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VDOT Safety Service Patrol in Richmond

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Ssp nova toc tac9

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I've been compiling a list of Unit id's for the Wikipage and for my 436.

Can anyone tell if Units are Id'ing as ISP or IST? on Tac9? I hear both SSP and something that sounds like ISP? I am not sure if there are more than one type of unit id on the radio.
 

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In the last few months NEW Safety Service Patrol trucks have been put into service statewide. Yes you are correct they are no longer state owned trucks and the contractor went with Ford F250 extended cabs with a work camper shell. Further investigation appears that on the drivers side fender there is a K40 antenna mounted..... I would assume that is NOT their primary source of communication maybe just truck to truck because there is another antenna mounted of the roof.
 

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Regarding the fender mounted antenna, it is hard for me to tell for sure whether of not it is a top loaded fiberglass CB antenna or not, but my guess is it is for comms on CB Ch. 9 the Emergency channel.

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Tnx for pic

Here is another pic. A little bit clearer of the K40
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NOTE: The picture I was responding to was #25 which appeared to be a ball mount vice the other picture posted which appeared to have a fixed horizontal base mount.

AECOM, the statewide SSP contractor, has only one company license, (WQOF708) for VA, McLean and it is for property management. Although the fender mounted antenna is stainless steel and not physically the correct 1/4 wavelength of 9 ft. for 11 meters CB operation, I still think it is for CB Ch. 9 comms.

I understand why the whip antenna was cut shorter. If a 9 ft. fender mounted antenna, add another 3-4ft height which presents a real problem of hitting lower tree limbs, etc. I know from personal experience. In 1962 I was visiting DC heading to Hains Point. I was traveling 40-45 mph (a rarity) and went under an old concrete overpass. Exiting the other side, my bumper mounted 9 ft. whip antenna's encounter with a physical obstruction, reaction was immediate. As I exited the underpass the antenna immediately slapped down hard on the car roof which surprised, shocked and scared me. What saved me from additional grief was I had used a heavy duty base spring mount for the antenna. There are some things a person never forgets and this is one of them for me.

As an additional safety measure, I would recommend this truck driver or whomever is responsible add a light base spring to this ball mount antenna.

John
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So I'm assuming that "ISP" just stands for interstate service patrol? Seems like SSP in Richmond district I'd vith a variety identifiers. Mostly what route or county they are assigned to
 

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Had the pleasure of speaking with one of the Richmond SSP contractors and can 100% can confirm they're on DOT Tac 4.
 

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Not in the Richmond area




As previously posted the Commtronics LTR system for contractor I64/I95 Richmond area maintenance no longer exists and never provided a Safety Service Patrol. 463.9625 mhz. now is one of a number of Commtronics DMR(MOTOTRBO/NEXEDGE/NXDN) trs frequencies used in the Richmond area. STARS talkgroup 5280 heard via some Div 1 repeaters is a VDOT contracted Motorist Assistance service only for I81 controlled in Salem from MP1 in Bristol to approximately MP175 in Rockbridge Co. From there to the MD state line VDOT talkgroup 5280 is contractor controlled from Staunton. In Tidewater Smart Traffic does provide a STARS interface with VSP for accident assistance on major roads and also a limited similar VDOT interface exists in NOVA. But in the Richmond area VDOT to date does not offer a Safety Service Patrol you are looking for and probably never will.

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Try TG 5030 on Richmond(Chesteriled) CC/
 

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Tnx but believe me I am very aware of both TGs 5030 and 5080. They drive me nuts!!!. 5030 has expanded to cover more of the Richmond inter area metro area and on I95 at least up to Caroline Co. Their comms seem to be more frequent than ever because of more trucks on the road in the Richmond subareas now providing road service like in Shockoe Bottom, Downtown Expressway and the Toll Road, etc. The 5030 shift changes are at 1400 daily.

Most of the time they seem to transmit when I am trying to listen to a VSP comm of interest on one of my other scanners which locked on the VSP comm first. So now I have a competition between a 5030 comm one on of my scanner 1 such as "Richmond, uh it looks like the guy has run out of gas so I am going to give him 2 gallons to get him on his way."

On scanner 2 at the same time is a VSP comm "Richmond, the motorcycle is not stopping. I'm passing the 168 and speed is 105...black bike color, driver black jacket/red helmet...traffic light." Meanwhile back on scanner 1 the 5030 dispatcher reminds him to "be sure and fill out a ticket." 5030 SSP "10-4". Meanwhile I missed part of the VSP comm on scanner 2.

Locking out these SSP TGs are futile. If you do at the next 5030/5080 transmission each will appear each time as a new unknown TG.

One way for sure that will work is to scan all the programed STARS frequencies with no searching for new talkgroups. That may be what I do. I also can use another scanner to scan Divs 1,3 and 5, only and using the ARC536PRO Virtual Control feature have the 536 scan/log/all talkgroups. If I find a new TG I can program it.

John :)
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