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Mayor Says that Encrypting Police Radio Signals was a Mistake

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 … Continue reading

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Fatal and Fiery End to CHP Pursuit in North Hills

One person was killed in a fiery crash at the end of a pursuit in North Hills, it was reported Friday morning, January 12, 2021. The crash occurred about 11:40 p.m. Thursday on the Roscoe Boulevard off-ramp from the northbound … Continue reading

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LAFD Union Agrees to Delay Raises in a Bid to Avoid Layoffs

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 … Continue reading

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LAPD Chief Tells 10,000 Officers To Be Ready For Deployment Ahead Of Inauguration

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 … Continue reading

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LAPD Chopper Hit By Drone: Hollywood Man Pleads Guilty

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.

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Some Down-to-Earth talk: Ham Radio Can Ease the Isolation of Life in Space

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 … Continue reading

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If Satellite Links Go Down, HF Radios Can Take Up the Slack

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 … Continue reading

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Congress Repeals T-Band Auction as Part of Massive Funding Bill with COVID-19 Relief

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.

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Firefighter Nearly Engulfed in Flames while Battling Blaze in Sherman Oaks

A firefighter was nearly engulfed in flames while battling a blaze in Sherman Oaks late Monday night. The fire began in a one-story commercial building shortly before midnight in the 13400 block of West Ventura Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire … Continue reading

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Tim Lynn is Retiring as KTLA Sky 5 Pilot Reporter

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 … Continue reading

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