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Howard County "Elkridge" patch

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troymail

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Heard Howard units ask to have the "Elkridge patch" set up for a call yesterday. This used to appear on the Anne Arundel system (TGID 36816) but I don't think I ever noticed anything appear there during the incident.

Does anyone know how this patch works nowadays?
 

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There's a similar situation (at least there was) with poor coverage for Anne Arundel County in the Wayson's Corner area near the Prince George line. AA Southern district police had/have what I think is/was a full time patch that utilizes the Prince George system/tower in Upper Marlboro. AA Fire has a similar patch that would get activated upon the incident commander request.
 

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I don't know if this is related to what you're talking about or not but on my PSR-800 in Catonsville the HoCo Northern District dispatch will always say that it's on a patch, I've never really thought a thing of it.
 

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I don't know if this is related to what you're talking about or not but on my PSR-800 in Catonsville the HoCo Northern District dispatch will always say that it's on a patch, I've never really thought a thing of it.
That's *probably* a typical "within system" patch of multiple talkgroups. This could be for many reasons -- for example, wanting several talkgroups to be merged so a single dispatcher can handle it, conslidation of districts or barracks, or temporary to transmit a broadcast across multiple talkgroups simultaneously, etc.

The patch I'm talking about results in activity for one jurisdiction being patched onto (from) another neighboring system -- generally because of poor coverage/reception in that specific area (Howard County has poor radio coverage/dead spots in Elkridge but the Anne Arundel system has good coverage in that same area, etc.). In this case, I believe what happens is the Howard unit actually transmits on the Anne Arundel system and Howard County patches that activity back onto the Howard system.
 
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