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Need help programming San Fran Public Safety System

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Sep 9, 2004
SF Bay Area
SAR2401 said:
Don't know about the South Bay but I've got a discone on a 40 foot mast up here in the North Bay and my Pro-96 is completely deaf to the SF trunk system. I can occasionally just hear the control channel if conditions are perfect. The SF system seem to have a really weird radiation pattern. I can get everything around it (ALCO, Oakland, Richmond, BART, CalTrans, and UCB) but nothing out of SF. If you do a search here, you'll find a coverage map and it seems to node out signals to the north and south.

The encrypted medic channels are an overreaction by San Francisco to the federal HIPPA regulations regarding patient privacy.
Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check the coverage map. I'm sure more height will help as I do get _some_ signal, but it could just be a losing battle.

Fascinating about why they chose to encrypt the medic channels! I would have never in my life guessed that, but of course once you said it, it makes sense.

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