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 Suites 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, 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.