Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
March 2010 Newsletter

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  • Illinois Bill Update
  • Tennessee Bill Update
  • Live Scanner Feed Stats
  • 700 MHz Microphone Ban
  • Homemade Mast Mount
  • New Database
  • New Licenses

 

 

Well since the last newsletter, we've found a lot of new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....

Output

Input

Tone

Description

49.5200

 

67.0

Pike Electric - Brumley Mtn

150.9650

157.5000

192.8

Processing Sys. Mines Black Mtn

151.5650

158.2800

d115

Clean Gas Inc Black Mtn

153.2600

 

91.5

Appalachian Electric co-op

153.9650

 

141.3

Bristol VA PD Mobile

154.3850

156.0600

141.3

Embreeville FD

154.4300

153.8900

97.4

Richland's FD VHF

154.9800

153.6650

151.4

Greeneville Utilities

155.1450

153.7400

100.0

Granite Falls Public Works (Garbage)

155.7000

154.8300

100.0

Bristol TN PD VHF Backup

156.1950

 

94.8

Carter Co Highway Dept Mobile

159.3450

 

186.2

NC Dept Game / Fish Rich Mtn

463.7875

468.7875

229.1

EQT Production Co Black Mtn

That's just a few... check out the Radio Phonebook (Link at the end of newsletter)


 

 

 

Illinois Bill Update

Republican Dan Brady introduced HB 5194 to the Illinois House on February 1st, This proposed law criminalized the retransmission of any radio traffic originating from the state’s new Starcom21 P25 radio system via radio or internet unless written permission is granted in advance. The law would have also prohibited the divulgence of any radio traffic that is not specifically intended for the public. The bill has since been amended to exclude the retransmission! It appears Dan got his share of dissatisfaction with the bill in its original rendering. This is great news to the scanning community, especially for fans of Chicago’s live feeds.

HB5194 - HB5194 Full Text - - Original Clarification Full Text



 

Tennessee Bill Targets Felons

Tennessee also had a bill on the table; With the latest below amendment, it’s currently as of 3/24/2009 buried in a
ways and means committee pile. It is scheduled for presentation to a finance committee on 3/30. This one appears to have
been lost in committee for this year; we’ll watch and see if it materializes.

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter ,13 Part 6, is amended by

adding the following as a new section:

Section 39-13-608.

(a) It is an offense for a person to knowingly intercept any radio

frequency transmission with the intent to use the intercepted transmission to

commit, facilitate, or aid in the flight from a criminal offense.

(b) For purposes of this section, “radio frequency transmission” means

any radio transmission made by a law enforcement, fire fighting, emergency

medical, federal, state or local corrections or homeland security official during the

course of the official’s duties.

(c) A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010, the public welfare requiring


HB2506


 

Live Scanner Feed Stats

Wide Area Feed Stats
courtesy of RadioReference.com


Listening is down a bit with nicer weather on the way; it looks like the weekends are still popular times to listen.


700 MHz Band Wireless Microphones

Churches, professors, and concerts will need to migrate back to old equipment by June 12, 2010. After this date, operation of wireless microphones that operate between 698.000 and 806.000 MHz will be illegal. The “700 MHz” band is currently being built out by public safety and wireless broadband. This affects both licensed (part 74) and unlicensed (part 93) users. The FCC has a webpage on the matter and has been busy with inquires since the announcement mid 2009.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/


Drive-Over Mast Mount

Finding
a portable stable platform for large antennas can be challenging, one solution is a “drive-over” mount.
Below is my simple solution constructed out of 2’x 4” lumber, a right angle steel bracket, and carriage bolts.

1. Cut two identical lengths of the 2x4. (Keep in mind the finished dimensions so you can transport easily, I made this one so it would easily fit inside my trunk.)
2. Cut the remaining length to accommodate your vehicle, about 1 to 2’ is usually adequate.
3. Using a square, ensure the two risers are square; attach the steel brackets starting with the outside first.
4. Secure the two risers with longer toggle screws (I used 5 “) from the bottom up.
5. Ensuring square as before, drill a hole to act as the bolt fulcrum, don’t skimp on the bolt size…20’ of mast can create quite
a dynamic load, especially with any wind.
6. Attach at least two carriage bolts all the way through, one can be removed when raising and lowering.
7. From step six make the bolts close enough to secure the floating mast or use a shim (wooden paint stick, wood shingle, etc.).

You can construct the two risers closer together but this will not allow any on site modifications in the event of uneven terrain, the same applies to the spacing distance of the two top carriage bolts.

Also pictured below in the first picture is a homemade 4 pole array, I’ll touch on it next month after I’ve had a chance to test its performance.



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New Database

Based on the concept of our Recent FCC Licenses section, we have created a database of Virginia and Tennessee License Data. While not the best way to find a particular frequency (use the research page for that!) it has become very useful for finding all related frequencies to a particular agency. For example: Sorting the spreadsheet by “Licensee” you will discover that “Loven Inc” has repeater sites in two counties under a total of three licenses. This type of data relationship can be very useful when looking for newer systems or finding all of one agencies license data when it spreads across counties and state lines. The format of agencies hasn’t been cleaned up yet, so unfortunately there’s a couple variances based on the spelling. Tell me what you think!

FCC License Database
1.3 Megabytes

 

 

Recent FCC Licenses

These are yet to be confirmed as active, however its not a bad idea to go ahead and program them in if live near their respective service areas. They have been hand picked from hundreds of new licenses.

 

 

FB - Base
MO- Mobile / Portable Use
FB2 - Repeater
FB2C - Repeater with interconnect
FB6C - Shared Repeater
FX1- Link to Repeater

FXO - Fixed


You can search for FCC
licenses on the Research page.



1. Church Hill EMS has just licensed a repeater to be used for ambulance operations; interestingly the license has been granted to allow analog voice, 11.2 KHz digital voice & data, and MotoTRBO.

2. Another new SCADA system, this one in Wise County, for the Town of St. Paul’s water and sewage.

 

3. Steve Blankenbecler has licensed 462.875 for wireless paging, with multiple sites at almost every prime facility location around.

4. Franklin Woods Hospital is using a 72 MHz frequency for their clocks, if you’re close see if you can pick it up. Per the license their address is at 108 Woodlawn in Johnson City, TN.

5. Tri-Cities Communications expands to yet another trunked system, this time on Holston Mountain, well report back any talkgroups as soon as it’s active provided it can be followed. They also have a license for another system this time conventional, on Viking Mountain down in Greene County, TN.

6. The Greeneville Bomb Squad licensed several frequencies for audio/video and control for their bomb robot.

 

State

County

Agency

Callsign

Frequency

Type

Notes

TN

Hawkins

Church Hill EMS

WGLN333

155.87250

FB2

New Repeater

VA

Wise

Town of St. Paul

WQLL842

462.08750

FXO

SCADA

VA

Washington

Phone Communications Corporation Inc

WPGR723

157.74000

FB6C

Paging

VA

Tazewell

Steve Blankenbecler

WPPW756

462.87500

FB6C

Shared Repeater

TN

Washington

Franklin Woods Hospital

WQLP923

72.2000

FX0

Clock Synchronization

TN

Hawkins

Cherokee High School  

WQLI592  

160.03500  

MO/FB

 Base and Portables

TN

Hawkins

Mooresburg Utility District  

WQLG616  

173.33750  

FXO  

SCADA

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

857.11250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

856.11250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

860.66250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

859.66250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

858.66250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

857.66250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

806.00000  

MO

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

856.66250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

860.11250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

859.11250  

FB2C

Trunked

TN

Carter

Tri Cities Communications

KNBV403  

858.11250  

FB2C

Trunked

VA

Washington

Afton Paging - Abingdon

WPGJ266  

157.74000  

FB6

Licensee Transfer

TN

Grainger

Grainger County Schools

WQLD698  

456.22500  

MO/FX1

 Mobile / Repeater Input

TN

Grainger

Grainger County Schools

WQLD698

451.22500  

FB2

School Repeater

TN

Greene

Tri Cities Communications

KNCZ695  

468.40000  

MO

Conventional

TN

Greene

Tri Cities Communications

KNCZ695  

463.40000  

MO

Conventional

TN

Greene

Tri Cities Communications

KNCZ695  

463.40000  

FB2C

Viking Mountain Repeater

TN

Greene

Tri Cities Communications

KNCZ695  

468.40000  

FX1

Conventional

TN

Greene

Greeneville Police Bomb Squad

WQKY763  

460.21250  

MO

Audio Link / Control

TN

Greene

Greeneville Police Bomb Squad

WQKY763  

465.21250  

MO

Audio Link / Control

TN

Greene

Greeneville Police Bomb Squad

WQKX537  

2479.5000  

MO

Video

NC

Avery

Banner Elk

WQLB837  

173.28750  

FXO

Water SCADA

VA

Lee

Lee County Airport

WQKY214  

453.11250  

FX

AWOS Link

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.26250  

MO

Dominion Power Plant

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.38750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.23750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.36250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.23750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

456.53750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.36250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.21250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

451.53750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.33750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.21250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

456.33750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.33750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

451.33750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.31250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.43750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.31250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.43750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.28750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.41250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.28750  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

462.41250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.26250  

MO

"

VA

Wise

Shaw Construction

WQLC297  

467.38750  

MO

"

TN

Unicoi

Erwin Utilities

WQKV967  

173.20375  

FXO

SCADA









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need the Professional Version of local frequencies?

Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated 3/29/2010)


Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs/Singles:1550 up from 1503
Unit Numbers:3069 up from 3047

General Area Covered

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here's what we're working on...

Local Business Radios
Homemade 4 Pole Array (Built, pics soon!)

Field Gear Pictures
New Trunked Systems
Washington County TN
Digital Talkgroups
Pager effects Pt2
Interference
Interoperability

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