Hi ! and welcome to Al's Scanner Web Page. I write Web Pages and listen to the scanner as a hobby. I live in the South West part of Fort Worth, Tx. and just got tired of reading in the scanner groups-forums about the PRO-2051 being hard to program, which basically I agree with. I've had mine going on months now and finally got the hang of programming it. It's really not that hard to do. First you have to sit down and read the manual, yes I know that it's written badly. Or you can go to uniden.com and download the BCT8 owners manual. The BCT8 is similar to the PRO-2051 and the manual is much easier to understand.
I am only familiar with programming the Motorola Type II SmartNet System, since that's what my County uses.
If you haven't yet you need to go back to RS store and buy either the #20-289 cable (the cable is lite gray) or the #20-047 USB cable, depending on whether you computer has a serial port or not, to hook your scanner to your computer. You might call ahead of time and find out if your store will install the basic area Frequencies in your radio, they did it for me, although it lacked some talk groups!
When you get back home I suggest getting online and purchase a copy of either ScanCat Lite or a copy of ARC-433 software for Radioshack PRO-433 / PRO-528 / PRO-2051
USING SCANCAT LITE:
First plug your cable into your radio and the computer. Open ScanCat and go to setting up your radio. Select PRO-2051 , set Timing Delay to .0001(works for me), select your operating system , click Accept and you are ready to go( the comm. port and baud rate should be already selected). Now select Program Your Radio, In the screen that comes up go to the top tab load/read radio and select Read Entire PRO-2051 and when its finished you can see everything from your radio. At this time go to FILES - SAVE and save what you just did as a backup file.
Since you have a backup you could go ahead and put in you own Freqs. / talk groups in the bank of your choice. Go to the LINKS page for a list of links to some of the places I received mine. Then download them to your radio.
In ScanCat on the load/read page, on the left side is where you enter your Freqs. - Description - Trunk - Delay - L/O (lock out)- Priority (The rest is auto). The right half is for your Talk Group entries. You must enter a Trunk System Type(ex.:Mot Type II 800) and farther down the - Mot Base Config. #1 - Frequency = ex.: 136.0000 - Step=50 - Offset Chan=380 .
That's it! Download and start trunking.
For you Die-Hard's that want to do it manually - go to PAGE-2