The Key West feed is down. Its DSL pair must have gotten a surfeit of H2O yesterday with the rain storms training over Key West. I hope to get it repaired by the end of the weekend.
If Sol comes out and dries it out before then it might come back on its own, who knows?
Further investigation reveals that the Navy's Regional Dispatch Center in Jacksonville, Florida began an upgrade to their dispatch center in 2012 that continues through 2013 and beyond. The RDC currently dispatches for six installations including NAS Boca Chica/Key West, NAS Jacksonville, NS Mayport, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, and NAS Meridian.
The downside to this is that instead of hiding out in rinky-dink Key West and only hearing calls for the island, you get to hear fire and rescue calls for the Navy's whole southeast region, so it makes the NQX system a whole lot busier even though I'm only monitoring the fire and important talkgroups on that trunked system.
From monitoring the networked talkgroup I have determined the following unit number series in use:
200 - Mayport
500 - Meridian
900 - Key West
I'm tracking what I hear on one of the many Radio Reference wiki pages for this system.
Apparently as the technicians are working on the radio system they are dispatching for a 20 minute window via hotline telephone and reserving that conventional frequency above for emergencies only.
Bote's Mixer Board has the EMS detail traffic, although it's quiet right now. Bote's Wild Feed isn't very wild, with the usual lineup of all 3 Fort Lauderdale police districts, plus BSO 7A which is Oakland Park, Lauderdale Lakes, and the wild, wild, west of unincorporated Fort Lauderdale. The air show police traffic is not very interesting, just a lot of administrative b.s.
I don't know what programming error caused the scanner to stop tracking it and I haven't figured out what change caused it to work again, but I'm not arguing with success at this point. It works.
If it breaks again, I'll figure it out then.
As before, it normally will scan the NQX fire talkgroups and a few unknown ones that I am trying to identify. If there is a military exercise I might open it up in an attempt to identify mystery talkgroups. Since the air base is 10 miles out of Key West while Truman Annex and b.o.q. facilities are in town, it is good to monitor since sometimes Key West fire and rescue run onto their property. I have seen Navy fire apparatus screaming through Old Town running from one facility to another across the island, which is what prompted me to add this system to the feed in the first place.
On Saturday from about 09:00 to 17:00 the Maroone MS 150 Bike Tour takes bicyclists down Card Sound Road to Key Largo Park at the 99 milepost.
Then on Sunday morning the bicyclists retrace their route back to Dade County, leaving at 06:00 during which time traffic should be lighter.
Stay tuned to Bote's Southernmost Feed for all the festivities.
Quantum Racing sets sail this week in Key West with a regatta featuring races all week long.
I have opened up the bank with the marine chit-chat channels since they seem to be running the races on channels 71-74 so far.
You might commercial fishermen whining about this, that, and the other and some conversations in Spanish by Cubans running close to Key West. This traffic is not interesting which is why I keep that bank locked out typically.