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Old 11-14-2017, 12:35 AM
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I'm having trouble receiving MPLS FIRE on my pro 106 . I live in New Brighton and use a radio shack 800 Mhz antenna.any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-14-2017, 5:52 AM
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What site are you trying to pick them up on.
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I have tried both city center and N-S no luck.
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They probably wouldn't be heard on city center (that's state and EMS "stuff"). N-S is MFD's "home" sub-system. Do you hear anything else "Minneapolis" on the N-S? If so, I'd suspect MFD might be locked out inadvertently.

You could also try Hennepin East just for the heck of it.
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Only have fire nothing else from Minneapolis programmed into the scanner.I checked nothing is locked out.could I be to far away to hear them?
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I have nothing but fire in my scanner for Mpls.I check it's not locked out.could I be to far away to hear them.
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Do you have a programming cable??
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:10 PM
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See: ARMER Coverage Maps and go to the T109 site. This will display a theoretical signal strength coverage map. You can spot your location and get some idea of the signal strength.
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I'm using win500 for programming.I have a Pro 106 with a 800 KHz antenna.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:21 AM
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Minneapolis Fire is essentially only on site 1-9 (almost all structure fires are patched with an ME-Tac; you will be able to hear them elsewhere). Trying anywhere else is not going to work.

Moving your antenna (inches or to the other side of the house) can make a huge difference. I* am in the white or yellow on that map linked above and am currently decoding ~100% of control channel messages and have a BER < 0.1%. I could move my antenna a few feet and have it be completely unusable. You should select only site 1-9 on your scanner (listen to everything on the site) and see where you are able to get it clearly and where you can't.

* I am using a somewhat directional antenna, the antenna is in front of a window and I am not using a typical scanner, but I think the basic point still applies.
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