Originally Posted by Houdini0001
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This is what I "think" i have so far:
3: 859.7375 - MDT Traffic
8: 855.9625 - Beaverton PD
11: 853.7875 - WCSO Disp1
14: 853.2875 - ? Fire
15: 853.2375 - WCSO Disp2, ? Fire
17: 852.3375 - ? Fire
I am new to this and have a Uniden Bearcat BC355c its a nice scanner but is not a trunking scanner pretty basic, wanted to start out with something simple, will work my way up eventually.
You will not have much luck hearing complete conversations until you get a trunking scanner. With the increase in digital systems, there are lots of inexpensive used trunking scanners available. FYI here is how a Motorola trunking system, as used by WCCCA, works.
The object of trunking is to allow many users to share a relatively few frequencies.
A trunking system is controlled by a computer. Information (data) is exchanged between the system radios and the computer on a control channel, sometimes called a data channel. It sounds like a strong buzz.
A large system can have up to 28 freqs., 4 of which may be used as control channels. The control channel may be changed once a day or as often as the programmer decides. Some scanners need only the control channels to track an entire system. Just put in the 4 Control Channels.
Each group of users (Fire, Police, etc.) is assigned TALK GROUPS. In a Motorola Type II system, the most common type, TGs are usually in 32 number steps starting with 16 and going up to 65536; 16, 48, 80 --- 4656, 4688, 4720 --- 28944, 28976, etc. System radios can have more than 100 TGs programmed into them.
After all the freqs. have been entered and it is "trunking", the Banks become SCAN LISTS where you enter the Talk Groups you want to hear.
Use the Talk Group numbers in the DEC column, not in the HEX column.
When a user pushes the talk button on his radio, data is sent to the computer. The computer chooses an unused freq. and sends that data to all the radios using the TG of the originating unit. This all happens in a fraction of a second and it happens EVERY TIME a radio is used.
Fire Dispatch calling Engine 4 (TG 4528 on 856.7125)
Engine 4 answering Dispatch (TG 4528 on 852.2625)
Respond to 73 Elm Street (TG 4528 on 855.9625)
Engine 4 responding (TG 4528 on 851.6375)
If you have entered TG 4528 into your scanner, it will decode the control channel data and change your scanner freqs. to follow the conversation on TG 4528.