Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Harbor Update

Here is an updated list of frequencies for National Harbor:

461.7875 [         ] Security (Ch. 1) (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 1) (R)
461.7875 [         ] Engineering (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 2) (R)
461.7875 [         ] Capital Wheel (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 9) (R)
462.0875 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 4, Group 5) (S)
462.0875 [         ] Parking/Shuttles (DMR - Color Code 4, Group 8) (S)
452.2250 [ d205] Aloft (R)
467.9250 [  67.0] Cadillac Ranch?
464.5500 [  67.0] Charming Charlie
452.5250 [  82.5] Hampton Inn & Suites? (S)
451.3125 [ d516] Residence Inn by Marriott (S)
464.3250 [254.1] Westin - Security/Engineering (S)
464.8250 [254.1] Westin - Housekeeping (S)
451.4375 [         ] Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 2) (S)
451.5875 [         ] Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Security (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 2) (S)
451.7375 [         ] Wyndham Vacation Resorts (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 2) (S)
452.4875 [         ] Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 2) (S)

Additionally, a couple of groups on the Gaylord National trunked system have been updated.

Spotsylvania Fire Chief Funeral

Spotsylvania County Volunteer Fire Chief Thomas Oesterheld's funeral was last Thursday. Several talkgroups on the county trunked system were active:
  • 00-107 (Fire Ch. 8)
  • 02-024 (Sheriff A Tac)
  • 02-027 (Sheriff Incident)
  • 02-031 (Sheriff Search and Rescue)
  • 02-042 (Sheriff Tac 3)

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Talkgroup on Fairfax P25 System

Talkgroup 1041 on the Fairfax County P25 trunked system was active a few days ago with what sounded like Virginia State Police. Talkgroup 1049 is in regular use as the VSP Fairfax 2 patch; 1041 may have been a VSP Fairfax 1 patch.

New WMATA Talkgroup

Talkgroup 49232 on the WMATA trunked system was active a few days ago with Montgomery County Fire units. This talkgroup is unidentified, but it falls in the range of the Metro Transit Police talkgroups.

Fugitive Search Yesterday in Stafford

Stafford County Sheriff, Spotsylvania Sheriff, and Fredericksburg Police spent most of yesterday looking for a fugitive. To coordinate the search, the Stafford Sheriff Coordination talkgroup, Spotsylvania Sheriff Tac 1, and Fredericksburg Police Ch. 3 were patched together. Helicopter Fairfax 1 (radio ID 3164217) was also involved for several hours, and was communicating with ground units on Stafford Sheriff Tac 4.

Weekend Events

  • The Citi Open Tennis Tournament begins Saturday and runs through Sunday, August 3 at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek Park.
  • Billy Joel performs Saturday at 8 PM at Nationals Park.

George Washington University FCC App

George Washington University has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 463.6750 at 2033 G St. NW, repeaters on 463.3500, 464.2000, and 464.2750 at Thurston Hall, and a repeater on 464.6875 at GWU's Mount Vernon campus.

The repeaters at Thurston Hall are already in use for GWU's Capacity Plus system. (Interestingly, the application does not have emissions designators for DMR.) 463.6750 [173.8] has been in use for several years for shuttle service.

This application appears to be a replacement for KJQ813, which expired earlier this month.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

United States Institute of Peace Switches to DMR

The United States Institute of Peace has switched to DMR on 451.8625 (Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 102). The institution may have also switched to DMR on 452.9750, but this was not confirmed.

GU Switches Another Frequency to DMR

Georgetown University Facilities is now using DMR on 463.3750 (Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 9).

CityCenterDC Update

Here's an updated list of frequencies in use for CityCenterDC:

463.4125 [         ] Engineering (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 4000) (R)
463.6375 [         ] Security/Engineering/Housekeeping (Ch. 2) (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 2000) (R)
463.6625 [         ] Housekeeping? (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1000) (R)

Rosslyn Property Management Frequencies

Here are new Rosslyn property management frequencies:

464.2625 [ d331] 1000 Wilson Blvd.
461.3875 [ d632] BAE Systems (S)
451.3375 [ d723] International Place (S)
451.9250 [ d263] Turnberry Tower (R)

Tysons Property Management Frequencies

Here are some new Tysons-area property management frequencies:

452.5000 [ d356] 8300 Greensboro
461.4875 [ d506] Avalon Park Crest Apartments
464.3000 [         ] Dulles Discovery (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 91) (privacy) (R)
464.6625 [         ] Kaiser Tysons Corner Medical Center (DMR - Color Code 1)
463.2625 [ $465] Liberty Crossing (encrypted)
462.1750 [         ] Tysons Tower (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 1, Group 22102)

Mosaic District Using New Repeater

The Mosaic District is using DMR on 463.8875 (Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1). The frequency is one of three repeaters the shopping area applied for, although the application has been returned.

Tysons Galleria Update

Here's an updated list of frequencies for Tysons Galleria:

462.2500 [  94.8] Security (R)
464.6250 [ d132] Housekeeping (R)
467.8750 [192.8] Anthropologie
467.8500 [  67.0] The Cheesecake Factory
467.9250 [  88.5] J. Crew
467.8500 [  79.7] J. Crew Men's Store
464.1750 [203.5] Macy's Loss Prevention
467.8750 [  71.9] Maggiano's?
464.5750 [127.3] Neiman Marcus
467.8500 [210.7] Saks Fifth Avenue?
467.9000 [136.5] Tory Burch
467.8500 [ d047] Williams-Sonoma?
456.6375 [ d155] "Dior" (strong outside Saks Fifth Avenue)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Caroline County FCC App

Caroline County (VA) has an application pending before the FCC for a five-frequency 700 MHz trunked system. According to the emission designators, the system should be Project 25 Phase II. The six-site system will replace Caroline's current VHF repeaters, and allow for interoperability with Hanover, King William, and Spotsylvania.

Cushman & Wakefield FCC License

Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate broker, was recently licensed for frequencies at two sites:
  • 4660 Kenmore Ave., Alexandria: DMR repeater on 463.3125
  • 2440 N St. NW, DC: DMR repeater on 463.3500

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Brookside Gardens FCC App

Brookside Gardens, located in Wheaton, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a DMR repeater on 462.0125.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rappahannock River Joint Operation

Fauquier, Culpeper, Stafford, and Spotsylvania are working a joint operation on the Rappahannock River. Spotsylvania Sheriff Incident (talkgroup 02-027), Stafford Sheriff Coordination (talkgroup 4505), Fauquier Fire 11F (talkgroup 25264), and Culpeper Fire 12F (talkgroup 43344) are all patched together.

On the Stafford Coordination talkgroup, some unit numbers have come up. 321xxxx units may have been from Culpeper. A 411xxxx unit appeared to be Spotsylvania Boat 5.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

City of Laurel Using NXDN

The City of Laurel is using NXDN on 453.1500. The frequency is apparently part of a trunked system, according to the license.

Basic Contracting Services FCC License

Basic Contracting Services, which provides security for federal buildings, was recently licensed for repeaters on 461.4625, 463.2625, and 463.9500 at three locations in DC: 1201 Constitution Ave. NW,  301 7th St. SW, and 330 Independence Ave. SW.

Blake Real Estate FCC App

Blake Real Estate, which owns several buildings in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog and DMR repeater at each of these locations:
  • 1425 K St. NW: 452.3375
  • 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW: 464.2750
  • 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW: 461.6125
  • 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW: 463.8750
Additionally, analog and DMR simplex is requested on 451.8750, 461.2750, 461.4750, 463.5250, and 464.4000. These frequencies are requested with a 32 kilometer radius of operations around 1425 K St. NW.

Westin Crystal City FCC App

The Westin Crystal City, which is reopening after being renovated from a Sheraton in August or September, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog and DMR repeater on 463.9875, and analog and DMR simplex on 461.2250, 461.5250, 463.6750, 464.2750, and 464.4000.

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Here's what I found on Monday at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference:

453.0125 [         ] Convention Center site - Food/Beverage (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 1, Group 155)
453.0125 [         ] Convention Center site - Network Operations (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 2, Group 156)
453.0125 [         ] Convention Center site - "survey" "print badge" (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 2, Group 157)
453.9625 [         ] Convention Center site - "power cords" "radio batteries" (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 1, Group 154)
453.9625 [         ] Convention Center site - Event Supervisors (Color Code 13, Slot 2, Group 158)
453.9875 [         ] Convention Center site - Greeters (DMR - Color Code 10, Slot 1, Group 151)
453.9875 [         ] Convention Center site - "table" "chair" "hospitality suites" (DMR - Color Code 10, Slot 1, Group 152)
453.9875 [         ] Convention Center site - Tech (DMR - Color Code 10, Slot 2, Group 153)
452.0375 [         ] Verizon Center site - "power cords" "radio batteries" (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 154)
452.0375 [         ] Verizon Center site - Event Supervisors (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 2, Group 158)
452.6875 [         ] Verizon Center site - Greeters (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 151)
452.6875 [         ] Verizon Center site - "table" "chair" "hospitality suites" (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 152)
452.6875 [         ] Verizon Center site - Tech (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 153)
461.7875 [         ] Verizon Center site - Food/Beverage (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 155)
461.7875 [         ] Verizon Center site - Network Operations (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 156)
461.7875 [         ] Verizon Center site - "survey" "print badge" (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 157)

461.1375 [         ] testing channels; strong near Verizon Center (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1001)
464.7500 [ d546] "cloud OS booth"

Several groups in use on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center system.

Unknown DMR User on 451.8125

451.8125 (Color Code 9, Slot 1, Group 101) has an unknown user. The signal is strong in downtown Washington. The user may be some kind of security company. "George Washington Hospital" was mentioned on Monday.

Gallaudet University Switches to DMR

Gallaudet University Police is using DMR on their 461.8875 repeater (Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 1500). The emission designators on the license have not been updated for DMR.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Washington Kastles/World Team Tennis

Here are frequencies found for the Washington Kastles/World Team Tennis:

461.0375 [ CSQ] On-Court Ops
461.5125 [ d152] CSC Event Staff
461.8125 [ d612] Food/Catering
464.5000 [ d371] Operations

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Immanuel Bible Church FCC App

Immanuel Bible Church, located in Springfield, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for repeaters on 464.4500, 463.2250, and 464.8875.

Ballston Tower Modifies License

Ballston Tower, an office building located above the Ballston Common Mall, recently modified its license to add an analog and DMR repeater on 464.7500. Previously, the building was licensed for an analog and DMR repeater on 451.8250.

MedImmune FCC License

MedImmune, a biotechnology company headquartered in Gaithersburg, was recently licensed for DMR repeaters on 461.5250 and 464.7875, and DMR simplex on 463.6500, 463.8375, 464.3375, and 464.6625.

Manassas/Manassas Park P25 System

Manassas and Manassas Park have put a Project 25 system on the air, presumably to replace the legacy Project 16 system, which is still in everyday use.

Friday, July 11, 2014

City Vista FCC App

City Vista, a mixed-use development located at 450 K St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 464.6250.

Covington & Burling FCC App

Covington & Burling, a law firm located at 850 10th St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog and DMR repeater on 461.8500, and analog and DMR simplex on 456.3250, 457.1250, 466.3250, and 468.8000.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sheraton Crystal City Closed, Reopening as a Westin

The Sheraton Crystal City Hotel is closed for renovations until August or September, when it will reopen as a Westin. It's unknown if the hotel will use the two unlicensed frequencies (465.3125 [241.8] and 465.4625 [241.8]) that the Sheraton used, or if it will license new frequencies.

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Scholars" Group Tour

On July 4 in Crystal City, there were several buses picking up students after they watched the fireworks. The students were from a "Scholars" group, but I didn't catch a more specific name. The organizers/chaperones used radios. Here are the two channels I found:

461.4250 [ d311] Ch. 1
460.5250 [ d565] Ch. 3

Unit Numbers for P25 Systems

Here is a list of unit numbers observed for various Project 25 systems. Not all unit numbers will follow this template, but it's a good start.

Metropolitan PD 110xxxx
DC Library Security 111xxxx
DC Parking Enforcement 111xxxx
Arlington PD 313xxxx
Arlington FD 318xxxx and 313xxxx
Falls Church PD 313xxxx
Alexandria PD 310xxxx
Alexandria FD 318xxxx and 310xxxx
Fairfax PD 316xxxx
Fairfax FD 318xxxx
Fairfax Sheriff 316xxxx
Fairfax School Security 317xxxx
Northern Virginia Community College Police 317xxxx
Prince William PD 329xxxx
Prince William FD 329xxxx
Prince William Sheriff 329xxxx
Prince William Schools 332xxxx
Manassas PD 339xxxx
Manassas Park PD 339xxxx
Maryland Aviation Administration PD 211xxxx
Prince George's PD 236xxxx and 253xxxx
Prince George's FD 252xxxx
Anne Arundel PD 222xxxx
Anne Arundel FD 222xxxx
Charles FD 236xxxx (units on Fairfax FD Marshall Hall channel)
Fauquier FD 321xxxx (units on Stafford system)
Stafford Sheriff 334xxxx
Stafford FD 335xxxx
Stafford Utilities 336xxxx
Spotsylvania Fire 411xxxx
Caroline Sheriff 412xxxx
Caroline Fire 412xxxx
Caroline Schools 420xxxx
Fredericksburg PD 442xxxx
Fredericksburg FD 442xxxx
Spotsylvania Schools 611xxxx
Spotsylvania Public Works 711xxxx

VDOT unit on Fairfax P25 talkgroup 1041: 320xxxx
Units on JNCR talkgroup 22750: 217xxxx
Units on JNCR talkgroup 10301 and 22780: 219xxxx

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 11:05 AM, Saturday at 4:05 PM, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues through Sunday on the National Mall.
  • The fireworks begin at 9:10 PM on Friday on the National Mall.

The Yards FCC App

The Yards, a mixed-use development near Nationals Park in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog and DMR repeater on 461.6375.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meridian at Courthouse Commons FCC App

Meridian at Courthouse Commons, an apartment building in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for simplex on 457.7125, 463.2000, 463.5000, 468.2000, and 468.5000.