Erie County P25 System

maus92

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Thought I'd try a wire window antenna for my downstairs scanner. This actually works pretty well and is inexpensive. Can be used in a car also. So far better than any back-of-set antenna I've used. Amazon.com: Scanner Radio Receiver BNC Glass Mount Wire Antenna with 2 Suction Cups - Workman SC1: Home Audio & Theater

Also, for those of you who might have an SDS100 or 200, here's a Facebook group that has lots of good info. UNIDEN SDS100 SDS200 Radio Scanner Group
I've used a bunch of different antennas similar to what you have. It doesn't improve my reception on the systems I monitor, however these systems are 700/800 band and the signal at these frequencies are pretty good at penetrating light buildings. 450 UHF signals are less efficient, and VHF is even worse. It makes some sense that the on-glass antenna improves reception for your situation, but you don't want too much antenna for the 536 for a simulcast system.
 

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I've used a bunch of different antennas similar to what you have. It doesn't improve my reception on the systems I monitor, however these systems are 700/800 band and the signal at these frequencies are pretty good at penetrating light buildings. 450 UHF signals are less efficient, and VHF is even worse. It makes some sense that the on-glass antenna improves reception for your situation, but you don't want too much antenna for the 536 for a simulcast system.
I'm using the antenna with an SDS200. Seems to be the best combination so far to monitor this system.
 

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Little late here, but ECI is using their "Tac 2" which is TG307 for wheelchairs now and have been for a little while. They are no longer using 155.220. Didn't submit a change since I figure that they would probably use that TG if they needed a tac channel and bump the W/C units from them.
 

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I may be wrong but I thought one of the main reasons for spending all the money on this system was so various agencies at the scene of an incident could communicate on the same talkgroup. So far I'm just not hearing this happening. It sounds just like 50 years of the old system where the dispatcher relays comms to the different agencies.

An example is the incident a few days ago when about 15 people ended up in the bay after boats capsized. You had Emergycare, City Fire, Coast Guard, Millcreek Fire, and maybe more involved. Dispatcher had to coordinate and relay comms. I don't think I've heard any PD agency patched in to Fire/EMS at an accident scene.

Am I not looking at this correctly?
 

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I may be wrong but I thought one of the main reasons for spending all the money on this system was so various agencies at the scene of an incident could communicate on the same talkgroup. So far I'm just not hearing this happening. It sounds just like 50 years of the old system where the dispatcher relays comms to the different agencies.

An example is the incident a few days ago when about 15 people ended up in the bay after boats capsized. You had Emergycare, City Fire, Coast Guard, Millcreek Fire, and maybe more involved. Dispatcher had to coordinate and relay comms. I don't think I've heard any PD agency patched in to Fire/EMS at an accident scene.

Am I not looking at this correctly?

I remember seeing this as a signature on someones account one " Interoperability is not a technology, it's a mindset"

Essentially if people don't have the brains to switch channels you'll never be interoperable!!
 

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Little late here, but ECI is using their "Tac 2" which is TG307 for wheelchairs now and have been for a little while. They are no longer using 155.220. Didn't submit a change since I figure that they would probably use that TG if they needed a tac channel and bump the W/C units from them.
ECI is now back to 155.220 for Wheelchair and Med Taxi traffic.
 

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Can anyone confirm or deny if the analog paging frequencies are using DPL, and if so, identify the codes? Every once in a while it sounds like I can hear subaudible data resembling what could be DPL being transmitted during the dispatches.
I believe it is CSQ. When I looked at the code plug for the pagers, there was no DPL programmed in it.
 

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Just seen this on the erie times-news youtube channel talking about issue with the nextgen 26.5 million dollars system
 

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Just seen this on the erie times-news youtube channel talking about issue with the nextgen 26.5 million dollars system
Nice they put up the 5 minute video, but real hard to understand. The article is a ling time coming I'm sure. They need to address therse concerns a lot faster!
 

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Here's an article in FireRescue1 that expands on the situation somewhat:


The northeast area of the county was identified earlier as an area that coverage is not acceptable.
 
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