Lincoln Co. signal

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FrankM

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Recently Lincoln County narrowbanded their system in Canton and also all mobiles in the county, both digital and VHF. I live in Sioux Falls and up until the time they did the narrowbanding I could hear all the traffic on the VHF fire channel (154.440) on my Radio Shack Pro-2096, but now I can hardly hear anything as far as voice. My pager beeps ok, but can hardly hear the message there also. Just wondering if anyone might have a thought on this or is there any adjustments I need to make on my Pro-2096 ? Thanks
 

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Recently Lincoln County narrowbanded their system in Canton and also all mobiles in the county, both digital and VHF. I live in Sioux Falls and up until the time they did the narrowbanding I could hear all the traffic on the VHF fire channel (154.440) on my Radio Shack Pro-2096, but now I can hardly hear anything as far as voice. My pager beeps ok, but can hardly hear the message there also. Just wondering if anyone might have a thought on this or is there any adjustments I need to make on my Pro-2096 ? Thanks
Thats odd, but first it might just be a typo, but the freq is 154.445. I haven't noticed anything.. You could try just listening to North tower, or the new West tower. The west tower is located in tea, I just updated that database today, it should be updated soon
 

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Thanks, kc for your reply back. Yes, I had a typo error there and I do have the freq. at 154.445. I should have been a little clearer on what I have been having as the problem. I get the North tower OK, it is when they go to the Central tower that I have this problem. Our pagers and info is transmitted to us for fire department calls on this tower :-( . As the other post mentions, perhaps they have less transmit power now. I guess I will have to check with them down at the 911 center in Canton. If they dispatched us on the North or West tower I suppose I would be ok. Tea FD comes in loud and clear there !!! Anyway, thanks for your help !
 

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FrankM: Central tower is a littel "wackey". I dont want to say that there is something wrong with it, but even keying it up with 40 watts from a base mounted radio in Canton the radio sounds scratchy. I love North tower though, it has great coverage all over Sioux Falls, and a great part of Lincoln county in general. You could request that they page off of the north tower for you depending on where your agency is, and etc.
 

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All things being equal, a narrowband signal will sound "quieter" to a wide band receiver. Not weaker signal-wise, but quieter. Now if there was also a reduction in power, that could cause extra frustration.
 
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