Does RadioShack even make their own scanners anymore?

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Does RadioShack make thier own scanners anymore or all they all GRE with RadioShack "Badges" on them? OK, thanks!
 

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I have owned RS scanners since the first 4 crystal model, and I don't know of RS every having their own factories. Their best amateur radio series, the HTX 202 and 404 were based on designs purchased from Icom and built in Korea. Try to find a computer that is actually built by the company whose name is on the front.
 

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I have owned RS scanners since the first 4 crystal model, and I don't know of RS every having their own factories. Their best amateur radio series, the HTX 202 and 404 were based on designs purchased from Icom and built in Korea. Try to find a computer that is actually built by the company whose name is on the front.
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Try to find a computer that is actually built by the company whose name is on the front.
That depends on your definition of "built by"? Make all the parts? GM doesn't make all the parts that go into a GM car. But some computer companies actually build the computers they sell. (For instance, some Taiwanese companies make motherboards and cards, and use the ones they make in their own computers.)

Does any company actually make everything in what they sell? I don't think any company since the beginning of the 20th century has. Even Ford bought components for the Model A from other companies.
 

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I am not aware of any scanner every actually made by a Radio Shack (or Tandy) factory. However, they have typically been spec'd by RadioShack so as to be differentiated from non-RS branded scanners.
 

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Going back to the Realistic and Archer days, Radio Shack had electronic equipment OEM'ed to their sepc's. Many times one could see the PC boards with the Cobra, or Uniden labels or layouts inside. They did do in house repair with repair centers across the country and of course in Texas, alas now they do things the Cell Phone Way (sarcasm intended to the last statement).
 

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Going back to the Realistic and Archer days, Radio Shack had electronic equipment OEM'ed to their sepc's. Many times one could see the PC boards with the Cobra, or Uniden labels or layouts inside. They did do in house repair with repair centers across the country and of course in Texas, alas now they do things the Cell Phone Way (sarcasm intended to the last statement).
Actually, cell phone providers now do it the Radio Shack way, put their labels on parts made by other manufactures.

Radio Shack still has service facilities around the country and even does repair work for other companies.
 

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I have owned RS scanners since the first 4 crystal model, and I don't know of RS every having their own factories. Their best amateur radio series, the HTX 202 and 404 were based on designs purchased from Icom and built in Korea. Try to find a computer that is actually built by the company whose name is on the front.
Actually Tandy/Radio Shack did have a computer manufacturing plant in Fort Worth in the 80s early 90s.
 

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Actually Tandy/Radio Shack did have a computer manufacturing plant in Fort Worth in the 80s early 90s.

Correct, remember the "trash 80" (TRS 80) computers? :wink:

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I remember when Radio Shack had the Realistic Scanners they were custom made in Japan for Radio Shack and they were good ones too like the Pro 7A 7B VHF Hi Pro 77 VHF Hi/Lo. They were crystal controlled.
 

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I have two Radio Shack scanners, a pro 34, and a pro 60; both of which were made by someone else..
and built to RS specs. Now i wouldn't send a thing to RS for repair, Doubt they could put batteries in a flashlite with out messing it up... They should just call it the Shack, and leave the Radio off completely..
 

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The word I got from my local RS was that they were going to stop carriying the scanners, at least the Hi end ones.... and eventually all of them...
 

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The word I got from my local RS was that they were going to stop carriying the scanners, at least the Hi end ones.... and eventually all of them...
That's been the word I've heard for a long time now. They've successfully dwindled down their scanner selection over the years to only include a select few at this point anyway so it won't be long before they're completely gone from the store.

Damn, The Shack used to be a really fun place to visit back in the 1970's. I could hang out in one a long time playing with the newest stuff back then. I guess that's progress :(
 

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Correct, remember the "trash 80" (TRS 80) computers? :wink:

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My first job in the industry was as a line repair technician at Tandy Home Computers, where the Color Computer was made. Worked 2nd shift, 4pm-midnight, and the two other techs and myself plus one security guard had the entire facility to ourselves. I actually left that job because I could make more money working at Six Flags...
 

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The word I got from my local RS was that they were going to stop carriying the scanners, at least the Hi end ones.... and eventually all of them...
Have been hearing that rumor for 10 years and will probably be hearing it for the next 10 years. Don't bet on it being true.
 

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That's been the word I've heard for a long time now. They've successfully dwindled down their scanner selection over the years to only include a select few at this point anyway so it won't be long before they're completely gone from the store.:(
While not all are available in all stores, does this list look like a select few?

Model: PSR200U | Catalog #: 55039256 GRE® PSR-200U 200-Channel Base Station Analog Scanner
Model: PRO-404 | Catalog #: 20-404 RadioShack® PRO-404 200-Channel Handheld Scanner
Model: BC-72XLT | Catalog #: 55016551 Uniden® Bearcat BC72XLT 100-Channel Handheld Scanner
Model: PSR100 | Catalog #: 55039255 GRE® PSR-100 200-Channel Handheld Analog Scanner
Model: PRO-405 | Catalog #: 20-405 RadioShack® PRO-405 200-Channel Desktop Radio Scanner
Model: PRO-444 | Catalog #: 20-444 RadioShack® PRO-444 Race Scanner
Model: 20-107 | Catalog #: 20-107 RadioShack® PRO-107 Handheld iScan Trunking Scanner
Model: PRO-107 | Catalog #: 20-052 RadioShack® PRO-107 iScan Trunking Scanner (Refurbished)
Model: BC340CRS | Catalog #: 55039718 Uniden® 100-Channel Scanner w/ AM/FM Radio and Alarm Clock
Model: BC-370CRS | Catalog #: 55020872 Uniden® BC370CRS 300-Channel All Hazards AM/FM Scanner
Model: PRO-164 | Catalog #: 20-164 RadioShack® PRO-164 1000-Channel Handheld Scanner
Model: Pro-63 | Catalog #: 20-163 RadioShack® PRO-163 1000-Channel Triple Trunking Scanner
Model: BC355C | Catalog #: 55039717 Uniden® 300-Channel 800MHz Base/Mobile Scanner
Model: BC-95XLTB | Catalog #: 55039719 Uniden® 200-Channel NASCAR™ Handheld Scanner
Model: BC346XT | Catalog #: 55039749 Uniden® BC346XT Portable Compact Handheld Scanner
Model: BCT15XT | Catalog #: 55039747 Uniden® BCT15XT Mobile/Base Trucking Scanner w/ GPS Support
Model: PRO-197 | Catalog #: 20-197 RadioShack® PRO-197 39,000-Channel Digital Desktop Scanner
Model: PRO-106 | Catalog #: 20-106 RadioShack® PRO-106 39,000-Channel Digital Handheld Scanner
Model: PSR600 | Catalog #: 55039260 GRE® PSR600 Digital APCO-25 Triple-Trunking Base/Mobile
Model: PSR500 | Catalog #: 55039259 GRE® PSR500 Handheld Digital APCO-25 Triple-Trunking Scanner
Model: PRO-18 | Catalog #: 20-018 RadioShack® PRO-18 Handheld iScan Digital Trunking Scanner
Model: BCD996XT | Catalog #: 55039746 Uniden® 25,000-Channel Digital Mobile Scanner w/ GPS Support
Model: BCD396XT | Catalog #: 55039750 Uniden® BCD396XT Compact APCO 25 Handheld Scanner
 
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