Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Here's what I monitored for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery:

Fort Myer Trunked System Talkgroups:
412 "route closure"
415 "Defender"
482 "Spartan"; "pedestrian flow"
485 "stragglers"

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade/Festival

Here's what I found at the annual Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival:

Arlington County Trunked System Talkgroups:
43 Arlington County Fire Special Events
172 Falls Church Police and Sheriff

45.0800 [173.8] Falls Church Parks and Recreation

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Events

  • The National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery is tomorrow at 11 AM. The Fort Myer trunked system should be busy in advance of the ceremony. Also monitor the Arlington trunked system. Arlington National Cemetery uses 165.1875 [156.7].
  • The National Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 PM tomorrow and runs on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 17th Sts. Organizers will probably use business band radios, but also check out military ceremonial units on the Fort Myer trunked system.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play the Baltimore Orioles tonight, tomorrow afternoon, and Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Expect the crowds to be larger than usual.
  • The DC101 Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow from noon to nine at RFK Stadium.
  • Bike DC is Sunday from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The ride begins at 15th and Pennsylvania in DC and ends at 23rd St. and Crystal Dr. in Crystal City. Expect MPD Citywide 2 (21232) and/or SOD (16656) talkgroups to be active, as well as Park Police Special Event (166.7250 [127.3]). Arlington Police may use their Special Operations Section talkgroup (11).

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Doubletree Hotel Dulles Airport - Sterling FCC App

The Doubletree Hotel Dulles Airport - Sterling has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for four UHF simplex frequencies.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

No Problem with Scanner at JSOH

There was absolutely no problem taking the scanner through the magnetometers today prior to the airshow. I entered at the Branch Avenue Metro Station. The personnel manning the magnetometers did not even ask about it.

Joint Services Open House Finds

Here's what I found today at the Joint Services Open House at Andrews AFB:

Andrews AFB Trunked System Talkgroups:
11 Distinguished Visitors
151 Police/Security ("escort"; "Defender 1"; "Show Control")
153 Police/Security - Gates
155 Police/Security - General Ops on base?
157 Police/Security at JSOH
203 EMS (aid stations, medcarts)
501 JSOH - "standby for Heritage Flight"
507 JSOH - Public Affairs (Media)
511 JSOH - First Aid
513 JSOH - "Soupdog"; Communications?
521 JSOH - "booth needs some wood"
529 JSOH - Narrator/Airboss?
705 Golf Carts/Deliveries/Logistics?

122.8250 [ CSQ] Unknown aircraft flying at 1:37 PM Saturday
379.2000 [ CSQ] Helicopters flying at 12:18 PM Saturday
463.3250 [ CSQ] AirShowNetwork (Concessions)
464.5000 [ d023] Bus Coordination at Branch Avenue Metro Station
464.8000 [ d624] FedEx Field - Parking
490.5875 [210.7] PGFD at Andrews (First Aid)
494.7375 [127.3] PGPD at FedEx Field
Several talkgroups active on Prince George's County trunked system (Site 102) - all TDMA.
Fairfax County Fire units providing mutual aid using non-display APX 7000 radios (labeled "Cache").

Friday, May 14, 2010

Scanners OK at Joint Services Open House

I e-mailed Capt. Anna Carpenter in Public Affairs at Andrews Air Force Base regarding scanners at the Joint Services Open House this weekend, and she promptly e-mailed back that they are fine to bring. (There has been some confusion and misinformation in previous years about the permissibility of scanners.)

Weekend Events

This is a big weekend for events. One of the largest events of the year is the Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base. It runs from 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, and the Blue Angels perform at 3 PM each day. On the Prince George's County page, I have frequencies/talkgroups from the 2008 and 2009 shows. There is also a RadioReference Wiki page about the show.

The Preakness Stakes is tomorrow at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Baltimore City page has frequencies/talkgroups from last year's race.

Boston Properties FCC App

Boston Properties has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 451.8625. This is for an office building at 500 N. Capitol St.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mount Vernon Update

Mount Vernon appears to have abandoned their old frequencies (464.4750, 464.5250, and 464.6750). They are now using two recently-licensed frequencies. Here's the latest:

452.3875 [ d073] Guest Services (also Security?)
462.1375 [ d343] Interpreters?
462.1375 [ d432] Gift Shop

National Harbor Updates

New/updated frequencies for National Harbor:

452.2250 [ d205] Aloft - Engineering (R)
462.6750 [ d351] Aloft - Housekeeping (S)
464.5500 [ ] Charming Charlie (possible tone of 67.0)

IDX Baltimore FCC App

IDX Baltimore, a technology provider for healthcare companies located at 8901 Snowden River Parkway in Columbia, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 463.7875. Note that this app is now listed as "Returned."

Citi Group FCC App

Citi Group has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 463.8125 to "coordinate building maintenance and security." This is for their building at 12401 Prosperity Ave. in Silver Spring.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hyatt Regency Reston FCC App

The Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 461.7375. The hotel currently uses three frequencies (461.7750 [ d631], 462.5250 [ d631], and 464.7500 [ d631]). All three are unlicensed.

Maryland Soccer Foundation FCC App

The Maryland Soccer Foundation, the organization that runs the Maryland SoccerPlex (where the Washington Freedom play), has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for ten UHF simplex frequencies.

451.2375, 451.4875, 451.5375, 451.6125, 452.3125, 452.4125, 452.4875, 452.7625, 456.2375, 456.5375

Georgetown University Hospital FCC App

Georgetown University Hospital has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 451.7875. The frequency may be used by the Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety.

The Ritz-Carlton Washington (not the Georgetown location) also uses a repeater on this frequency; unknown if there will be interference issues.

Weekend Events

Several notable events this weekend:
  • The Nationals play at Nationals Park this weekend.
  • Howard University holds their Commencement tomorrow at 10 AM. Howard uses MOTOTRBO on 461.7000. They were using analog on 463.2750 [136.5] and 464.7250 [ 88.5]. They may also use MOTOTRBO on 463.4375, which is licensed for simplex use.
  • UDC holds their Commencement tomorrow at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 10 AM. The convention center frequencies will be in use; UDC may also use their talkgroups on the DC trunked system.
  • Dulles Airport is conducting an emergency exercise tomorrow from about 9 AM until noon. RadioReference has an updated list of talkgroups.