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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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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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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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New Jersey Squirrel Attack

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Two K9s Trained to Support Firefighters with PTSD, Anxiety

Two Labrador retrievers specially trained to support firefighters with post-traumatic stress or high-level anxiety are set to join the Los Angeles County Fire Department Tuesday as part of a new program. Donated by Thor’s Hope Foundation in partnership with Performance … Continue reading

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Nevada Air Guard Continues Firefighting Mission

Military aerial firefighting units, including the “High Rollers” of the Nevada Air National Guard, have dropped more than 1 million gallons of fire retardant so far this fire season. “It’s very rewarding knowing you are helping so many people,” said … Continue reading

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LAFD Debuts the RS3: First Robotic Firefighting Vehicle in the United States

The Los Angeles City Fire Department debuted the first robotic firefighting vehicle in the United States, putting it to use on its first day in service. The Thermite RS3 (manfactured by Textron: Howe & Howe Technologies) is a compact, low-center … Continue reading

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Radio Travel Report – Morro Bay

By David Akins, N6HHR, SCMA ORC-209 Morro Bay is a beach town in San Luis Obispo County, about 250 miles northwest of Long Beach. It’s best known for Morro Rock, a 576-foot volcanic plug situated in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Will SmartPhones Replace Public Safety Radios? FirstNet Push-to-Talk Just Might Make That Happen

FirstNet Push-to-Talk (PTT) service, provided by AT&T, delivers the performance that public safety needs and can be an LMR alternative for some agencies, according to the captain of a New Jersey police department that conducted a beta trial of the … Continue reading

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