Friday, July 31, 2009

FCC License for Valleywide Communications

I've found an FCC license for Valleywide Communications, the entity that may be providing rental radios for the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. The license lists sixteen UHF simplex frequencies, and many of them (though not all) have been used in previous years at the Legg Mason.

Weekend Events

Three major events this weekend:

The Women of Faith Conference is at Verizon Center today and tomorrow. The organization recently licensed fifteen UHF simplex frequencies for nationwide use.

Paul McCartney will be in concert at FedEx Field tomorrow night. The stadium has a ton of frequencies, many of which will probably be in use for the concert. They're listed on the Prince George's County page.

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic begins tomorrow and continues through next Sunday at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. The tournament has rented UHF radios from Valleywide Communications in the past. Here are frequencies found from the 2007 tournament (no info from last year):

461.0500 [ d466] TV?
461.8125 [114.8]
463.5750 [ 88.5] CES Security (private security)
464.3250 [ d532] Food/Catering
464.5000 [114.8]
464.6875 [ d132] Volunteers
464.7875 [ 67.0] Scoring
469.1875 [ d023] Tournament Staff
469.2875 [ d032] General Operations
469.5875 [192.8] Security
469.8875 [ d606]

In previous years, Park Police has used 166.8500 [127.3].

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Recent DC Finds

Here are a few frequencies found recently in DC:

173.6500 [NAC 293] Department of Labor - Headquarters Security
460.7000 [ d754] Georgetown University Law Center - Engineering (unknown if replaces 461.3750 [ d606])
463.2375 [123.0] Tishman Speyer (appears to be used for several properties near 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave.)

DC Circulator Buses Using LTR PassPort System

The DC Circulator buses are using an LTR PassPort system now. Previously, they were using Nextel. The "home channel" appears to be 496.8125. This frequency is licensed to FleetTalk Partners. The transmitter is in Silver Spring. FleetTalk owns the LTR trunked system in Silver Spring that was formerly owned by Champion Communications.

JetBlue Airways (BWI) FCC App

JetBlue Airways, which will begin service from BWI Airport in September, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a UHF repeater on 451.6375.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Northern Virginia Electric Company FCC App

Northern Virginia Electric Company has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a four-site VHF MOTOTRBO trunking system. Here are the sites and frequencies:

Hamilton (Loudoun County)

Haymarket (Prince William County)

Aden Rd./Keanon Ridge (Prince William County)

Stafford (Stafford County)

St. Mary's County Schools FCC App

St. Mary's County Public Schools have an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for one UHF repeater (461.5625) to be used at three locations, and for three simplex frequencies (462.1375, 463.5625, 464.6875). According to the app, the repeater will be used at the county's three high schools: Leonardtown, Great Mills, and Chopticon.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Prince George's Hospital Center Frequency

Prince George's Hospital Center has been confirmed on 464.2500 [ d654]. This repeater is used by security, and is unlicensed or has an expired license.

Center Plate at FedEx Field FCC App

Center Plate, which provides food/catering services at FedEx Field, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for five UHF simplex frequencies.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DC Property Management Frequencies

Here are several downtown property management frequencies I've found recently:

451.3000 [ d263] 555 12th St. NW - Engineering (R)
495.5625 [ d114] Columbia Square (R)
463.7000 [ d223] International Square (R)
463.7000 [ d432] International Square (R)
464.6500 [ d132] International Square (R)
464.5750 [ 82.5] Lincoln Square - Security (S) (555 11th St. NW)
461.5125 [136.5] National Place - Engineering (R)
463.6875 [136.5] National Place
461.3875 [ d073] The Westory (R)

Monday, July 13, 2009

W Washington Hotel Frequencies Found

I was able to monitor the new W Washington Hotel for some time on Saturday. Here are the frequencies found:

461.3125 [233.6] Security/Engineering (S)
466.1125 [107.2] Housekeeping
469.2625 [ ]
469.3125 [241.8] Banquets/POV Bar?

The hotel has an FCC application pending for a repeater on 463.9875. This frequency was not active on Saturday.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekend Event

After several events last weekend, this weekend seems a bit quieter. The only major event I can find is the first-ever concert at Nationals Park, with Billy Joel and Elton John. Most of the frequencies normally used at Nats Park will probably be in use for the concert:
  • MPD will probably use either talkgroup 16656 or 21232.
  • DCFD will probably use either 2096, 2112, or 2128. They may patch the talkgroup to 867.4875 [156.7].
  • Nationals Park staff will be using their MOTOTRBO frequencies (unmonitorable).
  • CSC Event Staff, which provides crowd control/security at baseball games, could very well be working this concert. Look for them on 463.8000 [ d152] (R), 461.3875 [ d152] (S), and 461.1375 [ d152] (S).
  • The people working the actual concert could use a wide variety of frequencies, probably simplex. I would look first between 461-470 MHz. Also check 451-453 and the VHF itinerants.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

W Hotel FCC App

The W Washington Hotel, which opened yesterday, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a UHF repeater on 463.9875.

Many other W hotels around the country use MOTOTRBO radios, so it's interesting that this one is apparently using analog radios. Of course, they may use the TRBO radios, and not have indicated that on the license.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Two New DC Trunked System Talkgroups

Over the past couple of weeks, with the multitude of events in DC, I've noticed two talkgroups in use on the DC trunked system not seen before. 33584 is Department of Health Tac. 33904 is Emergency Management Agency Tac 2.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Courtyard Capitol Hill/Navy Yard - New Frequency

The Courtyard Hotel near Nationals Park and the Navy Yard is using 462.6125 [127.3] for housekeeping. The hotel was previously confirmed using 463.3125 [ d244] (unknown use). The hotel may also use 461.2125 [ d754].

Colonial Place - Confirmed Frequency

Colonial Place, a three-building office complex in the Courthouse area of Arlington, is confirmed using 461.2250 [ d723]. They are not to be confused with the Patriots Plaza complex in Southwest Washington, which uses 461.2250 [ d423].

July 4 Fireworks in Stafford County

For the Stafford County fireworks display, Sheriff used 489.3125 [156.7] (Secondary). Fire used 489.1125 [156.7] (Channel 3).

July 4 Events in Fairfax City

Here are some talkgroups that were in use for July 4 events in Fairfax City:

Fairfax County Public Safety Trunked System Talkgroup:
20688 Police/Fire Event Coordination

Fairfax County Services Trunked System Talkgroups:
24272 Organizers (Coordination A1)
40208 CUE Buses?

Fairfax County Parks

I've confirmed a couple of talkgroups on the Fairfax County Services trunked system that are used by specific parks. Talkgroup 32048 is Lake Accotink Park. Talkgroup 32112 is Lake Fairfax Park. Talkgroup 32080 is unknown, but may be Burke Lake Park. They've mentioned "getting off island," "marina lot," "breezeway," and "boat count."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

AT&T National - Major Update

Here's a list of frequencies/talkgroups found at the AT&T National golf tournament on Saturday. The event concludes today (Sunday).

Montgomery County Trunked System Talkgroups:
1744 Special Events 1 (police)
1776 Special Events 2 (medical)

451.1125 [ d271] "Finance" (R)
451.1375 [ d631] "interview" (R)
451.1625 [ d662] Garbage (R)
451.2125 [ d664] Beverage/Water (R)
451.2375 [ d546] Marshals (R)
456.3125 [ d245] Merchandise/Vendors?
456.5875 [ d174] Food or Merchandise?
457.8625 [ d343] Security
463.2250 [ d023]
464.6250 [ d071] Talking about parking lots/shuttles to "Ritz" (probably Ritz-Carlton Tysons)
464.8500 [ d032]
466.7000 [192.8]
468.7500 [ d072] Camera/Video Test Shots?
469.5000 [ d114]
469.7500 [ d116]

Congressional Country Club:
151.5200 [ d115] Clubhouse/Food & Beverage (R)
151.5200 [ d311] Golf (R)
151.8650 [ d115] Grounds (R)
152.4050 [ d115] Security (R)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

National Independence Day Celebration

Here are a couple of frequencies found yesterday for the National Independence Day Celebration:

463.7125 [ d054] Stage Setup
467.5125 [ d412] Stage Setup

AT&T National Talkgroup Found

Medical personnel at the AT&T National are using talkgroup 1776 (Special Events 2) on the Montgomery County trunked system. From my monitoring location on the Mall yesterday, that's about all I could make out. The signal wasn't too good from this trunked system.

Update on Folklife Festival

Here is an updated list of frequencies for the Folklife Festival. The Tech channel is confirmed as Channel 1, and 456.8125 is confirmed as the Admin channel.

451.8000 [ d026] Tech (Channel 1)
456.8125 [ d306] Admin (First Aid, Park Police, etc.)
461.0875 [ d606] Program
461.1625 [ d116] Audio/Visual
461.2375 [ d445] Security
461.3125 [ d054] Ice/Beverage
466.0375 [ d155] Talk (Ch. 10)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Weekend Events

Lots of events this holiday weekend:

The Folklife Festival continues through Sunday. See earlier post for frequencies found. I may have another update sometime this weekend.

The AT&T National golf tournament continues through Sunday. See previous post.

The Nationals are in town tonight, Saturday, and Sunday. Best analog frequencies to monitor:

461.3875 [ d152] CSC Event Staff - On-field personnel (S)
463.8000 [ d152] CSC Event Staff - Command Post (R)
867.4875 [156.7] DC Fire First Aid/Medical (linked to talkgroup 2096)
Also monitor MPD on talkgroup 21232 (Citywide 2).

Finally, the fireworks and National Independence Day Celebration provide plenty to monitor. Here's what was used last year:

166.7250 [127.3] Park Police (Channel 1)
169.7750 [NAC 4C5] George Washington Parkway
170.1750 [156.7] Capitol Police (Channel 3)
172.4750 [NAC 4C5] National Capital Parks - Central
406.9375 [ 77.0] Unknown user at Capitol? (unknown if used)
409.0000 [NAC 293] Disaster Medical Assistance Team (some encryption)
462.3750 [ 88.5] Red Cross

DC Trunked System Talkgroups:
1952 DCFD "golf cart"; "safe zone"
2080 DCFD Inspectors
2096 DCFD Special Events 1
2112 DCFD Special Events 2 (primary?)
2128 DCFD Special Events 3 (patient transport reports)
2640 DCFD Fireboats
16656 MPD Special Operations Division
18288 MPD Special Operations Division Alternate
18320 MPD Harbor Patrol
34448 Department of Health
34544 Department of Public Works? (mentioned vehicles towed)
35536 Emergency Management Agency 1
35600 Traffic Management Center
36880 Hospital roll call (coordinated by Department of Health)

Arlington Trunked System Talkgroups:
7 Arlington Police District 1 (Channel 1G)
11 Arlington Police Special Operations Section (Channel 1K)
43 Arlington Fire Special Events (Channel A1F)

AT&T National at Congressional Country Club

The AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club began yesterday and continues through Sunday. Here are eight confirmed frequencies for the Club:

152.4050 [ d115] Security
151.8650 [ d115] Grounds (R)
151.5200 [ d115] Clubhouse/Food & Beverage
151.5200 [ d311] Golf
154.5150 [ d115] Athletics
151.9550 [ d311] Spare 1
151.7750 [ d311] Spare 2
152.4050 [ d311] Management

Montgomery County will probably use their Special Events talkgroups (1744, 1776, 1808), as they have in previous years.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Gallaudet University FCC App

Gallaudet University has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a UHF simplex frequency of 467.8000. The frequency is to be used for the "university counseling center for the hearing impaired."

King George Schools Switch to MOTOTRBO

King George Schools has switched to MOTOTRBO on their school bus frequency of 151.7750. They were discussing the switch to TRBO on their old analog channel of 151.7750 [ d114]. They seemed to be doing lots of talking using the TRBO mode; I assume this was for radio testing of all the buses.

Windsor at Potomac Vista FCC App

Windsor at Potomac Vista, an apartment complex in Woodbridge, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for five UHF simplex frequencies.