THE FED FILES -
Welcome to The Fed Files blog! This blog was originally in support of the Fed Files column in Monitoring Times magazine. Although the Fed Files, as well as Monitoring Times, will end with the December 2013 issue, this blog will continue to support the new federal monitoring column in The Spectrum Monitor magazine. If you would like to make a comment, pass along a tip or frequency you can send it to my email address, chrisparris @ thefedfiles.com
Here is a rundown of
the Portland HYDRA shipboard trunked system:
USS Portland (LPD-27)
System ID – 003
LCN-1 and LCN-2 were showing as part of the system, but were not active, so I could not confirm the frequencies. There was no LCN-4 showing.
Dockside security was using 395.2500, N293 and 398.6500,
N293 for simplex communications.
item that came via “close-call” near field monitoring, a UHF air band beacon on 313.6250
MHz. It was a continuous AM carrier with Morse characters “A-I-A” being send
every 10 seconds. My assumption is since this vessel handles helicopters and
tilt-rotor aircraft, a navigation/homing beacon to the ship would be a must.
At the time I heard the Site 2-122 control channel on 172.1375 MHz. During my most recent trip to the Las Vegas area, I caught the control channel on 172.1125 MHz. The site is still broadcasting the same system information and using a NAC of A52.
But during my times of watching the control channel activity, I have yet to see anyone using the system. I've not seen any affiliations to this site and no voice channel grants.
The general assumption is that this is a multi-site VHF P-25 trunked system for the Department of Interior, who manages the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. And with the disbanding of the Hoover Dam Police last year, it was also assumed that the Park Police would take over patrolling the Hoover Dam and related visitors centers. That activity has not yet shown up on the new radio system.
I'll continue to monitor this system as I make it into the Southern Nevada region.
Last year I wrote about some VHF low-band (30-50 MHz) frequencies that were heard in the P-25 digital mode. The frequencies monitored were 30.0500 MHz, 31.2100 MHz and 35.1900 MHz, all in the P-25 digital mode.
A recent posting on Radio Reference indicated that 30.1000 MHz, N270 was heard in Ohio, possibly being used by the Ohio National Guard.
The wide-band, all mode radio systems being deployed by US military units are indeed capable of P25 digital mode on nearly any VHF or UHF frequencies.
Anyone else looking for P25 in the VHF low band? Curious if anyone else has caught any.