I think your correct. From Western St. Charles Co I can here the dispatcher only and they are talking to Charles Units giving them addresses in Chesterfield.154.875 - PL 103.5. This is the St. Louis County Precinct 6 / Muni-West channel. The Chesterfield units will, I believe, be identified as "5 Charles". Somebody feel free to correct me If I am incorrect.
ShelleyThey have repeaters! But Chesterfield is pretty much down in a valley and difficult to hear. They're not on simplex - just in Chesterfield Valley.
Ok, I shouldn't have said they weren't simplex, I apologize! But they ARE on repeaters. The repeaters just do not use input and output on separate frequencies (duplex). There is only one St. Louis County PD channel which has a duplex repeater and it's not (supposed to be) publically listed.Shelley
They are simplex. St. Louis County has never used repeaters. You can tell just by listening to their transmissions. It's hard to hear a county car even when they are a few miles away. I could never understand why they don't use repeaters since the county is pretty big.
It's actually good that you can hear them which makes you lucky. Since you're in Ballwin I'm assuming you listen to the Ballwin Police at 154.785 Now they have a repeater. Note the difference when you listen to them.Actually, I can hear County cars quite well - whether I'm at home or in my car. Chesterfield is different - I can hear them if they're not in the valley, but once they head down into the valley, they're difficult to hear. That's been a problem for a long time - nothing new there. There's been discussion for a while about solutions and perhaps, since the radio tax passed, things will change. But I honestly don't know why you can't hear the County cars. What kind of antenna are you using? I've had a lot of luck with a couple of them and less luck with a few others, if you're interested.
But there will always be areas of the County which will be difficult to hear. There are also some munies which may not have as good equipment as the County cars and that could come into play too. But, at least from here, I can pick-up some cars at various times from virtually all seven of the precincts.
I listen to Ballwin some but they're not my first interest in monitoring. Yes, I live here and know what's going on but there are other departments which I prefer to listen to. And I didn't know they had a new repeater - they sound much the same as they always have, to be honest.It's actually good that you can hear them which makes you lucky. Since you're in Ballwin I'm assuming you listen to the Ballwin Police at 154.785 Now they have a repeater. Note the difference when you listen to them.