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Marlborough, MA School Bus Company

#1 Post by Tech » 13 Nov 2009 12:12

Marlborough has recently changed their school bus company so the old freq I have no longer works. I was curious if anyone has the new scanner frequency for them?

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#2 Post by MASSBUSMARK » 13 Nov 2009 16:45

North Reading Transportation is on the Indutrial Communications 900 Mhz Motorola trunk system on Nobscott Hill in Sudbury. I thought I had the talkgroup ID for their Marlborough buses, I can't seem to find it in my notes. They also have the Hudson schools contract, the talkgroup ID for the Hudson buses is 09840.

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#3 Post by KA1KIJ » 13 Nov 2009 18:06

They may be using Nextel or similar also. 73's

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#4 Post by Tech » 28 May 2010 22:26

If they are using Nextels, is it possible to find the frequency?

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#5 Post by N1BHH (Silent Key) » 29 May 2010 00:37

In Massachusetts the rules are school buses must have radio communications but not all school districts are complying with the law, and only can operate a radio while stopped (per Chapter 90, Section 1) except during emergencies. School bus drivers are banned from using any cellphone in this state.
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#6 Post by Tech » 29 May 2010 00:42

Thanks for the info Clyde. I just searched through all of Marlborough for the school bus company (http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSear ... &reqPage=1) and no dice. So annoying. It was rather entertaining to listen to the bus drivers in the morning and afternoon. My dad used to be a bus driver a long time ago and I used to listen to him on my scanner when I was young. That's how I originally got into this. :)

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#7 Post by ecps92 » 29 May 2010 11:02

Yes, but Nextel is IDen Technology [Digital] and No Scanner is capable of Decoding the IDen Signals
Tech wrote:If they are using Nextels, is it possible to find the frequency?

Thanks,
Ry
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#8 Post by ecps92 » 29 May 2010 11:05

Time to break out the SEARCH button on the Scanner.

See what type of Antenna is on the Bus [Short, Med, LONG] will narrow down where to search
Short could be 900/800 or UHF
Medium might be UHF/VHF etc
and LONG is back to Low-Band

Peek around on the bands and it's easy to find bus's in the am [schools almost out !!] and then make notes on the street names [google them back]
or the names of the schools.

Tech wrote:Thanks for the info Clyde. I just searched through all of Marlborough for the school bus company (http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSear ... &reqPage=1) and no dice. So annoying. It was rather entertaining to listen to the bus drivers in the morning and afternoon. My dad used to be a bus driver a long time ago and I used to listen to him on my scanner when I was young. That's how I originally got into this. :)
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#9 Post by Tech » 29 May 2010 11:47

Thanks for the info all. I really appreciate it. I will try doing a search for the frequencies like you said. Sounds like a pretty good idea.

Thanks again,
Ry

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#10 Post by franciedog » 01 Jun 2010 22:07

Checking through my notes I did find Hudson buses on the Industrial Communications trunk in Sudbury with a TG ID of 9840 recently (thanks for the verification Mark). I last heard the Marlboro buses in November 2009 on the Industrial Communications & Electronics trunk in Upton with a TG ID of 3408. Frequencies are 936.7000, 937.2500, 937.7375, 938.7250, and 936.6875 MHz. The site provides good coverage from a tower on Gable St off Rt. 140, although I am surprised they are not also using the Sudbury site.

If I get time, I will check the TG in the morning. Please let us know what you hear as well.

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#11 Post by Tech » 02 Jun 2010 07:57

Thanks for the info Ed. I saw a few buses this morning and looked for the antenna and all I saw was a small black round cylinder type looking thing but no antenna. :(

If we start finding the school bus frequencies, would it be possible to add them to wiki somewhere?

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#12 Post by N1BHH (Silent Key) » 02 Jun 2010 09:24

That little black cylinder thing is an antenna. It could be anything from 150 to 450 to 800. It gets tougher to find what frequency they are operating on unless you have close call on your scanner.
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#13 Post by Tech » 02 Jun 2010 09:54

Thanks for the info Clyde! I didn't know that was their antenna. I have close call on my Uniden Scanner, I will try it out in the morning as I pass a few buses. I'd follow them, but wouldn't want to sketch them out. Something tells me it might end horribly. ;)

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#14 Post by W1KNE » 02 Jun 2010 11:51

N1BHH wrote:That little black cylinder thing is an antenna. It could be anything from 150 to 450 to 800.

Yeah but aren't those much more commonly used for 800/900, than VHF/UHF?

I'd say based on that, their either using 800 simplex or theyre on a 900 trunk somewhere.
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#15 Post by N1BHH (Silent Key) » 03 Jun 2010 00:34

They can be just about anywhere really.
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#16 Post by Tech » 11 Jun 2010 11:05

I'm working from home today so I tried these frequencies you gave me, but it seems to be a little bit of everything? Is that right? I also don't know how to set a trunk ID. Sorry, I'm a noob. :(

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#17 Post by franciedog » 12 Jun 2010 17:57

There talk on TG 9840 on the Sudbury 900 MHz trunk this week about the last day of Marlboro schools on June 16. Lots of generic talk with no references to a particular street or school.

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#18 Post by KB1FJR » 12 Jun 2010 20:35

150.980 there is or was a school bus company on this community repeater on Nobscot Hill, along with Mass Bay Community College Police.

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