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Realistic PRO-2042

The PRO-2042 has now been discontinued in both the USA and Europe and is now no longer available :-(

The PRO-2042 from Realistic (Manufactured by GRE in Japan) replaced the PRO-2035. The new model is essentially the same radio but with improved internal firmware over the previous model.

Frequency Coverage is continuous from 25MHz to 520MHz and 760MHz to 1300MHz, 1000 memory channels store frequency and mode. AM, Narrow FM and Wide FM are available on any frequency. Various increment steps can also be selected by the user.

In terms of operation the PRO-2042 follows all previous GRE produced scanners, owners of sets such as the PRO-2004/5/6/2035 will soon be at home with the '2042. Programming is almost identical to earlier models with the radio defaulting to certain modes and increment steps after entering a frequency however the defaults can be overridden by the press of either the Mode or Step button. Any number of banks can be scanned and channels locked out as the user wishes.

The 10 search banks allow the user to enter a lower and upper frequency to search between, the mode and increment step can also be selected by the user. Two new search facilities allow more than one search bank to be selected at any one time whilst "Auto Store" will automatically store any active frequencies found when searching between two frequencies into one of the memory banks. This feature was one of the shortfalls in the PRO-2035 as it did not detect if it has already stored a frequency into the memory bank, the possible result is that you could end up with a bank of 100 channels filled with the same frequency, thankfully on the PRO-2042 this is not the case. The improved firmware will check to see if the frequency has already been detected.

The large tuning dial allows memory channels to be quickly selected by rotating the dial "up" or "down", it is also possible to tune up or down from a displayed frequency.

The PRO-2042 also allows for a certain amount of "memory management" to take place. You can move frequencies that may be spread throughout a bank to run consecutively from the start, you can move memory bank contents into the monitor bank and should you wish to delete a bank of frequencies it is not necessary to do a complete CPU reset as before as all frequencies in an individual banks can be cleared with the press of a few buttons. Locked Out frequencies that you may no longer require in a memory bank can also be deleted very quickly.

As with many Realistic scanners the provision for instantly scanning the NOAA weather frequencies is provided - a facility that can be best described as useful as a chocolate fireguard for the majority of users in the United Kingdom !

The Pro-2042 is fitted with an internal AC transformer (240 volts AC) or can be run externally via 12 volts DC.

Main Features/Specifications.

(These are for the PRO-2035. Similar specification is expected on the PRO-2042)
  • Frequency Coverage: 25-520MHz and 760-1300MHz
  • Modes: AM, NFM, WFM
  • Increment steps: 5KHz, 12.5KHz, 50KHz
  • Memory Channels: 1100 (10 Banks of 100 plus 100 temporary monitor channels)
  • Search Banks: 10

  • Sensitivity (from the manual)
    AM (20dB S/N with 60% modulation): 25-1000MHz 2uV, 1000-1300MHz 5uV
    NFM (20dB at 3KHz deviation): 25-1000MHz 0.5uV, 1000-1300MHz 3uV
    WFM (30dB S/N at 22.5KHz deviation): 25-1000MHz 3uV, 1000-1300MHz 10uV

  • Selectivity (from the manual)
    AM: +/- 6KHz = -6dB, +/- 12KHz = -50dB
    NFM: +/- 10KHz = -6dB, +/- 20KHz = -50dB
    WFM: +/- 150KHz = -6dB, +/- 300KHz = -50dB

  • Intermediate Frequencies: 1st IF = 609-005-613.5MHz, 2nd IF = 48.50MHz

  • Scanning Speed: Upto 50 Channels per second
    Search Speed: Upto 50 increments per second

  • Audio Output: 1.3 watts

  • Size: 90mm (h) x 232mm (w) x 210mm (d)
    Weight: 2 Kg

Supplied Accessories

  • Telescopic Antenna

Prices & Availability

    The PRO-2042 was discontinued in the USA some time ago and more recently in the UK when the Tandy chain were taken over by the cellular retailer, The Carphone Wharehouse.

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