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Updated: 07/25/2017

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The Spokane / Coeur d'Alene Scanner listing is no longer actively updated.   

Thank you to everyone who have followed the listing over the last 14 years of production.  I no longer have a active source for new frequencies.  If anyone has a source of new frequencies please let me know or just email them to me and I will add them to the list.  The listing will still be available online for anyone who would like it.  Most of the frequencies have not changed in years.  We are not like the up and coming large cities that have changed all the public service over to trunking.  We may never see that in Spokane.  This page will continue to be update to include interesting links for the scanner enthusiast.  The scanning enthusiasm has seem to slow down.  The two stores that were consistent distributors of the listing have gone out of business.  Thanks to Don's tronics and Imtec.  Even though I am not publishing the listing any longer I am still very active in the hobby of scanning and shortwave listening.

Spokane / Coeur d'Alene Scanner Frequencies sorted by Agency

Introduction to Scanning

Buying a Used Scanner?
Zip Scanners
Scanner Freqs and Codes - Lots of info

Uniden Communication

Radio Shack


Radioreference.com Scanner Links
Railroad Scanner

LiveATC.net



 


Frequency and modes changes for local agencies - Spring 2014

WSP, Kootenai County Sheriff and Coeur d'Alene City Police have switched to APCO P25 on their same frequencies.  

Spokane City Police and Spokane County Sheriff have changed to Trunking APCO P25.  They now show up under
Spokane Regional Emergency Communications System
There are channels in this talk group for fire as well.  Spokane City Fire maybe moving from their VHF frequencies soon.

If you own the newer Uniden scanners, update the database from Radio Reference and this new group will be pulled in.


Shortwave Listening

NASWA SWL Guide - Excellent guide by time


Transoceanic Aircraft Monitoring

This is a nice change from the usual AM broadcast monitoring usually associated with shortwave listening.  There are multiple frequencies that are used for the aircraft that fly from the continental US across the Pacific.  I concentrate on the Pacific since I live in the Northwest.  Broadcasts use USB.  The key is finding an active frequency.  These aircraft are talking with San Francisco most of the time and give carrier and number, position location, altitude and temperature.  These can be tracked using the FlightAware website.  The Transocianic map below shows all active frequencies.

Transocianic Map       FlightAware     

Ham Universe Aircraft Monitoring


ADS-B Transmission Reception

Automatic dependent surveillance broadcast.  These are signals broadcast by most aircraft that transmits their position on 1090 mhz.  You can build yourself a receiving station with a Raspberry Pi computer, PiAware software from Flightaware, a RTS-SDR dongle or a low cost dongle sold by Flightaware and a commercial build antenna or home built.  

My ADS-B Feed on Flightaware     Build your own station   

Home build ADS-B antenna      Another antenna link


Railroad Monitoring

Monitoring railroad traffic is another interesting branch of the scanning hobby.  If you live near a metropolitan area with a switch yard there is always traffic on the railroad band.  Spokane is no exception.  The line that runs from Sandpoint, Idaho to Spokane is known as The Funnel.  As outlined by a excellent railfan's website linked below.  This site has excellent mile post information and important locations along the route. Most through traffic is on 161.250.  This is the frequency that the trains use to talk with dispatch.  Also the hot box detectors transmit on this frequency through out The Funnel.  There are five that I have heard from Spokane to Sandpoint.  These monitor the train for problems as they move past the detector.  Some report how many axles and temperature as well. I can hear two from my home location.  One in downtown Spokane near the Amtrak station (MP 70.49) and another by Industrial Park in the Spokane Valley (MP 60.1).  Another busy frequency is 160.455.  This is the main yard frequency.  Conductors in the yard move trains via the Remote Controlled Locomotive System or RCLS.  Computerized voice warnings can be heard occasionally. Linked below is a job aide from the Canadian Pacific Railway for RCLS.  See my scanner listing for all of the railroad frequecies in the Spokane area.  

    RCLS Info


Satellite Monitoring

Satellite tracking is needed for amateur radio applications and NOAA satellite decoding as noted on other pages on my site.  It can also be fun to track satellites for monitoring purposes.  Many satellites transmit signals in the range of our scanners. Listed below are some of the signals that can be heard from space and other sites to research for more information.  Also see links on my Satellite page for other satellite frequencies especially the many satellites launched in November of 2013 and for satellite tracking software.

NOAA Weather Satellites

NOAA 15 - 137.620
NOAA 18 - 137.9125
NOAA 19 - 137.100 

Cosmos Russion NavSats
These satellites are in the musson.txt satellite list.

149.910, 149.940, 149.970, 150.000, 150.030

International Space Station

145.825 packet data

Uosat-11 (UO-11)

145.825 ASCII data
Satellite Frequencies    Signals from Space    Hobby Space

Monitoring Equipment

Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP

On of the new Uniden scanners that is an actual handheld and programs the same way as the Home Patrol-1 off of the  Radio Reference website.  Decodes all of the digital P25 channels and loads the frequency list based on the zip code entered.  I miss the touch screen like the Home Patrol had but it is a great scanner. 

Icom R20 Communication Receiver