Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - Upgrades in Charleston, SC

By Jonathan Higgins

Much needed upgrades on Charleston, SC Trunk System
The system been plagued with problems from interference to volume issues to dead spots. The $12 Million upgrade will add 6 more towers, plus improve reception on the current towers. – Read more

The system on RadioReference.com
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Deputy proposes to the Dispatch over the radio!
Last Wednesday Brevard County, FL Sheriff Jack Parker got on the county-wide two way radio system and proposes to his long time girlfriend Dispatcher Ashley West. – Read more (Video too)
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Wareham, MA - New EMS Frequency
For years Wareham EMS shared the same dispatch as the police, now they have their own EMS Channel 482.7000 MHz with a Digital PL tone of 351.

The Update on Radioreference.com
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - Rebanding in San Francisco

By Jonathan Higgins

Delays Rebanding the San Francisco Police & Fire Radios
The very costly rebanding project should have been completed this month. But there is still a lot more work to be done, and more funds are needed to completed the project - Read More

System page in RadioReference.com
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Ridgeland, MS Police to Join MSWIN
Ridgland Police, was given a grant of $18,000 to purchase new two-way radio equipment. Ridgeland will join the new statewide digital trunking system Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network (MSWIN). – Read more
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New Radios for the Schools in Madison County, AL
Next fall 28 schools and 252 buses in the county will be equipped with new digital two-way radios. During the last tornados, communications was limited but with the new communication system they can have ability to communicate. – Read more
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - Test Communication in the Big Easy

By Jonathan Higgins

Testing Communications for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gave public safety agencies in the area an opportunity to test their interoperability. Along with the festival public safety agencies had to keep eye on the swollen Mississippi River. – Read more
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Simi Valley teen, follows fires with his scanners
15 year old Thomas Gorden spends a lot of time monitoring local fires with his police scanners. His passion started at early age 7-years-old. - Read more

Follow Thomas Gorden on Twitter
Check out Thomas Gorden Website
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Are code 10's a thing of the past?
Local Agencies in Alabama are divided on the future of dispatch codes. - Read more
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Plymouth Township, PA Rebanding
The Township is on the Montgomery County Trunking system. They hope the rebanding will improve the county wide trunk system – Read more
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - Oakland, CA Goes Digital

By Jonathan Higgins

Oakland, CA Goes Digital
Last Monday, the Oakland Police and Fire make the move to a New Digital Trunking System. Oakland is the first city in the Bay Area to go digital. - Read more

New System on RadioReference.com
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Montgomery County, PA Rebanding Game Plan
The County would like to use the "Sprint/Nextel" funds to upgrade the system rather than rebanding its old communications system. This upgrade will be very costly... - Read more

System on RadioReference.com
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St Mary's County, MD to add more Towers
St Mary's County is looking to repair some dead spots. This system upgrade would cost more than $20 million. - Read more

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Scanner 101 - Understanding BuTel ARCXT Software

Last month Gommert Buysen, the owner and software developer of BuTel Software stopped in at our corporate headquarters in Holliston, MA. During his visit we shot two great videos about the ARCXT Software.

Products used in this Scanner 101:
ARCXT Basic
ARCXT PRO
Uniden USB Cable

The ARCXT Software works with the following Uniden scanners:
BCT15X
BC346XT
BCD396XT
BCD996XT

What are the differences between the ARCXT Basic and PRO?
Option
ARC-XT-BASIC
ARC-XT-PRO
Multi scanner support
Yes
Yes
Enhanced Editor for conv./trunk channels
Yes
Yes
Bandplan Editor
Yes
Yes
Multi Trunk site programming
Yes
Yes
Virtual Control
No
Yes
RadioRef Import
Yes
Yes
GPS US address lookup utility
Yes
Yes
Enhanced Virtual Control
No
Yes
Data logging/history
No
Yes
Bandscope
No
Yes
Waterfall Display
No
Yes
'no loss' Harddisk Audio Recording
No
Yes
Closecall/Subtone logging
No
Yes

Video 1 -
ARC-XT Scanner Radio Software Walkthrough



Video 2 -
ARC-XT PRO Scanner Radio Software Virtual Console Walkthrough

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - OpenSky Problems

By Jonathan Higgins


Palm Beach Gardens OpenSky Problems
During a police chase officers couldn’t communicate with the dispatch, because the Palm Beach Gardens OpenSky Trunking System was stuttering and echoing. – Read more and hear audio from the system
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Read Dispatch Calls Online in Glendora CA
Glendora, CA, has set up a new website so people can see whats going on in their community. From disturbances to traffic stops. – Read more and check out Live Calls for Service
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Firmware Update Available for GRE PSR-800
GRE America released a new firmware update for the GRE PSR-800. With this update it will improve the USA band plan and fix other bugs – Read more

Note: This firmware update is only for the GRE PSR-80o... You can check on other GRE Models by - Clicking here
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