MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

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MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#1 Post by dmorelli82 » 15 May 2019 18:00

Hello, I just purchased the SDS100.... so far, ok. At my home, I can pick up most communications from the Gray RCC with the unit on my desk. In my travels along the Turnpike from Gray to Kittery though, I hear almost nothing. I keep it in my car without an external antenna so perhaps that is the issue. Any suggestions on an external antenna? Are others having similar issues?

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MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#2 Post by W1KNE » 15 May 2019 20:04

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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#3 Post by schwab » 16 May 2019 08:24

Are you trying to monitor the Gray RCC site only? I would try adding the Ossipee Mountain, Mt Agamenticus, and York DOT sites. These probably have better coverage south of Portland than the Gray tower does. As for an antenna, any VHF high band should do just fine. I use a dual band 2m/440 MHz ham antenna for my scanner in the car and it works great.
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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#4 Post by CW115 » 18 May 2019 22:55

dmorelli82 wrote:
15 May 2019 18:00
Hello, I just purchased the SDS100.... so far, ok. At my home, I can pick up most communications from the Gray RCC with the unit on my desk. In my travels along the Turnpike from Gray to Kittery though, I hear almost nothing. I keep it in my car without an external antenna so perhaps that is the issue. Any suggestions on an external antenna? Are others having similar issues?
I can confirm from my travels from the NH line to Portland you need to be monitoring Mt Aggy and Ossipee Mountain sites as well as York DOT. The Gray site has almost zero coverage that far south. The York DOT site also has a relatively small footprint mainly from York to about Wells.

Gordon

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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#5 Post by dmorelli82 » 23 May 2019 07:24

Thank you, I have Aggy, Ossipee, and York DOT all programmed. I'll try monitoring those only this weekend... I'm driving down to Boston.

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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#6 Post by CW115 » 25 May 2019 21:13

Since you are using it in the same area I'm in (Wells) how does the SDS100 do on the conventional analog and P25 public safety frequencies in Southern Maine and Rockingham county?

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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#7 Post by dmorelli82 » 26 May 2019 21:27

CW115 wrote:
25 May 2019 21:13
Since you are using it in the same area I'm in (Wells) how does the SDS100 do on the conventional analog and P25 public safety frequencies in Southern Maine and Rockingham county?

Thanks,
Gordon
It works great on the Portland P25 system. Not so good on analog VHF Cumberland County Sheriff and area fire departments though. The antenna would probably need to be changed out.

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Re: MSCommNet SDS100 reception question

#8 Post by dmorelli82 » 26 May 2019 21:29

CW115 wrote:
18 May 2019 22:55
dmorelli82 wrote:
15 May 2019 18:00
Hello, I just purchased the SDS100.... so far, ok. At my home, I can pick up most communications from the Gray RCC with the unit on my desk. In my travels along the Turnpike from Gray to Kittery though, I hear almost nothing. I keep it in my car without an external antenna so perhaps that is the issue. Any suggestions on an external antenna? Are others having similar issues?
I can confirm from my travels from the NH line to Portland you need to be monitoring Mt Aggy and Ossipee Mountain sites as well as York DOT. The Gray site has almost zero coverage that far south. The York DOT site also has a relatively small footprint mainly from York to about Wells.

Gordon
Would you be willing to share your .hpd file? I am not an expert when it comes to scanning but I am comfortable using the ARC536 software. I feel like I'm missing something because I still only get portions of broadcasts while in the car on the Turnpike. I have the online streaming running at the same time and hear alot more through that than my scanner.

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