Monday, July 12, 2010

Scanner Master Road Trip - I-95 Maine

By Jonathan Higgins

Last weekend, the Higgins family took a road trip to Northern Maine to visit with family! Oh yes, cozy Maine, with its 60 plus lighthouses, 6,000 lakes, 32,000 miles of rivers, and digital communications systems. Yes, digital communications are coming to Maine! In past road trips to Maine I have that Biddeford Police used Project 25 (P25), in this trip I found more areas using digital. They are using a VHF conventional digital system:

Auburn Police - 159.1500 NAC 293
Augusta Police - 153.6275 NAC 770
Biddeford Police – 159.9450 NAC 51 (Dispatch),
and 156.2100 NAC 703 (Secondary)
Lewiston Police - 158.7900 NAC 293

Maine State Police
Soon the Maine State Police will be upgrading their Analog VHF conventional system to a new Project 25 VHF Digital trunking system called MSCommNet (Maine State Communications Network). Right now this system is in the planning stage. They hope to have this up and running by fall of 2012.

You can read more about this system on the Maine.gov website.
http://www.maine.gov/oit/services/radio/mscommnet/index.html

Handy Frequencies…
Maine Turn Pike Ops - 151.0700 CTCSS 107.2
Great channel to monitor for accidents, or lane closures. You can hear the motorist assistance trunks.

Railroad Buffs
A great place to stop anytime you’re making your way into Maine is the Seashore Trolley Museum, located in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Main Dispatch - 160.4700 CSQ
Secondary Channel - 160.5000 CSQ

Below is a photo of Wheeling Traction Co. #639
1924 Cincinnati Car Co.

Photo Taken by Jonathan Higgins
(Seashore Trolley Museum Members Day 2009)

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