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#1 Post by KB1FJR » 17 Dec 2016 08:23

Has anyone heard any activity like the weather forecast on the mass highway low band 47.mhz frequencies? I know they are licensed for repeaters now. The most you will hear are the former mass pike crews. I am curious about the district frequencies there was always some chatter on them.

Most roads use contractors to supplement mass highway trucks when the storms get large enough and use cellphones with GPS and CB radio to communicate in the convoys.

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#2 Post by wltrsf » 17 Dec 2016 09:23

I haven't heard a weather forecast in years. Seems as though most of the plowing is done by private contractors so I wouldn't expect to hear much.

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#3 Post by ecps92 » 17 Dec 2016 10:16

If I recall during the past two winters, Clyde and I did hear the Low-Band WX forecasts, occasionally, all depended on who at MA-DOT was working and selected the Low Band, otherwise it seemed to be 800 Mhz

time to put Low-Band in search mode, for those elusive Contractors
wltrsf wrote:I haven't heard a weather forecast in years. Seems as though most of the plowing is done by private contractors so I wouldn't expect to hear much.
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#4 Post by cmpsa » 17 Dec 2016 15:28

Anyone have an answer on the older, former MA Hwy Dist 3 Operations (Worc Cnty/Central MA). The Dist 3 office is on Worc, and they always used to talk all day long on 47.360 simplex PL 141.3. This was from the Worc office to all the MA Hwy truck in Central MA (i.e. non-MA Turnpike trucks at this time). Since the MA Turnpike low band rptr system went into place, and the statewide radio reprogramming was done, I haven't heard anything in ~2 years now on 47.360 PL 141.3 ??

I still haven't found where the Dist 3 operations switched to?

Thanks in advance..

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#5 Post by KB1FJR » 20 Dec 2016 12:28

That is the one i am looking for cmpsa.

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#6 Post by cmpsa » 22 Dec 2016 19:25

exactly... I have the approx date when I stopped hearing them, and that was same day I started hearing the MA Turnpike users on low band (discontinued use of the turnpike VHF freqs). So I'm guessing a "master reprogramming" was done for MA Hwy District 3 (central MA) & others. They have to have moved to some low band freq, as these MassDOT trucks that plow Rt 122 & other state roads are still in Dist 3.

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#7 Post by cmpsa » 28 Dec 2016 20:03

Since 12/22 I have put every MassDOT low band freq into my scanner to monitor the whole state.

Confirmed the "regular district operations" (original channels):

Dist 1&2 (western MA) 47.260 simplex PL 141.3 Heard Lenox, Lee maintenance depots and mobile trucks talking all day long to one another.
Dist 4 (metrowest & Boston) 47.140 simplex PL 141.3 Heard Boston & one other base station relaying messages to their vehicles. I'm too far away to pick up the mobiles.
Dist 5 (SE MA) 47.280 simplex PL 141.3 Heard Taunton and mobile trucks talking back & forth.

Not a peep on anything related to Dist 3 (central MA) and 47.360 is dead. If the other districts are active & talking on their originally assigned freqs, where did Dist 3 go to? It has to be completely to a new freq, is the only answer.

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#8 Post by wltrsf » 29 Dec 2016 09:38

I have heard "HOC" (DOT highway operations center in Boston) calling mobiles on 47.36 PL 141.3 several times in the past several months. I know I heard a mobile once talking to the HOC on 47.36. I don't remember hearing Worcester at all. Certainly not as active as it used to be. Maybe there has been a recent change I don't know about.

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#9 Post by Scott SNE Webmaster » 29 Dec 2016 09:46

47.28 is confirmed active here on Cape.
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#10 Post by wltrsf » 30 Dec 2016 18:34

I didn't hear anything on 47.36 during the 12/29 storm. I wonder if they are trying to get by with just cell phones as an experiment. It would make sense since except for the turnpike, I have yet to see a DOT plow, just pickups following contractors. I have a friend who has two trucks that plow in District 3, when I see him next week I'll ask him if he has any inside information.

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#11 Post by KB1FJR » 06 Jan 2017 21:33

Just heard Mass DOT "HOC" which is the 24 hour dispatch center calling out for any district 3 unit on 47.360 with a pl of141.3

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#12 Post by wltrsf » 07 Jan 2017 15:00

KB1FJR wrote:Just heard Mass DOT "HOC" which is the 24 hour dispatch center calling out for any district 3 unit on 47.360 with a pl of141.3
That's what I infrequently have heard also, usually one transmission with no apparent response.

My friend who has two trucks plowing for District 3 said he thought they didn't use the two-way system any more because all the Mass DOT supervisors, contractors, depot's and offices have phones so there's no need to.

As to what happened to Worcester he didn't know but he said there was a big shake up there a couple of years ago where some people were arrested.

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#13 Post by wltrsf » 07 Jan 2017 16:41

OK five minutes after I made my previous post I heard a transmission on 47.36 which I think provides the answer about the Worcester office.

It was from the HOC and stated " HOC to any vehicle plowing Rt 495 near exit (?) , watch out there is a pickup cover in the right lane" . Seems like no more Worcester communications.

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#14 Post by wb1hbu » 02 Apr 2017 10:24

Hello,

I noticed some activity yesterday on the District 4 channel (47.140 MHz PL 141.3) due to the storm, both base and mobiles.

73 Eric

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