Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
March 2011 Newsletter

Listen to the live scanner at:
  • HR 607
  • Japan HF
  • Wide Area Feed Move
  • Phase 1 Narrowband
  • RR Narrowbanding
  • New Local Feed
  • Hawkins Co Buses
  • Live Feed Loadout
  • Feed Stats
  • GRE-PSR 800 Scanner
  • Chapter 19 Test
Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....

Frequency  Tone Name State County
151.7300 d047 Steel Dynamics VA Roanoke
152.2700   Yellow Cab VA Roanoke
153.4700   Morristown Power MotoTRBO DIGITAL TN Hamblen
153.6800 206.5 Duke Energy NC Macon
154.8600 123.0 Vinton Police (Animal Control) VA Roanoke
154.8750 d125 Perry County Sheriff KY Perry
155.4150 118.8 Pittsylvania Co Sheriff VA Pittsylvania
157.1000   USCG - Ohio Valley Broadcasts -TN River US USA
158.4150 107.2 Roanoke Electric Steel  VA Roanoke
158.8200 151.4 Asheville Fire Departments NC Buncombe
160.4700   Norfolk Southern (Local Use SW-VA) VA Virginia
406.9750   Oak Ridge Nat Lab Trunk SID: B120-0004 TN Anderson
451.8625 d026 Roanoke Memorial Hospital Security VA Roanoke
453.2250 156.7 Salem PD VA Salem
453.3375 n196 KSP -Post 14 / Region 5  KY Johnson
453.5250 79.7 Pulaski Co Fire Depts VA Pulaski
453.9000 n190 KSP Post 10 / Region 4 KY Harlan
460.0750 100.0 Sevierville PD / Mutual Aid TN Sevier
460.1375 100.0 Botetourt Co Sheriff VA Botetourt
460.2500 100.0 Gatlinburg PD TN Sevier
460.3250 n270 KSP Post 9 / Region 6 KY Johnson
463.0250 d125 Hawkins County EMS Mobile TN Hawkins
463.6750 173.8 UHSTS Medical Transport VA Roanoke
464.9500 123.0 Roanoke Area Community Repeater VA Roanoke
857.2125   Knoxville PS Trunk C SID: 161c  TN Knox
857.5375   Metro Comm Trunk SID:4038 TN Sevier
857.9625   Knox Co Schools Trunk C SID: 3522  TN Knox

Check out the Radio PhoneBook (link at bottom) for more.

H.R. 607 - "shall end their use of radio spectrum above 420 megahertz and below 512 megahertz"

A debated political frenzy has descended upon radio like no other, Bandwidth is being used at rates that physics and current technology cannot pace, and we are running out of frequencies!

House Bill 607 AKA: "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011"
as introduced by
Representative Peter King (R-NY) and Representative Billy Long (R -MO) stated purpose is to ensure emergency responders have adequate bandwith to be able to respond to emergencies. This bill however as currently scripted, has a provision that indicates on Section 23 Line 16

17 ENTITIES.—Not later than 8 years after the date of
18 enactment of the Act, each public safety entities
19 shall end their use of radio spectrum above 420
20 megahertz and below 512 megahertz and begin to
21 use alternative radio spectrum licensed to public
22 safety services in the 700 megahertz and 800 mega
23 hertz bands.

If approved, this bill would basically supersede the typical FCC gears and cogs and take radio spectrum into the hands of politicians. Most importantly there are not clear provisions protecting the 70 centimeter Amateur Radio band (420-450 MHz). The FCC has been historically supportive of ensuring spectrum for Amateur Radio is preserved. Amateur Radio operators across the country are infuriated that this crucial band is now at risk. Additionally, many public safety agencies that have individually invested millions of dollars upgrading their equipment in the 450 MHz bands to be 12.5 kHz narrowband compliant, now risk losing the investment. Additional concerns from realists are that the proposed alternative (700 MHz band) does not have the physical characteristics that the lower frequency provides. These benefits among building penetration, beneficial reflectivity in urban areas, and longer propagation.

With the explosion of broadband internet in the United States, the shuffle continues as commercial companies eager to sell equipment and resources run out of places to license their services. Not only are ham operators, small business's that cannot afford yet another "radio" upgrade are under the gun but listeners the same. If users are forced to move to the 700 MHz region, bandwidth constraints there will force all users to be 6.25 kHz or less. This would mean all traffic would need to be digital, requiring a costly upgrade for everyone including the average scanner listener. Please contact your congressman and tell them you oppose HB607, tell them we need to let the FCC decide who gets our spectrum.

Our "Bill to Kill" section will be updated soon depending on the interim activity associated with the bill.

Full Bill Link

Japan Disaster Relief Operations

If you have a shortwave or HF radio tune in

Reportedly Used
IARU Region 3 Standard Freqs

Wide Area Feed Move / Downtime

Our Wide Area Feed is currently in the process of moving from it's current location Johnson City, TN.
While we expect some downtime, we plan on the disruption to be very minimal. Our new location will
provide the ability to expand our resources and possibly add a second antenna and feed. We have ordered
a new military-grade lightning arrestor and plan on sinking multiple ground rods at the new site. New coax cable
and type N connectors will be used (we do hate soldering these) to maximize water-tightness and minimize loss.
Be sure to follow our Twitter feed now so you can stay abreast of the changes.

Wide Area Feed's Antenna

Phase 1 Narrowband Deadline 1/1/2013

The FCC's ever increasing squeeze of bandwidth is underway, the first stage of the deadline is approaching.
At the end of 2004, the FCC mandated that all terrestrial land mobile radio users operating <512 MHz change to
12.5 kHz narrowband emissions by January 1, 2013. Data use is also being restructured to even tighter requirements.

What does this mean?

  • 1-1-2011 - No new licenses on 25 kHz bandwidth, no new modifications to 25 kHz licenses
  • Phase 2 is still TBD (to be determined); P25 digital (currently) is the only widely used technology that can easily meet this requirement.

How does this affect scanning?

  • Phase 1 - there is no noticeable difference for most if not all scanners
    (Many agencies are investing in Phase 2 compliant or easily compliant systems now)
  • Phase 2 - you will need to purchase a digital scanner capable of TDMA

Local Railroad Narrow Banding

Mandates to convert all railroad communications to narrower channel spacing are underway,
sources tell us that most locomotives have been fitted with radios capable of switching back and forth on demand
between wide and narrow. This would be beneficial if the engine was used in a area that had not upgraded to narrowband
technology. A normal scanner can still pick up the transmissions without any special modification or change of settings.
The change from 25 kHz to 12.5 kHz is required to meet a 1/1/2013 FCC Mandate.
Current wideband channels are 25 kHz wide
and are spaced 15 kHz apart. The resulting 12.5 kHz channels are spaced 7.5 kHz apart.

Top: Old Configuration - Bottom: New Narrowband Configuration

Some field work is in store as news of new frequency use has been very limited. Additionally,
Norfolk Southern and CSX usually license far more frequencies that they actually use routinely, preventing a
simple license search from yielding many clues.

161.025 Norfolk Southern - Blue Ridge District NEW

160.470 Norfolk Southern "Road" - Pulaski District NEW

Drop us a line if you noticed your local railroad chatter has moved to a new frequency.

New Online Feed

An anonymous party has supplied a stream for this area for the Virginia State Police; this feed was added on 3/13.

Listen Online

Hawkins County School Buses

  A recent news article addressed the need and concern for radio's in the county's school buses after several incidents where contact with the bus driver could avoided unnecessary travel and worry by parents from a missed stop to a sick child. We dug into the FCC database and discovered license WQLU931 which was initially filed in April of 2010 entitled "handheld" UHF radios only. To our knowledge the county relies on cell phones for communications with the buses. To the left are the known "handheld" frequencies used throughout the county school system.

Wide Area Feed Frequencies

The frequency load-out file has been updated.
Changes were made last year, expected to be updated with the move of the feed to it's location.

Feed Stats courtesy of

Spikes in listeners (835) on 3/13 for the Wide Area Feed at 4:58 PM
Washington County (30) feed on 1/28 at 7:01 AM

Feed listener's spike related to the shooting of 4 Buchanan County Deputies on 3/13.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families.

Wide Area
Min 3
Max 835
Washington County
Min 2
Max 30

For select recordings see the Media Section.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

Phase II Project 25

GRE's new PSR-800 scanner is creating quite a stir as its claimed ability to receive Phase II P25 is creating an interest in the device. While there are no confirmed systems using Phase II P25 (TDMA), many users in Hampton, VA are reporting occasional data bursts with a "T" indication with supporting table information showing the indication of Phase 2.

forum post claims after allegedly speaking to sources within GRE:
The current PSR-800s will do "TDMA-X" only. GRE is waiting for the full TIA P-25 Phase II (TDMA) Standard to be set, and then their engineers will make the determination as to the viability of the PSR-800 doing P-25 Phase II & the GRE market research people will make a determination as to whether or not it is cost-effective to incorporate that capability into the PSR-800."

If this turns out to be true, we expect Uniden to introduce a new model soon.
Additionally, since MotoTRBO is TDMA, modifications to firmware (provided the owners of the proprietary mode will license the use of the codec) could enable reception.

We've updated our
equipment section to include the the new scanner. Feel free to check it out from our recommended retailer.
Type Bandwidth Technology
P25 Phase I 12.5 kHz FDMA
P25 Phase II 6.25 kHz TDMA

GRE- PSR 800

Recommended Reading
Two- Way Radios and Scanners
for Dummies

ISBN: 978-0764595820

Perfect for anyone new to the hobby and an excellent refresher for us that have become a little rusty. This is the most up to date publication that effectively covers multiple radio services available.

I have been mentoring someone new to the scanner hobby and provided a little reinforcement. If you're wanting to test your skills, here are some sample tests I quickly drew up to make the subject matter a little more intensive.

Chapters 1-6 Test
Chapters 7-9 Test
Chapters 10-12 Test
Chapters 13-14 Test
Chapter 15 Test
Chapter 16-17 Test
Chapter 18 Test
Chapter 19 Test

Answers to follow in each new newsletter

Answers to chapters 1-6 HERE
Answers to chapters 7-9 HERE
Answers to chapters 10-12 HERE
Answers to chapters 13-14 HERE
Answers to chapter 15 HERE
Answers to chapter 16-17 HERE
Answers to chapter 18 HERE
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
MOI- Interconnected Mobile
FB2 - Repeater
FB2C - Repeater with interconnect
FB6C - Shared Repeater
FX1- Link to Repeater
FXO - Fixed Transmitter

You can search for FCC
licenses on the
Research page.

  1. Moores Snack Foods ( c/o Snack Alliance - Maker of delicious Terry's Potato Chips) acquired a new license for handheld radios for use in and around the plant.
  2. The Department of Mines and Minerals renewed their UHF repeater, this frequency is seldom used and may have been renewed as an administrative option to reserve the frequency pairs for future use or re-allocation.
  3. Clintwood, Coeburn, and Hawkins County... have new water telemetry frequencies, also known as SCADA.
  4. In Russell County, Belfast Fire Department renewed an ancient fixed base license and the county has obtained yet another license for a repeater on Big A Mtn. Russell County's Emergency Services director, Jess Powers has been featured in several news articles for recent achievements regarding preparedness in the county.
  5. In Abingdon, Virginia Highlands Community College has a new license for a UHF repeater on campus. This is designated for campus security/PD use. We are still waiting for first monitor to occur, but suspect it may already be active based on recent radio checks.
County State Agency Callsign Frequency Type Note
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.3625 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.4125 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.7375 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 452.1625 MO Plant Handhelds
Russell VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Big A Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   High Knob Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Pennington Gap Repeater
Grayson VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Whitetop Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 MO   Statewide
Russell VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Big A Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   High Knob Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Pennington Gap Repeater
Grayson VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Whitetop Repeater
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 MO   Statewide
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 FX1   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 FX1   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 MO   Statewide
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 FX1   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 FX1   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 MO   Statewide
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNF293   173.2500 FXO SCADA
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNC460 173.2500 FXO SCADA
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNF291 463.6125 FXO SCADA
Russell VA Belfast/Rosedale FD WNFD423 154.1300 FB/MO Fire Dept
Russell VA County Repeater WQND462 159.1275 FB2   #Unknown Use
Russell VA County Repeater Input WQND462 156.1125 FX1   #Unknown Use
Smyth VA Town Base WNFK870 45.1200 FB/MO Renewal
Wise VA Coeburn WQNC470 153.0800 FXO SCADA
Washington VA VHCC College WQMY287 453.6125 FB2   Campus Police Repeater
Washington VA VHCC College WQMY287 458.6125 FB2   Campus Police Input
Hawkins TN 1st Utility District WQMR785 173.2038 FXO SCADA

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated April 03 2011)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: 1966 up from 1958
Unit Numbers: 3276- up from 3273

General Area Covered


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