Alberta Fire/EMS tones

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Heterodyne

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I've started a collection of various pager tones around Alberta, and thought I'd share them with the group.

If you happen to know any that aren't on my list, please feel free to contribute.

All tones are QC2, with the exception of the few Plectron tones.

EMS:
Barrhead: 832.5/634.5
Mayerthorpe: 617.4/903.2
Lac La Biche: 600.9/928.1
Wabasca: 389.0/928.1
Slave Lake: 433.7
Smokey lake: 707.3/928.1
Westlock: 569.1/746.8 (Plectron)
Whitecourt: 584.8/903.2
Pincher Creek: 928.1 (Plectron)

Fire:
Pincher Creek: 615.8/871.4 (plectron long/short)
Beaver Mines: 669.9/600.9
Whitecourt: 1217.8/767.4
Lundbreck: 746.8/600.9
 

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Thanks. There's a wiki template - I'll look into adding them to each page as necessary later this week.

My last exposure to Plectron was decades ago. Remind me - what's the difference? Is it just different tone frequencies and/or durations?
 

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Thanks. There's a wiki template - I'll look into adding them to each page as necessary later this week.

My last exposure to Plectron was decades ago. Remind me - what's the difference? Is it just different tone frequencies and/or durations?
Yeah -- Plectron has its own set of tone frequencies, and employ a few different tone length schemes (long/short, short/long and 7 second singletone)

It's a pain in the *** when you're programming radios that don't allow manual tone frequencies and only allow you to put in Motorola QC2 tone codes.
 

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Category:Alberta Fire Tone Outs - The RadioReference Wiki

That's the current list in the wiki (I haven't added the above yet).

I remember dozens of tones being tested at 1800 each night on 153.86 when I lived in Pickering in the 80s. Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa, plus the occasional Sunday test with Caesarea, Sunderland, Cannington, and Uxbridge. At one time, alerting for our station in Brougham was Plectron - I recall because we (well, my father and his colleagues) all had the branded receivers (R720s according to my memory and the image search), including one in the station slaved to the tower siren (I presume there was a relay output). I also distinctly remember one station in either Whitby or Ajax having a 5 or 6 tone sequence, about 0.75sec/0.5sec/1sec, pause, 1sec, pause, 1sec (and possibly one more). I suppose the extra tones could have just been an attention-getter.
 
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