Forum Guidelines: Read Me First!!!

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1. If you are looking for frequencies for a certain area, please, check the RR Database before posting a request for frequencies. There's a link on the top of this page to it. It will save everyone a lot of headaches in the future.

2. Please do not start a new message for every question you have. If it relates to a message thread that already exists, post it there.

3. If you hear something new, don't just post it in the forums and expect that the database administrators will catch it and add it to the database; please go to the appropriate section of the database and submit it for inclusion in the database. This will ensure that the submission gets picked up and worked, and will allow the site owner and administrators to track submissions. Remember, administrators have lives outside RR.com, too, and don't always have the time to surf through every single message in every single thread in the forum!!

4. Ohio MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications System) is 100% APCO-25 digital modulation, and a digital scanner is needed to monitor it. There are some encrypted talkgroups on the system. You need a Digital-capable scanner to monitor the system. For those that are unsure of the 'type' for programming a BCD396T or similar scanner, Ohio MARCS is currently Type II with digital modulation. Once it gets converted to P-25, then, and only then, will it be P-25 for programming purposes. If you need an understanding of how the "networked" statewide Ohio MARCS system works, please click on the following link: http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Trunking_Basics

5. If you have any questions/comments relating to Ohio MARCS, you may also want to look at the Ohio MARCS Yahoo Group.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ohio_MARCS

6. Stickies of regional or limited interest will be reviewed periodically, and may be "unstuck" if deemed relatively inactive. New threads may be made "stickies" under the following guidelines:
a. Major new radio system activation.
b. Topic of major statewide interest.
c. Other topics of interest to a wide segment of the forum users.

7. Please do not engage in debates as to whether encryption by any agency is wrong, or right, or violates your "right to know". There are no right answers to this question, only opinions, and as experience has shown, such debates only become contentious and nasty. If you wish to engage in such debates, please take it to the Rants forum, or private e-mail.

8. Please do not engage in debates as to whether streaming scanner audio is wrong, or right, or only leads to increased encryption. Streaming is legal, and any agency which encrypts their signals was likely to do it anyway, streaming or not. Like debates about encryption, there are no right answers to this question, only opinions, and these debates also only become contentious and nasty. If you wish to engage in such debates, please take it to the Rants forum, or private e-mail.

9. This is a forum for discussing radio monitoring in Ohio. It is not a general discussion or Q&A forum. Off-topic threads are not to be posted, even if you say it's off-topic; if they are, the thread will be closed and locked, and the poster flagged.
 
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