2020 VHF Low Band Logs

W8UU

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What State police /highway patrol departments still use low band? Thanks Marvin
A lot of states still maintain low band radio licenses but use trunked statewide comm systems in the 450 or 700/800 bands.

California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and West Virginia still use low band. I'm sure there are others.
California is probably the biggest user. They tie up a bunch of 39 and 42-45 MHz police frequencies.
 

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FREQ......SQ......DESCRIPTION
31.2000 91.5 KLT894 Central Heating & Cooling Inc, Mountain Home, AR
31.6800 118.8 US Business - Unidentified
34.2000 150.0 US MIL - Range Control, Camp Bullis TX
35.3600 127.3 US Business - Unidentified. "10-4 Gary"
35.4400 131.8 Troy Ready-Mix, Troy MO
36.9000 150.0 US MIL - Martindale Army Heliport Ops, San Antonio TX
38.9000 150.0 US MIL - Camp Shelby Range Control
39.3000 D632 Sheriff Dispatch - Pulaski Co VA
39.4000 162.2 WPHM445 CA HP
39.4400 146.2 WPPY951 CA HP
40.6000 150.0 US MIL - Helos
42.4400 179.9 KUV545 CA HP
42.5600 118.8 KMH962 CA HP
43.2800 77.0 Ingram Readymix, San Antonio TX
 

marvinsuggs

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July 2020 Richmond,TX Bearcat BCT8 scanner Sirio GPA 27-45 MHz ground plane antenna.

33.60 Lancaster Co. PA FD
33.68 Penn Township, PA FD
Morgan Co, OH FD
33.72 Lancaster Co, PA FD
33.82 Calvert Co, MD FD
33.86 Washington Co, MD FD
33.88 Licking Co, OH FD
33.90 Lancaster Co, PA FD
33.92 Pataskala, OH FD
33.98 Crookesville, OH FD
39.34 California HP
39.40 California HP
39.72 California HP
42.00 Missouri HP
42.06 Missouri HP Springfield
42.38 Missouri HP Willow Springs
42.44 California HP
42.56 California HP
42.58 Missouri HP Phelps
42.92 Missouri HP
42.96 kayak paddles
43.44 Jersey Village, TX Transitmix
44.70 Oklahoma HP Tulsa
44.94 California HP
45.02 California HP
45.22 Oklahoma HP
45.50 California HP
45.70 California HP
47.02 N. Carolina DOT
47.04 S. Carolina DOT
47.10 S. Carolina DOT
47.14 W. Virginia DOT
47.16 N. Carolina DOT
47.18 S. Carolina DOT
47.20 S. Carolina DOT
47.22 S. Carolina DOT
47.26 N. Carolina DOT
47.28 S. Carolina DOT
47.32 W. Virginia DOT
 

70cutlass442

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We are about to start playing on Low Band. I am submitting an application for a repeater pair and will be building a voted system with parts around. My coordinator asked me if I had a preference in frequency. Is there much performance difference between lets say 30MHz and 40MHz? Our equipment is mostly 40.
 

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We are about to start playing on Low Band. I am submitting an application for a repeater pair and will be building a voted system with parts around. My coordinator asked me if I had a preference in frequency. Is there much performance difference between lets say 30MHz and 40MHz? Our equipment is mostly 40.
The lower frequencies will provide better coverage to a certain degree but they're much more prone to skip interference. It's possible to have skip rolling on the 33 MHz fire channels and the 31/35 MHz business band frequencies with little to no activity on the 46 MHz fire channels or the 48/49 MHz utility and business frequencies. Skip always hits the lower frequencies first. Go to the FCC GenMen site and do a nationwide query on your proposed channels. Some of the low band channels have very few licensees, especially the oddballs like the 25-26 MHz and 29.7 oil freqs. My business used 48.96 MHz for a decade with only occasional skip interference. Low band is awesome. Good luck and have fun!
 

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We are about to start playing on Low Band. I am submitting an application for a repeater pair and will be building a voted system with parts around. My coordinator asked me if I had a preference in frequency. Is there much performance difference between lets say 30MHz and 40MHz? Our equipment is mostly 40.
Would you consider starting a thread to keep tabs on the progress? I would like to know what type of equipment you are using and how you are setting it up. I am working on building a 6 meter repeater now and find lowband really interesting.
 

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25.0000 AM WWV Ft Collins CO
30.7600 162.2 KGL980 Archer Sand & Gravel, Griffin GA. Transmitter: Hwy 19, 41.2 MI N of Griffin, Sunnyside GA, Spalding county. Coverage: 121.0 km radius around a fixed location.
30.9200 162.2 WYU318 Sandhills Heating & Refrigeration, Southern Pines NC
32.6000 150.0 US MIL
33.8200 141.3 KCO372 FD/EMS - Calvert County MD
33.8600 77.0 KGC676 Fire/EMS Dispatch - Washington Co, MD
34.2000 150.0 US MIL - Range Control, Camp Bullis TX
36.9000 150.0 US MIL - Martindale Army Heliport Ops, San Antonio TX
39.2200 192.8 KMA801 CA HP
39.3400 162.2 WPHM449 CA HP
39.4400 146.2 WPPY951 CA HP
39.6800 118.8 KDG272 CA HP
43.2800 77.0 Ingram Readymix, San Antonio TX
43.7000 D156 WRAM552 Chain Electric Company, San Antonio TX
 

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Would you consider starting a thread to keep tabs on the progress? I would like to know what type of equipment you are using and how you are setting it up. I am working on building a 6 meter repeater now and find lowband really interesting.

Here you go!

 
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