HELP - Pro-97 Trunking and Motorolla programming

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Aug 14, 2009
I have a Radio Shack Pro-97 scanner but dont have the programming cable or the Pro-97 software at this time. I'm trying to program it to carry the frequencies for the Friendswood VFD along with the FVD's of surrounding areas.

I cleared the device to factory default and have gotten all of the frequencies that I have listed
FVFD Primary 159.225
Mutual Aid 1 154.280
HAHERN 155.340
Com Center 154.235
Southeast VFD 154.445
Galveston County 154.730
League City VFD 154.175
PHI 159.900
Seabrook VFD 154.385
Kemah VFD 158.895
CLEMC 155.400
Mutual Aid 2 154.265
Mutual Aid 3 154.295
Life Flight 128.850

These are all in Bank 0 slots 0-14.

These do scan however i only hear one side of a broadcast. I took my scanner to Radio Shack and the guy told me i needed to go in and program the trunking frequencies Motorola 2 or MOT.
He told me to come here to radio refrence and get the frequencies i needed. Which are

866.41250 FrdswdFDTac1 Type M Tone 734 DPL
866.16250 FrdswdFDTac1 Type M Tone 734 DPL
and it says Fire/EMS StarNet TG-20016 - Fire Dispach

He said i needed to enter talk groups and i needed to get the code for the Alvin Tower also known as the Dickenson tower to program in.

Ok at this point i thought i had it but come to find out i'm totally lost..

Can anybody tell me exactly how to do this on a RS Pro-97? I need the dumb'd down version. I'm again in Friendswood Tx and need the Fire Dispatch and Police frequencies programmed into Trunk.

Thank you again!


Premium Subscriber
Sep 15, 2006
Fair Oaks, CA
PRO-97 programming

The manual that comes with the PRO-97 is one of the worst ever written, not just for scanners. There is an easier to read manual here: Easier to Read Pro-97/2055 Scanner Manual

You can also check the Wiki section here at RR: Pro-97 - The RadioReference Wiki

Programming trunking can be done manually, but it takes a LOT of keystrokes. It is well worth getting the programming cable and software. I figured mine out "on paper" so I'd know exactly what I wanted programmed where, and it took a week of 8 hours per day to get it in there.

Good luck.
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