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Old 12-11-2012, 11:06 AM
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anyone know when decatur and grady co in southwest georgia going to a digital radio system it should be getting close.being a firefighter would be nice to know when the transiton begins.
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Can't find any recent applications on the ULS for Decatur or Grady county, but here's a news article from back in July on the upgrade:

E911 upgrade to help officers | The Post-Searchlight

The article mentions December 17 is a go live date, and it says that "frequencies will remain the same" (which means they will still be on VHF) but using some kind of digital modulation.

It says Motorola got the contact, so if it's P25 phase I, and unencrypted, than any digital capable scanner can monitor. If it's P25 phase II, then only the GRE PSR-800 can, if it's MotoTRBO, then no commercially available scanner can tune in as of yet, though there are other ways of monitoring unencrypted MotoTRBO systems.
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I wrote that news article and the quick answer is that the new digital system has been tested but isn't live yet. Motorola had to go back and do further upgrades on the tower equipment and that's pushed the completion date into next spring. Meanwhile, the old analog system still works for Grady and Decatur counties.
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I bet the switch is soon or in progress... I heard a general announcement on the Grady County Fire channel just a couple of days ago advising members of one VFD to come to a meeting and "bring your old radios and chargers"
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Old 12-20-2012, 9:45 AM
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I wrote that news article and the quick answer is that the new digital system has been tested but isn't live yet. Motorola had to go back and do further upgrades on the tower equipment and that's pushed the completion date into next spring. Meanwhile, the old analog system still works for Grady and Decatur counties.
Don't see where they have filed an STA on their current licenses for narrowbanding which is required on Jan 1, 2013.
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Drove through Cairo today, following the storm front, and heard Cairo PD and Grady SO on their "old" frequencies in analog. No trees must have been harmed during the storm, as I didn't hear anything from Cairo Fire or Grady County Fire ...... and I was trying (in analog and P25).
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I use "Two Tone Detect" software, and that software has not detected a single Dispatch on Grady county since 12/19. That is pretty unlikely to be actually the case. so I suspect Grady county has moved. STill hearing occasssional Decatur county and Cairo city
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Please check the P25 system of Thomas County / Thomasville, GA. A year plus ago I heard Thomasville P25 on the P25 system used by Dougherty County / Albany, GA. See if you can get signal from Thomas County - maybe they'll tap into that system.
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Up until last week, I have still been receiving routine tone outs for Grady FD on 154.415, but that has stopped. Last couple of days there have been numerous "all call" pages for folks to get their new radios programmed. Have not heard any real FD traffic on 154.415 FM in several days. Does sounds like EMS is using the freq.
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Just heard an all call page announcing that "cut over" is scheduled for the afternoon of July 1
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I noticed that a lot of the radio licenses in these two counties, have been upgraded to Project 25 Phase 1 modulation. Neither county has applied for a trunking license as of this time. So this leads me to believe they are going to be operating in conventional digital mode.

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Is the Decatur and Grady county radio system in swga is going to be a 800 system or not?
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I believe it will be in the 150 -174 MHz area, which is known as VHF-High band. However, you may want to also check the 700 and 800 MHz areas just in case.

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I haven't heard nothing on the new system in Decatur and Grady counties all it does is scan and no talking
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I am a VFF here in Decatur and all operations are now on the new digital system. Decatur now has analog 156.1425 as the dispatch frequency. You will hear Decatur fire, EMS and Bainbridge public safety tones on this.
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I am listening to Decatur and Grady County from across the line in Havana, FL. I am using my BCD996xt and GRE PSR600. The frequencies are the same, you just have to have a digital scanner to listen now. Here is what I have submitted so far to RR.

Decatur County Update

Frequency | Tone | Alpha Tag | Mode
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155.9550 | 179 NAC | DCSO Disp | P25 NFM
154.1450 | 179 NAC | DCFD Disp | P25 NFM
155.1150 | 179 NAC | DCEMS Disp | P25 NFM
155.9550 | 115 DPL | DCBOE555 | NFM
158.7750 | 179 NAC | BPD Disp | P25 NFM
160.0800 | 179.9 PL | Public Works | NFM

Grady County Update


Frequency | Tone | Alpha Tag | Mode
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153.0800 | 179 NAC | GCSO Disp | P25 NFM
155.4000 | 179 NAC | GCEMS Disp | P25 NFM
155.4150 | 179 NAC | GCFD Disp | P25 NFM
155.5500 | 179 NAC | CPD Dispatch | P25 NFM
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I am listening to Decatur and Grady County from across the line in Havana, FL. I am using my BCD996xt and GRE PSR600. The frequencies are the same, you just have to have a digital scanner to listen now. Here is what I have submitted so far to RR.

Decatur County Update

Frequency | Tone | Alpha Tag | Mode
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155.9550 | 179 NAC | DCSO Disp | P25 NFM
154.1450 | 179 NAC | DCFD Disp | P25 NFM
155.1150 | 179 NAC | DCEMS Disp | P25 NFM
155.9550 | 115 DPL | DCBOE555 | NFM
158.7750 | 179 NAC | BPD Disp | P25 NFM
160.0800 | 179.9 PL | Public Works | NFM

Grady County Update


Frequency | Tone | Alpha Tag | Mode
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153.0800 | 179 NAC | GCSO Disp | P25 NFM
155.4000 | 179 NAC | GCEMS Disp | P25 NFM
155.4150 | 179 NAC | GCFD Disp | P25 NFM
155.5500 | 179 NAC | CPD Dispatch | P25 NFM
Grady Fire is 154.415, not 155.415
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Grady Fire is 154.415, not 155.415
My mistake on the frequency. I'll make sure RR corrects my mistake.

Do you have any other frequencies that I can plug in to my scanner for Decatur, Seminole or Grady County that are not listed on this site?
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My mistake on the frequency. I'll make sure RR corrects my mistake.

Do you have any other frequencies that I can plug in to my scanner for Decatur, Seminole or Grady County that are not listed on this site?
156.1425 is our pageout frequency. You will hear tones from Decatur fire, EMS and Bainbridge Public Safety. Also, 155.0850 is the Grady pageout freq.
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Drove through Cairo today, following the storm front, and heard Cairo PD and Grady SO on their "old" frequencies in analog. No trees must have been harmed during the storm, as I didn't hear anything from Cairo Fire or Grady County Fire ...... and I was trying (in analog and P25).
Hey dude have u noticed that Seminole county in Georgia has blocked out there EMS frequency I got a digital scanner.im also a firefighter and can't pick them up.
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