short beeps, similar to touch-tone (DTMF), but not exactly before paging department

radioboy75

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In this example, the end of the paging tone can be heard, then some background noise in the dispatch center, and then these strange, short beeps before the carrier drops and the dispatcher talks.

Any idea what that beep is all about? Is it in-band signaling turning on a remote transmitter or something? The setup has been roughly the same for many years, with the addition of this beep a few months ago. Sometimes there will be one, sometimes two (identical) beeps.

This is only heard while paging and only on that channel. (To be fair, they don't really talk on this channel except for paging) Other channels and departments dispatched from this dispatch center are normal and unaffected. I believe this started after a tech changed something when fixing some issue. Guessing this is the solution, but I don't know how it works.

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@chief21 - Yes, I suppose that could be. Now I really want to know what they're turning on or off. There is a microwave antenna on the tower and one at dispatch as well. I always assumed the signals were transmitted via microwave to the tower. But I suppose that wouldn't mean that they couldn't use in-band signaling (remote function codes) via microwave... I would say maybe they're turning off the PL tone transmit when they page, but I can clearly hear the 82.5 Hz tone going out as well on the recording.
 

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All great ideas. However, as far as I know, this is a simplex VHF channel. No repeaters involved. If there are, they are new, and I haven't found them yet. No changes to the license. (I know sometimes people don't do things "by the book" and I might not see a change, but still...) FCC Callsign WRA644 (LYON, COUNTY OF) This is on 155.400 if it makes any difference...
 
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