Help Programming a PRO-97*

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Mac2022

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Let me start by saying that I am very, very new to this. And I've been reading all the threads that I can, the wiki's, and trying to learn as much as I can. I keep trying to apply what I'm reading but at the end of the day I'm more lost now then when I began. So anyone could help me out, I'd be unbelievably grateful.

I am in Archuleta County, Colorado. The town is Pagosa Springs. Here are the base frequencies I've found.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?action=siteInfo&siteId=12961 "Wolf Creek".
851.03750 851.40000a 852.20000a 852.41250a 853.06250c

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?action=siteInfo&siteId=12395 "Oak Brush Hill"
851.86250 852.62500 853.61250c 853.85000a

Q: These both cover my area. Is one better than the other? Do I need to use both?

Q: The system type is Project 25 Standard, APCO-25. Is this the Motorola programing mode?

Q: Here are my talkgroup numbers,

Archuleta County Talkgroups

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description Tag
8680 21e8 D ARCHLTA MAC Archuleta County MAC Interop
8683 21eb D PAGOSA SP PD Pagosa Springs Police Department Law Dispatch
8681 21e9 D PAGOSA PRI Pagosa Primary Fire Dispatch
8688 21f0 D ARCHULETA SO Archuleta County SO Law Dispatch

Sooooo, how do I now program this?



***I appreciate your help . I do not have a windows computer so the software won't help. In my whole life I've never been this lost doing something. I have deep admiration for you guys and how naturally this seems to come to you all.

Kindest,

Mac.
 
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You can program it into a Pro-96. They are both digital format (P-25). The 97 is an analog TT only.
Sorry.
Larry
 

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Mac,

Some good news and some bad news.

First the good news is that your county system is conventional (see this link). So your PRO-97 will work nicely for them.

Now for the bad news. The PRO-97 cannot receive digital (APCO25) signals. So though you are on the right track you will not get there with the current equipment.

Digital capable scanners (and keep in mind that digital and encryption are not the same thing) include the PRO96, the Uniden 396 and the GRE PSR-500. They all list for around $500, but if you shop around a bit you can find new ones for around $450 and used (check E-bay) for even less.

So I am not sure if trying to help you with the right system is really going to help because all you would hear would be something that sounds like a motorboat or chain saw. About all you would gain from this is practice setting up a trunked system if you were to buy a PRO96. The 396 and 500 set up their systems differently.

My recommendation is go with the 396 or 500. They are newer, have better features, may be upgraded with firmware upgrades and won't have issues with rebanding that is looming in the near future.
 

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This is really, really helpful. Thank you. I guess I'll start looking for one of the other units, then.

Thank you again!
 
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