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Old 09-06-2013, 4:56 PM
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All the 396xt showed for a SID was 005Ah.

Other sites have shown a complete SID. Wondering if Drayton just hasn't been assigned a complete SID yet.
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Old 09-06-2013, 7:03 PM
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All the 396xt showed for a SID was 005Ah.

Other sites have shown a complete SID. Wondering if Drayton just hasn't been assigned a complete SID yet.
I don't think that's possible ... I think you have to have data in there of some sort. I'm suspect of the Uniden scanner not showing 3-digit site IDs.
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Old 09-07-2013, 2:46 PM
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That may be correct. On SOW 2 I'm not getting the 249 site number on my 396XT while Unitrunker shows it.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:12 AM
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Joining SOW 2 up here is SOW 1 today. SOW 1 is a bit distant. Maybe some testing in the coming week.
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That may be correct. On SOW 2 I'm not getting the 249 site number on my 396XT while Unitrunker shows it.
Harry, I seen the same thing, Site 660c5-05B - 249-249 using UniCrapper and other monitoring tools.
I did hear the techs say they did pull this SOW trailer two from the Calgary Warehouse or Crossfield airport storage....

The signal has been pretty strong on both CC channels, P25 audo pretty clear, no requests to repeat the transmission due to garrble

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Old 09-09-2013, 11:36 PM
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As of tomorrow I will have a Uniden 996xt at my disposal. I hope that being on the 16th floor (160' AGL) will help to be able to keep tabs on what is happening on the new radio system. As I come across anything new I will be sure to pass it along to the group.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:46 AM
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I'm having a hard time getting this system programmed into my PSR-800. Is anyone able to PM me some basic instructions? Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2013, 8:46 AM
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Today I'm picking up CC from Drayton Valley 1 and can confirm what Bidulock reported. Both my 396XT and 996XT only show System 05A but no site number so it must be a 3 diget number the Uniden's can't handle.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:25 AM
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mark2117: As per the Wiki page, programming this system is about as straightforward as it gets on the PSR-800 - meaning that it's extremely difficult to do anything on that scanner in the first place, but programming this system is no harder than any other system. Just remember to make sure that "Auto Fill" is checked in the system frequencies section when you're building each site in the EZ-Scan program.

In other news, inexplicably, the LMR North site has reappeared in Spectrum Direct, with only a small handful of licenses present, for Fort Assiniboine, Two Creeks, and Hardisty. I'll add them to the map shortly.
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Old 09-13-2013, 6:04 PM
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Distance testing today from the Legal site. Talk group 14701 and Portables 9900001 and 02. Portables are loud and clear from St. Albert.
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Old 09-17-2013, 1:14 PM
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Wabamun is live today on CC 773.1437. As Jay predicted it is Site 46-46 and is System 05A.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:58 PM
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Cochrane has lit up today on 771.09375, on expected RFSS/site 92-92, sys 05B. The signal is better than I expected down in Bragg Creek but definitely not strong enough to cover the region adequately. With a mobile antenna on my car I get about a 15-40% decode rate in the town of Bragg Creek, and 5-20% at home westwards from there. My home base scanner, a PSR600 with an identical SpectrumForce mobile antenna on a piece of tin duct sheeting and run thru a multicoupler, 3 stories higher than the car, gets between 60% and 99% decode depending on moment to moment shifts in the signal strength.

The stated goal has been to cover "95% of primary and secondary highways with mobile coverage".. I guess I'm in the 5%.

Oh, by the way, also I logged some private calls/I-Calls the other day during testing of 05B-102-102 Calgary Airport. Not sure if that will carry on into the "live" portion of the system's life, but if you haven't had private calls configured yet in your settings, you might want to activate it.

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Old 10-04-2013, 11:23 AM
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Drayton Valley 1 has been confirmed as Site 201-201 System 5A on CC 774.5937 on Unitrunker. The new Uniden's do not show this site.
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Old 10-04-2013, 1:56 PM
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Noted and submitted.

I'm home from work (sick), so I had some spare time today to put all the pending stuff into the "E-Z Scan" software for the PSR-800. It's attached - open E-Z Scan and choose "File>Restore from Archive", then click on the zip file.

Also attached are the latest HP1, Uniden T/XT (FreeSCAN) and PSR-500/600 (Win500) formats.
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Old 10-05-2013, 1:16 PM
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I freed up a port on my multicoupler today so I put an SDR dongle on it and started up SDR#. Here's what I'm getting in the 800 neighborhood from the Bragg Creek region, from low to high.

770.90625: Chestermere CC. averaging -6dB.
771.14375: Beiseker CC. -27dB
771.59375: Radnor CC. -5.5dB
771.69375: Cremona CC. In the noise floor (~-30dB)
771.90625: Crossfield CC. In the noise floor (~-30dB)
772.04375: Cochrane CC. -2.27 dB
772.70625: Chestermere VC (they seem to send bursts of idle CAI occasionally). -6dB
772.80625: Youngstown CC possibly. Well into the noise floor (>-30dB)
774.53125: Cluny CC. Just above the noise floor (-27dB)
774.90625: Rockyford CC. In the noise floor (~-30 dB)

It's entertaining to run one of these devices thru the spectrum and see what you can find. In this case I have nothing new but you'll recall I had an undocumented 772.x frequency the last time I did this - never did figure out which site that was, either.
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Old 10-10-2013, 4:16 AM
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The above searches are going to become more important now that the South license is also going protected. As of yesterday morning, other than licenses for some agencies to use the interop mobile frequencies (and, interestingly enough, some federal stuff in Fort McMurray), there are only 8 700MHz frequencies left listed in the 763-806 range in the Prairies section of Spectrum Direct.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:40 AM
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Picking up a couple of very faint signals tonight, can tell they're P25 CCs but can't decode 'em.

773.05625 - last license data indicates this could be Foremost, Red Deer 2, or Buffalo Hills (rural Vulcan). I'd put money on the Vulcan signal, I doubt I could get Red Deer even on an awesome day for ducting/skip, and Foremost is pretty far too.

772.80625 - Calgary Forest Lawn or Youngstown. I'd bet Youngstown, but I didn't have a scanner with me today at work so it could be the city and I wouldn't know.
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I'll check in morning and see if that's Vulcan area.
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Ok got bored took the drive tonight. As soon as I got to hwy 23 and 519 it had full strength on my device. Showed Sid:005bh-7575
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And from Vulcan down though Lethbridge to milk river there was nothin else.
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