Friday, November 17, 2023

New Lake County Illinois Fire Call Monitoring on OpenMHz

 A Lake County Illinois fire feed was discontinued late summer when the equipment was taken down, which resulted in a less than comprehensive approach to monitoring fire calls in Lake County, Illinois.

The address was ...

A new and improved feed, discovered on Thursday, November 16, 2023, has popped up on OpenMHz, and includes VHF as well as Starcom 21 transmissions on 800 MHz and 700 MHz

The new feed includes Northwest Central Dispatch System, which includes communities from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Barrington-Countryside, Inverness, and Palatine -- communities that border Lake County or are within Lake County.

Waukegan is included on VHF. 

Lake Zurich and Wauconda are included on Starcom.

The new feed is also a good feed because it is not overload with too many frequencies and talk groups as of November 16, 2023.

The new address is ...

NOTE: Feeds can be discontinued without notice or updates from

Saturday, November 4, 2023

New Lake County/Fire: Dispatch 4 - Countryside, Libertyville, Mundelein

A new Talk Group appeared for Lake County/Fire: Dispatch 4 - Countryside, Libertyville, Mundelein as Lake County Quad 4 fire agencies switch from VHF to Starcom21. The fire agencies still dispatch the first message for assignments, but additional communications can only be heard on Starcom21.

The Talk Group became available in October 2023 on (behind a paywall).

On Friday night around 9:00 p.m. it was noted that the feed was not distributing communications that were occurring during a crash operations near the Mundelein Metra Station at 205 North Archer.

Here the feed's link, which does not drill down to the precise feed. It only refers to the "Coverage by Location and Service Type" listing for the United States and Australia. Link is provide for the general referral and the the title of the Talk Group ...

[33452] Lake County/Fire: Dispatch 4 - Countryside, Libertyville, Mundelein

Remember this link is behind a paywall that is available from Broadcastify.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

OpenMHz RED Center Stopped Feeding Wednesday Morning, October 4, 2023

OpenMHz Red Center Stopped Feeding Wednesday Morning, October 4, 2023 at after 5:08 a.m. No other information available about the feed at this time.

OpenMHz RED Center

Broadcastify RED Center North and South feeds also not available ...

159.66000 (Fire Dispatch: North) Group Calls - Live

This group was last seen: 2023-10-04T06:44:50-05:00  (5 hours ago)

156.13500 (Fire Dispatch: South) Group Calls - Live

This group was last seen: 2023-09-30T14:06:08-05:00  (4 days ago)

Monday, September 25, 2023

RED Center Acting Ops 25

RED Center is in Acting Ops 25 announced at 9:51 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2023. Announced on 159.66 MHz.

Don't know that that is.

RED Center New Digital Frequencies

 North repeater 159.6600 NAC $925 and the South 156.1350 NAC $47B.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

OpenMHz Returns in Service on December 23, 2022 After an Outage

OpenMHz was back in service  after an outage at 8:17 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2022. Archived records before 8:17 p.m. remained logged, but were not re-connected to any audio. The outage may have been caused by an SSL issue with a third-party service, but this was not confirmed.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

OpenMhz Malfunction: No Audio, Website Skips Rapidly Through Audio Message Entries

SUN DEC 18 2022 --, beginning around Friday, December 16, 2022 has had a technical problem that skips through each audio segment and plays no audio.  The website is logging audio entries, but not playing audio. The malfunction is a reproducible error on Google Chrome, Safari, and iOS.

The error might be caused by an SSL issue affecting a third-party host that servers audio files.