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Revision as of 17:14, 25 July 2012


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MABAS Divisions

MABAS Division 20

  • WQMP765 - 154.37, 154.265 Base/Mobile at Hillside/Franklin Park

Municipalities and Districts


Chicago Fire Department

One of the CARMA members submitted a channel plan reportedly used by the Chicago Fire Department. Veracity unknown, but worth a listen:

f01-477.5125 Main EMS (digital) f02-478.4625 Englewood EMS (digital) f03-460.3500 Police Citywide 5 (analog) f04-462.9750 EMS Command (analog) f05-476.6875 Citywide Fire (digital) f06-458.0250 Special Events 5 (analog) f07-458.0750 Special Events 6 (analog) f08-477.7000 Ops 8 (digital) f09-478.1500 Ops 9 (digital) f10-(unknown) Metro 1 f11-(unknown) Metro 2 f12-(unknown) CTA Citywide f13-462.9750 EMS Command (analog) f14-460.3500 Police Citywide 5 (analog) f15-460.6250 EMS Englewood (analog) f16-460.6000 EMS Main (analog)

Other frequencies:

  • 477.7875 Fire North
  • 478.2125 Fire South
  • 477.9875 OEMC
  • Interop
    • System Diagram FCC Acrobat Document The City of Chicago hereby requests 180-day Emergency Special Temporary Authority for the operation of the below described systems/channels to provide the necessary RF linkage between existing City operations and the Statewide interoperability initiative employing the Astro 21 system and those channels being deployed as a portion of the U.S. Department of Justice's High-Risk Metropolitan Area Interoperability Assistance Project. In essence, the City seeks designated channels which can be employed for the purpose offacilitating the coordination of construction of new systems being deployed, e.g. the UHF system that is being constructed County-wide to provide local interoperability throughout Northern Illinois; existing systems, e.g. the City's 800 MHz radio facilities that require RF connectivity to the Statewide Astro 21 network; and to facilities interoperability in the extended use of VHF radio systems employed by firefighters throughout the region. The requested UHF channels would also provide necessary RF linkage for the City's emergency medical personnel. Over 925 paramedics and command personnel provide EMS services to City residents on a UHF system that is extremely limited in system capacity. There is no way to upgrade the system and concurrently move it toward interoperability by redeployment of the existing channels. Any downtime of the system caused by shifting facilities, rather than adding UHF links, at this time would be disastrous. The requested temporary authority to operate on the proposed UHF links would also serve this vital purpose to provide an RF bridge between what is now in place and what will be deployed in the future via a system redesign and upgrade. Similarly, the City operates its present VHF systems to support the over 2,500 fire fighters that protect the City against disasters. The present system was never designed with interoperability as a goal and the City is attempting to take immediate steps toward rectifying this situation, again, to allow all City departments the advantage of greater interagency cooperation and coordination. To provide the necessary spectrum to transition this system toward full interoperability and to increase the overall utility of the existing VHF radio system, the City proposes to employ the VHF channels identified herein on a temporary basis to bridge the gap in improved system design and capacity, without having to reconfigure existing facilities and lose vital throughput. Finally, the City's use of 800 MHz radio channels are to operate a Citywide emergency siren system and a number of data channels in support of drug enforcement, disaster response, and the Organized Crime division. The systems are in flux for a number of reasons, including the City's participation in 800 MHz re-banding pursuant to FCC Docket WT 02-55. Although the re-banding efforts are arduous and tax severely the resources of the City's radio technical personnel, the City cannot back away from its ongoing efforts to increase the functionality and use of those systems by initiating RF linking to the Astro 21 Statewide project. To delay further the City's efforts to accommodate re-banding to the exclusion of the City's efforts toobtain Statewide interoperability on the State's 800 MHz network at the same time, would be to ignore an opportunity to concurrently re-band, while upgrading network capacity. Obviously, a two-step approach is both inefficient and more costly and does not provide to the City the next vital step toward improved and necessary interoperability.
  • Police
    • Patrol Division: 1st Watch : 2300-0700 (Early) 0000-0800 (Late) 2nd Watch : 0700-1500 (Early) 0800-1600 (Late) 3rd Watch: 1500-2300 (Early) 1600-0000 (Late) Rapid-Response:2nd Watch (Last number Odd) 0800-1600 Hrs. (Last Number Even) 0900-1700 Hrs. Rapid Response:3rd Watch (Last number Odd) 1600-0000 Hrs. (Last Number Even)1700-0100 Hrs.
      • Overtime starts in 15 increments after the end of a shift. Roll call lasts until 30 minutes after the start of the shift.
      • Gang & Tactical Teams: 1000-1800 (2nd Watch) 1800-0200 (3rd Watch)
      • This is changing in some Districts and Areas. Some 3rd watch start times are changing to 1900 and some are starting at 2000 Hrs. This also applies to the Area Gun Teams, Gang Teams, Saturation Teams.* Detective Division: Same as Patrol Division N.A.G.I.S.(Narcotics and Gang Investigative Section)- Non-specific start and end times.
    • CPD Terms
      • TVB - Traffic Violator for Bond. Basically means the driver is going to post cash instead of surrendering his/her drivers license for a ticket.
    • Public Safety Robot WQGZ549 2459.0/2463.0/2470.5/2476.5
    • [New 6/07] 5/27/06 - Added 6 locations of 155.37/155.055 Addresses
      • Each Zone has the capability to "simulcast" on the City-Wide frequencies. The Zone Disptcher will see a red light on his/her respective console telling them whether or not the City-Wide is free to simulcast on. This is why when the dispatcher will say "Cars in (ditrict of occurence) City-Wide is not available" and will dispatch a Priority 1 or 1A call without a simulcast on the city-wide frequencies. Also note all District Beat Cars have the capability to switch to any available city-wide.
      • 460.12500 465.17500 KSJ745 RM 173.8 PL 1 Citywide 1 (Traffic Division, Police Document Services Section,Central Detention Section, Public Transportation Section, Special Functions Unit-(Including-Marine, Canine, and Mounted Unit}, Targeted Response Unit, Special Operations Section, Air Support Unit 460.17500 465.17500 KSJ745 RM 123.0 PL 2 Citywide 2 (Detective Division, Forensic Services Division-{Including Crime Lab & District Forensic Service Requests} 460.27500 465.27500 KSJ745 RM 141.3 PL 3 Citywide 3 (Formal Flash Messages, Repair Requests for Radio Service, Alternate Frequency} 460.32500 465.32500 KSJ745 RM 192.8 PL 4 Citywide 4 (Auditing & Internal Control Division, Organized Crime Division-{Gang Crimes, Narcotics, Prostituion Section},Areas 1-5 Special Victims Unit 460.35000 465.35000 KNBM249 RM 97.4 PL 5 Citywide 5 (Subway, Alternate Frequency 460.25000 465.25000 KSJ745 RM 162.2 PL 6 Citywide 6 (Alternate Frequency) 460.30000 465.30000 KSJ745 RM 131.8 PL 7 Citywide 7-Front Desk (Pages, Notifications, After Hour Telephone Outages, Point to Point & ISPERN Messages, Transportation Management Authority)

Fire/EMS P25 Digital Radios

Radio channel assignments for the new Chicago Fire and EMS P25 conventional system (source).

  • 477.5125 (EMS-North)
  • 478.4625 (EMS-South)
  • 477.7875 (Fire-North)
  • 478.2125 (Fire-South)
  • 477.9875 (O.E.M.C.)
  • 476.6875 (Fire City-Wide)

Chicago OEM - Office of Emergency Managment

This appears to be project for comms for the Chicago International Olympic Committee. According to the Attachment, it is a Motorola Astro Network. This is for 8K10F1E emission, which is normally P25. Also there is a pictured of a mobile unit and the documentation for the repeater system .


Add 1 - Fixed 2301 SOUTH LAKE SHORE DRIVE CHICAGO, IL COOK County 41-51-04.3 N, 087-36-44.4 E Add 2 - Fixed 200 NORTH COLUMBUS DRIVE CHICAGO, IL COOK County 41-53-09.0 N, 087-37-16.8 W Add 3 - Fixed 1901 SOUTH MADISON STREET CHICAGO, IL COOK County 41-52-46.6 N, 087-40-25.2 W

The City of Chicago, Illinois (“Chicago”)on behalf the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in accord with Section 1.931, hereby requests forty five (45) days Special Temporary Authority to operate a temporary mobile repeater facility, 5 simplex portable to portable channels and associated portable units within a 45 kilometer radius of the center of the City of Chicago. The system would operate within the 700 MHz band and would provide required security for diplomats and other IOC personnel visiting the City to examine a number of venues throughout Chicago in anticipation of Chicago’s bid to host the Olympic Games.

The temporary repeater facilities (shown on the attachment), simplex operations and associated portable units would operate within the following technical parameters: One Mobile Repeater (FB2) and (FB2T) Facility Transmit Frequencies: 769.03125, 769.28125, 769.53125, 769.78125 and 770.03125 Emission Designator: 8K10F1E Antenna Height to Tip: 13.2 meters Output Power: 100 watts Effective Radiated Power: 50 watts Antenna Azimuth: zero Operating Area: Within 45 kilometers of the geographic center of Chicago 5 Simplex Channels (MO) Transmit Frequencies: 770.28125, 770.53125, 770.78125, 771.03125 and 771.28125 Emission Designator: 8K10F1E Output Power: 3 watts Effective Radiated Power: 1.5 watts Operating Area: Within 45 kilometers of the geographic center of Chicago Portable (MO) Units Transmit Frequencies: 799.03125, 799.28125, 799.53125, 799.78125 and 800.03125 Emission Designator: 8K10F1E Output Power: 3 watts Effective Radiated Power: 1.5 watts Operating Area: Within 45 kilometers of the geographic center of Chicago





Skokie Fire Department 'Actual Portable Radio Layout'

159.19500  153.62000 KDB493  RM 205 DPL Skokie Fire  Fire: Dispatch [F-1]
159.19500            KDB493  M 205 DPL Skokie Fire  Fire: Talkaround [F-2]
154.34000            KDB493  BM   Fire: Admin [F-3]  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.26500            KDB493  BM 210.7 PL IFERN  Fire: Statewide Mutual Aid (MABAS) [F-4]  
159.66000                    M 031 DPL RED FD West1  Red Center [F-5]  FM  Fire-Tac  
159.79500                    M   Red Center White [F-6]  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.35500                    M   Red Center Blue [F-7]  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.29500                    M   Red Center Tactical [F-8]  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.10000            KCR894  M 127.3 PL Skokie PWrks  {Link to} Public Works [F-9]  FM  Public Works  
158.77500            WPQE921 M 127.3 PL Skokie ESDA  ESDA [F-10]  FM  Emergency Ops  
155.02500                    M CSQ ESMARN  ESDA Mutual Aid [F-11]  FM  Emergency Ops  
154.16000                    M 123.0 PL Evanstn Fire  Evanston Fire [F-12]  FM  Fire-Tac  
151.01000                    M 127.3 PL N Shore Fire  Fire: North Shore Net - Wilmette [F-13]  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.13000  154.01000 KSC711  RM 156.7 PL Chi FD MainN  Chicago Fire - Main North [F14?) **  FM  Fire-Tac  
154.23500                    M   NW Central Norith [F-15]  FM  Fire Dispatch  
154.20500                    M   NW Central South [F-16]  FM  Fire-Tac  
155.05500                    M CSQ I-REACH  Statewide Interagency Mutual Aid [F-17]  FM  Interop  
155.28000                    M  IDPH S/W Net  Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-18]  FM  Hospital  
155.34000            KD53679 M  MERCI1  Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-19]  FM  Hospital  
155.40000            KD53679 M  MERCI4  MERCI 400 [F-20]  FM  Hospital  
155.40000            KD53679 M  MERCI4  MERCI Rush -- Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-21]    
155.40000            KD53679 M  MERCI4  MERCI Evan -- Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-22]    
155.40000            KD53679 M  MERCI4  MERCI SFH -- Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-23]  
155.40000            KD53679 M 146.2 PL MERCI4  MERCI LGH -- Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-24]    
155.34000            KD53679 M  MERCI1  Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms [F-25]    
162.55000                    M CSQ  Weather [F-26]    
153.83000                    M   Fireground [F-27] (*possible freq)    
458.38750            KD37784 M   Fire: Mobile Extender   
154.44500            KDB493  BM 127.3 PL RED F North  Fire Ops: North    

Skokie Police Department 'Actual Portable Radio Layout'

470.96250  473.96250   **  RM 192.8 PL Norcom APERN  Police: APERN (Mutual Aid) [F-1/2]  FM  Law Talk  
470.78750  473.78750   WIF215  RM 192.8 PL Ncm Ntwrk 21  Police: Dispatch - Network 21 (units 250-399; DB: Norcom) [F-3/4]  FM  Law Dispatch  
470.33750  473.33750   **  RM 192.8 PL Norcom Tac5  TAC 5 (Norcom) [F-5/7]  FM  Law Tac  
470.83750  473.83750   **  RM 192.8 PL Norcom Tac6  TAC 6 [F-6/8]  FM  Law Tac  
470.71250  473.71250   **  RM 192.8 PL Ncm Ntwrk 22  Morton Grove, Niles [F-9]  FM  Law Tac  
470.76250  473.76250   **  RM 192.8 PL Ncm Ntwrk24A  Glenview, Northbrook, Golf [F-10]  FM  Law Tac  
470.66250  473.66250   **  RM 192.8 PL Ncm Ntwrk24B  Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth [F-11]  FM  Law Tac  
470.56250  473.56250   WNBH721  RM 141.3 PL Evan Police1  Evanston [F-12]  FM  Law Tac  
460.47500  465.47500   **  RM 192.8 PL **  Police: Mutual Aid w/ Chicago PD Zone 1 (16/17) [F-13]  FM  Law Tac  
460.37500      **  M  **  Chicago Zone #11 20 & 24th District [F-14]  FM  Law Tac  
460.12500  465.12500   KSJ745  RM 173.8 PL **  Chicago Citywide [F-15]  FM  Multi-Tac  


Police Department - Actual Radio Layout

*Police Radio ID's <a href="">Webpage</a href>
*1-100 Command Staff (Chief, Deputy Chief, Commanders, Sergeants) 101-199 Corporals, Patrol Officers 200-299 Reserved Block of Numbers 300-399 Civilian Personnel (Community Service Officers, Support Personnel) 400-499 Volunteer Citizen's Patrol 800F7-F15 are ITAC Mutual Aid Channels (Repeat & Direct)
857.48750     WNDU769  RMF 023 DPL Whel Police  Police: Dispatch [F-1/2]    
859.23750     WPOY681  RM 432 DPL Whel PD Alt3  Police: Alternate Dispatch [F-3/4]   
856.43750      M 723 DPL Whel PD SE5  Police: Special Event Channel (Direct) [F-5]  
470.33750      KXE717  M 192.8 PL  Police    
476.46250      WPRI421  M 023 DPL  Police (123 DPL?)    
155.47500      KA5825  M CSQ ISPERN CSQ  Statewide Law Enforcement Emergency [VHF-F1]    
155.76000      M 71.9 PL Whlng PD Alt  Police: Alternate [VHF-F2]   
155.05500      KA5825  BM CSQ I-REACH  Statewide Interagency Mutual Aid [VHF-F3]   
155.13000      KSF200  BM 71.9 PL WhVH PD Tac4  Police: Channel 4 [VHF-F4]    
159.79500      M  {Link to} FireCom [VHF-F5]    
159.40500      M  Police: Channel 6 [VHF-F6]    
153.83000      M 69.3 PL MABAS Red  Fireground-Red (MABAS) [VHF-F7]    
154.28000      M 74.4 PL MABAS White  Fireground-White (MABAS) [VHF-F8]
154.29500      M 85.4 PL MABAS Blue  Fireground-Blue (MABAS) [VHF-F9]   
154.26500      M 210.7 PL IFERN  Fire: Statewide Mutual Aid (MABAS) [VHF-F10]Talk  
155.02500      M CSQ ESMARN CSQ  ESDA: Statewide [VHF-F11]   
155.08500      M   {Link to} Buffalo Grove PD Channel 2 [VHF-F12]    
155.11500      M 107.2 PL PHts PD Tac  {Link to} Prospect Heights PD Channel 2 [VHF-F13]  
162.42500      M CSQ  National Weather Service [VHF-F14]    
153.74000      WPCD575  M   Police: (mobiles)  FM  Law Tac  
161.29500      M CSQ CNR Dsp/Mtra  {Link to} Canadian National Railroad - Comms with Dispatcher/Metra    
851.01250      KNNR251  M 156.7 PL ICALL *Futr  800 MHz Calling - Future  

Live Scanners

4/09 - Announcing that is the new website name for the Radioman 911 feed, Chicagoland's live fire and mutual aid radio mix. Please spread the word!
Also see the Media Cook County (IL) article

Trunked Radio Systems

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority - UHF-T (Chicago)

  • TRS Link
  • The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) is a municipal corporation created by the Illinois General Assembly. Its Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago. The MPEA facilities consist of the McCormick Place Complex (McCormick Place South, McCormick Place North,McCormick Place Lakeside Center, and McCormick Place West scheduled to open in July 2006), and Navy Pier. MPEA owns and manages the McCormick Place complex and seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs and expositions in the Chicago area, in an effort to strengthen the local economy. Featuring 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space, McCormick Place is the largest and most successful convention center in the nation. Historic Navy Pier is also owned and managed by MPEA. MPEA is charged with carrying out the recreational, commercial, and cultural redevelopment and operation of Navy Pier, which has become Chicago's most popular visitor attraction. Navy Pier got its start as a shipping and recreational facility and has evolved into a mustsee family destination offering shopping, restaurants and entertainment attractions. By providing state-of-the-art meeting space perfectly suited for small-to-medium trade shows, Navy Pier's amenities also complement the services provided by the McCormick Place complex. All of these elements combine to make Navy Pier Illinois' number one tourist attraction. For the remainder of this document Navy Pier and McCormick Place will be referred to as the MPEA Campus.

The communication system planned by MPEA will provide internal emergency and non-emergency wireless communications for the entire MPEA Campus. The trunked radio network being implemented that is licensed to operate under call sign WQHC531, will utilize the licensed UHF channels for Campus-wide communications. The trunking technology being deployed will relieve the congestion and drastically improve communications. The new system will also have the capability of providing interoperability with the State of Illinois 800 MHz STARCOM statewide network and the City of Chicago’s Emergency Communication network to allow on-scene coordination in the event of an emergency.

From Application I. Extended Implementation Justification

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) respectfully requests an extended implementation of a complex and comprehensive public safety communications system under the FCC Rules and Regulations C.F.R. 47, Part 90, Section 629 for the system currently being implemented under call sign WQHC531. During the course of designing this system Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority determined that, due to heightened level of vigilance and the availability of technology that will improve interoperability with surrounding city, county, state, and federal agencies, additional functionality should be specified; thus, increasing the cost and the time for construction. The system that was originally envisioned by MPEA was a fairly mundane UHF network for internal public safety communications. Internal design reviews of this network raised questions and concerns associated with the inability to communicate with state and local first responder agencies. MPEA and the network equipment supplier researched the various options available and significantly modified the network design. The current design of the system provides interoperability with the State of Illinois 800 MHz STARCOM statewide network, plus the City of Chicago’s UHF emergency dispatch network. The equipment and technical hurdles of linking a UHF network with an 800 MHz network coupled with the intra-governmental agreements that must be negotiated added significant scope and cost to the project; thus increasing the length of time to complete the project. Provided herein is MPEA’s evidence that the project is scheduled and requested on MPEA capital improvement plan and in the best interest of public safety.

5/1/09 - Reported to be no activity on this system.

477.72500 477.75000 477.87500 477.88750 477.93750 477.97500 478.00000 478.55000 478.62500 478.73750

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