Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
August 2011 Newsletter

Listen to the live scanner at:
  • Smyth Co Updates
  • Stars Divison 4
  • Whitetop Expedition
  • VA Earthquake
  • DC Metro PD Encrypted
  • Easy Lowband Antenna
  • Feed Stats
  • Chapter 21 Test
Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
Frequency Tone Name State County
47.2400 110.9 VDOT (Scott Co Area) - CH 28) VA Scott
153.3875 97.4 Washington Co Fire Rescue CH2 VA Washington
153.5825 94.8 Smyth Co SO/PD's CH LAW 5 (Backup) VA Smyth
155.6925 79.7 Smyth Co EMS FB2   Smyth
156.2150 151.4 yr~ LEO, Baker #'s, SO, 203,201    
461.1000 123.0 yr~ Night Move Completed, 7, Dispatch    
461.2250 71.9 Appalachian Production (Big A Mtn) VA Russell
461.4250 d343 yr~ Medcom Repeated Traffic 205 or 340    
461.8625   yr~ (Unknown LTR Trunked System)    
464.5500 67.0 Highlands Shop Center UNK Retail - Exit 7 VA Washington
467.7625 d072 Home Depot - Exit 7 VA Washington
467.9250 d506 Best Buy - Exit 7 VA Washington
467.9250 d115 Target - Exit 7 CH3 VA Washington

Check out the Radio PhoneBook (link at bottom) for more.

Smyth County Update

Some new updates for Smyth County, Virginia which continues to amaze us with the amount of repeaters and operational frequencies being used
for the county. This will be the first conventional system agency in the Tri-Cities to utilize more than 2 repeaters for law enforcement under one dispatch.
We also admire them for such an organized, channelized system!

Now if only we could figure this one out 100%, If you're up to speed on the channel structure drop us a line

Primary User Type CH Name Frequency Tone
Marion Town Police Repeater Law 1 153.1475 74.4
Marion Town Police Direct Simplex Law 2 153.1475 74.4
Smyth County Sheriff's Office Repeater (Multisite) Law 3 155.8350 91.5
Smyth County Sheriff's Office Direct Simplex Law 4 155.8350 91.5
All Law County Enforcement Backup Repeater Law 5 153.5825 94.8
All Law County Enforcement Direct Simplex / Tac Law 6 153.5825 94.8
Marion, Atkins, Adwolfe Fire / EMS Repeater Fire / EMS 1 153.6275 97.4
Marion, Atkins, Adwolfe Fire / EMS Direct Simplex Fire / EMS 2 153.6275 97.4
Chilhowie, Sugar Grove Fire / EMS Repeater Fire / EMS 3 156.1650 85.4
Chilhowie, Sugar Grove Fire / EMS Direct Simplex Fire / EMS 4 156.1650 85.4
Nebo, Tannersville Fire / EMS Repeater Fire / EMS 5 ? ?
Nebo, Tannersville Fire / EMS Direct Simplex Fire / EMS 6 ? ?
Saltville EMS / Fire Fixed Base / Simplex ? 155.6925 79.7

Scanie letting the "cats & stars out of the bag"
Divison 4 Stars

Due to the correct public posting of this area's Stars information we have decided to post our field research for the system.
We will be releasing more information with each new newsletter, these updates will be housed at

What's New?

Whitetop Expedition - Summer 2011

Nothing like a trip to Whitetop to gather up some frequencies!

Assembled was a X50 vertical, our homemade UHF Yagi, and our new homemade lowband wire dipole (see plans below).
The weather was nice, 73ish and .05 mile visibility, however thanks to the fog it wasn't unbearably hot as anticipated.

We've taken on a bunch of new unknowns, if you would like to help with their identification please see the file below.

Pictures (click to enlarge)

Frequency Logs

Raw - All including duplicates

New Unknowns - Work in progress

New Audio in Media Section

Check out recorded radio traffic from the epicenter of the 8/23/11 Virginia earthquake.
Page 2 of the media section. At the start of the recording you can hear the actual shaking impacting the computer that was feeding the stream,
as the computer moved about the audio connected shorted in and out recording the seismic activity just like a seismograph.

We reviewed other local traffic from the time and found the Virginia State Police mention the shaking, which prompted a temporary evacuation of
one facility (we think: Wytheville Dispatchers Office) to its stairwells for a few minutes.

DCMPD Off the Air to Scanner Listeners

The Washington DC Metro Police system is scheduled to switch to full encryption for all traffic in September. In the past
most agencies had only encrypted certain talkgroups or frequencies; this comes on the ten year anniversary of 9/11.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier cited this change has been brought in part due to the number of smartphone apps that allow easy listening
of their police activities; critics argue the move may be due to several embarrassing incidents where officers were heard conducting/saying
un-ethical, racial, and possibly illegal activities in the past years. Critics also argue that this lack of transparency for such a large area will
create distrust in the agency and allow previously cited activities to continue or even increase. In past similar situations press agencies
in different cities that also encrypted, were provided a radio for receive only of certain talkgroups or frequencies. For DCMPD, it has
been reported that only law enforcement officers and federal officials (such as the Secret Service and Park Police) will have access to the system.
Lanier stated there would be some channels open (interoperability/ no encryption), but those would only be used during emergencies.

Easy (or complicated) Lowband Dipole

The solar sunspot cycle #24 is on it's upward inclination. What does this mean to me?

With a simple lowband antenna and the right conditions you can listen to agencies that are hundreds if over a thousand miles away!
  • Choice of 300 Ohm TV antenna Adapter (right) and accompanying adapters if applicable
  • 75 Ohm TV Coaxial Cable
  • About 6 feet of 2 wire speaker wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Electrical Tape
  • Nylon Ties
  • 6 FT mason line

    Remember we're using speaker wire, so adjust your calculations or just divide 234/Frequency to measure and cut before separating the wire.
  A. Best Performance
Least Signal Loss
B. Worst Performance
Most Loss, More complicated
You'll also Need Soldering Iron Barrel style joiner coax connector Right Angle Connector
Length of Speaker Wire Frequency Equation:

468/Frequency (MHz)=
Total Length (FT)

A. Easy Model

1. Separate the speaker wire to a single strand
2. Solder a piece to each lead on the rat tail of the adapter

Be sure when suspending the antenna that the to ground orientation is almost perfectly perpendicular. If you need ideas on hanging the antenna reference our Tree-Antenna article here.

B. Complicated model (I'm guessing you figured we built this one, you're right!)

(Before assembly you can fill the connector case with bathroom style silicon to prevent water egress.)

1. Connect each leg of the speaker wire, use crimp connectors for a stronger fit
2. Connect the barrel and right angle connector
3. Use nylon ties or tape to secure connectors tight
4. Cover with electrical tape, create a suspension hook from a tie to hang the antenna
and relieve stress from the wire, also a tie can be extended to connect to the coaxial cable, likewise
to reduce stress on the coax and connector.

click to enlarge

With either model it's recommended to suspend the antenna with something such as mason or fishing line.

click to enlarge

Feed Stats courtesy of

Wide Area
Min 0
Max 28
Washington County
Min 4
Max 23

For select recordings see the Media Section.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

Recommended Reading
Two- Way Radios and Scanners
for Dummies

ISBN: 978-0764595820

Perfect for anyone new to the hobby and an excellent refresher for us that has become a little rusty. This is the most up to date publication that effectively covers multiple radio services available.

I have been mentoring someone new to the scanner hobby and provided a little reinforcement. If you want to test your skills, here are some sample tests I quickly drew up to make the subject matter a little more intensive.

Answers to follow in each new newsletter

Answers to chapters 1-6 HERE
Answers to chapters 7-9 HERE
Answers to chapters 10-12 HERE
Answers to chapters 13-14 HERE
Answers to chapter 15 HERE
Answers to chapter 16-17 HERE
Answers to chapter 18 HERE
Answers to chapter 19 HERE
Answers to chapter 20 HERE
Recent FCC Licenses - UPDATED - NEXT UPDATE in October
These are yet to be confirmed as active, however its not a bad idea to go ahead and program them in if live near their respective service areas. They have been hand picked from hundreds of new licenses.     FB - Base
MO- Mobile / Portable Use
MOI- Interconnected Mobile
FB2 - Repeater
FB2C - Repeater with interconnect
FB6C - Shared Repeater
FX1- Link to Repeater
FXO - Fixed Transmitter

You can search for FCC
licenses on the
Research page.

  1. Still yet to hear anything on 155.220, however the ambulance agency renewed their license, we'll keep an ear out.
  2. Several new SCADA systems.
  3. New Trunked system as mentioned in the newsletter.
  4. 122.850 new for Alpha Nat Resources based at their Tri-Cities Airport hangar.
  5. ETSU has licensed a frequency for their engineering department for training.
  6. Almost a handful of different portable licenses.
County State Agency Callsign Frequency Type Note
Washington VA Abingdon Convalescent Ambulance WNXD770 155.2200 FB/MO Renewal
Wise VA Wise Regional Waste Water WQOB219 160.2075 FXO New Scada
Tazewell VA Clinch Valley Medical Center WQOA856 72.1000 MO Wireless Clocks
Wise VA Virginia Electric and Power WQNX417 451.0375 FB8 New Trunked Sys
Wise VA Virginia Electric and Power WQNX417 451.2125 FB8 New Trunked Sys
Wise VA Virginia Electric and Power WQNX417 452.2625 FB8 New Trunked Sys
Wise VA Virginia Electric and Power WQNX417 452.3750 FB8 New Trunked Sys
Wise VA Big Stone {Gap} Machine Shop WNGL714 151.7150 FB/MO IB Dale Stidham
Scott VA TempurPedic Factory (Duffield) WQNZ249 451.6375 MO Plant Handhelds
Scott VA TempurPedic Factory (Duffield) WQNZ249 456.6375 MO Plant Handhelds
Lee VA Lee Co, PSA WQNS557 151.8500 FXO Scada
Hawkins TN Hawkins Co Memorial Hospital WQOA975 72.1400 MO Wireless Clocks
Sullivan TN Alpha Natural Resources WQNW204 122.8500 FLU At TRI Airport
Sullivan TN US Airways WQNU997 464.7875 FB2 At TRI Airport
Sullivan TN US Airways WQNU997 469.7875 FB2/MO At TRI Airport
Washington TN ETSU WQNW406 463.9125 FB Gps-rtk Systems Training
Washington TN Buffalo Mtn Camp Retreat WQNU943 451.1125 MO Portables
Washington TN Buffalo Mtn Camp Retreat WQNU943 451.4250 MO Portables
Washington TN Buffalo Mtn Camp Retreat WQNU943 451.6750 MO Portables
Washington TN Buffalo Mtn Camp Retreat WQNU943 451.7750 MO Portables
Washington TN Buffalo Mtn Camp Retreat WQNU943 451.9500 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Unicoi Middle School WQOA836 467.2125 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 451.2375 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 451.3625 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 451.3875 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 451.4375 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 451.6125 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 456.1875 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 456.3875 MO Portables
Unicoi TN Progress Rail Recycling - Erwin WQNT465 456.7125 MO Portables

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated August 27 2011)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: 2105 up from 2009
Unit Numbers: 3328 up from 3318

General Area Covered


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Here's what we're STILL working on...

Key Fob Frequencies
Database of Business Frequencies

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