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I have a PRO-97 and have tried to rip some frequencies from near by places using the signal stalker function. However, it seems like it has to be a very strong signal in order for my scanner to pick it up. At one point I had to have a friend stand next to me and que his mic for me to get it and even that took a second. I'm still using the rubber duck and I think that might be part of my problem, but has anyone else had problems like that or can offer any suggestions? Thanks

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dune614 said:
I have a PRO-97 and have tried to rip some frequencies from near by places using the signal stalker function. However, it seems like it has to be a very strong signal in order for my scanner to pick it up. At one point I had to have a friend stand next to me and que his mic for me to get it and even that took a second. I'm still using the rubber duck and I think that might be part of my problem, but has anyone else had problems like that or can offer any suggestions? Thanks

Rob
I don't think it's a problem, it's more of a design. It's a poor man's version of a frequency counter. It's my understanding that it simply sweeps certain freq bands and catches strong signals. You could pretty much do the same using a Service Search and applying attenuation and squelch, it's just slower than Sig Stalker. By no means is it as accurate as an Opto Electronics Scout.
 

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I like the Signal Stalker on the PRO-83 much better, since it can run in the background of scan.
 

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From all my expermentation Signal Stalker 1 (unidens close call) works much better than the signal stalker 2. It picks up the signals much faster (even when run in the background). You can make the signal stalker 2 search faster by narowing the search bands to those that interest you most. I usually search bands 2 -6
 

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dune614 said:
However, it seems like it has to be a very strong signal in order for my scanner to pick it up.
Attentuation isn't on is it? I don't have any issues like you do. With attentuation off I get close to near standard search sensitivity.

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Yeah make sure the squelch is down to normal and the global attenuation is off. There should be an easier way then to save recently found signal stalker freqs into a bank with this scanner.
 

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I find my Pro-97 Signal Stalker is not responsive at all ? but maybe im suing it wrong as I'm new to this and I'm pretty sure my antenna is crap. So I'm getting a new antenna to see if it makes a diff....I was only ever able to have signal stalker pick signal out once......

So i dunno maybe im missing someting or SSII suck lol...
 

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Signal Stalker and Close Call are basically near field receivers. They will receive nearby signals only, and by nearby I mean a few feet to maybe several hundred feet. This is the way they're supposed to work. They are not intended as a substitute for programming your scanner with the correct frequencies, or a substitute for the scanner's regular search mode.
 

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The secret is the antenna. Using a 2055 (big brother to 97) I get MILES of SS range using a Maxrad MDB1545 dual band VHF/UHF [banks 2&5] mobile on NMO hardware. It has blown me away several times with range I never expected. You can see this antenna at www.bncantenna.com So with that in mind maybe a telescopic would help your 97. Good Luck
 

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LarrySC said:
The secret is the antenna. Using a 2055 (big brother to 97) I get MILES of SS range using a Maxrad MDB1545 dual band VHF/UHF [banks 2&5] mobile on NMO hardware. It has blown me away several times with range I never expected. You can see this antenna at www.bncantenna.com So with that in mind maybe a telescopic would help your 97. Good Luck
Larry, you're correct. I've received some base stations a couple of miles away using Signal Stalker on the PRO-97 and an external mobile scanner antenna. I have found that Signal Stalker has a slower response time, but greater range than Close Call, but this is how they were designed. And like I said, they aren't meant as a substitute for programming frequencies into the scanner and scanning them.
 
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