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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Scanners | Radio Shack Realistic Patrolman PRO-2025 Help


Reviews Summary for Radio Shack Realistic Patrolman PRO-2025
Radio Shack Realistic Patrolman PRO-2025 Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 16 Channel Mobile Programmable Scanner VHF-LO VHF-HI UHF
Product is not in production.
More info: http://support.radioshack.com/support_electronics/26447.htm
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AK4FP Rating: 2/5 Apr 22, 2015 21:25 Send this review to a friend
Very basic scanner  Time owned: more than 12 months
The previous reviewer seems to be a little confused. The 2025 was in no way the predecessor to the 2026. The 2025 had 16 channels, no air band, no 800 MHz, and no frequency display. It was made by Uniden and had a handheld counterpart, the Pro 38, which I also owned. The only difference was the handheld was 10 channels, but the frequency coverage was identical. The display is a single digit, and it was easy to enter the wrong frequency since you never saw the whole one displayed. You then had to start all over again. If it was any more than 16 channels, a lot of people would have been very upset. The only priority was on channel 1 and checking that channel resulted in a very annoying chunk and interruption to any other channel. To its credit, it did cover both 6 and 2 meters, which wasn't all that common back then. The 1991 retail was $139.99 for either radio. The 2025 will overload with any external antenna. The sensitivity is OK with the back of set antenna if you're in a metro area and you won't have the overload problem. It wasn't even a very good scanner in its day and it's really a poor scanner now. If you have a few frequencies you want to monitor in the garage and can find one at a yard sale for under $10, it's a decent deal. Don't pay any more for it.
 
KC0IWH Rating: 4/5 Nov 20, 2007 04:47 Send this review to a friend
Great Basic Scanner  Time owned: more than 12 months
Background:
Radio Shack’s Patrolman PRO-2025 was the predecessor to the PRO-2026 and the first programmable, primarily mobile FM scanner offered by Radio Shack.

Weighing in at just under two pounds with a size of 5.5” x 1.5” x 7”, this little jewel is sure to surprise even the most seasoned scanner enthusiast with its performance.

Features:
This unit, which is the twin-sister of Uniden’s Bearcat BC-560xlt, covers the VHF-low, VHF-hi, and UHF portions of the spectrum. Sorry guys, no 800MHz here.

Here’s the breakdown:
29-54 MHz
136-174 MHz
406-512 MHz

And here’s a list of features:
Channels – 16 programmable frequencies for scanning
WX – Instant scanning of U.S. weather channels at a button’s press
Priority – Periodically checks channel 1 for activity then reverts
Memory – 60-day internal memory after disconnection of power
Lock Out – Prevents scanning of any selected channels
Manual Step – Stops scanning to monitor a selected channel
Review – Flashes frequency on the unit’s two-digit LED display.

This unit is no longer in production as it was replaced by the PRO-2026. However, these scanners are highly popular and tend to demand a premium on the second-hand market. Average used prices run in the $30 to $40 range and you can expect to drop a $50 bill after shipping. Oddly, its twin, the 560xlt will bring in almost $10 more on the used market. Name recognition, I suppose.

This is a basic, no frills scanner. The unit does not have 800 MHz, frequency search capability, or a selectable delay feature. The two-digit LED display can also be a turn-off to some, but the bright red numbers provide an enhanced view over more typical backlit LCD displays. How often do you really need to see the specific frequency anyway?

Audio is loud and clear with over two watts into the four-Ohm bottom-firing speaker. For use as a desktop unit, an external speaker or a means to elevate the unit from a flat surface is advisable.

The receiver sensitivity is excellent although intermod can be a problem if used mobile. I can easily receive full-quieting signals from all over my county with a simple back-of-set antenna. The unit is also surprisingly resilient to strong nearby RF fields produced by computers, ham transceivers, and others. It is my opinion that this unit performs better on VHF and the lower UHF bands than most units with 800 MHz capabilities.

Full unsquelched current drain is about 500 mA making a low-cost ‘wall wart’ transformer a viable option for those who are Astron-impaired.

PROS:
Instant WX – no need to program or do a search of NWS transmitters
Display – large bright red LED indicating channel number, very easy to see from a distance
Audio – very impressive for the size of the unit, with an external speaker, it can easily over power road noise and nagging YLs
Scan speed – all 16 channels are covered in just over one second
Sensitivity – receives stations well with mediocre antenna and generally better than many 800 MHz equipped units

CONS:
No frequency search – you know it or don’t have it
Motorola-style antenna jack – very common on older scanners but clumsy for back-of-set antennas or requires an adapter
No selectable delay function – every channel gets two seconds, no more, no less
Idle noise – unit produces a very low volume white noise while scanning, not a deal breaker, but annoying if you are picky

Conclusion:
Overall, this is a very good quality scanner especially for its age and price range. For a secondary unit to have around the house or in the car, it is a very nice choice. There are a few annoyances but I am happy with the purchase and plan to keep mine. Even if my county moves completely to trunking or digital, I’ll still have this one around for ham repeaters and other conventional monitoring. If you are in the market for a low-cost conventional scanner, give the Realistic PRO-2025 careful consideration.
 


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