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Lincoln RI FD signal strength?

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Hi

I live in Cranston just north of RI mall off route 5 and I am curious as to why the Lincoln FD (154.160) comes in weak most of the time. I am using a discone mounted up about 20' and also a homebrew 1/2 wave dipole cut for vhf. up about 20'. I have a pretty clear shot from my antenna north/south and I am south of Lincoln. I have hills (east/west) of me. Is their signal somewhat weaker down this way for other listeners?
 
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U may be right!

Yeah I have been putting off investing in a digital radio. Gotta justify the PRICE though. Not sure what to get but was eyeballing Bearcats. I am an old school monitor from the early 80's so I am unfamiliar with all this new technology. If Lincoln has moved off to RISCON, how come there are still transmissions on the old frequency? I seem to get real good reception of most of the analog transmissions still out there. I still listen to Warwick PD and FIRE, Fall River PD and fire come in very strong using a 1/2 wave dipole outside. I just started to monitor POCSAG signals using PDW software which was free.
 
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Yeah I have been putting off investing in a digital radio. Gotta justify the PRICE though. Not sure what to get but was eyeballing Bearcats. I am an old school monitor from the early 80's so I am unfamiliar with all this new technology. If Lincoln has moved off to RISCON, how come there are still transmissions on the old frequency? I seem to get real good reception of most of the analog transmissions still out there. I still listen to Warwick PD and FIRE, Fall River PD and fire come in very strong using a 1/2 wave dipole outside. I just started to monitor POCSAG signals using PDW software which was free.

You can pick up a used uniden 996 on ebay for less than a couple hundred bucks.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIDEN-BCD...h=item3d7866cb84:g:7wwAAOSwTitbp~MS:rk:2:pf:0
 

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I live on the Warwick - North Kingstown line and Lincoln (FD & PD on RISCON) are a couple of the loudest and clearest channels I receive when scanning.

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Lincoln

We use the VHF system to tone out the stations as the grant we received did not come with the right dispatch console to generate the tones.

We are 100% digital for all ops in town for fire/ems/police.

Ed is right too, mutual aid companies can use the patch to speak to us, however most have 800 radios now to use.

Ken
 
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