Scanning the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Also Check out the New Scanning Information Section for the latest frequencies and buff information. Articles from Star-Telegram subject to purging on their server.
6/15/99 NE Tarrant cities study joint dispatch
Radio Manager for Windows Now
Supports the AOR AR8200 and OptoElectronics OptoCom!
Fort Worth Fire & Police Departments request Major MDT system purchase!
3/17/99 Tarrant sheriff to get new equipment
2/24/99 New gear may have helped in fatal Lake Worth church fire
2/23/99 Westlake seeks police, fire services deal
2/12/99 New service will screen 911 calls
8/26/98 Telephone service sliced in Euless, affecting 911, police and city offices
8/22/98 Bedford on fast track to build fire station
7/28/98 Civil Air Patrol helps fight brush fires.
7/16/98 Grapevine may knock 2 cents off its tax rate
7/9/98 Northlake to vote on plan to
form police department
6/13/98 Trophy Club seeks warning system
4/16/98 Area emergency dispatchers
to receive Silent Hero awards
4/17/98 Main Street Arts Festival - Reported Frequencies PL 107.2
484.26250 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F1 Ops.
483.11250 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F2 Beverages
483.53750 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F3 Maintenance-Electricians
484.31250 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F4 Vendors
482.38750 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F5 Security
485.38750 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F6 Stage Security
469.50000 FMN Business Main ST Arts Fest F7
464.50000 FMN Business Main ST Arts
3/6/98 Initial HDTV broadcast upset 12 heart monitors
2/23/98 Ben- FYI and for what it
is worth, on March 8 Dallas FD is going to discontinue the patch
to the 153.89 frequency. This is the frequency that has
been used for years as the primary channel for fire apparatus.
153.89 has still been active even though the new UHF system and
frequencies were implemented several months ago. This
was because all apparatus and other equipment/vehicles in the
department did not have the new UHF radios installed at the time
the UHF system came on line. The department just recently completed
equipping all apparatus with UHF radios and now that has
been done 153.89 will not be utilized any more. - Anonymous
2/23/98 I just did a search on Grapevine Mills on the new FCC search page. Here are the results:
Mills Corp. DBA Grapevine Mills WPLJ515
1/27/98 Fort Worth to update emergency
12/20/97 Tower site nixed near Trophy Club, Southlake
12/19/97 "Doughnut" antenna may replace planned tower
10/21/97 Take the Scanning the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Survey
11/12/97 Richland Hills approves ordinance to limit towers to industrial area
10/22/97 Shift of tower site criticized by Flower Mound officials
10/22/97 Richland Hills zoning panel recommends restrictions on towers
10/18/97 Fort Worth council considers scrapping weather sirens
10/9/97 Denton will consider rural sites for tower
9/28/97 Fire ratings spark higher insurance fees
9/28/97 Grapevine eyes fast fire response for mall
9/25/97 Denton commissioner vows to search for new tower site
8/26/97 Irving's 911 goes down for an hour
8/20/97 Fort Worth gets $9 million radio prize
See the notes below on Channel 8's
story. The paper's story appears to be more accurate, but it still
raises lots of questions for me. How much of the radio system
did Primeco actually pay for? I have a feeling and the stories
sort of say that they just paid for the microwave links and tower
sites. I doubt they bought every radio and console in the system.
What news organizations are using the system? Are they receive-only
radios for scanning public safety or what? What is the radio system
really worth? I have a feeling the grand total for everything
in operation is more than $9 million. The $9 million is probably
just what Primeco traded.
The system has some digital features,
but it is NOT fully digital, so we should be happy scanners for
a while. Obviously, I'm critical of the reporting on this system
and perhaps the information provided by the city. I do however,
believe that it's a good system, and I haven't heard of anyone
complaining about it.
Radio Shack Catalogs Are Out 8/18/97
Channel 8 News Story on Fort Worth's System
Channel 8 just had a story on the 6:00
news about Fort Worth's new digital communications system. After
freaking out for a second, I realized I was just listening to
the same system hours ago, and it's hardly digital, so the story
will probably be inaccurate or misleading at least. The radio
in the car that they focused on must have been for the MDT, because
it was made by Uniden not Motorola, and the microphone jack was
I think the real story was that Fort
Worth had a ceremony for the activation of a new repeater site
in far north Fort Worth and the story hints that the link between
sites would be wireless instead of via landline phone. While the
MDTs, link between the sites and the control channel might be
digital, there's apparently nothing to worry about for us scanning
folks. The city has traded four of its microwave frequencies to
PCS PrimeCo for the repeater site. Channel 8 reports the system
has a "2000 square mile" coverage area.
I suspect the information below is more accurate than the story Channel 8 ran. A well-informed Scanning the Dallas/Fort Worth Area visitor sent in the following a few days ago in reference to Fort Worth Trunked System repeater locations&ldots;
A fourth site has been designated for future tower construction. It is adjacent to a FW water tank in far north FW, probably mapsco page 8. I am told that the tank cannot be seen from I-35. I have not attempted to search for this site. This tower, and upgrading of microwave facilities at the existing sites will be paid for by Primco, in exchange for four frequencies in the 2000MHz range that FW will give to Primco for its PCS system. The above was announced in June 1996, so some movement may have started, or may even be completed.
8/7/97 Southlake tower passes first step despite protest
7/9/97Citizens on Patrol expands city's safety net
6/25/97 New alert system for firehouses proposed
6/7/97Richland Hills council to review
6/7/97Colleyville, Bedford get award for joint project
6/4/97NexTel enters competitive PCS market with PowerFone Visit NexTel on the web.
5/15/97 Sprint takes the jump into
wireless phone service
5/14/97 Wire Sprint is ready for launch
5/14/97 Richland Hills seeks input
tonight on tower proposal
Ericsson Radio System Trouble in Kansas City (The Kansas City Star Article 3/12/97)
I know it's not the Dallas/Fort Worth
Area, but it's interesting. See the "index" and search
for Ericsson to find more articles.
Fines Set for Taping Gingrich Call
(AP Article 4/27/97)
Fort Worth seeks to replace failing
backup 911 power supply
Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Business
Section - Conventions in Town (4/21/97) The Association of Public
Safety Communications Officers, Texas Chapter meeting this week
in Fort Worth.
From a fellow Amateur Radio Operator,
Here is the specifics on the balloon launch. Pray for good
launch weather, since I am on the launch team! :-) North
Texas Balloon Project #7 Time: 0800 CDT Date: 19
April 1997 Launch from Cleburn Muni Airport - Cleburn,
Texas Freqs: Cross Band repeater Uplink:
444.600 Downlink: 147.560 GPS(APRS): 144.290
RDF Beacon: 147.560 (repeater output) Equipment:
Yeasu FT-530 dual bander - Cross Band repeater IC-24AT
- Packet Radio (APRS) Garmin 45 - GPS KPC-3 - TNC
/ connect will be disabled. Balloon: Totex TA-1200 with
60" hemispherical parachute for recovery after burst.
Enjoy! Good luck in hearing the balloon.
delayed on Richland Hills tower
From a Fort Worth Water Department;
Join your Friends and Neighbors at SKY HIGH '97 - April 26th
11:00 AM to 3:00PM. A day of fun and airplanes at Fort Worth Meacham
International Airport. FREE ADMISSION, Dozens of Airplanes on
Display, Contests for Kids, Popcorn & Soft Drinks, Face Painting,
Magician, Jugglers, Airport Tours, Fire Engines.Fort Worth Meacham
International Airport 4201 N Main ST
Southlake to use bicycle officers, paramedics near speedway
The T's board approves shuttle service to NASCAR speedway
The T operates on 857.4625 and 858.4625. They also have a data channel on 856.4625.
Fire Department overtime to cost city $31,000 at speedway
Council leans toward overtime for fire protection at speedway & Tower Moratorium
3/17/97 Tapes to be reviewed for civil rights breaches
3/12/97 Irving Puts Restrictions on Towers
2/22/97 Tarrant, Fort Worth in no rush for 311 telephone service
2/22/97 PageNet to unveil novel Fort Worth-made beeper
2/21/97 Grapevine to Limit Cellular Towers
2/15/97 Officer's Radio Stops Bullet!
2/10/97 Companies Answer Own Fire Alarms
2/6/97 Southlake Communications Go Down After Lightning Hits
(2/7/97) Southlake PD is on 453.6, I haven't confirmed it lately, but Fire use to be on 45.54.
12/28/96 Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article
on 911 and Cellular Positioning
12/15/96 Fort Worth Fire Department New Stations/Response Times
12/7/96 Las Colinas Rail System Back On Track
The light rail system that once served
the Las Colinas business district is back again. The train is
operated by the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District.
They are licensed 453.4 which is also licensed to Everman. Please let me know if
you monitor train or other Dallas County Utility and Reclamation
District related transmissions. I have not so far. See Star-Telegram Article
New Bedford/Colleyville Fire Station Opening Soon!
(12/5/96) The new joint station
is located at 3940 Martin Drive in Bedford. It will be staffed
by Bedford, but will also provide first responses to Colleyville
for $200,000 a year. An open house will be held January 7, 1996
from 1 to 6PM, with a 5PM ribbon cutting ceremony.See Star-Telegram Article
12/1/96 Communications tower regulations considered
11/25/96 Winter Weather Scanning
With the possibility of freezing rain tonight, you might want to scan the sanding crews in your area. Start with your local public works frequencies. If you will be using the highways, check out the Texas Department of Transportation. There are several frequencies used in the 47.04 to 47.30 range. In Tarrant County 47.04, 47.06, 47.08, and 47.24 were active last winter. In Dallas County check out 47.18. If you find any more please let me know. Texas Utilities is busy restoring power from outages caused by the cold weather. Their trunked system in Fort Worth is on the following frequencies.
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.88750|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.90000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.91250|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.92500|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.93750|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.95000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.96250|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.97500|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||937.98750|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||938.00000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||938.95000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||938.96250|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||938.97500|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||938.98750|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.00000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.88750|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.90000|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.91250|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.92500|
|Utilities||Texas Utilities Services Inc||939.93750|
The Colleyville Police Department's phone lines were accidentally cut by a backhoe severing links to Austin and Washington D.C.. Since Bedford's trunked radio transmitter is based at the Colleyville Police Department, Bedford radios went to fail-safe mode allowing them only one channel. Keller and Euless, who are also on the trunked system, were not affected. Bedford still had phone service, so they fielded Colleyville 911 calls and relayed them over the radio.
A new adult alternative rock station
hit the airways last week, KNBR The Zone.
Sprint PCS won't be offering its new PCS service as soon as they hoped due to difficulty in getting permission from cities and neighborhood groups to erect towers for their cell sites. Irving is the latest city involved, but many others have been, and probably will be have concerns. I'm not anxious to have one in my backyard.
The North Richland Hills Fire Department
will host an open house Saturday, October 5 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fire Station 4 7202 Dick Fisher Drive North. Features include
CareFlite, Bell Helicopter, NE Explosive Response Team, Amateur
Radio, Hospitals, and more.
The city of Flower Mound has put a
stop on plans to build a PrimeCo PCS 140+/- foot antenna tower
in the cities parkland, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article reports.
The city also had planned to use the tower for it's public safety
communications. PrimeCo will develope the site, turn it over to
the city and pay for using it.
From the FW Star-Telegram Business
section, Allgon Enterprises, a CB and cellular antenna maker is
moving its facilities in Grand Prairie to the Fort Worth Riverbend
Office Park. I've never heard of them before.
You can listen to operations at the
Ball Park In Arlington on the following frequencies.
Parking 463.71250; Unconfirmed 464.53750
Security and other operations are on a 900MHZ trunked system listed below.
935.01250, 935.02500, 935.03750, 935.05000, 935.06250, 935.07500, 935.08750, 935.10000, 935.11250, and 935.12500
You might try listening to the input frequencies which are 45Mhz lower at 890.*. That way you'll only hear the transmissions that are fairly close to you. The trunked system has other users throughout the area. Go Rangers! Ericsson Radio News (Press Releases from Ericsson, makers of two-way radio and other telecommunications products. US headquarters in Richardson, TX) Hope your city doesn't make news with Ericsson!
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