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Title: Radio Shack Pro-2038 Programming?
Post by: KA1OWC on January 25, 2018, 10:33:07 AM
Hello: I have an old Radio Shack Pro-2038 scanner...It is programmed with lots of frequencies...I need to know if anyone can tell me how to program in a frequency manually...I want to use the scanner as a "dumb" monitor for 131.550 (ACARS), but I cannot get that frequency into the radio...Supposedly it should cover that area of the aviation band...Any advice appreciated! Thanks...


Title: RE: Radio Shack Pro-2038 Programming?
Post by: W4KYR on January 25, 2018, 10:55:52 AM
Hello: I have an old Radio Shack Pro-2038 scanner...It is programmed with lots of frequencies...I need to know if anyone can tell me how to program in a frequency manually...I want to use the scanner as a "dumb" monitor for 131.550 (ACARS), but I cannot get that frequency into the radio...Supposedly it should cover that area of the aviation band...Any advice appreciated! Thanks...

It says it covers the aircraft band

http://www.rigpix.com/rs-realistic/radioshack_pro2038.htm


Frequency range:   29-54 / 108-174 / 406-512 / 806-824 / 849-869 / 894-956 MHz (USA)
Mode:   AM/FM
Receiver system:   Double conversion superheterodyne
1st IF: 10.85 MHz
2nd IF: 450 KHz
Sensitivity:   
Selectivity:   
Image rejection:   
Voltage:   13.8 VDC
Current drain:   250-600 mA
Impedance:   50 ohms / ?
Dimensions (W*H*D):   135*50*175 mm (5.32*1.97*6.89")
Weight:   498 gr (1.11 lbs)
Manufactured:   19xx-19xx (Discontinued)
Other:   50 channels





Found these programming instructions

http://www.emergus.net/how-to-program-a-radio-shack-pro-2038-scanner/




Instructions:

1. Set the “Memlock” switch on the back of the scanner to “Off.” New frequencies can now be programmed into a channel bank.

2. Press “Prog” when you find a frequency you want to save. “CH” will flash on the back-lit display. The scanner displays “Hold” and the number of the frequency.

3. Press the “Private,” “Police” or “Fire/EMG” button to assign the frequency to a frequency bank. The Pro-2038 will display “Hold” and the bank you have selected. The frequency number you have selected will flash alternately with a frequency and channel number. The channel number will be the lowest empty channel in the frequency band and the frequency will show “000.0000”. If the frequency band has no empty channels, the channel of the last stored frequency will display with the stored frequency.

4. Press “Prog” to store the frequency in the displayed channel. Press the up and down arrows beside the “Hold” button to scroll through the saved frequencies in the channel band to select a different channel and press “Prog.” The scanner will display “Hold,” Scan,” the channel number, the frequency band and the frequency number. If you select a channel that has a programmed frequency, the new frequency will overwrite the old one. Turn the “Memlock” switch to “On.” This prevents accidental erasure of the new frequency.

5. Turn the “Memlock” switch to “Off.” Frequencies can now be deleted. Press the “Search” button, then press the “Band” button to select a band. The scanner displays the frequency range for the band and “SRCH.” The scanner will begin to search the band. Press “Hold.” Press “Prog.” “CH” flashes on the LCD screen.

6. Press the up or down arrows until the display reads “000.0000.” Press “Private,” “Police” or “Fire/EMG” to choose the bank that has the frequency you want to delete. Press the up or down arrow key to find the channel with the frequency to be deleted. Press “Prog.” The frequency will be replaced by the empty frequency. Turn the “Memlock” switch to “On.”


Title: RE: Radio Shack Pro-2038 Programming?
Post by: KA1OWC on January 25, 2018, 11:10:41 AM
Great! Thanks a lot!


Title: RE: Radio Shack Pro-2038 Programming?
Post by: AA4HA on January 29, 2018, 06:41:43 PM
The first Radio Shack scanner I ever had was equipped with a row of little white plastic potentiometers. One for each of the ten channels. You adjusted each one to the frequency of the respective channel.

It was quite the adventure. Tuning was sort of an approximate thing and you had to wait for the Police or Fire department to transmit and then quickly tune, one channel at a time. It could take an entire evening to set up just a few channels.