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    Thanks, I see they're back on and even better!
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    Who has the call sign 'Ocean King' ? I assume it's not the fishing trawler by that name. Is that the bridge police ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by officeguy View Post
    Who has the call sign 'Ocean King' ? I assume it's not the fishing trawler by that name. Is that the bridge police ?
    That's not a callsign, but instead law enforcement phonetic alphabet for saying "OK". State police agencies (MSP, DNR/NRP, MdTA Bridge Police) switched to the military alphabet (alpha, delta, november, romeo, tango, etc) a while back and abandoned the 10-codes (so "off duty" instead of "10-42"), but local police have stuck with the law enforcement alphabet (adam, david, nora, robert, tom, etc) and the 10-codes.
    Last edited by Kumba; 12-09-2015 at 08:34 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumba View Post
    That's not a callsign, but instead law enforcement phonetic alphabet for saying "OK". State police agencies (MSP, DNR/NRP, MdTA Bridge Police) switched to the military alphabet (alpha, delta, november, robert, tango, etc) a while back and abandoned the 10-codes (so "off duty" instead of "10-42"), but local police have stuck with the law enforcement alphabet (adam, david, nora, robert, tom, etc) and the 10-codes.
    doh!

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by officeguy View Post
    doh!

    Thanks.
    You can find additional talkgroups (what a "channel" is called on a digital system) here at Radio Reference (great place to hang out for scanner info, hit the forums up if you've got any troubles with your particular scanner model):
    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=2847

    MSP and MdTA technically have their own separate radio systems right now, both of which are old analog systems. But they participate on the county's digital system for the most part. At some point, the big wigs up in Annapolis will eventually bring FiRST down here, which is the all-digital, state-wide radio system for state agencies, and MSP/MdTA will use that instead. No idea if they'll still peer with the county system when that happens.

    One outlier, is DNR/NRP. They operate on their TAWES system, and it's a bit of an odd one. They do not peer into the county system at all. More here:
    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=607
    "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all."

    --Friedrich Vón Logau

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumba View Post
    You can find additional talkgroups (what a "channel" is called on a digital system) here at Radio Reference (great place to hang out for scanner info, hit the forums up if you've got any troubles with your particular scanner model):
    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=2847

    MSP and MdTA technically have their own separate radio systems right now, both of which are old analog systems. But they participate on the county's digital system for the most part. At some point, the big wigs up in Annapolis will eventually bring FiRST down here, which is the all-digital, state-wide radio system for state agencies, and MSP/MdTA will use that instead. No idea if they'll still peer with the county system when that happens.

    One outlier, is DNR/NRP. They operate on their TAWES system, and it's a bit of an odd one. They do not peer into the county system at all. More here:
    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=607
    The stupidity, waste and abuse that governs public safety in MD is truly astounding.

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