Channel Storage Banks
The radios have 10 banks of 100 channels. Channel numbering starts with 000 and goes to 099 in the first bank. Banks number 0-9. You can also program your trunking frequencies and conventional frequencies into the same bank as well to utilize channel space better.
Use each channel-storage bank to group frequencies, such as those for police, fire, ambulance, aircraft, and/or trunking systems. For example, your police department might use 20 frequencies while the fire department uses 15 and a trunked EMS systems uses 5 trunked frequencies. You could program the EMS frequencies starting with channel 000, (the first channel in bank 0), the police frequencies starting with channel 005, and the fire department frequencies starting with channel 025. EDACS systems have to start at channels 001, 101, 201, etc. and follow a LCN order but you can still use 000, 100, 200, etc. for a conventional frequency.
For each trunking bank, you can put in one EDACS system (with conventional frequencies), or one Motorola system and/or an LTR system (with conventional frequencies). However, if you store a Motorola system and an LTR system in one bank, the bank mode has to be set to MO (Motorola). If it is set to LT (LTR), the Motorola control channel will break the squelch and hang the scanner on that channel.
(1) if you scan this bank in open mode, you will hear all Motorola IDs and LTR transmissions (IDs will be incorrect because the bank is set to receive Motorola IDs).
(2) If you scan this mixed bank in closed mode with Motorola IDs programmed, you will hear just the programmed Motorola IDs.
(3) You will hear the data bursts from the LTR system about every 5 seconds so you should set the delay for these channels accordingly.
Tip: Theoretically, you could also program more than one (of the same type i.e. Motorola) trunking system into a bank as long as you could only monitor one at a time, in different locations, far enough apart, so the system you are monitoring wouldn't interfere with the other system (which would confuse the radio). But remember, the scanner can be set to decode only one type of ID (MO, ED, or LTR) per bank.
The scanners also have 7 service bands pre-programmed with frequencies and 1 limit search to allow you to create your own search band. Search bands SR3 (Police/Fire), and SR5 (Ham) are divided into groups or sub-bands of frequencies that can be turned on or off within the bands.
The PSR-300/PRO-163 will scan both conventional and trunked in the same bank.
You do need to make sure that the trunked frequencies and the bank type are set for the corrent type, and also ensure that the conventional frequencies are in FM, CT, or DC mode. If they are not in one of these modes, the scanner will think they are part of the trunked system and you will never hear them.