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Reviewed By: Mark Rafferty
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Runner Up: Best Handheld Radio Scanner

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When it comes to radio scanners you’ll want something fully functional and easy to use. There’s no doubting that Radioshack are a leader in providing devices with these features. The Pro-106 is a favorite among Radioshack fans and for good reason. Though with this model users do report it not being of great value to professional use so be wary of this.

Firstly it is fully functional and has many features to make use of, and could even be considered overkill depending on what you’re looking for. The features are what you’d want for a high end scanner and for a handheld device to have these features you’re onto something good.

It is able to track a vast array of frequencies including the APCO 25 digital trunking systems, Motorola type I/II systems LTR and the EDACS trunking systems. helping you to cover a vast array of possible channels. A downfall on the channels and frequencies is that the frequency range 796.9975 to 805.9975 MHz is blocked. Another downfall is the durability of the device which users have complained isn’t so great.

It comes with a belt clip for clipping it onto yourself for easy transport. It is rechargeable and comes with rechargable battery and charger which are both able to be purchased as replacements if anything goes wrong.

Overall the Radioshack Pro-106 is a good buy and has the features required for just less than professional use but if you are a novice it’s a perfect high end handheld scanner. You can’t go too far wrong with this option if you want plenty of features and usability.

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  • Easy to use features and menu on device
  • Programming software compatible
  • Handles vast array of trunking systems
  • Great audio
  • Steep learning curve
  • Durability not highly rated among users
  • Difficult to program
  • Quick battery drainage




  • 22 Scan Lists – 20 lists to program, use, and select like traditional banks allowing you to arrange, group and scan objects according to your preference with an additional ‘Favorites’ list to create a scan list tailored to your favorite objects and a ‘Skywarn’ list
  • Multi-Site Trunking – allows you to scan systems covering a very large geographic area that use multiple antenna sites and operate on different frequencies but use the same Talk Group IDs
  • Multi-Site option to look for the site with the best received CC decode rate. (Not the same as RSSI on the Motorola rigs, but similar in operation)
  • 21 Virtual Scanner Memories; one copy of working memory can hold up to 1800 objects, meaning any combination of talkgroups, conventional channels, and trunking systems. Each V-Scanner folder holds one copy of working memory. So, 21 * 1800 = about 37,800 objects altogether can be stored in the V-Scanner storage system
  • 700MHz and 380MHz Trunk Scanning
  • Object programmable LED; eight factory default colors to any color / brilliance you want by having direct access to the R-G-B drive values (including flash) to assign to talkgroups, frequencies, agencies, etc.
  • LATCH option; the color of the last received object stays on until reset
  • Audible Alarms – programmable audible alerts can be configured to sound when certain scannable objects are active
  • Hit Counters – keep track of how many transmissions are received for each object type
  • Signal Stalker II Near field frequency capture
  • LTR Home Repeater AutoMove – enter the LTR system frequencies in any order, and the scanner will automatically move the frequencies to the proper home repeater slots as transmissions are received on the system
  • Object Duplication- useful when entering multiple ID objects that are in the same trunked radio system, or multiple conventional objects that have similar parameters or tag names
  • FlexStep – allows you to enter a frequency in any 1.25 kHz step
  • TCXO for frequency stability
  • Adaptive digital tracking (ADT)
  • Digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Triple conversion
  • Digital AGC
  • CTCSS/DCS abilities
  • Network Access Code can be programmed to only break squelch when receiving the correct NAC in a conventional P25 system
  • Pre-programmed systems for most major metropolitan areas
  • 7 Service Search Bands – Marine, CB, FRS/GMRS/MURS, Police/Fire, Air, Ham, and Railroad and a limit search
  • Zeromatic search tuning
  • Built in discriminator data output in simple ASCII output using the PC/IF port
  • Full duplex support and USB connection using the GRE 30-3290 (RS #20-546) USB Scanner Data Manager Cable. (Not included)
  • Scan rate 55 CPS
  • Search speed 90 CPS
  • Direct Tune mode
  • Default Option keys; return to default setting for any menu
  • 16-character alpha-tagging with text entry can show ID code or service name
  • Temporary/Permanent Lockouts – lets you temporary or permanently lockout any programmed object
  • Scan/Search/Trunking Delay – variable delay (0 to 25 seconds) before searching for another object so you can hear more replies that are made on the same object
  • UNSQUELCH Delay; Delay settings before the radio unmutes audio to speaker
  • Motorola Control Channel Only trunking
  • Private Calls and RadioID alpha display
  • Easy-to-read back lit control and display with back lit keypad
  • Object ‘Find’ – lets you search by lockout status or by text
  • Weather band with enhanced SAME Weather Alert functions and weather priority—access weather channels and alerts with the push of a button
  • Priority Scan – the scanner will sample conventional objects for activity periodically while scanning and monitoring other objects. The scanner will also give IDs priority over other IDs while checking a particular trunking system for activity
  • 20 dB attenuator – lets you program your scanner (per object or globally) to reduce the scanner’s sensitivity to strong local signals or noise caused by these signals to reduce interference
  • Create a password to use scanner
  • Computer interface and Programming (with computer control)
  • 3 function keys; softkeys, that when pressed, execute the function that is shown just above the key in the display
  • 5 way navigation keys to access special modes and programming options
  • 4 line x 16 character display with relative signal strength meter
  • Display of the Radio ID of the transmitting user
  • Data Cloning – lets you transfer the programmed data from one scanner to another. You can also download the programmed data from a PC to the scanner or upload the programmed data to the scanner (using an optional two-way PC cable) with optional software
  • BNC connector

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