Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
October 2010 Newsletter

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  • Unknowns Cleanup
  • West Virginia IRP
  • Digital Poll
  • Feed Stats
  • Drive-Over Mast Mount Plans
  • Chapter 15-16 Test
  • New Licenses


Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
Frequency   Tone/Nac Name State County
151.1300   d125 TDOT Help Trucks - Knoxville TN Tennessee
159.5325   167.9 Grayson Co EMS Whitetop Mtn (RA) VA Grayson
451.5000 456.5000 88.5 Raleigh Co EMS Link WV Raleigh
769.08125   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee
769.28125   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee
769.30625   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee
769.35620   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee
769.58125   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee
769.60620   n2A0 TN Valley Regional System TN Tennessee

Special radio project work completed :) , expect larger updates in Nov,Dec
That's just a few, check out the Radio Phonebook (Link at the end of newsletter)

Unknowns Database Shrinking

With lots of new confirmed data many of the once unknown frequencies are being confirmed,
as we work to update the unknown database the " ~" entries in the Radio Phonebook will be removed.

  • Many unknown digital signals turned out to be the WVIRP P25 system
  • Unknown 700 MHz signals are turning out to be the East TN Digital network (Knoxville/Chattanooga)
  • Expeditions have yielded a lot of locations over the air, these locations have helped ID those frequencies.

Expect a fresh database by the beginning of the year, with new unknowns and a focus on checking Unit Numbers.

West Virginia Interoperability Radio Project

Known as WVIRP for short, this newer digital network canvases the state of West Virginia. The sites are located
at existing county level communication tower sites and work as a trunked digital system providing access to
multiple agencies and the ability for county to county communication across the state. This system has some
advantages for scanner listeners in Southwest Virginia, the strategic locations and powerful output west of the
radio quiet zone make for easy listening deep into Virginia.

A= Alternate Control Channel
C= Control Channel
Frequency NAC Site
453.2250 n170 -Site 0223 C
453.2625 n170 -Site 0230 C
453.3375 n170 -Site 0208 C
453.3625 n170 -Site 0221 C
453.3875 n170 -Site 0224 C
453.4750 n170 -Site 0208 A
453.4875 n170 -Site 0220 A
453.5125 n170 -Site 0209 C
453.5125 n170 -Site 0229 C
453.6125 n170 -Site 0225
453.6250 n170 -Site 0230
453.7000 n170 -Site 0217 C
453.7000 n170 -Site 0233 C
453.7250 n170 -Site 0223 A
453.7875 n170 -Site 0225 C
453.8125 n170 -Site 0219 C
453.8500 n170 -Site 0223
460.0375 n170 -Site 0201 C
460.0625 n170 -Site 0202 C
460.0750 n170 -Site 0225
460.1625 n170 -Site 0221 A
460.2375 n170 -Site 0223
460.2625 n170 -Site 0225
460.2750 n170 -Site 0222 C
460.3125 n170 -Site 0223
460.3375 n170 -Site 0219 A
460.3875 n170 -Site 0230
460.3875 n170 -Site 0230
460.4625 n170 -Site 0225 A
460.8375 n170 -Site 0226 C

Digital Scanner Poll


Feed Stats courtesy of

Our Wide Area Feed antenna survived 100+ mph winds during the Oct 25th severe storm. Unfortunately, power and cable was not restored until the next evening. The last few minutes of recorded audio were exciting as agencies across the region reported tree after tree "just falling" or just reported.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

Drive-Over Mast Mount v3.0

Here's the Plans for last week's project.
Right Click and save as or just open by clicking the image below.

(Click to enlarge)

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

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 follow in each new newsletter

Recent FCC Licenses UPDATED!(Next Update in January)
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

You can search for FCC
licenses on the
Research page.

  1. Norfolk Southern has many Microwave Link License Renewals (all not listed)
  2. The town of Coeburn has a new license for a repeater and 2 simplex channels, it is designated to be used for all town services (Fire, Police, Public Works), If you remember the town of Coeburn outsourced its Public Service Authority (water/sewer), It will be interesting to see if they are brought on board.
  3. Greeneville, TN has a new scada type microwave system to listen for, test your scanners range if you're in the area.
  4. O'Reillly Autoparts has a new license, it appears it will be simplex only, unsure how that range will work with the store on East Oakland Ave being in a fairly low spot and the frequency being UHF.
  5. RA Tech Services had a new repeater on Whitetop Mountain, CW (Morse code) Id has been heard from another repeater they operate from Whitetop for some time, however we heard no transmissions.
  6. NS Railroad licensed a UHF repeater pair in Grundy to use as a link to the milepost tower at 20 Mile Branch, This is unusual as they usually use microwave or existing railroad band frequencies for such tasks.
State County Agency Callsign Frequency Type Notes
VA Wythe Norfolk Southern Railroad WPJB274 6695.0000 FB Microwave Link Renewal
VA Wise Town of Coeburn WQMM404 151.3475 MO Used for all Town Depts
VA Wise Town of Coeburn WQMM404 154.0400 MO Used for all Town Depts
VA Wise Town of Coeburn WQMM404 155.0550 MO Used for all Town Depts
VA Wise Town of Coeburn WQMM404 155.7975 FB2 New Repeater @ Tacoma
VA Grayson RA Tech Services (Reseller) WQML994 159.5352 FB6C Repeater On Whitetop Mtn
VA Grayson RA Tech Services (Reseller) WQML994 159.6225 FB6C Repeater On Whitetop Mtn
VA Grayson RA Tech Services (Reseller) WQML994 152.9075 MO Repeater Input
VA Grayson RA Tech Services (Reseller) WQML994 153.0125 MO Repeater Input
VA Grayson State Of Virginia WQMJ593 155.4750 FB/MO State Corrections Independence
VA Grayson State Of Virginia WQMJ593 155.4825 FB/MO State Corrections Independence
VA Buchanan Norfolk Southern Railroad WQMN413 452.4375 FB2 link to 20 mile branch rd Grundy
TN Washington O'Reilly Auto Parts WQMI387 451.8688 FB/MO East Oakland Ave Store
TN Washington O'Reilly Auto Parts WQMP736 452.4625 FB/MO Great Oak Way Store
TN Greene Greenville Water WPQT547 941.3063 FB SCADA type Data
TN Greene Greenville Water WPQT547 932.3063 FB SCADA type Data

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated October 31 2010)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: xxxx up from 1890
Unit Numbers: xxxx- up from 3143

General Area Covered


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Search and Store Tutorial
Mobile Data Solutions
Local Business Radios
Pager effects Pt2

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