Pro 96 question


Eddie Carroll
 

Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


chuck uphold
 

yes there is a radio shop the workks on them.ill get the adress & post it.i think i got it from joe or someone onhere

On Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:55:45 PM EDT, Eddie Carroll <kd4bas@...> wrote:


Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Jeff Kenyon
 

Hi Eddie, not sure on how much it will cost, but I believe that Uniden will repair some Radio Shack stuff.


On Sep 20, 2021, at 10:55 PM, Eddie Carroll <kd4bas@...> wrote:

Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Randy Michael
 

Last time I knew uniden will repair to Factory condition any uniden radio for $100 no matter what is wrong with it
OR send you a discount coupon for a new radio
Depending on how much work it needs

On radio reference I read uniden is extreamly backed up on repairs because of covid shutting  them down  for so many months 

Randy
KE4CRC
   
 Eddie Carroll :

Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96


David O'Banion
 

The Pro-96 was not made by Uniden; it was made by GRE.    
Neither Radio Shack nor Whistler, the company that bought what was left of GRE some years ago, will service it.   

I have a Pro-95 with the same problems your Pro-96 exhibits.  
If you find someone who can repair it, I want contact information for that person.  

In pactical terms, I believe both of us are TSOL.     

David   
KJ6QKV    



On Monday, September 20, 2021, 07:55:44 PM PDT, Eddie Carroll <kd4bas@...> wrote:


Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Joe M.
 

G&G in New York?

Joe M.

On 9/21/2021 6:25 AM, chuck uphold via groups.io wrote:
yes there is a radio shop the workks on them.ill get the adress & post
it.i think i got it from joe or someone onhere

On Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:55:45 PM EDT, Eddie Carroll
<kd4bas@gmail.com> wrote:


Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to
get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as
well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become
loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my
bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try. Do you think Uniden
would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it
even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of
my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Fred Luft
 

Go on the Internet and look for a used one. That’s what I would do.  


On Sep 20, 2021, at 9:55 PM, Eddie Carroll <kd4bas@...> wrote:

Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Jan Fine
 

Get the Uniden BCD325 scanner. only $325 or so.

On 9/21/2021 6:25 AM, chuck uphold via groups.io wrote:
yes there is a radio shop the workks on them.ill get the adress & post it.i think i got it from joe or someone onhere

On Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:55:45 PM EDT, Eddie Carroll <kd4bas@...> wrote:


Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96, but I need to get it re-aligned as it has drifted off frequency and doesn't receive as well as it did years ago and I also believe the BNC connector has become loose from the board. Years ago I would attempt the repair, but with my bad eyes and shaky nerves I would not even try.  Do you think Uniden would still service this dinosaur, the cost of such repair, or is it even worth it? A new scanner is WAY out of my range and so far most of my area is still monitorable on the 96.


Bill Seward
 

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. https://www.gcomradio.com/repinfo.html

 

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.

 

 


Jeff Kenyon
 

The Pro-96 is Radio Shack, but I did hear a few years ago that Uniden will repair Radio Shack scanners, but don’t know if that is still the case.


On Sep 21, 2021, at 11:49 AM, Randy Michael <ke4crc@...> wrote:


Last time I knew uniden will repair to Factory condition any uniden radio for $100 no matter what is wrong with it
OR send you a discount coupon for a new radio
Depending on how much work it needs

On radio reference I read uniden is extreamly backed up on repairs because of covid shutting  them down  for so many months 

Randy
KE4CRC
   
 Eddie Carroll :
Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96


Joe M.
 

Someone recently posted they got their Whistler scanners repaired there.

Joe M.

On 9/21/2021 11:55 AM, Jeff Kenyon wrote:
The Pro-96 is Radio Shack, but I did hear a few years ago that Uniden
will repair Radio Shack scanners, but don’t know if that is still the case.


On Sep 21, 2021, at 11:49 AM, Randy Michael <ke4crc@gmail.com> wrote:


Last time I knew uniden will repair to Factory condition any uniden
radio for $100 no matter what is wrong with it
OR send you a discount coupon for a new radio
Depending on how much work it needs

On radio reference I read uniden is extreamly backed up on repairs
because of covid shutting them down for so many months

Randy
KE4CRC
Eddie Carroll :

Just a quick question. I have still functioning Pro-96


Keith McCready
 

Eddie,

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
1-800-THE-SHACK

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.

Keith

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. https://www.gcomradio.com/repinfo.html

 

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.

 

 



--
keith

ALLY

Pronouns:  he/him/his


Gigu chan
 

All…  Lurker here

  The Pro-96 scanner was a pretty good unit in it day..  Best of luck in getting it repaired.    Regarding getting a scanner repaired.  I think Keith is probably right-Uniden I’ll wager does the same thing.

I did have a look at the Radio Repair site at the bottom of the last email.  There were a lot of old Memories in their list of “no longer repaired units”  at the top of the list was the BC780XLT

 

That was a kick in the pants!

 

Gig.

 

Cheers

 

From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith McCready
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 03:54 PM
To: main@uniden.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Uniden] Pro 96 question

 

Eddie,

 

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
1-800-THE-SHACK

 

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.

 

Keith

 

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. https://www.gcomradio.com/repinfo.html

 

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.

 

 


 

--

keith

 

ALLY

Pronouns:  he/him/his


mikkut kut
 

I have 2 Pro-96's still going strong ... and a Pro-94 & Pro-26 (my Pro-34 finally died a while back)....

Look at post #25 on this thread, it describes some internal adjustments you can make to improve reception:
https://forums.radioreference.com/threads/modifying-a-rs-pro96.178696/page-2

And look here for info on repairing the antenna connector.
https://forums.radioreference.com/threads/pro-96-loose-bnc-connector.177979/

Good Luck!


don robinson
 

You're asking for alignment, but I'm guessing that the antenna connection to the circuit board has broken. Give it a look before you spend $100 to have it resoldered back to the antenna socket. I had the same problem with several different scanners, from a PRO23 to a 396xt. Good luck.





On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 02:57:10 PM PDT, Gigu chan <rudebwai@...> wrote:


All…  Lurker here

  The Pro-96 scanner was a pretty good unit in it day..  Best of luck in getting it repaired.    Regarding getting a scanner repaired.  I think Keith is probably right-Uniden I’ll wager does the same thing.

I did have a look at the Radio Repair site at the bottom of the last email.  There were a lot of old Memories in their list of “no longer repaired units”  at the top of the list was the BC780XLT

 

That was a kick in the pants!

 

Gig.

 

Cheers

 

From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith McCready
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 03:54 PM
To: main@uniden.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Uniden] Pro 96 question

 

Eddie,

 

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
1-800-THE-SHACK

 

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.

 

Keith

 

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. https://www.gcomradio.com/repinfo.html

 

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.

 

 


 

--

keith

 

ALLY

Pronouns:  he/him/his


chuck uphold
 

G&G COMMUNICATION IN NEW YORK DOES REPAIR ON SOME MODELS IF THEY CAN GET PARTS.I HAVE TWO PRO 96s IN GOING TO SEND IN,

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 08:57:44 PM EDT, don robinson via groups.io <don_551@...> wrote:


You're asking for alignment, but I'm guessing that the antenna connection to the circuit board has broken. Give it a look before you spend $100 to have it resoldered back to the antenna socket. I had the same problem with several different scanners, from a PRO23 to a 396xt. Good luck.





On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 02:57:10 PM PDT, Gigu chan <rudebwai@...> wrote:


All…  Lurker here

  The Pro-96 scanner was a pretty good unit in it day..  Best of luck in getting it repaired.    Regarding getting a scanner repaired.  I think Keith is probably right-Uniden I’ll wager does the same thing.

I did have a look at the Radio Repair site at the bottom of the last email.  There were a lot of old Memories in their list of “no longer repaired units”  at the top of the list was the BC780XLT

 

That was a kick in the pants!

 

Gig.

 

Cheers

 

From: main@Uniden.groups.io <main@Uniden.groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith McCready
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 03:54 PM
To: main@uniden.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Uniden] Pro 96 question

 

Eddie,

 

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
1-800-THE-SHACK

 

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.

 

Keith

 

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. https://www.gcomradio.com/repinfo.html

 

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.

 

 


 

--

keith

 

ALLY

Pronouns:  he/him/his