Columbia County (PA) Public Safety Scanner Feed

What makes this feed better?

  • Alpha tags are available to help identify what you're listening to. You must use a player capable of decoding and displaying the alpha tags, such as Scanner Radio (Android/iOS), Winamp (Windows), or iTunes (Windows/OS X).
  • An outdoor antenna is used to improve reception. Many of the county frequencies are not repeated, which makes them more difficult to receive. This feed is able to receive mobile radios from beyond the Luzerne County line to nearly the Montour County line along Route 11 and the Susquehanna.
  • Fire dispatch priority. If there is a fire dispatch toned out it will interrupt all other radio traffic. When this occurs you will hear a short alert tone to notify you that priority traffic will follow.
  • No activity, no sound. A high-quality audio interface is used to capture scanner audio, preventing background noise that is constantly present on most scanner feeds.
  • Scanner audio is processed to improve speech clarity and normalize volume levels. Frequencies outside of the human vocal range are also removed, to further reduce background noise.

Important: You may notice some distortion when listening to this feed at maximum volume on a phone or tablet. Reduce the volume level slightly and the distortion will go away.

Known Issues

  • RESOLVED: Alpha tags do not update or updates are delayed by several seconds
  • RESOLVED: Intermodulation causing occasional interference
  • RESOLVED: Scanner Radio on Android occasionally repeats one second of audio when alpha tags are present on a feed (fixed in 4.2.5.1)

Notice a problem not listed here? Let me know!

Changelog and News

9/28/2014
  • Enabled fire dispatch priority. If there is a fire dispatch toned out it will interrupt all other radio traffic. When this occurs you will hear a short alert tone to notify you that priority traffic will follow.
9/21/2014
  • Resolved audio issues
9/18/2014
  • Re-added tone squelch to the following, to avoid interference:
    • Bloomsburg University PD Simplex
    • Scott Township
8/28/2014
  • Removed System / Department from alpha tags to reduce the chance of triggering the Scanner Radio repeating audio bug
  • Removed "Mobile Ops 5" due to interference from an unknown system
  • Re-added tone squelch to the following, to avoid interference:
    • Briar Creek Township (interference source: Lackawanna County - Dunmore Borough PD)
    • County EMA (interference source: multi-county TRBO TRS)
    • North Centre Township (interference source: Lackawanna County Zone 2 PD)
8/26/2014
  • Broadcastify updated metadata interval system-wide for more frequent alpha tag updates
  • Removed tone squelch from all frequencies to avoid missing the beginning of some transmissions
8/15/2014
  • Installed notch filters at 152.5MHz and 162.5MHz to eliminate intermodulation
8/13/2014
  • Removed STARnet Interop channels on 851.4375, since they seem to be used primarily by PennDOT
8/12/2014
  • Switched feed to Uniden BCD536HP
  • Added the following frequencies, to evaluate reception and usefulness: 
    • BUPD Simplex (155.0400)
    • Bloomsburg Fire Police (154.1750)
    • Bloomsburg Fire Ops (154.2050)
    • Espy FD (153.8450)
    • Lime Ridge FD (159.0225)
    • North Centre Township (154.8150)
    • Scott Township (155.1000)
    • South Centre Township (155.8350)
8/4/2014
  • Installed new antenna to improve reception of Bloomsburg PD and mobile/portable units