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Old 07-09-2010, 6:18 PM
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- Too much plain English, dispatch and patrol units sound like they are having a casual phone conversation and take up too much airtime. Broadcasts should be specific and brief; not a drawn out dissertation unless itís pertinent to officer safety.

- Too loud or too soft of talking. I canít stand units who talk so loudly or cup their microphone and make it sound like itís lodged in their esophagus. It sounds like my speaker will blow out every time they talk. Too bad there isnít a way to make the volume of every unit a consistent pitch.

- Dispatch having to repeate a call over and over because each officer responding misses parts of the call.
There's a guy I work with that sounds like he's deep throating the mic when he talks. I swear he spits all over the thing.
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Old 07-09-2010, 8:26 PM
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Another thing that is annoying, is when an Officer screams into the radio to run a simple registration check. When you hear the first part of their transmission, you would swear he was just in an Officer involved shooting, but by the end (just after I've spilled my coffee) you realize he is just screaming for a vehicle registration check.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:23 PM
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1. Missing the response from Mobile units due to scanner sensitivity problems
2. Pager Intermods on the Ambulance and Fire frequencies here
3. Learning that a frequency is now "going TETRA" and will never be heard again
4. When dispatcher decides to call and give details on the mobile (cell phone provided by tax payers)
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:54 PM
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- Too much plain English, dispatch and patrol units sound like they are having a casual phone conversation ....
Amen.

Since switching, I think a few have forgotten how to talk. I keep hearing the word "Direct" to answer a yes/ no question... when the word "Correct" should be used.

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Old 07-10-2010, 12:08 AM
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How bout those super obnoxious, super fast, super unnecessary DTMF strings that go off after every transmission.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:50 AM
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Officers...10-4 does NOT mean "yes"

Dispatch "Confirm the vehicle is stolen?"
Officer "10-4"

Or when dispatch refers to static or feedback as "squelch"?
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Old 07-10-2010, 8:14 AM
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How many other ways do they say basically the same thing as "Received"? I know of 10-4, QSL, Roger, and the longer Roger Wilco (short for "Will Cooperate" for those that don't know). Any others?
In SW Oklahoma they say "OK" or something that sounds like "Yo K" instead of yes or 10-4.
A few volunteer firemen and EMTs around here say "That's clear" instead of yes or 10-4. I don't know where they got that from.


Before toning out the fire department here, the dispatchers alway say "Clear the airways for fire page" or "Clear the airways for medical page".
They need to look up the word "airway" in a dictionary.
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Old 07-10-2010, 8:26 AM
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These are all very interesting, I really need to get a base unit, along with other brand of radios to catch these other things I have not yet heard granted only been scanning for 3 weeks....One thing i have noticed seems to be alot of FD and PD guys on this here forum....thanks for all the good stuff....
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Old 07-10-2010, 1:07 PM
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Before toning out the fire department here, the dispatchers alway say "Clear the airways for fire page" or "Clear the airways for medical page".
They need to look up the word "airway" in a dictionary.
True. They should be saying "Clear the airways of that poor choking victim."

Our dispatchers will say "Standby for a dispatch."

Seems to be a more accurate approach.
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So please post what is the most annoying thing you here while listening to your police scanner.

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Old 07-10-2010, 4:47 PM
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An open carrier that hangs the frequency until dispatch or the field unit realizes that they are tx-ing dead air.
It's interesting for a half a minute, then it becomes bothersome because you have to L/O or repeatedly push scan.
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Here are some on my "black list"...

>People who talk loudly into the radio...(Hey, gardener on TAMU Landscape West...STOP SCREAMING INTO THE MIC!!!!!!!!!)
>I agree with the others on the open carrier problem.
>Bryan FD's terminology method--or lack thereof...Medic 3, we have a...uhhhh...3-year-old with something stuck in his throat...
>When a dispatcher on an 800 system says "please switch to frequency 2".
>When the music on someone's MP3 player starts playing over the air.
>The local dispatch center still makes trainees memorize ten codes.
>Extended returns on background checks...DPS seems to be especially bad at this, despite their new MDT system.
>Channels with a lot of static.
>The local electric company acknowledges all transmissions with "Okay".
>Idle trunked systems, especially one that has been up and active for half a year now with no sign of local activity.
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How bout those super obnoxious, super fast, super unnecessary DTMF strings that go off after every transmission.
Better than MODAT

FDNY TPS signaling is pretty annoying as well.
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yesterday i found another one....how about responders that keep the radio keyed for about 5-7 seconds after they are done talking...that got annoying

also since my county is still on the UHF channels where dispatch and response is on the primary channel until they get their P-25 up and working...they say all units standby for emergency dispatch...if they said clear the airway that would get to me to
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When a trunked system has too much traffic for it's own good and all I hear is 3 minutes of short half second static bursts as it franticly tries trunking through 1000+ TGIDs


I lost my manual so I can't close the banks either
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Old 07-10-2010, 5:52 PM
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I also dislike it when people don't pause briefly when keying the mic which leads to the first part of their transmission not being broadcast. This is especially bad when using repeaters. For example;

Dispatch- "Car 54 what's your location?"

Officer- "..... and 7th"

Dispatch- "10-9"

Officer- ".....and 7th"

Dispatch- "I copy 7th, what's your cross street?"

Officer- "...and Maple"

Dispatch- "Maple and 7th, is that correct?"

Officer- "Affirmative".
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The most annoying thing I hear is the police calling SWAT out to my address, then hearing them say they are going to cut the power prior to making entry, and then the next thing I h
That is by far the best response in here.

Not in any order.
  • "Call dispatch" or "Public Service dispatch" - I want to hear what is going on or I wouldn't be sitting here with four scanners!
  • "Check your MDT for details" or "More information available in MDT call notes" - Again, I want the details too.
  • P25 encryption - Have not heard too much of this yet but I am sure as more local PD's switch to P25 there will be wider use of the ability.
  • Any language besides English - My tax dollars helped pay for your radio's and this is America, please speak English
  • Fire tone outs when the volume is up - Usually happens after someone else felt the need to whisper
  • HAM operators on the WX spotter freq's talking about their personal lives during severe WX
  • Scrambled voice - no explanation needed
  • Cranky/unprofessional Dispatcher's and/or Officer's - You may be having a bad day but let's at least try to sound professional
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Most annoying thing to hear while listening to scanner?

That would have to be "Honey would you take out the garbage and pick up the dog poop on the lawn"

<..> dang woman!
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Hearing your own license plate being ran, followed by a lot of red and blue lights right behind you.
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A few annoying things

  • Use of 10 codes
  • EMT's getting snippy with the dispatchers when they use 10 codes
  • Frequent 10-21's(call dispatcher)
  • Trying hard to hide as much info as possible, and sometimes creating confusion
  • Fire/EMS tones not CSQ
  • Voice scrambling
  • Talking to far away from the mic
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