Originally Posted by kellig
I have the radio shack noaa pro-405 desktop scanner. The numbers for my area Butler County Kansas didn't work so I called one of my friends and programmed my numbers that worked with his scanner. The only thing that works is the weather and the fm radio. I tried Initializing the Scanner with no luck. I hope someone can help me. Thanks! Kelli
You didn't mention whether you just recently bought this or not. If so, I hope you didn't pay too much. Anymore, a non-digital (meaning P-25 capable) scanner is pretty much a paper weight for any public service scanning (at least in Kansas). All of Butler County Public Service communications have moved to the KSICS P-25 digital system. That type of transmission is not decoded by your radio. The Pro-106, Pro-197, Pro-96, and Pro-2096 are all P-25 capable scanners. Even Sedgwick County is moving toward digital in the not too distant future. Some of the less populated counties are still on FM, but even those will become a problem in a couple of years or less. There is a FCC mandate for these agencies to change to a Narrow-band FM format before July 2013 I believe. The Pro-405 is not narrow-band capable either.
If you are just interested in VHF/UHF Ham, Trains, Aircraft (non-military), and some business band, then the Pro-405 was a fine scanner.