Band Conditions

30 December 2018

COMINT - What I Program In My Radios

  • Local FD.
  • Local PD.
  • 2 local state police troops (QTH is on the border between 2 troop boundaries).
  • Immediate surrounding PDs.
  • FD dispatch channels out to 10 miles from QTH location.
  • EnCon/DEP.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (several USACE dams nearby).
  • Regional mutual-aid and interoperability channels.
  • Immediate ARTCC and major airport (within 30 miles) app/dep control aircraft frequencies.
  • Local RR frequencies.
  • AmRRON CH3 frequencies.
  • Common amateur radio simplex frequencies (nationwide and local).
Two scanners are used: one P25/trunked and one analog. Since immediate local frequencies are all analog and of primary interest, analog scanner covers those. P25/trunked scanner covers P25 and trunked system users and secondary interest users. Additionally, a NOAA "all hazards" radio remains on in stand-by mode, a 2 meter base station remains on local VHF/UHF repeater network frequency, and a 6m SSB radio on 50.125 MHz.


  1. I also include the county & town freqs for the public works folks use, especially inter-vehicle. The traffic can be very illuminating (if not time-saving) during times of heavy rains-->flooding, or heavy snow fall. Many times they have more sets of eyes out on lesser-travelled county roads than the Sheriff's office.

    1. Public Works is useful monitoring during natural disasters and heavy weather. Also, many PD's use the public works channel after normal business hours.