Where are you located? I suppose I don't mind posting the direct link in the database to your county location - but seriously, it's about as easy as anyone can think to Click on your state, then click on your county, and see all the data that you need.
Thanks for your help by the way....what I'm looking for are the frequncies that correspond to Baltimore County MD Fire Main Dispatch, groups East, West and Central, and subgroups Fire Ground Tactical and conversations. probably sitting right in front of my face, but I can't see it.
After we find them, I want to be able to download it to my Uniden handheld scanner.
Yep, saw those, but it doesn't break them down to the specific entities. I want only a few, not ALL of them. It appears that they are shared by ALL public safety, and I only want specific ones, fire department and police from one district.
Import the control channels that you want then the talk groups then just lock out the ones that you don't want with a trunking system and a trunking scanner all you need is the control channel and the scanner does the rest. I see that you are new here and I don't know how new you are to using a scanner but my 1st thought some reading on your part can go a long way, check out the Wiki here about how to program your scanner, then when you think you are lost read some more. try and wrap you brain around your new toy.
Ok, I do have a trunking scanner. And, if I'm hearing you correctly, all I need is the control numbers to input into the scanner and the scanner will take care of the rest. So once I've gone through the map on here, clicked on MD, then Baltimore County, I don't see anything called "control numbers". Where can I find those?
And last question...what did my $15 get me? I don't seem to be able to access anything differently then I did before.
The most popular "feature" that premium subscribers get is access to the Web service, which allows you to program your scanner using software that directly accesses the database... see that above page for the software applications that support the Web service (some are free, some cost money etc)
As for software, both the freeware packages BCTool and FreeScan can connect to the database and download data. Both have dedicated forums (BCTool's can be found on Yahoo groups, while FreeScan has its own forums linked on its page) where the author answers questions. Note that many people just starting off assume a PDF file is for downloading data into another app - not in this case.
Now, as for trunking - all you need to really program are the frequencies shown in RED on this link, and set up the 396 for control channel only mode...
The 396 is a scanner that we refer to as utilizing Dynamic Memory Architecture, or DMA. What this means is that there are no banks as you may think of them now, such as those on a FM car radio. Instead you allocate the frequencies you wish to program from a pool of, in your case, 6000 different channels. This may take a bit to wrap your mind around, but once you get it, it's easy to understand. Read the links in this article, and I would also download the 'Easier to Read' manual for the 396 as linked at the bottom.
Looks like you and I are having the same problem.I see all the conventional frequencies listed for my specific county and state which is Sullivan Co.,Mo.,but don't see such things as the local telephone company frequency nor any of the local area businesses listed even though they are listed in the .pdf file for all the county fcc licenses I downloaded to check out.
My question is this-Do ALL known frequencies download to the scanner when I click on the download link or just those that are visible on the computer screen-??
In my case my new scanner is the new Radio Shack Pro-135 handheld.I have a Premium subscription here at rr.com as well as the ARC-135 software to download conventional frequencies directly from this website.This is the 1st computer programmable scanner I have EVER owned.
The main use I intended for it other than using it as a listening hobby was for emergencies such as Severe Weather monitoring especially when electricity was lost like it was last week.
For Gloucester county Va., I am trying to program the fire tac talkgroups Tac 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and I can not find the DEC numbers format to do this..... Only DEC listed is 1322 which is fire dispatch main.. Frustrated -- Where do I go ?
If they're not in the database, that means nobody has submitted them yet. The database is user-submitted.
If you want to try and find them yourself, you can set your scanner to Search mode (instead of Scan mode, assuming you still have the BCD396T you had earlier in this thread) - it will then listen to all talkgroups on the system, then try and figure out which talkgroups are the fire tactical talkgroups.
So if you hear the dispatcher on the dispatching talkgroup tell a unit to use "Tac 1", then set your scanner to Search mode and listen for the same unit, then you've found the Tac 1 talkgroup ID (the DEC number). Once you find them remember to submit them to the database here!
It's a bit of a pain I realize, but somebody at some point would have done something similar for all of the other talkgroups in the database!