cable
and software (not tested).

Cons:

Front end is easily overdriven.

ATT(enuation) was required for local National Weather Service (162 MHz FM) and local ATIS
(recorded airport information AM) broadcasts when used with an external antenna. [Diamond
D-130 discone on the roof fed with 25 feet of RG8X.] The local weather broadcasts could not be
heard at all with the ATT off. The ATIS broadcast was garbled without attenuation.

Poor sensitivity on VHF Low and VHF High band.
- compared to Uniden BC855XLT scanner c.~1990

The same NWS local weather broadcasts described previously were not received at all with
the supplied antenna. With the external discone antenna the BC855 receives two distant
NWS frequencies which the Pro-2054 can not hear. The Pro-2054 also does not receive a
distant repeater on 171 MHz (Govt) which the BC855 receives well. On VHF Low band (42MHz)
state police mobile units are received much better on the BC855 than on the Pro-2054. It
was a disappointment to me that a scanner build c. 1990 has better VHF sensitivity than the
Pro-2054 which was probably first sold in 2003 or 2004.

On 800 MHz the scanner receives my local (not trunked) PD system well but I little 800 MHz
experience with this unit. On 446 MHz the frequency steps don't conform to the Southern
California 20 KHz band plan. Most scanners don't.

Pros:

Good audio quality.

Both the internal speaker and external 8 ohm speaker are driven with plenty of volume
without distortion.

Good shielding.

I have disassembled the unit and was impressed with the shielding - two metal cases and
good shielding on the circuit boards.

Fair internal illumination.

Unit has a 3 position dim switch. (Off High Low) The control buttons are backlit. However
the illumination is not well distributed with the rightmost buttons of the right side of
the unit only about half illuminated. I have not been able to determine if the lighting is
incandescent or LED.
 
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Feb 19, 2006 09:56 Send this review to a friend
Nice and easy to use.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
These scanners are in limited supply. Purchased mine yesterday (2/18) for $99.99. Most stores are sold out

This unit is easy to program and has good audio. Contains many nice features.

Although it is not a trunking scanner you can program in the frequencies and listen to a trunked systems in the 800 mhz band. Of course you'll hear all the talk groups.

When you program 800 mhz channels be sure to turn off the delay feature and lock out the control frequency. Once this is completed scan normally. Remember the control frequency changes daily so you will have to unlock and lock channels every day. Not a big thing to do and the effort is rewarding.
 
KF6GOM Rating: 5/5 Feb 3, 2006 22:34 Send this review to a friend
Simple Scanner to Operate  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great Basic Scanner that you dont need to get the book out.Closed Out price was $99.95 plus had a coupon for 15% off.Works and sound great.I also liked the DIN plate they include so if it goes Mobile you can remove your in-Dash radio and mount this in its place,well made and 3 dim levels for light makes this a great addition to the Hamshack.
 
K9DFM Rating: 5/5 Feb 1, 2006 11:58 Send this review to a friend
Great base/mobile scanner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently purchased this scanner on sale for $99. It is feature rich, 300 channels and receives very well with the factory antenna. This is NOT a trunking scanner, if you live in a rural area and just need basic scanning, this is the one! Has some neat features as well.
 


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