Winnebago County (IL)

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Winnebago County

Winnebago County 911/ETSB

Winnebago County Fire/EMS

* Common Radio Frequency Allocation Template:

  • FIRE 1 - Rockford City (151.175 Repeater D074)
  • FIRE 2 - Rockford City (155.73 Simplex D073)
  • FIRE 3 - Rockford Rural/Suburban Depts (secondary) (154.235 CSQ on Base 210.7 on Mobile)
  • FIRE 4 - Rockford Rural/ Suburban Depts (primary) (154.190 CSQ on Base 210.7 on Mobile)

Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

  • Website
  • WRDQ517 769.28125, 769.53125, 769.78125, 770.53125, 771.03125 trunked P25 repeaters (tower @ Rockton Township Highway Department Garage, Rockton). This will be a site in the STARCOM21 system. (7/2019)
2740.000  WQEY410  F  Winb SD Bomb Sheriff: Bomb Unit (Remote Control Robot Bomb Disposal)
  • Sheriff now licensed for 155.565R (was Rockford PD W Control 3 WQJ478 Expired]
  • WQSJ342 - 436.000 for Recon Scout (Bomb Robot)

Winnebago County Government

  • 465.000 WQFS761 BP RB NrsHome River Bluff Nursing Home: Paging (Rockford)

ESDA / Amateur Radio

Skywarn: 147.195
Rockford Amateur Radio Association: 146.610 *Website

RockCom Dispatch

RockCom (located at Javon Bea Hospital) provides 24- hour, 7-day-per-week dispatching services for the Durand Fire Department, Shirland Fire Department, Metro Ambulance, Pecatonica Fire Department, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department, North Park Fire Department, Loves Park Fire Department, Rockton Fire Department, and South Beloit Fire Department. RockCom has been dispatching EMS agencies in the county for more than 30 years (in 2021).


Regional Medical Center Information

Rockford has three major regional trauma centers with two medical helicopters serving all of the following Northern Illinois Counties: Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. All UHF Med Channels are also used for inbound patient reports by Rockford Fire Department and helicopters along with below.

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center (Rockford)

  • 163.2500 B Paging Data KNIG642
  • 460.8875 M Telemetry Data (license expired 2011) WNVI339

UW Health Swedish American Hospital and Medical Center

  • Central and Downtown
  • 462.75 Base/Pagers FM Data WNZL333

Presence Saint Anne Center (Rehab and Long-Term Care, Rockford)


  • Rockford Memorial Hospital (Rockford Health System) merged with Mercy Health System in 2015 to become Mercyhealth. Mercyhealth operates two hospitals in Rockford: Javon Bea Hospital - Rockton (the former Rockford Memorial Hospital) and Javon Bea Hospital - Riverside. FCC licenses are still in the name of "Rockford Memorial Hospital".
  • 464.950 RM (NFM) for Hospital Ops/Disaster WQMM715
  • 462.925 Repeater (NFM) KUX800
  • A June 2018 video shows a Mercyhealth REACT helo crew member carrying a Motorola portable (possibly an XPR-6550?). Possibly used for crew-to-crew comms, maybe for dispatch comms as well? Radio would be capable of both analog and MotoTRBO (DMR) modes.

EMS Agencies

ATS Medical (Rockford)

  • 155.34 M MERCI-1 First Responder for regional trauma center WQDC352

FHN Memorial Hospital (Freeport)

Lifeline Ambulance (Rockford)

  • licensed to St. Anthony Medical Center KNNN798

Mercy Ambulance Service Inc. (Rockford)

  • 155.34 Mobiles MERCI1 Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms WQJI784

Metro Medical Services, Inc (Ambulance, Medicar)

  • 463.525 repeater - Metro Ambulance WNHJ244
  • 152.3 (repeats 157.56) and 152.345 mobiles (NFM) WPZI277
  • 155.22, 155.34 and all UHF MED Channels (mobiles) WNSA631

Municipalities and Districts

  • Rockton Township Highway Dept - 151.01 Base/Mobile (NFM) WQPM299
  • Durand Township Highway Dept - 153.8225 20-50wt Mobiles (NFM) WQSI569

Greater Rockford Airport Authority


Blackhawk Fire Protection District 159.10500

Cherry Valley

Cherry Valley Fire Protection District 154.220


Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District

  • WQYY534 for unknown use
    • 453.6125 18wt Base/Mobile (NFM) at Harlem Roscoe Fire Building in Roscoe
    • 453.5250 18wt Base/Mobile (NFM) at Norman Ave in Machesney Park
    • 453.1500 18wt Base/Mobile (NFM) at Harambe High School in Machesney Park

Hillcrest (Village)

  • 956.25625 SENSUS Water Data 12K (at New Milford) WQPP748

Lake Summerset Association

  • Website
  • Police by Winnebago County Sheriff; Fire by Durand FPD

Loves Park

  • Police dispatched on Sheriff C2 155.19 156.7 PL (now P25 Encrypted)
  • Loves Park Fire uses 154.43

New Milford

  • Police by Winnebago County Sheriff

New Milford Fire Protection District

North Park

North Park Public Water District

  • 952.01875 8K85A1D / 2K00A2D (at Machesney Park) WPUX891

North Park Fire Protection District Remote Receive/Transmit Links (RF)

  • Main Repeater - link os 460.5875 and 465.5875 out. Located at the water tower in Loves park.
  • Backup Repeater - link is 460.625 in and 465.625 out and is located at NPFD 600 wood ave. Machesney.
  • Both Repeaters Receive 154.325 and retransmit on either repeater output

(465.5875 or 465.625) to St Anthony hospital in Rockford IL and is controlled by St Anthonys.

So at all times .."MedCom" at St Anthonys can hear 154.325 on either tower sight by listening to 465.5875 or 465.625 and respond using 460.5875 or 460.625 to output 154.325.

Dispatch is located a few miles away from the fire district therefore.. A UHF link is needed for dispatch. They have 2 Receive sights for redundancy.

Northwest Fire Protection District

  • Serves an unincorporated area around Rockford

Pecatonica (City)

Pecatonica Fire Protection District

  • Dispatch by RockCom at MercyHealth - Rockford

Rockford (City)

Rockford Fire Department

Rockford Public Works

  • 160.155 Base/Mobile, Mobiles on 159.57 and 159.66 (NFM) WQCE412

Rock River Water Reclamation District

  • 3/12 - Modify KUV552 to DMR

Rockford Park District

  • Mobiles on 457.5625, 461.4125, 461.5125, 466.7375, 461.8125 (20-2wt NFM Voice/Data) for Public Golf Course WQRY275
  • 151.4675 repeater with 155.9775 (NFM) for Parks and Recreation Education Center WQPW850
  • Mobiles on 467.4375, 466.4125, 461.4625, 466.5375, 461.6875 (NFM Voice/Data) WQQR724

Davis Park at Founders Landing is a seven-acre outdoor venue along the Rock River that is owned by the City of Rockford and is maintained by the Rockford Park District, operated by Centre Events

Rockford Police Department

  • Looking to upgrade to using Starcom21 radios News Article
  • 8/10/09 - Rockford PD will be switching to Starcom21 digital radios this week More Info

Metro Enforcement Website

  • They contract with Rockford Police and have full Police powers of arrest at City housing projects, events, malls and various property management contracts. They carry firearms. Fleet of marked and unmarked Ford CVPIs.

Their PRIMARY DISPATCH/Freqs in Rockford are as follows:

  • 461.6750 (466.6750 Input) DPL464 NFM Metro Enforcement Dispatch F1(Portables) WQJA499
  • 461.6750 (Simplex) DPL464 NFM Metro Enforcement T/A F2 (Portables) WQJA499
  • 153.2075 (158.4375 Input) PL179.9 NFM Metro Enforcement VHF F1 (Car 2 Car - Mobiles) WQUE226

Radios are Vertex Standard VX-829 UHF Portables.

Interestingly enough, the callsign, WQJA499 , cancelled in 2018, only licenses this freq for Chicago (they run a 662DPL on the same pair in Chicago) - however they use it out here in Rockford, too - just with a different PL. Interesting ????

This information was confirmed as of 6/30/15.

Old Frequencies

151.17500  155.85000  KNBG360  RM 156.7 PL  Rkfd PoliceE  Police: East - Old     
155.56500  156.04500  WQJ478   RM 210.7 PL  Rkfd PD Old   Police: East Old 
                                                          (Control 4)
155.73000  158.91000  KNBG361  RM 156.7 PL  Rkfd PD CW    Police: Citywide/Traffic 
                                                          (Control 5) - Ol 
155.85000             KNBG360   M 156.7 PL  Rkfd PD C2C   Police: Car-to-Car 
                                                          (Control 8) - Old  
156.15000             WQJ478   RM 156.7 PL  Rkfd PD S/T   Police: Surveillance/Tactical 
                                                          (Control 7) - Old  

154.57000 	   	WNXZ599 M 85.4 PL Rockford Public Library: Operations [Expired 12/11] 	 
453.05000 458.05000  	KNEU786 RM	Rockford HsAuth	Housing Authority [Expired 2/14] 
453.22500 	   	KNAR517 M       Rockford Metro Centre Authority [Expired 1/12] 
453.52500 	   	KNAR517 BM 203.5 PL Rockford Metro Centre Authority [Expired 1/12] 
458.52500 	   	KNAR517 M	Rockford Metro Centre Authority [Expired 1/12]   

Rockford Fire Department

Current active frequencies for Rockford FD
FIRE 1 - Rockford City (151.175 Repeater D074)
FIRE 2 - Rockford City (155.73 Simplex D073)
FIRE 3 - Rockford Rural/Suburban Depts (secondary) (154.235 CSQ on Base 210.7 on Mobile)
FIRE 4 - Rockford Rural/ Suburban Depts (primary) (154.190 CSQ on Base 210.7 on Mobile)


  • Police: 159.1725 Repeater with 156.09 (DMR) WQPK658

Rockton Fire Protection District (154.8525


South Beloit

  • Fire may use 154.31 118.8 PL to communicate with Rock County Fire (Wisconsin)

West Suburban Fire Protection District

  • Serves an unincorporated area around Rockford


Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

  • Serves Winnebago, Burritt and Seward Townships


  • 151.925 Luther Academy at Gloria Dei [Cancelled 3/02] FMN WPKL437
  • Sunrise Inc - Transportation of Special Needs Children: 461.75 Repeater (Rockford) WQB761

Harlem Board of Education

  • 462.175, 462.200, 463.200 mobiles - Harlem/Machesney Park/Loves Park (NFM) WQES894
  • 463.975 Repeater at Harlem Middle School (at Loves Park) added 2017 WQGS437
  • 460.8500 repeater - Machesney Park (NFM) WPKW736

Hononegah High School District 207

  • 154.515 Base/Mobile, 152.42 Repeater with 157.68 input; 29-5wt mobiles on 151.775, 151.715, at High School in Rockton (NFM) WPVU763
  • 5/23 - add 152.33 Repeater with 157.59 input; add 152.465 Repeater with 157.725 (DMR) WPVU763

Lena Winslow CUSD 202

Pecatonica School District 321

Rockford Schools

Rockford Board of Education

  • 154.515 Repeater with 160.125 input, 159.81 Mobiles (NFM at Eisenhower Middle School) {{Callsign|

Rockford Area Board of Catholic Education

  • for several schools for Security/Maintenance - 467.875 65-2wt mobiles (NFM) WQVE232

Legacy Academy (Rockford Private School)

  • 151.745 Mobiles (DMR at Winnebago) WQNC392


Rock Valley College (Rockford)

  • Website
  • 3301 N. Mulford Rd - 461.4375, 461.65, 463.4 Repeater (NFM/DMR) WPXV861 for all
  • 100-portables on 461.5375/466.5375, 463.625/468.625, 464.175/469.175
  • 4151 Samuelson Rd - 464.175 Repeater
  • 6045 Cessna Dr - 451.65 Repeater
  • 3350 N. Bell School Rd - 463.625 Repeater
  • 3301 N Mulford Rd - 451.65, 464.175 Repeater
  • Portables on 461.7875, 461.9375, 462.1625, 463.2625, 463.3375, 463.5625, 463.6625, 463.7625, 463.9125, 463.9625, 465.775 for Maintenance / Repair / Construction Ops WNPG938

Rockford University

  • 463.8375 - 20-40wt voice NFM for Emergency Siren System WQYL350


Chicago/Rockford International Airport [RFD]

  • Formerly the Greater Rockford Airport and The Northwest Chicagoland Regional Airport at Rockford. (Greater Rockford Airport Authority)
  • Airport Website -

Codes and Unit Lists

Related Links and Wiki Pages

Note to other users

Just a warning to other RR users out there, anything put into the wiki or Winnebago or Boone County Databases will most likely be taken and posted on a website called Rockford Scanner without giving credit to the author. Rockford Scanner has also sent in a lot of inaccurate submissions to the database. Because of this, most of the info you see in the Winnebago County database is wrong. For those who do not know, Rockford Scanner is the reason multiple local law enforcement agencies have gone to encryption due to safety concerns brought out by Rockford Scanner. Rockford Scanner encourages harassing first responders, especially law enforcement by being sovereign citizens to the first responders. Rockford Scanner also encourages viewers/site victors to video tape any first responders doing their duty and email it to them. Do not send anything to Rockford Scanner. (Rockford Scanner's username is WX9RLT, [RR Fourms Link])