February 2009 Newsletter
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News outlets warned us late last year that
the consumer safety groups around the country were
planning on introducing bills in all fifty states that outlaw the use of mobile telecommunications devices
by the driver of a vehicle. Here in the last twenty days or so Virginia has had at least four bills be introduced,
one senate bill has been killed and three remain in subcommittee. Heres a link to one sample letter I prepared Letter
and disseminated across the blogosphere and to our wonderful state goverment leaders and house and senate reps.
And heres a couple of the bills that still
need our attention.
The Radio PhoneBook has been updated with large quantities of unit numbers and station names and identifiers. Now instead of wondering you can find out what station C or unit 1-0 means.This is especially handy if youre trying to figure out where that house fire or car wreck is 10 minutes before you leave for work. See radiophonebook2009.xls
|The Stack on the Virginia City
Power Plant is done, and so is the radio tower and new
cellular tower on the
hill just north-west of the plant. The cell tower appears to be Alltel or a local affiliate. It also appears they building a "tower" type communications tower .4 mile from Hwy 58 on Memorial Drive in Castlewood.
The construction on the plant is just really getting started,
I would except at least 1 or 2 new repeaters for the area.
If you know any further information about these areas please send me an email.
Dominion has license for the following frequencies:
Johnson City, TN going digital... From: Johnson City Press "The newly approved multimillion dollar digital communications network for Johnson Citys emergency services should be implemented by November 2009. According to Director of Motor Transport Tim Henley, the city will erect a new communications tower on Buffalo Ridge in Gray after Motorola builds the structure at a facility in Illinois later in 2009. Once the tower is complete, the city will send people to inspect it and ensure it is running properly before bringing" .Read More here and here
With the recent snow and bad weather,
electrical utility crews have been busy. Here are a couple local
With spring theres severe weather, these guys and gals are going to have their work cut out for them .
Program the "Frequency" in the
first column, If you're close to the user you can hear them on
"Repeater Input" frequency. The tone info is used for more advanced scanners.
|153.470||158.265||162.2||Blue Ridge Power Ashe County NC|
|153.410||100.0||Elizabethton Power Co|
|451.100||456.100||173.8||Bristol TN Power Utilites|
|153.650||158.175||103.5||Greenville Power -Greene County|
|159.585||153.710||d047||French Broad Electric -Mars Hill NC|
|153.530||158.160||131.8||Johnson City Power Board|
|153.635||158.235||127.3||Johnson City Power Board|
|153.470||158.220||141.3||Morristown Power -Hamblen County|
|451.900||456.900||ODP - Kentucky Utilities (Power)|
|452.225||457.225||ODP - Kentucky Utilities St Paul, VA|
|159.840||161.415||141.3||Powell Valley Power|
|158.190||161.415||141.3||Powell Valley Power -Hancock County|
|AEP works best with a
trunk tracking capable scanner,
otherwise you'll need to lock out the control channels and
hit scan after each transmission.
|855.6375||AEP Trunked Bays Mtn Site lcn 1|
|856.8375||AEP Trunked Bays Mtn Site lcn 2|
|857.8375||AEP Trunked Bays Mtn Site lcn 3|
|858.8375||AEP Trunked Bays Mtn Site lcn 4|
|860.8625||AEP Trunked Bays Mtn Site lcn 5|
|855.6875||AEP Trunked Big A Site lcn 1|
|856.7875||AEP Trunked Big A Site lcn 2|
|859.7875||AEP Trunked Big A Site lcn 3|
|860.7875||AEP Trunked Big A Site lcn 4|
|856.9125||AEP Trunked Brumley Site lcn 1|
|858.9125||AEP Trunked Brumley Site lcn 2|
|859.9125||AEP Trunked Brumley Site lcn 3|
|854.9125||AEP Trunked Brumley Site lcn 4|
|855.1625||AEP Trunked High Knob Site lcn 1|
|855.6625||AEP Trunked High Knob Site lcn 2|
|858.8625||AEP Trunked High Knob Site lcn 3|
|860.3875||AEP Trunked High Knob Site lcn 4|
|855.1375||AEP Trunked Whitetop Mtn Site lcn 1|
|856.3875||AEP Trunked Whitetop Mtn Site lcn 2|
|857.3875||AEP Trunked Whitetop Mtn Site lcn 3|
Amateur Radio operators have responded to the ice storm disaster in Kentucky.
When the cell phones and other repeaters go down county governments call in the hams.
Theres useful information during severe weather as well.
Here is a few of our local frequencies that you may want to tune in.
146.460 Statewide ARES/RACES Simplex
146.520 Nationwide Simplex Calling
NE TN Skywarn (weather spotters) http://www.wx4tn.org
|146.700||146.100||77.0 PL||Primary Repeater|
|146.925||146.325||103.5 PL||Secondary Repeater|
|146.790||146.190||88.5 PL||Tertiary Repeater|
|145.290||144.690||103.5 PL||Fourth Repeater|
|146.700||Simplex (if all repeaters unavailable)|
|442.200||447.200||NWS Liaison (not for spotter reports)|
The Virginia multi-agency "STARS" project currently projects the following status
Richmond - Online since December 2005
Tidewater - Online since May 2008
Culpeper - April 2009
Northern Virginia - November 2009
Salem - April 2010
Appomattox - May 2010
Wytheville - May 2010
With Stars and Johnson City switching to digital it may be time to upgrade your scanner,
Your current scanner only picks up analog, much like the digital tv conversion your old scanner will not pickup the new systems.
Heres a couple scanners that are P25 Digitial ready http://www.scannerfood.com/scanners.htm
|462.9500||467.9500||203.5||Medflight II Flight Control|
|67.0||Wellmont 1 Aeromedical|
|82.5||Wellmont 1 Flight Control|
|Wings Air to Air|
Wings can also be heard on the Tri-Cities Communications
|Well hopefully we dont have to have any more snow
however if old man winter hits us again heres a couple
There's several new ones since the last newsletter.
|47.2800||77.0||VDOT - Mobile (Abingdon Area) - CH 3|
|47.3000||VDOT - Oakwood FB2 Buchanan Co|
|47.3400||77.0||VDOT (Abingdon Residence) - CH 2|
|47.2200||45.7200||110.9||VDOT (Bristol Area) - CH 27|
|47.2400||77.0||VDOT (Lee County Area) - CH 6|
|47.3000||77.0||VDOT (Russell County Area) - CH 4|
|47.2000||45.5400||110.9||VDOT (Tazewell Residence) - CH 34|
|47.0800||45.3800||110.9||VDOT (Wise County) - CH 32|
|45.7600||77.0||VDOT -Mobile CH 25|
|45.0000||77.0||VDOT Mobile - CH 49|
|159.6300||TME/ VMS Interstate Service|
|159.9450||150.9050||74.4||TME/ VMS Interstate Service|
|451.9500||TME/ VMS Interstate Service|
|43.7800||71.9||TME/ VMS Interstate Service|
|159.8100||d114||TDOT FB2 English Mtn|
|159.2700||150.9350||d115||TDOT Carter county|
|159.9750||150.9500||d115||TDOT Hawkins county|
Thats it for now, Happy Scanning!
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