These frequencies cover the State College, Pennsylvania / Centre County Region.

Previous version of this page can be found here.
As of April 2011, I have removed many of the frequencies that were previously in the list; PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police have moved to the state-wide OpenSky network and currently cannot be monitored. Much of the local public service traffic is on the Centre County and Penn State/State College trunked systems. As I monitor and verify frequencies, I will add them to this page.


Local Public Safety

 

The public service trunked radio systems in Centre County consist of the County 800 MHZ Motorola SmartNet II trunked radio system and conventional simulcast 800 MHz radio system, and the Pennsylvania State University/State College Borough 800 MHZ Motorola SmartNet II trunked radio system with one conventional 800 MHz remote site channel. The University system has been in place since 1992 and serves Penn State and State College; the County has operated a separate county-wide system since 1998 that covers fire, county government, and other users. Read about the history of the system in this report as well as the proposed upgrade to a new system. 

Local Public Service Trunked System (Motorola analog Type II system)

854.0125
855.2375
856.2625*
857.2625**
858.2625**
859.2625**
860.2625**
856.7125

* - ID channel
** - voice/control

 

These are the main public safety frequencies for the State College area, shared by both State College Borough and The Pennsylvania State University, and are licensed to Penn State. Used by Penn State Police, and workers at recreational events at Beaver Stadium (e.g. football) and Bryce Jordon Center arena (e.g. basketball, events, and concerts) for parking, traffic control, ushers, maintenance, EMS, and food service (and apparently some PSU maintenance). Also used by Centre Co. police.

The control channel rotates randomly between the 857, 858, 859, and 860 MHz channels and generally changes frequency at 11:00 PM (but sometimes changes mid-day). Traffic analysis shows that the 857, 858, and 859 frequencies bear most of the traffic. Morse code ID's occur around  H:57 and H:27 on 856. Digitally encrypted traffic appears from time to time, often on 856.

Units numbered in the 2000's are EMS, 3000's are Centre County police (e.g. 32xx-State College, 34xx-Bellefonte, 37xx-Ferguson Township, 38xx-Patton Township) while 4000 units are PSU.

Trunked radio Motorola talk group ID's include: 0290 (State College Police), 0510 (State College Grounds Dept.), 0470 (University Police), 01B0 (Campus Student Escorts), 08xx and 09xx (Jordon Center), and 0530 (EMS). Details on talkgroups (including Trunktracker ID's) are here. More details on the talkgroups are available on Radio Reference's Web Site

Emergency Trunked System (Motorola analog Type II system)

856.4625
856.9625
857.4625
857.9625
858.4625
858.9625
 

These are the frequencies for the Centre County emergency system, which started operation in March 1999. This system replaced the discrete frequencies used by the fire and EMS services in the county. Monitoring of the system indicates that it handles fire and ambulance, and also relays police dispatches from the Penn State/State College system. 

More details on the Centre County systems are available on Radio Reference's Web Site

Ambulance
463.0   (MED 1 dispatch)
463.025   (MED 2 dispatch)
463.05   (MED 3 dispatch)
463.075   (MED 4 dispatch)
463.1   (MED 5 dispatch)
463.15   (MED 7 dispatch)
468.15   (MED 7 remote)
463.175     (MED 8 dispatch)
462.95   (MED-9 dispatch KDE724)
467.95   (MED-9 remote)
462.975   (MED-10 dispatch)

University Park Airport
122.8             (Unicom)
127.65           (Automated weather)
134.8/272.7   (Approach/departure via New York ARTCC, Philipsburg)
118.55     (Clearance delivery via New York ARTCC)
114.9       (Tyrone Vortac w/ CW ID "TON")
115.5       (Philipsburg Vortac w/CW ID "PSB")
116.0       (Keating Vortac)
151.49      (Data from meterological sensors along the runway)

Mid State Airport
122.9 (Multicom)

Cleveland ATC Center
119.725
121.2
121.4
124.4
128.45
132.2
133.07
135.17

New York ATC Center
118.55
124.9
128.575
132.175
132.2
133.15
133.5
132.875
134.8
135.75
272.7
306.2


Amateur Radio Repeaters
(- /+ designates repeater input frequency offset)

Altoona
146.61- (K3IML)
442.1+ (NU3T)

State College
145.45- (K3EZS)
146.76- (K3HKK)
146.85- (W3YA)
147.57 (packet simplex; W3YA BBS)

Carrolltown
146.775- (KA3ZYC)

Blue Knob
147.15+ (K3OIH)

Huntingdon
146.70 (Northern Huntingdon Co.)
146.31 (Southern Huntingdon Co.)
These repeaters were reported to be linked.


Railroad

Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad
160.59 (local short line)

Conrail
160.56
160.8       (road)
160.98
161.13


Transportation

Centre Area Transporation Authority (CATA) Buses
452.675
452.85


Last revised 4-19-2011