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write your own review of the Radio Shack Realistic Patrolman PRO-2025.
Nov 20, 2007 04:47
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Great Basic Scanner
Time owned: more than 12 months
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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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