Here in Cambria County the UTACs are linked into StarNet full time. I have the the UTAC's in my work radios and have tested them with a member of PEMA. It was just a matter of him going to the appropriate talkgroup in his portable and we able to communicate very easily.I have also looked into this. There are repeaters all over and they are to be linked to an OpenSky TG but I'm not sure how they get enabled (both repeater side and patch) and/or who controls the links.
I have been monitoring the U-TAC's in Delaware county for 1.5 years and am yet to hear any activity.
Repeaters for the 8TAC's are limited in PA. The five county Philly area has them spread around the region and they see some use down here. Other than that, there are only a handful set up elsewhere in the state.I do hear occasional traffic on the 8TAC channels and I believe it is coming out of PA (Possibly Bethlehem or Allentown since they are both on 800).
Ben,I forgot to mention that I have heard, on several occasions, traffic control operations on 8TAC channels. I can only assume this is from a PennDOT crew that wandered off the state's simplex channel and onto the 8TAC channel during their roadwork. The two state simplex channels (analog and P25 version) are in the same "bank" as the 8TAC's.
Dan, I do not know about the sites out your way. In the east here, the five counties in the Philly area all have 156.7 PL's on the 8TACs but then also have secondary PL's available, although I'm only aware of two of the five counties actively using their secondary PLs. For example, Chester County uses a secondary PL and calls the channels 8CHES91 thru 8CHES94...these are usually used for landing zone coordination with the medevacs. Montgomery County uses as secondary PL of 136.5 and calls those channels 8MONT91 thru 8MONT 94...just offers an additional set of off system channels for special events.Ben,
The 8TAC repeaters that you know of, are they analog PL 156.7 as suggested in the NIFOG or did the Commonwealth do their own thing ? Also is there a list with locations like in the UHF and VHF overlays ? The map you provided is a tad small, it appears that there maybe a site close to me but I can't tell for sure