Friday, December 29, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 3:30 at Capital One Arena.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New DSD+ "Fast Lane" Released

DSD+ "Fast Lane" 2.71 was released on Christmas, the first Fast Lane release since February. (Fast Lane releases are like betas; the current "public release" of DSD+ is 1.101 and was released two years ago.)

This release adds numerous features and fixes, but support for Project 25 Phase II decoding is still missing. The "Notes" text file that accompanies the software explains all the enhancements and changes.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

UPS (Laurel) License Modification

UPS in Laurel has modified its license to add DMR emissions designators to its frequencies.

Skyline Plaza Condo FCC App

Skyline Plaza Condo, located at 3703 S. George Mason Dr. in Falls Church, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 451.7000.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Skyline - New Frequency

A new frequency that was recently licensed is being used for at least part of the Skyline development in Fairfax County:

462.1500 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1)

It may replace a couple of other frequencies that were used in the past for Skyline:

451.3500 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 7)
451.3500 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 8)
451.5000 [ d606]

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Alexandrian Using DMR Simplex

The Alexandrian Hotel, located in Old Town, is now using UHF DMR simplex. The hotel had previously been using VHF analog simplex.

452.0375 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 5, Group 101) (S)

The hotel is licensed for several other UHF frequencies, and the VHF frequencies remain on the license.

Golden Triangle BID Switches Frequencies

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District recently switched frequencies. They are now using DMR on 463.4750 (with a different group), and also using RAS:

463.4750 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 826761, RAS)

The previously-used frequency (461.4375) was active using color code 4 with data transmissions. No voice was monitored.

Both frequencies are on the Golden Triangle BID's license.

Weekend Events

  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Capital One Arena.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 PM at Capital One Arena.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1 PM at FedExField.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Embassy of Japan License Modification

The Embassy of Japan, located at 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW in DC, has a modification to its license pending to add DMR emissions designators to its repeater on 463.9750.

MedStar Health FCC App

MedStar Health, located at 1133 21st St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 463.2875, and DMR simplex on 464.2375, 464.4375, 469.2375, 469.8125, and 469.9500.

Teamsters Adds DMR Emissions Designators

The Teamsters, located at 25 Louisiana Ave. NW in DC, recently added DMR emissions designators to their licensed repeater on 464.3750.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at 12:30 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 8:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedExField.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 6:00 at Capital One Arena.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Zefram FCC App

Zefram, a company that will provide security at 2330 S St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 452.2500, and analog/DMR simplex on 452.6625, 457.6625, 463.4125, 464.1125, and 469.1125.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Capitals play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at 2:30 at Capital One Arena.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

UPS (Spotsylvania County) FCC App

UPS has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 456.9500, 463.8750, 464.0750, 468.8750, and 469.0750 for its location in Spotsylvania County.

The Crossings at Spring Hill FCC App

The Crossings at Spring Hill, an assisted living facility in Lorton, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 461.6125.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Iron Mountain FCC App

Iron Mountain, which manages a data center in Manassas, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 463.9125, and DMR simplex on 451.4375, 452.0375, 452.2875, 456.4375, and 457.2875.

WMATA FCC App

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has an application pending before the FCC for temporary Project 25 repeaters on 460.3250, 460.4000, and 460.5000. These frequencies were previously used by Metropolitan Police (MPD). The repeaters are located near the Takoma Metro station.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gables Takoma Park FCC App

Gables Takoma Park, apartments in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.3625, 451.5125, 456.3625, 456.4375, and 456.5125.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mall Security Frequencies

With shopping in full swing, here's a list of mall security frequencies:

DC
461.2000 [         ] Chevy Chase Pavilion (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 1, Group 300)
463.7250 [ d306] DC USA (probably using DMR on 464.1625 - see license)
461.6125 [         ] Mazza Gallerie (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 2)
464.5750 [ d346] Shops at Union Station

Maryland
464.7750 [         ] Downtown Silver Spring (DMR - Color Code 15, Slot 1, Group 1)
453.0125 [203.5] Westfield Montgomery
461.7250 [ d031] Westfield Wheaton
461.4250 [         ] Wisconsin Place (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 200)
152.9225 [ d074] Bowie Town Center
463.4375 [ d032] Mall at Prince George's
464.4125 [         ] Tanger Outlets (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 1001)
451.3625 [         ] Arundel Mills Mall (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 1, Group 100)
464.7750 [         ] Marley Station Mall (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 2, Group 10)
464.0125 [ d664] Westfield Annapolis
464.1250 [162.2] The Mall in Columbia

Virginia
464.4375 [         ] Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 1, Group 44770)
464.1250 [         ] Fair Oaks Mall (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
463.8875 [         ] Mosaic District (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
464.7375 [         ] Reston Town Center (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
464.9125 [         ] Springfield Town Center (DMR - Color Code 7, Slot 1, Group 1000)
461.9875 [ d054] Tysons Corner Center
451.5250 [ d411] Dulles Town Center
462.4000 [110.9] Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
461.3000 [ d043] Potomac Mills

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Capitals play Friday at 5:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 at Byrd Stadium.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Unknown DC Event Frequencies

While monitoring near 4th and I St. SW on Saturday evening about seven o'clock, two unknown frequencies were noted:

467.3750 [ d036] "stage"
467.4000 [ d054]

The frequencies may have been used for an event at Arena Stage or The Wharf.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monumental Concrete Repeater on 452.7250

The Monumental Concrete DC DMR repeater on 452.7250 is using the same parameters (Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 14) as the company's Arlington DMR repeater on 463.3375. The repeaters are probably linked using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect or similar.

The Wharf Update

Here's an update for The Wharf:

461.8625 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1)
462.5000 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1)
463.4500 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 1)
461.8625 [         ] Parking (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 5)
462.5000 [         ] Parking (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 5)
463.4500 [         ] Parking (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 5)
464.5000 [         ] Housekeeping (SP Marine Management) (DMR - Color Code 4, Group 11)
463.5875 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 15, Slot 1, Group 8)
464.0125 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 3) (S)
461.3875 [         ] Canopy by Hilton/Hyatt House (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 101)
461.3875 [         ] Canopy by Hilton/Hyatt House (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 2, Group 102)
451.3625 [ d073] The Anthem - Techs? (S)
452.1875 [ d071] The Anthem - "hold doors" "wristband" (S)
452.8875 [ d754] The Brighton (S)
461.0625 [  67.0] Del Mar

The 461.8625, 462.5000, and 463.4500 frequencies are linked, probably using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect or similar.

Museum of the Bible Finds

Here's what was found for the Museum of the Bible, which opened Friday:

461.5375 [         ] Facilities (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 1, Group 101)
462.0125 [         ] Guest Services (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 1, Group 103)
462.0125 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 2, Group 104)
463.4875 [         ] IT (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 1, Group 105)
463.4875 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 2, Group 106, Enhanced Privacy)
463.4875 [         ] Security Alternate (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 1, Group 110, Enhanced Privacy)

American Switches to Encrypted Cap+ at DCA

American Airlines has switched to a two-site Capacity Plus system at Reagan National Airport. All groups appear to use Enhanced Privacy. Many of American's other systems around the country are also using encryption.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Museum of the Bible opens Friday. The museum is licensed for four UHF DMR repeaters, and may have been monitored on one using Enhanced Privacy.
  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Capital One Arena.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7:30 at Capital One Arena.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vornado Properties

Vornado manages several properties in the Washington area. DMR repeaters are used at many of the property sites. Here's a list of all the found frequencies:

461.7250 [ ] Central Business District - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 3) (R)
461.7250 [ ] Central Business District (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 5) (R)
462.0750 [ ] Central Business District - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 3) (R)
462.0750 [ ] Central Business District (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 5) (R)
461.0500 [ ] Courthouse Plaza I (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 6) (R)
451.3500 [ ] Skyline (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 7) (R)
451.3500 [ ] Skyline - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 8) (R)
464.0000 [ ] Democracy Plaza (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 9) (R)
462.1000 [ ] Fairfax Square (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 11) (R)
463.7750 [ ] Commerce Executive (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 13) (R)
461.9750 [ ] Crystal City - Maintenance (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 1080) (R)
461.9750 [ ] Crystal City - Security (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 1081) (R)
464.2250 [ ] Crystal City - Maintenance (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 1080) (R)
464.2250 [ ] Crystal City - Security (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 1081) (R)

The two Central Business District and two Crystal City frequencies are linked, probably using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Skyline Place FCC App

Three Skyline Place, an office building located at 5201 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 462.1500 and 464.1375, and DMR simplex on 451.3125, 451.4125, 462.2875, 462.3375, and 452.1625.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Avalon Bay Communities FCC App

Avalon Bay Communities, which manages apartment buildings in Fairfax County, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 467.3375, 467.4125, 457.8625, 457.6875, and 457.8125.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Charles Schools Modifies License

Charles County Schools recently modified its license. An analog/DMR repeater on 152.3375 will be used at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, and an analog/DMR repeater on 153.4025 will be used at Milton M. Summers Middle School.

Pod DC Hotel Adds Repeater

The Pod DC Hotel, located at 627 H St. NW, recently added an analog/DMR repeater on 464.3000 to its license.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 at Byrd Stadium.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedExField.
  • The Caps play Sunday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Embassy of Sweden FCC App

The Embassy of Sweden, located at 2900 K St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 461.3750, 461.4750, 462.3750, and 462.4500.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Richmond Updates

Although two hours away from DC, it should be noted that there have been several updates to the Richmond page. Several businesses and the convention center have switched to DMR.

DC Courts FCC App

The DC Courts, located at 500 Indiana Ave. NW, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 460.3500.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

University of Maryland Trunked System Update

The University of Maryland, College Park continues to use an 800 MHz analog trunked system. The groups that were previously noted as used for Byrd Stadium are actually used by the Athletics department for events at multiple venues around campus, including Xfinity Center.

MGM National Harbor Eliminates Some Groups

MGM National Harbor has apparently eliminated some groups from its MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system. The three groups used by slot attendants have not been active for at least several weeks. The casino is licensed for several DMR simplex frequencies, but it seems unlikely the slot attendants would use simplex. They may use a special internal communications system.

FedExField Update

Here are new frequencies for FedExField:

456.8000 [ d612] TV
461.1875 [ d432] "helmet"
461.2125 [ d432] "plays" "linebacker" "tablet"
464.5000 [ d031] "audio" "good on frequencies"

The stadium's LTR system has also been updated.

Woodmore Towne Centre Update

Here's an update for frequencies in use at Woodmore Towne Centre:

461.8250 [ d065] Security (R)
461.1125 [ d627] Footaction
462.3125 [ d054] Nordstrom Rack (S)
463.5750 [ d172] Wegmans (S)
464.5500 [  67.0] Costco
467.2250 [ d365] J.C. Penney
467.8500 [ d047] Old Navy
467.8750 [  67.0] Party City
467.9250 [ d506] Best Buy
469.5000 [ d172] Wegmans

University of Maryland Stamp Student Union Using DMR

The University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union has switched its repeater to DMR:

464.4750 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 1, Group 100)
464.4750 [         ] IT (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 2, Group 200)

Earlier this year, this frequency was mistaken for a hotel.

Downtown Silver Spring Security Using DMR

Downtown Silver Spring Security has switched its repeater to DMR:

464.7750 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 15, Slot 1, Group 1)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekend Event

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 at Capital One Arena.

Covanta Fairfax Adds DMR Emissions Designators

Covanta Fairfax, an energy/resource recovery facility located in Lorton, recently modified its license to add DMR emissions designators to its repeater on 461.3500.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Brighton FCC App

The Brighton, a pub at The Wharf in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 452.8875, 457.9875, 457.4875, 456.1875, and 452.1625.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotels Using Standard DMR Plans?

At least three of the Hyatt Regency Hotels in the DC area are using what appears to be a standard DMR channel plan:

461.4000 [ ] Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Valet Parking (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 15)
462.0750 [ ] Hyatt Regency Crystal City (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 13)
462.0750 [ ] Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Banquets? (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 2, Group 12)
463.4500 [ ] Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 11)
463.4500 [ ] Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 14)
452.0000 [ ] Hyatt Regency Dulles - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 1, Group 11)
452.0000 [ ] Hyatt Regency Dulles (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 2, Group 12)
461.4375 [ ] Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 2, Group 12)

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and the Hyatt Regency Fairfax were using analog the last time I monitored. The hotels in Reston and Bethesda have not been checked in some time. The hotel in Baltimore is using DMR, but it doesn't follow the above plan.

It will be interesting to see if these other DC area hotels switch to DMR in the future. The Bethesda hotel license has the emissions designators for DMR, but the Reston license, the DC license, and the Fairfax license do not. Not having the DMR designators doesn't necessarily mean anything, however; the Crystal City hotel has not updated its license for DMR.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Washington International Horse Show continues through Sunday at Capital One Arena.
  • Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 at Byrd Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 4:25 at FedExField.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Update

As noted, the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown recently modified its license for DMR. The hotel is using several groups on the single frequency, as it was when it was using analog. Unfortunately, due to the somewhat weak signal from Gravelly Point, I wasn't able to determine uses for most of the groups:

461.3250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 3101)
461.3250 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 2, Group 3102)
461.3250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 2, Group 3103)
461.3250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 2, Group 3104)
461.3250 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 2, Group 3105)

Monumental Concrete Using Another DMR Repeater

Monumental Concrete appears to be using another DMR repeater on 452.7250 (Color Code 1). This repeater is located in DC, and supplements the company's Arlington repeater on 463.3375. The repeaters may be linked using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect.

Marine Corps Marathon Finds

Here's what was found at Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon:

Joint National Capital Region Trunked System Talkgroups:
22711 Course/Route
22714
22715 Medical
22716 Security
22717 "update on UPS trucks?"
22719 "did we shut down VIP stage?"
22722
22724 "Team Alpha" "Team Bravo"
22725 Logistics ("trash bags" "barricades")
22728 Water Points

Arlington Trunked System Talkgroups:
7 Police - Marathon Tail
8 Police - Rosslyn
9 Police - Crystal City
10 Police - Iwo Jima
11 Police - Motors
21 Police - REACT unit
22 Police - K-9 unit
41 Fire - "radios not programmed for A1G"
43 Fire - Crystal City
44 Fire - Iwo Jima
45 Fire - Rosslyn
47 Fire - Logistics?
48 Fire - Transports
57 Police - SWAT 1
61 (encrypted)
135 Coordination 1 (buses)
236 (encrypted)

DC Trunked System Talkgroup:
706

STARS Trunked System Talkgroup:
6149

145.4700 [107.2] Arlington Amateur Radio Club
166.7250 [127.3] Park Police (Ch. 1)
166.8500 [127.3] Park Police (Ch. 4)
169.7750 [ $4C5] Park Service - George Washington Parkway
445.9000 [100.0]
453.4250 [ d266] Red Cross
453.4750 [146.2] Red Cross

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Abandoned Repeaters?

The Renaissance Arlington Capital View appears to have abandoned their licensed UHF repeaters. The only frequency on the license noted in use on Sunday was 457.8125 [ d445]. It's unknown what type of communication system the hotel is presently using.

Hyatt Regency Crystal City Switches to DMR

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City has switched to DMR:

461.4000 [         ] Valet Parking (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 1, Group 15)
462.0750 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 13)
462.0750 [         ] Banquets? (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 2, Group 12)
463.4500 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 11)
463.4500 [         ] Engineering (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 14)

The license hasn't been updated with DMR emissions designators. As when these repeaters were analog, one needs to be within a block or two of the hotel to monitor.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hilton Crystal City Using Digital System

The Hilton Crystal City appears to be using some kind of digital communications system, but it may be a proprietary internal system sometimes marketed to hotels, stores, etc. The hotel previously used several unlicensed UHF simplex frequencies; these appear to be abandoned.

463.4875 - DMR with Enhanced Privacy

463.4875 (Color Code 14, Slot 2, Group 106) is a DMR frequency being used with Enhanced Privacy. The frequency was monitored at Gravelly Point, and may be used by Children's National Medical Center, or by the Museum of the Bible.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Diversified Protection Corporation FCC App

Diversified Protection Corporation, a security company, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 467.4125, 467.3875, 462.4375, 467.3375, 462.3875, and 462.2375. The mobiles will be licensed for a 32 kilometer radius around an address in Crystal City.

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7:00 PM at Capital One Arena.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7:30 PM at Capital One Arena.
  • The Marine Corps Marathon in Sunday beginning at 7:55 AM.
  • DC United plays Sunday at 4:00 PM at RFK Stadium.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paradise Services FCC App

Paradise Services, a remodeling company located in Gaithersburg, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.6625.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amazon FCC App

Amazon, located at 4250 Fairfax Dr. in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 461.5375.

NBC FCC App

NBC has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR repeaters on 453.0000, 452.2125, 451.9000 at 400 N. Capitol St. and for an analog/DMR repeater on 453.0000 at 4001 Nebraska Ave. The application also calls for analog/DMR simplex on 462.3250, 467.3250, 463.5250, and 468.5250.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Southwest DC Finds

Here are some recent finds in Southwest DC:

464.0125 [         ] The Wharf (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 3) (S)
461.3875 [         ] Canopy/Hyatt House The Wharf (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 101)
461.3875 [         ] Canopy/Hyatt House The Wharf (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 2, Group 102)
461.3125 [         ] Residence Inn Capitol Hill/Navy Yard (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 1) (S)
Courtyard Capitol Hill/Navy Yard - Motorola DTR radios.

Weekend Events

  • Maryland plays Saturday at 3:30 at Byrd Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedExField.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Two Unknown Frequencies Near Nationals Park

On Saturday, two unknown frequencies were monitored in the Nationals Park area:
  • 464.5000 was monitored as part of a MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system with Color Code 14. The frequency was in LCN 1. No voice traffic was heard during several hours of listening.
  • 466.1375 was a NXDN 4800 frequency using RAN 2. Group 3320 was active with radio testing and "no delays or will get cancelled."

Sunday, October 8, 2017

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and Day School FCC App

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and Day School, located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 451.9125, and simplex on 452.5125 and 452.0875.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:31 PM and Saturday at 5:38 PM at Nationals Park.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7:00 PM at Capital One Arena.
  • The Army Ten-Miler is Sunday at 8:00 AM at the Pentagon.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

St. Anselm's Abbey School FCC App

St. Anselm's Abbey School, located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 452.0375, 452.1625, 452.6875, 457.1625, and 457.6875.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria FCC App

The Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.3125, 451.6375, 452.7875, 462.2875, and 462.3875.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

GWU Seeks License Modification

George Washington University is seeking to modify its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 462.0375 at its Ashburn campus, as well as an analog/DMR repeater on 462.1250 at 1776 G St. NW in DC. These repeaters may become additional sites on the university's Capacity Plus system.

UDC Adds Repeater to License

The University of the District of Columbia has modified its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 464.9625.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Firmware for BCD996P2/BCD325P2 Released

New firmware for the BCD996P2/BCD325P2 scanners was released this week. Several issues were improved, including:
  • Support saving the P25 Threshold Setting
  • Improved DMR Simplex reception using Auto Threshold
  • Fixed DMR Slot Display 
  • Fixed Control Channel Only Custom Search for Motorola analog systems

Friday, September 29, 2017

National Rifle Association FCC App

The National Rifle Association, located in Fairfax, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 464.1625. The repeater will supplement several simplex frequencies already licensed.

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 3:05 at Nationals Park.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

One Hill South License Modification

One Hill South, apartments in DC, recently modified its license to add a DMR repeater on 464.0750. The license also indicates DMR simplex on 451.8250, 452.7875, 456.5625, 457.7875, and 466.5000.

JetBlue IAD Adds DMR Emissions Designators

JetBlue at Dulles Airport has added the DMR emissions designators to its license for its repeaters on 460.6500 and 464.7625.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lord & Taylor Tysons FCC App

The Lord & Taylor Tysons store has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 462.1875, 467.1875, 462.2875, 467.2875, 462.4125, 467.4125, 462.4625, 467.4625, 462.5125, and 467.5125.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at 3 PM at Byrd Stadium.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 8:30 PM at FedEx Field.

The Anthem FCC App

The Anthem, a music venue and auditorium located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 451.3625, 451.6125, 452.1875, 456.6125, and 457.1875.

Lord & Taylor Fair Oaks FCC App

Lord & Taylor Fair Oaks has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 462.2125, 467.2125, 462.2875, 467.2875, 462.3375, 467.3375, 462.3875, 467.3875, 462.4375, and 467.4375.

Army and Navy Club Building FCC App

The Army and Navy Club Building, located at 1627 I St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 463.8750, and analog/DMR simplex on 452.0625 and 456.4625.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lord & Taylor Chevy Chase FCC App

Lord & Taylor Chevy Chase has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 462.2125, 467.2125, 462.2625, 467.2625, 462.3125, 467.3125, 462.3625, 467.3625, 462.5125, and 467.5125.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three White Flint North FCC App

Three White Flint North, an office building in North Bethesda, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 461.7750, and analog/DMR simplex on 462.2375 and 462.3875.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The National Academies Modifies License

The National Academies, located at 500 5th St. NW in DC, has modified its license to add a DMR repeater on 464.0625.

Ritz Carlton Georgetown Modifies License

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown has modified its license to add the DMR emission designator to its repeater on 461.3250.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hyatt House The Wharf FCC App

Hyatt House The Wharf, located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 461.3875, and DMR simplex on 451.9625, 456.9625, 461.5125, and 466.5125.

DC Courts FCC App

DC Courts, located at 500 Indiana Ave. NW, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 461.5625.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 1:05, and Sunday at 8:08 at Nationals Park.
  • Joint Base Andrews hosts an airshow Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1500 Wilson Blvd. FCC App

1500 Wilson Blvd., an office building in Rosslyn, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 451.4125 and 456.4125.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Badlands Playspace FCC App

Badlands Playspace, located in Rockville, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 451.5625, 452.8125, and 452.8625.

Chelsea School FCC App

The Chelsea School, located in Hyattsville, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 462.1500, 464.0875, 464.2875, 467.1500, and 469.2875.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The University of Maryland plays Saturday at noon at Byrd Stadium.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 1:00 at FedExField.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Charles Schools Modifies License

Charles County Schools recently modified its license to replace UHF frequencies with VHF frequencies. An analog/DMR repeater on 153.5075 will be used at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, and an analog/DMR repeater on 153.6125 will be used at Henry E. Lackey High School.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The National Book Festival is Saturday from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
  • West Virginia plays Virginia Tech Sunday at 7:30 PM at FedEx Field.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Virtustream FCC App

Virtustream, a software management company located in Vienna, has an application pending before the FCC for a NXDN repeater on 464.21875.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 4:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.
  • The Redskins play Sunday at 4:30 at FedExField.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Westminster at Lake Ridge FCC App

Westminster at Lake Ridge, a retirement community in Prince William County, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.3875.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Modifies License

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, located in Alexandria, has modified its license for a three-site DMR trunked system. 462.5000 has been added to the Lower School system, and 463.8250 has been added to the Upper School system.

Montgomery College License Modification

Montgomery College has licensed analog/DMR repeaters on 451.2750 and 452.3875 for its location at 9221 Corporate Blvd. in Rockville.

1440 New York Ave. FCC App

1440 New York Avenue, an office building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 451.7750, 451.9250, 452.6250, and 452.7250.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

RIO Washingtonian Center FCC License

RIO Washingtonian Center, located in Gaithersburg, was recently licensed for an analog/DMR repeater on 452.0500. This frequency will probably be used for security. The retail center was last monitored on 452.0000 [156.7].

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekend Events

  • Otakon takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event has a special temporary license.
  • 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 10, 2017

Cuisine Solutions FCC App

Cuisine Solutions, located in Sterling, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 457.0625, 457.4625, 456.4625, 452.4625, and 457.8125.

Potomac Science Center FCC App

The Potomac Science Center, located in Woodbridge and owned by George Mason University, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 451.9125, 456.9125, 464.1625, 464.1875, and 469.1875.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chevy Chase House FCC App

Chevy Chase House, a senior living facility in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 467.4125, 457.8625, 467.3875, 457.6875, and 462.3875.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Nordstrom Rack Woodmore FCC App

Nordstrom Rack Woodmore Towne Centre, which opens next month, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 462.3125, 467.3125, 462.5125, 467.5125, and 467.2625.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Citi Open tennis tournament continues through Sunday at Rock Creek Park.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 at RFK Stadium.
  • Coldplay performs Sunday at 7 at FedEx Field.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nordstrom Distribution Center License Mod

The Nordstrom Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro recently modified its license to add an analog/DMR repeater on 461.4125.

Elaine Ellis Center of Health FCC License

The Elaine Ellis Center of Health, located in DC, was recently licensed for simplex on 451.5125, 452.1625, 452.6625, 456.5125, and 457.1625.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Citi Open tennis tournament begins Saturday and runs through August 6 at Rock Creek Park.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Otakon FCC App

Otakon, an "annual celebration of Asian pop culture," has an application pending before the FCC. The app calls for a DMR trunked system on 451.8375, 452.0125, 452.0875, 452.2375, 452.3875, and 451.7875, as well as DMR simplex on several other frequencies.

The event runs from August 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

RCP Enterprises FCC License

RCP Enterprises, which provides communication services to eligible users, was recently licensed for NXDN repeaters on 461.98125, 463.25625, and 464.35625 at 45200 Prologis Plaza in Sterling, and a NXDN repeater on 452.1750 at 24737 Gracehill Terrace in Aldie.

Westin Annapolis FCC License

The Westin Annapolis Hotel was recently licensed for a DMR repeater on 451.9250, and DMR simplex on 463.3500, 463.7125, 463.8625, 468.3500, and 468.7125.

The hotel already has a license for a repeater and simplex frequencies, but that license expires this month.

Charles Adds Frequencies to Trunked System

Charles recently added 854.6625 and 859.1875 to its trunked system. It's unknown if the frequencies are in use yet.

Charles Schools Adds Frequencies

Charles County Schools has added a couple of UHF DMR/analog repeaters to its license. 464.2375 was licensed at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret, and 461.6375 was licensed at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head.

Hotel at University of Maryland Adds Repeater

The Hotel at the University of Maryland College Park has added a DMR repeater on 463.5250 to its license.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Wharf FCC App

The Wharf, a major mixed-use development in Southwest DC opening in the fall, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 463.4500, 462.5000, 461.8625, 464.0125, and 463.5875.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 4 Event

On July 4, talkgroup 24176 (Special Event 6) from the Fairfax County Services system was active. Mentioned were batting cages, a dugout, and a concession stand. This was probably either the event in Herndon or Vienna.

Weekend Event

  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arlington Recent Finds

Here are recent finds in Arlington:

451.6125 [         ] Residence Inn Pentagon City - Engineering? (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 3) (S)
451.6125 [         ] Residence Inn Pentagon City (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 4) (S)
456.6875 [         ] Residence Inn Pentagon City - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 2) (S)
463.7125 [         ] 1812 N. Moore St. - Security (DMR - Color Code 3, Slot 1, Group 1000)
464.4625 [         ] Fashion Centre at Pentagon City - Garage Attendants (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 2, Group 44773)
467.8500 [  67.0] Fashion Centre at Pentagon City - Apple
461.0875 [ d025] Pentagon Row - DSW
467.8750 [100.0] Pentagon Row - TJ Maxx
467.9250 [  67.0] Whole Foods (Pentagon City)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Glenstone FCC App

Glenstone, a museum in Potomac, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR trunked system using 464.0375, 464.2125, 464.3625, and 464.5875. The application also calls for analog/DMR simplex on 466.1750, 468.2000, 469.1750, 469.2875, and 469.3125.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Metro FCC License

Metro was recently issued a license for a Project 25 repeater on 460.2750 at the Branch Ave. Station and the Greenbelt Yard.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 4:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fauquier/Culpeper Possible Move to P25 Phase II

Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock Counties may be taking the initial steps toward a Project 25 Phase II system. Two applications for new frequencies have been received by the FCC recently. The counties currently use a Project 16 system.

Facebook FCC License

Facebook recently licensed an analog/DMR repeater on 464.2125 for its office in DC.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Amazon Data Center FCC App

Amazon has an application pending before the FCC for frequencies at four data center locations in Northern Virginia. These frequencies will probably be used as a Capacity Plus system.

Weekend Events

  • The Quicken Loans National golf tournament continues through Sunday at TPC Potomac in Potomac.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Avalon The Albemarle FCC App

Avalon The Albemarle, an apartment building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.3625, 451.6375, 451.7625, 452.2875, and 452.7125.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Residences at Station Square Condo FCC App

The Residences at Station Square Condo, located in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 457.8125, 457.9875, 451.2875, 452.7875, and 452.1125.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bender Jewish Community Center FCC App

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, located in Rockville, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.3500.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 4:05, and Sunday at 1:35.
  • The National Capital Barbecue Battle is Saturday from 11-9 and Sunday from 11-7 on Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 7th Sts. in DC.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Capitol Radio Communications Adds Site to Trunked System

Capitol Radio Communications recently modified its license to add a site to its trunked system. The new site is at 8300 Greensboro Dr. in McLean and will be using 150.9725 and 150.9800.

American University Adds Site to Trunked System

American University recently modified its license to add a site to its Capacity Plus trunked system. The site will be located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. and use 461.0500 and 461.5000.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery Finds

Here are recent finds for Arlington, Fairfax, and Montgomery:

463.3375 [         ] Monumental Concrete (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 14)
461.7500 [         ] Potomac School (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 22151) (probably also uses [136.5])
461.0500 [ d271] Walt Whitman High
463.7125 [100.0] Kensington Park

The Monumental Concrete group fits in nicely with Chaney Enterprises groups in Charles County. (Monumental is affiliated with Chaney.)

855.9375 [         ] Chaney Enterprises (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 11)
855.9375 [         ] Chaney Enterprises (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 15)

Herndon Festival

Here are talkgroups found for last weekend's Herndon Festival:

Fairfax Services Trunked System talkgroups:
24048
24080
24304
24336

Fairfax Project 25 Trunked System talkgroup:
1319

Friday, June 9, 2017

Possible Talkgroup for Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia was this morning in the Fredericksburg area. Fredericksburg Police may have used talkgroup 5379 (encrypted) on the Stafford/Fredericksburg system for the event.

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quicken Loans National FCC App

The Quicken Loans National golf tournament, which will run from June 29-July 2, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on sixteen UHF frequencies. These frequencies may be used as repeaters.

Last year's tournament (and this year's Senior PGA Championship) used a selection of these frequencies in a Capacity Plus system.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Loudoun County Business Update

Here are updated Loudoun County business frequencies:

464.7125 [         ] Falcon's Landing - Security? (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 1, Group 1)
464.7125 [         ] Falcon's Landing - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 2, Group 2)
464.7750 [         ] Falcon's Landing - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 1, Group 5)
464.6250 [         ] NeuStar (DMR - Color Code 12)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - "WPSV796" (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 10001)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 30001)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - Melbourne (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 30002)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - Richardson (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 60002)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - Salt Lake (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 70002)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - Fairleigh? (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 40002)
463.2125 [         ] Rockwell Collins - Irvine (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 50002)
464.0750 [         ] Trump National Golf Club (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 1, Group 20165)
463.8625 [         ] Verisign (DMR - Color Code 5, Slot 1, Group 100, Enhanced Privacy)
467.8500 [ d412] Food Lion (20789 Great Falls Plaza)
467.8500 [146.2] Harris Teeter (Sterling)
467.9000 [ d131] Office Depot (Sterling)
452.8375 [ d325] Top Golf (Ashburn)
467.9250 [ d411] Toys R Us (Sterling)

Hyatt Regency Dulles Using DMR

The Hyatt Regency Dulles is using DMR:

452.0000 [         ] Hyatt Regency Dulles - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 1, Group 11)
452.0000 [         ] Hyatt Regency Dulles (DMR - Color Code 9, Slot 2, Group 12)

The hotel was licensed for this repeater (and several simplex frequencies) in October 2016.

Reston Town Center Using Additional Frequencies

Reston Town Center is using two additional DMR repeaters in addition to 464.7375. The three frequencies may be configured as a MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect system. Here's the latest list:

461.8500 [         ] Reston Town Center (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
462.2000 [         ] Reston Town Center (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
462.2000 [         ] Reston Town Center (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 5)
464.7375 [         ] Reston Town Center - Security (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 1)
464.7375 [         ] Reston Town Center - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 3)
464.7375 [         ] Reston Town Center - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 4)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Senior PGA Championship Finds

A temporary trunked system was used for the Senior PGA Championship, which took place this weekend. (This was the same system used for the 2016 Quicken Loans National, although the groups were slightly different.) In addition to the listed groups, here are some where the exact uses were unable to be determined:

1 "TV in suite still on Golf Channel" "change to NBC"
4 "just had hole-in-one" "six iron on 15" "interviews"
5 "pairing sheets" "volunteer distribution" "ticket being rejected"
15 "passengers" "pick me up 17th green"
16 "concessions" "dirty linens"
21 "fueling"

In addition, 461.1375 [ d152] was in use for personnel at the gates. This frequency/tone has been seen in use for CSC Event Staff, but it may have been used by another organization for this event.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown FCC App

The Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 464.0125, 469.0125, 464.3375, and 469.3375.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Surveillance Training in Downtown Fredericksburg

On Wednesday, several teams conducted surveillance training in downtown Fredericksburg. 411.1250 [ $156] and 412.4750 [ $156], both simplex, were in use. The latter frequency may have been Channel 3.

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05 PM, Saturday at 4:05 PM, and Sunday at 1:35 PM at Nationals Park.
  • Rolling Thunder is Sunday at noon.
  • The National Memorial Day Concert is Sunday at 8:00 PM at the Capitol.
  • The National Memorial Day Parade is Monday at 2:00 PM on Constitution Ave.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Residence Inn Vermont Ave. FCC App

The Residence Inn at 1199 Vermont Ave. in DC has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 452.1625, 452.8625, 457.8625, 462.3875, and 467.3875.

The hotel was previously licensed for a repeater on 462.2250.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heatherwood FCC App

Heatherwood, a retirement community in Burke, has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 463.9375.

Amazon Data Centers FCC App

VADATA, which runs data centers for Amazon, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR trunked systems at six Northern Virginia locations.

Quantico Moves to New System

Marine Corps Base Quantico has moved to a new system. Frequencies for each site remain largely the same, but talkgroup numbering has changed from the previous system.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marine Corps Historic Half Finds

Here's what was monitored during Sunday's Marine Corps Historic Half:

Trunked System

Stafford/Fredericksburg trunked system talkgroups:
4505 Police - Traffic Control (patched with 5760)
5760 Police - Traffic Control (patched with 4505)
5761 Fire/EMS - "Medical Branch"
5762 Fire/EMS - "Celebrate Command"
5763

147.0150 [  88.5] Amateur Radio Support

BMS Realty FCC App

BMS Realty, located in the 1300 block of G St. NW in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 451.3875, 451.4125, 451.4875, 452.6625, and 452.9875.

National Council of La Raza FCC App

The National Council of La Raza, located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 456.3875, 456.4125, 456.4875, 457.6625, and 457.9875.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Eliot on 4th Apartments FCC App

Eliot on 4th, an apartment building in Southwest DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 452.3500.

Fauquier Fire FCC App

The Fauquier Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Management has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 460.4500. This will be used for alerting, and will probably replace the current alerting frequency of 494.4375, which is still licensed.

Fox Trail Senior Living Manassas FCC App

Fox Trail Senior Living Manassas has an application pending before the FCC for a repeater on 463.7875.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Marine Corps Historic Half Trunked System

The trunked system that's been in use for the 2015 and 2016 Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg is active again. This year's race is tomorrow.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fairfax Schools Using DMR On-Site

Over the last few years, Fairfax County has been moving many of their schools to DMR for on-site communications. The latest list of finds is in the "Schools" section of the Fairfax County page.

DC Hotel Finds

Here are recent finds for two DC hotels:

451.7125 [         ] Mandarin Oriental (DMR) (S)
451.9125 [         ] Mandarin Oriental - Stewarding (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 1, Group 500) (R)
451.9125 [         ] Mandarin Oriental (DMR - Color Code 2, Slot 2, Group 900) (R)
452.2625 [         ] Mandarin Oriental (DMR - Color Code 1, Group 400) (S)
452.7250 [         ] Mandarin Oriental - Security (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 1, Group 100) (R)
452.7250 [         ] Mandarin Oriental - Engineering? (DMR - Color Code 14, Slot 2, Group 200) (R)
452.0000 [         ] Watergate - Engineering (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 2)
452.0000 [         ] Watergate - Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 2, Group 4)

Nats Park Area Finds

Here are some finds in and around Nationals Park:

461.1375 [         ] Nationals Park - CSC Event Staff - Field (Ch. 11) (DMR - Color Code 2, Group 201)
457.0875 [         ] Homewood Suites Navy Yard (DMR - Color Code 6, Group 102)
464.5500 [  67.0] Buffalo Wild Wings (1220 Half St. SE)

Weekend Event

  • DC United plays Saturday at 4 PM at RFK Stadium.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect Network

This past Saturday, several UHF DMR frequencies were linked together, probably using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect. A user was not determined, but "GSA Command Center" and "pump house" were monitored. The communications may have involved working on HVAC systems. The only plausible license for the frequencies is Reach Wireless.  (The numbers after the frequency are the color code, slot, and group, respectively.)

464.6250 10-1-101
464.6250 10-2-102
464.7250 8-1-101
464.7250 8-2-102
464.8750 5-1-101
464.8750 5-2-102

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Wizards play Friday at 8:00 at Verizon Center.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7:00 at RFK Stadium.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Virginia Gold Cup Finds

Here are talkgroups from the Fauquier trunked system that were in use at yesterday's Virginia Gold Cup:

24720 Sheriff Tac 5 (Traffic Control/Security)
26128 Event 2 (Medical - General)
26160 Event 3 (Medical - Races)
30320 Aaron's Towing

Friday, May 5, 2017

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Using IP Site Connect?

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative has previously been monitored using a Capacity Plus system, but the frequencies for the La Plata site appeared to be conventional DMR this morning. They may be linked to other sites using MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect.

Both 153.2675 and 153.5375 are using Color Code 1.

Weekend Events

  • DC United plays Saturday at 6:00 at RFK Stadium.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:15 at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 6:30 at Verizon Center.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watergate 600 FCC License

The Watergate 600 building in DC was recently licensed for DMR simplex on 456.2875, 456.7125, 457.6625, 457.8125, and 467.2125.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nats play Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 1:05, and Sunday at 1:35 at Nationals Park.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 8:00 at Verizon Center.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Winexburg Manor FCC App

Winexburg Manor Apartments, located in Silver Spring, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 467.4625 and 467.1875.

Vulcan Adds Repeater

Vulcan Construction Materials, located in Manassas, has added an analog/DMR repeater on 461.4625 to its license.

Monumental Concrete Adds Repeater

Monumental Concrete, which operates a DMR repeater on 463.3375 from Arlington, recently modified its license to add a DMR repeater on 452.7250 in Washington.

Kirby-Hunter Investigations FCC App

Kirby-Hunter Investigations, located in Fairfax, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 936.9375.

Penrose Square Apartments FCC App

Penrose Square Apartments, located in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for simplex on 458.0000, 464.1625, 466.3875, 467.1250, and 469.1125.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.

The Darcy Hotel FCC App

The Darcy Hotel, formerly the Doubletree in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR in a base/mobile configuration on 464.2125, and DMR simplex on 464.0125, 464.0750, 464.1125, 464.1625, 464.3625, 469.0125, 469.0750, 469.1125, 469.1625, and 469.3625.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1550 Wilson Blvd. FCC App

Brookfield Properties, which manages buildings at 1550 (and 1560) Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 452.1875 and 456.4625.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Loudoun County Schools FCC App

Loudoun County Schools has an application pending before the FCC for several UHF repeaters at various schools. The application lists several emissions types for the frequencies.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Nationals play Friday at 4:05 PM, Saturday at 1:05 PM, and Sunday at 1:35 PM at Nationals Park.
  • The Capitals play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 1PM at Verizon Center.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Washington Circle Hotel Adds Frequencies

The One Washington Circle Hotel, located in DC, has added five UHF simplex frequencies to its license.

Keys Energy Center Modifies License

Keys Energy Center, located in Prince George's County, recently modified its license to add several analog/DMR repeaters.

Sabey FCC License

Sabey, which runs a data center in Loudoun County, was recently licensed for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.2875.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tysons Corner Update

Here are some Tysons Corner updates:

461.7375 [         ] Tysons Galleria (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 101, Basic Privacy)
461.7375 [         ] Tysons Galleria (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 102, Basic Privacy)
461.0250 [         ] Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner (DMR - Color Code 6, Slot 1, Group 100)
461.1750 [         ] Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner - Bellmen (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 1, Group 300)
464.4750 [         ] "event support" "housekeeping" "atrium" "valet" "front desk" (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 1, Group 100) (monitored from Tysons)
464.4750 [         ] "info desk cart" (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 2, Group 200) (monitored from Tysons)

Tysons Galleria and the Ritz Carlton switched from analog to DMR. The 464.4750 frequency appears to be a hotel. The hotel may be in the Tysons area, somewhere else in Northern Virginia, or even in suburban Maryland.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Gallery Capitol Riverfront FCC App

Gallery Capitol Riverfront, apartments near Nationals Park, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 451.7625, 456.5375, 452.8375, 452.1375, and 457.7625.

Weekend Events

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is Saturday from 10 AM until noon on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 17th Sts.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 4 PM at RFK Stadium.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Capitals play Sunday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nationals Home Opener

Some notes on monitoring at the Nationals Home Opener on Monday:
  • MPD or DDOT was using UCC-2 (talkgroup 167) on the DC trunked system for operations around the stadium.
  • Another frequency was noted as part of the Nats' Capacity Plus system, but talkgroups were generally unchanged from last year.
  • CSC Event Staff may have been using a new simplex frequency at the park: 461.1375 (DMR - Color Code 2, Group 201).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pod DC Hotel FCC App

The Pod DC Hotel, located at 627 H St. NW, has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF analog/DMR simplex frequencies.

GWU Hospital FCC App

George Washington University Hospital has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF analog/DMR repeaters. The hospital had previously licensed these frequencies, but they've never been confirmed in use.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

AVA NoMa FCC App

AVA NoMa, an apartment building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.1375.

7375 Executive Place FCC App

7375 Executive Place, an office building in Lanham, has an application for four UHF DMR simplex frequencies pending before the FCC.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Using DMR

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington is now using DMR on their two frequencies:

464.4375 [         ] Security (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 1, Group 44770)
464.4375 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 12, Slot 2, Group 44771)
464.4625 [         ] Housekeeping (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 1, Group 44772)
464.4625 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 13, Slot 2, Group 44773)

Correctional Treatment Facility New System

The DC Correctional Treatment Facility is running a Capacity Plus system using recently-licensed frequencies, replacing the system that used 461.8000 and 464.8750.

Big 10 Tournament Frequency

Organizers at the Big 10 Tournament were found using this frequency:

464.5500 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 1, Group 2) (WPBM685)
464.5500 [         ] (DMR - Color Code 11, Slot 2, Group 3) (WPBM685)

The callsign monitored is for BearCom, although that frequency does not appear on the license.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Frequency

Organizers at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in DC were found using 156.0000 [192.8]. It's unclear if this frequency is licensed or if it ever was licensed.

Recent DC Finds

Here are some recent finds in the downtown DC area:

468.7625 [ d743] Madame Tussauds
463.2500 [         ] Balfour Beatty Construction (Capitol Crossing) (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 1, Group 101)
467.8750 [192.8] Anthropologie
464.3000 [         ] 601 Massachusetts Avenue (DMR - Color Code 1, Slot 1, Group 3)
464.8250 [         ] United Medical Center (DMR - Color Code 4, Slot 2, Group 2) (R)
464.2500 [         ] Gallery Place - Security (DMR - Color Code 8, Slot 2, Group 1)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekend Events

  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 PM at RFK Stadium.
  • The Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run is Sunday at 7:20 AM on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The Line Hotel FCC App

The Line Hotel, located in Adams Morgan in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for ten UHF simplex analog/DMR frequencies.

Hillwood & Stoneridge Apartments FCC App

Hillwood & Stoneridge Apartments, located in Alexandria, has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF DMR simplex frequencies.

Circle Towers FCC App

Circle Towers, an apartment complex in Fairfax County, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.2875, as well as four analog/DMR simplex frequencies.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Montgomery County FCC App

Montgomery County has two applications pending before the FCC for an analog/P25 repeater on 150.9950. The repeater will be located at two sites: 5202 River Rd. in Bethesda, and 15916 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. This frequency was previously used by the county's Transportation Management Center. The county still hold a license for the frequency.

Amalgamated Transit Union Training/Education Center FCC App

The Amalgamated Transit Union Training and Education Center in Silver Spring has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.2375.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

VHF Federal Frequencies Monitored in Fredericksburg

Yesterday, 150.7125 and 150.7375 were monitored along the Route 3 corridor in Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania. The frequencies were using Project 25 encrypted voice. No NAC was obtained, because the BCD436HP does not display the NAC for P25 encrypted frequencies.

150.7375 was previously monitored in Fredericksburg, with some clear voice.

Commonwealth Academy FCC App

Commonwealth Academy, a school in Alexandria, has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF DMR simplex frequencies.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Events

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 at RFK Stadium.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One Hill South FCC App

One Hill South, apartments located at 28 K Street SE in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF DMR simplex frequencies.

Capitol Radio Communications FCC App

Capitol Radio Communications, a radio service provider, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR repeaters on 150.9800 and 153.0425. These frequencies are to be used as a trunked system. The transmitter location is 2844 Wisconsin Ave. NW in DC.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Big 10 Men's Basketball Tournament continues through Sunday at Verizon Center.
  • The Rock 'n Roll Marathon is Saturday, ending at RFK Stadium.
  • The Shamrock Festival is Saturday at RFK Stadium.

125 O Street SE FCC App

Skanska USA, which is managing a new headquarters building for DC Water at 125 O St. SE, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR simplex on 462.5125, 467.5125, 467.1875, 467.4875, and 467.4625.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Update on Stafford Emergency Management Talkgroups

Stafford Sheriff continues to use the Emergency Management talkgroups for routine communications. Emergency Management 5 (talkgroup 4711) is being used as the "Traffic" channel (escorts, etc.). Emergency Management 2 (4708) is an alternate to the dispatch channel (4707).