Scanner Radio

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Jefferson County Scanner Frequencies[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Jefferson County police, fire, EMS is transitioning to a trunked system, many of these frequencies may be or have been phased out and are now on the trunked system.

To listen to the trunked system online go to the Jefferson County NY Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed site by clicking here.

The newest updated Jefferson County Scanner reference is here.

As of February 2022 many of the below still are valid, many are not.


  • * 1 * WATERTOWN POLICE * 155.01 * * * *
  • * 2 * WATERTOWN FIRE * 154.4 * * 44 * CSX RAILROAD * 161.07 *
  • * 3 * WATERTOWN FIRE -- FIREGROUND (low power) * 154.31 * * 45 * LEWIS COUNTY SHERIFF * 155.19 *
  • * 4 * GUILFOYLE AMBULANCE * 155.4 * * 46 * ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE * 154.355 *
  • * 5 * AMBULANCE TO HOSPITAL * 155.34 * * 47 * ST. LAWRENCE CO. SHERIFF * 155.115 *
  • * 6 * JEFFERSON SHERIFF (& N.Y. STATE POLICE) * 154.755 * * 48 * NYSP--TOWER -- ITEM REVIEW * 154.905 *
  • * 7 * NYSP BASE TO CAR * 155.505 * * 49 * OSWEGO COUNTY SHERIFF * 155.25 *
  • * 8 * NYSP CAR TO BASE * 154.920 * * 50 * OSWEGO COUNTY 9-1-1 * 153.995 *
  • * 9 * NYSP CAR TO CAR * 154.665 * * 51 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 852.5125 *
  • * 10 * NYSP CHANNEL 4 * 155.565 * * 52 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 852.4375 *
  • * 11 * JEFF. COUNTY FIRE DISPATCH * 46.18 * * 53 * ODWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUBLIC SERVICE * 852.0875 *
  • * 12 * COUNTY FIRE CH 2 * 46.22 * * 54 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 852.0375 *
  • * 13 * COUNTY FIRE CH 3 * 46.08 * * 55 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 851.6875 *
  • * 14 * COUNTY FIRE CH 4 * 46.40 * * 56 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 851.6375 *
  • * 15 * COUNTY FIRE CH 5 * 46.04 * * 57 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 851.6125 *
  • * 16 * JEFF CO HI-BAND FIRE/EMS PAGERS * 157.45 * * 58 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 851.4625 *
  • * 17 * BROWNVILLE REPEATER for JEFF.CO. FIRE/EMS * 151.775 * * 59 * OSWEGO COUNTY TRUNKED PUB. SVCE * 851.1375 *
  • * 18 * CLAYTON REPEATER for JEFF.CO. FIRE/EMS * 152.285 * * 60 * WATERTOWN AIRPORT * 123.0 *
  • * 19 * NATIONAL GRID * 153.725 * * 61 * FORT DRUM AIRPORT TOWER * 118.75 *
  • * 20 * NATIONAL GRID * 153.515 * * 62 * FORT DRUM AIR APPROACH * 128.25 *
  • * 21 * NATIONAL GRID * 153.575 * * 63 * FORT DRUM AIR APPROACH/DEPARTURE * 126.2 *
  • * 22 * WATERTOWN D.P.W. * 159.18 * * 64 * STATE PARKS / WESCOTT BEACH BASE * 151.4 *
  • * 23 * NYS DPT. TRANSPORTATION * 47.40 * * 65 * STATE PARKS POLICE * 159.39 *
  • * 24 * NYS DPT. TRANSPORTATION * 47.22 * * 66 * STATE PARKS POLICE * 156.12 *
  • * 25 * DEPT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION RANGERS * 159.435 * * 67 * STATE PARKS POLICE * 159.195 *
  • * 26 * DEPT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION RANGERS * 159.465 * * 68 * JEFFERSON CO. HIGHWAYS * 37.90 *
  • * 27 * D.E.C. REPEATER INPUT * 151.43 * * 69 * JEFFERSON CO. HIGHWAYS * 37.92 *
  • * 28 * NYS FOREST RANGERS * 151.2 * * 70 * LAFARGEVILLE RACETRACK - OPERATIONS * 151.625 *
  • * 29 * NYS FOREST RANGERS * 151.25 * ....... * 71 * LAFARGEVILLE RACETRACK - ONE WAY RADIO TO DRIVERS * 454.0 *


  • * 30 * NYS FOREST RANGERS * 151.28 *
  • * 31 * SEAWAY TRAFFIC ADVISORY * 156.65 *
  • * 32 * US COAST GD BROADCASTS * 156.8 *
  • * 33 * CANAD'N COAST GD B'CASTS (PRESCOTT) * 156.8 *
  • * 34 * CANADIAN COAST GUARD * 161.9 *
  • * 35 * U.S. COAST GD- CH 21A (AIRCRAFT OPS) * 157.05 *
  • * 36 * U.S. COAST GD- CH 23A (AIRCRAFT OPS) * 157.15 *
  • * 37 * COAST GD--CH 22A * 165.71 *
  • * 38 * COAST GUARD- CH 81A * 157.05 *
  • * 39 * COAST GUARD- CH 82A * 157.125 *
  • * 40 * COAST GUARD- CH 83A * 157.175 *
  • * 41 * COAST GUARD - COMMAND, OPS * 162.325 *
  • * 42 * MARINE CHANNEL 16--EMERGENCY * 156.8 *
  • * 43 * MARINE CHANNEL 9 RECREATIONAL/HAIL * 156.45 * * *
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  • * * JeffCo EMS has switched from "BLS stable/unstable" and "ALS stable/unstable" to the newest version of Emerg. Medical Dispatch (EMD).


**For a great reference to all Jefferson County Fire Department, Watertown City, EMS, Police, STAR Team, Ambulance, etc identifiers go to this reference site**.



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  • * * Police Codes

AC (Action Codes) - Used by Watertown Police and Jefferson Sheriff


1 - Crime Report

2 - Accident Report

3 - Vehicle Report

4 - Supplemental Report

5 - Arrest Report

6 - Crime-Arrest Report

7 - Accident-Arrest Report

8 - Accident-Arrest-Vehicle Report

9 - Accident-Vehicle Report

10 - Animal Report

11 - Bicycle Theft Report

12 - Incident Report

13 -

14 -

15 -

16 - Unable to Locate Victim

17 - Unable to Locate Complainant

18 - Unable to Locate Vehicle

19 – CP (Complaining Party) States No Cause-Accidental Alm.

20 - Defective Alarm - All Ok

21 - No Cause, Unfounded

22 - Referred to Other Police Agency

23 - Civil Case No Police Agency

24 - Utility-Private Agency Ref-Notif.

25 - Family CT-Soc. Agency Notif-Re.

26 - Directed Traffic

27 - Vehicle Disabled Will Be Moved

28 – UTT (Universal Traffic Ticket) or Parking Ticket Issued

29 - Vehicle Moved by Owner

30 - Check Suspicious Vehicle-Person All Ok

31 - Missing Person Returned Before Report entered

32 - Routine Illness

33 - Suspect Agreed to Desist

34 - Dispersed-Sent Away

35 - Gone on Arrival

36 - Services Rendered*

37 - Special Check Completed All Ok

38 - Matter Adjusted

39 - Assisted Another Unit

40 - Assignment Cancelled

41 - Verbal warning at a Vehicle stop


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File Codes Used by all agencies; a "File 6" is the most common type


1- Stolen vehicle

2- Motor vehicle info

3- Emergency reports

4- Wanted: Hit & Run

5- Wanted or Escaped person

6- Missing Person

7- Wanted: Burglary

8- Wanted: Robbery

9- Property lost/stolen

10- Stolen property

11- Wanted: Assault

12- Wanted: Homicide assistance

13- General PD info

14- Orders & Admin messages

15- Request for info

16- Lost/stolen plates/reg

20- Criminal Investigation

24- Legal bulletins

25- Miscellaneous bulletins

27- Weather fallout report (Problems after a severe storm)

28- Road/weather conditions

29- Computer stats report

44- Test Messages *

1192 - Intoxicated, DWI


Common Local Ten Codes

10/4 - Okay

10/7 - Out of Service

10/8 - Back In Service

10/19 - Returning to Station

10/20 - Present Location

10/100 - Bathroom or other Break


  • * *** Syracuse Fire Department Main Scanner Frequencies * * 153.950 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Fire Department - F-1 (Dispatch) *** * 154.415 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Fire Department - Input to 153.950 *** * 154.190 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Fire Department - F-2 (Fireground) *** * 154.145 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Fire Department - F-3 (Unit-to-unit) *** * 453.300 * * *
  • * **** Syracuse Police Department Main Scanner Frequencies * 460.475 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-3 (North/East) *** * 460.375 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-4 (South/West) *** * 460.325 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-1 (Control) *** * 460.350 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-2 (Data) *** * 460.425 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-5 (Criminal Investigation) *** * 460.250 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-6 (Supervisors) *** * 460.200 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - F-7 (Special Investigation) *** * 155.370 * * *
  • * * Syracuse Police - Statewide Police Channel *** * 460.500 * * *
  • * ***** NY STATE POLICE


Fulton was added to Zone 3 (Headquartered in Oneida) in a realignment. The special Interstate 81 unit (3D-7 cars), are also relatively new.


NYSP also works on the sheriff’s department frequency in a ‘’closest car available’’ program.


NYSP CAR NUMBERING


3D-1 ZONE 3 COMMANDER


3D-10 to 3D-19 WATERTOWN BARRACKS CARS


3D-21,22 ADAMS SATELLITE CARS


3D-25,26 PHILADELPHIA SATELLITE CARS


3D-33 - LOWVILLE CAR


3D-30, 35, 37 CARTHAGE SATELLITE CARS


3D-45, 46, 47 HASTINGS SATELLITE CARS


0THER 3D-4_ CARS ARE PULASKI STATION CARS


3D-5_ FULTON STATION CARS


3D-6_ ALEXANDRIA BAY STATION CARS


3D-7_ INTERSTATE 81 UNITS FROM EITHER ORLEANS, PULASKI OR WATERTOWN INTERSTATE PATROL OFFICES—THESE ARE SEPARATE FROM OTHER STATIONS. WATN’S IS NEAR THE WATERTOWN CENTER EXIT S-BOUND


3D-8_ ARE K-9 UNITS


3D-98 & 3D-99 - Boats on St. Lawrence (the # after the D is special purpose vehicles, 9 are boats)

Any ”P” unit is a New York State Prisons vehicle, CR for Corrections, CV for Civil. Seldom used.

Scale Units numbers are unknown


ZONE 5


5D-_ _ - Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Cars


Zone 7 Parks & other agencies


Other agencies which use the State Police radio service are designated as 7D units with two digits if they are a state agency such as Park Police, who also use the Sheriff's freq. but use their 7D-## call numbers when doing so: 7D-10 through 7D-21

7D-50 = State Parks boat


DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) also uses state police radios from time to time. The units are designated as 7N-6## units as Jefferson County is in DEC Region 6


Villages that use SP Radio are 7D-3# units, or may use county numbers:

Adams - 7D-301, 302

Carthage - 7D-310, 7D-311, 7D-312

Clayton - 7D-305

Lowville - 7D-330, 7D-331

Pulaski - 7D-340

West Carthage - 7D-345, 7D-346

Sackets Harbor - 7D-380

US Border Patrol unit 451 - 7D-511


Amateur Radio Space Station Contact

Contact/Listen to The INT’L Space Station on HAM Radio

MONITOR 145.8 and 437.8 mHz

ISS 437.800 MHz cross band FM repeater activated

The ISS radio transmits signals at 145.80 MHz and receives signals at either 144.49 or 145.20 MHz, depending on its orbital location.

The ISS is in a very low orbit and so is only in range 5 or 6 times each day and then only for a maximum of 10 minutes on the best orbit. This means you need to make sure you're listening at the right time to hear it.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/index.cfm

SIMPLE HOMEBUILT ANTENNAS PLANS

Any piece of metal is an antenna of some sort, but for scanning you want to be a bit selective. The main antenna length to concentrate on is 18 inches, which centers in the most-used frequency range of 153 to 156 mHz (for police, fire, ambulances, etc), marine and federal frequencies. For lower frequencies (county fire, aircraft), a longer antenna is needed. For higher frequencies, a shorter antenna. UHF (460-470 mHz) antennas are generally 6", 800 mHz antennas are 3" for a straight wire, but honestly--my experience is that experimentation is key for 800 mHz scanner reception: I find that an 18 whip antenna picks up 800 mHz transmissions much better than a 3" antenna if you are within 10-15 miles of the transmitter. Any farther away, and 800 mHz signals are very difficult to pick up with any consistent quality with any antenna. The 18" also does pretty good for UHF frequencies if there are any at all to pick up where you are.

A PIECE OF WIRE In case you lose your rubber ducky antenna that came with the scanner, even you can do this. The most simple antenna is a piece of wire 18" long. You'll get good results, even on the county fire frequencies if you're close to Watertown. The trick is to get it connected to the tiny little antenna pin in the center of your scanner's antenna plug. BE CAREFUL--if its big wire, file it's size down to a small size so that you don't bend the heck out of the tiny silver connectors that are in the hole inside the white soft plastic part in the center of the antenna connection, which is called a BNC terminal.

For this--or any quickie antennas--you can go to RadioShack or another electronics store get a BNC connector that coax will screw into. These are very handy.

Most commercial scanner antennas are designed to cover all popular radio bands, but if you decide to make your own, need a small one for travel in hotels or at someone else's home, or need a very small one for apartment living, here's a few simple ideas:

COAX QUICKIE The wire used to connect an outside antenna to your radio is "coaxial cable" or coax for short. coax is also used for cable TV. Try to get a few pieces of coax from RadioShack place or from a radio repair place or from one of your own antennas. Try to get solid conductor coax.

If you don't have a BNC connector, just carefully insert the center conductor into the little hole in the center of the scanner's terminal.

Trim the outer rubber insulation off of about the last inch of the coax. Then slice through the last half inch of the silver braided silver shield and the white insulation to expose the copper conductor. The coax should now screw on to the BNC conductor, which will attach to your scanner. To make sure there's a connection, unscrew the coax from the BNC connector and tune in your NOAA weather station. When you screw the coax back in, the signal should get stronger and cleaner if there's a good connection., and if you get the Canadian NOAA station (162.4), you're all set!

Now, on the OTHER end of the coax, cut off 18" of the outer black insulation at the end of the coax, and then slice through the braid lengthways. Leave the white insulation on the center conductor. Peel the braided shield down along the black rubber insulation and tape it in place. That 18" of center conductor is your antenna; the 18" of braid forms a very basic "dipole".

The coax can be run out of a window or door to the outside--the higher the better. Fasten it up or sling it over a tree branch or whatever--having the antenna elements vertical gets the best results.

"F" ANTENNA Think of the capital letter F lying on its back. First, prepare the wire to go into the BNC connector as above. Then strip the black and the white insulation off of ten inches of the end of the coax. Solder or fasten one 18" and one 36-to-48" piece of wire to a piece of wood or plastic, about 7-8 inches apart if possible. Solder or fasten the center conductor of the coax to these pieces of wire, and run the shield along the piece of wood or plastic, making sure it doesn't touch the two antenna wires or the center piece of coax. That'll give you two separate antennas--for VHF-hi and VHF-lo frequencies--with a rudimentary dipole. Fasten it up as high as you can or over a tree branch; the antenna elements should be vertical for best results, either facing up or down--it doesn't matter. *

Text written by Scannerman.