Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
February 2011 Newsletter

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  • Severe Weather Season
  • Statewide Tornado Drill
  • VHF Log Periodic Update
  • New Local Feeds
  • Feed Stats
  • Solar Flare
  • Major Update for Unknowns in Progress
  • Chapter 18 Test


Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
Frequency Tone Name State County
151.7450 88.5 McDonalds Drive Through VA Smyth
153.9050 141.3 Bland Co Fire/EMS VA Bland
154.0625 156.7 Bland Co Sheriff Repeater (Big Walker Mtn) VA Bland
155.1750 d243 Galax EMS Base and Mobile VA Grayson
155.1750 d351 Galax EMS / Medstar Ambulance Service VA Grayson
464.0250 d331 Two Way Radio Inc - Furniture Store VA Russell
464.1000 d466 Private Business Repeater (Abingdon) VA Washington
464.4500 d023 Lifecare Amb Service High Knob Repeater VA Wise

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

Severe Weather Season

Its that time of year again, already by 2/28 we have seen a major severe weather event with severe flooding in may areas.

Local Skywarn Nets can be heard on 146.700
VDOT had also been active with road closures and cleanup of downed trees, VDOT activity on the Digital Stars network has been very minimal.


Frequency Repeater Input Tone Name


  77.0 VDOT - Mobile (Abingdon Area) - CH 3



110.9 VDOT (Wise County) - CH 32 High Knob



110.9 VDOT (Bristol Area) - CH 27 Whitetop

With any weather event there's always a spark of activity on the local power utilities. AEP continues to use their seasoned 800 MHz trunked system,
see the Radio PhoneBook for frequencies, LCN order, and talk groups.

Statewide Tornado Drill

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) in cooperation of almost all state and local agencies will be conducting it's annual statewide tornado drill on March 15th at 9:45 AM. This day is also designated by the Governor as "Tornado Preparedness Day". This will be a wildcard for any and all state agencies, keep an ear out...there will be some interesting radio traffic. Register if your group or organization would like to participate.

A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is also scheduled for some time this Spring.

Log Periodic Antenna

We're still working on a model; some changes to the design were noted.
Right now we consider ourselves still a rookie to Log Periodics, but have found a new way to augment the phasing.
We'll keep you posted on the work in progress, and apologize for the illusion that phasing was optional.
See last month's newsletter for the initial plans and dimensions.

New Local Feeds

RadioReference has two new feeds operating in our area, Russell County, VA and a Railroad scanner out of Bristol, VA.
While we are not affiliated with either, we welcome any inquiries and appreciate the hard work before and to come, to keep the feeds on the air.

Russell County, VA - Fire/EMS/ Police -

Norfolk Southern and CSX - Bristol, VA -

161.190 NS Road - New River District
NS Shenandoah District
NS Road - Pulaski District
160.470 NS Road - Pulaski District
160.950 NS Road - Knoxville East, South of Roanoke
160.245 NS Dispatcher to Train - Knoxville East
160.830 NS Train to Dispatcher - Knoxville East
161.100 CSX Road - Kingsport Sub (Clinchfield)
161.520 CSX Dispatcher

Feed Stats courtesy of

Spikes in listeners (73) on 1/20 for the Wide Area Feed at 4:45 PM
Washington County (30) feed on 1/28 at 7:01 AM

Wide Area
Min 8
Max 73
Washington County
Min 2
Max 30

For select recordings see the Media Section.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

First Major Solar Flare

This solar cycle's first major flare occurred on February 15th, the resulting wave of energized particles streamed toward the earth and only caused a minor interaction with the poles. The resulting radio blackout was a R1 class event. To learn more about solar flares and the geomagnetic storms they cause, visit

Unknowns Database

Scannerfood's research teams have been working on an update for the Unknowns section, our plan is to clear out some of the mystery frequencies before we accumulate anymore, right now we are at 287 and counting. We may have to have a contest this spring.... :)

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 have 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're wanting to test your skills, here are some sample tests I quickly drew up to make the subject matter a little more intensive.

Chapters 1-6 Test
Chapters 7-9 Test
Chapters 10-12 Test
Chapters 13-14 Test
Chapter 15 Test
Chapter 16-17 Test
Chapter 18 Test

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 follow in each new newsletter

Recent FCC Licenses UPDATED!
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. Moores Snack Foods ( c/o Snack Alliance - Maker of delicious Terry's Potato Chips) acquired a new license for handheld radios for use in and around the plant.
  2. The Department of Mines and Minerals renewed their UHF repeater, this frequency is seldom used and may have been renewed as an administrative option to reserve the frequency pairs for future use or re-allocation.
  3. Clintwood, Coeburn, and Hawkins County... have new water telemetry frequencies, also known as SCADA.
  4. In Russell County, Belfast Fire Department renewed an ancient fixed base license and the county has obtained yet another license for a repeater on Big A Mtn. Russell County's Emergency Services director, Jess Powers has been featured in several news articles for recent achievements regarding preparedness in the county.
  5. In Abingdon, Virginia HighlandsCommunity College has a new license for a UHF repeater on campus. This is designated for campus security/PD use. We are still waiting for first monitor to occur, but suspect it may already be active based on recent radio checks.
County State Agency Callsign Frequency Type Note
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.3625 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.4125 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 451.7375 MO Plant Handhelds
Bristol VA Moores Snack Foods WQNG240 452.1625 MO Plant Handhelds
Russell VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Big A Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   High Knob Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Pennington Gap Repeater
Grayson VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB2   Whitetop Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 FB   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 453.4250 MO   Statewide
Russell VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Big A Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   High Knob Repeater
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Pennington Gap Repeater
Grayson VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB2   Whitetop Repeater
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 FB   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 453.6500 MO   Statewide
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 FX1   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 FX1   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 458.4250 MO   Statewide
Buchanan VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 FX1   Oakwood
Wise VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 FX1   Big Stone Gap
VA VA DMME KNHU770 458.6500 MO   Statewide
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNF293   173.2500 FXO SCADA
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNC460 173.2500 FXO SCADA
Dickenson VA Clintwood WQNF291 463.6125 FXO SCADA
Russell VA Belfast/Rosedale FD WNFD423 154.1300 FB/MO Fire Dept
Russell VA County Repeater WQND462 159.1275 FB2   #Unknown Use
Russell VA County Repeater Input WQND462 156.1125 FX1   #Unknown Use
Smyth VA Town Base WNFK870 45.1200 FB/MO Renewal
Wise VA Coeburn WQNC470 153.0800 FXO SCADA
Washington VA VHCC College WQMY287 453.6125 FB2   Campus Police Repeater
Washington VA VHCC College WQMY287 458.6125 FB2   Campus Police Input
Hawkins TN 1st Utility District WQMR785 173.2038 FXO SCADA

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated February 28 2011)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: 1958 up from 1947
Unit Numbers: 3274- up from 3273

General Area Covered


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