I can concur it has been very quiet...to quiet on their 800MHz frequencies. The same is with their low band "back up" frequencies. Something has changed indeed. Now I checked FCC ULS for possible new FCC license applications found NONE. The current 800 MHz license(s) allow for digital emissions so perhaps a switch to P25? But again the 800 MHz frequencies are quiet with out any transmissions of any type.
This morning I monitored OEM Base calling OEM 3 on the Prosecutors VHF Channel.
But that's it. The county could be in the process of changing their entire communications system. Due to coverage issues in the county, I would not be surprised if they have (already) switched their operations to the NJICS 700 MHz P25 Type II system.
So to those who can monitor Phase II (I can't) please give an extra listen, or have your software track the possibility PCSD is now operating here.
Any news on this would be greatly appreciated!
You also may want to check out Wayne's P25 Trunked System Talk Group 9001 is listed as PCSD Dispatch. This would make sense since the SD HQ and dispatch is in the same town. However, Wayne's system coverage may NOT cover all areas of the county especially extreme north and south areas. The 2 UHF frequencies for the Jail and Courthouse may give them some flexibility in Paterson. Also there are UTAC and ITAC frequencies, but again they have been quiet too:
PCSD if indeed they moved, they moved somewhere and they have kept it under wraps darn well. I hope others in the RR forums community are looking for these guys. Besides OEM base testing earlier today with units on the VHF Hi band County DPW, Prosecutor and Probation dept channels, thats been it.
Other possibles now include of them perhaps sharing talk groups on Bergen County P25 ENC system? Or the NJSP 800 MHz system? May have gone to an NXDN or Turbo system? Ah lass who knows right now the rest here is conjecture or mere guessing. Perhaps trying the Close Call option on a scanner while passing their HQ may yield in better results.
Can not monitor myself I am to far away at my work location
Is PCSD using analog and if so what PL/DCS Tone, IF digital P25, Is it in the clear or is it ENC? As listed in the DB as well as most of the communications I have monitored here have been P25 Encrypted.
If they are using digital and its ENC, it may be a harbinger of things to come when they switch back to their own frequencies.
Passaic Co SD may be back on their original frequencies. They were off NJITAC-6 over night and was monitoring them on their .675 freq PL 203.5. However it has been quiet on all frequencies this afternoon.