Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
May 2011 Newsletter

Listen to the live scanner at:
  • Whitetop Expedition
  • Radio Destiny Cessation
  • Scannerfood on Youtube
  • Media Section Updated
  • Unknowns Updated
  • Secure Access
  • New VSP Helicopter
  • Feed Stats
  • Chapter 20 Test
  • License Section Update
Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
Output Tone Name State County
154.0325 103.5 Buncombe Co SO TAC Ch 3 NC Buncombe
154.0400 100.0 Breathitt Co SO/FD's KY Breathitt
154.0400 85.4 Yadkin Co FD's / Rescue NC Yadkin
154.8600 123.0 Vinton PD  (Animal Control) VA Roanoke
154.8750 d125 Perry County SO KY Perry
155.1300 151.4 Boone PD Co SO CH4 NC Watauga
155.4150 118.8 Pittsylvania Co SO VA Pittsylvania
155.4300 127.3 Union Co SO SC Union
155.7900 151.4 Hendersonville PD   Ch3 NC Henderson
155.8800 107.2 Biltmore Forest / Black Mtn PD NC Buncombe
156.2250 d025 Hickory NC FD NC Catawba
157.1000 none USCG - Ohio Valley -TN River CH22    
158.4150 107.2 Roanoke Electric Steel  VA Roanoke
158.8200 151.4 Asheville FD NC Buncombe
159.1650 218.1 Lincoln Co FD's NC Lincoln
160.4700 none Railroad (Local Use)    
167.8625 none VA Hospital Voice Paging VA Roanoke
406.9750 trunk Oak Ridge Nat Lab Trunk Control TN Anderson
451.3500 136.5 A.Stiltner - Big A Mtn  (Data Polling) VA Russell
451.8625 d026 Roanoke Memorial Hospital Security VA Roanoke
453.0500 141.3 Stokes Co SO NC Stokes
453.0500 141.3 Washington Co SO Link to SO Ch 4 VA Washington
453.1000 136.5 Lincoln Co SO NC Lincoln
453.2000 167.9 Statesville PD NC Iredell
453.2250 156.7 Salem PD VA Salem
453.3375 n196 KSP Post 14 / Region 5  CH: B-? KY Johnson
453.5250 79.7 Pulaski Co Fire Depts (Peaks Knob) VA Pulaski
453.9000 n190 KSP Post 10 / Region 4 CH: A-? KY Harlan
456.2875 162.2 CNX Gas Co. Mobile VA Buchanan
460.0750 100.0 Sevierville Peigon F, Gburg PDs TN Sevier
460.1375 100.0 Botetourt Co SO VA Botetourt
460.2500 100.0 Gatlinburg PD TN Sevier
460.3250 n270 KSP Post 9 / Region  6 CH: B-? KY Johnson
460.4125 n181 KSP Post 8 KY Menifee
461.5500 d115 TWR - Med Trans Co VA Grayson
463.0250 d125 Hawkins County EMS TN Hawkins
463.1000 107.2 Buncombe Co Medcom NC Buncombe
463.6750 173.8 UHSTS  medtrans) VA Roanoke
464.9500 123.0 Roanoke Area Community Repeater VA Roanoke
857.2125 trunk Knoxville PS Trunk Control TN Knox
857.5375 trunk Metro Comm Trunk Control TN Sevier
857.9625 trunk Knox Co Schools Trunk Control TN Knox

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

Whitetop Mtn Expedition

How about a nice trip to the mountain? With setup in 15 minutes or less this
portable setup was a breeze. We do have to be thankful for the years of trial and error.
Knowing your environment is critical, on prior trips to whitetop we found ourselves
unprepared for 30-40 MPH winds. Tonight, winds were calm and the itty bitty gnats
were the "kings" of the mountain.

Intermod was pretty harsh, most of our "easy" scanning occurred on UHF.
There was a surpising amount of interference from a nearby
STARS site, that site is pumping out some RF, of course we did have a 40ft antenna up!
Just a few new ones (below) that we have yet to figure out.
All Frequencies from Expedition
Unknowns From Expedition (May 2011)
Frequency Tone Clues
152.2850 d125  
155.4000 103.5  
464.2250 186.2 Cash Call, Towing Company?
460.4750 103.5  
453.6000 192.8 2c20 ?, Hudson Blvd
159.5850 d065 #535, Gas and Time
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Drive Over Mast Mounts


Diamond Verticals

Ready To Go

Wind Guying


Radio Destiny

The Wide Area Feed broadcast (simulcast) via Radio Destiny has been discontinued due to
security concerns, resource issues, and incompatibility with mobile devices. This
method will be on standby in the event of issues with RadioReference's server or
a prolonged outage. The standard and mobile version will remain. If you have never used these before or
need assistance, please contact us at .

Scannerfood on Youtube

We uploaded a video of the recent storms in Abingdon; We'll include some videos of our next outing and setup.

Media Section Changes

Our media section now has a page 1 and 2 to reduce the page load time.

Pending files include:
Grundy Officer Shooting
Glade Spring Tornado
Additional Weather Related Comms

Once complete, these will be announced via our twitter stream.

Unknowns Updated

Yet another update!, our unknowns database has been updated and the reporting form has been simplified.
We appreciate our submitters for sending in clues and confirmation of several of the frequencies. Excluding some
of the new ones from Whitetop, we are up to 276 unknowns, and a dozen or so mislicensed frequencies.
This summer our plans are to focus on some of the mysteries and utilize directional antennas and attenuators
to reduce the reception area.

Secure Access Area

We're piloting a secure area for more sensitive frequency and systems information. This among collaborative research, and shared
research from neighboring states, typically contains information once only shared on paper. There is the old saying "don't put this on the
internet", well at least this way the sharing of resources can be limited. Rest assured there will be more than enough access for everyone, and
we will continue to provide STARS support on a individual inquiry basis for free at the time being.

VSP - New Helicopter

The Virginia State Police has purchased a new Helicopter to replace the aging BO105 for operations out of the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.

The French made Eurocopter EH-145 weighs 2 tons empty and has a service weight of its own weight in fuel, passengers, and/or tactical gear. With a range of over 400 miles and a top speed around 155 MPH; this asset will make emergency medical and law enforcement capabilities second to none. At a unit price of five and half million dollars, we expect this bird to have state of the art FLIR and advanced communications capabilities.

This helicopter carries the callsign "Medflight II" and can typically be
heard on 462.950 Med 9 communicating with Virginia Central.

Feed Stats courtesy of

Spikes in listeners (79) on 5/10 for the Wide Area Feed
Washington County (80) feed on 5/26

Wide Area
Min 0
Max 79
Washington County
Min 0
Max 80

For select recordings see the Media Section.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

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 has 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 want to test your skills, here are some sample tests I quickly drew up to make the subject matter a little more intensive.

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
Answers to chapter 19 HERE
Recent FCC Licenses - UPDATED - NEXT UPDATE in July
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. AJS Gas company has a license for a new repeater in Dickenson County, it appears to be a local repeater and not a wide area system.
  2. Lee County has a new water telemetry system (SCADA).
  3. Lakeview Utility, a power company, which is in Hawkins Co, TN ; has a new license for base, mobile, and unattended telemetry.
  4. Delta Air at the TRI airport should be using new frequencies as listed below.
  5. The Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport, TN has a new UHF repeater, maintenance, security, or both?
  6. Finally, the Jefferson Landing Golf Club has new handhelds. FOUR!
County State Agency Callsign Frequency Type Note
Buchanan VA Celco Co. WNGM729 466.4250 FB2   Guard Rail Co Renewal
Buchanan VA Celco Co. WNGM729 461.4250 FX1 / MO Renewal
Buchanan VA Two Way Radio KNNP867 Multiple * Amendment (see link)
Dickenson VA AJS GAS INC WQNL973 461.4125 FB2   NEW
Dickenson VA AJS GAS INC WQNL973 466.4125 FX1 / MO Gas Company
Tazewell VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 461.2000 FB6C East River Mtn
Tazewell VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 461.6000 FB6C East River Mtn
Tazewell VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 461.8500 FB6C East River Mtn
Tazewell VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 463.6500 FB6C East River Mtn
Grayson VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 464.7250 FB6C East River Mtn
Grayson VA Two Way Radio WNVM895 464.7250 FB6C Point Look-Out
Russell VA Aurthur Stiltner KNNM297 461.7000 FB6C Renewal (Big A Mtn)
Lee VA Lee Co PSA WQNS557 151.8500 FX0 SCADA System NEW
Wise VA Appalachia PD WPSA277 155.6850 FB2   Renewal
Wise VA Appalachia PD WPSA277 153.7400 FX1 / MO Renewal
Bristol VA Bristol Sheriff's Office WPKF597 153.8150 MO Renewal
Hawkins TN Lakeview Utility District WQNR889 153.2825 FB/MO/FXO NEW
Sullivan TN Tri-Cities Airport WQNT901 129.1000 FB  
Sullivan TN Delta Airlines WQNK389 451.5125 MO New Handhelds
Sullivan TN Delta Airlines WQNK389 451.5625 MO New Handhelds
Sullivan TN Delta Airlines WQNK389 456.3625 MO New Handhelds
Sullivan TN Delta Airlines WQNK389 456.5125 MO New Handhelds
Sullivan TN Delta Airlines WQNK389 456.5625 MO New Handhelds
Sullivan TN Fedex Ground Freight WPSL372 903.0000 - Data Devices
Sullivan TN Fedex Ground Freight WPSL372 913.7500 - Data Devices
Sullivan TN Fedex Ground Freight WPSL372 917.7500 - Data Devices
Sullivan TN Fedex Ground Freight WPSL372 918.7500 - Data Devices
Sullivan TN Ft. Henry Mall WQNH965 463.8750 FB2 / MO NEW Repeater
Sullivan TN Ft. Henry Mall WQNH965 468.8750 FX1 NEW
Sullivan TN WKPT Link WQNI446 946.2500 - New microwave link
Ashe NC Jefferson Landing Golf Club WQNQ354 462.5125 MO New Handhelds
Ashe NC Jefferson Landing Golf Club WQNQ354 462.5125 MO New Handhelds

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated May 28 2011)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: 2025 up from 1966
Unit Numbers: 3297- up from 3276

General Area Covered


Other Month's Newsletters HomePage

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

"Wired Road" Local LTE
LightSquared vs GPS
Glade Tornado Audio
STARS Project III (non-public research)
Key Fob Frequencies

That's it for now, Happy Scanning!

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