The PRO-2018 is the desktop counterpart of the PRO-82. While Radio Shack states that the 20-047 cable will work with these radios, in reality it will not. The technical reason is that the PRO-82/2018's were designed to be programmed through the headphone jack directly from the RS232 Serial port at + or - 12V Data levels. GRE erred in that they designed the 20-047 cable output voltages to be reduced to 5.5 TTL levels for all their later scanners that use the PC/IF jack.....  So the PRO-82 simply cannot see the data as the cable's voltage is too low.

We don't sell the cables, that's Radio Shack's area. Even though it is "thier" mess-up, it seems "we" get all the tech support issues even though we don't sell the cable.

The only solution for this is... you must get Radio Shack to order you a 20-048 (Black cable). It will work just fine as we've tested it. Radio Shack is well aware of this (now), as we pointed this out to them a few months back when they first came out with the new USB 20-047 cable. We got lots of calls about this, and finally discovered it was the "cable", not our software at the root of the problem. 

FYI - They still have them in Ft.Worth, and can order them for you through the local store's terminals.... even though they no longer carry them as a stock Item.

Best regards


I've got the red light blinking when I transfer frequencies from the scancat lite software to my Pro 2018 scanner, but the scanner isn't being loaded.
using 3" adapter on the 20-047 cable
 timing at .001
then checked increase load read speed
then checked win xp box
then unchecked xp box
 tried different baud rates
nothing ??

Best regards

Jim Springer
Computer Aided Technologies
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