Friday is always a quiet(ish) time for the people working on our websites, with everything done for the week its just a matter of making sure all is stable enough to last the weekend and going though last minute emails. Most people I know seem to think managing a bunch of websites can be done in an afternoon and are shocked to learn that I work 5 days a week like most people, it used to be 7 days but Ive got a lot more organized since then.
Slow days in an office surrounded by scanners is the only excuse I need to get some radio time in. Having spent a bit of time climbing mountains lately to reach the sort of altitude that makes scanners come alive its good to have time to see whats going on in my local area and if any new signals have popped up since I last took a good look around.
Breaking Out the Vintage Gear
Dusting off the old JIL SX 200 for this one as it doesn’t get as much use as it deserves. More used for listening to the local airports in my area by using stored frequencies I was initially stuck trying to remember how to get the thing to do a limit scan. Was almost at the last resort of finding a copy of the manual online (desperation) when it came back to me.
The SX 200 can be a little clunky at times but for a 30 year old scanner it does a passable job and has always given great audio from the lid mounted speaker. Backing up the JIL with a slightly more recent GRE PSR 255 only using its set top antenna gives me a better idea of how strong the signals are and helping to work out where there coming from.
This handy PSR 225 almost fell out of my possession (literally) a few years back while walking over a welsh mountain. The scanner had slipped out from the backpacks side webbing without me feeling it and was lying in the bracken somewhere. Luckily it was on and scanning through VHF/UHF ham repeaters, so with a careful bit of backtracking and frequent stops to listen for the repeaters Morse code ID’s it only took about an hour to find it.
Was I happy or what 🙂
Transmissions Heard 166 – 168 MHz
166.000 Local distribution warehouse
167.370 Taxi, local
167.430 Weak signal?, sounded like a delivery company?
167.630 Taxi, from place names given this one was from 20 miles away (must have a little height)
167.710 ???, strong signal but very little information given (this one needs a bit of investigating)
166.730 Taxi, local and very busy
The most interesting and easiest to receive was the warehouse on 166.000 MHz as they were working on simplex and if its the company I think it is they are only about 1/4 of a mile away. Most of the other frequencies I sort of recognize from the last time I had a look around on this band but 166 MHz is defiantly a new one.
Tried listening to the other side of the Taxi duplex stations but as there is a signal killing hill between me and the biggest populated area at my home QTH only caught some scratchy replies.
Its good to get away from my usually listening habits once in a while and have made a promise to myself to find my old spreadsheet of local signals and start adding to it again.