Although I no longer live in this area of Texas, I recently monitored various LE agencies in this area. It was Amarillo PD uses DES on one channel, but most of the others are in the clear.I will be spending a few days in Amarillo and am interested in any monitoring tips.
Also are there any good shops/stores that sell radio equipment? I need a good section of coax for my end-fed HF antenna.
Abilene used to be a nice place to monitor, but this was before Pro-Voice. I used to live there.Thanks for the info.
No, I do not work for TDCJ, I work for the City of Abilene Fire Department, just coming to Amarillo for my wife's business.
There is still a fair amount to monitor in Abilene, the only thing not in the clear is APD and a portion of AFD stuff. Lots of VFD's and county SO stuff for Taylor and the surrounding counties.
I programmed up the BC-780 with stuff from the RR database so should be able to hear quite a bit up there.
You know, I am retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, mental health. There is an opening for a Woodway PD dispatcher. Perhaps, I might try getting access to a radio of my own, ha.Thanks for the tips on the highway, I will be sure to be careful.
Yes the Pro-voice system sure changed monitoring in Abilene. All of the PD traffic is Pro-voice, and the EMS Tac we use on the AFD is Pro-voice, everything else is still in the clear. I just happen to have my own personal Ma-com portable so I can listen to nealy everything.
Cool. Abilene used to be pretty hot when I listened in the 1970's and 1980's. Like I said, Amarillo has moxy. Oh, while you there, you might try Dyer's BBQ. It was starred in Texas Monthly. Yum, it was good.Sure am glad I brought more than one radio! this place reminds me of what it was like to monitor in Abilene a few years back, lots of activity.
Currently monitoring a level II haz-mat at the rail yard!
I'd like to know about this place also, if any comms are in the clear. As far as I know, Pantex is responsible for assembling/disassembling nuclear components. One hint that nuclear components are there (besides numerous articles online, Google it) is this license. I've heard it in Matagorda County, but there aren't many redfish in Amarillo, so I'm never near there.I seriously doubt this would be in the clear, but there is a Pantex plant near town. This is where they make bombs or bomb components. I bet is encrrypted, possibly private security like Wackenhut or something.
Yes, when I saw this on the news, I immediately thought of you possibly being up there. I am unfamilair with "FT-60." Yes, Amarillo has always been a wild city.Yes sir, we were there! I had all three radios going too (BC-780, Pro-97 and FT-60)
Fire was using 154.34 and 154.31, EMS was using UHF and PD was using VHF. Lots of good comms that day.
I also had the scanner going last night and heard another interesting incident. I came in on it a little late but heard a PD officer reporting one victim in a house with GSW to the head. Heard traffic on the FD reporting the same along with a burn victim. you can hear a lot in Amarillo with a simple conventional scanner!
Yes, that is their mission. I actually know someone who works out there. But, I knew better than to ask questions about radio frequencies.I'd like to know about this place also, if any comms are in the clear. As far as I know, Pantex is responsible for assembling/disassembling nuclear components. One hint that nuclear components are there (besides numerous articles online, Google it) is this license. I've heard it in Matagorda County, but there aren't many redfish in Amarillo, so I'm never near there.
I thought this might be the case, but I was not sure. So, these locations are associated with radioactive material exposure? Interesting observation.
I am back in Abilene, drove back yesterday afternoon.Yes, when I saw this on the news, I immediately thought of you possibly being up there. I am unfamilair with "FT-60." Yes, Amarillo has always been a wild city.
Since I heard there were no victims, this was a great incident for scanning. How long are you going to be up there?
Keep us posted.
Nuclear weapons by there definition involve elements and compounds that decay radioactively. You should read The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes. It is one of my favorites (just finished it for the second time). It's a great book. nd5y hit it on the head, DoH (which is actually DoSHS, State Health Services) is more concerned with exposure (to workers and the public), which is also why that license shows the site in Matagorda COunty (South Texas Nuclear Project).So, these locations are associated with radioactive material exposure?
ThanksI am back in Abilene, drove back yesterday afternoon.
It was a very interesting incident to scan, it is always fun to listen to how other departments operate.
The FT-60 is a Yaesu dual-band ham HT, it has an awesome wide receiver and I use it more for a scanner than to talk on. I concentrate most of my monitoring to military air when I am home and the FT-60 excels in that capacity.
I never did any searching for Pantex activity, I was pretty busy on the ham bands, I had my HF rig with me and the bands were quite good.