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Posted by GJM (+23) 14 years ago
As everyone knows many many many folks own scanners and if you don't you should get one, it's really quite a riot listening to it. The other evening playing cards listening to the scanner came up that someone had blocked the door so the mail truck could not unload or get in. Most of the time the city police would have ticketed the car and had it towed. Not this time they ran the plates and it belonged to our own county commissioner Mathison...whom the police went to the parkplace and found to move his car....if that would have been a hadicapped zone what would happen would they go in the store to find you to move your car? Notta wouldn't happen..so why this time? Or is it because it's Christmas? Aren't laws for everyone or just city people. Or does Mr. Mathison pay extra taxes to park there. Oh that will open a whole new can of worms.............. :confused
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1390) 14 years ago
Great observation. Why make exceptions? A law is a law and should pertain to all people otherwise we ALL might as well do as we wish anytime.
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 14 years ago
Got news for ya. Mathison hasn't been a commissioner since the last election. Mathison chose not to run and Gary Matthews has his position now.
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Posted by Van (+563) 14 years ago
Ya but he still drives around town with his grand kids standing on the seat next to him. No seat belts or car seats.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17668) 14 years ago
No car seats?!? The man deserves jail time.
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Posted by BLT (+86) 14 years ago
We don't have this problem in Glendive. They scramble the transmissions from the police. Anyway who cares about the doughnut runs or dog calls
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1431) 14 years ago
BLT, I think that's the point... if you didn't have a trunked system but could, instead, more easily listen to broadcasts - you'd probably be surprised at how many *other* things go on in one's town, beyond doughnut runs. It's usually quite surprising to most folks when the start hearing the goings-on.


I'm an avid RX'er, have been for years, but I can't say that I'd ever want to publicly post details of what I hear.

...opens up all sorts of worms in all sorts of cans.


Around here, we have excellent RX'ing... Nascar, Air Force, Airport Tower, the usual city services (police, fire, dispatch, air ambulance, etc.), trucking, local news remotes, etc.

My current favorites are a couple of pizza delivery dispatchers, and a couple kids in the neighborhood who have the MOST EXCELLENT 10-year old, or thereabouts, radio program! Just a couple of kids with walkie talkies and desire to broadcast their "variety" show.

(I'm partial to their army-man adventures).

[This message has been edited by Dan Mowry (edited 12/18/2007).]
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 14 years ago
Anybody on the forum into Ham radio? I got a technician license 10 years ago for my senior project in college and haven't touched it since but I just renewed my license and in the course of doing so realized that they had removed all of the morse code requirements for all levels of license so now you can get any level of license just by studying and passing the test. I think that was a smart move since learning morse code was what kept a lot of people from wanting to get into amateur radio.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11902) 14 years ago
There is an active ham radio club in Miles City. Gene Larson, among others, is involved.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10031) 14 years ago
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 14 years ago
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 14 years ago
That's the way, Hal. The most intelligent post on this thread, so far.
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Posted by Kate (+90) 14 years ago
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Posted by howdy (+4949) 14 years ago
For the rest of us, here is a translator to help you figure it out.
http://morsecode.scphilli...lator.html

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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10031) 14 years ago
Binary speak . . . cool ;-)


Levi,

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Posted by Duncan Bonine (+282) 14 years ago
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Posted by Bob L. (+5100) 14 years ago
Nerds.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10031) 14 years ago
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Posted by Duncan Bonine (+282) 14 years ago
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Posted by howdy (+4949) 14 years ago
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 14 years ago
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Posted by howdy (+4949) 14 years ago
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Posted by Kate (+90) 14 years ago
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Posted by Bucky 2 Fingers (+32) 14 years ago
anybody with enough time can transcribe Morse Code from our alphabet to printed Morse code. The real operators can send it by hand and receive it by ear in real time. Most Morse code characters are sent by the Farnsworth method which is 18wpm character spacing . Dashes are 3 times as long as dots and there is a 3 charachter spacing between words and spacing between letters only shorter. Numbers, Letters, and punctuation all have characters. The standard for Morse Code is the International Code , which is differant than American code or Rail Road Code. It was standardized so everyone the world over can talk. Also, there are characters with no spacing between the letters that mean certain things to shorten the amount of time to relay the message. For intance the letters " QRM, QSB, QRL, all mean in order ; man made interferance; signal fading; is this freq busy; and the list goes on & on. . Most people can learn code with practice, the same way you get to Carnegie Hall, pratice , pratice, pratice. however nearly everyone hits a plateau at 10wpm and struggle to get above that level. once over it, with use you can easily get to 22 to 25wpm or more. I am an Amateur Radio Operator is why I seem to know alot about this. I rarely use a microphone as I find the people on CW as we call it are nicer and the better operators as far as protocall. I rarely go a day without using it and sometimes in the morning on weekends I just listen to it with headphones while surfing the internet. It just kind of makes a background noise until I hear something interesting and then I start to pay attention or participate. Anyway thats my 2 cents worth.
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Posted by howdy (+4949) 14 years ago
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Posted by Big Dave (+439) 14 years ago
That's easy for you to say.
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Posted by howdy (+4949) 14 years ago
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Posted by poisonspaghetti (+286) 14 years ago
Police scanners are great until you're sitting around some night and hear the description of your own kid getting arrested.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1431) 14 years ago
...or hear your own license plates being ran because you're parked seven inches away from the curb? ha ha


D'oh!
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Posted by Chris Peterson (+166) 14 years ago
My favorite was the broadcast feed of the Cowboys homecoming football game. Newbees are a hoot when they think the mike is off.
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Posted by David Schott (+17439) 14 years ago
...or hear your own license plates being ran because you're parked seven inches away from the curb? ha ha

Must've been Officer Mike King...
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1431) 14 years ago
As a matter of fact - it was Officer King.
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Posted by Chris Peterson (+166) 14 years ago
That brings back some memories. It was no fun to be on a first name basis, albeit the reason I drive responsibly now. A sucessful lesson learned.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1431) 14 years ago
I'm happy to say that Scott Jens (CCDHS) is probably the best reason I, at 38 years old, have a spotless driving record and no accidents. /knock on wood/

Excellent driving instructor.

I think, had I run into problems with over-zealous police officers back in the day, I probably would have said "screw it" and been less careful. But, I always wanted to do Mr. Jens proud.
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