Westmoreland County

Chris52

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I’m being told and hearing different audio sounds from Westmorland County fire as they have seemed to have switched over to a new radio system. Anyone have any information on this system? I’m listening to the UHF dispatch frequency and it seems different.
 

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Are you referring to 453.7125 and/or 453.8000? What are you seeing on the scanner? What are you hearing? Does it sound digital? I’m trying to monitor, but I might be out of range.

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Dave
 

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It’s not the typical sounds I’m used to hearing from when they were primarily using UHF, but yes I am listening to 453.800 and ect. and its different. It sounds like its digital to be honest. They have all new mobiles and potables installed (Motorola APX800XE’s all bands. Interesting ………….
 

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If it’s digital, it must be P25, since those radios don’t support DMR. Are you able to get a NAC for 453.8000 and/or other frequencies? Thanks.

Dave
 

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Sorry but you can call me stupid if you would like but a “NAC”? I do know its P25, possibly a UHF P25 upgrade system? Not sure …… I just watched someone key up a radio in their station and it did not give that key up Motorola bubbly sounds like most 700/800 systems do if you know what I am talking about. This has me curious especially when the members of this department do not even have a clue.
 

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OK, that's the existing CTCSS for the fire frequencies. Maybe one of the fire frequencies remains analog (for paging?) and the rest were converted to digital? I guess we'll have to keep listening. I should be able to receive Westmoreland when there is ducting.

Dave
 
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