Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois said Friday (Jan. 8) that the police department’s move to encrypting its radio transmissions was a mistake.
Palo Alto police began encrypting their radio transmissions Tuesday (Jan. 5) to stop transmitting personally identifiable information over the airwaves because of a policy memo from the state Department of Justice last October.
A 4.5% pay raise scheduled for Los Angeles city firefighters would be delayed by 18 months, under a tentative labor agreement reached with the city in order to avoid potential layoffs or other cuts due to an anticipated $675 million shortfall in the city budget.
The LAPD has instructed all of the department’s officers to be in uniform and prepared to be deployed in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration scheduled for next week.
An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to CBSLA a report Thursday from the New York Times which stated that while there was no specific threat to the city, LAPD Chief Michel Moore has told officers – nearly 10,000 in total – to be “ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice” as early as Monday.
A 22-year-old Hollywood man pleaded guilty Thursday to recklessly operating a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter in what’s considered the nation’s first use of the federal criminal charge.
The International Space Station cost more than $100 billion. A ham radio set can be had for a few hundred bucks.
Perhaps that explains, in part, the appeal of having one of humankind’s greatest scientific inventions communicate with Earth via technology that’s more than 100 years old. But perhaps there’s a simpler explanation for why astronauts and ham radio operators have been talking, and talking, for years.
As cyber threats continue to grow, so does the reality that digital satellite communications can be degraded and denied either through digital or electromagnetic means. If these capabilities are compromised, however, high frequency radio provides a means to continue communicating even beyond the line of sight by leveraging the ionosphere to refract radio signals back to earth.
Public-safety and business-industrial licensees with LMR systems on T-Band spectrum would be able to continue operating those networks, thanks to a scheduled auction of the airwaves being repealed as part of the massive federal funding legislation passed yesterday by Congress.
Many of us scanner users like to listen to the news media, and especially to their helicopters, to find out what is happening when news breaks. You might be interested in this news from Tim Lynn’s Facebook post:
In June 1972 I graduated from high school and 18 days later entered the United States Coast Guard, that’s where my journey began. After 4 enlistments and a very long 14 months at the University of California Police Department LA, I joined the Culver City Police Department, transferred to Huntington Beach Police Department, where I retired with a total of 30 years in law enforcement to begin a new career in media.
After 16 years of working for Angel City Air assigned to CBS, Kcal and KTLA helicopters, it is time to “hang up my spurs”. This coming Wednesday will be my last day as your P.M. KTLA Sky 5 Pilot Reporter. It has been a fun ride from the day I walked out of high school until now. I’ve worked with and met some amazing people and have experienced things that most don’t. It has been exciting to fly News, not knowing what was going to happen or where you were going to end up on a shift. The excitement of the pursuit, major fires, or incidents is what kept me going. The five day a week, 10.5 hour days, and 110-mile commute broke me.
I used to joke, “I will retire when my walker doesn’t fit in the helicopter”. After the arrival of my grandchildren that all changed, it’s time for me to enjoy life and not to be tied to a schedule.
Don’t get me wrong, I still will be flying a helicopter now and then, because severe side effects do occur would you suddenly stop!
Thank you again for the opportunity to fly and say “that’s the latest from overhead, let me send it back to you in the studio”