Sunday, March 29, 2015

Medical Faculty Associates New License

Medical Faculty Associates, a tenant of a building at 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in DC, was recently issued a license for DMR simplex on 452.8375, 457.8375, 457.6625, 451.7625, and 456.7625.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Clyde's Gallery Place FCC App

Clyde's Restaurant at Gallery Place in DC has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for ten UHF simplex frequencies.

The license for The Hamilton (owned by the Clyde's Restaurant Group) also has a pending application for ten UHF simplex frequencies for use at Clyde's Gallery Place. Interestingly, the frequencies are slightly different. The two separate applications may have been submitted in error.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 12:30 PM at Verizon Center.
  • Argentina plays El Salvador Saturday at 4 PM at FedEx Field.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 12:30 PM at Verizon Center.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner FCC App

The Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner, which opens next month, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for DMR and analog repeaters on 461.4375 and 464.1750.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burke Community Church FCC App

Burke Community Church has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for simplex on 151.4900, 154.5050, 160.1475, and 160.1700. The app also calls for nationwide simplex on 151.5125 and 158.4075.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

RFC Wireless FCC License

RFC Wireless, a two-way radio dealer based in Northern California, was recently issued a license for a DMR repeater on 463.5375. The transmitter location is at Jefferson Court, an office building at 1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW in Georgetown. The license states the frequency will be used for "daily security communication activity."

Jefferson Court was issued a license last year.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

More DC Testing in Metro

Recently, there was testing in the Metro on DC talkgroup 1620. Several other 16xx-series talkgroups have been used for Metro testing in the past few weeks. It's unknown if these talkgroups are related to a future Metro migration to the DC system, or are simply being used by DC for testing in the Metro system.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekend Events

  • The National Shamrock Festival is Saturday on the grounds of RFK Stadium.
  • The Cherry Blossom Opening Festival is Saturday from 5:00-6:30 at the Warner Theater. The venue holds a license for five simplex frequencies. The theater also holds another license for four simplex frequencies, which is due to expire early next month.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Stonewall Power Plant FCC License

Bechtel, which is constructing the Stonewall Power Plant near Leesburg, was recently licensed for several VHF and UHF frequencies.

Fairfax Hospital License Modification

Fairfax Hospital recently modified its license to add DMR repeaters on 451.8625, 452.5000, and 453.0125. The hospital was previously only licensed for analog on 464.8250, which was used for security. The new repeaters will probably replace 496.0125 (unlicensed), which had numerous users, each of which used a different CTCSS tone.

Blanchard Communications FCC License

Blanchard Communications, a prominent radio-rental company in the DC area, was recently licensed for numerous UHF simplex frequencies.

American Medical Response FCC App

American Medical Response, which provides EMS services at Nationals Park, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog and DMR repeater on 452.2625, and analog and DMR simplex on 456.9375, 457.3000, 466.2750, 467.4000, and 469.8375.

1200 19th St. NW License Modification

1200 19th St. NW, an office building in DC, recently modified its license to add DMR emissions designators.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade

DC Fire used Special Events 1 (talkgroup 716) on the P25 trunked system for today's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Greenspring Village Switches to IDAS System

Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield, has switched from conventional frequencies to a NXDN IDAS system. Only one talkgroup was monitored on the system. The license has not been modified to indicate trunking or NXDN.

Air Canada Using DCA Aeronautical Radio System

Air Canada is using the 800 MHz MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus Aeronautical Radio system at Reagan National Airport. The system is licensed for five frequencies, but only one has been seen in use. The only talkgroup noted was the one for Air Canada. The system was previously a Motorola Type I system that was used by Continental several years ago.

Rock 'n Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n Roll Marathon was yesterday in DC. Here are talkgroups from the P25 system that were active:

717 DCFD Special Events 2
2117 Emergency Management Agency
2157 Department of Transportation

Hay-Adams Hotel New License

The Hay-Adams Hotel in DC was issued a license this week for a DMR repeater on 464.1750, and DMR simplex on 451.5125, 451.6625, 452.1375, 452.1875, and 462.4875.

This is the first time in several years the hotel has been licensed by the FCC.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Rock 'n Roll Marathon is Saturday at 7:30 AM, beginning at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. in DC.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Sunday at 7:30 PM at Verizon Center.

Monday, March 9, 2015

US Airways (DCA) Update

I spent several hours at Reagan National Airport yesterday, and was able to update the frequencies used for ground operations by US Airways. Here's the latest list:

451.6000 [         ] Express Gates (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1006)
451.6000 [         ] Buses (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 1015)
452.3250 [         ] Special Assist Buses (DMR - Color Code, Slot 1, Group 1005)
460.7000 [         ] Mainline Ramp (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1003)
460.7000 [         ] Baggage (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 1012)
460.7750 [         ] Express Ramp (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 1007)
460.8000 [         ] Mainline Gates (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1002)
460.8000 [         ] Wheelchairs (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 1011)
460.8750 [         ] Shuttle (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1004)

I also saw a group 1013 and group 1014 in use, but the transmissions were brief, and I was not able to determine the frequency or slot those groups were using.

Unencrypted DCFD Talkgroups Not on SDR

The recently unencrypted DC Fire talkgroups are not available on the DC Scanner software-defined radio. Yesterday, I confirmed they were in use by listening to the P25 system with a scanner, but for some reason they are not showing on the SDR.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weekend Events

  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 3 PM at RFK Stadium.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spotsylvania Testing with Fauquier

This morning, Spotsylvania County was testing radio communications with Fauquier County on Spotsylvania Sheriff Tac 3 (talkgroup 02-042). I'm unsure which talkgroup was used on the Fauquier system.

Monday, March 2, 2015

JW Marriott Hotel License Modification

The JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington has a modification to its license pending before the FCC. The application calls for removing several simplex frequencies, adding different simplex frequencies, and adding DMR emission designators to all frequencies.