Originally Posted by pioneer13
I have a pro-106 and i was looking at entering the fips codes but im not completly understanding what they do. If some one could help me from what i thot if you entered that in for your county you would get the alerts while you were scanninh your regular police band and stuff like that but if somw one would please help me out
They are also called SAME codes, and they're sent in a encoded signal in front of an Emergency Alert System (EAS) activation. It basically tells your radio the location the EAS is being activated for and whether or not it will go off (only in SAME Standby).
It should be noted that you can set WX priority (refer to the Easier to Read Manual
) which will alert you for ANY activation, not just for your county. It will also interrupt your scanner as it checks this. It cannot monitor 2 frequencies at the same time and is actually impossible to have your scanner do area specific alerts while scanning. If you want area specific alerts, you're either going to have to do standby mode or get yourself a weather radio.
I hope this answers your question.