> : I am interested in any simple (I can clip a diode but am weak with the soldering
> : tools) modifications for the Realistic Pro 32. By the way, what's the story with
> : this model- it doesn't seem that common but had good coverage and features for
> : it's time?
> : If there is a FAQ regarding this subject I would appreciate knowing it's location
> : as I am a newcomer to the newsgroup
> : JMN
> : (e-mail that works)
> I too share your views on the Pro-32 I've dragged mine through hell and
> back. I've been looking for a mod as well now for some time and my post
> is unanswered as well. I would be happy enough just knowing if the mod
> exists. If I come across anything I will surely let you know.
> Does anyone else out there own a Pro-32 ?
> Vince Mackenzie, Firefighter III
> Grand Falls - Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada
> 1994 NFPA Learn Not To Burn Champion
I had a Pro-32. Great radio.
The Pro-32 only scans up to 512 mhz. So the radio doesn't reach the
cellular bands up at 800 mhz. No need for Tandy to include blocking,
so there's no diode to bypass the block. But there is hope.
I gave mine to my dad and included a GRE SuperConverter ($90 from the
usual suppliers, but going fast since their import and manufacture has
been prohibited). It converts the 800 mhz band down to 400 mhz,
within the reach of the Pro-32.
The radio scans in 12.5 mhz steps in this range, but it is still quite
workable for listening. Cell frequencies are spaced 30 mhz apart and
snipping the diode on cell-capable scanners (Pro-37, Pro-43,
Bearcats...) often scan with the correct increment (thanks guys!).
The converter takes its own 9v battery, but I ran wires from the radio
up to the it (same voltage, fortunately) and it powered on when I
turned on the radio. This way I only needed to plug one dingus in the
wall for recharging.