Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Whistler announces NXDN upgrade

Bentonville, AR– (December 13, 2016) The Whistler Group, Inc., a leading industry supplier of state-of the-art mobile electronics, is in the homestretch to the highly-anticipated release of an NXDN™ update to the TRX-1 and TRX-2 which currently feature Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) capabilities.

The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile) originally released in May of this year are multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR. Additionally, Whistler announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 would receive an NXDN™ upgrade later this year at no cost to the consumer.
NXDN™ is a Common Air Interface (CAI) technical protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. Many market segments such as security, transportation, railways, construction, taxi companies, hotels and more use NXDN™. In addition, areas of Public safety − with agencies from police, fire, municipal services and military are using NXDN technology.
“At this time we are very excited to announce that we will be releasing the NXDN upgrade for the TRX-1 and TRX-2 on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon CST,” said Wendy Taylor, Marketing Manager for the Whistler Group. “When Whistler entered the scanner industry we were committed to bringing innovation and we are demonstrating that by our introduction of DMR earlier this year and our continued development to provide NXDN.”

This is good news. There is some public safety use of NXDN north of Pittsburgh, and one local agency currently working on implementing it.

It is also nice to see a company deliver what they announce, in the time frame they said they would. Uniden has yet to release the advanced analysis features that were announced years ago for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pittsburgh TS

The old Pittsburgh Motorola TRS system control channel has been off the air for a few days now. All users have migrated to the DMR Capacity Plus system except for animal control. The old system has been deleted.

Animal control is now using Pittsburgh police Ch. 6 Admin, 453.950 PL 225.7, Unit #6--.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

K3CSF/R on the air

K3CSF/R - 440.600 PL 131.8 is on the air. Echo link node 77119. This is located on the Castle Shannon Boro building. The repeater is on the air thanks in large part to Paul AB3PJ.

The repeater will be used by CSVFD ARC. the repeater is open for all to use. Please send reports to

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Meadows Race Track And Casino

Meadows Race Track And Casino
DMR Capacity Plus
Color Code 1
451.5625 - LCN 1
451.8625 - LCN 2
452.1625 - LCN 3
452.4625 - LCN 4
452.8125 - LCN 5

Talk Groups
1 - Casino Floor
4 - Unknown
6 - Security
9 - Unknown
11 - Unknown
15 - EMS
17 - Engineers
18 - Custodians
19 - Unknown

North Strabane Fire

North Strabane Fire 170.425 - DPL 114 - Simulcast 154.130

Got a close call hit on this in the area of the Meadows.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pittsburgh DMR Trunked System

Pittsburgh DMR Trunked System.
System ID 482 Color Code 1 Site 1
860.2625 - LCN 1 Control Channel
859.2625 - LCN 2 Control Channel
856.2625 - LCN 5
860.7625 - LCN 6
859.7625 - LCN 7
858.7625 - LCN 8

Talk Groups :
4 - DPW
14 - Special Events

Talk Group 14 is being used at the Regatta

The old Motorola system is still active. Animal control, and refuse are still using it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Whistler released its final and fully supported DMR upgrade for their 1080, 1088, 1095 and 1098 scanners. this is a free upgrade for those scanners. These radios will not be able to be upgraded for NXDN. This was released as was expected at the end of the month. This makes Whistler the first scanner company to release a fully supported DMR, trunking upgrade.

The Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2 radios will have DMR, and are to be updated to include NXDN in September. Theses radios were announced to be available at the end of July.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Digital Scanners

Whistler has just announced the TRX-1 (portable), and TRX-2 (base/mobile). These radios are P25 phase I, P25 Phase II, X2 TDMA, and DMR trunking scanners. NXDN is in the works, and will be a free upgrade for these radios. To be available late June.

Whistler is also going to provide those with the 1080, 1088, 1095and 1098 radios the DMR upgrade for FREE.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Allegheny County DPW

Brian N3SGU passed along the following information on Allegheny County DPW

District 1 is on Wildwood Rd next to North Park
District 2 is on Campbells Run Rd in Carnegie
District 3 is on Rail Road St in Penn Hills
District 4 is on Lovedale Rd in Elizabeth
District 5 is located in South Park
District 6 is no longer in use
District 7 is under the 40th St Bridge in Lawrenceville
District 8 is on Buttermilk Hollow in West Mifflin

Numbering is as follows
X- is the district number
X-0 is district base
X-1 is district supervisor
X-2 to 19 are district pick up trucks
X-20 to 29 are district single axle dumps
X-30 to 39 are district tandems
X-40 is district street sweeper

Paving trucks do not have a district

Parks also have trucks they use the following prefixes :
North Park - NP
South Park - SP
Boyce Park - BP
Harrison Hills - HH
Round Hill - RH
White Oak - WO
Hartwood - HW
Deer Lakes - DL
The Parks dump trucks are also used for snow removal. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Allegheny County DPW

494.9250   pl 173.8   is going to be tested by the Public Works Dept. My location in Penn Hills has a Few mobles and a base radio installed as of today 5/2/2016. If they test ok Public works should have good coverage once again.

Brian N3sgu
I am hearing a couple of trucks using the frequency this morning. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pittsburgh First Night

Pittsburgh First Night.
457.525 - DPL 732 - Simplex
457.600 - DPL 423 - Simplex
457.800 - DPL 162 - Simplex