Thanks for the reply. I am located just over the border in Northern Atlantic County and have had no problem up until sometime in the past couple of months. I took the scanner into Ocean County with me a few times (I plow snow in Brick and there was plenty there this year ) and sometime over the winter stopped hearing the trunked system.
I have a Pro-197.
Type: Motorola VHF/UHF
The 11 frequencies in the database are in the system.
Fleet Map: Type II
T Tables: Custom
Table 1 -
Base - 505.0000
Offset - 380
Step - 12.5
Lo Chan - 380
Hi Chan - 759
I've been trying a couple of the broadcastify feeds over the weekend that list Ocean County trunked system fire/ems talkgroups and haven't heard anything on those talkgroups. So I'm thinking it's not just my scanner, seems to be a change to where/how they are broadcasting, maybe a tower is down? But I hear the VHF/UHF non-trunked just fine. Also when I try the individual frequencies I do pickup the noise I expect to hear so I don't think it's the tower issue...
Thanks to those indicating they are receiving the system. I am about 5 miles from the Tuckerton Repeater tower and had good signal on my PRO-197 using an ST-3 antenna mounted about 6' off the ground. I have had good reception for a number of years with reception lost sometime in the past couple of months.
I did some troubleshooting and when on the TSYS screen, I do got get any bars for signal strength for do I get the "T" indicating it is receiving the control channel for the 500 MHz Motorola system. I tried checking connections. I have tried moving the scanner, I have tried raising the antenna to about 15' of elevation. I tried a new ST-2 antenna with new coax (at both 6' and 15' of elevation). I tried an FM Trap. I believe I am having some issues with other longer range reception as well on VHF in particular that I notice I no longer receive.
I can still receive the Atlantic County and NJ State Police trunking systems, but the their closest repeaters are about 1 mile away.
At this point, I am out of ideas on why I have lost so much reception capability. Any other ideas on how to troubleshoot?