WISCOM Thread (all posts regarding WISCOM go here)

OpSec

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Just import the entire system in to the programming software via RadioReference. It's not a huge system in terms of control channels. Then you won't need to enable the full spectrum scan. You turn it on and it'll find the closest tower and go.

WISCOM is not like ARMER with multiple towers and some overlaying others. WISCOM, on average, has one tower per county (yes, there are some counties with more or less).
Scanning the system with a scanner/G5 is a bit different than actual subscriber radios, some of which are *very* dependent on a correct and thorough CC list, which is well over 100 individual CCs on VHF alone...so, yes the system is huge in terms of CCs. However, if you enabled full spectrum scan on a scanning device, you don't need to populate the CC list at all assuming you have the band plan right so the radio can do the correct math.
 

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...If it were me....

Interops:
SCALL 1, STAC 2-8. RCALL51WC, RCALL61NW, RTACS 52-54, RTACS 62-64.

Law:
State Patrol NW Region Eau Claire Post and Spooner Posts.
Dunn County
DCI Eau Claire (not much use)

EMS:
LifeLink III Statewide, Rice Lake, Marshfield
North Memorial Flight Siren "WISFLIGHT"
Mayo Clinic 1 (Helicopters)
Mayo Clinic 2 (Eau Claire region EMS)

Scan TGs:
If a radio is affliated with a scan TG, you'll hear the conventional patch on the associated TG.

That'll give you a good start.
Wow, WISCOM sure doesn't have much traffic on Site 57 (Pierce County, Prescott).

I parked on it last night about 2300 local time and these are the only talkgroups I have heard activity on, so far.


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Also, the Control Channel I am connected to is 139.6125 Mhz. The database list it as an Alternate Control Channel. Does WISCOM rotate control channels frequently, is the database incorrect or it there a reason it is on an Alternate Control Channel right now?


 

djeplett

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Activity varies greatly around the state. Near me you hear WSP and Menomonee Public Transit a bunch. With the occasional county scan talkgroup here and there. Keep listening though; surveillance talkgroups will suddenly be very active out of nowhere.

I think the database was filled with info that was gleaned from monitoring the control channels for what they have reported. Just because a channel is marked as primary doesn't mean the system won't switch to an alternate frequently. Happens over here quite often. Since there's not that many frequencies listed for the couple sites I monitor I put all of them in just in case.
 

JASII

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Does anybody here scan the WISCOM frequencies conventionally? The reason I ask is because I would like to use my Unication G5 to monitor county conventional frequencies, both analog an APCO P25, AND WISCOM frequencies in the same scan list. I am anticipating that if I simply lock out whichever frequency is being used as the Control Channel and scan the rest, it should work fine. I have been focused on the Prescott site and the traffic levels seem like this might work fine.
 
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