Has something changed with Worcester EDACS?

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Has something changed with Worcester EDACS?

#1 Post by masssheltie » 21 Mar 2010 08:08

I have a Uniden BC780XLT scanner that I mostly use for monitoring Worcester Mass EDACS. Last night, when I went to turn on the scanner, the radio refused to sync to the trunk. In short, I can't find a data channel on any of the 10 frequencies. I hear lots of radio traffic (with those annoying beeps) for police and fire, but can't find the data link that the radio needs to decode the trunk.

Don't think the radio is having a problem. The ten frequencies are correct, and the talk groups haven't changed. The signal strength on the traffic that I hear is nearly full scale.

Does anyone know if something changed?

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Chris

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#2 Post by Joe SNE Moderator » 21 Mar 2010 09:57

I tried replying to your email, but I shouldn't have to go through a email verification process. The reply is as follows:
WEDACS CC currently is LCN-1 856.5125. Check your freq line-up at http://www.scanworcester.com/EDACS/ and let me know if you still have problems.

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#3 Post by MrSvenSven » 21 Mar 2010 10:01

No problems here, tracking normally.
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#4 Post by KB1UAM » 21 Mar 2010 15:52

on this note also i was wondering ifi should have the talkgroups in the hyphonated way or should i have the talkgroups in the hex mode? for the worcester system?

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#5 Post by MrSvenSven » 21 Mar 2010 16:48

either one works. I prefer hyphonated
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#6 Post by franciedog » 21 Mar 2010 17:16

I noticed the same problem last night, as I also lost the control channel and then it would come back. It's working OK today. I wonder if the system switches transmitter sites, as sometimes the control channel comes in very strong and other times its weak. I am 10 miles outside of Worcester and using an 800 MHz beam pointed towards the city.

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#7 Post by jbella » 21 Mar 2010 21:09

Having the same problem.

I'm suspecting the control channel has been rotated to one that I don't rx at all right now. All winter I've gotten at least a marginal hit on a couple channels, with several always strong. Now, when manually selecting the channels, I'm rx several perfectly, but no control channel.

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#8 Post by MrSvenSven » 21 Mar 2010 21:19

856.5125 at this time

the other common control channel is #7, 855.7125
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#9 Post by Lynskey 85 » 21 Mar 2010 21:51

I swore up and down several years back (prior to the rebanding) that certain LCNs were stronger than others. I can't recall if it was debated on this site or not, may have even been on the old non-VBulletin board. I could be at school in Downtown Worcester or at home in Webster and there were definitely times where certain LCNs clearly were not as strong as the others. I have been out of monitoring the trunk that closely for 3+ years now, so can't comment on the recent history, but definitely would agree with those above that location and CC LCN is very likely the problem.
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#10 Post by Joe SNE Moderator » 21 Mar 2010 22:10

Lynskey 85 wrote:I swore up and down several years back (prior to the rebanding) that certain LCNs were stronger than others. I can't recall if it was debated on this site or not, may have even been on the old non-VBulletin board.
It was on this site, but on the old board, and I helped you figure it out when you were in Webster. I too have problems with certain freqs. I can pick up a convo on a certain LCN, and when it jumps to the next LCN, the convo is choppy, then as it jump to the next, it's clean. Definitely reception issues, probably due to other 800MHz interference, not that there's much of that around here.

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#11 Post by masssheltie » 22 Mar 2010 13:05

Thanks for the info. I have a spam filter on that requires new message senders to verify that there's a real person sending the traffic. Otherwise, I'd have 300 ads for Viagra plugging up the box.

I had that frequency plugged in, but over the weekend, that frequency did not have data on it. It does now. Strange. Not sure why it wasn't working.

Thanks
Chris

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