Winter mode - Fire and Law
Pri1 - TGU and SHU Local/County
Pri2 - Air Guard / Natl Flight Follow
Normal Fire Season Programming:
(additional off-season frequencies Nov through May)
Tacs 1, 3, 4, 11, 12
Commands 1, 2, 7, 9
SHF Southfork District
Various ground tactics
Air Flight Following (jumpers)
Red Bluff City Net
Red Bluff City Tac 1
Red Bluff City Tac 2
Tanker Base 123.975
CESRS (travel net)
CHP Air Net
Various Victor Nets (AM air)
Off Season Frequencies (Nov-May)
Red Bluff Police
CHP - Redding
Caltrans - I5 north valley
PGE (during storms)
UPRR Valley Sub
iTunes on your desktop or any favorite MP3 streaming program.
Mobile/iPhone/Tablet will work just by clicking the Listen link in your browser such as Safari, Chrome or Firefox.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between server 1 and 2?
There is no difference in what you hear. Server 1 can carry 60 listeners and server 2 is an overflow which can carry 1000 listeners. They both feed the same stream.
What do I need to hear this?
Basically any device, Windows, Macintosh, iOS or Android, Linux etc. with a streaming mp3 audio program such as iTunes or built-in streaming on mobile browsers can hear this. It is approx a 30kbps stream, requiring very little data.
Why is it down!?
If you notice the feed is not working and/or the Status on Server 1 says Down, I most likely have a server problem or the fragile (yet free) dynamic DNS solution I use hiccuped. I'm working on moving to a solid and supported dynamic DNS solution and a new Win7 enterprise server to eliminate any server problem short of my internet connection going down (extremely rare).
What equipment are you using?
I currently have a BCT15x scanning with audio inputted into a small WinXP box running a shoutcast server. FreeScan remote control allows me to control the scanner from any location remotely. RadioFeed allows me to pull the Alpha Tag off the scanner and put it as the Song Name in the stream, which shows up in iTunes.
That's a lot of frequencies! Is it busy?
This is Red Bluff, California. It can take 20 frequencies here to equal the same amount of radio traffic as one dispatch channel for San Francisco PD. And it's STILL quiet at times! When it's normally scanning, with a little listening you should be able to tell who is who. A trick with fire traffic is listen to the unit numbers and dispatch names.
What if there's a major incident?
The scanner is normally scanning all the dispatch, command, fire air and ground tacticals in the area, with priority on TGU and SHU local nets. With the BCT15x dynamic memory, I have systems preprogrammed for major incidents in Shasta, Tehama, nearby Forests, Red Bluff City, etc. Upon notice of a major incident, I can simply remote in from my phone, activate one of those systems, and the scanner immediately shifts focus to that particular major incident, putting priority on command nets, etcs. I am quite excited how this is setup and it performed flawlessly during the 2014 fire season.
Where's the law?
Because I'm a fire radio nut, during fire season I rarely monitor law enforcement. You won't find a law enforcement frequency plugged in during fire season unless it's directly tied to a major incident. During the winter I have law enforcement frequencies and various other freqs such as Fish and Game, Parks and Rec, and Caltrans. During major storms, you may hear more with road departments etc.
Where's Butte County?
Butte County is supported by the Butte FireSafe Council, located in the heart of Butte County at thenet411.net My scanner can only listen to the northern Butte County repeaters. When they switch to south county, all I get is multipath noise or static which is annoying to the online listeners. This allows me to focus on other agencies. I do have Butte programmed as a major incident system incase something breaks in their northern Unit and I can keep tabs on it.
Did you know you can do 2 scanners with stereo streaming?
Back in the early days of scanner streaming, this was a popular trick and allowed desktop listeners access to two scanners by adjusting their balance on their stereo speakers. It requires two scanners and more bandwidth on my end, and we simply don't have the traffic or funds to justify that. Also, with the advent of mobile listeners with little to no balance control, it would be a garbled mess of voices coming over the speaker. With the strategic programming of the dynamic memory and priorities in the BCT15x, you won't miss much of the most important traffic - it's dialed in pretty tight.
Why do a lot of transmissions pause every 2 seconds?
I have some channels on priority (checks the channel every 2 seconds for transmissions). TGU is always on priority 1 since it is my local Unit, SHU is typically #2 and I may put the common air attack freq as Pri-3. However during a major incident, priorities are programmed according to the incident.
Why 60 users? Any more?
60 is more than enough for day-to-day scanning enthusiasts, and during major incidents I'll average around 30. Very rarely have I peaked to 60 and by then, I usually have another shoutcast server helping me out with bandwidth and taking some of the load. If I get donations to help pay for my bandwidth and hosting, the number of streaming users will go up also.