PA Statewide P25 Phase 2 System

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I found an interesting article from www.feretirees.com/news/over-out/ regarding First Energy and the switchover to the PA STARNet P25 system:
May 26, 2020
Employees at our Pennsylvania utilities − Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power − use radio systems in their company vehicles to communicate between their respective distribution control centers (DCCs) and field mobile radio units. To comply with a statewide system upgrade, FirstEnergy Utilities (FEU) will begin installing new radios in those vehicles this year.
“Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its emergency radio communications system from an old legacy network to an enhanced one – called STARNet P25 – with greater benefits and capabilities,” said John Kosko, communications systems design specialist. “This upgrade will not only reduce state costs, but also support more radio frequencies and provide better operability and connectivity for users.”
Utility companies, transportation entities and other state agencies rely on Pennsylvania’s radio system to perform critical dispatch, mobile voice and data communications work required for public safety and emergency response programs.
To ensure seamless operations once the new standard takes effect in mid-2021, FEU will begin converting equipment this year. The work, which is slated to be performed after hours to minimize disruptions, involves replacing radios in company vehicles, replacing portable field devices and making modifications to DCC and Transmission Control Center dispatch consoles and interface devices.
Conversions are scheduled for each utility as follows:
  • Penn Power – second and third quarter of 2020
  • Met Ed – third and fourth quarter of 2020
  • West Penn Power and Penelec – first and second quarter of 2021
While Pennsylvania works to convert its counties to the new radio system, the current system will remain functional. However, after June 30, 2021, it will no longer be supported.
“FirstEnergy has a readiness plan in place that closely aligns with the state’s timeline, positioning us well for a smooth transition,” John added. “Our conversion work will be complete in advance of any deactivation deadline the state has set for retiring the old system.”

New radios, like this KENWOOD Viking VM900 model, will enable the company to comply with Pennsylvania’s statewide system upgrade.
 

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Looks like the newtown square site is broadcasting today.

Site 1.78
NAC 94A
Neighbors 1.68, 1.75, 1.83

Seeing some media barracks units on line.
Thanks. I was just trying to receive it here. No go. I have heard multiple test counts between Motorola and Capital Area Communications techs on Global Common this afternoon...figured they must have turned the site on.
 

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Can someone grab the secondary control channel assignments for Newton Square?
 

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Time for a little housekeeping. The following sites need either a Site NAC, or the secondary/alternate control channel assignments.

Site NAC missing
Site #​
Site Name​
County​
2​
Kinzua Dam (WARR34)​
Warren​
8​
Guitonville (FORE07)​
Forest​
17​
Lawrence Park (ERIE84)​
Erie​
18​
Wiconisco (DAUP37)​
Dauphin​
60​
Warren Simulcast​
Warren​
74​
Port Clinton (BERK04)​
Berks​
88​
Buckingham 800 (BUCK33)​
Bucks​
111​
Catawissa (COLU01)​
Columbia​
132​
Ft Indiantown Gap South (LEBA71)​
Lebanon​
133​
Hazleton (LUZE60)​
Luzerne​


Alt CC needed
Site #​
Site Name​
County​
8​
Guitonville (FORE07)​
Forest​
9​
Seneca (VENA12)​
Venango​
16​
Presque Isle (ERIE40)​
Erie​
17​
Lawrence Park (ERIE84)​
Erie​
71​
Keffers (SCHU03)​
Schuylkill​
78​
Newtown Square 800 (DELA64)​
Delaware​
84​
Emmaus (LEHI01)​
Lehigh​
86​
Bowmanstown (LEHI06)​
Lehigh​
132​
Ft Indiantown Gap South (LEBA71)​
Lebanon​
 

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Pretty much as they have been listed.

854.5875 FCC ID @ :13 past the hour.
855.7625 SCC
857.8375 SCC
858.1125 CC
Just curious, where are you receiving the site? From the north, it dropped off pretty quickly. On a handheld, it was not receivable near 30/252. I also found it interesting that it could not be received at all around portions of Ridley Creek State Park. I would have thought it would have been really strong there...needs some down tilt, I suppose...seems like it blasts right past the park.
 

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Just curious, where are you receiving the site? From the north, it dropped off pretty quickly. On a handheld, it was not receivable near 30/252. I also found it interesting that it could not be received at all around portions of Ridley Creek State Park. I would have thought it would have been really strong there...needs some down tilt, I suppose...seems like it blasts right past the park.
I'm picking it up just over the DE/PA state line (Bethel Twp) but I have 430' elevation to my advantage. Solid reception on a 3dB omni outdoors.
 

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Time for a little housekeeping. The following sites need either a Site NAC, or the secondary/alternate control channel assignments.

Site NAC missing
Site #​
Site Name​
County​
2​
Kinzua Dam (WARR34)​
Warren​
8​
Guitonville (FORE07)​
Forest​
17​
Lawrence Park (ERIE84)​
Erie​
18​
Wiconisco (DAUP37)​
Dauphin​
60​
Warren Simulcast​
Warren​
74​
Port Clinton (BERK04)​
Berks​
88​
Buckingham 800 (BUCK33)​
Bucks​
111​
Catawissa (COLU01)​
Columbia​
132​
Ft Indiantown Gap South (LEBA71)​
Lebanon​
133​
Hazleton (LUZE60)​
Luzerne​


Alt CC needed
Site #​
Site Name​
County​
8​
Guitonville (FORE07)​
Forest​
9​
Seneca (VENA12)​
Venango​
16​
Presque Isle (ERIE40)​
Erie​
17​
Lawrence Park (ERIE84)​
Erie​
71​
Keffers (SCHU03)​
Schuylkill​
78​
Newtown Square 800 (DELA64)​
Delaware​
84​
Emmaus (LEHI01)​
Lehigh​
86​
Bowmanstown (LEHI06)​
Lehigh​
132​
Ft Indiantown Gap South (LEBA71)​
Lebanon​
So noted for the Unitrunker road trip once appointments are out of the way.
 

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Unitrunker will flag channels that are control capable on the Channels tab of the site window. Whichever frequencies are not serving as the currently active control would be flagged as alternates in the RRDB.
 

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Sorry to bug again. Trying to get Guitonville on UniTrunker is a PITA as Mobilcoms pagers wipe out my reception, so now I'm trying on my 325P2. How does one see the Alt CC on that?
 

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The 325P2 will not display that info. You would have to use an external program with the scanner connected to the PC. I don't remember if Pro96Com works with the newer Uniden P2 scanners...officially it only supports the XT series, but it might work with the P2. If you're running Unitrunker v1, you may also be able to add an Inline receiver to talk to the scanner, but the same thing applies as does with Pro96Com...officially it only supports the XT model scanners.
 

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The 325P2 will not display that info. You would have to use an external program with the scanner connected to the PC. I don't remember if Pro96Com works with the newer Uniden P2 scanners...officially it only supports the XT series, but it might work with the P2. If you're running Unitrunker v1, you may also be able to add an Inline receiver to talk to the scanner, but the same thing applies as does with Pro96Com...officially it only supports the XT model scanners.
Hey, Thanks for all the help, at least I got the Alt for Seneca :) Looks like I'll have to wait for a better band opening or something to try Forest again.
 
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