HUGE Ducting Event on VHF - 8/4/08

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RandyB

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From my location just west of Nashville, TN:

156.225 PL 179.9 - "Melvin" * Confirmed: Ford County, Illinois (Sheriff's Department)
155.19 PL 167.9 - Confirmed: Metropolis, Illinois
154.07 PL 131.8 - Champaign County, IL (Fire)
155.085 PL 146.2 getting into 154.04 146.2 Lyon County, KY (Midwest accent)
Perry County, IN Sheriff getting into Butler County, KY Sherrif's repeater 158.97 PL 179.9
159.015 P25 digital
155.64 PL 192.8 (another agency using MDC1200 signaling was getting into this repeater)
155.565 PL 146.2 MDC1200 signaling used "488"
151.16 PL 141.3 Lexington, KY Police (Central)
155.565 PL 114.8 (at least one repeater getting into this repeater)
155.64 PL 114.8
155.64 PL 77.0 (data bursts) Old Warrick County, IN Sheriff frequency?
154.22 PL 114.8 KAF919 "2508 Sheba Court" Confirmed: Saint Louis County, Missouri (Fire)
155.925 DPL 306 - southern accent *
155.565 PL 100.0 Confirmed: Scott County, MO
155.565 PL 107.2 Confirmed: Spencer County, IN
154.13 PL 131.8
155.61 PL 186.2
155.13 PL 85.4 ATIS signaling
155.55 PL 107.2 - Confirmed: Butler County, MO
155.685 PL 88.5 - Midwest accent
155.61 PL 100.0 Tuscaloosa County, AL S.O. receiving THP hi-band (159.09 PL 100.0)
159.15 DPL 411 - Union County, IL
155.655 PL 127.3 - Cullman County, AL S.O.
154.1 PL 114.8
145.415 PL 114.8 Covington, TN (getting into Barren County, KY repeater)
154.695 PL 103.5
155.535 146.2 (very busy/organized) Sangamon County, IL?
155.49 P25 digital - Confirmed: Saint Charles County Sheriff
154.295 136.5 (other repeaters getting into this repeater)
155.55 D565 Lawrenceburg, KY PD?
154.7175 DPL 226 Monroe County, KY SO
151.175 PL 131.8
150.79 PL 114.8
151.445 P25 digital
154.815 PL 91.5
155.13 PL 103.5 - Confirmed: Saint Louis County
154.86 PL 100.0 (MCD1200 used)
154.86 PL 146.2 two different agencies, one being Louisville, KY PD suburban
154.4 PL 192.8 "Woodland"
155.55 PL 123.0
155.595 PL ? (repeater receiving another repeater) *
154.845 DPL 731
154.25 PL 167.9 (sounded like a simulcast - could hear with Motorola trunking PTT permit to talk tones at the beginning) "Indianapolis Blvd" Confirmed: Boone County, IN simulcast
155.58 PL 141.3
155.58 PL 192.8 Wayne County, Missouri?
151.295 MDC1200 used
154.86 PL 141.3 Confirmed: Dekalb County, IL
155.475 PL 67.0 "State Police De Soto"
155.43 PL 127.3 Confirmed: Vermillion County, IL Sheriff *
154.905 PL 77.0 Oldham County, KY?
155.79 PL 146.2 * McHenry County, IL?
155.73 PL 123.0 Confirmed: Will County, IL
154.445 PL 91.5
159.15 PL 107.2 - Kane County, IL S.O.
155.685 PL 146.2
154.37 PL 156.7 Tippecanoe County, IN? (working house fire) "650 S. 700 W."
154.37 91.5 "State Rd 145"
159.21 "Old State and Van Buren" (Midwest accent),
156.21 107.2 Hamilton, OH PD (received direct and through THP's 159.09 repeater)
155.52 203.5 Henderson County, KY (other agencies getting into their repeater)

UPDATE/Additions (1:09 AM CDT):
154.445 PL 91.5
154.74 PL 162.2 Confirmed: McHenry County, IL S.O.
155.1 PL 192.8 Confirmed: Effingham, IL "166 north bound I-57"

Basically, it's a mess early this morning on the VHF band. It's difficult to keep up with. Many departments are having a tremendous amount of trouble communicating due to the skip. In fact, one (cannot remember which) resorted to cell phone use. Dispatch made the announcement that he couldn't copy anyone on the radio and that they would use their cell phones "until the skip cleared up."

This has certainly been one of the best ducting events I've monitored in quite some time! It's hard to believe I'm receiving VHF signals from Saint Louis, to Chicago, to Cincinnati, and down into Alabama.
 
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dittrimd

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VHF LO 33 Meg Also

I monitor a lot of 33 meg frequencies for the fire service. I have been getting a lot of activity on:

33.90 I heard engine 40 getting dispatched
33.64

I am not recording and have not gotten anything useful as of yet but it sure seems like the atmosphere is pretty active!!
 

Twister_2

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I am starting to hear NYC fire department on 154.1875mhz in central pa. It seems too good to be true. It is very strong (just as strong as my weather radio station that I can see the transmitter on top of a mountain 5 miles away...and I checked NYC's database on RR and saw that almost everything was opensky...so I have no idea if it was just York city that is about 20 miles south of me or new york city.
FYI...I hear them say New york city (that is what it sounds like) and I looked at york city and saw nothing for the corresponding frequency. This will be a mystery that I will have to be patient to find the answer to.
 
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