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#1 Post by deacon » 05 May 2016 12:38

Does anyone have any low band frequencies that they would like to share??
Cape Cod, The islands, Southern Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties would be my area of interest.
I have MSP, State DPW and low band fire. Looking for additional frequencies.

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#2 Post by N1BHH (Silent Key) » 05 May 2016 17:37

If you don't see any in the Wiki, nobody has offered up any, try doing a search, that's the best way to discover them.
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#3 Post by Scott SNE Webmaster » 05 May 2016 19:57

Less and less out there, but you never know what you might come across. Low band DX targets are diminishing. CHP was a favorite of mine "back in the day". Even Missouri Highway Patrol is transitioning to a statewide P25 network. They were always a regular here. And of course the interference from the 21st century devices that we live for, by, and with contribute to killing this band as well. But you'll still catch some DX on military frequencies, range controls, etc. As long as they're stronger than your neighbor's plasma TV. :-)
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#4 Post by jbella » 05 May 2016 21:25

Then there was always the suburb of Houston whose FD was on 33.82. Boomed in.

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#5 Post by garys » 05 May 2016 22:55

Locally, there's not a lot of low band left. I think, but since I'm only rarely down there, am not sure, that there are a few FDs on the Cape that still simulcast on low band. Even in western MA, there's not a lot on low band. A bit in CT, but even that is often simulcast on UHF or a trunk. NH was never big on low band, mostly on VHF. It's probably been over 20 years since the NHSP left low band and about the same (or more) since Conn. SP left low band. MSP still puts low band radios in their cruisers, but that's mostly for car to car traffic.

There are some advantages to low band, but mostly public safety has moved on to other bands. I can't recall the last time I heard the a transmission on the Environmental Police low band although their trucks still seem to have low band whips.
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#6 Post by KB1FJR » 07 May 2016 08:58

I just heard the environmental police on 31.460 telling a unit to answer on lowband. Traffic isn't as much as it used to be. With everything being on the trunk now.

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#7 Post by W1KNE » 07 May 2016 13:20

You'll also hear 46.38 from Exeter, RI very clear.
When the conditions come up, there is quite a bit of Low Band fire in eastern Connecticut still in use.
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#8 Post by KB1FJR » 07 May 2016 15:09

33.800 (lots of tone outs) and 33.900 and 33.880 is most of northeastern ct's Fire dispatch centers use these frequencies still

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#9 Post by jbella » 07 May 2016 16:07

Mid-State (District 8) being the bastard child that it is still uses 31.10 as primary (although cross banded to UHF) with Boylston and Petersham (?) I think still on low band as primary. All the RECC fire departments are simulcasting on their low band channels but afaik, UHF is primary.

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#10 Post by KB1FJR » 07 May 2016 20:29

33.620 southern Worcester county fire district 7 uses this mostly as base to base net.

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