The Cleveland Southwest Suburbs police and fire covered frequencies on two systems. First system was GCRCN and covered both police and fire for Berea, Brook Park, Broadview Hgts, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Twp. The other cities on that system was fire only and that covered North Royalton, Middleburg Hgts and Strongsville. There was also coverage for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff as well has Hopkins Airport police and airport operations.
The other system it covered was the Parma P25 system which included the City of Parma police and fire as well as the city of Brooklyn.
The Cleveland Southwest Suburbs police and fire covered only the two simulcast systems. All the conventional channels were eliminated several years ago due to all those cities moving onto P25.
Thanks for the replies. My problem is that I have tried programming every way that I can think of. I tried the Cleveland p25 in both auto and manual, with all frequencies listed and with control frequencies only. I've entered all listed TGIDs From the southwest group and tried the wildcard ID (Whistler WS1040) and still get almost no Southwest Suburbs traffic. Certainly not nearly as much as I used to get on Broadcastfy and when I do here something it's usually one sided. Only dispatch or mobile but not both. I did a lot of scanning in the 70s and 89s but am a newbie to digital and trunking. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Scanning a simulcast systems can be a challenge. If you are not in a good spot and the distortion is high you just won't here anything, except for a few clips of audio sometimes. A good, highly directional antenna with an attenuator may help. For me I am in the middle of most of the towers and it is impossible to have good reception due to all the overlapping transmission. What I use is a 14 element Yagi pointed towards the west side tower with an inline 9db attenuator. It took several weeks to find the sweet spot on the antenna direction. For me I must have the antenna aimed precisely. If it moves more the 5 degrees in either direction I get high error rates.
The good news is once you get it dialed in its rock solid. The bad news is the cost of the setup and once in place the radio is pretty much useless for scanning other systems.
I am on the south end on Berea.
I'm not 100% certain that the programming is correct but I'm pretty sure. As I said I used to do a lot of scanning and searching for 15 or 20 years. As far as an external antenna, I have a handheld unit. Is it practical to try that?
Would it be worth trying programming software? It looks to me like it uses the RR database that I've already entered though.
Looks like the nearest GCRCN site to you is northeast at the airport. You may need a mini beam or otherwise and outdoor antenna. I have a site less than two miles from me but I get a better signal from one farther north since the south one has to pass thru the building. My antenna is 3 feet off the ground.