Newbie Questions

mhudson59

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I live in Sussex County DE. Want to scan lower sussex fire/ems and fire company channels.
Which handheld scanner would be my best choice?
The BCD436HP or the SDS100
 

pspc389

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My 436 works great receiving the States 800 MHz system. No distortion from the simulcast. $400 was enough for my toy!
 

jtwalker

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I have tried my BCD536HP (base version of 436) and my SDS100 in Fenwick Island. Both perform great on DE's 800mhz public safety system. I don't have as much success with local FD company channels (450mhz). I receive them but they are scratchy. I suspect this is my antenna and my location more so than an issue with scanner.

There was a post floating around that the existing state-wide public safety system was being deprecated in lieu of a P25-2 system, so there may be changes headed for these PS departments.
 

pspc389

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Those freqs in the 450mhz are rebroadcast of the 800 MHz simulcast, that is rebroadcasted from a few fire companies, and you may hear the dispatch for fire & ems and some of the fire ground channels. Ex SFIRE3 STAC4F
453.70000 WPOZ485 BMSussex FD Sussex County Fire Dispatch/Alerting FM Fire Dispatch
453.07500 458.07500 WPSG928 BM146.2 PLFire-2 County Fire 2 (patch to 800Mhz system) FM Fire-Talk
As far as the individual fire companies using the 450 Mhz as talk around is probably slim to none. I can vouch for Little Creek in Kent Cty, when the 800 mhz radio were installed in the trucks the other radios were removed.
The state is still on the P-25 Motorola type 2 system.

These maybe the freqs that are used to alert (tones) the specific station via there minitor pagers or what ever they are using

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Frequency Input
License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
453.50000 WPOZ486 BMBlades Fire Blades Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.12500 WPOZ486 BMBridgeville Bridgeville Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.77500 WPOZ486 BMDagsboro Fir Dagsboro Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.35000 WPOZ486 BMDelmar Fire Delmar Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.10000 WPOZ487 BMEllendale Fi Ellendale Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.42500 WPOZ487 BMFrankford Fi Frankford Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.15000 WPOZ487 BMGreenwood Fi Greenwood Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.87500 WPOZ487 BMGumboro Fire Gumboro Fire FM Fire-Talk
458.93750 KJS921 M114 DPLF-8 Indian River Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.55000 WPOZ491 BMLaurel Fire Laurel Fire FM Fire-Talk
460.55000 WPOZ491 BMLewes Fire Lewes Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.37500 WPOZ491 BM179.9 PLMillville Fi Millville Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.60000 WPOZ491 BMMillsboro Fi Millsboro Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.45000 WPOZ491 BMMilton Fire Milton Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.57500 WPOZ485 BMRoxana Fire Roxana Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.90000 WPOZ491 BM516 DPLSeaford Fire Seaford Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.95000 WPOZ491 BMSelbyville F Selbyville Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.47500 WPOZ491 BMSlaughter Be Slaughter Beach Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.70000 WPOZ491 BMSussex Fire Sussex Fire FM Fire-Talk
453.07500 458.07500 WPSG928 BM146.2 PLFire-2 County Fire 2 (patch to 800Mhz system) FM Fire-Talk

Kent County only has 1 alerting freg 151.4, but there area some stations that rebroadcast K-disp, fire 1 and the K-tac channels
 

Audiodave1

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Either radio is a good choice but success on the UHF receive side will come down to the antenna, signal strength and location relative to the target. Seems you are looking to be portable so I might suggest an antenna near a window at home and possibly exterior on a vehicle. The 800 system covers pretty on the eastern half of the MD/DE line based on my listening.
 

maus92

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I have tried my BCD536HP (base version of 436) and my SDS100 in Fenwick Island. Both perform great on DE's 800mhz public safety system. I don't have as much success with local FD company channels (450mhz). I receive them but they are scratchy. I suspect this is my antenna and my location more so than an issue with scanner.

There was a post floating around that the existing state-wide public safety system was being deprecated in lieu of a P25-2 system, so there may be changes headed for these PS departments.
It will be P25P1 - not TDMA. Several years away, but a 436 probably won't work so well.
 
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