|Well Since the last newsletter, we've
found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
Data Via MeteorComm
Utilities Power Contractor
Truck Plant -Pulaski
EMS (Thomas Walker FD)
Raceway Ch 2
Utilities High Knob Repeater (P25)
Police Mobile/ Link
/ on the Job
Check out the Radio PhoneBook (link at bottom) for more.
|Ask anyone wise and
they'll tell you its probably a great
idea to unplug things during a
thunderstorm, but what do you do when you
need your cable modem during the storm?
One of your twitter followers suggested
the TII-212 CATV surge protector, we
found 3 on EBAY for a reasonable price
and installed them on the Wide Area feed
and the Washington County, VA scanner
feed computer. Per design during a strike
or other surge the product shunts voltage
to ground above 225 Volts. We were very
pleased with the design and durability.
This device can also be used if your
scanner antenna is implemented via an
outdoor TV antenna.
Don't forget, you'll need a short jumper
of coaxial cable, don't ever skimp with
screw on type connectors, call your cable
company or purchase/borrow a compression
tool. The cable company may charge you to
install this type of customer owned
equipment, however it wouldn't hurt to
ask if they can install their own
The illustration shows our setup on the
Wide Area feed, the ground is a common
ground shared by devices bonded in
accordance with the local electrical
code. The cable company installed
splitter has its own ground, however to
meet code requirements in this
configuration they must share the utility
ground. Since all of our grounds are
bonded universally, we included an
additional ground from the arrestor to
our grounding system since the cable
company's ground wire per their cosmetic
requirements, must be bundled with the
cables entering the house. Remember,
lightning will follow the least path of
resistance to ground 99% of the time.
The lower the impedance, the better. You
may not stop damage from a direct strike
but you can mitigate the risk of fire or
other collateral strike damage!
Data Sheet on TII Products here
Proper separation of cables from
grounds is critical
as a lighting strike may jump. Let the
arrestor be the
first thing the cable drop sees or
touches, and dont
place anything between the arrestor and
Wide Area Feed Software
This feed is now using ScannerCast encoding software, Our
old feed computer finally bit the dust.
We decided vs buying just a hard drive; which was the
problem, that it was time for an upgrade.
We went with a Dell Optiplex model that will give us
plenty of room to grow with future plans of remote
of a scanner and possibly multiple feeds from one
computer. We have plans to use the old computer for a
third feed once
we can get its back on its feet, we have a site selected
in Washington County, VA that will provide better
for Russell County, and possibly Buchanan and Dickenson
Counties. We know you guys needs coverage, and our goal
Christmas will be the fall project.
Please use our online form or the feedback at
RadioReference to report any issues with the feeds.
Twitter In the News
Time for some homework,
Google the following story: "Seattle twitter
Be sure to check ourt more
than one story.
Here's our feedback since
this has become a "sided" conversation.
With the current lack of government transparency, ideas
to put police calls on Twitter in our opinion, is a GREAT
This not only can give critical information during
emergencies but can build community awareness in ways
that allow citizens to
interact at different levels depending on their level of
comfort. Whether it be just viewing the information,
relaying that information,
or responding to that information with supplemental
feedback. This all can be done with a relative level of
in many cases will foster community involvement. While
many see it as gossip or fear mongering, its up to you to
check your sources.
News agencies often report varying levels of accuracy
during the first moments of an incident; likewise you
have to decide what's accurate.
Hearing it first hand via what responding officials hear
(as in a scanner feed) is only good if you stick with it
an wait for follow-up
once they are on the scene.
Here's a creative illusion into misinformation.
1. A large plume of black smoke is seen on the horizon
2. Local media reports there has been a large plume of
smoke as breaking news
3. Online, Facebook and twitter hints could this be a
4. Local media states this could be a plan crash
5. People retweet there's been a plane crash
1. Twitter response from a scanner listener, Fire en
route to report of large smoke plume
2. Fire official on scene reports movie set using
pyrotechnics, nothing showing, en route back to station.
(The critical follow-up is tweeted and re-tweeted amongst
1. Local media breaks the story, states we'll tell you at
4:30 on the early edition news what happened
1. Local Police/Fire Twitter, send notice after
investigated...Smoke was from Movie Set controlled
pyrotechnics, all is well.
Its up to you to decide which path to take, and to make
your own sound decisions, Our freedom of speech and press
makes this country such a great place to be, even amidst
the current slew of horrible things in the news. We all
have a right to know
what's happening, and its our responsibility to uphold