- May 30, 2009
I have a question about the Chicago FD. I am in the Chicago area a good bit. I listen to the PD every listening minute and there isn't much space in between traffic being broadcasted. So a few weeks ago I decided to input the 29 freqs. from the RR database listed under "Chicago Fire Dept" minus the data channels of course. I am somewhat disappointed in my listening. Don't get me wrong silent is golden within the helping hands community. That being said... I am sure that I am missing out on a lot of action. I see the FD responding to calls all of the time but I am not receiving the calls on my 396XT even when just scanning those 29 available frequencies. I have done searches within the digital and analog public safety bands and still come up with squat. Why is this? Am I listening to the wrong freqs. or is the city computerized dispatched to the intended stations and that is picked up with a scanner. I have gone as far as listening to "Live Feeds" with my phone and use that to compare with what I am hearing on the handheld and notice that the scanner just isn't picking up what the "Live Feed" had just broadcasted. Is this common or is it just me?