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Hermosa Beach help...

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hello everyone, I trust your weekends were nice...

I am going to be spending a few weeks in Hermosa Beach and am not familliar with the area too well. Thanks to the RR database, I do have the 'South Bay' freqs.

I was wondering if anyone in that area could help with things like unit numbering schemes, beat maps, city codes, LIFEGUARD FREQS and anything else that you would recommend to someone to have a good time monitoring in that neat lil beach town.

How do the medics contact the local hospital? Stuff like that.

Any and all help will be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance
 

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The Hermosa Beach Police Dept. is part of the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority as you somewhat mentioned above. Some of this info I had and some I managed to dig up.

Hermosa Beach main dispatch 470.1875-PL 94.8
Tac 1 (SB RCC Ch- 4) 471.1125-PL 203.5
Tac 2 (SB RCC Ch-5) 470.3125-PL 203.5


Unit Designators-
Hermosa Beach Police unit numbers consist of a numeric city code, unit type, beat number and shift code.

City code:
1- Hermosa Beach
2- Manhattan Beach

Unit type:
Adam= Two officer patrol
Lincoln= One officer patrol
Nora= Non-sworn officer (Animal Control, Parking Patrol, Jail, etc...)
Paul= Non-sworn officer (Animal Control, Parking Patrol, Jail, etc...)
David= Detective, surveillance, U/C
Sam= Sergeant
X-Ray= Special events (Extra Officers)
Tom= Traffic
Mary= Motor Unit(s)
William= Lieutenants
Charles= Administration
Boy= Training

Beat:
Numerical beat number

Shift code:
S= Swing shift
D= Day shift
M= Midnights

For Example:
1L1S - Hermosa Beach - One officer patrol - Beat 1 - Swing shift

Here are Fire related freqs that I have as well, also for Hermosa.

Fire Dispatch (SB RCC Ch-8) 506.0125-PL 192.8
Tactical (SB RCC Ch-9) 506.0375-PL 100.0
WHITE 1 Mutual Aid 154.2800
WHITE 2 Mutual Aid 154.2650
WHITE 3 Mutual Aid 154.2950
Addt'l SB Fire freqs 154.3550 and 154.1300

Lifeguard 1 Hermosa (Los Angeles County Fire Dept.) 37.0600-PL 88.5
Lifeguard 2 Hermosa (Los Angeles County Fire Dept.) 159.6300-PL 103.5
Lifeguard Tactical 159.6250

Some Marine Tacs...

Marine 156.3000
Marine 156.4500
Marine 156.6000
Marine 157.0500
Marine 157.1000
Marine 157.1500
Marine 156.9750
Marine 157.1750
Marine Tac 154.4300
Marine Tac 154.3400

US Coast Gaurd Air 123.0500 and 123.1000
US Coast Guard calling- 156.8000
LA County Blue 8 Dispatch- 470.5375
...and just in case, CHP West LA division BASE: 42.44 MOBILE: 42.76 PL 192.8
and CHP South LA BASE: 42.56 MOBILE: 42.72 same PL as West LA
Hope that helps.
-Robert
 
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The dispatch channel is different than what is in the RR Database... I assume since you are local to it, you can confirm the freq/PL?

Thanks for the designator help and all that good stuff. It is exactly what I was looking for. I notice that they only have one FD Station (!) so i reckon it is slow there.

I am staying on the beach and I recall an awful lot of PD and Lifeguard activity, now I can listen.

Dave
 

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iepoker said:
The dispatch channel is different than what is in the RR Database... I assume since you are local to it, you can confirm the freq/PL?
Dave
The PLs in the RR database appear to be correct. You're right about the Hermosa dispatch channel, as they are normally dispatched on 470.6375 along with Manhattan Beach PD. On specified holiday and weekend periods Hermosa Beach PD gets their own dedicated dispatcher at the South Bay "RCC" on 470.1875. That was part of the contract they worked out when HB rejoined South Bay in 2003.
 

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Unit IDs

rananthony04 said:
Unit Designators-

City code:
1- Hermosa Beach
2- Manhattan Beach
Robert, since I'm about 600 miles out of range, can you tell us which of the other cities in the south bay area still use their long-time (like 40+ years) "city codes" as the first part of their unit numbers?

IIRC they were:

1 - Hermosa Beach
2 - Manhattan Beach
3 - El Segundo
4 - Inglewood
5 - Hawthorne
6 - Redondo Beach
7 - Palos Verdes Estates
8 - Gardena
9 - Torrance

In the VHF era before South Bay RCC's arrival in 1977, they all (except Inglewood?) had to share just two police frequencies, 154.86 and 155.61. It could be just an awful pile-up, especially on weekend nights and during the summer. Those 9 plus Culver City were all involved in South Bay's original planning, but Inglewood, Torrance, and CC opted out before the system went on line. And at that time all of those cities had their own Fire Departments, but I believe Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena and PVE now use LACoFD instead (dispatch on 470.5375).
 

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Always appreciate the historical value of Mr Marnell ladies and gents...

It is hard to ponder how the VHF band was pre-LAPD UHF days... imagine all of those divisions, officers using a handful of VHF freqs... amazing. Out here in the IE we were VHF until 1992, but it was rather small depts sharing freqs and never was really insanely busy... but several LAPD (or in this case So. Bay) divisions sharing a VHF freq... wow.

...but then again, each officer/firefighter having his own PORTABLE radio was just a dream a mere 30 years ago.
 
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