Finding Frequencies

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Harrison

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Howdy All:

I have a question about finding the frequencies for typical stuff, like the "Garbage Men" radios...

I here them pull up to the curb and hear the radio on them, but was wondering how you guys would go about finding them?

Is there a certain range they could be in?

Thanks, and I hope I stated that correctly.... I have a PRO-95, btw.
 

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Finding Freq.'s

Check the county you live in,and find the city nearest to your home.The city services could be a UHF,or VHF Freq.,or on a trunk system.Try the RR Database for this Info.

Hope this helps......................
 

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Failing the above, do a search on likely frequency ranges when they're transmitting and see what you can hear.
 

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Harrison said:
Howdy All:

I have a question about finding the frequencies for typical stuff, like the "Garbage Men" radios...

I here them pull up to the curb and hear the radio on them, but was wondering how you guys would go about finding them?

Is there a certain range they could be in?

Thanks, and I hope I stated that correctly.... I have a PRO-95, btw.
Are they employed by your town ? . . . or are they a private company doing it on a contract for the town ?

Check RR db first , then FCC licenses second. If they aren't on a trunked city system , then perhaps check between 150 to 174 and 450 - 480 mHz.
 

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mciupa said:
Are they employed by your town ? . . . or are they a private company doing it on a contract for the town ?

Check RR db first , then FCC licenses second. If they aren't on a trunked city system , then perhaps check between 150 to 174 and 450 - 480 mHz.
Excellent responses guys.

Yeah, I have searched all the places I could think of (limited knowledge outside RR) but I was really wanting the freq range to shoot for. Thanks mciupa.
 

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For the trash trucks, you can use something similar to this procedure. Variations of it should work in many cases.

Look at the antenna(s) on the truck. That should give you a clue about which band they're on. Become familiar with the appearance and length of antennas for various frequency ranges. That will at least get you in the ballpark.

Look for a business name and address on the side of the truck.

Then go here:
Licensee / Zip Query
http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/reports/lic_zip.cfm

For Licensee name enter some part of the company name (don't be too specific, let the wildcard search work for you)
Check the box for Wildcard Search
Enter the company zipcode:
All Services
Click Submit Query
Then on the results page, click on: Universal Licensing System

Or, you can go here and choose one of the other search Queries.
FCC General Menu Reports
http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/reports/index.cfm
 
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I also should mention something else that has been helpful over the years.

I record the local TV news every night. Not so much for the news content but more for indications of radio activity. If you see any news segments about drug busts etc. you can try to get a look at what kind of radio/antenna (frequency band) they're using.

On several occasions, that has helped me locate a few detective/surveilance/task force frequencies that aren't listed in the FCC database. Of course it won't help much if everyone in your area is on a trunked system, but where I live, they're not.
 

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Hey rbm, I actually found it!

Thanks alot, I cant wait for them to come around now... :lol:
 

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Here is how I find stuff

Program oddball ranges like 137-144, 148-154, 158-161, 451-460, 461-470 and do limit searches. Keep a log of found frequencies. I use a simple TXT file with the freq, tone, and a description of what I heard and signal strengths. Then after you collected some freqs program them into a bank in the scanner to do further analysis of them.

For the least hassle to find close range stuff you'll want to get a Close Call type of scanner. It's the easiest way to find near field stuff like mall security, hotel operations, someone in transmitting in your driveway, etc...
 

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does anyone know the freqs for waste manegment in arcadia CA?

thier base is in baldwin park 91706
 
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i know the ocean county road department is on the truck system i had my scanner programed by someone with sofweare i have i pro 95 when i press manual 200 manual function truck and it gives me the bank listings this is what it says

Bank 2-2 ON
ID NO. 17
MOT:09520
Roads North i like to scan just roads north but its on truck so i hear everything fireground1,ditective1 and it gets anoying how do i keep it on just Roads North please post back.
 

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To hold on a talkgroup, wait until they transmit and hold TRUNK until the screen says "ID hold ON.".
 

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Roads North

Joseph11 said:
To hold on a talkgroup, wait until they transmit and hold TRUNK until the screen says "ID hold ON.".

wheni hold trunck it just gos to bank 2-3 but i just want to hear ocean county roads north how do id do that with the pro 95

when i press manual 200 manual function truck it givs me all the truck items example ems zone1 when i find roads north it says

Bank 2-2 ON
ID NO. 17
MOT:09520
Roads north how do i just listen to roads north not everything else on the

trunk system please help me if you can
 

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Put the bank in closed mode and either only program in the Roads North talkgroup or lockout all of the other talkgroups you programmed.
 

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radiogeek94 said:
wheni hold trunck it just gos to bank 2-3 but i just want to hear ocean county roads north how do id do that with the pro 95

when i press manual 200 manual function truck it givs me all the truck items example ems zone1 when i find roads north it says

Bank 2-2 ON
ID NO. 17
MOT:09520
Roads north how do i just listen to roads north not everything else on the

trunk system please help me if you can
Hold the trunk button down for 3 or 5 seconds while they are talking. Then the display will say "ID Hold Mode"+the name of the text tag. To undo that, either press trunk again, or scan.
 

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Hi RBM and all,

These guys covered all the bases and more BUT there is yet a counterpoint.

"Look at the antenna(s) on the truck. That should give you a clue about which band they're on. Become familiar with the appearance and length of antennas for various frequency ranges. That will at least get you in the ballpark."

Oh no it won't in most cases. Some antennas have a peculiar physical configuration that give them away but SO many look alike. For example, I used several mobile antennas from Antenna Specialists that all looked alike, the subtle differences wouldn't be spotted by even an experienced radio technician. Being I had interchangable antennas on a single NMO mount I had to look at the markings on the resonators to tell them apart when changing from 10M to 6M to 1.25M to 2M and those are WIDELY spaced bands.

Oh Harrison, why John Wayne and not Harrison Ford? (;->)
 

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Try close call or signal stalker (if your radio has it). Thats how I find everything...or at least everything close.
 
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