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Anne Arundel County Fire & EMS Talkgroups

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description Tag
16 001 A 1A DISP Dispatch Fire Dispatch
48 003 A 1B TAC 1 Tactical 1 Fire-Tac
80 005 A 1C TAC 2 Tactical 2 Fire-Tac
112 007 A 1D FC E & F Field Communications for 1E & 1F Fire-Tac
144 009 A 1E TAC 3 Tactical 3 Fire-Tac
176 00b A 1F TAC 4 Tactical 4 Fire-Tac
208 00d A 1G CMD E&F Command for 1E & 1F Fire-Tac
240 00f A 1H SOPS 1 Special Operations 1 Fire-Tac
272 011 A 1I SOPS 2 Special Operations 2 Fire-Tac
304 013 A 1J FC K & L Field Communications for 1K & 1L Fire-Tac
336 015 A 1K TAC 5 Tactical 5 Fire-Tac
368 017 A 1L TAC 6 Tactical 6 Fire-Tac
400 019 A 1M CMD K&L Command for 1K & 1L Fire-Tac
432 01b A 1N ADMIN Admin Fire-Talk
464 01d A 1O MEET ME Fire to Police Dispatch Multi-Talk
496 01f A 3F CALL 1 EMRC Call 1 Hospital
528 021 A 3G MED 4 EMRC Med 4 Hospital
560 023 A 3H MED 8 EMRC Med 8 Hospital
592 025 A 4A BWI DISP BWI Airport Dispatch Fire Dispatch
624 027 A 4B BWI TAC1 BWI Airport Tactical 1 Fire-Tac
656 029 A 4C BWI TAC2 BWI Airport Tactical 2 Fire-Tac
688 02b A 4J VOL Volunteer Chiefs Administration Fire-Talk
720 02d A 4K BATT Battalion Chiefs Administration Fire-Talk
752 02f A 4L AFD Annapolis Fire Administration Fire-Talk
784 031 A 4O FMO Fire Marshal's Office Fire-Talk
816 033 A 4P FA Fire Alarm Fire-Talk
976 03d A 10O MUTUAL F-MARS Patch (Fire Mutual Aid Radio System, 154.28 MHz) Multi-Talk
6416 191 22A Disaster General Fire-Tac
6448 193 22B Disaster 1 Fire-Tac
6480 195 22C Disaster 2 Fire-Tac
6512 197 22D Disaster 3 Fire-Tac
33616 835 E 4H FIB Arson Investigators Fire-Talk
33648 837 E 4I ADMIN Administration Fire-Talk
33680 839 E 4M HAZMAT Hazmat Fire-Talk
33712 83b E 4N PIO Public Information Officer (PIO) Fire-Talk

Anne Arundel County Police Talkgroups

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description Tag
1616 065 A 11A NORTH Northern District Dispatch Law Dispatch
1648 067 A 11B EAST Eastern District Dispatch Law Dispatch
1680 069 A 11C WEST Western District Dispatch Law Dispatch
1712 06b A 11D SOUTH Southern District Dispatch Law Dispatch
1744 06d A 11E CID Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Law Dispatch
1776 06f A 11F TTY Teletype Law Tac
1808 071 A 11G ADMIN Administration Law Tac
1840 073 A 11H OPS 1 Operations 1 Law Tac
1872 075 A 11I OPS 2 Operations 2 Law Tac
1904 077 A 11J OPS 3 Operations 3 Law Tac
1936 079 A 11K OPS 4 Operations 4 Law Tac
1968 07b A 11L OPS 5 Operations 5 Law Tac
2000 07d A 11M OPS 6 Operations 6 Law Tac
2032 07f A 11N SOS 1 Special Operations Section (SOS) 1 Law Tac
2064 081 A 11O SOS 2 Special Operations Section (SOS) 2 Law Tac
2096 083 A 12A NORTH A Northern District Auxiliary Law Talk
2128 085 A 12B EAST A Eastern District Auxiliary Law Talk
2160 087 A 12C WEST A Western District Auxiliary Law Talk
2192 089 A 12D SOUTH A Southern District Auxiliary Law Talk
2224 08b A 12E Unid
2256 08d A 12F ANIMAL Animal Control
2288 08f A 12G Unid
2320 091 A 12H Unid
2352 093 A 12I Unid
2384 095 A 12J Unid
2416 097 A 12K Unid
2448 099 A 12L Unid
2480 09b A 12M Unid
2512 09d A 12N Unid
2544 09f A 12O Unid
32208 7dd E Narcotics Law Tac

How do you put them in a Pro-94 scanner?
 

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Anything marked with an 'E' you cannot hear on any scanner (such as 32208). These are encrypted.

I did program a 94 for my neighbor a while back, and can do the same for you rather easily. However, you should know that AA is expected to go digital fairly soon, and the 94 won't handle the digital format. If memory serves, I would not be able to put all those talkgroups in, as the 94 doesn't have the capacity, nor does it show alpha tags on the scanner.

Contact me at ka3jjz@netscape.com and let's talk. Isolate those talkgroups (think of users) that you really want to hear - it's very easy to program a 94 - it programs much like an old BC245, actually.

73 Mike

[edit] In the meantime, you will need to become familiar with the concept of trunking, which is in very heavy use in this area. Anne Arundel, Baltimore county (not the city) and Prince George's county have systems which the 94 can handle (actually PG still uses conventional freqs for most of its work). Anyway, I would start with the basics and tutorial overview found here...(anything in blue and/or underlined is a link)...

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Trunking

Baltimore city, Montgomery, Howard and Harford counties use digital formats which the 94 can't handle.
 
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Anything marked with an 'E' you cannot hear on any scanner (such as 32208). These are encrypted.

I did program a 94 for my neighbor a while back, and can do the same for you rather easily. However, you should know that AA is expected to go digital fairly soon, and the 94 won't handle the digital format. If memory serves, I would not be able to put all those talkgroups in, as the 94 doesn't have the capacity, nor does it show alpha tags on the scanner.

Contact me at ka3jjz@netscape.com and let's talk. Isolate those talkgroups (think of users) that you really want to hear - it's very easy to program a 94 - it programs much like an old BC245, actually.

73 Mike

[edit] In the meantime, you will need to become familiar with the concept of trunking, which is in very heavy use in this area. Anne Arundel, Baltimore county (not the city) and Prince George's county have systems which the 94 can handle (actually PG still uses conventional freqs for most of its work). Anyway, I would start with the basics and tutorial overview found here...(anything in blue and/or underlined is a link)...

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Trunking

Baltimore city, Montgomery, Howard and Harford counties use digital formats which the 94 can't handle.
I will be purchasing a digital scanner soon. Would it be easier to put them in a digital scanner?
 

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I wouldn't necessarily say it's easier, but you will be able to hear more systems, depending on the scanner and the antenna. Duckies - the little antenna you get with handhelds - are a compromise antenna at best.

Many of the digital scanners are easier to program with software, and in some cases at least, the software is free. In addition, since newer PCs don't come with serial ports, a USB-serial converter is needed. Fortunately there's a plethoria of those out there now, some better than others.

You can read about the digitals in the Uniden, GRE and Radio Shack forums. In addition, our wiki has pretty complete coverage of these scanners here - just click on the model of interest, and you will be taken to that article;

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Category:Digital_Scanners

73 Mike
 

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I wouldn't necessarily say it's easier, but you will be able to hear more systems, depending on the scanner and the antenna. Duckies - the little antenna you get with handhelds - are a compromise antenna at best.

Many of the digital scanners are easier to program with software, and in some cases at least, the software is free. In addition, since newer PCs don't come with serial ports, a USB-serial converter is needed. Fortunately there's a plethoria of those out there now, some better than others.

You can read about the digitals in the Uniden, GRE and Radio Shack forums. In addition, our wiki has pretty complete coverage of these scanners here - just click on the model of interest, and you will be taken to that article;

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Category:Digital_Scanners

73 Mike
Which digital scanner do you have? Do you like the scanner?
 

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I have a 396, and the audio on digital is much improved with the new firmware. Most seem to think that then GRE scanners have better digital audio; I guess I'm not quite as critical, realizing that there's only so much you can do with a crummy little speaker in a consumer radio.

It still sounds a bit watery from time to time, but it's nothing I can't live with. I probably still need to tweak some adjustments to clean that up. It seems sensitive enough for my needs, but I really want to put an external antenna on it to really push it and see just how good it is. Right now I'm limited to a collapsible whip, and that's nowhere near as good as having it on a discone or similar.

Troymail (yes, he's on this forum) has both scanners, and is perhaps a better one to ask if you wish to compare the 2 in terms of audio recovery on digital. Since I fiddle with milair from time to time, I haven't tried the PRO-96 (which doesn't do that band out of the box).

It took a little time to learn the DMA setup - there are no banks in the new Unidens, rather you set up 'banks' out of a pool of channels - but once you get the idea, it's fairly easy. 73 Mike
 

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There are a number of differences between the BCT396 and the PSR500 so you really need to look closely for the features you want or need. However, in my opinion, the PSR500 beats the 396 hands down when it comes to digital voice quality. In fact, I believe even the (old) Radio Shack PRO-96 even does better than the 396 on digital.

There are features I miss with the 396 - overall size is one - ability to program subgroups - a larger number of instantly accessible scanlists/systems - etc. -- but I don't really miss them much - I use each radio for it's strength over the other.

With Anne Aundel going digital (really soon I believe), I'd still have to recommend the PSR500 as a first choice.
 

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I will be getting a new scanner because of the switchover to digital. Will the same frequencies like 154.010 and others like that, be the same on the digital scanners. When looking for a scanner do i need to find just a digital scanner to be compatible with the switchover to digital? Thanks
 

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Yes regular conventional freqs like 154.01 will still be copyable on digital scanners. I do it with my 396 all the time.

You need not be concerned about the switchover (which is evidently being tested as we speak), but rather all the features - and programming tricks - that the various digital scanners have. Use our wiki to get you started. Hit 'wiki' in the top blue toolbar, then look to the right down the page a little for 'digital trunktrackers'. You will come to an article with all the model numbers of the various scanners listed, underlined and in blue. These are links to articles that describe the scanners in some detail.

Read up in the Uniden, GRE and Radio Shack forums. Educate yourself.

73 Mike
 
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