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Heard Air Reg A Air Region A (Districts 4/6/8/14) as new TG 12674 heard today 4/6/20 talking about a fire in Sandy Lake and stated Warren Forestry clear. They were talking to an air unit, heard them on the Seneca site. Also submitted as well.
 

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Heard Air Reg A Air Region A (Districts 4/6/8/14) as new TG 12674 heard today 4/6/20 talking about a fire in Sandy Lake and stated Warren Forestry clear. They were talking to an air unit, heard them on the Seneca site. Also submitted as well.
Disregard!!!! Was relistening to the recordings, they WERE forestry but not the air units. The Air units were on 700, and talking to the same dispatcher. She was also talking to one of the PAPA units on the VHF system. while it is forestry its not linked to the air system that I heard.
 

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No one should be relying on info from a hobbyist website to program mission critical info into radios, that should be coming from the dispatch center.
I wouldn’t trust the people at our Comm Center to order their lunch correctly much less actually have information like this.
 

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Could this be heard in Erie County?
Erie County is in District 14, so I would imagine there's a good chance if a DCNR radio is active on the system in the area. You're just going to have to scan your local STARNet sites and determine for yourself if the talkgroup is active. I believe you have at least three sites covering all three bands within a few miles of Millcreek area, so you ought to be able to receive at least one of them reliably well.
 

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Erie County is in District 14, so I would imagine there's a good chance if a DCNR radio is active on the system in the area. You're just going to have to scan your local STARNet sites and determine for yourself if the talkgroup is active. I believe you have at least three sites covering all three bands within a few miles of Millcreek area, so you ought to be able to receive at least one of them reliably well.
OK I'm using ID Search on the system, so I'll watch for it. Nothing yet from rangers at Presque Isle State Park either.
 

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OK I'm using ID Search on the system, so I'll watch for it. Nothing yet from rangers at Presque Isle State Park either.
For someone who has shown as much interest in the STARNet and Erie County trunked systems as you have, you really ought to have some dongles for decoding your local sites with Unitrunker or DSD+ or whatever your software of choice. Listening to the systems with scanners in ID Search mode is all fine and well, but if you truly want to get the big picture of what exactly is going on around you, you need to have software logging the control channels 24/7 so you can see things like the radio affiliations on various talkgroups at various sites. The FlightAware Pro Stick RTL dongles sell for just $18.75 on Amazon, and the software is either free (Unitrunker) or very cheap (DSD+ Fast Lane).

Frankly, some of the questions you ask everyone else about what is going on in your little corner of the commonwealth could be self-answered if you got serious about this stuff and bought a few dongles to log site activity.
 

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For someone who has shown as much interest in the STARNet and Erie County trunked systems as you have, you really ought to have some dongles for decoding your local sites with Unitrunker or DSD+ or whatever your software of choice. Listening to the systems with scanners in ID Search mode is all fine and well, but if you truly want to get the big picture of what exactly is going on around you, you need to have software logging the control channels 24/7 so you can see things like the radio affiliations on various talkgroups at various sites. The FlightAware Pro Stick RTL dongles sell for just $18.75 on Amazon, and the software is either free (Unitrunker) or very cheap (DSD+ Fast Lane).

Frankly, some of the questions you ask everyone else about what is going on in your little corner of the commonwealth could be self-answered if you got serious about this stuff and bought a few dongles to log site activity.
I will look into that. I know someone else in the area whose using dongles also. Maybe it's not as complicated as it seemed to begin with.
 

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FYI,
As of today...
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the PGC SE Office (Reading) is closed, SE units are now going through PGC NE (Dallas) for dispatches until further notice. The PGC NE Dispatch TG should be getting a considerable uptick in traffic especially in the SE areas. You'll also hear NE dispatch references on the SE dispatch, That'll be why.. ;)
 
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FYI,
As of today...
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the PGC SE Office (Reading) is closed, SE units are now going through PGC NE (Dallas) for dispatches until further notice. The PGC NE Dispatch TG should be getting a considerable uptick in traffic especially in the SE areas. You'll also hear NE dispatch references on the SE dispatch, That'll be why.. ;)

Thanks for saving me the trouble of going back and reviewing recordings. I was on a work conference call when I heard a lot of chatter about NE dispatch. I hadn't gone back to figure out what was up.
 

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It's possible that an employee at that facility came down with the virus and they closed it for decontamination, Or it's just an adjustment to some new protocols being enacted.. Since the SE area is becoming a new hot spot for this bug..
 

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If anyone is in the State College/Lewistown areas, I think the database needs some clarification on MIFF35 and MIFF40. Only one of the sites is listed. Both are supposedly live. We need someone to ground truth. It is possible that one of them is using NTIA, Part 22, Maritime, etc.
 

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If anyone is in the State College/Lewistown areas, I think the database needs some clarification on MIFF35 and MIFF40. Only one of the sites is listed. Both are supposedly live. We need someone to ground truth. It is possible that one of them is using NTIA, Part 22, Maritime, etc.
I think that site 1.44 is actually named MIFF40 by the state and is not CENT08, despite being in Centre County at the Little Flat Fire Tower.
 
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I think that site 1.44 is actually named MIFF40 by the state and is not CENT08, despite being in Centre County at the Little Flat Fire Tower.
I remember you and I discussing this in email back on July 18, 2018. A map had showed 44 as being at a location that looks like Boalsburg and not MIFF40 ( off Barrville Rd 3 mi N of Belleville - WQWD726 (PENNSYLVANIA, COMMONWEALTH OF) FCC Callsign Details ).

I suspect that is why it ended up being called Cent08. But if somebody has something more definitive now that shows MIFF40 online and nothing online at CENT08, then I imagine you are right. but if it is MIFF40, it probably is at the location listed on WQWD726.

Mike
 
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If anyone is in the State College/Lewistown areas, I think the database needs some clarification on MIFF35 and MIFF40. Only one of the sites is listed. Both are supposedly live. We need someone to ground truth. It is possible that one of them is using NTIA, Part 22, Maritime, etc.
I'll be doing a radio-nerd road trip around PA with Pro96Com and Unitrunker when I get home to the states from work in a week or so. I'll add those two sites to my list. If you gents come up with any others you need a closer examination on let me know.
 

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@SlipNutz15 Can you break out your dongle in reference to post #2,657?
The more I think about it, the more I think that one of the existing database sites (1.44) is just not correct by either name or location. But, I'm not able to get up there to confirm. Frankly, I think the state is using MIFF40 as a designator for the Little Flat tower site which is actually in Centre County.
 
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