It appears Roanoke City Fire/EMS dispatch will be on ID 201 and Tac 2 will be on ID 202. I have also noticed they appear to be experimenting with a computer to voice dispatch system for just dispatching initial calls.
Do you guys know of a scanner that will properly decode the county p25 simulcast system? My uniden bcd396t not capable. I'm usually mobile in Roanoke area but live in Bedford 20 miles out. Been listening 30 plus years and looks like the end star city scanning.
I have that same scanner and I've used it on the Albemarle simulcast P25 system since they turned it on. You should have one of the software packages that will program it directly from the RR database. I don't get down there much and I don't have it available to scan but I don't know why you shouldn't be getting it unless it is s digital vs. analog range thing since you're in Bedford. Try holding on the CC and see if you hear anything or get a signal strength reading.
I use a PSR-800 which does the best job and a PSR-600 which does a credible job. This type of system is problematic on occasion. They now have it the best it has ever been. You can monitor it fairly successfully. Digital is very troublesome in the terrain like Central Virginia has.
Roanoke City is now moving their PD to the P25 system. City PD dispatch is on tgrp 221. if you have been listening, you are hearing alot of testing. its going to be nice not having to listen to all that noise for a change.
I currently have a PRO-97 and prior to the digital switch, worked fine for scanning the city channels. I tried scanning tonight and have only picked up one random transmission but none of the typical talk groups. Is there a way to program this specific scanner or will I need an updated model to scan the city and/or county?
Unfortunately you will have to get a scanner that not only monitors trunked systems, but also digital systems. There are a few departments with Roanoke City that are still analog, but they are not police/fire/rescue.