Hi all. I just got back from a trip to the SQF for the first time since acquiring my own BK Digital. While I was visiting with an employee, I noticed that their radio was picking up some conversations I was not. I had programmed SQF as described on RR, but there was a lot of traffic I was missing. The person I was speaking with, upon seeing my BK, asked, "are you programming in Sequoia?" I replied, "Yes, but I think my admin channel isn't right." They then produced a frequency list which appears as follows:
These frequencies appeared to be correct. I knew because, contrary to the custom on other forests I have known, SQF refers to their channels by number only rather than by its description. Someone would say, "Porterville, Patrol 31 on 11." Those numbers seemed to line up with the channels I had programmed. Anyway, the only thing that perplexed me was that I could not hit any repeaters on channel 4 - with RR's input frequency or with the input on the list I was given. I could hit several repeaters on channel 2, but not any on channel 4. Is anyone familiar with the comm plan of SQF that might help me put my mind at ease as to why I was unable to hit any repeaters on SQF Fire Net (I tried P25 and analog)? Rest assured I have no plans to interfere with fire comms, but it bugs me that something is missing in my understanding of their setup.
SQF Radio Channels - Group 4 Channel # Tone Rx Tx Description 1 8 168.6750 168.6750 SQF Direct 2 1,2,12(3) 168.6750 170.5750 SQF Repeated 3 8 168.7750 168.7750 SQF Fire Direct 4 1,2,12(3) 168.7750 170.6000 SQF Fire Repeated 5 8 168.1750 168.1750 SQF Admin 6 8 164.7500 164.2500 NPS Front Country 7 8 171.7500 172.5000 NPS Backcountry 8 8 171.4750 169.8750 SNF Admin 9 8 172.2250 169.9250 SNF Fire 10 8 163.7125 163.7125 Share Net 11 8 164.1500 164.1500 R5 Project Net 12 8 170.0000 170.0000 R5 Air-Ground 13 8 168.0500 168.0500 NIFC Tac 1 14 8 168.2000 168.2000 NIFC Tac 2