- May 6, 2004
... But, the noisy volume controls drives me crazy! I have had various base, mobile, and portable scanners from Radio Shack and not all of them, but almost every one of them has a volume control that sounds like it is horribly dirty, but it's not dirty. It usually starts to become noisy about a month or two from being brand new and it gets a little worse and worse until it is just plain scratchy when you adjust the volume. Contact cleaner and operating the control quiets it down for about a week then it comes right back. I sent my Pro-106 back for service and they replaced the control and that quieted it for about a month, then it started again. I just don't know what could be plaguing these controls that they develop this noise...and have developed this noise for so many years and through so many models? Do the GRE models do this too, or is it just Radio Shack? I have a Realistic base scanner that is 25 years old and it developed the same scratchy volume noise a couple of months after I took it out of the box and it still does it till this day. What gives, this crappy volume control ruins an otherwise perfect radio for me. Last year I asked on this board if anyone else was having the same noisy volume issues and everyone except one person answered that they did.