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Old 03-20-2017, 2:46 PM
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How do the CHART trucks communicate on the limited access highways? Do they share talkgroups / frequencies with SHA or do they have their own channels? I see Montgomery County has a dedicated talkgroup for them, but I figured they would have their own talkgroups on FiRST.

Of course, the follow-up question is, are they worth listening to if you are trying to avoid traffic (other than using Waze of couse)?

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CHART is active in certain areas in the state on FiRST. They operate on the District Talkgroups on the FiRST System.

7241 District 1 (Active on FIRST)
7242 District 2 (Active on FIRST)
7288 District 3 (Recently heard one or two units active on this. Not everyday though.)
7289 District 4 (Active on FIRST)
7290 District 5 (Active on FIRST)
7291 District 6 (Not active on FiRST since these sites are not up yet.)
7292 District 7 (Active on FIRST)

Radio activity can be extremely busy, especially on District 4, 5, & 7. I actually have them "locked-out" on the radio since during rush hour times they are extremely busy and tie up the radio.
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Old 03-21-2017, 6:12 AM
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CHART has had channels/talkgroups on local/county (and other) systems for some time now. As FiRST rolls out, they are either moving to or being patched onto FiRST.

Since becoming active on FiRST, it's not unusual for me to hear CHART activity from Ocean City to north of Hagerstown - I assume since the State Operations Center is only a few miles from me in Anne Arundel County. It's also interesting to hear them provide traffic reports from Annapolis (Rt 50) to the Rt 50 bridge in Ocean City during the summer when in Worcester County - particularly on weekends (for obvious reasons).
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