LA NEWS MEDIA, post em if you got em

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The news copters still have to rely on good old fashioned two-way radios to talk to the desk, alot of good info can be caught during breaking events. I submitted the TV news freqs to the RR database as RR is pretty light in the media section.

I noticed Most freq lists on the web are way outdated or the PL tones are wrong etc, (they seem to love to mess around alot with their freqs and PL's)... I tend to lockout the transmission/engineering freqs as it's just guys pointing antennas. Here is the most active TV news freqs I recommend....any others?

KCBS/KCAL desk 450.2875 -71.9Hz
KNBC TV 4 copter 161.7600 -123.0Hz
KTLA TV-5 desk 450.3500 -162.2Hz
KABC TV-7 desk 450.1375 -123.0Hz
KCBS/KCAL copters 450.2125 -71.9Hz
KTTV/KCOP desk 450.5875 -88.5Hz

some others...
KFWB AM desk 450.8500 -107.2Hz
KNX AM remotes 455.7000

traffic reporting....
KEZY traffic 450.6375
KISS traffic 450.9500
KLSX traffic 450.4500
AIRWATCH 450.8250
KMPC traffic 450.7500
KABC traffic 450.0500
KFWB traffic 455.5125
KNX/KFRG 455.9500
KFI traffic 170.1500
 

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Hello Uplink: Great posting!

I will program these into my scanner as I like to track the fire, police and the Cal Trans traffic. This should be a great addition. Thanks a million, a good call here.

Jay in the Mojave
 

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Several radio stations are operating studio links and doing remote broadcasts in the high 25 and low 26 megahertz range. They are using FM narrow band emissions. I've heard KABC radio on 26.190 mhz during 11 meter skip openings. WFLA comes in from the east coast too.
 

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Here are some media freqs I have recently logged

450.0500 218.1 IFB for KCBS-TV? CSI theme song.
450.0875 71.9 KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV. Engineering talk. Video issues, camera, news helicopters. Larry, Rich. "on scene in 7 minutes"
450.1250 67.0 Spanish.
450.1375 123.0 KABC-TV news helicopter. Talked about switching mountaintops. Has beep tones after keyups.
450.2125 71.9 KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV Desk. "Sky 9 to Desk". Talk about various incidents and pursuits. "Freq 1"
450.2500 162.2 KTLA-TV Engineering. Helicopter. Talked about signal issues, pointing camera, transmitter problem, needs IFB's.
450.2625 67.0 San Diego?
450.2625 67.0 Weak comms.
450.2875 127.3 KCAL-TV IFB.
450.3125 123.0 KABC-TV Engineering. Refers to as Channel 2. Tests on various mountain tops. Beeps after transmissions.
450.3375 141.3 distorted signal. San Diego?
450.3500 162.2 KTLA-TV News Desk. Helicopter and base discussing calls and could hear scanners in background.
450.3875 127.3 Keyup.
450.5375 127.3
450.5625 127.3 static noise. strong signal
450.5875 88.5 KTTV-TV News Desk. Sky Fox and base station discussing calls.
450.700 CSQ KNX-AM 1070 IFB.
450.725 CSQ KFI-AM 640 IFB.
450.800 131.8 KCBS-TV IFB.
450.8250 CSQ Woman giving traffic report for radio station.
450.9000 107.2 KTTV-TV Engineering. One station id's as 'Record room'
455.0875 88.5 Refers to as "Freq 2". Helicopter use. "On Sierra". Input for 450.0875?
455.2500 136.5 Helicopter. Possible input to 450.250 KTLA.
455.4125 123.0 Talk about switching to high power. Helicopter side only. Possible input.
455.5125 CSQ Shadow Traffic. Lots of casual chit chat between helicopter and base.
455.8250 CSQ Metro Traffic. Air-2. Base. Gives traffic report for News Talk 590 KTIE.
455.9500 67.0 Metro Traffic reports for Inland Empire region. Sometimes mixed between CSQ and 67.0 PL tone.


Below are older frequencies logged (2007-2008 time frame)

450.0875 127.3 News media talking to unheard unit. Beep noise when he keys up
450.1625 127.3 B4.1 repeated several times with robotic sounding voice (similar to ham repeater ID voice). Freq listed as ABC Network Assignment Desk
450.2875 71.9 KCAL-TV. Sky-9. News engineers or ops. Discussed fire.
450.3875 131.8 Talk about putting up camera. Could hear both sides, medium strength.
450.4875 186.2 KMEX-TV. Talk about wildfires and OCFA. Setting up for live broadcast.
450.5125 71.9 Talking about the frame of a house. News media related. Can only hear 1 side of conversation.
450.5375 127.3 Listed as KNBC Production freq (old?). Heard brief conversation but not long enough to gather info.
450.5625 127.3 Sounded like an open mic or IFB
450.5750 71.9 KGTV-TV IFB. Wildfires, Ramona, San Diego County.
455.3125 123.0 Talk about live shot with New York. Only hear one side sounds like reporters talking to producers.
455.3875 131.8 Discussed remote mountain sites, videos and helicopter.
455.5625 127.3 Talked about fire in Riverside. IFB or studio microphone w/ practice clips.
455.5625 136.5 KNBC-TV IFB? Unable to hear the live reporter but could hear tape playing.
455.7125 136.5 Sky 600 doing traffic report for KOGO-AM. (simplex or input)
455.9000 67.0 Traffic reports. LA area.
 

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Here are my logs on some of your freqs from your great list Brandon:

450.1250 67.0 International Services Security, Anaheim
450.2625 67.0 KFMB AM 760 S.D. “Chopper 8” “WPYE326”
450.3875 127.3 KNBC TV L.A.
450.5375 127.3 KNBC TV L.A.
450.5625 127.3 KNBC TV L.A.
450.8250 CSQ "95.9 The Fish" “Ch. 2”; “Ch. 3” is 455.825; Citicasters

Here are some media freqs I have recently logged
450.0500 218.1 IFB for KCBS-TV? CSI theme song.
450.0875 71.9 KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV. Engineering talk. Video issues, camera, news helicopters. Larry, Rich. "on scene in 7 minutes"
450.1250 67.0 Spanish.
450.1375 123.0 KABC-TV news helicopter. Talked about switching mountaintops. Has beep tones after keyups.
450.2125 71.9 KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV Desk. "Sky 9 to Desk". Talk about various incidents and pursuits. "Freq 1"
450.2500 162.2 KTLA-TV Engineering. Helicopter. Talked about signal issues, pointing camera, transmitter problem, needs IFB's.
450.2625 67.0 San Diego?
450.2625 67.0 Weak comms.
450.2875 127.3 KCAL-TV IFB.
450.3125 123.0 KABC-TV Engineering. Refers to as Channel 2. Tests on various mountain tops. Beeps after transmissions.
450.3375 141.3 distorted signal. San Diego?
450.3500 162.2 KTLA-TV News Desk. Helicopter and base discussing calls and could hear scanners in background.
450.3875 127.3 Keyup.
450.5375 127.3
450.5625 127.3 static noise. strong signal
450.5875 88.5 KTTV-TV News Desk. Sky Fox and base station discussing calls.
450.700 CSQ KNX-AM 1070 IFB.
450.725 CSQ KFI-AM 640 IFB.
450.800 131.8 KCBS-TV IFB.
450.8250 CSQ Woman giving traffic report for radio station.
450.9000 107.2 KTTV-TV Engineering. One station id's as 'Record room'
 

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Several radio stations are operating studio links and doing remote broadcasts in the high 25 and low 26 megahertz range. They are using FM narrow band emissions. I've heard KABC radio on 26.190 mhz during 11 meter skip openings. WFLA comes in from the east coast too.
I've picked up KTLA reporters, and what sounded like engineers, on 26.13 and 26.47 prior to and feeding into, their studio and into llive TV broadcasts. Not on there very often, but they're usually pretty strong signals into the NW SFValley.

KFI used to use 170.15 for mobiles, but was always very weak in my area.
 
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Uplink said:
I submitted the TV news freqs to the RR database as RR is pretty light in the media section.
I received and processed your submission. Keep them coming with the ones you guys feel confident about being confirmed and active. :)
 

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166.2500 - Radio Station 102.7 & 570AM
Radio Service: RP Broadcast Auxiliary Remote Pickup
That's a sort of peculiar frequency. As far back as I can remember it has been a Relay Press frequency in most of the country, but a fire, now PW, frequency from about Pennsylvania north into the New England states.

In Los Angeles I've mostly heard KWKW on there, mostly in Spanish, obviously. "ka dublay-u, ka dublay-u". Think it's owned by or an affiliate of ESPN now.
 

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Great listings guys.

oops, yes, 450.2875 did get changed to the KCAL IFB as you guys noted above.

I found these below to be most busy, and useful for hearing the helo activity during all the rains and flooding lately...

KTLA TV-5 desk 450.3500 -162.2Hz
KABC TV-7 desk 450.1375 -123.0Hz
KCBS/KCAL desk (F-1) 450.2125 -71.9Hz
KTTV/KCOP desk (F-2) 450.5875 -88.5Hz


strangley KNBC's copter seems very quiet lately, was usually on 161.760, wondering if its flying less due to the economy and ratings or they found another freq.
 

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KNBC's chopper can be heard on 450.3875 too. I'll listen in and post when I hear them.

Great listings guys.

oops, yes, 450.2875 did get changed to the KCAL IFB as you guys noted above.

I found these below to be most busy, and useful for hearing the helo activity during all the rains and flooding lately...

KTLA TV-5 desk 450.3500 -162.2Hz
KABC TV-7 desk 450.1375 -123.0Hz
KCBS/KCAL desk (F-1) 450.2125 -71.9Hz
KTTV/KCOP desk (F-2) 450.5875 -88.5Hz


strangley KNBC's copter seems very quiet lately, was usually on 161.760, wondering if its flying less due to the economy and ratings or they found another freq.
 

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I've picked up KTLA reporters, and what sounded like engineers, on 26.13 and 26.47 prior to and feeding into, their studio and into llive TV broadcasts. Not on there very often, but they're usually pretty strong signals into the NW SFValley.

KFI used to use 170.15 for mobiles, but was always very weak in my area.
And I was hearing KABC hundreds of miles up the coast. WFLA was a 3,000 mile pickup on my old Yaesu FT 757 GX transceiver using just a common 5/8 wave 11 meter ground plane antenna. KABC sounded like engineers or field reporters on scene. The east coast feed was definitely a studio uplink as I heard all of the commercials and newscasts along with the callers on that afternoon.
 

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KNX IFB has been off air for about a week, I figured due to the rain last week, but it's still transmitting a dead carrier. Anyone got any info?
 

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KFI still uses 170.150. Last week heard Mike Nolan KFI in the Sky and KOST 103 Airplane.

Other frequencies logged last week

450.1625 127.3 Radio checks. 'ABC Base' "I'm in the truck".
450.1875 123.0 "Bobby in Burbank"
450.7500 CSQ KABC-AM 790 IFB.
450.7750 136.5 Radio checks
450.8500 107.2 Field reporters for KNX-AM 1070.
455.1875 123.0 Possible input to 450.1875.
455.4125 (various) KABC-TV Engineering talk. 'Keller Peak' 'Crestline' 'playback' 'unit 14'. Input to 450.3125?

Here is what I have for the main stations. Mostly confirmed and heard recently but let me know if you find any errors.

CBS 2 / KCAL 9
450.2125 71.9 Assignment Desk
450.0875 71.9 Engineering

NBC 4
161.760 123.0 Assignment Desk
450.3875 131.8 Engineering

KTLA 5
450.350 162.2 Assignment Desk
450.250 162.2 Engineering

ABC 7
450.1375 123.0 Assignment Desk
450.3125 123.0 Engineering

FOX 11
450.5875 88.5 Assignment Desk
450.900 107.2 Engineering

KMEX 34 Univisión
450.1125 186.2 Assignment Desk
450.4875 186.2 Engineering
 

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The news copters still have to rely on good old fashioned two-way radios to talk to the desk, alot of good info can be caught during breaking events.
Actually, we have a "secret" way of talking to the chopper.... ;-)

I don't think I'm revealing any company secrets here, but this is the set up at KCBS/KCAL

Ch 1 Desk
Ch 2 TOC (Television Opertaions Center)
Ch 3 Car to Car Simplex
Ch 4 Desk Simplex
Ch 5 IFB
Ch 6 IFB

(I may have Ch 3 and 4 mixed up, I very rarely use the radio)

There isn't a dedicated "Chopper" frequency. The chopper will talk to the desk on Ch1 along with all the other news vans, and talk to TOC on Ch 2 to get their shot "dialed" in.
 

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Here are my logs for some of your frqs:

450.1625 127.3 KABC-TV Mt. Wilson
450.1875 123.0 KNBC-TV
455.1875 123.0 input to 450.1875 KNBC-TV
455.4125 123.0 input/duplex w/450.3125 KABC-TV

The rest of your list agrees w/my logs.

KFI still uses 170.150. Last week heard Mike Nolan KFI in the Sky and KOST 103 Airplane.

Other frequencies logged last week

450.1625 127.3 Radio checks. 'ABC Base' "I'm in the truck".
450.1875 123.0 "Bobby in Burbank"
450.7500 CSQ KABC-AM 790 IFB.
450.7750 136.5 Radio checks
450.8500 107.2 Field reporters for KNX-AM 1070.
455.1875 123.0 Possible input to 450.1875.
455.4125 (various) KABC-TV Engineering talk. 'Keller Peak' 'Crestline' 'playback' 'unit 14'. Input to 450.3125?

Here is what I have for the main stations. Mostly confirmed and heard recently but let me know if you find any errors.

CBS 2 / KCAL 9
450.2125 71.9 Assignment Desk
450.0875 71.9 Engineering

NBC 4
161.760 123.0 Assignment Desk
450.3875 131.8 Engineering

KTLA 5
450.350 162.2 Assignment Desk
450.250 162.2 Engineering

ABC 7
450.1375 123.0 Assignment Desk
450.3125 123.0 Engineering

FOX 11
450.5875 88.5 Assignment Desk
450.900 107.2 Engineering

KMEX 34 Univisión
450.1125 186.2 Assignment Desk
450.4875 186.2 Engineering
 

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Thanks for the info Mick. Much appreciated :)

As for the secret way of talking w/ the chopper, you must be using the microwave or satellite link? Sometimes I watch the CBS 2 LA feed on my satellite and hear the chopper talking to the station. Pretty interesting stuff! :D
 

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We just have them come up on the dial up IFB, which can't be monitored. :).
That's the same way I relayed info to KCRA's chopper in Sacramento when I didn't want anyone to hear me, never knew other markets were doing it also. It's a great way to get around the two-way.

Do you use a sat phone or cell phone for the IFB?
 
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