Programming is fairly straight forward and follows the time-honored Radio Shack technique. The desired memory channel is selected through successive presses of the MANUAL key, or the channel number is keyed in followed by a press of MANUAL. Once at the requested channel, the PROGRAM key is pressed to put the radio in program mode, the frequency is keyed in and the action is completed by pressing ENTER.
Once data is programmed, individual memory channel frequencies can be monitored by simply stepping through memory and 'parking' on a channel. This is called manual mode.
In this mode, individual channels can have their lockout and delay settings configured through the use of the LOCK OUT and DELAY keys, respectively. The lockout setting prevents the radio from testing a particular frequency in a channel while the radio is scanning. Channels which have not been programmed should be locked out so that they are not tested, thus making the scan more efficient.
Delay is used to add a two second wait after the end of each transmission to wait for replies on that frequency before it moves on to the next channel in sequence.
A handy feature of the 2037 is the ability to select either AM or FM receive mode. While the radio will select the mode based on the frequency bandplan, it is easy enough to override its selection. This should prove handy for those who monitor military communications in the 138 - 144 and 380 - 400 MHz ranges.