Active Low Band

ecps92

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I have an HT750, is there any active low band frequencies in the metro Boston area or North Shore worth monitoring?

Thanks.
Besides the SKIP on low band there are still plenty of Active Low Band users out there
Business Ops, Utilities, Military, Transportation and yes the MSP are still using 42-44 mHz
 

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if you want to use a simplex frequency, put in 49.860, lol thats the common low band kiddie walkie talkie channel for the last 50 years.
I was in a CVS store a month ago (2/2024) and they were selling a pair on that freq for less than 20$

its a freq i use at hamfests when i use my lowband radios.
 

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if you want to use a simplex frequency, put in 49.860, lol thats the common low band kiddie walkie talkie channel for the last 50 years.
I was in a CVS store a month ago (2/2024) and they were selling a pair on that freq for less than 20$

its a freq i use at hamfests when i use my lowband radios.
That’s also the default frequency on millions of baby monitors sold from circa 1970s-early 2000s.
 

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That’s also the default frequency on millions of baby monitors sold from circa 1970s-early 2000s.
interesting audio heard on some of those baby monitors back in the early 90s. some had a gain function so when the baby was quiet, the gain would crank up and it would pick up the parents in the other room.
 

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interesting audio heard on some of those baby monitors back in the early 90s. some had a gain function so when the baby was quiet, the gain would crank up and it would pick up the parents in the other room.
Back when cordless phones were on 49MHz people had a grand time listening and doing pranks. Not me though. Nope. There are stories about hearing drug deals and decoding phone numbers to pagers with a TT decoder then paging all the druggies with the LAPD desk number. But not me, no no no.
 

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Back when cordless phones were on 49MHz people had a grand time listening and doing pranks. Not me though. Nope. There are stories about hearing drug deals and decoding phone numbers to pagers with a TT decoder then paging all the druggies with the LAPD desk number. But not me, no no no.
lol, interesting. in the early 90s there was a woman who lived near me that went on dates alot and she would get on her cordless phone and tell her girlfriends graphic details of her sex life. juicy stuff for a teenager to hear. lol
I persuaded my parents to buy radio shacks black inversion 10 channel cordless phone around that time.

this black one on the right page for 149$
 

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Back when cordless phones were on 49MHz people had a grand time listening and doing pranks. Not me though. Nope. There are stories about hearing drug deals and decoding phone numbers to pagers with a TT decoder then paging all the druggies with the LAPD desk number. But not me, no no no.
There are other stories (not me!) of people using a Kenwood TS-690 on 49MHz and breaking into cordless phone calls and joining the conversation. Sometimes posing as the phone company correcting something they said or just blending in like a family member with nobody even asking who they are.

Or finding a conversation between young boyfriend/girlfriend on the Kenwood then talking the girl out of seeing the guy any more because he is a d*ck. Then of course the guy starts cussing out the intruder who uses that to reinforce what a d*ck he is. Then the intruder puts some other girls on the radio about the same age as the girlfriend and really convinces here to never see this guy again. Then the conversation finally ends with girlfriend telling the guy to never call her again. More cussing from now to be ex boyfriend then that sweet dial tone.

I think phone pranks as told to us from others of course, should have its own thread.
 

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I wish/it's probably a good thing that I didn't know about scanning as a teenager as my parents had a budget 900 MHz phone. The neighbors had some cordless speakers and mentioned picking up someone else's conversation with them.

But I think this is the classic thing to hear:
:D Before I got my 1st scanner (and this is the reason I got it) I was at a Ham suppy store where they had one running and it was picking up the old radio phone calls.. (background noise busy office) Man to wife Honey I am going to be working late tonight ..
Bacground noise traffic same man) Hey Sweetie get that sexy out fit on I am on my way....:D
 

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aren't some fire depts on low band? Maybe Carlisle?
Carlisle has been UHF/UHF-T for a few years now, altho they maybe still simulcasting Dispatch to the ole Low band, but nothing confirmed since around 2017 on that frequency

Many have moved to UHF/UHF-T and 800 (Conventional and Trunk) but have kept the low band when simulcasting Dispatch (See the on-going low band thread, as many in other parts of the country continue to enjoy listening to New England low band)
 

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most of the Cape Towns simulcast over low band 33Mhz. Mass DOT 47Mhz MSP,42-47Mhz and EP 31Mhz use low band actively. Red Cross uses 47.42Mhz too. Check those out.
 

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Is the Massdot a simulcast also?
Mass DOT Low Band are individual Sites (Simplex) and select Repeaters.
Not Simulcast unless you could a Dispatcher selecting multiple Channels [not sites] to key up at the same time

Usually what occurs on 800 is only heard on 800 and what is heard on Low Band is only heard on Low Band
 
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