|Redding City System 1 - Southfork Mtn - WNXW528|
|Motorola Type 2|
Redding City Police
Redding City Services
Redding Area Bus Authority
Other heard ID's
This is an old system now sitting on brand new APCO-25 digital capable equipment on Southfork Mtn west of Redding. They are operating in analog although it's anyone's guess if/when they switch to digital. There is encryption capabilities on the system.
The Fire Dept never joined the trunked system so it could remain interoperable with Calfire and the rest of the county fire departments. Its administrative and prevention officers can utilize the system to communicate with law enforcement or the city utilities. During large incidents, look for Command traffic between SHASCOM and the Command Post over the trunk system. Prevention officers will most likely have encryption capabilities to foil any monitoring of secure arson investigations.
F-2 (58704) is permanently linked with Shasta Sheriff Blue Channel 155.580. The same dispatcher also staffs the two radios. CHP H14 and H16 also have the ability to communicate over the trunked system. There is also an interoperability JPS unit at SHASCOM to link anything that comes in and out of SHASCOM; trunked or not.
Around 2004 a new group of trunked 800 frequencies became licensed to the city of Redding, located on Southfork Mtn. When the switch was flipped and a control channel was heard, rumors were flying that everybody was moving to the new system (only five frequencies instead of Hill 900's seven freqs). Soon the city utilities seemed to have moved to this new system, leaving the PD and transportation on Hill 900. Shortly after the move, the new system often went into failsoft and after a month or two of errors, the system went quiet. Utilties showed back up on the Hill 900 system.
April of 2006 came as a surpise when the entire Hill 900 system switched to Type 2 ID's only, leaving PD listeners in silence for a few days as they scratched their heads wondering what happened. Rumors started again as this was a preperation to move to the Southfork Mtn system. All the repeaters were upgraded to APCO-25 digital-capable and some have encryption capability. Everybody was waiting for the day it went silent again, ready to start monitoring the new Southfork system. However in Fall of 2006 we were in for another surprise when instead, the city decided to move the Hill 900 system physically up to Southfork. This move greatly expanded its reception coverage to just south of Red Bluff! It's still unknown what the second set of freqencies are for on Southfork, however it would seem relatively easy to incorporate them into and expand the existing system. The future will tell.
Due to Nextel rebanding, Redding has acquired this new frequency to replace their 860.9625MHz frequency.
|Redding City System 2 - Southfork Mtn - WPYP656|
|Motorola Type 2 Smartnet|
Not sure what the future holds for this system. When/if this system goes online look here for the first info, as well as any digital news.