Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Dormont PD moves to Allegheny County Dispatch 

This is a posting from the TRAMA group. Thanks to Frank, K3FSS, for the info.

Dormont PD has gone to Allegheny County 911 as of 0000 today. They are now on 460.500 PL 131.8, and using unit #19--. This now leaves Mt.Lebanon Police as the sole agency on 460.200 PL 131.8. They are now the odd men out when it comes to communicating to their assisting agencies.

I am not 100% sure what has become of the fire department. I will post when I can confirm.

It looks like Mt. Lebanon has intentions of running South Hills
through the end of the year. I have no idea who will be left on there.

Mt. Lebanon police are rumored to be going on county 911 after the end of the year. The frequency the South Hills agencies will use for police is yet to be determined as rumor has it that Mt. Lebanon will not allow the county to use 460.200. Mt. Lebanon holds the licenses to all freqs used by South Hills Regional Dispatch (even the new ones that South Hills applied for).

What freqs the fire departments are going to use are up in the air as well, for quite possibly the very same reasons.

Things will be getting interesting in the South Hills area, and
probably other areas of the county for the next few months. Keep an ear out for agencies moving to new freqs as the county gets settled in.

Hope all had an enjoyable holiday,
Frank K3FSS

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Searching the web 

Everyone who owns a computer that is connected to the Internet knows what Google is. The search engine that started out life as a research project has become such a force in the on line world that it even is a recognized word in the dictionary. If you spend more than a few minuets a day on line you know how to “Google” for something.

If you have ever “Googled” you know that putting in a one or two word query can produce literally thousands of links in the time it takes you to get your hands off the keyboard. Much as with other search engines that preceded it learning how to google has become somewhat of an art form. If your search terms are too broad you can spend minuets or hours sorting through all of the web links that are produced looking for that one page that you had in mind when you started. If on the other hand your search terms are too narrow you will get either “ 0 results found for foobar” or a few pages to search through but not the one you are looking for.

Now how would you like to go one better? A small high tech firm here in Pittsburgh has developed a technology that not only searches the web for pages that contain the terms you are looking for but then sorts and categorizes the results for you. The output of the search can be impressive indeed. The search engine is called “Clusty” and you should wander over to their site and give it a try. Just for fun put “ham radio software” in the search box and see what you get. Once you see how it works I'm sure you will find it useful.

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