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Posted: Thu Jan 25 2018, 06:37pm
Posted by: LIScanner101Posts: 324
Location: Hicksville, NY
Joined: Sun Jun 16 2013, 09:29pm


Due to business and other issues I've been on the road a lot, and have actually been scanning other states while I'm in the hotel at night. Due to this, I have actually not scanned much on Long Island at all recently. I'm telling you this because my next question might be regarded as naive or even silly, but here goes...

Does the increased usage of this UHF frequency mean that Long Island FD's will stop using low band (46.1, 46.12 46.22 etc)????
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Posted: Fri Jan 26 2018, 04:00am
Posted by: RADIOTECHPosts: 271
Old Display Name: RADIOTECH
Location: Suffolk County, NY
Joined: Fri Nov 18 2005, 04:43am

In short, yes. Nassau and Suffolk both will phase out low band eventually. Motorola pagers no longer support low band, and other issues make low band obsolete. Suffolk Firecom has obtained 2 UHF paging freqs for Fire, that will simulcast off mult towers at once. All ops after paging, will be on the county 700/800 mhz. A lot of amb corps will continue to page on the county VHF 155.280, then operate on 800 like they’re already doing. A vast majority of Suffolk has their own dispatchers, so they’ll page and operate on their own systems, mostly UHF. Suffolk firecom doesn’t do a lot of depts from start to finish like Nassau does, and in most cases just does the initial activation then the local dispatcher takes over.
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Posted: Sun Jan 28 2018, 11:50pm

Posted by: swker98Posts: 78
Old Display Name: swker98
Joined: Sun Sep 17 2006, 07:35pm

Nassau also has a UHF paging frequency (453.875), however most departments are still operating on low band even if they use the UHF paging frequency. The trend has kind of been for each department to add a lower power UHF crossband (see Carle Place, Mineola, Point Lookout) so that they can hear the operations on the UHF pagers. At the present time, there is no clear plan to migrate away from low band for communication between units and the dispatchers besides the departments who already have their own UHF frequencies. (Most of the 4th,6th,9th and some others.) In other words, you still need a scanner with about 100 channels to monitor all of Nassau And although Nassau's 500mhz TRS has a talkgroup for each battalion, it is very rarely used. Probably due to the fact that each department only has two radios.

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Posted: Fri Feb 02 2018, 10:23pm
Posted by: LIScanner101Posts: 324
Location: Hicksville, NY
Joined: Sun Jun 16 2013, 09:29pm

Thank you both for the updates.
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