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I am a Police Dispatcher. This duty involves answering 911 Calls from St Louis City Residents and dispatching Police Officers on 911 Calls . I work the 'Night Watch' or the Night Shift.  My job is simple.  Its all about helping people when their lives are turned upside-down.  911 brings help.   You can get an idea of what I do by watching the TV show called:  CALL 911 on the Discovery Investigation Channel.   Very cool program.  And very accurately describes what I do everyday at work.  Try watching the ONLINE episodes if you can't watch the program on Friday nights.  William Shatner had that Rescue 911 show a couple of years ago.  Of course, you can always watch COPS too.   OF course COPS centers its attention more on the cops side of the job, rather then the 911 side.  The 911 side can be very very exciting.

I am a volunteer of the St Louis County Police RACES/SKYWARN. Meetings on-air on 146.940 (141.3Hz) - 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.

I recently moved out of St Louis City. I was a City Slicker for the first 36 years of my life ; living in several apartments on the South Side of the City.  I am now a St Louis County resident and a new homeowner. No more renting. Ah, the freedom from renting...

 

My primary interest in hamradio is shortwave/HF.   I do not have any HF transmitters, Yet, but I do have my fair share of shortwave radios (most of those do have SSB modes). I also have (2) new short-to-medium length wire antennas in my backyard. Shortwave/HF got me into hamradio originally, and its still my primary interest to this day.

Recently, I have been monitoring PSK31 using Digipan. And using CW Skimmer & Hamscope to monitor some other modes.  And on the last week of March of 2009 ; I got a DVDONGLE and am now on D-STAR with plans to get a IC-91AD soon.    UPDATE:  IC-91AD is on its way to me.  

My work at 911/Dispatch puts me on digital radios every single day as we use Motorola P-25 (APCO-25) IMBE digital audio on a trunk radio system.  We use motorola xts-5000 handheld radios along with motorola mcc-7500 elite dispatch terminals.  Here is a surprise for you.  The IMBE digital-audio we use at 911/dispatch is NOT as good as the AMBE used for hamradio's D-STAR.  Surprised by this?  I was too.  Our D-STAR radios sound better than the Motorola MCC-7500/XTS-5000 series radios on a digital p25 trunk radio system. 

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