From your location, you should be able to hear site B perfectly for FD and
site A for PD. If you're only going to be scanning from home, I wouldn't
worry about programming anything else if all you want to hear is Phoenix. If
you want to start listening to other systems, you may need to alter that a
If you're south of 28's, you probably have a little bit of elevation and
that will help you greatly when monitoring the VHF channels. I used to live
right across the street from 28's and I used to have great coverage (that
was long before trunked radio was even a dream).
On Behalf Of John K6PIO
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 13:15
Subject: Re: [ArizonaScanner.com] Need help monitoring Phoenix Fire
Thanks to all for the input on Phoenix Fire. I am monitoring on three radios
.. 996, 396 and 996XT. I am located a couple f blocks from PFD Station 28,
just of Baseline and 16th Street. I assumed a lot of field communications
were tbeing sent by mobile computers, cutting down on radio traffic, but
from what has been posted, I see it is much more complex. I had hoped I
would only have to program the South Mtn site for monitoring, but that
obviously isn't the case.
I am beginning to miss my old department's simple four-channel UHF repeater
--- In ArizonaScanner@yahoogroups.com, "Ed \(K9EDK\)" <k9edk@...> wrote:
> Now I'll confuse things just a little bit more. The "AN" channels will be
changing their designation in the near future and will simply become channel
1, channel 2, etc., dropping the alpha characteristic, but for now they are
still designated with the AN in front of the channel number. It's a long
story and by time I tell it, this will all be history.
> Phoenix uses a "Smart-Zone" trunked radio system. So, if there is nobody
listening to a channel within range of a transmitter site, it will not
transmit on that site. So, if you're listening on the C-site in Ahwatukee,
but there are no RWC users listening to the same channel as you in that
area, you won't hear the channel on that site. From my home in Tempe, using
a Uniden 996 on a mag-mount antenna in my bedroom window, I can hear all of
the sites that Joe mentions below and more. You'll need to set up your radio
with all, or most, of the transmitter sites in order to have a chance at
> One reason why you may not be hearing any radio traffic is that there
isn't much. All the trucks have mobile digital terminal and a lot of
information is transmitted that way. If you're not hearing any radio
traffic, it's possible you have your radio and/or frequencies configured
> I hope this helps you some more, and doesn't confuse you too much.
> Phoenix Fire Dept.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ArizonaScanner@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:ArizonaScanner@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Joe Badura
> Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 02:43
> To: ArizonaScanner@yahoogroups.com
> Cc: ArizonaScanner@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [ArizonaScanner.com] Need help monitoring Phoenix Fire
> Hi John,
> Welcome to Phoenix. I will repeat some of what Roy stated, but in a
different way. Hopefully between our explanations, you will better
> All fire calls are dispatched on "Channel 1". This can be monitored on
VHF channel AN1 (154.190) or channel K1 on the RWC (talkgroup 1795) both
carry the same audio.
> When you hear a unit dispatched to a K channel this is a "non-hazard" call
and K channels are on the RWC trunked system.
(http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=2508). K channels can always be
heard on simulcast B site, but are carried often on simulcast C, F, G, and
White Tanks sites.
> When you hear a unit dispatched to an AN channel, these are on the VHF
system. All frequencies can be found at
(http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=100) listed under "Phoenix,
City of". All the AN channels are simplex, or not repeated. You will hear
dispatch on the AN channels as they are transmitted from mountain top
transmitters around the valley. To hear fire and medical units responding,
you will have to be very close to the units depending on your antenna setup.
It you use a handheld scanner, or base with a small antenna on the back, you
will need to be within 1-2 miles of the unit. If you have an attic or roof
mounted antenna, you can hear units within about 5-10 miles.
> Hopefully this clears things up. Monitoring fire in the valley can be
difficult because both the trunked and VHF channels have their challenges.
> Best Regards,
> Joe Badura
> Sent from my mobile device.
> On Aug 29, 2012, at 11:04 PM, "John K6PIO" <pilger562@...> wrote:
> > New to the Phoenix area and I am not sure how I monitor fire. I have
both the VHF and trunked systems downloaded from RR into my scanner. I hear
dispatches without issue, but am not sure where to hear the rigs responding.
When I hear, for example, the dispatcher say "K-Deck 9," I switch over to
the "K" channel, but I rarely if ever hear anything. And I have no idea when
units are told to go to what sounds like "ANA 3," what that means. The RR
download has no such labels. I have tried switching to the "Event" channels,
but again cannot hear anything. Anyone out there able to give me a short
course in PFD dispatching?
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