Alachua County Fire Paging

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Alachua County has begun testing automated voice alerting on their dispatch channel. The 2-tone VHF paging system remains in tact, the only known change to my knowledge is the new "robot voice".
 

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I wasn't familiar with what CSQ was, but after reading up on it, it makes sense. Listening to the VHF is painful with how many times the channel opens up, some days/times worse than others, with no audio.
 

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That's why killing the transmit PL is not good for scanner listeners. Now you get to hear all manner of co-channel interference. The only solution is to set up a decoder that alerts on any paging tones of interest.

I could swear I just drove through Alachua and never heard a peep on their VHF fire channel. You'd figure in a 2 hour period there would be at least 1 "weak and dizzy" call. Although now that I checked my code plug I have good old 5A in there so they must have killed the PL tone before last week. Nuts.

154.325MHz right?
 
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While we're on Alachua, is the listing for Gainesville fire still valid?

154.14500 KCT624 RM 141.3 PL 1 Fire Administration/Paging (Simulcast with 800 MHz)
 

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Hey Bote, yeah... up until I opened this thread up, the channel stayed open with no audio for nearly 2 minutes. As for the Gainesville VHF, yes it's still being used. GFR put a new unit on the road in the last two years or so, called Squad 2, but it is running out of an apartment complex, so they are toning Squad 2 off the old VHF. All other GFR stations are using a separate alerting system.
 

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Of course after I post that the PL has been disabled they show back up with it on, 156.7.
 

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I've gotten into the habit of setting these channels where I'm not sure about the PL to "Search" so if they transmit it and I notice the display, I can program it in and make a note of it.

Although PL stripping is a thing of the past so I would expect this new base station either to have it or not. I don't see it changing willy-nilly. Maybe the fire chief complained and the radio shop came out and reprogrammed the base station?

Does the voice sound like they're using Locution?
 

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Have them back with CSQ at a lower power, at times I can't pick them up (St Augustine). Listening to their live feed, Locution is used on the trunked system.
 

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Maybe for Gainesville stations... haven't heard that for county stations or the other municipal stations.
 

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looks like the analog simulcast has ended as of today hear dispatches on the trunking system and not on the 154.3250
Yes, the 100% simulcast ended late last week. Two-tone paging is still being done for all Alachua County and contract stations. Gainesville has ceased the simulcast and two-tone paging on their VHF as well for Squad 2. They are likely alerting their portable radio, as they don't yet have a full-time station.
 
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