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SCANNER INFORMATION FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA

To monitor the various public safety agencies (sheriff, police, fire, EMS, etc.) in East Central Florida, you need to have a 800 MHz Trunk Tracker scanner.
It is almost impossible to monitor these trunked systems using and older, conventional type scanner. Only a few agencies in this area are still communicating in conventional (non-trunked) mode.

In a conventional system each agency (police, fire, DPW etc.) has their own seperate frequency or group of frequencies.

Trunked Systems are computer-driven systems with anywhere from 5 to 28 frequencies that are shared by all the county and city public safety departments. The system is designed so that each conversation hops between these frequencies.
- When a user presses his microphone key, the system automatically transmits the call on the first available frequency.
- This means that every time a user keys his microphone, he could be on a different frequency.
- The original frequency that he was using will probably now have a different agency and conversation on it.
- Because of this it is difficult to listen to trunked systems using a regular scanner.

In a trunk system:
- One of the frequencies is the data (control) channel and will have a steady buzzing sound on it
- The data channel is transmitting the data that controls how the trunk system operates.
- Instead of assigning each agency a frequency, users of the system are assigned talkgroups.
- Talkgroups are setup so that each agency will only hear their own units and not all the communications on the system.
- Each radio is programmed with a different ID that is displayed to the dispatcher and other radios using the system when it transmits.

The following is a list of the trunked systems currently being used in East Central Florida.


M/A-COM EDACS TRUNKED SYSTEMS
Volusia County
Brevard County
Flagler County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Florida Power & Light
Orlando Utilities Commission

Notes:
- The frequencies must be entered into the scanner in the channel order as they are listed on the webpage (LCN order).
- All county systems are wideband EDACS. 
- FP&L and OUC use narrowband EDACS. Not all EDACS trunk tracking scanners can track narrowband EDACS. 
- Some Sheriff and police department talkgroups use ProVoice Digital mode and cannot be monitored by any scanner.

MOTOROLA TRUNKED SYSTEMS
Orange County               City of Winter Park
Osceola County              Sea World
Palm Beach County           Disney Cruise Ships
St. Lucie County            Seminole County
Progress Energy             City of Orlando
City of Lakeland            Tampa Electric Company
City of Maitland            Delta Airlines (Orlando)
City of Ocala               Many business users         

Notes:
- All Motorola systems in East Central Florida are Type II systems.
- Some scanners have a "Control Channel Only Mode" where you just have to enter the control channel to
  monitor a Motorola Trunked System. All systems in this area use Plan 1.
- Motorola Trunked Systems are also used by business users (taxicabs, pest control, wreckers, repairmen etc.).
  They are mostly in the 935 - 940 MHz business band.

LTR TRUNKED SYSTEMS
Ft. Pierce Utilities Authority
Mears Transportation
MV Transportation (Orlando Paratransit System)
Rinker Materials Corporation
Tarmac, Inc.
Florida Rock Industries
Orlando International Airport
University of Central Florida
Various business users

Notes:
- The frequencies must be entered into the scanner as they are listed on the webpage (LCN order).
- Logic Trunked Radio (LTR) Trunk Systems do not have a control channel such as Motorola or Ericsson
  Trunked Systems. On a LTR Trunk System a data burst can be heard on each frequency of the system around
  every 10 to 20 seconds.
- LTR Trunked Systems are used by many business users all over Florida (security patrols, paratransit systems, 
  taxicabs, pest control, wreckers, sanitation trucks, repairmen, hotels & resorts etc.). They can be 
  found in the 400, 800 and 900 MHz business bands.

MOTOROLA ASTRO DIGITAL TRUNKED SYSTEMS
Alachua County / Gainesville    (mixed analog/digital)
Lake County                     (all digital)
Marion County                   (all digital)
Martin County                   (mixed analog/digital)
Orange County                   (mixed digital/encrypted)
Osceola County                   (mixed digital/encrypted)
Polk County                     (all analog/digital)
City of Apopka                  (mixed digital/encrypted)
City of Eatonville              (mixed digital/encrypted)
City of Maitland                (mixed digital/encrypted)
City of Winter Park             (mixed analog/digital/encrypted)
City of Orlando                 (mixed digital/encrypted)
Kennedy Space Center            (all digital)
Cape Canaveral AFS              (all digital)
Patrick Air Force Base          (mixed digital/encrypted)
Reedy Creek (Disney Area)       (mixed analog/digital)
Universal Studios               (all digital/encrypted)

MISC. TRUNKED SYSTEMS / MODES
The following trunked systems/modes cannot be monitored by any type of scanner:

State of Florida SLERS M/A-COM ProVoice Digital Trunked Systems
Both the control channel and all the talkgroups are encrypted.

The following agencies are using this system:
Florida Highway Patrol (including the Florida Turnpike)
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Department of Business Regulations
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Florida Department of Corrections
Florida Department of Management Services
Florida Department of Transportation - Motor Carrier Enforcement
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida State Fire Marshall
Florida National Guard
Florida Department of Health
State University Police Departments
Capitol Police
Division Of Insurance Fraud
Medicaid Fraud Control
Social Security Administration's Office of Investigations 
Agricultural Law Enforcement
Corrections Corporation of America
Baker County Sheriff's Office
Bradford County Sheriff
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Glades County Sheriff's Office
Gulf County Sheriff's Office
Henry County Sheriff's Office
Levy County Sheriff's Office
Okaloosa County EMS
Okeechobee County Sheriffs
Okeechobee Fire Rescue
City of Okeechobee Police Dept.
City of Okeechobee Fire Rescue
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Seminole Tribe Public Safety
Union County
Walton County - Fire Rescue
CSX Railroad Police
GeoGroup, Inc
Tampa General Hospital, AeroMed Service

 MISC. SYSTEMS
LTR Multinet Trunked Systems               (used by Clay County)
NEXTEL iDEN Trunked Systems                (used by Disney World)
EDACS ProVoice Digital Mode                (used on some talkgroups for police undercover work)
Motorola Encrypted Mode                    (used by Orlando PD and some PAFB, City of Winter Park, City of Apopka, Reedy Creek, Universal Studios)
220 mHz Passport LTR Systems               (used by buisness users)

Notes:
 - When a talkgroup is transmitted in the EDACS ProVoice Digital Mode, there is no indication on the
   scanner, nothing is heard or seen on the display.
 - Most police and fire departments also use NEXTEL to pass along sensitive information.

SCANNER MODELS
The following is a list of Trunk Tracker scanners and the types of trunked systems
that they will receive:

MODEL                  SYSTEMS RECEIVED
GRE PSR-300            Motorola / EDACS / LTR
GRE PSR-400            Motorola / EDACS / LTR
GRE PSR-500            Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
GRE PSR-600            Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
MFJ MFJ-8322           Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Radio Shack PRO-51     Motorola only  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-90     Motorola only  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-91     Motorola only  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-92     Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-93     Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-94     Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-95     Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-96     Motorola / EDACS / Motorola Digital
Radio Shack PRO-97     Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-106    Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Radio Shack PRO-160    Motorola / EDACS / LTR 
Radio Shack PRO-162    Motorola / EDACS / LTR 
Radio Shack PRO-163    Motorola / EDACS / LTR 
Radio Shack PRO-164    Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Radio Shack PRO-197    Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Radio Shack PRO-433    Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Radio Shack PRO-528    Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Radio Shack PRO-2050   Motorola only  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2051   Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2052   Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2053   Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2055   Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2066   Motorola only  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2067   Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Radio Shack PRO-2096   Motorola / EDACS / Motorola Digital
Uniden BCT8            Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BCT15           Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BCT15X          Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BC235XLT        Motorola only  (see note)
Uniden BC245XLT        Motorola / EDACS  (see note)
Uniden BC246T          Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BC250D          Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital with BCi25D board installed  (see note)
Uniden BC296D          Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital
Uniden BCR330T         Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BCR346T         Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BCD396T         Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Uniden BCD396XT        Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Uniden BC780XLT        Motorola / EDACS / LTR  (see note)
Uniden BC785D          Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital with BCi25D board installed  (see note)
Uniden BC796D          Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital
Uniden BC895XLT        Motorola only  (see note)
Uniden BC898T          Motorola / EDACS / LTR
Uniden BCD436HP        Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Uniden BCD536HP        Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Uniden BCD996T         Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems
Uniden BCD996XT        Motorola / EDACS / LTR / Motorola Digital / 700 MHZ Trunk Systems


Note: These scanners are expected to stop working on rebanded Motorola Systems and cannot be updated.

The following scanners can also receive EDACS I-Calls and Motorola Private Calls:
Uniden BC250XLT        Uniden BCD396T
Uniden BC246T          Uniden BCD396XT
Uniden BC296D          Uniden BC898T
Uniden BC780XLT        Uniden BCD996T
Uniden BC785D          Uniden BCD996T
Uniden BC796D          Uniden BC346XT
Uniden BCD436HP        Uniden BCD535HP
Radio Shack PRO-106    Radio Shack PRO-197
GRE PSR-500

SCANNER REBANDING
For information about rebanding go to http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Rebanding

Motorola 800 MHZ Trunked Systems
- Most newer scanners will need a firmware/software update to work on rebanded Motorola  
  Systems.
- Most older scanners are expected to stop working on rebanded Motorola Systems and 
  cannot be updated. The scanner will probably not track some or all channels in 
  the system after rebanding.
- The following Motorola Trunked Systems have been rebanded:
     Martin County            City of Maitland
     Orange County            City of Orlando
     Palm Beach County        City of Winter Park
     Polk County              City of Apopka
     Seminole County

Most scanner will also need a custom band plan programmed into them.
Custom Band Plan
Lower Upper Offset Spacing
851.0250 854.0000 440 25
851.0125 868.9875 0 25
EDACS 800 MHz Trunked Sytems - You will need to reprogram the new frequencies and logical channel numbers into the scanner. - Rebanded EDACS Systems do not require any firmware or software updates. - When entering the new frequencies for a rebanded EDACS System enter the frequencies into the scanner using the channel numbers as they are listed on the website. Not all systems start with channel 1. - Only enter one EDACS/LTR Trunked System per scanner bank.

MISC. SCANNER INFO
Typical scanner receiving ranges:
A portable scanner can receive a trunked system up to 10 to 15 miles from the transmitting
antenna. A base scanner with an external antenna can receive a trunked system up to 15 to
25 miles from the transmitting antenna. These ranges depend on various conditions such as
scanner sensitivity, location and type of antenna used.

Always program in to the scanner the frequencies of the closest transmitter antenna to your location.

Only the repeater output frequencies are listed on the website. Do not enter the repeater input frequencies into the scanner.

One channel in each Motorola or EDACS trunk system is the control (data) channel. It will be
active all the time and sound like digital data (buzzing sound). 
When a trunk tracker scanner is programmed correctly:
- You will no longer hear the system control (data) channel.
- Talkgroups will be displayed on the scanner display instead of frequencies.

CONVENTIONAL SCANNER INFO
If you have a older conventional scanner you can still listen to the following:
Florida Division of Forestry
Marine frequencies
Railroad frequencies
Aircraft frequencies
Most counties still page out fire stations on VHF.
Police intercity on 155.37 is very active in the Orlando area.
There are many buisness users, hotels, shopping malls etc. that use conventional VHF and UHF frequencies.

East Central Florida Trunked System Frequencies

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