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film production walkie talkies frequency list or scanner

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i got a new phone that has a walkie talkie function. i'm hoping to be able to program it to whatever frequency the film production i'm on is using. is there a list of registered frequencies or perhaps better is there an android application or some piece of hardware i can get to scan for the frequency so that i can then program my phone?
 

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Is it just a normal phone with a walkie talkie app, like Zello or such? If so, the two are not at all related and is not going to have any way of talking to the radios.

What model # phone is it?

I have several friends involved with production, and they use anywhere from VHF to UHF to 800 MHz. It just depends. Some production companies have their own radios, some rent, etc. They are all in the business bands.
 

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As Alcahuete says it is most likely a Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PTToC) function which uses the carriers cellular network to provide a quick voice path to multiple listeners. If so this is nothing like a walkie-talkie and you can't use it to communicate with other radios.
 
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i have a blackview 9500 pro.
it can use frs and gmrs.

thanks for the information. so i guess it won't work for every production but for those that lie in the frequency range i can use i would like to still pursue any viable options listed in my original question.
 
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i got a new phone that has a walkie talkie function. i'm hoping to be able to program it to whatever frequency the film production i'm on is using. is there a list of registered frequencies or perhaps better is there an android application or some piece of hardware i can get to scan for the frequency so that i can then program my phone?
What make and model of phone?
This could tell us a lot.

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What make & model of phone do you have, and what make & model of phone does the production company have? Or are they using real two-way radios?

If it's an app on their phones, you need to download the app and sync it with the rest of the company.

If they're using something proprietary to their phones, you need to get the same make & model of phone.

If they're using a real two-way radio, you need to ask for one, or buy the same or similar, and have it programmed identically.

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THREE people have asked what model phone he has. Can't people just be patient and wait until he responds?
 
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i have a blackview 9500 pro.
it can use frs and gmrs.

thanks for the information. so i guess it won't work for every production but for those that lie in the frequency range i can use i would like to still pursue any viable options listed in my original question.
Try 464.500 and 464.550.
Those are two common itinerant frequencies. We had a production team nearby a few months ago. They were all out of Los Angeles. Those two frequencies were heavily used.
 
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Try 464.500 and 464.550.
Those are two common itinerant frequencies. We had a production team nearby a few months ago. They were all out of Los Angeles. Those two frequencies were heavily used.
Also try the following frequencies:
467.7625
467.8125
467.8500
467.8750
467.9000
467.9250

These are popular frequencies in addition to 464.5000 and 464.5500.



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Also will vary, based on who/where rented and what is already in use by local users.

Here is a good list of what we have found here in New England since the early 2000's :D

Movie Productions - Scan New England Wiki


Also try the following frequencies:
467.7625
467.8125
467.8500
467.8750
467.9000
467.9250

These are popular frequencies in addition to 464.5000 and 464.5500.



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thanks everyone!! i think some of the confusion about my delay in response is because i'm a brand new user and have to have my replies approved by moderators. i'll definitely try those frequencies and see what luck i get.

i would love some input on hardware that could scan for the frequencies nearby. i found some things in amazon that seem to be what i'm thinking of but i don't want to waste money.

if i may ask another question that i think will get a "no" answer, might it be possible to do something to modify my phone to receive frequencies or of the 400-470 range?
 
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It's a portable UHF radiotelephone according to FCC terminology used many years ago. Does the FCC still use the term "radiotelephone" anymore?? Cell phones are referred to as Cellular Subscriber Equipment in the FCC's rules.
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The most common film production freqs in LA are ch1 173. 375MHz, ch2 173.275MHz, ch3 173.225MHz, ch4 173. 325MHz.
These freqs were stripped from film production about 15 years ago for federal use. Film production now uses business band freqs between 150 - 160 MHz and 450 - 470 MHz. Bearcom usually programs production radios with 464 - 469 MHz freqs with 464.5000 and 464.5500 being most commonly used for Base Camp or Cueing.
 
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