Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
February 2010 Newsletter

Listen to the live scanner at:

  • Illinois Scanner Feed Ban
  • Tennessee Scanner Bill
  • Live Scanner Feed Stats
  • Smyth County Digital
  • Northeast Tennessee in Detail
  • Diamond SRH77CA Review
  • Unknowns Updated
  • Bristol  Race 3/19-3/21
  • New Licenses


Well since the last newsletter, we've found a lot of new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....

Output Input Tone Description
151.0625 159.0525 d205 Hawkins Co Schools Bays Mtn
159.3900 151.3850   Sullivan Co SO - Bristol Race 
452.1250 457.1250 114.8 Pounding Mill Quarry-Big A Mtn 
452.9375     Railroad -  EOT Telemetry
453.0500 458.0500 136.5 Wallens Ridge Correctional
457.9375     Railroad -  EOT Telemetry
458.3500     VSP - Vehicular Repeater Exit 7 Area
461.2750 466.2750 136.5 A. Stiltner-Strip Mine Operator-Big A
461.7125 466.7125 d065 Coal Haul Operator - Black Mtn- 
463.8625     Town of Dungannon - SCADA Water

That's just a few... check out the Radio Phonebook (Link at the end of newsletter)



Illinois Bill set to Silence Live Feeds

  Republican Dan Brady introduced HB 5194 to the Illinois House on February 1st, This proposed law criminalizes the retransmission of any radio traffic originating from the state’s new Starcom21 P25 radio system via radio or internet unless written permission is granted in advance. The law would also prohibit the divulgence of any radio traffic that is not specifically intended for the public. Proponents of the bill have yet to state specifically the intent of the bill; however some have speculated an alternative meaning of the text. Their interpretation is that the bill is to restrict the make (manufacturer) of radios compromised within the new radio network. This would violate anti-trust laws at a state and federal level and put money in only one manufacturer’s pocket when other makers could produce suitable radios to participate in the statewide radio system. Opponents of the law include scanner feed providers within the state and thousands if not millions of radio hobbyists and scanner listeners nationwide. While the news is now only fresh, the eventual response by the monitoring community is expected to be great. The electronic communications privacy act states that information readily accessible to the public would not be against the law to listen to or divulge, thus as long as it isn’t encrypted it’s exempted by federal law. Rewriting a federal law at a state level so interpretation can be used to trump the existing preemption is down right dirty!

  One overlooked victim in this ordeal would be the software developers that provide scanner feed applications particularly for mobile phones. While being a component of the crime, provided the bill passes, feed providers and distributers would be at the front of the show faced with a decision to eliminate all Illinois based feeds that broadcast the state police frequencies. Other’s point the blame to the applications themselves that make it easy for anyone to listen in, not just those with the technical knowledge or know how to program a scanner with the more complicated P25 type system. Ironically, one of the most famous and coveted live feed mobile phone applications is based out of Chicago. The iPhone app developed by Evan Miller features an interactive zone map showing which percents you are listening to as the audio traffic arrives from each area.

  While the bill is still in the house, many people hope it stays there… allowing this bill to become law would set a precedence for other states to adopt similar laws and encroach a hobby we have all come to love. The politics of “not having the funds” or “the bandwidth” to secure their own communications has led politicians to draft a piece of legislature destroying our rights to listen in.

UPDATE:  Further clarification has been sent in a directive outlining the bill’s intent. Here a few of the points outlined.

Protect the safety of the citizens by not allowing access to local radio traffic to a
worldwide anonymous audience via the internet – potentially supporting the efforts of
terrorists and enemies of the state to study the public safety operations and procedures
they will address in planning an attack against this state.

Also. There was mention in the clarification document that this legislation would apply to more than just the state police radio system.

Legislation is applicable to all public safety frequencies, not just STARCOM21.
For example: legal access to ISPERN (high-band frequency of 155.475MHz, licensed to
the Illinois State Police) may only be done upon receipt of written authorization granted by
the Director of the ISP, or his delegate.

While the line between using the system and monitoring the system is very cloudy there’s no further dispute that the provision to outlaw scanner feeds from within the state was its initial intentions.
We’ll keep ya posted.

HB5194  -  HB5194 Full Text -   -   Clarification Full Text

Tennessee Bill Targets Felons

Tennessee also has a bill on the table; this one is a little more scanner listener friendly, unless you’re a felon! House Bill 2506 makes it against the law for anyone convicted of a felony in the last 5 years to own or have a scanner in their possession even in their own home. While this bill hasn’t drawn many opponents it has left open questions on enforcement and given alarmists a new can of worms. Some worry that the state may start licensing scanners to prevent felons from being allowed to purchase them as there’s no system in place for retailers to check someone’s background prior to purchase. Regardless, the law doesn’t make it a crime to sell a felon a scanner. Finally, this bill also makes it a crime to use a scanner in the event of avoiding arrest; very similar provision has been adopted by many states.


Live Scanner Feed Stats

Wide Area Feed Stats / Max Number of Listeners per hour
courtesy of  
Time 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Number of Listeners

2010-02-22 7 6 6 2 0 2 1 3 4 6 4 5 4 4 7 6 7 4 6 9        
2010-02-21 4 2 1 1 4 2 2 0 3 3 5 5 4 5 8 7 11 4 10 8 6 9 7 9
2010-02-20 7 8 9 7 5 2 2 2 4 3 4 5 5 4 3 8 9 7 7 6 6 5 6 5
2010-02-19 3 1 1 1 1 2 3 6 5 8 7 8 11 10 12 12 9 7 9 5 8 6 5 9
2010-02-18 1 2 3 2 1 1 3 4 5 6 5 6 7 7 9 6 5 8 8 6 8 8 7 5
2010-02-17 4 4 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 5 6 8 8 6 8 8
2010-02-16 5 6 4 3 3 2 3 2 4 5 6 6 9 10 9 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 4

Looks like we’re keeping a steady volume of listeners at all hours of the night, We had an interference issue on 2/17 that was resolved on its own.

Smyth County Digital

Several of our sources have indicated the new P25 digital radio system for Smyth County, VA is in its final preparatory stages before coming online. Right now the biggest drawback in the weather, With heavy snow still in places on Whitetop and Walker Mountain, technicians have been limited on access. The new system will simulcast radio traffic from multiple sites to ensure units have countywide coverage regardless of their location.  Right now all we can do is wait for the switch, this would be Southwest Virginia’s first P25 system!

Smyth County Repeater Sites  (Linked)



Northeast Tennessee In Detail
By: Frank Van Hoosier

I’d like to first thank Mike for the opportunity to have a section in his newsletter


With my first installment I would like to discuss:


Finding the mystery behind all of the Kingsport VHF Public Safety repeaters. I know that Sullivan County has a VHF repeater for the Sheriffs Office. With knowing that, I’m sure that the Kingsport VHF Freqs are used for Public Safety. They are used as an option / backup from the main SC TRS. Any help on what these are would be greatly appreciated. Here they are:

451.025 RX – 456.025 TX                             

154.235 RX – 153.830 TX                  167.9 PL

155.115 RX – 153.755 TX                  151.4 PL

453.500 RX – 458.500 TX                  210.7 PL

155.310 RX – 158.790 TX                  141.3 PL

155.010 RX – 155.850                                   

154.235 RX – 158.205 TX                  100.0 PL


My recent discoveries include


Carter County Volunteer Fire Dispatch ( 3 Repeaters )

154.295 RX

153.950 TX

100.0 RX PL is common on all three towers

100.0 TX PL is Buffalo Mtn Rpt

141.3 TX PL is Holston Mtn Rpt

127.3 TX PL is Roan Mtn Rpt


Embreeville VFD new VHF repeater is up and active.

154.085 RX / TX 156.060 w/141.3 PL


Washington Co TN Sheriff Dept has the new repeater up and running for their Detention Center.

858.9625 RX / 813.9625 TX w/072 DPL

The 3 new UHF frequency sets granted for Johnson City will be used for the Science Hill Schools Campus.


Norfolk and Southern ARN Repeater in Washington County VA

160.275 RX / 161.145 TX


Talk group ID# 16 is being used as campus snow plow trucks on the ETSU TRS


Wellmont Health Systems at Bristol Regional Medical Center Security / Ops / Maintenance

461.600 RX / 466.600 TX w/71.9 PL

464.075 RX / 469.075 TX w/023 DPL

464.450 RX / 469.450 TX w/023 DPL


King College in Bristol TN

461.800 RX / 466.800 TX w/125 DPL


I would also like to touch on the Volunteer Fire Departments of Carter County. Some of these departments have the same frequencies as other local agencies. This means determining the correct PL/DPL for these agencies if you want to monitor their communications.  If you have any information send me an email.

Hampton VFD – 153.830 - 100.0 PL ?

Roan Mtn VFD – 154.415 - Unsure of PL / 154.415 is also Hawkins County Fire Disp

Watauga VFD – 154.160 - 179.9 PL

Elk Mills VFD – 154.160 - unsure of PL

West Carter Co VFD – 154.190 RX / 153.890 TX - this repeater has been inactive for quite some time.

Central VFD – 154.3625 RX / 155.9925 TX - 251 DPL

Stoney Creek VFD – 154.445 - 179.9 PL? - Unsure of PL due to Johnson County using this same frequency for their County Fire Dispatch

Antenna Review

I recently purchased the Diamond SRH77CA. I bought this antenna to improve the performance of my Yaesu FT-60R portable. After a couple months of using it I have to give the overall grade of the antenna 4 out of 5 stars. This antenna is great on the receive side and equal on the transmit side.  It has a solid feel and does a near perfect job. My only complaint is the length of this super antenna. I have also used it with my Digital Scanner with great results.


Do some heavy monitoring during race weekend for new action or help with current freqs!!


Thanks for checking out my section!!

Until next time…………
Frank Van Hoosier

Scannerfood welcomes Frank for his contributions, if you would like to write an article for the newsletter drop us a line!

New Unknown Frequency User’s

Check out our Unknowns for the latest

New for February


Tone Clues






















7404,202, Pumping


d516 Medical Taxi



Medical Transport?


d664 Meter Ticket, pumped off


Bristol Race Schedule

Ford Fan Friday - March 19
Scotts Turf Builder 300- Match 20
Food City 500 - March 21

Nascar and Other Cup Frequencies

Recent FCC Licenses
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
FB2 - Repeater
FB2C - Repeater with interconnect
FB6C - Shared Repeater
FX1- Link to Repeater

FXO - Fixed

You can search for FCC
licenses on the

1. Tri-Cities Communications expands to yet another trunked system, this time on Holston Mountain, well report back any talkgroups as soon as it’s active provided it can be followed. They also have a license for another system this time conventional, on Viking Mountain down in Greene County, TN.

2. The Greeneville Bomb Squad licensed several frequencies for audio/video and control for their bomb robot.

3. Finally, The Shaw Group working to build the new power plant in St. Paul, VA has requested a license for their handheld radios. It appears the license initially under the name of Dominion was for the security guards working the site.


State County Agency Callsign Frequency Type Notes
TN Hawkins Cherokee High School   WQLI592   160.03500   MO/FB  
TN Hawkins Mooresburg Utility District   WQLG616   173.33750   FXO   SCADA
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   857.11250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   856.11250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   860.66250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   859.66250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   858.66250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   857.66250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   806.00000   MO Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   856.66250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   860.11250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   859.11250   FB2C Trunked
TN Carter Tri Cities Communications KNBV403   858.11250   FB2C Trunked
VA Washington Afton Paging - Abingdon WPGJ266   157.74000   FB6 Licensee Transfer
TN Grainger Grainger County Schools WQLD698   456.22500   MO/FX1  Mobile / Repeater Input
TN Grainger Grainger County Schools WQLD698 451.22500   FB2 School Repeater
TN Greene Tri Cities Communications KNCZ695   468.40000   MO Conventional
TN Greene Tri Cities Communications KNCZ695   463.40000   MO Conventional
TN Greene Tri Cities Communications KNCZ695   463.40000   FB2C Viking Mountain Repeater
TN Greene Tri Cities Communications KNCZ695   468.40000   FX1 Conventional
TN Greene Greeneville Police Bomb Squad WQKY763   460.21250   MO Audio Link / Control
TN Greene Greeneville Police Bomb Squad WQKY763   465.21250   MO Audio Link / Control
TN Greene Greeneville Police Bomb Squad WQKX537   2479.5000   MO Video
NC Avery Banner Elk WQLB837   173.28750   FXO Water SCADA
VA Lee Lee County Airport WQKY214   453.11250   FX AWOS Link
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.26250   MO Dominion Power Plant
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.38750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.23750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.36250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.23750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   456.53750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.36250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.21250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   451.53750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.33750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.21250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   456.33750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.33750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   451.33750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.31250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.43750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.31250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.43750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.28750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.41250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.28750   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   462.41250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.26250   MO "
VA Wise Shaw Construction WQLC297   467.38750   MO "
TN Unicoi Erwin Utilities WQKV967   173.20375   FXO SCADA




        Need the Professional Version of local frequencies?

Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated 2/28/2010) 

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequencies:1503 up from 1478
Unit Numbers:3047 up from 3043

General Area Covered



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

Local Business Radios
Homemade 4 Pole Array (Built, pics soon!)
Field Gear Pictures
New Trunked Systems
Washington County TN
Digital Talkgroups
Pager effects Pt2

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