Saturday, December 26, 2009

Toledo Police Christmas Broadcast 2009

I have posted an Audio Log file from one of Toledo Police's Christmas Eve 2009 Broadcasts. There is a link to the file in the Selected Activity Library ( on the Audio Logs page.

The following broadcast is a Toledo Police tradition:

[Alert Tones:] "Attention all cars and listeners. Be on the lookout for a short jolly individual dressed in red and trimmed in white, who is constantly saying 'Ho! Ho! Ho!'. Subject was last seen operating a sleigh being pulled by eight reindeer, southbound from the North Pole. This subject's method of operation is that he spreads joy and cheer everywhere. If this subject is observed, all units are advised to assist this subject as much as possible. If found, this subject will bring you happiness all year long. All the members of the Toledo Police Division, the operators of the Communications Section, and this officer would like to wish all our listeners a very Merry Christmas. WNCE682 and KTS670. It's Christmas Eve 2009."

[Followed by a radio response in reply to Officer James Ogle's broadcast:] "It's good to hear your voice Jimmy."

Direct Link: 12/24/2009 - Toledo Police - Christmas Eve 2009 Broadcast (1.7 MB)

See the following articles from the Toledo Blade "Just like Santa Claus, TPD dispatcher delivers" ( and WUPW "Christmas Eve police tradition" ( for more information.

Audio Log from Oregon FD House Fire

I have posted an Audio Log file from Christmas Eve's house fire in Oregon Ohio. There is a link to the file in the Selected Activity Library ( on the Audio Logs page.

This file contains 20 minutes of fire ground audio from the Oregon Fire Department operations starting at 11:30 AM and through 1:00 PM during the day of Thursday, December 24th, 2009. Firefighters from Oregon FD Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3 responded to the historic 170-year old Johlin house at the 3900 block of Corduroy Road in the City of Oregon.

Direct Link: 12/24/2009 - Ohio, Lucas County, Oregon FD - House Fire (9.0 MB)

See the following article from WNWO "Johlin Winery family home spared after fire" ( for more information.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Radio Shack holiday Scanner sales

While this year's Radio Shack holiday Scanner sales don't include any of their digital scanners, and these sales have not been as exciting as last season, they still have some decent discounts. Radio Shack is offering $50 off three handheld analog scanner models and you may find some discount codes for additional savings.

PRO-137 Racing Scanner: $79.99
PRO-164 1000-Channel Handheld Scanner: $149.99
PRO-107 Handheld iScan Trunking Scanner: $179.99

"Sale valid until 01/02/10"

The most interesting model is the new GRE built PRO-107 Handheld iScan Trunking Scanner. This model is analog only and won't cover the Toledo/Lucas digital system, but this scanner still could be a good choice for those in other areas. It provides a fresh and revolutionary design that offers ease of use and flexibility, as well as simplicity of operation. The included memory storage card holds programming information for all analog frequencies and trunking systems in the entire US based on information from the Radio Reference database. It will be exciting to see some of these features incorporated into possible future models. Hopefully a Digital iScan is on the horizon.