Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Scanner Freq

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #16
    EMT/GUARD a/k/a Security Officer,

    My chin just hit the desk after I saw the pictures of your home/car. They could have used you down south when Katrina hit....a genuine command post.
    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

    Comment


    • #17
      Originally posted by Bill Warnock
      Yes. The more sophisticated the encryption platform the more difficult it is to decrypt. We have gone from single transmissions to constant key. When you listen in, trash.
      I glad I live in New England. They are extremely slow in upgrading their communications equipment because the towns will have a fit at budget time since there isn't even enough $$ for the school systems.
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

      Comment


      • #18
        Wow! Great stuff there indeed. And, yes after some research your right about the BC-780XLT. It seems to still be a hot item.

        As for having such equipment in vehicles here in Florida it's limited. Law states unless your public safety or have a ham license it's unlawful to have radio scanners in your vehicle. Well, it's got a loop hole. Anything "installed" is unlawful. Hand held you can use, and if you run a base unit by a portable battery pack it's legal. But if it's bolted, mounted or made part of the vehicle you run the risk of getting charged and it being taken by LE. Most of the LEO's here are understanding. But others have made it clear they don't care who you are in the private sector.

        Really one of those stupid Florida laws.

        All my stuff is to big for my SUV. I use to have a hand held but it got stolen.
        My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

        -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

        -It's just a job kid deal with it

        -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

        Comment


        • #19
          [QUOTE=Echos13
          Really one of those stupid Florida laws.
          [/QUOTE]

          Stupid indeed. Who will obey it? Good citizens? Yes. Criminals? I don't think they are worried about it since they are probably using it to commit a felony anyhow.
          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

          Comment


          • #20
            Originally posted by Mr. Security
            Stupid indeed. Who will obey it? Good citizens? Yes. Criminals? I don't think they are worried about it since they are probably using it to commit a felony anyhow.
            Indeed. I used to laugh at a supervisor who threw a scanner on the front dash. He swore it was legal, till I pulled out the Gould Book and showed him. He put it underneath the dash when leaving Pinellas County, because everyone in Pinellas loved us.
            Some Kind of Commando Leader

            "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

            Comment


            • #21
              Originally posted by EMTGuard
              Nothing is up with that. It's a great scanner that is used every day. Just like my Pro-91 and my BC-245, and several others, which are also no longer made.
              I use the BC-780 for monitoring and recording my local Fire dispatch and Fire ground communications. Dispatch and coms are on a parish wide EDACS 800MHz trunked system but the local FD, which I used to work for, uses talkgroups on the City of Baton Rouge Motorola 800MHz trunked system for it's Fireground and Talk channels. The BC-780 is almost exclusively used for monitoring them and I have it wired to my computer Input line. The computer records the audio from that channel using a program called Scanner Recorder which acts like a VOX recorder, only recording when someone transmits then standing by when nothing is breaking squelch. Each day's recordings are saved as a audio file that I can listen to later when I have time.
              Other scanners monitor separate systems. I have a desktop scanner which is programmed with only Business freqs and another with only railroad and marine frequencies. My old Pro-91 trunktracker is just for listening to the local PD and Sheriff. My BC-245 trunktracker is primarily used for monitoring Baton Rouge Fire and EMS traffic. I have VHF/UHF Ham radios and FRS and GMRS radios for transmitting and my DX-390 radio pulls in the shortwave signals below 30MHz. There's even CB and weather alert radios on the desk.
              As you pointed out, the BC-780 isn't the most current scanner but it is still quite popular.
              The fact is that until all the local agencies complete Rebanding it will be very useful to me. After Rebanding it will most likely be used for scanning other services and I'll upgrade to a newer scanner such as the BC-396.
              Another scanner that isn't being made anymore is the Pro-93 trunktracker. That doesn't mean that it isn't useful. I take my '93 to work with me every night to monitor the State Police and area Fire Department dispatches. And it came it real handy for monitoring the action after Hurricane Katrina from my post just outside New Orleans.
              And that is what is up with that.
              How about a photo of my car shack wich includes traunktracker scanners, Kenwood TM-D700 VHF/UHF running APRS tracking programs, TV, 2.4Gig wireless camera receiver and more?
              Dude! What the hell is on the bottom? It looks like an older MDT from Motorolla? Do you have it decoding packet TX or something?
              Some Kind of Commando Leader

              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

              Comment


              • #22
                Originally posted by Mr. Security
                EMT/GUARD a/k/a Security Officer,

                My chin just hit the desk after I saw the pictures of your home/car. They could have used you down south when Katrina hit....a genuine command post.
                I did use some of it during and after Katrina. I obeyed my town's mandatory evacuation order and took the cat and my lady love to stay with friends. As the winds died down I used the ham radio to give damage reports to the Local and State EOCs as I drove home. I spent the rest of that monday chainsawing the trees that had fallen against my home and blocked my front door. The next day, Tuesday, I used the Ham radio to contact the EOC in St John Parish and got instruction on which roads were open and what I needed to have to get past the police roadblocks to releive my supervisor who had rode out the storm in the guard shack at the plant. Tuesday evening I was at work while my lady, also a Ham, drove to Ascension Parish and volunteered for the night shift at the EOC there. By wednesday moring, after monitoring the action around New Orleans on my scanner all night, I was back in my car and used the ham radio to check in with my girl at the EOC. We went home to rest and that evening returned to Ascension Parish where she volunteered for another night at the ham radio station there while I went to the Lamar Dixion Expo Center where several thousand evacuees and releif workers were being sheltered and staged. During the time I was at the shelter I used my handheld portable to crossband through my car radio to the repeater the Parish EOC was on and also relayed traffic to the State EOC. The radio in my car acted as a crossband repeater. After about 15 hours of shelter work my shift was over and I was ready to go home. Katrina was still causing problems just a few miles down the road but I was going home to get some rest. This is how I looked before I left the shelter which housed approx 1200 evacuees that night and was patroled my a combination of Sheriff's deputies and National Guardsmen with M-16s.
                Attached Files
                Last edited by EMTGuard; 12-19-2005, 09:20 AM.
                Hospital Security Officer

                Comment


                • #23
                  Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                  Dude! What the hell is on the bottom? It looks like an older MDT from Motorolla? Do you have it decoding packet TX or something?
                  No it's a TV. The same one I have in this photo taken when I worked another Hurricane shelter a couple of years back. This pic was taken at the shelter at Plaqumine High School in Iberville Parish during Tropical Storm Isadore. Shown are (amoung other things) the TV, My Portable Ham Radio which I crossband through the radio in my car, a trunktracker scanner, FRS radio for shelter staff comms, battery op lamp for late night use and headphones to use when shelteries are sleeping.
                  Now when I work Hurricane shelter duty, that card table becomes my Command Post.
                  Attached Files
                  Hospital Security Officer

                  Comment


                  • #24
                    I've been active in disaster responce and have worked several shelter assignements so I've gotten pretty good and knowing what I need to do the job. I get my shelter assignment, drive there and report to the shelter manager, ask for a spot out of the way in a corner and set up my table, my chairs, cot and sleeping gear. I've even started prepacking printed signs to ID my area as a Emergency Communications, Ham Radio station in case anyone has any doubt why I'm there. Since I have my own bedding and equiptment and always have 72 hours of food and water I don't have to burden the shelter resorces with anything unnecessary. Here's another shot of my shelter set up with the cot in the background.
                    Attached Files
                    Hospital Security Officer

                    Comment

                    Leaderboard

                    Collapse
                    Working...
                    X