Tri-Cities Scanner Frequencies
October 2011 Newsletter

Listen to the live scanner at:
  • Win a Free Scanner!
  • RF Quiet Zones
  • Canadian Scanner Feed Legal
  • 4 Pole Dipole Upgrade
  • Nationwide EAS Test
  • Winter Weather Monitoring
  • VA DMME Equipment
  • Facebook Admins
  • FaceBook Messages
  • New Media
  • Feed Stats
Well Since the last newsletter, we've found new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....

Frequency Tone Agency State County
151.0100 100.0 Norton Rescue Squad VA Norton
151.0100 210.7 Salyersville FD  KY Magoffin
151.5350 103.5 Harlan TWR   Fox Knob (Coal Company) KY Harlan
151.8350 94.8 Watauga Co EMS  CH 1 NC Watauga
152.3975 151.4 KY Air Methods Helicopter at Big Sandy KY Pike
152.9300 ??? Glade Spring LSC (New Repeater!) VA Washington
154.2500 192.8 Mingo Co FD's WV Mingo
154.2650   Johnston Memorial Hospital MotoTRBO VA Washington
155.0700 192.8 Summers Co SO WV Summers
155.6250 d205 Pike Co SO KY Pike
155.9550   Johnston Memorial Hospital MotoTRBO VA Washington

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

Scanner Giveaway/ Drawing

We're giving away a new Radio Shack Pro-404, 200 channel handheld scanner
to one lucky winner. Those that sign up for a chance to win will also receive a coupon for use at our local
(Abingdon, VA) Radio Shack!

Drawing Date Announced!
To sign up for a chance to win please follow the link on our homepage at

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Contest Guidelines

Frequency Coverage: 28-54,108-136.9916, 137-174, 406-512
See the complete specifications at

RF Quiet zones

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Google KML file

After reading a radio astronomy article and using spectrum mapping program provided by the FCC, we discovered there is a “Radio-Free” zone right here in Southwest Virginia. We mapped the fixed base transmitters in the area, and then traced a Google Map overlay of electrical transmission lines, substations, and power plants. To make this area even cleaner we drew outlines of those areas, there weren’t many places on the map.

One area we’re calling “The Mendota Quiet Zone”, is nestled between two ridges in the Holston River valley. While there are several spans of 7,200 volt distribution power lines, and electric fences, there are neither high voltage transmission lines nor high power transmitters on the Russell County side of the mountain. There is only one contradiction, a private company is using a Microwave backhaul fed Wi-Fi distribution system (solar powered) atop the Mendota fire tower, this the tiny red square amidst the sea of blue listed on the map.

Red are areas around fixed transmitters, Purple are areas near high voltage power.

So why would any of this be beneficial to anyone?

  • Testing of high gain radio preamplifiers
  • QRP HF operations
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Just a nice place to get away from all the interference sources!

Canadian Scanner Feed Legal Issue

Escaping the freedom of the United States, Canada has recently put their
foot down threatening to press federal charges on Canadian citizens that stream live scanner feeds.

The owner of recently shared a letter received from Industry Canada,
the governing body over spectrum management and frequency use policing.

According to the letter an incident where an officer was fatally shot was broadcast,
in that transmission the officer’s last words were intercepted by a media outlet in
Canada and transcribed for publications.

Letter PDF


4 Pole Dipole Upgrade

We reduced the weight significantly by replacing the old wooden stand-offs with PVC pipe.
This also addressed some alignment issues as the elements were not 100% perpindicular to the standoff and parallel to the mast. This upgrade also greatly weatherproofs the connections.

Note: the pictured use of the aray yields an omnidirectional pattern since the top element does not have mast parallel to act as a reflector. We plan to address this with a 5th section of mast, bringing the rig to a total height of over 25''' !


Cut the 4-way section in two, this is cheaper
than buying more tee's and one less step!

Attach the Tee's to a section of PVC pipe

The two copper sections are joined by a inside fitting wooden dowel rod, centered with wooden wedges (shims), then filled with crack fitting foam.

The Coax shield and center are attached by small bolts and nuts through the copper sections.
The gap on the wooden dowel between the two elements is wrapped with several turns of thick
rubber splice tape, this ensures insulation of the two elements should anything move.

During assembly the leads of the center and shield were connected one at a time and tediously moved up or down so the other could be attached.

Before and After

Nationwide EAS Test

Mark your calendar!
We have no idea what type of traffic if any will appear on non broadcast frequencies.

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA’s vision for improving the EAS is incremental, which means testing the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS as it currently exists today is the first step. A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so that all levels of the system can better serve our communities and deliver critical information that will save lives and property.

EAS Participants provide a critical public service to the nation as the resilient backbone of alert and warning when all other means of communication are unavailable. EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness.

The nationwide EAS Test is not a pass or fail measure, nor will it specifically test Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliant equipment (although CAP compliant equipment should pass the Emergency Action Notification [EAN] live-code in the same manner as legacy EAS equipment).

FEMA and its federal partners understand that improving the EAS is a process that takes time. IPAWS has compiled experiential lessons learned and best practices from the Alaska EAS Tests in 2010 & 2011 as well as through the EAS rebuilding effort and tsunami live-code test in the U.S. Virgin Islands (located in the EAS Tests and Demonstrations section). Laboratory research is also being conducted at IPAWS.

IPAWS, in coordination with the FCC, is continually engaging the EAS Community through many activities, including information updates, workshops, roundtables, webinars, and on-site State and local EAS demonstrations to continue a solutions-oriented dialogue. IPAWS has also developed an external idea sharing website, A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System to discuss best practices and lessons learned from the EAS Community on a variety of topics that will support discussions during webinar and roundtable events.

The alert and warning landscape is in an important state of transition; from the current system of radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline broadcast media-based alerting to a future system that integrates new technologies for a more universal access to alert and warning messages. Future testing of the EAS will assess the effectiveness and reliability of other technologies to achieve the ultimate goal of timely alert and warning to American public in the preservation of life and property.

Read more at:

Winter Weather Monitoring

While theres too many to post in a newsletter, here's a refresher of some of the more popular agencies.

Snow Removal

  • TME
  • VDOT
  • Sullivan Co Public Works
  • Bristol, VA Public Works


  • AEP
  • BVU
  • BTU
  • KYU
  • Assorted Co-ops and Smaller Companies

School Buses (The best 6AM weather check possible for AM and PM commuters!)

DMME Old Equipment

The last of the analog DMME (Department of Mines and Minerals) UHF General Electric Master II radios, repeaters and antennas were recently sold on a Government auction website.

Check out the details of the auction here

DMME now communicates via the Virginia STARS statewide digital radio system with Motorola Astro mobiles like the picture below.

New Media

We have several new audio files in the Media Section.

Over Paranoid Drive Thru Customer
Runaway Boxcars NS/ Suspicious decouple CSX
Mother and Son - Doorbell Ringing

Wide Area Feed Repair / Upgrade

Sometime in late September, the feedline from the scanner to the lightning arrestor was
shorted at the connector. It appears the cable was over stressed or pulled abruptly.

To prevent this from happening again, we used a weatherproof enclosure to house the lightning arrestor and with its guides, prevent any stress on the connectors.

Facebook Incident Messages

With the gracious support of several very dedicated volunteers, we now have additional people monitoring and posting incidents. These posts are relayed on our Facebook page and also on Twitter. Our posters use careful discretion in posting incidents, if you feel a post is inappropriate let us know immediately. We prefer that you contact us via email.

Feed Stats courtesy of

Wide Area
Min 12
Max 30
Washington County
Min 8
Max 17

For select recordings see the Media Section.

Wide Area Feed

Washington County, VA

Recent FCC Licenses - 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. The Virginia Department of forestry has recently renewed their analog license ofr the repeater on Big Walker Mtn.
  2. MECC in Big Stone Gap has a new wireless clock system.

3.      Glade Spring Life Saving Crew has a license for a new repeater,  no confirmation yet and the license location data refers to a residential subdivision as the repeater location.

4.      K-Vat Foods or better known as Mid-Mountain has applied for more handheld radios, likewise with a new license for American Water Heater in TN.

5.      Scott County and the town of Gate City each have a new VHF SCADA system.

6.      Bristol, VA Life Saving Crew appears to be moving from 462.975 to Med 7 (463.150).

7.      Finally, the town of Coal Run, KY has a new UHF repeater for their police department.

Note: there have been lots of renewals lately and some have modifications wedged in with the renewal, we are in for some tricky admin work keeping track of all these changes with narrowbanding becoming a reality...

County State Agency Callsign Frequency Type Note
Wythe VA VA Forestry WPTK505 151.235 FB2 Analog License Renewal
Wise VA MECC WQOB462 72.1 FX0 Wireless Clocks
Wise VA MECC WQOB462 72.18 FX0 Wireless Clocks
Washington VA Glade Spring LSC WQOH709 152.93 FB2 New Repeater
Washington VA Glade Spring LSC WQOH709 159.645 FX1/MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 461.9125 MO New License for Handhelds
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.7625 MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.8125 MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.85 MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.875 MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.9 MO  
Washington VA Mid-Mountain Foods WPJT918 467.925 MO  
Scott VA Gate City WNXP569 155.775 FX0 New SCADA system
Scott VA Scott Co PSA WQOB308 158.355 FX0 New SCADA System
Grayson VA Virginia/Carolina Water WQOD370 158.145 FX0 New SCADA System
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 452.8125 MO Handhelds for Ops/Security
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 452.8875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 452.9875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 457.8125 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 457.8875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 457.9875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 462.1875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 462.5125 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 467.1875 MO  
Washignton TN American Water Heater WQOJ981 467.5125 MO  
Bristol VA Bristol LSC KNGM489 463.15 FB2 New Repeater on Med7
Pike KY Coal Run PD WQNZ299 460.175 FB2 New Repeater

        Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated Oct 30 2011)

Stats / Last Months Stats

Frequency Pairs / Singles: 2131 up from 2118
Unit Numbers: 3337 up from 3331

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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