Think I found new TRS in Kern County..

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b52hbuff

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...while on a trip down to LA I was looking around the 400MHz government band. On the way down, I found a Control Channel on 408.35 with a SysID of 440Fh. On the way back, I actually monitored the control channel moving from 408.35 to 407.35. I looked it up on rr.com, and there didn't appear to be any possible systems.

I also tried to search out the voice channels, but the system activity was too low to find anything else. It didn't help that I was doing 70MPH on I-5 at the time. ;)

When the control channel moved, I listened to voice on the 408.35. I heard some brief transmissions that made me think it was related to a prison. A bit of research on the way home leads me to beleive this may be from the Taft Federal Prison.

http://www.bop.gov/DataSource/execute/dsFacilityAddressLoc?start=y&facilityCode=TAF

My monitoring on I-5 seem to coorelate to the location of the prison...

<a href="http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=1500%20Cadet%20Rd&city=Taft&state=CA&zipcode=93268%2d4800&country=US&title=%3cb%3e1500%20Cadet%20Rd%3c%2fb%3e%3cbr%20%2f%3e%20Taft%2c%20CA%2093268%2d4800%2c%20%20US&cid=lfmaplink2&name=">Map of <b>1500 Cadet Rd</b><br /> Taft, CA 93268-4800, US</a>
 

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Looks like Taft is a private institution. I'm not familar with privately run contract prisons. I kinda figured they'd run their own radio systems, rather than federal stuff.
 

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Well, I am just hoping that it gets folks interested. I didn't mean to imply that it was a positive ID.

Here's more information on the facility:
http://www.govexec.com/features/0102/0102s5.htm

Government owned, and privately run. Maybe the radios went in before congress ordered privatization?
 
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1979lee said:
you guys are correct it is taft prison , i live in north central bakersfield and i can get them
Do you have other config information for this system?
 

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b52hbuff said:
One more configuration question. The db admin who entered the data decided it was P25. I didn't monitor any p25 audio, just analog, but I probably heard about 30 seconds of audio in five transmissions or less.

Anyway, the question is... Is there really digital audio on that system?
All the UHF trunked systems being installed at BOP are being set for digital only. Are you positive you heard analog audio?

-Wayne
 

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wayne_h said:
All the UHF trunked systems being installed at BOP are being set for digital only. Are you positive you heard analog audio?

-Wayne
100% Positive! :)
 

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bakersfield, california
taft prison
406.550
406.950
407.550
408.350
motorola uhf trunked
i get them sometimes here in bakersfield , in the clear or trunked
thats all i know guys sorry.:(

lee
 

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1979lee said:
taft prison
406.550
406.950
407.550
408.350
motorola uhf trunked
i get them sometimes here in bakersfield , in the clear or trunked
thats all i know guys sorry.:(

lee
No problem we will all learn here. ;)

So what radio are you using? Are you 'trunk tracking' this system or just monitoring the voice channels? If it's really trunking, then that means the default base and offset are working for you. So next question is what radio are you using?
 
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