reply to post by hiii_98
Forget the pro-95. They did three revs of that scanner and never really got it right. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, the Pro-95 attempted
to trunk track via subaudible tones and there is some ambiguity in using that scheme. Trust me, avoid it.
I have a Pro-96 and Pro-97. The pro-97 predates the 800 MHZ "refarming" and won't work in some cities. If you just want to scan the base, it is
fine, but it sells for more money used than new most of the time. It's baffling. RS blew them out at $100 with free shipping. The Pro-96 will handle
the refarmed 800MHz, but it does not have "native" military air. the Win96 software from
will restore the mil air, but the performance is not very good. The Pro-96 will do the NTS trunking. Nothing will do Groom trunking. [The only way the
LCN of the system is know is from using software that decodes the control channel via a demod tapped scanner.]
I haven't used the Pro-107, but it has some advantages due to the SD card storage. First, assume Radio Reference is worthless. They don't have 10%
of the mil air frequencies used at the range, so their database won't be of any use. I would suggest getting Win500 from Don Starr and loading the
scanner yourself. The Pro-107 will not decode the NTS.
The NTS has a few talk groups related to secruity and air traffic. I submitted the talk groups to Radio Reference since that is something they can't
screw up easily. "Gumby Control" I believe is the NTS air traffic scheduler, something like Blackjack is for Nellis. Anyway, there is some stuff on
the NTS, but I assure you if you load a scanner full of all the mil air frequencies used at the base, you can not trunk track the NTS very well. These
scanners work only so fast.
The Pro-107 has an interesting step size in the mil air band. Most of the band is 25kHz, which at the moment is the mil air channel spacing. There is
talk of 12.5KHz for years and years. [That lead to the Pro-2035 using 25KHz and the Pro-2042 using 12.5KHZ spacing.] The new fed/military trunk
systems in the 380 to 400MHZ band use 12.5KHz spacing. If you look at the Pro-107, it used 25kHz spacing from 225 to 380, the goes to 12.5KHz spacing
from 380 to 400.
I haven't even seen the Pro-107 in the flesh, so I have no idea how well it works. On paper, all seems well. It also has signal stalker II like the
Pro-97. Signal stalker works well if close to the signal. However, if you are stalking, you can't be scanning. You can see how multiple scaners are
really required for sigint.
I haven't read the manual on the Pro-107, but it seems you are not limited in the number of banks. If you wanted to scan the Nevada Shared System,
you need a lot of EDACS banks. This can be done with the Pro-96 using the virtual folders, but it sounds like the Pro-107 will do this better.
Forget cellular. Nothing from the base will go over analong cellular since these people are well aware of comsec.
I still like the Pro-2042, but it is mobile, not handheld. It is a hell of a lot better "radio" in the sense of receiving hard to get signals. You
could only do better with an Icom R-7100 or Icom R-8500 at substantially more cost. The Pro-2042 is the OLD GRE product, pre-Chinese as they say.
For Tikaboo, you don't need very good reception, so the Pro-96 wil mil air mod might work. What I do for Tikaboo is set up one old scanner (pro-42 I
was given) for the known base frequecies. Then I go signal stalking with the Pro-97. From Tikaboo, you will hear planes at China Lake and en-route to