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 200-0522 PRO-92 500-Channel Portable Trunk-tracking Scanner

Question: What is the difference between the 200-0522, 200-0522A and 200-0522B versions of the PRO-92?

The primary differences are either in the firmware version and/or the trunked scanning method.
PRO-92 200-0522
Firmware: Version 1.0
Trunked Scanning: Low Speed Handshake
PRO-92 200-0522A
Firmware: Version 3.xx
Trunked Scanning: Control Channel

After introduction of the PRO-92, we learned of some instances where it didn't perform to expectations on some Motorolaź trunked systems. Based on this, a few customers have raised concerns about the quality of the PRO-92. An update to the software (changing the scanning method from "Low Speed Handshake" to "Control Channel") improves performance with these "troublesome" trunking systems. Effective immediately, we are offering this upgrade for the price of labor only. You would need to take the radio your local RadioShack store and have them send it to the service center. Through cloning, reasonable efforts will be made to retain the programming in the scanner's memory.

Warning: Do not send a scanner that currently works fine on your local trunked systems just because it has version 1.00! If the scanner already works well in your area, this update is not needed.

The only significant difference between the 200-0522A and the 200-0522B is that the manufacturing location changed.

PRO-92 200-0522B
Firmware: Version 3.xx
Trunked Scanning: Control Channel

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Question: How do I program and store text tags?

Storing Text Tags
  1. Press MANUAL, enter the channel number where you want to enter the text, then press MANUAL again. M and the channel number appear at the upper left corner of the display.
  2. Press PGM. M changes to P.
  3. Press TEXT. The cursor appears at the third line.
  4. Enter the text using the numeral keys (see "Text Input Chart" below).

Note: If you make a mistake, press [down arrow] or [up arrow] to move to the character you want to change.

To enter "Police # 1", the procedure would be:

"P" is the first letter associated with 7 on the keypad. Press 7 then 1.
"o" is the third letter associated with 6 on the keypad, but it is lowercase. Press 6, FUNC, 3.
"l" is the third letter associated with 5 on the keypad, but it is lowercase. Press 5, FUNC, 3.
"i" is the third letter associated with 4 on the keypad, but it is lowercase. Press 4, FUNC, 3.
"c" is the third letter associated with 2 on the keypad, but it is lowercase. Press 2, FUNC, 3.
"e" is the second letter associated with 3 on the keypad, but it is lowercase. Press 3, FUNC, 2.
To enter a space, press . (period symbol).
To enter a "#", press 0, 3.
To enter a space, press . (period symbol).
To enter a "1", press 1, 1.

Press ENTER to input the text.

Text Input Chart

  • To access the numbers, press 1 then the number.
  • To enter a lowercase letter, after choosing the group it belongs to, press FUNC then the number corresponding to the position of the letter.
Press To Enter a Character from this Group   Press To Enter a Character from this Group
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0   7 P Q R S
2 A B C   7 FUNC p q r s
2 FUNC a b c   8 T U V
3 D E F   8 FUNC t u v
3 FUNC d e f   9 W X Y Z
4 G H I   9 FUNC w x y z
4 FUNC g h i   0 . - # _ @ + * / '
5 J K L   0 FUNC $ % ! ^ ( ,) ? -> `
5 FUNC j k l   . [SPACE]
6 FUNC m n o      

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Question: How do I assign a two-line text tag?

When programming a text tag, it only allows you to put one line in. To have two lines of text as tags, you must also assign a text tag to the bank.

For example, assign a text tag to the bank as "Arlington", then assign a text tag to an ID (or frequency) such as 'South Police'. When the scanner picks up that ID (or a transmission on the frequency) it will display both tags.

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Question: What are the system requirements for the software package for the PRO-92?

The 940-1223 GRE Scanner Data Manager includes the following items:
  • PC Software Diskette (1 each)
  • PC Interface Cable Assembly (1 each)
  • Getting Started Manual (1 each)

The interface cable supplied with the GRE Scanner Data Manager is a 9-pin serial cable (female) designed specifically for use with the PRO-92 and PRO-series scanners and will not operate with other scanners. This cable assembly includes a special voltage converter circuit. Do not plug this cable into any other equipment and do not attempt to use any other cable with your scanner.

The minimum operating requirements for the software are as follows:

  • 486, 586 Pentium Processor
  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows NT
  • 16 MB RAM minimum, 23 MB RAM recommended (for good Windows performance)
  • 2 MB hard disk space minimum
  • Any video card and monitor supported
  • Windows Mouse with 2 buttons (minimum)
  • Serial port for the interface cable assembly

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Question: How do I get this scanner to simultaneously track both Motorolaź II & Conventional frequencies?

This procedure will only work on the PRO-92, since it tracks by the SID's, and not the data channel, and only in the open mode. In closed mode, the scanner will look for programmed SID's before it stops on a transmission. Here are the steps to set this up:

1. Enter all the frequencies (both conventional and Motorolaź II) in the same bank with the manual programming.

  1. For the Motorolaź II frequencies, press Mode to designate the RF as MOT then press /\ (up arrow) for the next channel to be programmed.
  2. For conventional frequencies, do not use the Mode button; press /\ (up arrow) to go to the next channel.

2. Once all of the frequencies are programmed in the Bank then:

  1. Press Man.
  2. Press Scan; the PRO-92 will start scanning and stop on the first data channel.
  3. Lock Out any/each data channel when the PRO-92 stops on it. After the data channels are locked out the PRO-92 will continue to scan and will show SIDs on the Motorolaź II channels. The Motorolaź II channels have a sub-audible tone that equates to the SID, and the PRO-92 will pick this up and display the SID even with the data channels locked out.

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Question: What are the differences between the PRO-92 (Cat. No. 200-0522) and the PRO-94 (Cat. No. 200-0524) scanners?

The differences are outlined below:
  PRO-92 / 200-0522 PRO-94 / 200-0524
Trunk Scanning Type Multi-Trunk Scanning (allows simultaneous scanning of up to 10 trunked systems or trunked and analog systems) Single-Trunk Scanning (can scan one system at a time)
Trunking Type Multi-Trunking: Scans Analog Motorolaź I, II, I/II; GE/Ericsson (EDACS) and Johnson/Uniden systems Dual-Trunking: Scans Analog Motorolaź I, II, I/II and GE/Ericsson (EDACS)
Channels 500 Channels 1000 Channels
Frequencies 29-54 MHz, 108-174 MHz, 380-512 MHz, 806-960 MHz (excluding cellular) 29-54 MHz, 108-174 MHz, 216-225 MHz, 406-512 MHz, 806-960 MHz (excluding cellular), 1240-1300 MHz
SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) Weather alert with display Weather alert, no display
CTCSS/DSC Decode Yes No
Cloning Interface (with optional cable) Yes No
Display 4-line, displays frequency, alphanumeric name 1-line (fixed indicators), displays frequency

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Question: Between the PRO-92 and PRO-94, which has the better scanning scheme?

In our testing, we placed a PRO-94 side by side with a PRO-92 and found each radio missed a few (and only a few) hops. The missed hops were about the same - neither radio got everything. The significant difference was that if the PRO-94 model holds on a specific ID and misses a hop, the hop is completely missed, where the PRO-92 typically picks it back up after a second of delay. The reason for this is that the PRO-94 scheme looks only at the data channel; if it misses the data, that transmission is completely lost. In contrast, the PRO-92 reads the subaudible data on each transmission. If it misses the hop, it continues to check active channels and easily finds the conversation again.

While the schemes are different, we did not find that either design was significantly better than the other.

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Question: Is there additional information available on-line?

Additional information is available on our on-line support pages for the 200-0522, the 200-0522A, and the 200-0522B.

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