Friday, June 15, 2012
Update on scanner radios
ast week, the Voice reported that local emergency services will be moving to a digitally trunked radio system and anyone trying to listen in on scanner radios would be cut out of the loop.
Since then, we've been in contact with Bill Tracey, P.Eng. from BCARCC and the following is what he has to say about the switch.
"Well first of
all, the emergency services are not all going on digital
frequencies. Police radio communications have gone digital, and some
are encrypted as well, but ambulance and fire are still analogue
(and will remain so for the foreseeable future). The common element
is that many lower-mainland agencies are on the E-Comm trunked radio
According to our source, paramedics are already operating on digitally trunked radio frequencies, however contrary to that information, there are still come transmissions occurring on that frequency.
This information is regarding the Abbotsford area and west of that. The information we have is that Chilliwack emergency radio systems, are independent of E-Comm and have a different operating system.
For the time being, people can still listen in on police chatter, but it's unclear for how long.
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