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Is anybody monitoring Carroll Co sheriff and police, if so what site frequencies are they using now? I see a Carroll Co (Dellroy) site but when monitoring this site with the Carroll Co talkgroups I hear nothing.

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I was hearing lots of traffic from them last week. I was copying their radio traffic from the Salem Marcs site.
 

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Sure enough, I plugged in the Salem site and I'm hearing Carroll Co sheriff now. Seems weird that they would use the Salem site. Would you happen to know the talkgroup for Carrollton police dept?
 

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Carrollton PD is on the Carroll Co S.O. talkgroup.

Carroll Co traffic can be found on all sites in Carroll Co as well as sites in other counties closely bordering Carroll Co.

I hear them all the time on Kensington,Dellroy, Germano, East Springfield. I don't monitor Salem often, but it's a high profile site and it doesn't surprise me that you hear them on there as well.

You'll only hear them on a particular site if one of the SO/PD radios is using that particular site. If all of them are in another part of the county doing something, they'll probably be using a different site. The site they use changes as each car roams in and out of its coverage area.

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Right know I'm hearing them on Mingo Jct site. I use to hear them all the time on this site and then nothing. I would hear them sometimes on Germano and East Springfield but for the last week its been all Mingo for me
 

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Interesting, so what would be the best and accurate way to monitor them then?
 

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Depends on where you are. I'm in Jefferson Co. in my basement with a PSR-600 with a Radio Shack 800 mhz portable ant. I also hear them from work in Weirton W.Va from the Mingo site on a 396t. You never said where you are
 

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I'm in Stark Co about 1 1/2 miles from the Stark Co jail. I use the Pro-197, HomePatrol, BCD996XT.
 
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For your PRO-197, I would simply program all of the control channels for the local MARCS towers (Salem, Canton, Nimisilia (Summit), etc.) into a single scanlist with just the talkgroups for Carrol Co.
 

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Ditto what he said but without the talkgroups. i always use search on MARCS. (with my 396's) That way you can hear anything on each site depending on how busy the sites are. Or with my PSR 600 I have the wildcard programed and it does the same thing as search
 

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I suggested only the Carrol County talkgroups cuz that's what the OP was asking about. That way he would hear just the Carrol County Sheriff and police and wouldn't have to hear the Mingo Junction Sewer District with the wildcard setting.
 

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He wouldn't hear Mingo Sewer District and neither do I. I hear OSP here and Carrol Co and Carrol Elec sometimes and OSP AIR. Nothing from Jefferson Co comes over MARCS. Nor would he hear it..............Don't assume......... Just take a chance from your local towers and see what you hear.
 
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He wouldn't hear Mingo Sewer District and neither do I. I hear OSP here and Carrol Co and Carrol Elec sometimes and OSP AIR. Nothing from Jefferson Co comes over MARCS. Nor would he hear it..............Don't assume......... Just take a chance from your local towers and see what you hear.
I agree for sure. Much better to hear anything you can with a wildcard vs hearing an occasional peep from a single talkgroup. This isn't Chicago, New York or Columbus.

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Thanks everyone, I setup a wildcard scanlist with all the surrounding towers and I'm hearing traffic from them now. I know this is not a very active Co. but I like to know what is going on there as we have a cabin at one of the lakes. Can you tell me if there is a limit on how many different control channels that you can have to a single scanlist?
 

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I'm not sure which scanner you are programming. I'll only speak for the PRO-197.

On the PRO-197, in your TSYS object I think you can put somewhere around 20-24 control channels. With two control channels per site, that gives you 10-12 sites you can covver in one TSYS.

1. In the TSYS object, you should run Multisite STAT
2. Historically, the MARCS alternate control channels have never been seen in use here in East Ohio. So theoretically, you could just put in the control channels that are "red" in the RRDB. Those are the primary control channels.

If you are using the pRO-197 to monitor from a stationary position (your home for instance), you really only want to have the control channels in the TSYS object that you can reliably hear. Don't put weak site control channels in because you probably won't be able to decode the the scanner stops on that weak site control channel and determines there is traffic.

Only add the control channels for sites you really want to hear from..

I live in Jefferson Co. When I'm on the external antenna, I get good signal strength and reliable copy on at least 7 MARCS sites. If I were to add all of those sites into a single TSYS, and if there is no traffic on any of the sites, and if I'm using Multisite STAT, it takes at minimum 7 seconds to scan through that object all by itelf -- about 1 second per active control channel. You can miss a lot of activity in 7 seconds. So only add the sites that you really want to hear from. That way you will spend less time scanning through all of the contro channels.

That's just my recommendation. Others probably feel differently and probably do it differently.

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I'm not sure which scanner you are programming. I'll only speak for the PRO-197.

On the PRO-197, in your TSYS object I think you can put somewhere around 20-24 control channels. With two control channels per site, that gives you 10-12 sites you can covver in one TSYS.

1. In the TSYS object, you should run Multisite STAT
2. Historically, the MARCS alternate control channels have never been seen in use here in East Ohio. So theoretically, you could just put in the control channels that are "red" in the RRDB. Those are the primary control channels.

If you are using the pRO-197 to monitor from a stationary position (your home for instance), you really only want to have the control channels in the TSYS object that you can reliably hear. Don't put weak site control channels in because you probably won't be able to decode the the scanner stops on that weak site control channel and determines there is traffic.

Only add the control channels for sites you really want to hear from..

I live in Jefferson Co. When I'm on the external antenna, I get good signal strength and reliable copy on at least 7 MARCS sites. If I were to add all of those sites into a single TSYS, and if there is no traffic on any of the sites, and if I'm using Multisite STAT, it takes at minimum 7 seconds to scan through that object all by itelf -- about 1 second per active control channel. You can miss a lot of activity in 7 seconds. So only add the sites that you really want to hear from. That way you will spend less time scanning through all of the contro channels.

That's just my recommendation. Others probably feel differently and probably do it differently.

Mike


Don't forget to check the box for "Check all CCs each pass" so it is checking all control channels on each scanning pass.
 

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Don't forget to check the box for "Check all CCs each pass" so it is checking all control channels on each scanning pass.
That all depends on preference and what else is being scanned. I say that only because some people are scanning multiple scanlists and would prefer that it doesn't take up many seconds to go through all the CCs in one TSYS before it moves on to scanning the other scanlists and thus completing a full scan pass.

For instance, I have a scanlist for our county trunked system (Moto Type II - it samples relatively quickly). I then have a MARCS scanlist tied to a single TSYS with multiple site CCs in it, Multisite STAT, and "Check all CCs each pass" set to "No"

In this way, it still samples all of the MARCS CC's, but it doesnt' do them all at once, allowing other scanlists fair game for scanning.

Guess it all depends upon what the priority is for the user. For me, I do prefer that the other enabled scanlists get more of a chance to be sampled during each complete scan pass.

If jgeitgey prefers that his/her scanning of the MARCS scanlist be more of a priority, then what you suggest would be the best way to do it.

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Again, thanks for the helpful information. I'm using the Pro-197 and Win500 to program it. I do have the TSYS set to Multisite Stationary but Check all CC's each pass to No as it does slow the scan down some. I have the Pro-197 connected to an external antenna and it is working pretty good.
 
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