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Old 05-22-2014, 1:24 PM
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:19 PM
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The Ocean City PD North 1 patch is still up, getting it off the Salisbury site
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Since I found a spot in my house that I can receive the Kent Site with 3-4 bars, I have been monitoring it more.

There is a big event this weekend called the "Chestertown Tea Party Festival."

Kent Fire, Police, EMS, MSP, and DNR all have utilized 12806 which is labeled "Fire Special" in the database.

I was thinking about submitting a change to the database. I would change it too an "Events" talkgroup for county unless there are any objections.
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Old 05-24-2014, 4:01 PM
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Since I found a spot in my house that I can receive the Kent Site with 3-4 bars, I have been monitoring it more.

There is a big event this weekend called the "Chestertown Tea Party Festival."

Kent Fire, Police, EMS, MSP, and DNR all have utilized 12806 which is labeled "Fire Special" in the database.

I was thinking about submitting a change to the database. I would change it too an "Events" talkgroup for county unless there are any objections.
If memory serves, "Fire Special" is the actual name on the system/radios... so, seems like it should stay.
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"Fire Special" is indeed the display name programmed into the County radios for that TG. It is also used for controlled burns, FD/EMS stand-by activities, training events, FD fundraiser coordination, etc. Essentially the go-to TG for non-emergency operations ( at least thus far ).
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The "special" tags are also used on the UESC system... It's possible the the KC tags were influenced by its neighboring system. Maybe something to do with mutual aid / interoperability ? Anyway, The tag "special" could be short for "Special Events." Some other systems use "Events x" as a tag for essentially the same type of activity.
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Looks like the NorthEast Barrack is using FiRST, keep getting hits but their all broken, have been hearing it periodically since yesterday and this morning.
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Presume you are monitoring from within Cecil? I find FIRST coverage within Cecil to be rather spotty - at least for scanners. Would be curious to know just how solid the subscriber radio performance is, thus far. About a year ago, I'd was told by a moderately reliable source that the Cecil tower buildout wasn't yet at 100% of original specs. I don't know if that information was fully accurate and/or if any infrastructure upgrades have been instituted since then.
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Presume you are monitoring from within Cecil? I find FIRST coverage within Cecil to be rather spotty - at least for scanners. Would be curious to know just how solid the subscriber radio performance is, thus far. About a year ago, I'd was told by a moderately reliable source that the Cecil tower buildout wasn't yet at 100% of original specs. I don't know if that information was fully accurate and/or if any infrastructure upgrades have been instituted since then.
Just at a rough estimation, I get about 20% better reception of anything on the APX7000 than on the PSR-800, almost regardless of antennas.
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Cecil was first built under Phase 1A (MdTA) and gets enhanced under Phase 3. Traveling through Cecil regularly, Phase 1A coverage there is similar to Cecil County's system based upon very subjective observation.
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Thanks for the insights, guys.

I noted that the NRP patrol boat positioned off the coast of Chestertown (during the Saturday Tea Party Festival) was using FIRST 700 (on Kent "SPECIAL") to coordinate with MSP/Chestertown PD/FD/EMS. Quite possible that they simply borrowed a Kent portable for the day - or maybe select NRP units have already been issued FIRST radios in places (like Kent) where the 700 system is quite active. The audio was superbly clean/crisp - so I don't believe this was any sort of patch into Kent's 700 system (on rare instances in the past, NRP has patched into Cecil/Kent channels via VTAC-1).
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Thanks for the insights, guys.

I noted that the NRP patrol boat positioned off the coast of Chestertown (during the Saturday Tea Party Festival) was using FIRST 700 (on Kent "SPECIAL") to coordinate with MSP/Chestertown PD/FD/EMS. Quite possible that they simply borrowed a Kent portable for the day - or maybe select NRP units have already been issued FIRST radios in places (like Kent) where the 700 system is quite active. The audio was superbly clean/crisp - so I don't believe this was any sort of patch into Kent's 700 system (on rare instances in the past, NRP has patched into Cecil/Kent channels via VTAC-1).
So people sometimes ask - why do people record?.... This is a perfect example why I record (or in the past at least log to disk on the PSR800). One of the first things I'd look for here is the radio ID which would very quickly tell you if it is/was a borrowed radio (248xxxx, 249xxxx). My guess is they have their own -- there's pretty good coverage at this point all over the Bay.
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Thanks for the insights, guys.

I noted that the NRP patrol boat positioned off the coast of Chestertown (during the Saturday Tea Party Festival) was using FIRST 700 (on Kent "SPECIAL") to coordinate with MSP/Chestertown PD/FD/EMS. Quite possible that they simply borrowed a Kent portable for the day - or maybe select NRP units have already been issued FIRST radios in places (like Kent) where the 700 system is quite active. The audio was superbly clean/crisp - so I don't believe this was any sort of patch into Kent's 700 system (on rare instances in the past, NRP has patched into Cecil/Kent channels via VTAC-1).

NRPs system sounds pretty scratchy on its own, so I doubt it was a patch.
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So people sometimes ask - why do people record?.... This is a perfect example why I record (or in the past at least log to disk on the PSR800). One of the first things I'd look for here is the radio ID which would very quickly tell you if it is/was a borrowed radio (248xxxx, 249xxxx). My guess is they have their own -- there's pretty good coverage at this point all over the Bay.

I haven't yet gotten fancy enough to play around with the recording and radio ID settings. Great features for a situation like this. Someday soon, I'll have to dive into those aspects of the radio's functionality.


And yes, NRP's VHF-Hi audio quality does leave a lot to be desired.
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Since VTAC11 was mentioned, the MESIN Chestertown site provides full VCALL10 and all TACs as well as 8CALL90 and all TACs and can be patched seamlessly anywhere on the shore.


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Can anybody confirm if Northeast is coming up on FiRST anymore. I left earlier today, sadly. I know this morning I was getting them more than Sunday.
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I haven't yet gotten fancy enough to play around with the recording and radio ID settings. Great features for a situation like this. Someday soon, I'll have to dive into those aspects of the radio's functionality.
Uniden didn't make it very easy to get to this data like GRE did - but it's there. It's baffling to me why Uniden captures the data but provides no easy way to go to it.
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Can anybody confirm if Northeast is coming up on FiRST anymore. I left earlier today, sadly. I know this morning I was getting them more than Sunday.
I'm not sure if Northeast is really live on FiRST yet full time. They're probably waiting for the rest of the Cecil buildout in Phase 3. I think the times when the TG is active is simply because someone has a radio and affiliates.
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I copied very little MSP F activity on FIRST during my trips through Cecil in May - despite their lowband channel being very active. Agree that they likely haven't yet jumped onboard.
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