How do I do this?

Bralmo1

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Hello everybody. I would like to know how I go about monitoring Washington county, Minnesota for police fire, and EMS dispatching.

I would like to monitor the following cities, Woodbury, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Lake, Elmo, White, Bear Lake, and Maplewood police fire and ems in each of those cities. They are all in Washington county Mn.

I do not want anything else but the police fire and emergency services so I’m not interested in anything else that is available.

When I look up on radio reference or the Sentinel software, I see there are dozens of choices for each one that I can pick. Which one do I pick that will provide what I want is my question.

Could somebody who is experienced tell me exactly which ones I need to add to my scanner to achieve what I’m trying to do.

Thank you and if you need more information, I am happy to provide it. The scanner is an SDS 100 Uniden model.
 

ofd8001

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If it was me, I'd start Sentinel, expand the full database at the top and drill down to Minnesota>Washington County>Statewide and right click on Allied Radio Matrix... and append it to a new Favorites Lists. Give the new Favorites List whatever name you wish.

Then use Sentinel to edit that Favorites List. Under Sites, set all but for the Washington Simulcast to Avoid. Then program that Favorites List to your scanner.

At some point you might want to set the Monitor Full Database to Off (on the scanner), also being sure you have your zip code set correctly.

Then as talkgroups are received and they are of no interest to you, tap the Avoid button twice very quickly to permanently avoid them.

While this might bring in a little more than you mention, there will be some talkgroups such as LTAC1 that can be very interesting when pursuits happen. They are listed in the statewide section of talkgroups rather than Washington County.

A couple things to remember. There is a lot of full or part time encryption on law talkgroups. It's frustrating, but that's life.

Also should you do any work on that Favorites List in Sentinel, be sure to read the scanner (choosing the option to copy and replace the existing FL in the computer). That way all those channels you avoided will stay avoided instead of being "reactivated" if you write to the scanner from the computer.

Just remember, even if you mess up the programming, any errors can be reversed. Yeah it will be frustrating, but bad programming never ruined a scanner.

(There are Youtube videos around showing how to create a Favorites List too).
 

HoooyaJohn

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If it was me, I'd start Sentinel, expand the full database at the top and drill down to Minnesota>Washington County>Statewide and right click on Allied Radio Matrix... and append it to a new Favorites Lists. Give the new Favorites List whatever name you wish.

Then use Sentinel to edit that Favorites List. Under Sites, set all but for the Washington Simulcast to Avoid. Then program that Favorites List to your scanner.

At some point you might want to set the Monitor Full Database to Off (on the scanner), also being sure you have your zip code set correctly.

Then as talkgroups are received and they are of no interest to you, tap the Avoid button twice very quickly to permanently avoid them.

While this might bring in a little more than you mention, there will be some talkgroups such as LTAC1 that can be very interesting when pursuits happen. They are listed in the statewide section of talkgroups rather than Washington County.

A couple things to remember. There is a lot of full or part time encryption on law talkgroups. It's frustrating, but that's life.

Also should you do any work on that Favorites List in Sentinel, be sure to read the scanner (choosing the option to copy and replace the existing FL in the computer). That way all those channels you avoided will stay avoided instead of being "reactivated" if you write to the scanner from the computer.

Just remember, even if you mess up the programming, any errors can be reversed. Yeah it will be frustrating, but bad programming never ruined a scanner.

(There are Youtube videos around showing how to create a Favorites List too).
This is the correct answer
 

wogggieee

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I would like to monitor the following cities, Woodbury, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Lake, Elmo, White, Bear Lake, and Maplewood police fire and ems in each of those cities. They are all in Washington county Mn.

White Bear Lake and Maplewood are in Ramsey county and are dispatched by Ramsey County. The rest are dispatched by Washington County.
 

Mnwild15

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Piggy backing on this thread because I’m in the same area and looking for the same channels but with a BCD996P2, I’m finding the channels with a strong signal but not getting any audio. I’ve been tinkering with the Freescan and Proscan but I’m having a feeling I’m missing the control channels or something. Total noob as well, I could be totally wrong.
 

wogggieee

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Piggy backing on this thread because I’m in the same area and looking for the same channels but with a BCD996P2, I’m finding the channels with a strong signal but not getting any audio. I’ve been tinkering with the Freescan and Proscan but I’m having a feeling I’m missing the control channels or something. Total noob as well, I could be totally wrong.
Current Control Channels:
Ramsey County: 852.0875
Wash Co: 853.7375
 

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1 (1)005 (5)Washington County SimulcastWashington, MN851.1125851.3625851.7125851.9875852.125852.225852.350
852.425852.625852.7875c852.850853.1875c853.525853.7375c
853.900856.5375857.5375860.9375
1 (1)097 (61)Oak Park Heights - PrisonWashington, MN855.9875856.4875858.4875859.0375c
1 (1)099 (63)Stillwater - PrisonWashington, MN854.9875856.2125857.2125859.4875c
2 (2)003 (3)Ramsey County SimulcastRamsey, MN851.1875851.2625851.2875851.5625851.5875851.6625851.7625
851.8125852.0875c852.3125852.6625852.6875852.7125853.1125
853.2125853.2375853.2875853.3625c853.7125c853.7625c
the 996 might have a problem with simulcast.
 

ofd8001

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I agree with a potential simulcast distortion issue. Garbled or no audio is a symptom of this predicament.

A simulcast system is where multiple transmitters/sites cover an area to ensure good signal saturation in large structures. Your scanner is receiving two (or more) of these sites which is why you see a strong signal indication. However these digital signals are arriving microseconds out of sync with each other. The scanner is having trouble decoding the signals and the audio is either garbled or absent.
 

egftechman

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I'm going to say the best way to monitor ARMER is RTL-SDRs (one for every 2MHz you need to monitor) and SDRTrunk.
In fact, with a pair of RTL-SDRs and SDRTrunk running on a cheap NUC (<$300 for everything), I'm monitoring 3 ARMER sites and 1 SIRN (North Dakota) simulcast.
 
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