Turnpike District 4 interference

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Some kid got a hold of a radio programmed with the District 4 repeater. He's been trolling periodically throughout the morning. Dispatch finally acknowledged him a little bit ago and told him to keep it up because they were homing in on his signal and would be talking to his mom soon. I got a good chuckle out of that. I wonder if he got his hands on an authorized radio belonging to a family member or whether this is a case of some cheap Chinese radio troublemaking. I'm curious to see if the comment scares him off or not. He sounded pretty young.
 

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Makes an even stronger case for them moving to the 700 MHz TDMA system eventually.
 

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To the STATE TDMA system. Their own system is a terrible idea...
One man's opinion. It may make more financial sense for them to use the state system, however from a standpoint of not having to be at the mercy of the PSP when it comes to decisions regarding the sites, talkgroups, etc. Oh and they probably didn't want to be bothered with VHF sites every 50+ miles apart, instead wanting to put their own 700 sites where they needed them most.

Anyway, no sense in litigating their decision here...I'm sure they know what they're doing better than any of us armchair experts. ;)
 

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part of the problem with turnpike moving to state system is how they will interop with the fire, ems and tows that switch onto their channels as needed.
 

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part of the problem with turnpike moving to state system is how they will interop with the fire, ems and tows that switch onto their channels as needed.
I would imagine this is among the options they are weighing. If PTC were to but and issue new radios, it would eliminate the contracted services saying it can't be afforded. But, we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.

I think it is interesting how many of their 700MHz sites have 5-6 frequencies assigned, more than nearly all of the STARNET P25 sites. Except, of course, what could be two of their busiest sites (Devault/Valley Forge and Emmaus/South Mountain). I am curious as to whether they would ultimately just add these sites as additional sites on STARNET, add them as a new subsystem (2), or operate a separate TRS with ISSI links between the two. I would think the first or second options would make more sense, but with PTC being PTC, who knows.
 

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Wow...… just wow. Did it eventually stop? I usually have it on while I travel the turnpike to work in the morning, however I took my car yesterday so I didn't have my scanner with me. I really hope that this isn't "the straw that broke the camels back" so to speak in regards to the PTC going onto the state system. Everyone can speculate as to exactly where the interference came from "Firefighter that left a radio at home with his kids, random radio left somewhere, or a Chinese POS" but it is instances like this on why nobody is on analog anymore.
 

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I use to be a collector on the Turnpike. I’m betting someone got a hold of a radio. They may switch over to the TDMA system now that the interchanges aren’t in use anymore. Also I have a pretty good idea who the dispatcher was. He was always fun to listen to.
 
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