LarrySC said:Very few if any SC cars still have Low Band. I would expect MS, MO, Western NC. You are too far away for summer skip from NE. Freqs listed would not be WNC. I keep one BC780scanner loaded w/ low band. Lots of MA in summer heard here. Looking for good DX over the next 11 years. Good Luck.
nightwatch said:were getting nchp now and eastern tenn,miss hp was in at 6pm but fadded out.the station on 42.14 was talking about I95.[/QUOTE
Dont know your area but here is a link for ya to look at. Put the control frequency in thats nearest you and you should be good. Other than the talk groups , but thats all up to you on which talk group you want to monitor
Thanks guys. There are 10 states still on low band. And I heard MASS on 42 MHz several times today. They still use it in the Berks (W MA). And as for skip, I logged 8 states today. It was open all day. MD was the last to go around 10:00 PM. Yesterday was VERY good all day. Almost every day I get openings and all I have is a discone on my PRO-197 (fed with hardline). I just finish a V Folder file for all the state systems (all out of the RR database). All tags and tones for all states are programmed in. I also through in all open channels for low band police and fire (with PL/DPL search), as well as a general all low band search. I posted the "free" file over on the Skip Forum for anyone who wants to download it. It works on the latest line of GRE scanners and Win500.The ch-2 freq was 42.26 No 42MHz used in SC now. NC, MO, NE and MS still on 42. No MASS 42 heard in several years. I have a BC-780 on an AV-801 Avanti antenna for low band and have all of their freqs PGM'ed along with MASS Fire on 33MHz. Sure could use some sun spots this summer. Skip is only open about once a week and that is very spotty. Larry
Oh...well I'll have to listen for bootleggers. :lol: I hope that really doesn't happen though. Don't need that. What type of radios were they? Don't tell me they were Syntor X9000's!>> No PL tones for SC low band, huh? No wonder they wanted to get off of it. That is crazy!
Tell us about it. Even when we wanted to listen to our local troop dispatching, we were still stuck hearing Missouri, California, etc. And sometimes 2 or 3 CHP centers were audible during the same intervals.
"Nightwatch" - if you can get ahold of a scanner with P-L tone capability, it will make it easier to I-D the low band agency you're hearing.
Just to throw a can of worms into the mix ... when SCHP transitioned to 800 trunking, alot of their low band radios, control heads, mikes, cabling ended up at amateur hamfests for sale. Picture a guy selling radios off a trailer piled high, front-to-back. And they were selling cheap !
I have to wonder how many might have ended up for personal use, without being programmed : )
You're referring to the high band mobile extenders that once graced most of the patrol vehicles. There may be few or none of these mobile units still in use by NCHP.... I understand about 2 years ago the repeaters from the low band system were sitting on the loading dock in Columbia. One of the local repeater guys told me that. They were like 7 channel base stations.