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NEW SCANNER ON SCENE? 
REALISTIC PRO-26 


RadioNot: Engineering/Technology Forum 
From: Tony Papson Tuo 02 May 95 
To: Bill Cheek 

Subj: PRO-26 

I only have little info off the top of my head on 
the PRO-26. It's got 200 channels, you can 
change the increment steps while searching, 
you can change all modes of modulation, it 
will auto arrange you channels and I believe 
auto search and store. It's got a "data" 
feature which if I understood the owners 
manual will let the scanner skip over data 

channels while scanning or searching.all 

this and more can be yours for just $4001 It 
reminds me of the PRO-2006. Let me know 
what you think of it! 1 ! 

Origin: Hertzian Intercept San Diego (6pm- 
1 pm PST) 67 9-578-9247 (500:10/12) 

ED: I have limited knowledge of this 
new scanner from Radio Shack yet, but I 
will attempt to find out more and acquire 
a service manual for it. At first glance 
at Tony's input, the PRO-26 sounds to 
me like a handheld running mate for the 
new PRO-2035 base scanner. Clearly it 
will not be modifiable for cellular 
reception, but if it has triple conversion, 
AGC controlled front end; and a doubly 
balanced mixer, then it could be a 
worthy replacement for the PRO-43 now 
off sale. I'll keep you posted with what I 
learn. See just ahead for a user report 
on the PRO-60 that seems to be a clone 
of the PRO-43. 

Meanwhile, User Reports of the PRO-26 
performance will be highly welcomed 
and regarded for immediate release here 
in the World Scanner Report. If you 
acquire one, please tell me what you 
think of it and how it performs. If you get 
a service manual, let me know, too. 1 7 n 
curious to review it as soon as possible. 


BRASS TACKS & 
STEEL LUGNUTS 

About the Radio Business 


Hey folks, bear with and permit me to 
whine and snivel for a good cause, and 
you may find enlightenment. 

Look at the first column over on the left 
side of this page where I took several 
paragraphs to explain all the fine print 
about qualifications for renewing at the 
old rates. Know why I did that? 

It pains me to have to be so brass and 
callous with the no exceptions and 
carefully spelled-out details when many 
of you dear readers have been with is 
from the beginning and some of you even 
go back with us to the mid 80’s when I 
published the “ Eleven Meter Times & 
Journal ”. Cindy and I would bend over 
backwards for you good people and many 
of you know we do just that. We will 
continue to do so, too. 

The problem is that we’re getting a lot of 
new inquirers and first-time customers 
who don’t know us from Adam and 
Zaranthustra. Increasingly more often, 
we’re hit upon by people who would take 
us to the cleaners if we let them. In a 
word, more and more strangers treat us 
like we’re Radio Schloque, Rears & 
Sawbuck, and Monkey-Wards; big-time 
business where the customer is King , 
even when he’s dead wrong. 

That’s all well and good for those 
companies with 7 figure budgets who can 
turn around and pass on downstream the 
costs of doing business. You can walk 
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salesperson licking up your footsteps and 
worshipping the tiles upon which you just 
scuffed your shoes. Right? 

What you may not know is how all that 
obscene sucking up accompanied by the perks 
and freebies comes at a stiff price out of your 
wallet. Those larger companies can well 
afford to please you at a price. 

Small companies like mine cannot afford that 
luxury for several reasons. One is that your 
$25 WSR subscription probably went into 
one account; got transferred over to another 
one; and paid right back out as a down 
payment on one of the kid’s eyeglasses. 
We’re a small operation with a very tight 
cash flow. So what’s a small outfit to do? 

Speaking for mine, small companies have 
few choices in order to survive. One is to 
play like the big boys and offer poor or 
mediocre service and mediocre to superior 
products at prices higher than worth. Another 
is to cop an “attitude” and just pork people 
right and left for all they’re worth... make a 
quick killing and go on to bigger and better 
things. Or, like we do, develop and market a 
few superior products with superior service 
priced as low as survival will permit; and 
dispense with the costly games and 
shenanigans. And be hard nosed about it. 
Here, let me give you a picture: 

Take the back issues of the WSR for 
instance, say the 1992 set, priced at $21.00, 
ppd. There is a NO REFUND policy on our 
printed matter. Why? Because there are 
enough people who would buy the set; 
duplicate it on their office copiers and then 
return it for refund claiming they weren’t 
satisfied. ( People try to do that with my 
Scanner Modification Handbooks, too!) Most 
likely, the returned set cannot not be resold 
thanks to bends, creases, and other wear & 
tear of handling. So we eat the loss. 

Wrong! Businesses can’t lose money and 
stay in business. You would absorb the loss, 
if we flashed a smiling set of pearly whites 
with an unlimited SATISFACTION-MONEY- 
BACK policy. The price of the set would be 
$30 or more; a rip-off in my opinion. 

So we do not offer this phony and expensive 
option to the back issues. Neither do we 
wish to leave people dissatisfied, so as a 
compromise, we publish a Table of Contents 
and an exhaustive Index to the back issues 
and make them freely available to 
prospective buyers. 

We go the extra mile to replace issues 
damaged in shipping and any missing issues. 
But we do not offer a money-back policy, 
see? This micro-view parallels most of our 
operations where we do not leave ourselves 
open to abuse, but take great pains to 
accurately describe our products, terms and 
conditions so there is nothing left to doubt. 


We dig deep to find ways to keep our service 
and quality at a top notch level without 
adding to the cost. In the above example, it 
takes me several extra hours a month to 
prepare the Table of Contents and Index, but 
that is a finite, predictable investment of time 
and quality that has a definite closure. Not 
only does this effort tell-it-like-it-is to 
prospective buyers, but it adds to the long 
term value of your WSR when you can 
quickly and easily access long forgotten 
information with the turn of a page or two 
instead of hundreds! 

Another example is our modification kits 
where we test and qualify most everything 
that goes out the door. The CE-232 Kit 
contains an expensive CPU chip, for 
example, that can be damaged by improper 
handling and operation. Since we cannot 
control HOW the hobbyist handles the chip, 
we cannot guarantee it. But I go the extra 
mile in three other ways: 

First, I ensure that each CPU is properly 
packaged and leaves the premises in viable 
condition. Secondly, in sympathy to the 
hobbyist who might inadvertently blow his 
CPU, we make available a rock-bottom cost 
replacement for 60-days after sale of the kit, 
after which the price of a replacement goes 
up to a normal level. 

Thirdly, I go to great lengths in the Manual to 
spell out proper handling and installation 
procedures. The result is that there have been 
maybe three cases of blown CPUs out of 
hundreds. Only one person went wildly amok 
and angry when we wouldn’t give him a free 
replacement. The moral here is that the CE- 
232 Kit is not priced to include a “free” CPU 
upon demand later. In a way, the no-freebie 
policy probably renders a greater service to 
the hobbyist anyway, since it is apt to make 
him more careful and cautious. It works! The 
CE-232 does not populate the earth, but 
people are satisfied with it; my zoal \ 

Concluding this little departure from our 
routine material, I wanted to initiate an 
insight to the radio business for you new and 
returning Readers. This is a subject that’s 
handled like a hot potato around the 
publishing scene where no one speaks of it. I 
will be speaking out MUCH more about it in 
the coming year because I think it is time 
everyone knows the score about the ins & 
outs of the industry that supports our hobby. 
There is a lot to know. 

I am going to leave the subject this month 
with a thought and a closer glimpse behind 
the scenes here at the WSR Headshed. 
Cindy and I run the show with our high 
school kids, Ali & Ryan, helping out upon 
occasion. We have no employees, and 
therefore no expensive fringe benefits, extra 
bookkeeping, and related overhead to add to 
the costs of doing business. On the other 


hand, we work long hours, me typically rising 
at 6-am and retiring only well after midnight, 
7-days a week, with a rare holiday off. Cindy 
and I do not hold “regular jobs”. We work 
full time with COMMtronics Engineering 
and the World Scanner Report. It’s hard 
work, but. there are rewards . 

Ali & Ryan have never been “latch-key” kids. 
We’re home when they leave for school, and 
we’re home when they get out of school. We 
help them with their school projects, 
homework, and other needs. We are here for 
them, 100%, whenever they need us, by 
choice. And otherwise, we are dedicated to 
the family enterprise, day in and day out. 
That’s where you come in. 

Since we do not hold “ regular jobs”, it 
should be easily understood that we have to 
make our day’s work somehow pay for the 
same things YOUR job takes care of, like 
food & clothing, rent, health care, car, dog, 
and education of the kids. 

Vicious circle here: to make a good living, a 
company needs to grow. But if we grow, 
then we grow away from our kids. If we hold 
down regular jobs, we’re away from both 
YOU and the kids, with each getting a partial 
ration of what is deserved. Cindy and I 
decided long ago that the best compromise 
for all was for us to stay small; maximize our 
income and minimize the outgo. 

The visible result is that we have to do 
business a little differently than the rest of 
the pack. We choose not to follow in the 
footsteps of Radio Shack, Uniden, “ National 
Scanning Report”, 'Monitoring Times”, etc. 


MORE ON THE 
PRO-26 AND THE PRO-60 

By Larry Fowkes 


1 haven't had a chance to pull the back off the 
new PRO-26, but I will get at it soon. 1 picked 
up a new PRO-60 about a week ago and have 
been doing comparisons of the PRO-26, 
PRO-60, and PRO-43. The PRO-60 is the 
GRE replacement for the 43. It has much the 
same coverage as the 2006, including WFM, 
but sans cellular, of course. 

1 ordered the service manuals for both the 26 
and 60. The 26 is back ordered but 1 got the 
60's today. Almost identical to the 43 with 
the addition of some additional WFM 
circuitry. Uses the same memory scheme as 
the 43 so I'll guess a very similar memory 
upgrade will work. I'm anxious to see what 
the Uniden-built PRO-26 has inside. 

So far in head to head testing in VHF-hi-UHF, 
and the aviation bands its pretty much a dead 
heat Each one hears what the other does. 1 
used identical rubber ducks on each radio 
and had them positioned in a holder while 


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searching small increments in various parts 
of each band. None of the scanners missed 
anything the others heard. I haven't tried 800 
and VHF-Lo yet Both the 26 and 60 had no 
problem with anything on the FM broadcast 
band, but then I'm only eight to ten miles 
from most of the local stations who are 
probably pumping about a gazillion 
megawatts out, so 1 could probably hear 
them without batteries in the radio. © 

Featurewise the PRO-60 and 43 are pretty 
much the same although the Limit Search in 
the 60 can either search continuously or one 
step at a time. You simply press the UP or 
DOWN arrow for a second or so to engage 
continuous search. Pressing it quickly on the 
other hand increments the freq by one step. 
Step size is not selectable on the 60. Mode 
selection is based on frequency but can be 
selected manually. I noticed the 60's display 
is more readable from a high angle. Its kind 
of blurry if you look straight into it Audio is 
about the same on all three units, nothing to 
write home about 

The PRO-26, of Uniden origin has bells and 
whistles, but this one appears to have some 
lugnuts, too. Its Search & Store works 
superbly, never storing the same freq twice. I 
ran it through 5 MHz sections of the air band 
and in 15 mins had forty channels 
programmed with active air traffic channels. 
It has a DataSquelch, but haven't tried it yet 
The PRO-26 has continuous coverage from 
25 - 1300 MHz and selectable Step size. 
There are several operational characteristics 
that can be changed by various key 
combinations at power up. 

Hell Bill, I like all of 'em so I'm gonna keep ail 
three. I'll continue my testing in the 800 and 
VHF-Lo bands and let you know what I find. 

I faxed you a few pages from the service 
manual. I hope they were readable. 

ED: Yes, the faxes were fine , and plenty 
good enough to examine for a first hand 
technical evaluation of the PRO-60. To 
be honest with you, that PRO-26 with the 
lugnuts sounds like the winner, but my 
Service Manual hasn 't arrived yet. 
Usually, Radio Shack's Uniden made 
scanners have a counterpart with the 
Uniden label , but I don t know of one at 
this time. The PRO-26 appears to be 
unique, specially for Radio Shack. If it 
was made to Radio Shack specs like their 
GRE scanners, then the PRO-26 might 
well be the hottest thing since the PRO- 
2004. For now, let's take an inside 
techie look at the PRO-60. 


INSIDE THE PRO-60 

By Bill Cheek 


Thanks to Larry Fowkes for the faxes from 
the service manual, Fm able to offer a fairly 
educated technical look at the new PRO-60 
from Radio Shack. 

Sure enough, the PRO-60 looks suspiciously 
like a PR043 judging from the Block and 
Schematic Diagrams. The business-end of 
the two scanners are twins as far as I can see. 
The front end starts off with five bandpass 
filters just like the PRO-43. The RF 
amplifier, doubly-balanced 1st mixer, AGC 
feedback, and triple conversion IF sections 
also appear to be cloned from the PRO-43. 
These are the most important parts of a 
serious receiver. The memory circuits appear 
to be cloned from the PRO-43, so Extended 
Memory is probable. The PLL circuits appear 
identical. The PRO-60 surely continues the 
tradition set by the PRO-43. 

There are differences . For one, we know 
that cellular reception will not be possible, so 
don’t get your hopes up. On the other hand, 
the PRO-60 is more like the PRO-2004/5/6 
with selectable WFM mode. The AM (aero) 
section and the AGC circuits have been 
redesigned, but I can’t tell whether for the 
better or worse. The PRO-2004/5/6 and 
PRO-43 used two transistors and a couple of 
diodes to separate AM signals from NFM and 
to derive the system AGC. The PRO-60 
appears to do it all on board one chip, 
although there is a separate IC discriminator 
chip and circuit for WFM reception. I’m 
afraid the jury will be out on this one for a 
while. 

This means that I don’t know if an S-meter is 
possible for the PRO-60 like for the PRO-43. 
You know me and S-meters. Next to the 
receiver, an S-meter is the most important, 
almost more so as far as I am concerned. 

Really, the PRO-60 looks like little more 
than an appeasement for the now defunct 
PRO-43. Radio Shack had to delete the 
cellular coverage, so they added WFM and an 
enhanced SEARCH function. That’s about it. 
I don’t know that the PRO-60 is worth a 
second look until we know more about the 
PRO-26. Don’t get your hopes up; the PRO- 
26 is a Uniden in disguise, and might well be 
more bells and whistles than wheels & 
lugnuts, but we’ll see soon. 


THE OTHER VIEW 

By Janet Cravens 


Foreword by Janet’s husband, Roger: 

{Bill, this is my wife Janet's view of scanning. 
She wanted to see if some magazine would 
publish this!} 

Several years ago, my husband, Roger, 
casually mentioned he would like to have a 


police scanner radio. Little did 1 know the 
difference that would be made in our lives 
with the purchase of this small piece of metal, 
plastic, and components. 

This article is written with the spouse of 
an obsessive radio nut in mind. So guys, 
when you get through with it, make sure your 
wife reads it She may be able to see 
through your obsession with a better view. 

There are certain changes which occur 
when you live with a radio nut For instance, 
I've discovered that there is a ton of 
information available from various sources. 
I've learned the difference between a beam 
antenna and a "Scantenna"; I've also learned 
why a TV antenna won't do the job. And 
although we had a discone antenna for a 
while, it was not effective and did not 
increase "our" listening power, therefore, we 
needed a different antenna. I discovered 
one day that when your nut has one radio, it 
will never be enough. (ED: Like potato chips.) 

I purchased a Bearcat 200XL Portable 
Scanner for Roger on his birthday. The radio 
had batteries, an adapter for electric current, 
a protectant leather cover to keep the radio 
from getting scratched and a book with "all 
the frequencies you'll ever need" (Betty 
Bearcat's Frequency Directory). Huh! Little 
did 1 know of the adventure that was coming. 

I gave him his radio at a birthday party in 
a restaurant with our pastor and his wife, 
Roger's best friend and his wife, and a few 
family members. He never spoke to those 
people again for the rest of the night--he was 
too engrossed in looking at his radio and his 
new book. I was so pleased to have bought 
him something he was so excited about On 
the way home from his party, I had to drive 
with the lights on so he could look at it some 
more and read the owner's manual and see 
how it worked. When we got home, he 
immediately began reading through his book 
and inputting frequencies into his radio. Oh 
the joy when he heard that first transmission! 
He left it on all night long. 

First THE JOY! Then came problems: the 
radio had batteries, but when you listen to the 
scanner as much as he did, they quickly ran down. 
That's when Roger knew he was going to have to 
have rechargeable batteries; I thought I could see 
the wisdom in that—It didn't matter that we were 
on vacation and had a limited amount of money to 
spend~so what if we had to go home one day 
earlyl-Didn't I understand this was a need? We 
bought rechargeable batteries. 

Then he discovered that if he had an adapter 
that fit into his cigarette lighter on his truck, he 
would be able to listen to the radio as he was 


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traveling 'round town and it wouldn't run the 
batteries down-so we bought the adapter. 

Next, that little "book with all the frequencies 
you'll ever need" really didn't have all the 
frequencies that he needed. No,, Roger 
discovered through talking to some friends that 
there was another book called Monitor America 
which would have more information so he could 
fully enjoy his radio. So of course we ordered it. 
When his new book came, he discovered an 
advertisement for a scanning publication called 
"RCMA Scanner Journal." He felt he would be 
able to learn things much faster if he had a 
subscription~so we bought a subscription. 

In the meantime, Roger determined that if he 
had some type of antenna attached to the house, 
he could widen his listening area. After a little 
research and with limited funds, he purchased 
Radio Shack's discone antenna; climbed the tree 
right in front of our home, and affixed that 
antenna really high so he could listen. 

Through that subscription, he discovered 
Grove Enterprises in Brasstown, NC, called, who 
had advertisements for special scanning antennas. 
Every other month or so he arranges to take a day 
off work so he can go visit Grove. 

So what have I learned or discovered these 
past several years. I've learned how to read a 
compass so we can make sure the antenna is 
facing the right direction, spend lots of money on 
"something else I read about in a magazine," how 
to find the Government Printing Office in Atlanta 
so we can be proud owners of the Code of 
Federal Regulations which pertain to scanning and 
amateur radio frequencies and laws; I've learned 
to be quiet while he studies to take his tests for his 
ham radio license. I've learned not to mind when 
he insists that the new scanner antenna he bought 
for my van continually ends up on his truck and 
only makes it to mine when he's in there. I've 
discovered that I have to tell him "no," he can't 
take his radio into church to see what frequency 
the P.A. system is on. I've learned about 
frequency counters, late Saturday evenings spent 
under a romantic moon, looking up at a repeater 
tower, just so he can get the latest frequencies 
that aren't published in any of those expensive 
books and magazines we have. 

I've learned that no matter what type of radio 
you start with, it will never be enough. Roger was 
satisfied for almost a year, then we needed a 
"desktop" model. Little did I know that eventually 
he'd discover that the "little cigarette lighter 
adapter" would also work on the desktop model 
(Radio Shack's PRO-2006), therefore, since the 
range was better on the desktop, it now rides 
"shotgun" every time he leaves the house to run 
errands around town, including his frequency 
counter. It's like loading up for a weeks vacation 
just to go get gas or a gallon of milk! 

I've learned to appreciate that as long as he's 
in our bedroom listening to his scanner, his 
shortwave radio (ICOM's R-71A), and looking for 


new frequencies, he's not out drinking, carousing, 
and chasing other women (which he doesn't 
anyway). I've learned to sleep through the noise 
the radio makes as we fall asleep each night; to 
awaken him if there's a high speed chase or a drug 
bust* not to initiate lovemaking in the middle of a 
high speed chase; but the other side of the coin is 
I don't have to worry about a high speed chase if 
he's already involved in lovemaking. 

So all in all, I could say that I've learned a lot 
since scanning started around our house. I've 
discovered that while I'm asleep I'm intuitively 
listening and that the information being discussed 
on the radio often becomes mixed up in my 
dreams. I've discovered that everyone else in 
Douglas County seems to have a 10-16 (domestic 
disturbance) on a regular basis and that we've 
never had one. Every weekend, we talk about 
whether we want to try one, but so far, when he 
wants a 10-16, I'm not in the mood; and as hard 
as I try when I do want to, he decides he'll save 
his 10-16 for some other day. 

I've learned to recognize some of the "ten 
codes" and "signals" that are used during those 
police discussions. But I've also discovered that 
it's sort of like the Smurfs-if you’ll just put the 
word "smurf" in every where there's a code, it 
makes as much sense. You know, "Number 31, 
can you smurf me at Hwy 78 and 5?" Sounds 
almost like "Can you 10-25 me?," doesn't it? 

I've learned about trouncing systems and that 
the trouncing system changes each night at 
midnight I've learned to wake him up and tell him 
to make it stop. On some nights, he's too tired to 
lock out the channels and find the new system, so 
he turns over, turns down the volume, and then 
we don't have to worry about it 

I've also, discovered that if I wake up in the 
middle of the night to go to the restroom, I cannot 
fall asleep until the scanner is turned back on. 

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is whether 
you like it or not, scanning appears to be a new 
way of life. You can decide to like it or hate it, but 
eventually—it becomes an integral part of life. 

I read in the paper the other day an article 
where a husband said he wasn’t sure he was 
number one on his wife's list or if he placed after 
the kids, grandkids, dogs, housework, plants, and 
friends, but he figured he could be satisfied just 
being sure he was on the list 

So you know what? Some days I’m low 
woman on the totem pole, but others I come first 
And with the love we share, it's all worthwhile. 

Go tell your wife you love her and make sure 
you let her read this letter. After all, us "scanner 
radio" widows gotta stick together. Somebody’s 
gotta talk to us every once in a while, so we might 
as well talk to each other. 

ED COMMENT: Zowie, what a neat article, 
Janet! No wonder Roger is such a neat dude. 
My first wife didn't understand anything I 


wanted to do, whether it was radio, fishing, 
or love-making. Cindy understands it all and 
is the basic reason why Ive become half 
human or so. Now I understand why Roger 
is an all-right sort of fellow. 

Now let me critique your article, if I may. 
You addressed your thoughts to the radio 
widows out there, but believe it or not, there 
are a few widowers, too! We have a number 
of lady scannists on our reader rolls whose 
husbands would prefer knitting and 
crocheting and chasing after the kids. I think 
your good words and observations will apply 
to them as well. 

Oh, and what's this about TV antennas not 
being any good for scanners? Just you get 
Roger to install one in the vertical plane with 
a rotator and you'll hear signals three 
counties away! © 


NEW CONTEST ANNOUNCED 
Deadline July 18, 1995 


Contests are kind 
of fun, so let’s have 
another. I want to 
know what in radio 
pisses you off. One 
of my peeves was 
voiced on page 1 of 
this issue, under 
the article, BRASS 
TACKS & STEEL LUGNUTS About the Radio 
Business. Now I want to hear yours, just as 
bold and brassy, no holds barred. And there 
will be a nice prize for each of the top five 
submitters to be judged by Cindy and me. 
Here are the rules, terms and conditions: 

1. Submittals should be 300-400 words (500 the 
absolute maximum), on your pet peeve about 
anything related to the radio business or hobby. 
Keep the language clean, and avoid peeves about 
individuals unless about a scam or rip-off 
Otherwise, peeves should be about inanimate 
subjects, companies, groups, products, services, 
methods, procedures, hardware/software, etc. 

2. Deadline for receipt of your submittal is 2400-hrs, 
(midnight), July 18,1995. No exceptions. 

3. Submit legible entries by Internet e-mail, Fido 
netmail, CIS e-mail. Fax, postal mail, or private 
file/message upload on the Hertzian Intercept 
BBS. See the Reference Data box and the 
Masthead on page 1 for addresses. 

4. Prizes for each of the five winning entries will be 
a PERCON CORP. Spectrum Lite FCC Freq¬ 
uency Database , Spring ‘95 Ed, CD-ROM , 
ready to run, easy to use, with nearly 3-million 
records. Requires Windows 3.1/up, 4-Mb RAM. 
Prizes will be sent UPS-ground upon publication 
of the selections so make sure we have a valid 
street address. No shipments to PO Boxes! 

5. Judges’ decisions are arbitrary, capricious & final. 

6. Winning names and entries will be published in a 
forthcoming issue of the World Scanner Report , 
but anonymity of authorship is assured for those 
who request it with the entry. 

7. Future hint : Next contest will be like this one 
except about our “warmest fuzzies ” in radio. © 



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REMOTE CONTROLLER FOR PRO-2004/5/6 & OTHER SCANNERS 


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2. Umbilical cable can be of any practical legth but 
probably not over 25-ft (6 to 8-ft for most needs.) 
Use shielded cable. Solder or bolt the shield both 
to scanner's ground and to the Remote Control 
Box chassis, if metal. 

3. Push button switches are the normally open 
(no.) type. 

4. Build circuit on pert board about 1" x W. 

Install dose to the scanner's keyboard. 

5. Circuit board ground can go to any scanner 
ground but should also be directly connected to 
Keyboard Pin 13. 



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ERROR ADVISORY 

V5N1 Schematic Error 


Leave it to our eagle-eyed readers! An 
error appears on the schematic diagram 
of the Remote Controller for the PRO - 
2004/5/6 and other Scanners on page 4 
of V5N1. Reader Stan Palen reports: 

I built the remote controller that was in V5N1. I 
believe that the line coming from pin 5 of U1 
should go to pin2 of J1 not pin 1 as shown in the 
diagram. 

It worked fine for about an hour and then Cl 
burned up. I have not had a chance to find the 
problem. 

The error is corrected as shown in the 
Figure to the right. Readers are hereby 
advised to make pen & ink corrections to 
original issues of V5N1, or to photocopy 
the figure to the right and paste it over 
the original in V5N1. Please note that 
V5N1P4 has been corrected in back 
issues mailed out on or after 5/19/95. 
This will be seen by a printing date of 
05/18/95 at the bottom of the page and a 
REV A: 05/18/95 at the top-left of Pg 1. 

ED REPLY TO STAN: Thanks for the 
error report! I sure goofed. Apologies to 
you and any readers who were 
inconvenienced. If your C-l burned up, 
the cause was most likely a reverse 
polarity connection , an underrated 
voltage spec, or maybe just a fluke. 


UPGRADED SCA DESIGN NOW 
AVAILABLE FROM FM ATLAS 


OF Bruce Elving has been at it again! 
His well known ELF-2 SCA Decoder 
module has been upgraded to the ELF-2a 
with the addition of an LED to enhance 
fine tuning SCA/SCS signals. The basic 
design appears unchanged, and while I 
incorporated a 
fine-tuning LED 
into my revised 
version of the 
ELF-2, it appears 
Elving may have 
found a better way 
to do it. 

For those not in 
the know about 
Subsidiary Carrier 
Service (SCS), I’ll 
refer you to WSR 
back issues for 
details: V1N1, 

V1N6, V2N10, 


and V3N6. In a word, SCA is specially 
encoded programming that’s broadcast 
along with the regular programming 
carriers of FM Broadcast stations. It 
takes a special decoder to detect and 
monitor SCA signals. The ELF-2a is 
one of the most cost-effective ways to 
detect SCA programs. There are better 
methods for higher fidelity and more 
powerful output, but for scanners, this 


one is hard to beat. The ELF-2a is easy 
to assemble and to install in most any 
scanner or other receiver that has 
WFM/FM Broadcast capability. 

If you prefer not to roll your own as 
shown below, in the back issues, and in 
my new ULTIMATE SCANNER book, 
then contact Bruce Elving at FM 
ATLAS; PO Box 336; Esko, MN 55733- 
0336 or call (218) 879-7676 or FAX 
(218) 879-8333 for 
details on his low 
cost SCA kits. 

Elving is the author¬ 
ity on FM Broadcast. 
His FM ATLAS , a 
regularly updated 
directory to FM 
stations and SCA 
services in the US 
and Canada is with¬ 
out equal. The 
FMedia is Elving’s 
newsletter on the 
same subject, both 
are musts for serious 
FM’ers. 


ELF-2a SCA DECODER Parts 


Component Side 

+5 to +14vDC 


Solder Side 



Scale = 1:1 

but verify first! 


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91-k 
220-k 
470-k 

Trimpot, 25-k 
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0.001-uF mylar 

220-pF 

0.01-uF 

2.2- uF 

Light emitting 
diode 

Relay, DPDT 
RS #275-249 
Switch, SPST 


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From: William Kleiman, Portage, WI 

Hi Bill: Please find enclosed my check for 
the “Ultimate Scanner Book ”. You do good 
work on your newsletter, etc. I enjoy it very 
much. I also have Vol 1 & 2 of your mod 
books. Great! Keep up the good work and 
hope to meet you someday. Thanks. 

From: Melvin Morris, Rison, AR 

Dear Bill: Enclosed is a check for $25.95 for 
your new book “The Ultimate Scanner”. 
Please ship as soon as available. I am 
looking forward to receiving this book not 
only for the simple layman terms, also for the 
professionalism and most of all for the humor 
which is a rarity in this day and time. Bill, 
the humor is what makes you different. 
Don’t lose it! Good luck with your new 
book. I’ll do my part! 

ED : Thanks, guys! A little encouragement 
goes a long way. You make me want to do my 
part, too. It’s fun to please people. 

From: Louie Ferrigno, Maspeth, NY: 

My PRO-2006 has Professor Peabody’s 
LinkAU, S-meter and COI with more mods to 
come, but I am having a problem with the 
SCA unit from Bruce at FM Atlas. I wrote 
to the Professor about it and his unit is no 
better, so I bought one from the Ramsey 
catalog and don’t know where to hook it up. 
I’ve enclosed the instruction manual to you 
for possible help if you have the time. 

ED : There are no flaws with Elvitig’s SCA 
design, but since you didn 't elaborate on the 
problem, there's not much I can suggest 
other than to refer you to the WSR back 
issues and to the SCA project in my new 
ULTIMATE SCANNER book where you 
might find something helpful to the Cause. 

Relative to the Ramsey SCA Kit, bear in mind 
that I don’t have one, so my advice is limited. 
From the Ramsey Kit instructions, it seems 
clear to me that you need do nothing more 
than find the SCA baseband signal point in 
your scanner and “pipe” it to J-l, the 
SUBCARRIER IN jack, as evidenced in the 
above diagram. SCA baseband (subcarrier 
signals) outputs are as follow: 

PRO-2003: IC-10I, Pin 6 

PRO-2004: IC-4, Pin 3 

PRO-2005/6: IC-6, Pin 2 

PRO-2035: IC-5, Pin 10 _ 

The Ramsey Kit comes with its own audio 
amplifier to simplify the installation even 
though the Kit is a more complex design with 
more parts and labor. If it fails to work from 
the above inputs, then something else is 
wrong and I couldn’t possibly suggest what, 
not having a board in hand. Assembly 
error? The Ramsey instructions appear ok. 


In V4N2 you recommend the Anttron PSM 
38” whip over the Radio Shack mobile 
antenna. I have both of them and haven’t 
seen any difference. You said you were 
going to do a controlled test comparing the 
two. How is that going so far? 

ED : Antenna testing is not as easy as it 
sounds, not and be done right, anyway. I 
haven't found the time to do it up right, so 
the project languishes. Maybe this summer? 

i!; : ; CORPtipSS NQ^ill 

My last question concerns cordless phones. 
Is there any way to make my old 46 MHz 
phone actually lock on to other conversations 
in the same manner as my 2006 does? I 
heard there is some type of factory set code 
between the handset and the base. Is there 
any way to disconnect this code? 

ED : None of which I am aware. But then 
that sort of thing is dependent on the design 
of the phone and access to good schematic 
and technical documentation. To turn a 
49MHz phone into a scanner is probably out 
of the realm of feasibility. 

;ceujj^ 

From: Darvll Symington. Holland, OH 

In V5N3, a reader asked about modifying the 
AOR AR8000. It’s an easy task, but requires 
a computer interface and software. The only 
difference between the blocked version and 
the unblocked version is two lines of code in 
the EEPROM, lines 7700 and 7710. Here is 
what they look like in the blocked version. 

7700 08 49 00 00 00 08 24 01 00 00 FF FF FF FF FF FF 
7710 08 94 00 00 00 08 69 01 00 00FFFFFFFFFFFF 

Those numbers look pretty familiar, huh? 
Change the lines to read all FF all the way 


across, read it back into the EEPROM, and 
you now have an unblocked version. To do 
that, I use the Scan Star commercial software 
(version 4.3 or higher). This program has a 
built-in utility to enable users to read in the 
EEPROM, modify the code, and send it back 
to the radio. It takes about 7 minutes total. 
I’ve done 14 of these, so I know it works. 

If you don’t want to foot the $129 for the 
software, it can also be done using just about 
any communications program, like ProComm 
or the like. You will need to write a script 
that echoes back what the radio has sent it, 
which comes in 64 byte packets. That 
prompts the radio to send another packet, and 
so on until all 113 packets are sent. Modify 
the code, then send it back to the radio using 
the same echoing procedure. This is a little 
more complex than the ScanStar method, but 
it’ll work too. 

The AR8000 EEPROM can also be cloned 
from another AR8000, but who has two of 
them, at least one unblocked, and the Not- 
Sold-In-The USA AOR-8232 interface? The 
EDCO interface does not permit cloning, and 
it is a cheaply built unit, but it works fine for 
the methods described above. 

From: Mike Kionka, Arvada, CO 
Dear Bill, Thank you for your response to my 
6400-ch mod problem. After reading your 
response, I have decided to order the WSR 
V3N4 and your new book. The Ultimate 
Scanner . I assume that the 25,600-ch mod is 
in your new book, as well as V3N4. But I 
will purchase both just to be sure. The WSR 
always has lots of good information in it! 

I am 16 years old, but your modification 
instructions are written so well that I have no 
problem following them. I have successfully 


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completed many modifications to both my 
PRO-2006 and 2022 with the help of your 
books. I have also adapted a few of your 
modifications to some of my other two-way 
radio equipment. The knowledge of 
electronics and radio I have gained from your 
books has inspired me to pursue a career in 
electronics and radio! 

ED : You are not the first to head into the 
exciting world of electronics as a result of 
something I wrote. Many young people 
around me have been so influenced, 
including two sons and a daughter. My 
daughter graduates from high school this 
month and has been working as an Engineer 
Intern for QUALCOMM, Inc., for a year. 
She worked for me for several years prior. 
One of my sons is an electronic field rep for 
Cobe Labs; another is an operator of a 
linear accelerator. Over the years, I have 
been able to guide many young people into 
the challenge of a Lifetime, and so far as I 
am aware, none have regretted it. 

If your interest remains high for this coming 
year, then my advice is to make every effort 
to get a job in the electronics field. Any kind 
of a job, so long as you insist that you want 
exposure to electronics even if you have to 
sweep floor and carry out trash. At the same 
time, start studying electricity and 
electronics now! Master Ohms Law and 
series/parallel circuits, including the basic 
components of resistors, capacitors, and 
coils/inductors. If you have a year of high 
school left, try to take advanced 
mathematics, physics, chemistry, and 
trigonometry if you haven’t already done so. 
Go to summer school for one or more of 
these courses, if you can. 

You see, interest alone won’t get it. You have 
to want this so bad you can taste it, and then 
don’t take “No” for an answer relative to 
anything that it takes to get there, starting 
with education ! I’ll be glad to assist more 
with aligning you with your goals if you 
would like. Do you have a computer? How 
about a modem? Can you connect with the 
Internet and BBS s? These are clues for ya! 

PRO-2027 CELLULAR ? 

From: Scott Maser. Matthews, NC 
On pg 10 of V5N3, you have cell restoration 
for the PRO-2027, or does it mean for the 
PRO-2037? What is the 2027? I have just 
about six different “shack” scanners. 
Enlighten me please. 

ED : Well, like the paragraph says, I have no 
idea of where it came from. Still don’t. The 
PRO-2027 was a 1994 catalog model with 
100-ch, 25-cps, 800 MHz and nothing to get 
excited about. Looks horrible, too. Don ’t be 
surprised that I know little else of the 2027 
because my attentions are directed mostly to 
the better scanners and my time is full. 


PRO-62 CELLULAR? 

From: David Cobb, Smithfield. NC 
I need to know if you have any information 
on unblocking cellular frequencies on a PRO- 
62 Realistic Handheld 200 channel scanner. 


ED : You wish! Unfortunately, it is against 
the LAW now for any scanner to be “easily 
modified” for cellular reception. That law 
went into effect in April, 1994 and all 
scanners imported or manufactured after that 
date are required to comply with the law. The 
PRO-62 is one such. Radio Shack and most 
other manufacturers went overboard to 
comply by making it impossible for their 
scanners to be modified for cellular, so chalk 
it up or buy a pre-April- ’94 scanner. 


PRO-2021 COMPUTER INTERFACE 


From: Edward Smith, Barstow, CA 
Hi Guys! I received The Ultimate Scanner 
and it is great. Another super pub by you. 
Being a charter member of the WSR, I did 
not expect less. 

I notice that on page 152 that you may be 
able to make up or have made up a CE-232 
package for the publicly abused PRO-2021. I 
have one that’s been upgraded with your 
12.6k channel mod along with LINKALL and 
an upconverter that I use very effectively. 

I have two PRO-2006s modified to operate 
with your CE-232 installed in an outboard 
project. 

If this product is or can be made available for 
the PRO-2021, please let me know what the 
charges are and I will order from Mrs. “C” 
via phone in the usual manner. KEEP UP 
THE GOOD WORK! 


ED : I am going to respond here for starters 
because your question is of wide interest. 
First, please read the article in this issue on 
pg-I. BRASS TACKS & STEEL 
LUGNUTS - About the Radio Business. 
This is a classic, because I have never 
had occasion to offer the CE-232 for the 
PRO-2021 and so I have not developed 
the requisite “personality files” that 
would be required. 1 don’t own a PRO- 
2021, so I would not be able to test the 
files if I were to develop them. Since I 
can't test them, how can I guarantee 
them to work? That's a problem for you 
and for me, see? I am certain it would 
work, but maybe not to start. You might 
have to get back to me a time or two and 
we’d have to trial & error our way 
through a debugging process. 

I have no desire to work for free and you 
have no desire to be taken to the 
cleaners, so what do we do here? Oh, 
and another thing, even if we do get the 


CE-232 to work with the 2021, it will not 
be a full 2-way interface like for the 
PRO-2004/5/6. The best it will be able 
to do is AutoProgram the scanner’s 
memory channels and Control the 
scanner from the keyboard of your PC. 
(1-way only). 

That’s due to the design of the 2021 
which can’t be overcome by me or the 
CE-232. So the bottom line.... cost is the 
same, but I’d have to stop and develop 
some trial “personality files” and 
installation instructions, time which 
probably will never be compensated 
because you are the first to ask about the 
2021,....and most likely, the last. 

Therefore, it would have to be one of 
those deals with no guarantees or 
warranties, and I’d have to assume you 
can do the technical work with a minimal 
set of instructions. On that basis, the 
price is the same, and best I can offer is 
to stick with you until we get it working. 
If ol ’ Professor Peabody does the work 
for you, I can work with him, but it 
would be the same deal. 

If that is agreeable, give Cindy a call and we 
can nail down the details to assure something 
satisfactory to the both of us. 

Your question was a classic because 
most businesses would either abruptly 
decline to address the question or they’d 
go along with you until the going got 
tough and then let you whistle “Dixie”. I 
won’t do either one. In a word, you ’re 
asking for research & development, but 
that makes it tougher, you see. Let me 
know, ok? 

HACKING TECHNIQUES 

From: William Shaft Tinlev Park, IL 
Dear Bill: I received your CE-232 interface 
and found that I can and will build it. 
Patience is the best advice on anything you 
do. I work on electric motors for a living. I 
do all repairs, and rewinding is the test of 
time consuming patience. 

I was also delighted when I got the shop 
manual for my new PRO-2035 to find good 
old IC2, the TK-10470 chip, same as in my 
2004 and I could go ahead with the tape 
recorder switch from pin 13, the improved 
version in your second book. 

I drilled into traces instead of soldering to a 
resistor or diode when they are not super 
small close together on a blank board space 
and run on a wire. I like all my soldering on 
the bottom of the board, my Dremel® is an 
amazing tool. 


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I am just getting into learning computer 
operation and programming. I bought a 
Packard Bell 401 CD. 

I read your material over and see that I have 
to undo the crystal mod in my 2004 and go 
back to CX501 original. I wish not to do 
anymore hacking to this radio and love it the 
way it is. I hope to find a nice PRO-2004 
that the previous owner never removed a 
screw and figure how to interface that 100- 
pin monster in my PRO-2035. 

ED : Wow, if you are a rewinder, you have all 
the patience in the world, man! Shooey, I 
tried a few rewind jobs, and gave it up as a 
lost cause! Yes, the PRO-2035 is really just 
an evolved PRO-2004. Much in each are 
exactly alike, especially the hard core 
receiver sections. The biggest difference is in 
the Logic/CPU area. 

Getting that PRO-2004 back to stock 
speed should not be a problem at all, if 
you change your mind and want to try 
the CE-232 on it. But just between you, 
me, and the door post, it will probably 
work, as is, if you select the PRO-2006 
“personality file” when you load the CE- 
232 program. Call it an undocumented 
feature, if you will..... © 

_ COMPUTER TALK 

Your new computer is great for starters and 
should meet your needs for some time to 
come. Im not familiar with the model 
number but assume it is a 486 type. If so, Ed 
recommend 8-Mb of RAM and the new 
Window 95 when it is released this August. 
Packard Bell isn ’t known for great 
computers, and there could be problems 
when you try to add a bunch of extra stuff, 
like special video cards, enhanced IDE drive 
cards, and non-standard stuff. But, most 
anything of a standard nature should work in 
it and thus it will meet your needs for the 
near future. Window 95 will make it all the 
more compatible with a variety of needs. For 
your second computer, get a recommendation 
from me or someone else who knows 
computers. Or, as a blanket recommendation, 
Dell Computers are always a great buy. 

COMPUTER WORDS TO THE WISE T 

The computer scene is moving faster than 
anything I have ever seen, folks! And there is 
no letup in sight. This rapid, upward spiral 
demands different buying habits than what 
are adequate for products in other areas. It's 
a lot like 3rd World inflation where a dollar 
today is worth a nickel tomorrow. 

Except it isn ’t inflation exactly. The fact is, 
though, you buy a $4000 state-of-the-art 
computer today and it will be old technology 
in six months.. My Pentium 90 with 3x CD- 
ROM and 1-Gb hard drive are not all that 


exciting now, despite being less than 9-mos 
old. Pentium 120 ’s are out now with 150’s to 
be announced this month and the P6 (686) 
generation to be announced this Fall. 4x 
CD ’s are overshadowed by 6x now, and 1-Gb 
hard drives are “standard " at $300 ea. 

Some people think this is not the time to buy, 
but it is! You just don't want to go hawg-wild 
unless you have a business application where 
the investment can pay off in 6-mos to a year. 

A better approach for the casual hobbyist to 
even the power user on a budget is simple 
and easy to comprehend. Do like William 
Shaft did and buy standard, production stuff 
for the bottom dollar. Here, check this out: 

486DX2/66 VLB-IDE motherboard; 540-Mb HD; 
8-Mb RAM; Diamond SpeedStar VLB video w/1- 
Mb; 15" SVGA monitor, 2-serial ports w/16550 
UARTs, 1-parallel (bi-directional) printer port, 1- 
game port; bus mouse, 2x CD-ROM; Soundblaster- 
16 audio; Labtec CS-150 speakers; 101-keyboard; 
3H" & 5 l A" floppy drives; loaded with MS-DOS 6.22 
and Windows For Workgroups 3.11. 

Two years ago, the above was the mother of 
all computing systems, that could easily cost 
$5000 or more. Today, it is considered 
“entry level" and can be had anywhere for 
$1500 or less! Get it now if you ’re in the 
market for a computer. It’s still a power¬ 
house even though much better is out now. 

The thing is . the price is right! And the 

power is a lot more than most people will use 
in a long time. When you do come up to 
speed in computing and are ready for 
something more awesome, the Pentium 150 
will be priced about like the above. 

What NOT to do right now is spend money 
on the latest and the fanciest, nor on the 
oldest and cheapest. Do NOT buy XT & AT 
machines, (x086 & x286) and think twice 
before buying a 386. If you already have 
computers in these classes, be happy with 
them, especially 386DX/33 and up, but don’t 
BUY anything less than a 486DX/50 now, 
and frankly, the 486DX2/66 is what I would 
call a minimum buy. Do NOT buy single 
speed (lx) CD drives, nor low density floppy 
drives (760k & below). Also do NOT buy 
hard drives smaller than 345-Mb and 540- 
Mb if you’re smart. Do NOT buy a 14" 
monitor; 15" is minimum! 

Key things to do if you’re buying now 
include: insist on a bus mouse or an in-port 
mouse. This type of mouse costs a little 
more, but is much better than a serial mouse, 
and does not require a valuable serial port. 
Absolutely insist that your serial ports be 
based on the 16550 UART chip. Insist on 8- 
Mb of RAM and more if you can afford it. 
RAM holds its value. Requirements for it 
always go up; never down. Insist on a 540- 
Mb hard drive but 1-Gb is even better and 
doesn’t cost that much more. Insist on a 2x 
or 4x CD-ROM, with 16-bit audio card, too! 


If you don't know what you*re doing but 
are in the market for a good computer that 
will last you for a while, then refer to the box 
in the middle column on this page, and 
verbalize it to your dealer for a quotation. 
Read the DO’s and DON’T’s on this page, 
and relax....I won’t lead you too far astray. 

Oh, one other thing: do NOT be misled into 
buying OS/2, under the premise that it’s 
much better than MS-DOS and Windows. 
Ironically, OS/2 is “better" than DOS and 
Windows, but OS/2 is not widely supported 
around the world and it can be a bear to 
install and learn how to use. The world runs 
on DOS and Windows, and in another couple 
of months when Windows 95 is released, the 
“better OS/2 ” will have a lot less meaning. 
Win95 and its accompanying MS-DOS 7.0 
are just right for most of us. I know.....I have 
been beta-testing them for over a year now. 

Apologies to those of you who would rather 
fight than switch, but computers are here to 
stay, and the radio scene is just beginning to 
warm up to the power of the computer. 
Imagine, for instance, using your computer 
and sound card to record a *.WAV file 
instead of messy old analog tape. An 
electronic recording can be infinitely more 
valuable, easier to use and playback, and the 
sound can be processed to enhance intelligi¬ 
bility. I could go on and on here, but the 
idea for this month was to just bring you up 
to speed on where computers are at, in case 
you’re thinking about buying, The times, 
they are a ’changing..... by the minute. 

CALLER ID & HAM REPEATERS 

From: Don McDade. Garland. TX 

Another comment on caller ID that those who 
block private calls should be aware of: You 
probably won’t be able to receive calls made 
to you through the autopatch of an amateur 
radio repeater. Most control operators will 
probably block the ID to prevent 
unauthorized access to the repeater. 

PRQ-2004 EL PANELS 

From: Robert Anderson, Kenosha, WI 
Please let your readers know that the EL 
panels for the PRO-2004 are still available by 
Express order through Radio Shack dealers 
for about $60.34 ea. I got mine on 5/31/95. 

ED: Good grief! $60 each? I checked 
your letter for a misprint, but that's what 
you said! The “right" price for an EL 
panel is about $10 plus shipping. Please 
let me know the information from your 
invoice or sales slip. Sounds like you 
misprinted or got taken to the cleaners. 
In any event, one need not go through 
the local Radio Shack stores for parts, 
and it is best not to. (800) 442-2425 is 
the place to call. Gimme details, please. 


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PRO^OQ6MOPS^CIaifflatiotts 

From: Gary CafTee. Fontana CA 
I just received your new book in the mail 
(The Ultimate Scanner), and so far, I love it. 
I have had my two scanners for almost one 
year now, so I’m somewhat new at this. A 
very good friend of mine told me that I should 
buy the best, so I did! They are the PRO- 
2006 and PRO-43. On the PRO-43, I have 
done the cellular, 54-88 MHz, and the audio 
improvement mods. To the PRO-2006 I’ve 
done the cellular, and scan speed mods. But 
Sir, one tiling that I’m concerned about is 
your warning in the book about adding 
diodes to spots D-501 and D-504. My 
concerns and questions are this: 

1. Do I install diodes in both D-501 & D- 
504? {ED: Neither. Clip D-502 & 503) 

2. Is this a frequency expansion 
modification? {ED: Clipping one restores 
the cellular bands and the other gives a 
free 25% speedup) 

3. Do I have to do other mods to my radio 
first to allow this mod to work? {ED: No .) 

4. Will I lose something else, or degrade the 
performance of my scanner like your 
warning says? {ED: Not in the slightest). 

5. A gentleman that I work with, just 
purchased a new PRO-62. Do you have 
any modifications at all for this radio? 

ED: Nothing out of the ordinary. All my 
books and the WSR here give specific mods 
for specific scanners, and then oftentimes, a 
general approach to those mods for other 
scanners. Please read what I have to say 
about “ turnips” in the Ultimate Scanner. 
Most scanners, including the PRO-62 have to 
be content pretty much the way they come 
from the factory. My standard analog mods 
as given throughout my books can generally 
be applied to most scanners, but memory and 
frequency expansions are limited to the best. 


some! immmtwm&mmK 

From: Don Alesch. Menasha, WI 
A hypothetical question for you. If a person 
had a scanner and the service manual for that 
scanner, and that person was willing to let 
you borrow both items to experiment with, 
would you be interested? 

ED: Ugh. Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on 
the scanner, the quality of the manual, my 
available time, how soon I’d have to return 
the stuff, and if I were expected to work for 
free in terms of any extras that were returned 
with the scanner. If it were an ICOM R-9000 
for a year....hell yes! If it were a Uniden BC- 
100XLTfor a month and $500, not a chance. 

From: Jay Haycock, Boise, ID 
I wonder what the “two leading professional 
trade magazines” were that reviewed the CE- 
232. Fve been looking for trade magazines to 
subscribe to and was just curious. 

Mobile Radio Technology 
9800 Metcalf / PO Box 12901 
Overland Park, KS 66212-2215 
(913)341-1300 Fax (913) 967-1898 

RF Design 

6300 S. Syracuse Way; Ste 650 
Englewood, CO 80111 
(303)220-0600 Fax (303) 773-9716 

Microwaves & RF 
1100 Superior Avenue 
Cleveland, OH 44114-2543 
(216)696-7000 Fax (201) 393-6297 

ED: A word about trade journals: the above 
are the best of the best and free to “qualified 
professionals ” in the radio engineering field. 
Subscription costs are exorbitant, so 
represent yourself cleanly and smoothly like 
a pro if you want the freebie. You will have 
to fill out a subscription qualification form, 
so be prepared with a company name and 
related information; else pay thru the nose. 


WSR CONTEST WINNERS 


Winners of the contest announced in V5N3 
are as follows, with some of their answers 
following the list. I will reserve a later date 
for a complete discussion of this contest and 
the interesting results: 

David Humes Williamsville, NY 

Jay Haycock Boise, ID 

Skip Arey Cinnaminson, NJ 

Jeff Brown Shillington, PA 

John Gardner Pompano Beach, FL 

Jim Benscoter Davisburg, Mf 

Tony Thornton Mise, MS 

Don Alesch Menasha, WI 

H. L. Miller Spring Valley, NY 

Rcvd 4/10/95 // Hertzian Intercept BBS: I want to 

take a shot at the trivia question from WSR V5N3. 
In the Mar/Apr issue of NatScan (specifically page 
#28), I see an ad for the “Scanner Modification 
Handbook Vol 1 & 2”. For some strange reason these 
are the only 2 books that don’t list the author...who 
wrote these <GRIN>. Actually I never noticed that 
fact until I went looking. 

Rcvd 4/12/95 // US Mail: On page 28 of Mar/Apr 

‘95 issue of National Scanning Report, Scanner 
Modification Handbook Vol 1 & II have no author 
listed. Has my favorite Dr. become anonymous, 
unknown, and unidentifiable? I hope NOT. So, with 
tongue in CHEEK, here’s my entry! 

Rcvd 4/14/95 // US Mail: Bill, on the contest, the 

only thing that glares out at me twice in the Mar/Apr 
“Nat Scan” is that the ads for your scanner mod 
books do not have the author’s name listed like the 
rest of the books do. I found this same tiling in at 
least one other older issue of “Nat Scan.” If this is 
not it. I’m totally stumped! 

Rcvd 4/10/95 // Internet: How could such an 

esteemed individual as the great Larry Miller commit 
such an oversight as to NOT list you as the author of 
your books when he so carefully took steps to list the 
authorship of other books in his advertisement. 

Rcvd 4/8/95 // CompuServe: I read about your 

contest in the WSR I received today. My best guess 
at this point is that the DX Radio Supply ad fails to 
list your name as author of your books 


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PRO-2026 vs. BC-760KLT 


From: William Wvrick. Bellingham, WA 

I was looking for a mobile scanner and 
thought you would have more regard for the 
PRO-2026 than the BC-760XLT. A list of 
back issues of the WSR shows more mods for 
the 760XLT than the PRO-2026. Does this 
mean the XLT is more hacker friendly than 


AUDIO POWER AMP CIRCUIT 
FOR THE PRO-2004/5/6 & 2035 
EXPLAINED 


The audio power amplifier for the PRO-2004, PRO- 
2005, PRO-2006, and PRO-2035 series will be 
explained here using the PRO-2006 as our model. 
All are alike, with just the circuit symbols varying 
somewhat from one unit to the next. There may be 
minor parts differences, but they are not significant 


the 2026? Anyway, I bought the 2026, 
thinking of you, with a date stamp on the 
back of 11A93. The improvements I’m 
looking for mostly are more channels, better 
audio and cellular freqs. 

If I can get an answer soon, I still have time 
to return the 2026. Is the PRO-2026 the 
better radio? Is the BC-760XLT more 


IC-7, a TDA-1905 audio power IC is the main 
component in tliis group. The chip is powered from 
the scanner’s unregulated +12v power supply, and the 
exact voltage is not critical. My tests show adequate 
audio power out with supply levels from +9.5v to 
+15v. Resistor R-224 (3.30, Vi-watt) serves as a 
current limiter/fiise to protect the IC. 

All receiver audio signals go into the “high” lug of 
the Volume Control, and out the rotor arm to the 


Amplified audio leaves the IC at Pin 1 and goes int: ¥ 
the Headphone Jack and back out into the External ~~ 
Speaker Jack and back out to the built-in speaker. 
Inserting a plug into either the Headphone or Ext 
Spkr jacks kicks an internal switch to block the path 
to the internal speaker. These “switched jacks” can 
cause problems when the internal switch is damaged 
or worn out Suspect a bad jack if you have no sound 
but everything else acts ok. 

R228 is a protection resistor for the headphones but 
can be replaced with a 10-47Q resistor for improved 
audio. (MOD-8). C225/R226 is an output RC filter 
and probably should not be altered. C221, R227, 
R225 is a feedback loop for gain control and might 
deserve experimentation by hardier souls with nothing 
better to do. C223 is some sort of a feedback/gain 
control but messing with it will probably not result in 
anything good. C226 is the output coupling capacitor 
and could be increased for better bass feed to the 
speaker, but then you’ll need a better speaker. (Voice 


upgradeable? Can the above mentioned mod 
on my PRO-2026 be done? Can the above 
mods be accomplished on the BC-760XLT? 
Both radios with the correct manufacture’s 
date, of course. PS Have you received the 
Service Manual for the BC-2500XLT From 
Don Alesch, Jr. (V5N2)? I’ll send you my 
2500XLT if I can get it back in one piece. 

ED : We managed to come up with a manual 
on the BC-2500XLT, but thanks for the offer. 
Meanwhile, the PRO-2026 is a more modem 
version of the BC-760XLT, but one is neither 
more or less hackable than the other. The 
2026 is easier to hack for cellular, (V2N9) 
but beware the PRO-2026 sold after April-94 
that cannot be hacked for cellular. The PRO- 
2026 and the BC-760XLT are quite different 
though they look and operate about the same. 
The PRO-2026 is a little emptier and does 
not have the preamp or CTCSS options like 
the BC-760XLT. I don *t think much of either 
one, but the 760 is probably the better rig. 
Keep your rig unless you want to set your 
sights a lot higher, maybe for a PRO-2006 ? 

06/23/95-12:14 - The “ 


input Pin 8 of the IC. The BEEP signal from the CPU 
goes to the same input from a slightly different route 
as shown. R222 & R223 act as a fixed volume 
control for the BEEP signal. Cut R222 to eliminate 


comms need treble, not bass.) C220 is the input 
coupling capacitor and is best left the hell alone. In a 
word, the Audio Power Amp is better off just 
understood. No interesting hacks here to speak of. 



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+ Last Chance to Renew at Old Rates ~ New Scanner on Scene: Realistic PRO-26 
+ Brass Tacks & Steel Lugnuts (Editor whines) ~ More on the PRO-26 & PRO-60 
+ Inside the PRO-60 ~ The Other View by Janet Cravens 
+ New Contest: Your Pet Peeve ~ Error Correction for V5N1 ~ SCA Upgrade 
+ SCA Decoder Hookups ~ Antenna Comparisons ~ Cordless Phone Hacking 
+ Cellular for the AR-8000 ~ Young Hacker Comes Out ~ PRO-2027 Cellular 
+ PRO-62 Cellular ~ PRO-2021 Computer Interface ~ Hacking Techniques 
+ Computer Talk ~ Computer Words to the Wise: What to do & What not to do 
+ Caller ID & Ham Repeaters ~ PRO-2004 EL Panels ~ PRO-2006 Mod Questions 
+ Radio Trade Journals ~ WSR Contest Winners ~ PRO-2026 vs BC-760XLT 
+ Audio Power Amp in PRO-2004/5/6/2035 Explained 


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