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"

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.