Radioshack 20-163 help

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DickH

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hello, I had my scanner for a few months now and cant seem to figure it out. What would i enter into my scanner on with these trunking codes?

Green Bay / Brown County Trunking System, Green Bay, Wisconsin - Scanner Frequencies

Thanks for the help...
TRUNKING PROGRAMMING - PRO-163

To program a Bank for TRUNKING:
1. Press PROG, then press TRUNK.
2. Press FUNC, then use an UP or DOWN ARROW to select a bank.
3. Repeatedly press MODE to select a trunking mode (Motorola).
4. Press PROG.
5. Enter the first control channel frequency, 857.2125 and press ENTER.
6. Press PROG or the UP ARROW to advance to the next channel.
7. Enter the next control channel frequency, 858.2125 and press ENTER.
6. Press PROG or the UP ARROW to advance to the next channel.
7. Enter the next control channel frequency, 859.2125 and press ENTER.
8. Press SCAN.
Now you should start to see all active Talk Group IDs (TGs).

There are two trunking modes, OPEN and CLOSED:
OPEN lets you hear ALL active TGs
CLOSED lets you hear ONLY the TGs you have put into the SUB-BANKS.
While scanning, “–” appears for CLOSED mode and “+” appears for
OPEN mode under the channel storage bank’s number. When the
scanner stops on a channel, ”OPEN” or “CLOSED” appears.
To set OPEN or CLOSED mode for a bank:
1. Press MAN.
2. Use the UP or DOWN ARROW to select a bank.
3. Press FUNC then •/DELAY. “Bank OPEN” or “Bank CLOSED” appears

PROGRAMMING the Sub-Banks (Saving Talk Group IDs)
Each of the 10 banks contains 5 sub-banks that each hold 30 Talk Group IDs.
To define a Talk Group ID:
1. Press PROG, then press TRUNK to enter the ID program mode.
2. Press FUNC, then use UP or DOWN ARROW to select a bank.
3. Repeatedly press MODE to select a trunking mode (Motorola,
EDACS, or LTR).
4. Repeatedly press TRUNK to select the sub-bank.
5. Press UP or DOWN ARROW to select the location where to store the Talk
Group ID.
6. Use the number keys to enter the Talk Group ID:
7. Press ENT.

Turning Sub-Banks ON or OFF
To turn off a sub-bank:
1. Press TRUNK repeatedly to select the desired sub-bank.
2. Press FUNC then 1 to turn the sub-bank on or off.
To turn off a sub-bank while scanning:
1. When the scanner stops on a transmission, press FUNC.
2. Press TRUNK. The display indicates which sub-bank is turned
on or off. The active sub-bank number appears.
3. Press FUNC and the number of the sub-bank you desire to
turn on or off. For example to turn sub-bank 4 on or off, press
FUNC. Then press 4.
Note: This function activates when the receiving channel
bank is in CLOSED mode.

Text Tags
While scanning, if the scanner stops on a channel with a saved text
tag, the text appears on the display. Otherwise, the Talk Group ID
appears on the display.
You can define text tags to identify channels, Talk Group IDs, banks
or FIPS Codes.
To define a Text Tag:
1. To define a text tag for a channel:
• Press MAN.
• Enter the bank and channel number.
• Press PROG. M changes to P.
• Go to step 5.
2. To define a text tag for a Talk Group ID:
• Press PROG.
• Press TRUNK.
• Press FUNC then UP or DOWN ARROW to select the desired bank.
• Press TRUNK to select the desired sub-bank.
• Press or hold down UP or DOWN ARROW to select the desired group ID.
• Go to step 5.
3. To define a text tag for a bank:
• Press PROG.
• Press FUNC then press bank number. “Bank X (0 through 9)
selected” appears.
• Go to step 5.
4. To define a text tag for a FIPS code, first access the FIPS code
definition. See ”SAME Standby Mode” on Page 31.
5. Press TEXT.
6. Enter the text using the text keys (up to 16 characters).
When you press a key, the associated letters appear on the
screen. Press the corresponding number. For example, when
you press ABC, A, B, and C appear on the display. To select A,
press 1. To select B, press 2. To select C, press 3.
To enter a number, press 1, then press the number key.
To enter lowercase character or second-set character for the 0
key, press the text key and then press FUNC.
7. If you make a mistake, press UP or DOWN ARROW to move to the character
you want to change.
8. Press ENT to save the text.
To display the Talk Group ID:
1. If the scanner displays the text tag for a transmission, press
TEXT. The ID code appears.
2. Press TEXT again to cancel.

Deleting Talk Group IDs
You can delete an individual Talk Group ID or all Talk Group IDs in a
bank.
To delete a Talk Group ID:
1. Press PROG then TRUNK.
2. Press FUNC, UP or DOWN ARROW to select ID memory.
3. Press FUNC then CLEAR.
To delete ALL talk group IDs in a bank:
1. Press PROG.
2. Press TRUNK to enter a Talk Group ID memory mode.
3. Select a Talk Group ID bank using FUNC, UP or DOWN ARROW.
4. Press FUNC then 6. “Clear entire list? Press 1 to
clear all, any other key aborts” appears.
5. To clear the Talk Group IDs, Press 1. To cancel the deletion,
press any key except 1.

Searching for Talk Group IDs
If you tune the scanner to an active Motorola control channel, the
Motorola System ID and the approximate control channel message
decode success rate appears. This helps you identify the system
and the reception quality. When the scanner decodes control
channel data from a Motorola system, COTRL appears on the
display.
To search for Talk Group IDs:
1. Set the bank to OPEN mode.
2. Press SCAN. The scanner scans through all unlocked channels
in the active banks.
3. When the scanner stops on a transmission, press TRUNK. The
scanner displays the ID location:
Sub-bank. ID Location
0-4 00-29
Example: 2-01
Note: If the ID has already been saved, “ID was saved”
appears. If you try to store more than 150 talk group IDs in
a bank, “Memory Full!” appears.
 

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I strongly suggest downloading a program (Arc-300, e.g.) and programming it wi a PC (you need a RS cable $26). I've given up manually programming today's scanners.
 

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Thanks DickH for your post! I bought my first trunking scanner today (RS PRO-163) and by following your detailed instructions and using RadioReference.com, I was able to set up my first trunking system for Joliet Illinois. Thanks again!
 

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Thanks DickH for your post! I bought my first trunking scanner today (RS PRO-163) and by following your detailed instructions and using RadioReference.com, I was able to set up my first trunking system for Joliet Illinois. Thanks again!
I appreciate the feedback. So often, replies are never even acknowledged.
 

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I am having trouble programming a frequency that I can receive online to my scanner thru radiorefrences.com. that I am a member of.
 
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