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Old 01-23-2014, 2:58 PM
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In the RR Database, Hall County Fire is shown as still retaining its 154.340 VHF Dispatch frequency but with a different input frequency than indicated in its FCC license. In addition, there is a NOTE above the listing which indicates that a simplex frequency (156.060) would become the simulcast frequency for the trunked system Fire Dispatch talkgroup. Questions:

1. Is there even a conventional simulcast frequency in service at all?
2. If so, what is it?

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Old 01-23-2014, 3:44 PM
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In the RR Database, Hall County Fire is shown as still retaining its 154.340 VHF Dispatch frequency but with a different input frequency than indicated in its FCC license. In addition, there is a NOTE above the listing which indicates that a simplex frequency (156.060) would become the simulcast frequency for the trunked system Fire Dispatch talkgroup. Questions:

1. Is there even a conventional simulcast frequency in service at all?
2. If so, what is it?

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Mike, they used to use 154.34 and 156.06. Have not heard them on .34, or .06 for years. Only on the trunked system. I am running three scanners to verify at this time.
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Mike, they used to use 154.34 and 156.06. Have not heard them on .34, or .06 for years. Only on the trunked system. I am running three scanners to verify at this time.
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Mike, can confirm that they are not using the VHF for simulcast on the trunked system.
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I've heard a search and rescue group conduct exercises on Hall's 154.340 repeater a couple of times a year for the last couple of years or so. As far as I could tell it was using the repeater and not a simulcast from any talkgroup on the trunked system.
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They do not use 154.34 any more. There's other stuff on that freq though. I hear Walton co and Pike Co to name but two that I have identified. I don't think hall simulcasts.

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Also, they used to conduct a daily evening VHF test on 154.340 around 18:00 to 19:00. They would send a single tone and the dispatcher would announce the test. I haven't listened around that time lately so they may no longer do it.
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Well, it goes to show that when in doubt, just ask. According to Hall County Fire Chief/EMA Director David Kimbrell, the 154.340 repeater is still on the air.

Also, I think this is the SAR group that uses the repeater occasionally: Hall County EMA Search Team | Georgia | Wilderness Lost Person Search
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Thanks to all of you for clarifying the information. I appreciate your assistance.

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Just to follow up, I did get an email response from the SAR group and they did use Hall's 154.340 repeater for training but don't any longer. He said they have moved to more 'secure' frequencies for their training but still may be heard on VHF from time to time.
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So, Mike, how is the scanning up there in the mountains?
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I hope he's listening to the GSMN Park and the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Excellent conventional P-25.
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Also, they used to conduct a daily evening VHF test on 154.340 around 18:00 to 19:00. They would send a single tone and the dispatcher would announce the test. I haven't listened around that time lately so they may no longer do it.
I remember this too.

It's gone.
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And naturally several hours after I post that ^^^^^,
I just heard hall county (mentioned by name) do a page test on 154.34.
It didn't sound like they paged out more than one or two units.

I tried to record it but could not get it going in time. It lasted all of 1 minute.
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