Tuesday, June 27, 2017

172.1875 LA AREA

Caught a new one for me in the LA area last week. I was working up in Burbank and caught a transmission on 172.1875 MHz, N167, the FBI with a possible bank robbery. The dispatcher was looking for any unit available to cover. Radio ID matched the FBI.

Previously, I have caught traffic on this frequency using a NAC of N195, reportedly the CBP IWN repeater called BROWNFIELD 2. It certainly is possible for them to re-use this frequency, and the FBI use is probably north of the LA Downtown area.

Also, just updated TSA information for the Bob Hope Burbank Airport. You can find these updates in the TSA Frequency Updates section on the main blog page: http://mt-fedfiles.blogspot.com/p/tsa-frequency-updates.html

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

USSS CIO Interview

If you have some time, take a while and give a listen to an interview with Retired Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, the Secret Service’s Chief Information Officer. Interesting information about IT in the Secret Service:

https://federalnewsradio.com/ask-the-cio/2017/04/secret-service-offices-consolidated-nally-turns-focus-innovation-modernization/

Nally, formerly the CIO of the Marine Corps, talks about "mobile" technology around 16 minutes into the audio file. Discussions include new Secret Service radios and antennas in the DC area.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Luke AFB Migrates to 380 MHz P25 System

According to recent postings on Radio Reference, the trunked radio system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona has changed frequencies. The system moved from being in the 400 MHz federal band to the 380 MHz DoD managed spectrum.

One listener posted the control channel data he had deciphered: 
SYS:3D6
WACN:BEE00
SITE NAC:3DE

RFSS-SITE:01-0E

385.0375
385.7625
385.9750
386.2500
386.5000
386.9750
387.4375
387.7875
387.9750
388.1500
388.3000
388.5750
 
The system ID and WACN indicate this is part of the larger US Air Force 3D6 networked trunked system, featuring VHF, UHF and 380 MHz systems. This system also serves multiple military bases in the San Antonio, Texas area:
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=7769 



 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Changes Coming for VHF Marine Channels

There are changes coming for the normal FM marine channels. The International Telecommunications Union has (ITU) has began re-numbering some of the international marine channels in anticipation of 12.5 KHz channels and digital modulation coming to the VHF marine band. You can read more about the changes here:

http://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/m/R-REC-M.1084-5-201203-I!!PDF-E.pdf

The US Coast Guard has some offerings that show some of the new marine VHF channel numbers:

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=apps18

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=mtVhf

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CHM Guide to the 58th Presidential Inauguration Now Available

Alan Henney and The Capitol Hill Monitor on line newsletter have recently made available their frequency guide for the upcoming inauguration. This issue is packed with all kinds of great information on what you might hear if you are going to the DC area for the events.



Thanks to Alan and all the contributors. You can find the CHM frequency guide here:

http://henney.com/chm/0117/chm0117.pdf

Saturday, January 07, 2017

2017 Presidential Inauguration Transportation Plan

Just released by the US Secret Service, here is the transportation plan for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. The details in this document are mostly about street closures at various locations around the DC area. But it is interesting information for those who will brave the crowds to attend!

https://www.secretservice.gov/data/events/2017-Inaug/JIC-01_PressRelease_TransportationPlan-Final_USCP-1-6-17.pdf