Friday, December 30, 2016

Weekend Events

  • Georgetown plays Saturday at 11:00 AM at Verizon Center.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 4:25 PM at FedExField.
  • The Caps play Sunday at 7:30 PM at Verizon Center.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Firefighter Funeral - December 28

Talkgroup 6008 on the Spotsylvania County trunked system was used yesterday for coordination of units at the funeral of Fredrick Broccolo. The funeral was in the City of Fredericksburg, even though Mr. Broccolo served the Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Spotsylvania.

BearCom Inauguration Trunked System FCC App

BearCom has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR trunked system for the inauguration. It's unknown if the system will be Capacity Plus or Connect Plus, but a Capacity Plus Multi-Site system may be used based on previous BearCom set-ups. The app calls for sixteen UHF repeaters, and numerous simplex frequencies (which would be used separately from the trunked system). The app calls for 700 mobile units.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

New DSD+ "Fast Lane" Released

DSD+ "Fast Lane" 2.29 was released today. (Fast Lane releases are like betas; the current "public release" of DSD+ is 1.101 and was released last Christmas.) Some of the changes from the last Fast Lane (2.18):
  • Updated license data
  • Yaesu Fusion voice decoding
  • Connect Plus over-the-air (OTA) frequency file decoding
  • NEXEDGE automatic vehicle locator (AVL) message decoding

Sunday, December 18, 2016

1861 International Drive FCC License

1861 International Drive, an office building located in Tysons Corner, was recently licensed for an analog/DMR repeater on 463.8750, and analog/DMR simplex on 452.0375, 452.4875, and 457.4875.

Flint Hill School License Modification

The Flint Hill School, located in Oakton, recently modified its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 451.7875.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 and Sunday at 3:30 at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • The Redskins play Monday at 8:30 at FedEx Field.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Alshain Ventures FCC App

Alshain Ventures, which owns a data center in Ashburn, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR/analog repeater on 464.6125 and DMR/analog simplex on 468.3125, 469.5875, and 469.0000.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Edge Networks FCC App

Edge Networks, located in Reston, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 152.9150.

American Gas Association FCC App

The American Gas Association, located at 400 N. Capitol St. in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.1125.

Friday, December 9, 2016

MGM National Harbor Open

The MGM National Harbor opened last night. The property is using a Capacity Plus system. Only three talkgroups have been identified so far, but there are probably many more in use. The system may be using additional frequencies, especially during the first few weeks after opening. As of now, the four frequencies only provide eight "talk-paths." (Comparably-sized properties have greater capacity on their systems.)

The license also indicates simplex frequencies.

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7:00 at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Sunday at 5:00 at Verizon Center.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

DC Jail FCC App

The DC Jail has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 460.0250 and 460.1000. According to the app, the transmitter will be located at the Correctional Treatment Facility, which is next to the DC Jail. These frequencies may replace or supplement the DC Jail talkgroups on the city's trunked system.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sallie Mae FCC App

Sallie Mae, located in Reston, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.1000.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend Event

  • The BB&T Classic is Sunday beginning at 1:30 at Verizon Center.

Tysons Galleria FCC App

Tysons Galleria has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR repeaters on 461.6875, 461.7375, and 464.8625 and analog/DMR simplex on 469.8500, 469.8750, and 469.9000.

The mall holds a valid license for two analog repeaters, but may have decided to switch to these new frequencies because of congestion on their legacy frequencies. Here's what the mall was last monitored using:

462.2500 [  94.8] Security (R)
464.6250 [ d132] Housekeeping (R)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • Georgetown plays Sunday at 1:30 PM at Verizon Center.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Sunday at 12:30 at Verizon Center.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 8:30 at FedEx Field.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dulles South Multipurpose Center FCC App

The Dulles South Multipurpose Center has an application pending before the FCC for NXDN simplex on 462.2375, 462.4875, and 451.5375.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Spotsylvania Switches to P25

At eight o'clock yesterday morning, Spotsylvania County switched to a Harris P25 system. Most Sheriff's Office communications are encrypted; almost all other communications are not. Talkgroups are a mix of Phase I and Phase II P25. The EDACS system has been shut down. Discussion of the change is occurring on a RadioReference thread.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hotel at the University of Maryland License Modification

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, opening next year, recently modified its license to add DMR repeaters on 464.0125 and 464.1625. The hotel was already licensed for five DMR simplex frequencies.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 PM at Maryland Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1 PM at FedEx Field.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump International Hotel FCC App

The Trump International Hotel in DC has an application pending before the FCC for DMR base/mobile on 464.1875, and DMR simplex on 456.3125, 456.3375, 456.4125, 457.0375, and 457.5125.

The hotel has already been identified using unlicensed frequencies:

464.3875 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1048677) (S)
464.6250 [         ] Engineering? (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1) (S)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Firmware Update for BCD436HP/BCD536HP

Uniden released "open beta" firmware on Tuesday for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners. The firmware is supposed to improve performance across all "flavors" of digital (P25, DMR, ProVoice).

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dominion Christian School FCC App

Dominion Christian School, located in Oakton, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 452.1375 and 457.1375.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dominion Hospital FCC App

Dominion Hospital, located in Falls Church, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.3625, 452.1125, 456.3625, and 462.2625.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Washington International Horse Show continues through Sunday at Verizon Center.
  • The Marine Corps Marathon begins Sunday at 7:55 AM in Arlington, winds through DC, and concludes in the afternoon back in Arlington.

Capitol Radio Communications FCC App

Capitol Radio Communications has an application pending before the FCC for two analog/DMR VHF repeaters at 2844 Wisconsin Ave. NW in DC. These repeaters are intended to be used for rentals. The app also includes seven analog/DMR VHF repeaters for nationwide use.

National Building Museum Update

Security at the National Building Museum is using Vertex Standard UHF portable radios, possibly the EVX-534 model. The museum was licensed for five simplex frequencies in August, but nothing was heard on them during extensive monitoring recently.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Museum of the Bible FCC App

The Museum of the Bible, located at 400 4th St. SW in DC and due to open in Fall 2017, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 462.0125, 464.9500, 463.4875, and 461.5375.

Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station FCC App

Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station, an apartment complex in Alexandria, has an application for a DMR repeater on 464.1000 pending before the FCC. (The repeater is located at 2351 Eisenhower Ave., but this license appears to be for Parc Meridian.)

Thurman Arnold Building FCC App

The Thurman Arnold Building, located at 555 12th St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 461.4125, and simplex on 469.9375 and 469.8750.

Homewood Suite Navy Yard FCC App

The Homewood Suites Hotel at the Navy Yard, which may open in late November, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 456.3875, 457.0875, 457.6625, 457.8375, and 467.3625.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Downtown DC Finds

Here are some recent finds for downtown DC:

452.5500 [         ] Columbia Square - Security (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 1, Group 20000)
466.1250 [         ] Hampton Inn Convention Center - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 4, Group 1000)
467.8500 [203.5] Downtown - Saks Off 5th

World Bank Using Capacity Plus

The World Bank is using a Capacity Plus trunked system. Only one site has been identified so far, but there are probably several sites (according to the license). The trunked system replaces the analog repeater on 463.7500.

CityCenterDC Filming on Saturday

This past Saturday, during the late afternoon/evening, there was filming occurring at CityCenterDC. The filming may have been for an advertisement/commercial. 451.8000 [ d612] was in use by the crew, and 456.8000 [ d205] may have been Ch. 2. The former frequency has seen use previously by TV crews at football games at the University of Maryland and at FedEx Field.

MWAA New License

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was recently licensed for 800 MHz conventional repeaters at Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and the Dulles Toll Road. These will likely supplement the existing trunked system.

AECOM FCC App

AECOM, which provides security/building services at the Intelligence Community Campus - Bethesda, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 451.5875, 452.1000, and 452.6625.

Children's National Medical Center New Frequency

Children's National Medical Center has added a DMR repeater on 464.3250 to its license.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Avalon Columbia Pike FCC App

Avalon Columbia Pike, an apartment building in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 462.5125, 467.5125, 457.1125, 451.3625, and 456.3625.

Kensington FCC App

Kensington, an assisted living facility in Falls Church, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 462.0875.

Ashleigh at Lansdowne FCC App

Ashleigh at Lansdowne, a retirement community in Leesburg, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 461.3875.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:00 at Verizon Center.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 7:30 at Maryland Stadium.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Six Flags America Major Update

Here are recently-found frequencies for Six Flags America:

451.8500 [         ] Rides/Statuses (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 1)
451.8500 [         ] Restaurants/Retail/Games (Ch. 2) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 2, Group 2)
452.1250 [         ] Engineering (Ch. 3) (alternate to Rides/Statuses) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 3)
452.1250 [         ] Housekeeping (also "lines at ticket booth" "anyone picked up tickets?") (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 2, Group 4)
452.2125 [         ] Security/First Aid (Ch. 5) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 5)
452.2125 [         ] (Ch. 6) "no mic in Apocalypse" "take a look at music" "take a look at register" "card reader" "let her through and park" (DMR - Color 3, Slot 2, Group 6)
461.8625 [         ] (Ch. 7) ("wardrobe" "magic show" "Aftermath" "Awakening" "Entertainment" units "attractions supervisor" "Twisted Fairytales" "Zombieville") (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 7)
461.8625 [         ] (Ch. 8) ("who's had break?" "do trails" officers talking) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 2, Group 8)
451.2375 [         ] (Ch. 9) (Ch. 7 alternate) (DMR - Color Code 3, Group 9)
463.6375 [         ] Restaurants/Retail/Games Alternate (Ch. 10) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 10)
463.6375 [         ] Security Alternate (Ch. 12) (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 2, Group 12)
451.6625 [         ] Housekeeping Alternate (Ch. 14) (DMR - Color Code 3, Group 13)
451.6625 [ d331] ("how long line?" "arena" "Six Flags photographer coming through")

The Housekeeping Alternate channel was confirmed as Group 13, even though the channel is numbered 14. Ch. 6 and Ch. 7 were hard to nail down. They were both related to shows/entertainment and Fright Fest, but it was difficult to figure out an exact use for each channel. Ch. 8 was rarely used, but one time "officers" were talking, so it may be an alternate security channel.

MGM National Harbor Trunked System Active

MGM National Harbor opens December 8, but a Capacity Plus trunked system has already been activated for the property. The license indicates three additional repeaters, and several simplex frequencies.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Weekend Events

  • Maryland plays Saturday at noon at Maryland Stadium.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7:00 at Verizon Center.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedEx Field.
  • DC United plays Sunday at 3:00 at RFK Stadium.

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads FCC App

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads has an application pending before the FCC for repeaters on 461.4750 and 464.0000. (Goodwin House Alexandria is already licensed for repeaters on 461.4750 and 461.6500.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

AARP Confirmed Using DMR

AARP headquarters was recently confirmed using DMR:

461.8125 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 10, Slot 1, Group 101)
461.8125 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 10, Slot 2, Group 102)

This frequency was added to the license in May. 464.8250 and 464.9250 may no longer be used.

Taste of DC Finds

Here's what I found at the Taste of DC on Sunday:

450.1250 [  67.0] Event Staff (contract security)
451.1375 [ d731]
451.6875 [ d624] "Drink Lover's ticket packet" "out of drink tickets"
452.1125 [ d152] "wedding tent" "VIP tent" "generator ATM run out of gas" "pick up people for beer and wine"
452.4125 [ d731] "volunteers" "too many bottles of wine on tables"
452.6375 [ d223] "fix tent"
462.6250 [ d723] Electrical
463.9750 [ d654] (Ch. 11)
465.5250 [ d412] Security?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lord & Taylor Dulles Town Center FCC App

Lord & Taylor at Dulles Town Center has an application pending before the FCC for ten UHF simplex frequencies.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spotsylvania Train Accident Drill

On Saturday, Spotsylvania County staged a drill involving a simulated VRE/Amtrak collision at the Spotsylvania VRE station. Talkgroup 00-106 (Fire Ch. 7) from the county's EDACS system was active.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Lord & Taylor FCC App

Lord & Taylor has an application pending before the FCC for locations in Kensington, Gaithersburg, and Columbia. The app calls for several analog UHF simplex frequencies at each location.

Boeing FCC App

The Boeing Service Company, located in Chantilly, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/P25 repeaters on 452.4250, 452.6250, 452.7000, 452.8000, 452.8750, and 462.3000.

Some of these repeaters are already in use, using encrypted P25:

452.4250 [ $195] Boeing Service Company (encrypted)
452.7000 [ $395] Boeing Service Company (encrypted)
452.8000 [ $495] Boeing Service Company (encrypted)
462.3000 [ $695] Boeing Service Company (encrypted)

The company previously held a license for these frequencies.

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 5:30 and Saturday at 4:00 at Nationals Park.
  • The Taste of DC is Saturday and Sunday on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Vice Presidential Debate Finds

Here's what was found yesterday before and during the vice presidential debate in Farmville:

122.8000 [ CSQ] Farmville CTAF/UNICOM
123.0250 [ CSQ] Helicopter Air-Air
135.0000 [ CSQ] Roanoke Approach/Departure
150.9800 [167.9] "interns" "med tent" "division 1" (R)
165.3750 [ $001] Secret Service (mostly encrypted) (S)
451.4000 [ CSQ] "volume control" (S)
452.7000 [ CSQ] "spin room" (S)
452.9375 [ d754] "same as Hofstra" "camera" (S)
453.0500 [156.7] Helicopter communications (R)
453.2750 [156.7] "need people inside fence" "roving patrols" "Lynchburg officers" (R)
453.4500 [167.9] "logistics to EOC" "VIP shuttling" (R)
453.4625 [156.7] Fire/Medical (R)
456.8125 [ d754] "need driver"
461.3125 [173.8] "rehearsal" (S)
467.8125 [         ] "portajohn" (DMR - Color Code 5, Group 2500)
469.6750 [241.8] "back up at front"
469.8500 [229.1]
852.5125 [156.7] Surveillance/Intelligence (R)

STARS Mobile Site talkgroups:

6162 "Governor Gilmore gain access" "lot at Pine and Franklin"
6163 "confirm if other route taken" "students going there for watch party"
6164 Traffic Control
6165 brief transmissions

STARS talkgroups:

16 VSP Tac Team 1
48 VSP Tac Team 3
64 VSP Tac Team 5
100 VSP Appomattox 3 (Prince Edward Sheriff simulcast)
5029 VDOT Richmond TOC (unconfirmed usage)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Flint Hill School FCC App

The Flint Hill School, located in Oakton, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 451.9875, and analog/DMR simplex on 452.0625, 451.5625, and 456.5625.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hyatt Dulles FCC App

The Hyatt Dulles has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR/analog repeater on 452.0000 and DMR/analog simplex on 451.6125, 456.6125, and 456.6375.

The hotel was last monitored using 452.9750 [ d226]. This frequency was on an expired license.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 4:05, and Sunday at 3:05 at Nationals Park.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 at Maryland Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedEx Field.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Address for Website

Dropbox is ending support for rendering HTML files in the Public folder, so I have moved the website to a new location.

Berkshire 15 Apartments FCC App

The Berkshire 15 apartment building, located at 2011 15th St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for analog/DMR simplex on 451.4375, 451.7750, 452.2000, 452.7250, and 456.4375.

Nordstrom Distribution Center Modifies License

The Nordstrom Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro has modified its license to add several analog/DMR repeaters.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The National Book Festival is Saturday from 8:30 AM to 10 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday afternoon.
  • BYU plays West Virginia Saturday at 3:30 at FedEx Field.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Virginia Gateway Finds

Here are frequencies for Virginia Gateway, a retail area in Gainesville in Prince William County:

461.0625 [ d023] DSW
461.0875 [131.8] Total Wine
461.1375 [103.5] Charming Charlie
464.8250 [100.0] Regal Cinemas
467.7500 [ d115] Target (Ch. 1)
467.7750 [ d072] Target (Ch. 2)
467.8750 [  79.7] ("30-day pass" "express interior")
467.9000 [ d265] LOFT?
467.9250 [ d506] Best Buy
467.9250 [  88.5] Mercantile?
469.5125 [ d413] ("protein powder overcharged")

Farm Aid Finds

Here's what was monitored at Saturday's Farm Aid concert at Jiffy Lube Live:

461.0375 [ d423]
461.1125 [ d271] "internet cables"
461.1375 [ d251] "briefing" "golf cart" "Homegrown Village" "100 level"
461.2375 [ d311] Media
461.2625 [241.8] "stage power"
461.5375 [ d664] "misplaced wristbands" "venue staff come and go" "Horizon Farmers"
464.6125 [ d631] Concessions?
466.0375 [ d532]
466.2375 [ d065] "text me if easier than calling"
466.3375 [241.8] "set list for Ian" "stage" "loadout"
467.8500 [  77.0] "stairs at dock"
469.6500 [141.3] "shuttle to hotel for showers" "cable trucks"
469.7375 [  71.9] "Ms. Starr's microphone"

Jiffy Lube Live Switches to UHF

Jiffy Lube Live has switched to UHF simplex frequencies for operations. The amphitheater previously used VHF frequencies, but the license for those expired last year. The frequencies/tones in use now have been seen before in radios from BearCom Rentals.

464.5000 [ d346] Transportation/Shuttles/Runners (Ch. 6?)
464.5500 [ d365] Event Staff?
464.6000 [ d331] Parking
464.6500 [ d364]
464.7000 [ d311] Medical
464.7500 [ d371] Stage Security
469.5000 [ d351] Concessions
469.5500 [ d306] (Ch. 2)
469.6000 [ d343] Admin?
469.7000 [ d315] Guest Services
469.7250 [ d431] Housekeeping

Park Van Ness FCC App

Park Van Ness, apartments at 4455 Connecticut Ave. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 463.8750.

Monday, September 19, 2016

DBi Services

DBi Services, a company which provides contract maintenance services for the Beltway, was recently monitored on 461.0250 [ d516]. Their trucks were seen on I-495 on the Virginia side of the Wilson Bridge.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Six Flags America Switches to DMR

Six Flags America has switched at least some of their frequencies to DMR. Here's what was found on Monday:

452.2125 [         ] (DMR - Color 3, Slot 1, Group 5)
452.2125 [         ] (DMR - Color 3, Slot 2, Group 6)

DMR with color code 3 was also monitored on 461.8625; this is probably also Six Flags. The license for these frequencies has not been updated with DMR emission designators. Six Flags has another license which expired last year.

The group numbers listed above may correspond to the previous channel numbers - Ch. 5 was Security, and Ch. 6 was Shows.

Weekend Event

  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1 PM at FedEx Field.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Falls Church Update

I did some monitoring Wednesday in Falls Church, and was able to find a few new frequencies. Updates are on the Falls Church page, including several for the schools.

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Redskins play Monday at 7:10 at FedEx Field.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nordstrom Rack FCC App

Nordstrom Rack, which opens October 27 at 555 12th St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 462.3125, 467.3125, 462.5125, 467.5125, and 467.2625.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RIOS Test

This morning, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania conducted a RIOS test. Spotsylvania talkgroup 00-104 was patched to Fredericksburg talkgroup 5701.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Liberty Crossing Modifies License

Liberty Crossing, located in McLean, has modified its license to add DMR emissions designators to its frequencies. A couple of the frequencies have previously been noted using encrypted Project 25.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at noon at Maryland Stadium.
  • The Nats play Monday at 4:05 at Nationals Park.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fredericksburg Joins Stafford's Trunked System

This morning, Fredericksburg Police and Fire switched to the Stafford trunked system. Fredericksburg Fire is using talkgroup 5701 in TDMA mode. Police are probably using TDMA talkgroup 5363, but it is encrypted.

Falls Church Schools Adds Frequency

Falls Church Schools recently added a frequency (159.5400) to its license. This will be used in a base-mobile configuration.

St. Charles Towne Center Adds DMR Emissions Designators

St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf recently added DMR emissions designators to its license.

Atlantic Building License Modification

The Atlantic Building, located at 950 F St. NW in DC, recently modified its license to add a DMR repeater on 451.9500.

Friday, August 26, 2016

CSC Event Staff at Nats Park Update

CSC Event Staff provides security/crowd control at Nationals Park. This season, they are using a DMR repeater on 463.8000. They are using a few channels on the frequency, including:

463.8000 [         ] Gates/Security (Ch. 9) (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 1, Group 207)
463.8000 [         ] Field (Ch. 10) (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 2, Group 208)

They also mentioned a channel which may be called "Service," which is Channel 11.

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 1:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Redskins play Friday at 7:30 at FedEx Field.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Westfields Marriott FCC App

The Westfields Marriott in Chantilly has an application pending before the FCC for repeaters on 464.2000 and 462.0250, and simplex on 463.9000, 461.4250, and 462.1250.

The hotel has previously used 464.2000 [ d054] and 464.5250 [ CSQ].

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Georgetown Inn FCC App

The Georgetown Inn has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 456.3625, 456.7375, 457.4875, 457.8125, and 457.9875.

999 E Street FCC App

999 E Street, an office building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for simplex on 456.5750 and 456.6250.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Trump Campaign Event Frequencies/Talkgroups Found

Here are frequencies/talkgroups found at yesterday's Trump campaign event in Fredericksburg:

155.7150 [156.7] Expo Command (primary ops on Stafford talkgroup 5701)
159.0600 [203.5] Expo Command (primary ops on Stafford talkgroup 5701)
165.3750 [ $001] Secret Service Charlie "Limo Hawkeye" (mostly encrypted)
451.3500 [ d143] Fredericksburg Expo Center (S)
462.6250 [  94.8] Audio/Visual

Stafford Trunked System talkgroups:
5363 Fredericksburg Police/Sheriff? (442xxxx units) (TDMA) (encrypted)
5394 Fredericksburg Police/Sheriff? (442xxxx units) (TDMA) (encrypted)
5701 Fredericksburg Fire - Medical/First Aid (442xxxx units)

STARS talkgroups:
32 VSP Tac Team 2 (encrypted/clear)
6131 Command Post 2

Prince William Fire Using 154.3700

Yesterday, Prince William Fire was monitored using 154.3700 [ CSQ] as the VHF dispatch frequency. 154.3250 [114.8] was not noted in use. It's unknown if this is a temporary or permanent change.

CAP Frequency Monitored in Fredericksburg

Yesterday, a Civil Air Patrol frequency (143.7000 [146.2]) from an overflying plane was monitored in Fredericksburg. This frequency may be an input to a repeater.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Parkwood Apartments FCC App

The Parkwood Apartments, located at 6034 Vista Dr. in Falls Church, have an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 464.1000.

Friday, August 19, 2016

DC Bilingual Public Charter School FCC App

The DC Bilingual Public Charter School has an application pending before the FCC for ten UHF simplex frequencies.

Weekend Events

  • The Redskins play Friday at 7:30 at FedEx Field.
  • DC United plays Sunday at 3:00 at RFK Stadium.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Johns Hopkins (Montgomery) FCC App

The Johns Hopkins University (Montgomery County campus) has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 461.3750, and simplex on 451.4125, 451.7125, 452.8375, 456.4125, and 457.8375.

Tower City Club of Virginia FCC App

The Tower City Club of Virginia, located in Tysons, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.4125, 451.4375, 456.4125, 461.1500, and 466.1500.

UDC FCC App

The University of the District of Columbia has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 462.1875 and 467.1875.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

BAE Systems FCC App

BAE Systems, located in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for NXDN simplex on 456.4125, 457.0875, 457.6375, 457.8875, and 467.2125.

Friday, August 12, 2016

MITRE License Modification

MITRE, located in McLean, has a modification pending to its license to add a DMR repeater on 461.6625. The company currently uses a DMR repeater on 464.8750.

The Woodley FCC App

The Woodley, an apartment building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog and DMR simplex on 451.7375, 452.8625, 457.0625, 457.6375, and 467.4625.

National Building Museum FCC App

The National Building Museum in DC has an application pending before the FCC for analog and DMR simplex on 451.3625, 451.7125, 456.3125, 456.3625, and 456.7125.

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

VHF/UHF Radio Testing in Fairfax County

On Tuesday, a couple of frequencies were being tested in various Fairfax County schools. The transmitter site for the two frequencies appeared to be in Tysons Corner, and the frequencies appeared to simulcast each other. No license or application has been located.

150.8150 (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 11)
452.2000 (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 11)

Spotsylvania Testing Talkgroups

This morning, radio techs were testing what may be emergency management talkgroups on the Spotsylvania P25 system.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kurios by Cirque du Soleil Finds

Here are frequencies found last night for the Kurios by Cirque du Soleil show at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II:

451.8000 [ d032]
456.8000 [ d071] Ch. 2
456.8125 [ d054]
464.5000 [ d311] "lighting"
464.5500 [ d432]
469.5000 [ d116]
469.5500 [ d343] Ch. 8

These frequencies are covered under a nationwide license.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Panda Stonewall FCC App

Panda Stonewall, a power plant under construction in Leesburg, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 451.7000.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday and Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Montgomery County Business Finds

Here are some recent Montgomery County business finds:

451.4000 [         ] Bethesda Crossing (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 7315)
461.5125 [         ] Bethesda Metro Center (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 20814)
463.6250 [162.2] Bullis School
464.8375 [ d134] Chevy Chase Club - Golf Course (R)
464.9500 [ d703] Chevy Chase Club - Engineering (R)
467.8125 [179.9] Courtyard Chevy Chase
469.2625 [131.8] Courtyard Chevy Chase
464.5500 [  74.4] Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown
461.4000 [         ] Downtown Silver Spring - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1) (R)
461.2375 [100.0] Ellsworth Place - TJ Maxx
467.8500 [ d532] Ellsworth Place - Michaels
467.8750 [186.2] Ellsworth Place - Foot Locker
467.9250 [ d271] Ellsworth Place - Ross
464.0125 [ d223] GEICO - Security (R)
461.4500 [         ] Holy Cross Hospital - Security (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 1) (R)
461.4500 [         ] Holy Cross Hospital - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 2) (R)
464.3875 [ d703] Maplewood Park Place (R)
464.9375 [  91.5] National 4-H Conference Center (R)
452.5000 [ d132] Riderwood Village (R)
462.2250 [ d132] Riderwood Village - Engineering? (R)
463.5375 [         ] Suburban Hospital - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 205)
461.4250 [         ] United Therapeutics (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
463.4625 [         ] University Towers (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 100)
462.1375 [         ] Washington Adventist Hospital - Security (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1) (R)
462.1375 [         ] Washington Adventist Hospital - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 1) (R)
461.4250 [         ] Wisconsin Place - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 100)

Recent DC Business Finds

Here are some recent DC business finds:

464.9250 [ d162] AARP - Engineering (R)
463.7750 [         ] Childrens National Medical Center (DMR - Color Code 7) (R)
464.8000 [         ] Childrens National Medical Center (DMR - Color Code 7) (R)
461.6125 [         ] Mazza Gallerie - Security/Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 2) (R)
462.2000 [         ] Sidwell Friends School - Security (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 1)
462.2000 [         ] Sidwell Friends School (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 2, Group 2)
463.5625 [         ] Washington Hospital Center - Security (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1) (R)

Knollwood is using a Capacity Plus system.

Testing on Stafford Trunked System

Last Wednesday, techs were doing extensive testing on Stafford's trunked system. The testing was probably related to the imminent switchover of Fredericksburg to the Stafford system, or to check for proper integration with Spotsylvania's upcoming P25 system. Talkgroup 5716 was called channel 5B, and talkgroup 5717 was called channel 5C.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School FCC App

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, located in Alexandria, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a DMR trunked system (possibly MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect) at the three campuses of the school. 463.8625 will be used at the Lower School, 461.4250 will be used at the Middle School, and 462.3500 will be used at the Upper School.

Digital Realty Trust FCC App

Digital Realty Trust, located in Chantilly, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 452.2125.

Queen of Apostles Catholic School FCC App

Queen of Apostles Catholic School, located in Alexandria, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 456.4125, 457.1125, 467.2125, 457.6375, and 462.2125.

Capper Carrollsburg Joint Venture FCC App

Capper Carrollsburg Joint Venture, a residential development in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a repeater on 462.2000, and simplex on 456.2375, 456.3125, 456.3625, and 467.2375.

FBI Headquarters FCC App

Brian Stein has an application pending before the FCC on behalf of the FBI Headquarters building in DC. The app calls for simplex on 467.4125, 457.6875, 462.2375, 457.8625, 452.0625, and 467.3875.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Loudoun Trunked System Down

The Loudoun County trunked system has been down for several hours. According to this RadioReference thread, Loudoun units are using the 8 Tac channels, Fairfax County system, and Frederick County system for backup communications. State units are trying to get cache radios moved into position for Loudoun to use; they communicated on STARS talkgroup 2417 about this.

Uniden Releases Another DMR Firmware Update

Although the public release of the DMR firmware update for the BCD436HP/BCD536HP scanners was last week, Uniden today released new firmware that aims to improve DMR even more. Here are the changes:
  • Modified the display issue of P25 ENC reception
  • Improved the tracking in CAP Plus
  • Stabilization of the data decoding in all trunking DMR

New DSD+ "Fast Lane" Released

DSD+ "Fast Lane" 2.18 was released this week. (Fast Lane releases are sort of like betas; the current "public release" of DSD+ is 1.101 and was released last Christmas.) Some of the changes from the last Fast Lane (2.10):
  • Updated license data
  • Support for AM demodulation
  • Squelch logic added
  • Support for NEXEDGE 9600 composite control channels

Weekend Events

  • Billy Joel performs Saturday at 8 PM at Nationals Park.
  • DC United plays Sunday at 6:30 PM at RFK Stadium.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Baltimore Update

After a recent trip to Baltimore, I was able to update many frequencies/talkgroups on the Baltimore City and Baltimore County pages.

Clarksburg Premium Outlets FCC App

Clarksburg Premium Outlets, located in Montgomery County, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.9375, and DMR simplex on 468.5750.

Southern Maryland Hospital Adds DMR Emission Designators

Southern Maryland Hospital recently added DMR emission designators to its three UHF repeaters.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Uniden Posts "DMR Release" Firmware

Uniden has posted what is expected to be the DMR release firmware for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners. Here are the changes from Release Candidate 4:

1. Modified the skip issue of the site hold frequency, when the channel hold is released
2. Enabled the delay time of ID channel that received as partial or i0
3. Adjusted the DMR ID display in 3 Line Display mode
4. Supported the DMR ID display in Search with Scan mode
5. Supported the DMR ID display in the receiving encrypted data

Weekend Events

  • The Citi Open continues through Sunday at Rock Creek Park in DC.
  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hampton Inn Convention Center FCC App

The Hampton Inn Convention Center in DC has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for analog/DMR simplex on 463.2500, 468.2500, 464.0375, 469.0375, and 466.1250.

The hotel held a license for four UHF simplex frequencies which expired last year.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Uniden Releases DMR Release Candidate 4

Yesterday, Uniden released DMR Release Candidate 4. Here are the changes from RC3:

1. Modified delay time working in CAP Plus
2. Modified judgement of DMR type
3. Added unit ID display in Conventional DMR
4. Supported some kinds of DMR ID display and recoding in Quick Search
5. Supported some kinds of DMR ID display and recoding in Custom Search, in case of the name is Custom 0 to 9
6. Added DMR slot display in Search with Scan
7. Added DMR slot display in Close Call Hits with Scan
8. Modified the issue of no resume scan after DMR or P25 conversation in Priority DND

Weekend Events

  • The Citi Open begins today and continues through next Sunday at Rock Creek Park.
  • The Nats play today at 7:05 and tomorrow at 1:35 at Nationals Park.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

University of Maryland Alumni Association FCC App

The University of Maryland Alumni Association has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 456.3875, 456.5625, 457.1375, and 457.7875.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Microsoft FCC License

Microsoft was recently licensed for a DMR trunked system on 451.8750, 451.9125, and 452.2375 for a data center in Sterling. The company has at least two other licenses for DMR trunked systems in Northern Virginia.

Unknown June 9 Event in Stafford

On June 9, there was an unknown event in Stafford County, and a couple of talkgroups from the county trunked system were active. On talkgroup 4533, "Colonial Forge" was mentioned. (Colonial Forge is a high school in the county.) On talkgroup 4534, medical and water stations were mentioned.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Weekend Event

  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues through Sunday on the National Mall.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Springfield Town Center Update

Here are a few new frequencies for Springfield Town Center:

467.9000 [ d632] Bath & Body Works
467.8250 [ d131] Dave & Buster's
467.9000 [ d043] Dave & Buster's
467.8750 [  82.5] Yard House?

Aircraft Service International Group (IAD) FCC App

Aircraft Service International Group at Dulles Airport has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 157.7250, 160.0200, and 173.2750.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 4 Monitoring Roundup

I didn't attend the fireworks in DC this year, but did have a chance to monitor many of the Fredericksburg-area July 4 events. Here are some talkgroups monitored:

Spotsylvania
00-022 Fire Admin (fireworks safety)
00-087 Disaster Tac (fire/medical)
02-023 Sheriff Tac 2 (traffic control)
04-121 Parks & Recreation (organizers)
05-007 School Buses (shuttles)

Stafford
4505 Stafford Sheriff Coordination
4607 Stafford Fire Incident 2 (river/barge safety)

Charles
16528 Traffic Control
17152 Traffic Control
17376
17408 "north side Fairgrounds"
17424

I've already posted about Culpeper and Rappahannock. And before that, I posted about Warrenton.

July 4 Culpeper/Rappahannock Monitoring

Talkgroups 42256 and 42288 from the Fauquier/Culpeper/Rappahannock trunked system were active for July 4 events in Culpeper. Talkgroup 29392 from the same trunked system was active for July 4 events in Rappahannock.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hogan Lovells FCC App

Hogan Lovells, a law firm in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR/analog repeater on 452.0500, and DMR/analog simplex on 457.6250, 468.6375, 469.0250, and 469.2000.

District Distilling FCC App

District Distilling, located at 1414 U St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 457.6625, 457.7625, 462.2625, 467.4125, and 456.7125.

More Info on STARS Talkgroup 6703

STARS talkgroup 6703, briefly monitored in April, was recently heard again on the Thornburg tower. The user of the talkgroup could not be identified, but the Virginia Distribution Center was mentioned. Also mentioned were "incident response borrowed by Virginia Department of Health," "inspection," "Hollywood," "FDA," and "listeria."

Friday, July 1, 2016

Warrenton Town Limits

Warrenton is hosting an event this afternoon/evening called Warrenton Town Limits. Here are a couple of talkgroups from the Fauquier trunked system that are active:

25392 Fauquier Fire 11J
25808 Warrenton Police Special Events 9

Uniden "DMR Prerelease 2" Released

This morning, Uniden released "DMR Prerelease 2" beta firmware for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners. Notable in this release is Sentinel software support (DMR can now be programmed from software).

Weekend Events

  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues through July 4, and then runs from July 7-10 on the National Mall. Last year, organizers used NXDN on 412.9000 but transmissions were scrambled.
  • The Nats play Friday at 6:05 PM, Saturday at 7:15 PM, Sunday at 1:35 PM, and Monday at 11:05 AM at Nationals Park.
  • The National Independence Day Parade begins at 11:45 AM on Monday at 7th St. and Constitution Ave. in DC.
  • The fireworks on the National Mall begin Monday shortly after 9 PM.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Uniden Releases DMR Release Candidate 1

Uniden again released DMR beta firmware last Friday. This release is known as Release Candidate 1, so Uniden may be close to finalizing the firmware. There is still no software support for the DMR firmware (everything must be entered manually). I am still seeing problems with missed transmissions on Capacity Plus systems, but the releases have steadily improved in handling these systems over time.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Service Disabled Veterans Business FCC App

Service Disabled Veterans Business, located at the Department of Veterans Affairs at 810 Vermont Ave. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 462.4500.

First Coast Security FCC License

First Coast Security, located at 800 N. Capitol St. in DC, was recently issued a license for simplex on 457.9875, 467.3875, 452.0625, 456.1875, 462.4375, and 457.0375.

Marine Corps Museum Using 900 MHz ISM?

The National Museum of the Marine Corps may be using 900 MHz ISM radios for security. I wasn't able to get a good look at the radios, but one of them appeared to be a Motorola DTR-series portable. These digital radios operate license-free using frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) technology. They are not encrypted, but scanners are not able to monitor them. The DTR radios are intended for on-site use; they operate as simplex only.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fairfax 1 Helicopter Assisted Stafford

The Fairfax 1 helicopter assisted Stafford this afternoon with an unknown operation on the Stafford Sheriff Office Mutual Aid talkgroup (4503). The helo was using radio ID 3162153 on Stafford's system.

Additional Quicken Loans Info

I've listed everything found at the Quicken Loans National yesterday on the Montgomery County page. The county trunked system talkgroups could not be confirmed well because of poor copy of the system's signal. This may have been because of a nearby cell site. Congressional Country Club has updated some of their frequencies as well - notably switching more of them to DMR.

Quicken Loans National Using Capacity Plus

The Quicken Loans National is using a Capacity Plus trunked system. None of the four frequencies are on the temporary license.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Quicken Loans National continues through Sunday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
  • The National Capital Barbecue Battle is Saturday from 11-9 and Sunday from 11-7:30 on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 at RFK Stadium.
  • Guns N' Roses plays Sunday at 8 at FedEx Field.

Monday, June 20, 2016

World Bank Modifies Licenses

The World Bank has modified two of its licenses. Additional DMR repeaters have been added at various sites in and around DC. The licenses are coded for trunked operation, but given that only one frequency appears to be in use at each site, the frequencies may be operated as a MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect system.

Chaney Enterprises Modifies Licenses for DMR

Chaney Enterprises, a ready-mix concrete supplier in Maryland, recently modified its licenses for DMR. One of the licenses indicates a transmitter in Bowie, and the other license indicates a transmitter in Waldorf.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quicken Loans National FCC App

Creative Communications Sales & Rentals, radio provider for the Quicken Loans National, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for twenty-four UHF simplex DMR frequencies. Based on previous experience, some of these frequencies may be used as repeaters.

The golf tournament runs from June 23-26 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Rosewood Hotel FCC App

The Rosewood (formerly the Capella), a hotel in Georgetown, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for DMR simplex on 451.8375, 456.8375, 457.1125, 456.2375, and 456.3375. The Capella had previously licensed a DMR repeater on 451.8375, but nothing was ever monitored on that frequency.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CSC Event Staff Using DMR at Nats Park

CSC Event Staff, which provides security and crowd control at Nationals Park, is using DMR on 463.8000. This frequency has been licensed by CSC for some time, and the company used it at one point in analog mode. Recently, however, they were using 464.7500 unlicensed.

CSC is using several talkgroups on the frequency:

463.8000 [         ] Gates/Security (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 1, Group 207)
463.8000 [         ] Field (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 2, Group 208)

Another talkgroup was active briefly on slot 2, and it may have been used for clubhouse/player/VIP security.

Childrens National Medical Center Switches Engineering to DMR

Childrens National Medical Center recently switched engineering to DMR on 464.9750 (Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 102). Environmental Services is using the old engineering frequency of 464.8000 [ d023]. This comes as the hospital makes a big push to DMR on their various frequencies.

Marymount University Using Analog Frequency

Marymount University is using 451.8375 [ d606] for security. The college was recently licensed for this frequency, but the emission designators only provide for DMR. Marymount may switch to DMR in the future, possibly putting security on one slot, and the shuttle on the other slot. (The shuttle continues to use the unlicensed frequency 451.8625 [ d606].)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Spotsylvania P25 System Update

Spotsylvania is scheduled to transition to a P25 system in September, according to a reliable source. The new system will have ten sites, replacing a two-site EDACS system. The county was originally scheduled to migrate to the new system earlier, but work has been delayed on one of the sites.

Most of the Sheriff's Office talkgroups will be encrypted, with the exception of a search and rescue channel, and several interop channels. The primary dispatch channels (known as Patrol 1 and Patrol 2 on the EDACS system) may be unencrypted at a later time if in-progress incidents can be moved to Tac channels quickly. Fire talkgroups will not be encrypted, with the exception of the Fire Marshal channel. The Disaster Tac channel, which is often used for events in the county, will also not be encrypted.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

pdvWireless 900 MHz Connect Plus System

pdvWireless is building a nationwide 900 MHz MOTOTRBO Connect Plus system. The system is online in several large metro areas, including Washington/Baltimore. A private ambulance service (probably AMR) has been identified using two talkgroups in the Washington area.

Uniden Releases DMR Beta Firmware for 436/536

For the last three Fridays, Uniden has released DMR beta firmware for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners. The releases have steadily improved decoding and tracking of DMR systems. A release date for the final firmware has not been given, but based on previous history, it could come within a few weeks.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Weekend Events

  • Celebrate Fairfax is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Fairfax County Government Center.
  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 12:05, and Sunday at 4:05 at Nationals Park.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Road to Recovery Ride

Last Wednesday, a "Road to Recovery" ride went through Spotsylvania County. Organizers used 462.5625 [ d023], and Spotsylvania Sheriff used talkgroup 02-024 (A Tac).

Sunday, June 5, 2016

RIOS Testing

Sunday morning, a RIOS test was conducted among several agencies. Orange Fire used 155.8950 [192.8], Spotsylvania Fire used talkgroup 00-106, Fredericksburg Fire used 158.8350 [203.5], and STARS talkgroup 98 was active. RIOS tests are conducted periodically.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Uniden, Whistler Announce DMR Upgrades

Uniden and Whistler recently announced DMR support for select scanners. Uniden announced on May 16 support for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP via a $50 upgrade fee. The final firmware update allowing DMR should be out in a few weeks, but beta firmware has been available since last Friday. Uniden has set up a page with all the details. Whistler (which owns the intellectual property of now-defunct GRE) announced on May 17 support for DMR on the WS1080, WS1088, WS1095, and WS1098. The free update for those scanners was released on Tuesday. Additionally, Whistler will be releasing two new scanners by the end of this month with support for DMR - the TRX-1 and TRX-2. These scanners will also support NXDN at some point in the future.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

852.7625 [ 77.0] Monitored Near Dulles

Yesterday, 852.7625 [ 77.0] (S) was monitored near Dulles Airport. The exact nature of the communications could not be determined. This frequency (known as "COG 6") is licensed to many local governments in the DC area.

New Prince William Talkgroups

Yesterday, talkgroups 3049 and 3051 on the Prince William system were in use for some kind of escort to the Fauquier County line. These talkgroups have not been seen before.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Virginia Gold Cup Finds

Here are finds from the Virginia Gold Cup, which was May 7 at Great Meadow in Fauquier County:

Fauquier County Trunked System Talkgroups:
24720 Sheriff Tac 5 (Traffic Control/Security)
26128 Event 2 (Medical)
26160 Event 3 (Medical)
30320 Wrecker Service

STARS Talkgroup:
6131 VSP Traffic Control

United Airlines (IAD) Switches to Connect Plus

United Airlines at Dulles Airport has switched from a Motorola Type II system to a MOTOTRBO Connect Plus system. Numerous groups are in use on the two-site system, but none have been identified.

National Conference Center Switches to DMR

The National Conference Center in Leesburg has switched to DMR. Here are identified frequencies:

461.2750 [         ] Security/Engineering (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 141)
461.2750 [         ] Banquets (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 142)
462.1500 [         ] Audio/Visual (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 241)
462.1500 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 242)
464.8250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 343)
464.8250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 341)

DCA Exercise - April 30

Here are talkgroups found for an exercise at Reagan National Airport on April 30:

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Trunked System talkgroups:
1616 "all patients left scene" "River 307"
1680 "prepare to get individuals off incident scene"
1696 "planning press conference"
1808 "need escorts for fire trucks"
2048 "clear hospital" "return to staging" "mass casualty bus"
2896

Fairfax talkgroups 1128 and 1227 may also have been used for this exercise.

White House Correspondents' Dinner Finds

Here are finds from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which was April 30 at the Washington Hilton:

168.3500 [ $100] "coming to checkpoint"
173.8750 [ $1D3] Capitol Police Travel channel? (encrypted)
414.6250 [192.8] "same door you guys came in"
416.6000 [ $0F0] Motorcade (State Department repeater input)
450.5875 [136.5]
456.7500 [ d023] "drop you off"
456.8125 [         ] "post" (unknown if related) (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1000)
461.0375 [ d131] "change to red carpet" "band" "executives" "dinner tickets"
464.5500 [         ] "slow down" "rotors open" "meet terrace" (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 3) (R)
464.6000 [ d251] "send them down this way" "T Street entrance" "car headed to you" "from Bloomberg"

International Monetary Fund Using Capacity Plus

The International Monetary Fund is using a three-frequency 900 MHz Capacity Plus system. Only one group has been identified, but several others have been seen active.

DC Hotels Update

Here are some recent DC hotel finds:

467.9250 [179.9] The Churchill
461.3125 [  67.0] Courtyard Dupont Circle (S)
452.3625 [         ] Dupont Circle - Security (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 20036) (R)
457.4375 [         ] The Mayflower, Autograph Collection - Banquets (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1)
469.1750 [         ] The Mayflower, Autograph Collection - Banquets (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute FCC App

The Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, located at 3302 Gallows Rd. in Falls Church, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog/DMR repeater on 460.2000, and an analog repeater on 453.4625.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:15, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • El Salvador and Peru play a soccer match on Saturday at 8:00 at RFK Stadium.
  • Rolling Thunder is Sunday, beginning at the Pentagon, and concluding in DC at West Potomac Park.
  • The National Memorial Day Concert is Sunday at 8:00 at the Capitol.
  • The National Memorial Day Parade is Monday at 2:00 on Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Sts.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fredericksburg Fire Training on Stafford TRS

Yesterday, Fredericksburg Fire units were training on talkgroup 5099 on the Stafford trunked system. A set of training scenarios was run repeatedly. Units were using radio IDs in the 442xxxx range.

Fredericksburg is transitioning from VHF conventional frequencies to Stafford's 700 MHz P25 digital system. This transition may be happening relatively soon, as increased radio testing has been noted on the Stafford system in recent weeks.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Alfred Street Baptist Church Adds Frequency

The Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria recently modified its license to add a repeater on 463.6250.

AARP Adds Frequency

AARP recently modified its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 461.8125.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Weekend Events

  • DC United plays Friday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.
  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 1:05 and 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

600 Massachusetts Avenue FCC App

600 Massachusetts Avenue, an office building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a DMR repeater on 461.3875, and DMR simplex on 463.9250, 468.9250, 469.1875, 469.2375, and 469.3125.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Rappahannock County Missing Person Search

Authorities are searching for a missing person in Rappahannock County. Yesterday, talkgroup 29392 from the Fauquier/Culpeper/Rappahannock trunked system was active with search activities. Talkgroup 29712 was briefly active as well; it's unknown if this was used for the search.

Charles County Event Yesterday

Yesterday, there was an event in Charles County, and talkgroup 17152 from the county trunked system was active. An ATV was mentioned, but the nature of the event was unable to be determined.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Weekend Events

  • The Virginia Gold Cup is Saturday at Great Meadow in Fauquier County.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:15 at Verizon Center.
  • DC United plays Sunday at 7:30 at RFK Stadium.

Digital Realty FCC Apps

Digital Realty, which runs data centers in Ashburn, has three applications pending before the FCC. The apps call for DMR repeaters on 461.8750, 461.1500, and 464.8750.

Marymount University FCC App

Marymount University has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 451.8375. The university previously used 464.5750 [ d703], but this has not been heard for some time. The shuttle continues to operate unlicensed on 451.8625 [ d606].

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Waterfront Station FCC App

Waterfront Station, a mixed-use development in Southwest DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 464.0250 and 463.8500, and DMR simplex on 466.4125, 468.8750, 469.2375, and 469.3375.

The property was found using unlicensed simplex on 451.5000 [ CSQ] in recent years.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DC UCC 3 Talkgroup Active Saturday

The DC Unified Communications Center 3 talkgroup (2341) was active on Saturday. Various locations around the city were discussed. A "post" at "GW" (probably the hospital) was mentioned, and someone was told to respond to an address in Southwest for a fall.

Children's National Medical Center Applies for DMR

Children's National Medical Center has pending applications on two licenses for DMR emission designators. One license is for the hospital's repeaters on 464.8000 and 464.9750, and the other license is for the repeater on 463.7750.

The hospital's security frequency (464.1500) has used DMR for several years. It is covered under another license.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

AirCare 1 Radio ID

AirCare 1, a medical helicopter based at Fairfax Hospital, was monitored on Prince William Fire talkgroup 5C today. The helo had a radio ID of 3187305.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lerner Adds Frequency to License

Lerner, which manages several office buildings in Tysons, recently added an analog/DMR repeater on 452.9750 at 1775 Tysons Blvd. to its license.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Modifies License

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel recently modified its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 452.7250, and analog/DMR simplex on 466.5125, 467.2000, and 469.0250.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekend Events

  • Reagan National Airport hosts an aircraft emergency exercise Saturday morning from 9 AM until noon.
  • The White House Correspondents' Dinner is Saturday at 7:30 PM at the Washington Hilton.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 8 PM at Verizon Center.

West Broad Apartments FCC App

The West Broad Apartments in Falls Church have an application for an analog/DMR repeater on 463.3125 pending before the FCC.

Monday, April 25, 2016

150.7375 [ $293] Active in Fredericksburg

150.7375 [ $293] was active today in Fredericksburg. A Close Call hit on the frequency was received in Central Park. Most of the users were encrypted, but one or two were in the clear. It was difficult to figure out what the users were talking about, but it may have been multiple vehicles traveling from Central Park west on Route 3 to Spotsylvania.

Spotsylvania P25 System Active

Spotsylvania has their Project 25 system on the air. The system is in testing; it's probably several months from seeing regular use. One talkgroup has been seen so far: 5950, which is a simulcast of Fire/Rescue Dispatch. All transmissions on the talkgroup use radio ID 4110913.

The EDACS system remains the primary system for the county for now.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DCFD Encrypted Talkgroups Listed on RadioReference

DC Fire has four primary radio zones; only the first is unencrypted. Now, the encrypted talkgroups from the other three zones are listed on RadioReference. It doesn't do anything as far as monitoring the groups, of course, but it's nice to have a complete reference.

One Franklin Square License

One Franklin Square, an office building located at 1301 K St. NW in DC, was recently licensed for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.7250.

Friday, April 22, 2016

L'Enfant Plaza Update

Property management at L'Enfant Plaza recently began using an additional DMR frequency. These two frequencies may actually simulcast each other, possibly using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect. Here's the latest lineup:

463.9000 [         ] Engineering (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 12)
463.9000 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 2, Group 11)
464.5250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, All Call)
464.5250 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 2, Group 11)

The license for 463.9000 was issued in June 2015. The license for 464.5250 expired in September 2014.

Marriott Marquis System Changes

The Marriott Marquis Hotel in DC now has a third site on its Capacity Plus system. The two-frequency site is only receivable in the immediate area of the hotel. The three sites are covered under a single license.

Convention Center System Changes

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center Capacity Plus system has gained an additional frequency, giving it a total of six (for a total of twelve talkpaths). The center also now has an additional two-frequency site. This site may only be "turned on" for select events. It's covered under a license to Communications Direct out of Batavia, Illinois.

USA Science and Engineering Festival Finds

Here's what was found last Saturday at the USA Science and Engineering Festival:

461.5125 [ d152] CSC Event Staff (S)

The RadioReference Wiki page for convention center events groups has the groups that were active for organizers. Several of the regular groups on the system were also active. The convention center leases radio channels to select events at the center. With a six-frequency, twelve-talkpath Capacity Plus system, they have plenty of room on their system to do so.

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05 PM, Saturday at 1:05 PM, and Sunday at 1:35 PM at Nationals Park.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Downtown Crown FCC App

Downtown Crown, a retail area in Gaithersburg, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for an analog/DMR repeater on 461.6000.

Missing Person Search in Shenandoah NP

Several agencies are conducting a missing person search for Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff in Shenandoah National Park, after her car was found in the park. Yesterday, STARS talkgroup 6131 was being used for the search. The talkgroup is labeled as "Command Post 2" in RadioReference, but it was referred to today as "LEO 2" or "Interop LE 2."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New STARS Talkgroup - 6703

A new STARS talkgroup (6703) was used briefly today for a radio check. The radio IDs of the units on the talkgroup were in the form of 37xxx. The talkgroup falls between those for the Virginia Port Authority, and those for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, but it may have nothing to do with either agency.

Flaggers Using DMR in Fredericksburg

Some road flaggers were using a DMR simplex frequency (456.8125 - Color Code 1, Group 16776414) in the Central Park area of Fredericksburg today. It's unknown which company provided the flaggers. As DMR radios steadily fall in price, expect to see more use of the digital mode for itinerant/temporary use.

Update: this frequency/group was also monitored June 7 near GEICO in Stafford County.

CareFirst of Maryland FCC App

CareFirst of Maryland, located at 1280 Maryland Ave. SW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for DMR simplex on 451.3375, 452.0875, 452.1125, 456.3375, and 457.1125.

4 Service Pros FCC App

4 Service Pros, a contractor in Northern Virginia, has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for simplex on 467.3375, 457.6875, 462.3875, 456.6875, and 467.4625.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CoreSite FCC License

CoreSite, a data center, was recently licensed for a DMR/analog repeater on 462.0750 at both 1275 K St. NW in DC, and 12100 Sunrise Valley Dr. in Reston.

Monday, April 18, 2016