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).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stafford Sheriff Using OEM Talkgroups

Yesterday, Stafford County was using several of the Emergency Management channels on the county's trunked system for unencrypted Sheriff's Office communications. Emergency Management 1 (talkgroup 4707) was used for dispatch. Emergency Management 3 (4709) was used as an "Info" channel for license/registration lookups, etc. Emergency Management 4 (4710) was used for courts. Emergency Management 2 (4708) was also in use, but the user could not be determined.

It's unknown why these talkgroups were being used for the Sheriff's Office, and for how long this will last, but it was a chance to hear unencrypted Sheriff's Office communications for the first time in several years.

McDermott Will and Emery FCC App

McDermott Will and Emery, a law firm in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for five UHF DMR simplex frequencies.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Marriott Wardman Park Audio/Visual FCC App

PSAV, which runs the audio/visual department for the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR/analog repeater on 452.7500, and DMR/analog simplex on five other frequencies.

14200 Shady Grove Rd. FCC App

14200 Shady Grove Rd., an office/laboratory building in Rockville, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 464.0625 and 464.1875. The app also calls for six other DMR simplex frequencies.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Possible Stafford Schools Frequencies

In recent days, several Stafford conventional frequencies have had problems with open microphones. The problem affected the Dispatch 1 and Dispatch 2 frequencies for Stafford Schools, but it was also seen on three other UHF-T frequencies that were previously used by the county. This may mean that these frequencies are now assigned to the schools, even if not used often.

489.3125 [156.7]
489.5625 [156.7]
489.8375 [156.7]

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.
  • DC United plays Saturday at 7 at RFK Stadium.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:30 at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 5 at Verizon Center.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

L'Enfant Plaza Property Owner FCC App

JBG, which manages L'Enfant Plaza properties, has an application pending before the FCC to add a DMR/analog repeater on 464.1875 to its license. This would supplement the existing repeater on 463.9000. JBG already runs a repeater from an expired license on 464.5250, so 464.1875 may replace it.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Modifies License for DMR

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has modified its license to add emissions designators for DMR to its two repeaters (464.4375 and 464.4625).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Sunday at 5 at Verizon Center.

Manassas Schools FCC App

Manassas has an application pending before the FCC for several analog/DMR UHF simplex frequencies for six schools in the city.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Polinger FCC App

Polinger, a property management company located in Chevy Chase, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.0125, and analog/DMR simplex on 451.7125, 452.1875, 452.6375, 456.7125, and 457.1875.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

King & Spalding FCC App

King & Spalding, a law firm in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR/analog simplex on 463.7625 and 467.4875. The app says the frequencies are for a "law firm catering company."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

901 N. Glebe Rd. FCC App

901 N. Glebe Rd., a property in Arlington, has an application pending before the FCC for an analog/DMR repeater on 464.9375. The property is also licensed for 464.8625.

New DSD+ "Fast Lane" Released

DSD+ "Fast Lane" 2.39 was released today. (Fast Lane releases are like betas; the current "public release" of DSD+ is 1.101 and was released on Christmas Day 2015.) According to the release notes, these are the new features:
  • Fixed some DMR trunking issues
  • Enhancements to Cap+, Con+ and TIII decoding
  • Added support for Capacity Max systems

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 8 at Verizon Center.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Saturday at 7:30 at Verizon Center.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wardman Tower FCC App

The Wardman Tower, a condo located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR repeater on 464.0125, and DMR simplex on 451.7125, 452.0875, 452.1875, 452.6375, and 456.7125.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Control Systems FCC App

Mid-Atlantic Control Systems, with three locations in Greenbelt, has an application pending before the FCC for several analog/DMR repeaters and simplex frequencies.

1155 F Street License Modification

1155 F Street, an office building in DC, recently modified its license to add a DMR repeater on 464.0875.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Washington Auto Show continues through Sunday at the convention center.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 7 PM at Verizon Center.
  • The Caps play Sunday at noon at Verizon Center.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Claridge House Cooperative FCC App

Claridge House Cooperative, located in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 462.0625, 468.8375, 467.3000, 469.9375, and 468.4875.

Digital Realty Trust FCC App

Digital Realty Trust, located in Ashburn, has an application pending before the FCC for DMR repeaters on 451.3250 and 451.8250.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

AVA Van Ness FCC App

AVA Van Ness, an apartment building in DC, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 464.9875, 468.7625, and 463.7625.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Union Station Switched Frequencies?

During the recent events in Washington, Union Station's UHF frequencies were not heard. The license remains valid; it's unknown what the situation is.

ICF International FCC App

ICF International, a consulting firm located in Rockville, has an application pending before the FCC for analog/DMR simplex on 456.2875, 456.3125, 456.7625, 457.0875, and 457.6625.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Inauguration Finds

Here's the updated list:

JNCR talkgroups:
145 "Ranger base" (active 1/19)
357 Victor units; "vehicles diverted" (active 1/19)
358 Echo units; "trolleys blocking" "mobile command" (active 1/19)
359 Golf units (active 1/19)
360 Romeo units (active 1/19)
361 "mobile command" "CNN van with PIC pool" (active 1/19)
404 "motorcycles passing reviewing stand" "cordon"
406
410 Guardian units
412 "EOC Capitol Hill" "command post"
413 PA units
419 Tripoli units; "standby for target" (active 1/19)
436 Guy units
437 "Eagle Base"
441 "enroute to reviewing stand"
443 "counting buses"
445
447 "route 6" "Army has passed"
450 "practice movement of march"
451 "pickup" "White House to Ft. Myer" "bus leaving"
456 "staging area" "route control" "cordon" (active 1/15 and 1/19)
477
485 "Bus 1"
2147 (active 1/19)
22422 Papa units; medical

DC Trunked System talkgroups:
716 (encrypted) (active 1/19)
717 (encrypted) (active 1/19)
726 (encrypted) (active 1/19)
2099
2183 "Thunder X-ray this is bus 6" "checkpoint" (active 1/19)
2343 AMR/Medical ops at concert
3748 (active 1/19)

STARS talkgroups:
6150 (active 1/19)
6747 "Express ops" (active 1/19)

Arlington Trunked System talkgroups:
235 "Myer" "mobile command" (active 1/19)

166.4625 [167.9] Digital simulcast?
166.7250 [127.3] Park Police Ch. 1
409.5500 [100.0]

BearCom

Other BearCom Capacity Plus frequencies:
451.0625 CC15 9-10 (groups from concert system)
451.1625 CC0 11-12
451.6125 CC15
451.6375 CC9 13-14
451.6875 CC0 (groups from Capitol area system)
452.0125 CC9 (groups from Capitol area system)
452.7625 CC10 15-16 (groups from concert system)

FleetTalk

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Initial Inauguration Finds

Here's what was found on Sunday, during the rehearsal:

JNCR talkgroups:
404 "motorcycles passing reviewing stand" "cordon"
406
410 Guardian units
412 "EOC Capitol Hill" "command post"
413 PA units
436 Guy units
437 "Eagle Base"
441 "enroute to reviewing stand"
443 "counting buses"
445
447 "route 6" "Army has passed"
450 "practice movement of march"
451 "pickup" "White House to Ft. Myer" "bus leaving"
456 "staging area" "route control" "cordon"
477
485 "Bus 1"
22422 Papa units; medical

DC Trunked System talkgroups:
2099 "forward ops to ops"

BearCom

Other BearCom Capacity Plus frequencies:
451.0375 CC11 1-2
451.0625 CC15 9-10
451.1375 CC12 3-4
451.1625 CC0 11-12
451.2625 CC13 5-6
451.3625 CC14 7-8
451.6125 CC15
451.6375 CC9 13-14
451.6875 CC0
452.0125 CC9
452.7625 CC10 15-16

The BearCom system is a Capacity Plus Multi-Site system, but only one of the sites appeared to be in use for voice traffic. The other frequencies found are either additional frequencies for the site that was active or part of one or more other sites that will be activated later.

VSP Inauguration FCC App

The Virginia State Police has an application pending before the FCC for numerous 700 MHz and 164 MHz frequencies for use in DC for the inauguration. These frequencies will be used in a Digital Vehicular Repeater System (DVRS) configuration.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Caps play Friday at 7:00 and Sunday at 12:30 at Verizon Center.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.
  • The Wizards play Saturday at 8:00 at Verizon Center.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Article About BearCom Inauguration System

This article from RadioResource discusses the temporary trunked system that BearCom is deploying for the inauguration. The article confirms that the system will use MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus technology, and that the network will link to an existing Connect Plus system for wide-area users, such as transport services.

New DSD+ "Fast Lane" Released

DSD+ "Fast Lane" 2.32 was released today. (Fast Lane releases are like betas; the current "public release" of DSD+ is 1.101 and was released on Christmas Day 2015.) This beta doesn't really introduce new features, but fixes some critical bugs.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christ Church FCC App

Christ Church, located in Alexandria, has an application pending before the FCC for a DMR/analog repeater on 464.0875.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

VSP Requests Frequency for Inauguration

The Virginia State Police has requested a frequency for use in DC for the inauguration. 155.1075 will be used in a mobiles-only configuration with P25 Phase I voice.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend Events

  • The Wizards play Friday at 7 at Verizon Center.
  • Georgetown plays Saturday at noon at Verizon Center.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Blanchard Inauguration FCC App

Blanchard Communications has an application pending before the FCC for numerous UHF simplex frequencies. These frequencies will be used by multiple customers of Blanchard to coordinate inaugural events.

The application that BearCom submitted for a DMR trunked system will probably be used by the overall inaugural coordinators.