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Reviews Summary for Radio Shack Pro-137
Radio Shack Pro-137 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $129.99
Description: 1000 Channel handheld general purpose / race scanner
with signal stalker, weather alert and pre-programmed frequencies. Cat. No. 20-137
Product is not in production.
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WB6TNB Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2011 23:13 Send this review to a friend
A nice inexpensive surprise  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I didn't need another scanner but for $40.00 (the display unit but they had the box with everything in it) I couldn't leave it sitting there, especially when I discovered it has 1,000 channels! I got it after work today; after putting in my local frequencies I blew away all of the NASCAR tags. I agree with the others that the build quality is great. The rubber grip is a nice touch too.

It's hot in the aviation band all right. That's a nice touch for this aviation nut. The performance on the other bands is excellent. The ability to recharge NIMh batteries internally is nice too. I love finding bargains that are high quality and this certainly is. Highly recommended!
K2FIX Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2010 15:31 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Scanner for analog use. Highly recommended  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was using a VX-2r for scanning use, but with the death of my last XP machine and the VX needed a new battery, I was at a crossroads. I have another unit for 2m public safety use (full 5w, AA batteries) and realized that I wanted a straight scanner, small enough to carry. I found this on Overstock for $50 while I was buying something else. It does NOT say NASCAR anywhere on the unit-maybe this was the "error" that got it there ??

What a deal. The casing is used for much more expensive scanners (which have trunking and digital modes) so the key feel and construction quality is upper class. Indeed, looking at the Uniden line, you see this functionality in a cheaper casing. While I have not compared this to the digital units, I could see how the radio is good enough as-is that with the digital decoding could pull down the 200-500 price of the digital scanner. This unit also covers 1200 mhz but I don't think there is any analog there.

I also didn't want to be at the mercy of a computer to program as I was with the VX-2r. I was stuck with XP and com ports don't exist any more and I've gone 100% Apple, so I'm done.

Alpha tags were also needed as once you get past your local repeaters and Public Safety, who can remember 500 frequencies ? I live in the NYC area so there are quite a few "scanning divisions", police in three areas, railroad, airport and fire, along with NYC media.

The 137 is easy to program and alpha tag. There are ten banks which can be turned on and off with one keystroke. The unit is very sensitive-I have no problems with any local outlet, and so far have not suffered any IM, although I have not hooked it up to my discone. The unit comes shipped with two antennas, the first a typical VHF duck, and the second a short UHF duck. The UHF stub is the same as the long antenna on UHF but there is some loss at VHF frequencies.

Short squelch tail and very clear audio. Battery life has been decent. The Signal Stalker works well-it found for me an input to one of my local police agencies that I'd suspected but never actually found.

I was very surprised at how sensitive it is for Air Band. You cannot program receive modes and there is no CTCSS coding, but for this sort of scanner used portable, you can live without it. The frequency steps are pre programmed and cannot be changed, but again, given what this scanner is intended for, I see no problem with that.

The scanner comes programmed with NASCAR frequencies, which are meaningless to me, so I used the banks (which can each be easily renamed) for other things. I have a local Public Safety bank, nearby rail yards, Public Safety across the river, NYC media frequencies, and highway patrol. There is a lot of space left. The scanner also has preset search parameters, so you can search from frequency xxx-xxx and set as desired. Signal Search works sort of like this and you can use it while scanning known channels.

There is almost no delay. This is the fastest scanner I've ever used-you can scan the whole bank with little to no "miss". Lockout is one button, which is quite convenient as on top of my hill there are a few channels where you need ctcss (I use it on the shack scanner tied to the roof discone) but on the bottom of the hill there is no conflict.

It is what I wanted...a small scanner, with the ability to pick up the usual VHF and UHF targets with no hassle, fast, and most importantly, easy to program......ignore the NASCAR stuff and use the banks for your stuff. I'm told using the "car 1 car 2 car 3" stuff is just another set of banks but I've not needed this yet. I look forward to trying this in an airport (yes I carry my ham license)

Overall, even if I'd paid the $120.00 suggested price I'd be very happy with it. My local agencies are not digital and most likely won't be for a long time, so if you still live in the analog world, it is a good deal. I'm normally NOT an RS Fan-boi, but this Uniden unit is very good.
KC5JLA Rating: 5/5 Jan 31, 2010 11:34 Send this review to a friend
Great little Scanner!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was looking at scanners for a friend, and discovered the tiny PRO-137 on sale in the local Radio Shack.

At first, I was put off by the "Racing Scanner" marketing hype, and I really didn't believe such a tiny radio would be anything more than an ineffective toy for the occasional listener.

But I picked it up and was surprised at how solid it certainly didn't *feel* like a toy.

I decided to check into the PRO-137's reputation online and, thanks to the glowing review here by N8RCI, I recommended the PRO-137 to my friend, who immediately went and purchased it. She had absolutely no experience with scanners but had wanted one for years.

After a quick run-through of the manual, I installed the larger of the two SMA antennas included in the package, installed 3 alkaline AA batteries, and fired up the little beast.

I was amazed at the crisp, clear audio from such a tiny receiver, and when I raised the volume, it was still amazingly clear, with no distortion to my ears. It reminded me of the audio from my VX-170!

I programmed in some local frequencies and started scanning...amazed again at the performance of this hot little monster, even with the supplied antenna.

I like the belt clip setup, and even the clean, attractive looks of the PRO-137. The Signal Stalker I feature was easy to set up and works surprisingly well.

Actually, *everything* the PRO-137 was designed to do, it does very well indeed, and, if you're interested in a simple, high-performance, non-trunking analog scanner in a solid, compact form factor, you'd be well advised to check into one of these little beauties, especially when they're on sale.

I was so impressed that I bought one for myself!


N8RCI Rating: 5/5 Oct 31, 2009 16:18 Send this review to a friend
Great little scanner!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently wrote a review of the Radioshack PRO-84 and mentioned that after owning 3 of them
for the past 2 years, I thought they were one of the best basic little scanners Radio Shack has ever offered. Well, during this past few weeks, I purchased the PRO-137 and definitely need to add it to the list! As with the PRO-84, the PRO-137 is manufactured by Uniden using the same footprint as the BR-330 & BC-346. The 137 however, is more of a basic scanner and doesn't have trunk-tracker capability. It also only goes down to 25 MHz rather than .1MHz like the Uniden models. But, at around $70-100 cheaper, (they've been on sale as low as $100) it's well worth it if you don't need those features. It does cover 220 MHz which is a plus for those interested in the 1.25 meter ham band.
It provides 10 banks of 100 channels each for a total of 1000. It also has the usual features you expect to find such as priority scan, rogrammable scan delay and service search.
The "signal stalker" feature (Uniden calls it "close call") listens for and alerts you to nearby transmissions. A data jack labeled "PC/IF") on the side allows you to program the scanner via PC with the optional
interface cable and software. With 1000 channels, if you plan on programming a lot of frequencies or multiple scanners, it's a real time saver. As I noticed with the PRO-84, this scanner also shows a huge improvement over previous handheld scanners in the area of battery life. It only requires (3) "AA" batteries and you can
use either alkaline or rechargeable. The manual doesn't state a specific battery life, but with
the volume set at an acceptable level, I found 8-10 hours to be what I've experienced so far. A huge improvement over previous scanners like my Uniden BC-80XLT that took 4 "AA" batteries and only provided 2-3 hours of operation before needing replacement. There is a switch in the battery compartment that allows you to charge NiCads or NiMhs in the scanner with the optional AC adapter.
The unit is small and fits comfortably in your hand. The small speaker provides suprisingly
clear audio with sufficient volume to accomodate most users and doesn't distort if you operate at full volume. The rotary control on the top pulls triple duty acting as volume, squelch AND
channel selector. By default its' a channel selector, but if you push it down once, it changes to a volume control and pushing it twice allows access to your squelch setting. Once finished, a single press returns it to a channel selector. The antenna connector has been changed from the well-known BNC variety to an SMA type however, a heavy-duty sma to BNC adapter is available if this proves to be an inconvenience.
A standard length and a short antenna are both included.
The usual police, fire, marine, ham and weather
"service search" bands are included along with two new ones for GMRS/FRS/MURS and CB.....a nice
addition. Sensitivity and selectivity are very good. I use mine with an external attic antenna and intermod is vertually non-existant. My past experience with the GRE made Radio Shack handheld scanners was quite different. An external antenna overloaded and subsequently shut down the receiver. The multi-line display is large and easy to read. An optional 12 character alpha tag can be added to the frequency display to identify the channel. An orange backlight is also provided for night time or low-light viewing of the display as well as the keypad. The backlight also has an "auto" setting. This allows the backlight to activate and remain on for 5 seconds when a signal is detected....very nice!
Even though they are labeled (with the "NASCAR" logo) and sold as "race scanners", they are a fantastic, basic general purpose scanner!
I believe they might discontinued soon, so if you have an opportunity to pick one up, don't think won't be sorry.

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