11/15/09 343 W - + 15 - 14 Reader Mail

Opening the mailbag again, with more letters from readers, site visitors, and random Googlers. Was my answer wrong, really wrong, or incomplete? Let me know. 

Q: Can I still receive Cary Fire Department dispatches on a regular, non-trunking, non-digital trunking scanner?
A: Don't think so. For some years after CFD migrated to an 800mhz radio system, their dispatches were simulcast on 154.235. Don't believe that's available, nor has been available for a while. But you still can listen to Raleigh and Wake County fire dispatches on 154.370 and 154.190, if that's any consolation!

Q: What's happening at the Swift Creek fire station, with all the excavators and construction equipment. Looks like perhaps hydrant fill pipes?
A: SCFD recently allowed themselves to be annexed by the town of Cary, so they could have a water source for the sprinkler system that's planned as part of their dormitory renovations. That's likely what's happening.

Q: Our department's have a drill / live burn / fundraiser / open house / etc... we would love for you and Lee to come and take pictures...
A: Thanks for letting us know, and please keep letting us know. Our schedules and free time are different between the two of us. We'll try to make it.

Q: I was at the State Fair and there were two women arguing over your photo and the second photo [both of which show the same view of a Knightdale firefighter at a live burn]. They were like "how the [bleep] did two different people get the same photo. The person's the same. The fire's the same. I just don't get it."
A: Hilarious!

Q: What's Lee Wilson's e-mail address?
A: CFP702 "at" aol.com.

Q: Can you tag a photo of me that you took on Facebook?
A: Since I rarely upload incident or event photos to Facebook, here's what you need to do:

  1. Download the photo to your computer. Just right-click on the picture, and save same somewhere.
  2. Log into the Facebook web site.
  3. Upload the photo to your Facebook account.
  4. Tag yourself.

Your first answer is correct about Cary 800Mhz. You will at the least need an analog Trunktracker to be able to monitor them. VHF/UHF only does not work for Cary anymore.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 11/15/09 - 15:32

You are correct about Swift Creek. The work is associated to the dorm project.
Correct - 11/16/09 - 13:21

You can listen to Cary’s dispatch, well at least still with my Dual Trunking scanner that I have had for about five years through a variety of codes. Here’s the thing at night you will be listening to CPD and CFD which can be a lot to listen to if you into the whole police thing, plus there’s a lot of jumping around. During the day you could be listening to CPD, CFD, or public works, this is where the analog scanner comes into play to eliminate all that unwanted radio traffic. At night if your bored itís something to do and you can some what find out what’s going on in the City oh wait Town of Cary.
Noneego8baller - 11/16/09 - 21:39

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