Tag Archives: radio

NTIA Suspends Further Construction on LA-RICS Public-Safety LTE Project

Construction on the public-safety LTE system being built by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) has been suspended, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which administers the federal grant funding most of the project. “Given the … Continue reading

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Summit with a View — Of Towers

From the Orange County Register published on November 16, 2014. Article By Aaron Orlowski Photo By Jeff Gritchen As the sun’s last rays settle on Saddleback Mountain, the wind picks up and rattles metal signs warning against getting too close to … Continue reading

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China’s Pirate Radio Stations Threaten Passenger Jet Safety

The United States is not the only place where pirate broadcasters appear to be thriving. Law enforcement agencies in China have uncovered pirate radio stations operating in big cities and provinces using equipment that could disrupt communications between pilots and … Continue reading

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SCMA Presentation by Wayne Smith, Ph.D.

At our July meeting, club member Wayne Smith, Ph.D. (N6LHV) gave a talk about Software Defined Radios. Wayne demonstrated how a $25 USB dongle designed to receive digital TV broadcasts can be used as an inexpensive SDR and spectrum analyzer. Professor … Continue reading

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Riverside County Sheriff Moves to Encrypted Radio System

On Sunday, January 5th, Riverside County rolled out its much-anticipated and long-delayed public safety radio system that officials say will stretch the signal’s reach and streamline communication between agencies during major emergencies. The system, known as Public Safety Enterprise Communication … Continue reading

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San Bernardino County to get New Radio System – for $158 Million

After six years, San Bernardino County is finally on its way to overhauling its antiquated public safety radio system, and will be getting a state-of-the-art digital system at a cost of more than $158 million. The Board of Supervisors on … Continue reading

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SCMA Members Featured on Radio Show

On Tuesday, October 22nd, KPPC 89.3 Airtalk interviewed SCMA Members Alex Thompson (LA-168) of @Venice311 and Andrew Blankstein (LA-183) of NBC News about their years of listening to police scanners, what they’ve learned and the insight that comes when you … Continue reading

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Ventura County Fire Department Gets New Radios

The fire station’s bell, followed by a dispatcher’s message, had Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Barry Parker speeding off with his crew to help a stroke victim in El Rio. Clipped to their waist belts was the department’s latest special … Continue reading

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Whistler Group Acquires GRE’s Assets to Manufacture Radio Shack Scanner Product Line

From the Radio Reference web site: Whistler, the makers behind numerous radar detectors and other electronic products, has acquired GRE’s technical assets and plans to produce scanners for Radio Shack. Whistler Group | High Performance Radar Detectors and Electronics The … Continue reading

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Rim Fire Communications and Camp Life

Here’s a behind the scenes video of radio communications at the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.  The video was made by a person who is a radio communications technician and shows setting up portable repeaters and other communications gear … Continue reading

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