Re: Pro 96 question

Keith McCready


I managed a Radio Shack in the early nineties, so this info may be out of date.  RS did have their own repair facilities in various locations around the country.  

If you don't have a local RS any longer to take it in, try calling their customer service:

RadioShack Customer Care
900 Terminal Rd #244
Fort Worth, TX 76106 USA

If the scanner doesn't need parts, they may yet have techs that can tune up the scanner.  A caveat, however...  Typically, the techs were not capable of these types of repairs.  We had a term for the techs back then:  Board Swappin' Idiots.  It was faster, cheaper, and required less technical savvy to simply swap the boards and ship back the products.  Honestly, I presume that Uniden does exactly the same.  As Bill said above, if the boards are no longer available, doubtful the support centers can do much of anything.  

The schematics are likely available online and a good TV repair shop should be able to tune up the radio/resolder the antenna connector for you...   if you can find one.


On Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 1:50 PM Bill Seward <w4ext@...> wrote:

Eddie, out of curiosity I did a bit of Internet searching. I’m assuming that by “PRO-96”, you mean the old Radio Shack PRO-96. Nice scanner in its day.


As with anything with chips in it, parts are in short supply and that’s aggravated by the age of the unit. Still, there is an option available for repair. G&G Communications in LeRoy, NY will work on a digital scanner for $60 + parts + shipping.


The question is, will it be worth it? An eBay search shows a bunch of hand-held trunking scanners available in or below the repair cost. Caveats about buying electronics on eBay apply. A seller with a lot of sales and a 99.something% plus rating is usually safe enough. There is also the option of buying one at a ham fest or a local flea market. You are hands-on there and the prices are usually pretty low.


Good luck, no matter which direction you choose.





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