Scanner Frequencies for Rocky Mount, NC

Local

Government 🚑 🚒 🚓

162.475 NOAA Weather Radio
154.43 Nash Co Fire & EMS
155.34 Nash Gen Hospital
156.24 Edgecombe EMS
155.22 Edgecombe EMS Talk Around
156.16 Edgecombe Fire
154.10 Wilson EMS
154.98 Wilson Fire
156.225 Wake Co EMS Dispatch
155.58 Franklin Co EMS
154.19 Holly Springs Fire

Uncertain

155.625 ???
453.625 ???
170.15 ???

Amateur Radio

147.18 Ham Rptr
145.21 Ham Rptr, Skywarn
147.27 Ham Rptr
147.09 Ham Rptr
146.88 Ham Rptr

Aircraft 🛫

122.300 RWI Clearance
132.225 RWI High VHF
135.300 RWI Low VHF
123.050 Unicom
118.475 RWI RCAG
118.875 RWI Weather Conditions
133.825 ???
124.425 ???
119.35 ???
120.75 ???
118.825 ???
126.875 ???

Railroad 🚂🚃

160.29 RM Yard?
160.59 CSX Road 1
161.10 CSX Road 2
161.55 CSX RM Yard
161.37 CSX South End Dispatch

Business

452.00 Daughtridge Gas 🔥

National

Aircraft 🛩

121.50Emergency
122.75Air-to-Air

Amateur

146.52FM Simplex 2m
446.00FM Simplex 70cm
52.525Primary FM Simplex 6m
29.60FM Simplex 10m

FRS / GMRS

1462.5625
2462.5875
3462.6125
4462.6375
5462.6625
6462.6875
7462.7125
8467.5625
9467.5875
10467.6125
11467.6375
12467.6625
13467.6875
14467.7125
15462.550
16462.575
17462.600
18462.625
19462.650
20462.675
21462.700
22462.725
23467.550
24467.575
25467.600
26467.625
27467.650
28467.675
29467.700
30467.725

MURS

1151.82MURS 1
2151.88MURS 2
3151.94MURS 3
4154.57Blue Dot
5154.60Green Dot

Info

Above are frequencies for your typical police scanner radio for the Rocky Mount, North Carolina area. Most of the local frequencies have been verified as still working as of October 2023. You can find more frequencies listed on other websites, but most are no longer in regular use, except I have not included frequencies here that I cannot currently check, so there certainly are more frequencies that you can hear outside of the normal scanner bands.

I think most law enforcement and some of the other local government activity (and even some ham traffic) has moved to the trunked NC VIPER system, which I imagine requires a trunking scanner or maybe good SDR to hear, but some dispatches and emergency communications can still be heard on VHF. For more information on VIPER, try the following websites.

NCDPS.gov
Radio Reference

To pick up more activity, consider changing the location of your scanner or antenna, placing it near a window for example, or maybe connecting it to a better or different antenna such as a rooftop TV antenna, which makes a good directional wideband UHF and VHF antenna. A good ground connection might also help some radios. Be sure to avoid sources of interference such as laptops, phone chargers, and other electronics.

Reference

ITU Band Names

MF300 kHz - 3 MHz
HF3 - 30 MHz
VHF30 - 300 MHz
UHF300 MHz - 3 GHz
SHF3 GHz - 30 GHz

Ham Bands

2 Meters(144-148 MHz)
70 Centimeters(420-450 MHz)
6 Meters(50-54 MHz)
10 Meters(28-29.7 MHz)
1.25 Meters(222-225 MHz)

The 2-meter ham band (144-148 MHz) is one of the more interesting bands to check out on a scanner because you get to hear real conversations instead of quick messages of codes and ailments and such. Some of the repeaters are on transmitter towers used by major TV stations, and 2 meters propagates well and just works, so I think you can hear some of the ham repeaters in this band for 40 or 50 miles without much effort on your end.

Repeaters on towers allow for longer range communication, but "simplex" frequencies are used for communication without a repeater in cases where the local repeater frequencies are unknown or an operator chooses not to use them for whatever reason. 🤨

FRS / GMRS

FRS is for Family Radio Service, a modern alternate to CB radio and old-fashioned walky-talkys, used by businesses and individuals without a license. While CB is around 27 MHz, FRS is in the 460s of MHz.

GMRS is the acronym for General Mobile Radio Service, which is for licensed use by businesses. It shares some frequencies with FRS but allows more power and bandwidth. More bandwidth means more of the high frequencies are reproduced, which usually means more clarity. (But more bandwidth with antennas means more frequencies can be received well.)

See Also:
📻 Radio Guide for Rocky Mount
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