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L.A.’s Effort to Equip Officers With Body Cameras Stalls

From a Los Angeles Times article by Kate Mather and David Zahniser: Los Angeles’ much-touted plan to equip thousands of police officers with body cameras has stalled amid controversy at City Hall over the program’s price tag and whether the Police … Continue reading

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SCMA Member Captures USAF C-17 Leaving Los Angeles

SCMA member and frequent photo contributor Chester Brown (LA-203, K6CRB) took this photograph of a U.S. Air Force C-17 taking off from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport. The aircraft was in town in support of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to … Continue reading

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LASD SEB Recovers Wreckage of 1 Plane and Remains of 2 Victims from Downed Aircraft

On Sunday, February 07, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m., members of the Special Enforcement Bureau – Tactical Dive Team with the assistance of the Los Angeles Port Police, the Long Beach Police Department and L.A. County Lifeguards, recovered wreckage of … Continue reading

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Introduction to HF Digital Modes – WEFAX

Most of the time we at the SCMA tend to focus on VHF and UHF communications, but have you always wondered what other types of radio communications there are? Well, the next few articles I write will cover High Frequency … Continue reading

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HAMCON 2015 Photos

SCMA member Glen Rothstein (LA-145, KK6OTP) was kind enough to provide his photographs of HAMCON 2015. HAMCON (also known as the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention) was held this year on September 11-13th in the City Of Torrance. The convention featured displays from … Continue reading

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Adam 12’s Martin Milner LAPD End-of-Watch Broadcast

The LAPD End-of-Watch Broadcast for Adam 12 actor Martin Milner (Officer Pete Maloy). This broadcast was recorded by Shaaron Claridge (now Shaaron Snead), the original voice of the dispatcher on Adam 12.  

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New Electric Motorcycles Patrolling the Streets of Burbank

Burbank police have added a new electric motorcycle to its patrol fleet. Not only does the Zero motorcycle look different, it sounds different. “Our Burbank Water and Power had some grant money, some funds for alternate-fuel vehicles,” Burbank Police Sgt. … Continue reading

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KTLA Newscopter Pilot & Reporter Tim Lynn

KTLA Helicopter News Pilot/Reporter Tim Lynn’s presentation about his career including highlights from pursuits, accidents, forest fires, and shootings. He also talks about becoming the news when smoke was billowing out of his helicopter and he had to make an … Continue reading

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KTLA Telecopter First Live Broadcast

“Introducing Telecopter 1” In 1958 KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles became the first station to broadcast live video from a helicopter, It was the birth of the Telecopter and made Channel 5 the place for breaking news. Thanks to … Continue reading

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A New Hurdle for L.A. County Emergency-Radio Effort: Cell Tower Fears

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, local governments began talking about a new emergency communications plan that would connect every cop and firefighter in Los Angeles County on one system. But to the dismay of many, the radio network is still … Continue reading

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