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by cdgordon
21 Feb 2020 11:31
Forum: Scanning Equipment
Topic: ST2 Scantenna Heavy-Duty Clone Coming Soon
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: ST2 Scantenna Heavy-Duty Clone Coming Soon

Not unlike the Kreco line of discone antennas. The 100-800 MHz ships at 12 lbs, the others at 4 lbs. They are made for commercial use. $600+ discone

chris
by cdgordon
19 Feb 2020 09:02
Forum: Eastern Massachusetts
Topic: Pan-Am RR now NXDN ???
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Pan-Am RR now NXDN ???

On a slightly related note, it might be a bit less traffic on that line this week or until they dig out the collapse at the Hoosac Tunnel near North Adams. Hearing perhaps by the 22nd they may start running again.

chris
by cdgordon
18 Feb 2020 23:20
Forum: Eastern Massachusetts
Topic: Pan-Am RR now NXDN ???
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Pan-Am RR now NXDN ???

When I was running a RR search to see if I can get any digital RR traffic, I did hear some but I believe it is DMR and likely intermod type interference from another band. It's possibly that is what you are hearing.

chris
by cdgordon
18 Feb 2020 08:32
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

JVCKenwood (Kenwood & EF Johnson brands) offers a P25 & SmartNet capable radios. It is allowed on the MA system.

chris
by cdgordon
17 Feb 2020 20:28
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

single band will be offered by the state, EFJ Viking VP6000 or equal
by cdgordon
17 Feb 2020 20:25
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

If the various departments want to pay for the difference between the basic Kenwood or EF Johnson radio and the fancy Motorola dual or multiband. Eventually, this would replace the UHF. If I were buying dual band radios for that area, I would look at the VHF/7/800 anyway for mutual aid to areas outs...
by cdgordon
16 Feb 2020 22:33
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

Better range and a couple more watts (5 vs 3) helps a lot. Too bad they couldn't get enough VHF PS frequencies, I would bet that VHF P25 trunking out in Western MA with dual/multi band radios would have been be a better answer.

chris
by cdgordon
16 Feb 2020 22:28
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

Franklin County has been looking at alternatives for a long time. In the last year, the CoMIRS option seemed to be gaining steam. The had done surveys that included inventory of existing radios. The state won a court case and got the new phone fee in place to fund improvements to the radio system. B...
by cdgordon
16 Feb 2020 15:58
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Hampshire Cnty Police (transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

When the MSP put the P25 system in Western MA, I believe they included high end Futurecom P25 mobile extenders in every car assigned in western MA. They have added a number of fill in sites but unless these towns all add mobile repeaters, I would seriously doubt they will be happy with portable cove...
by cdgordon
16 Feb 2020 15:51
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Franklin Cnty Police (future transition to 800MHz P25 digital)

It is being done as part of the P25 part of the CoMIRS project. PD & FD will change over if it can be done to the satisfaction of the county folks. Patches of the UHF are running on the 800 now. There is an issue with system capacity on the B North Simulcast according to the latest update. I would e...
by cdgordon
16 Feb 2020 08:05
Forum: Scanning Equipment
Topic: ST2 Scantenna Heavy-Duty Clone Coming Soon
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: ST2 Scantenna Heavy-Duty Clone Coming Soon

It appears that they plan on still using the wingnuts to hold the conductors. I was never able to get a decent weatherproofing on that and eventually the corrosion degraded the signal.

chris
by cdgordon
04 Feb 2020 09:44
Forum: Scanning Miscellaneous
Topic: FCC Searching for licenses
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: FCC Searching for licenses

I don't know why the FCC maintains so many different links to the information, seems that it leads to more down links. I have several saved for my searching. The main one I use is: https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchAdvanced.jsp My weekly search is from that page. - I Start by checking...
by cdgordon
31 Jan 2020 08:16
Forum: New England Civil Aviation
Topic: Question for those using Adsbexchange.com
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Question for those using Adsbexchange.com

There is some testing I believe it is for a new interface for that website at:
https://tar1090.adsbexchange.com/
No tutorial but if you are used to the other, it is easier to figure out. Fewer options and filters but no timeout. For military, click the "U" at the top.

chris
by cdgordon
16 Jan 2020 16:24
Forum: Completed Submissions
Topic: CT STATE Police new channels
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: CT STATE Police new channels

Rocky Hill, already on the CLMRN page as temp patch, is correct but is mostly a patch when it is running (not often) and was used a bit for testing. They still are primarily UHF. This is the formula of CT Tax Town ID*100+10001. Each of the 169 municipalities has space allocated for 100 groups. Rocky...
by cdgordon
15 Jan 2020 17:46
Forum: Massachusetts Statewide
Topic: Mystery DMR - 452.6750
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Mystery DMR - 452.6750

That first talkgroup is suspiciously like the VanPool groups. They seem to use networked single channel repeaters. The thread for them is:
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=41124

chris
by cdgordon
18 Dec 2019 12:41
Forum: Vermont
Topic: DART in VT
Replies: 0
Views: 334

DART in VT

Got info from just over a year ago that DART helicopter has a repeater on Mt Mansfield in VT. I never get up that way but if someone wants to try, it's:
461.2250 PL 146.2

chris
by cdgordon
17 Dec 2019 15:34
Forum: Western Massachusetts
Topic: MSP analog, P25
Replies: 5
Views: 1044

Re: MSP analog, P25

You will have to program them as separate systems. you can use the same Quick Key but they have to be programmed separately.

chris
by cdgordon
28 Nov 2019 07:45
Forum: Scanning Equipment
Topic: SDS200 or BCD536HP...and a 396T question
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: SDS200 or BCD536HP...and a 396T question

The caution I would offer is that the P25 system is only going to get busier. Franklin County is looking to put PD/FD/EMS on it. Hampshire county has PD traffic on it. At some point, they may need to go ahead with P25 Phase 2 for more capacity. Remember, buying a scanner for what you monitor today i...
by cdgordon
01 Nov 2019 21:49
Forum: Scanning Equipment
Topic: BCD996XT vs. BCD996p2
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: BCD996XT vs. BCD996p2

Look at how long you have had your current scanner and think that far into the future. I would expect the MA Statewide P25 system to eventually have a lot of Phase 2. DMR and NXDN get more popular all the time. It only takes your favorite system to go to one of the newer technologies and you will be...
by cdgordon
18 Oct 2019 13:56
Forum: Digital Radio Communications
Topic: DMR question
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

Re: DMR question

non voice digital traffic. Vehicle location, messaging, other data.

chris
by cdgordon
03 Oct 2019 10:57
Forum: Digital Radio Communications
Topic: 463.2125 & 463.9625
Replies: 10
Views: 2157

Re: 463.2125 & 463.9625

DSDPlus will show that as XPT

chris
by cdgordon
01 Oct 2019 14:28
Forum: Connecticut
Topic: Wallingford P25 TRS
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: Wallingford P25 TRS

everyone's setup is different so the only way to know if you can receive it is to try. Pretty simple to setup a search or to even create a new system in a modern scanner.

chris
by cdgordon
25 Sep 2019 23:10
Forum: Area Trunked Radio
Topic: New Hytera TIII system?
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: New Hytera TIII system?

Marcus Communications Tier III in CT
That would be the Killingly site
https://www.scan-ne.net/wiki/index.php? ... onnecticut
Scroll down to the Tier III part

chris
by cdgordon
20 Sep 2019 10:55
Forum: Eastern Massachusetts
Topic: Van Pool
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: Van Pool

Monitoring DMR on 464.08750 likely a license in Wilbraham also from Applied Comm Svcs. https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSea ... ey=3997939
1222901 - Springfield area streets/addresses
1223901 - Worcester area streets/addresses

chris