The PRO-2096 is listed in Radio Shack's on-line catalog as
part number 20-496 with a retail price of $499.99. You can
see the catalog listing by clicking
The PRO-2096, a base/mobile version of the handheld PRO-96,
has received type acceptance from the FCC. It is not yet
clear when it will be available for purchase. The FCC ID
is ADV2000496. You should be able to see the
GRE filing on the FCC website by clicking
Radio Shack has released a firmware upgrade to the PRO-96
scanner that allows it to properly track CQPSK (Compatible
Quadrature Phase Shift Keying) LSM (Linear Simulcast Modulation)
systems. The upgrade
can be found on the Radio Shack software download page
Look for the files for part number 200-0526.
Radio Shack has released their PRO-96 scanner, which is capable
of monitoring APCO 25 systems, including 9600-baud trunked networks.
The unit comes pre-loaded with many of the current digital systems,
making it easy-to-use right out of the box. List price is $499.99,
part number 20-526.
In addition to APCO-25, the scanner tracks Motorola I, II, and hybrid
systems as well as EDACS. It does not track LTR. It is not a
full-coverage receiver; it covers 25-54, 108-136.9875, 137-174,
216.0025-225, 406-512, 806-960 (less cellular), and
article in the Denver Post, Radio Shack spokesperson Jill Lain
is reported to have said that Radio Shack is also developing an add-on product
that will decode APCO-25 transmissions.
The latest rumor is that their scanner will be available around February 2003.
The BCD396T handheld scanner is available for sale.
An upgrade for the 296D is available on the
Uniden Product Support Page. The upgrade reduces "birdies"
in the 800-900 MHz range and improves the scanner's performance
on some APCO-25 systems.
An upgrade for the 796D is also available on the
Uniden Product Support Page. The upgrade addresses the same
issues as the 296D upgrade.
Uniden introduces two new digital scanners, the handheld BC296D
and the base/mobile BC796D. These two units now include a digital
decoder card (BCi96) and can follow 9600-baud systems.
Uniden has released two scanners capable of monitoring
APCO Project 25 systems.
The Bearcat BC250D
is a handheld unit with all of the features and capabilities of the
current production BC780XLT. The Bearcat BC785D is the base and/or
mobile version with a similar feature set. Each scanner has
1,100 channels in 10 banks and covers a frequency range of
25 MHz to 1300MHz (with the usual cellular telephone frequency gaps).
By themselves, the scanners will monitor conventional and trunked
analog systems. The new feature on each of these scanners is a slot
that will accept an external electronic "card." In order to process
the P-25 transmissions, a BCi25D card must be inserted into the scanner.
Various pre-release marketing materials seem to indicate
the BC250D and BC785D scanners will correctly track systems with
3600 baud control channels but will not be able to trunk track
9600 baud systems. This means for the following systems audio
will be available, but the scanner will not automatically follow
the conversation if it changes radio frequencies:
- State of Arizona
- State of Colorado
- State of Michigan
- State of Minnesota
- City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Hennepin County, Minnesota
- City of Austin, Texas
- Henrico County, Virginia
Uniden's two new APCO-25 capable scanners have received FCC type
certification in September 2002, meaning it is legal to offer them
for sale in the United States.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2002, Uniden announced
the development of two APCO-25-capable scanners, the handheld
BC250D and the base/mobile BC785D.
Uniden is expecting to have an APCO-25 capable scanner available
in mid to late 2002, according to an article in
Mobile Radio Technology. Click
to see that article.
The ARD25 is released for sale.
AOR announces their ARD25 "Data Receiver," an add-on unit that
decodes non-trunked APCO-25 transmissions from a 10.7 MHz IF
I wrote a review of this device that appeared in the September 2004
issue of Monitoring Times magazine.
You can read the review
At the 2002 HamVention in Dayton, AOR displayed a prototype of
their ARD5000 APCO-25 decoder. It is a separate box that takes
a 10.7 MHz IF feed from a receiver and produces audio and a
digital data stream.
It is expected to in production by the end of 2002, with a target
market of government agencies and the news media.