Welcome to the Missouri/Kansas Scanner Radio Website! We hope that you will find your visit both enjoyable and informative.
Missouri/Kansas Scanner Radio is a resource dedicated to radio communications and public safety scanner hobbyists across the bi-state region. Inside, you will find quite a bit of useful information that should help you get the most out of the radio scanning hobby. Whether you're just getting started or have been involved in the hobby for many years, we're confident you'll find what you're looking for.
Most of our web pages are arranged geographically (usually by County) and contain public safety frequency listings and trunked radio system information. If you would like to learn specific details about the area(s) you're monitoring, head on over and check out our wiki project.
Everyone is welcome to submit radio frequencies, trunked radio system/talkgroup data, web links, and other information by visiting our support area.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the website!
2019 Year-End Updates
We hope 2019 was a great year for all of you! It sure was one crazy, busy year for us over here with goings on in our personal and professional lives (probably even worse than last year). As such, website updates/maintenance weren't as frequent as we would've like them to have been. Life happens, and that takes priority over maintaining the website. We will try to do a better job of staying on top of things in 2020.
Our goals for 2020
- Rollout the upgraded wiki: This has been a work in progress since the end of last year, and we thought it would be completed by early 2019. Clearly it didn't happen. We've been working at it little by little throughout this past year, and it's about 75-80% complete. It will most likely be rolled out in the next two months.
- Content management system (Joomla Upgrade): We will be upgrading our Joomla content management software to version 4 sometime in 2020. For those familiar with Joomla, we're currently using version 3 (3.9.14 to be exact). Version 4 was supposed to be out in late 2019 and they kept pushing the dates back. As of this update, they are currently Alpha testing version 4, and it should be moving to beta soon. The stable release should be available by Spring 2020. Once they release it, we'll proceed with installation and start working on the platform. Version 4 will have tons of new features on the front and back ends to provide a much improved experience for everyone. We'll also be changing the overall look and feel of the website and adding a new template. As we've done in the past, we'll choose 3-5 templates and afford users the chance to vote on which one(s) they like best. Once the majority has spoken, we'll put everything in motion and deliver the upgraded website.
Kansas City Metropolitan Area radio system updates (MARRS P25 System)
- System-Wide: Plans are in motion to create a 2nd set (or 2nd "Zone") of Regional Common talkgroups. Zone #1 has been around since the system initially came online back in 2009. Zone #1 includes talkgroups such as REG COM 3 through 14. These talkgroups have been and will continue to operate in clear, unencrypted voice. Zone #2 will introduce a mix of encryption-capable ("select" encryption) and fully secure ("hard" or "strapped" encryption) talkgroups. Radio programming should commence soon and Zone #2 should be rolled out in early 2020. Please click here to view the updated REG COM talkgroup assignment template.
- Encryption deployment and new system updates (by County and/or City):
1. Cass County
Cass County is currently converting all encryption-capable radios from ADP software encryption to AES. All law enforcement talkgroups will continue to be hard-encrypted. Some law enforcement common talkgroups will be in the clear, some won't. Fire departments will continue to operate in the clear as far as dispatch talkgroups go. Only a few select fire tactical/fire common talkgroups
will be hard-encrypted.
2. Kansas City, MO
KCPD is expected to move to full AES encryption at some point (timeline for the transition is currently unknown). Right now, they're operating with DES encryption in "select" mode. It is our understanding that they will be ordering new mobile/portable radio equipment to replace their aging Harris radios. Once the new radios arrive, the AES conversion will take place. It is anticipated that KCFD will continue to keep all dispatch/fireground talkgroups in the clear. Only certain fire chiefs and fire investigators have encryption-capable radios.
3. Clay County, MO
Clay County Sheriff's Office: Dispatch and most tactical talkgroups are currently operating with DES encryption in "select" mode. Only a few other talkgroups are hard-encrypted. No updates are presently available concerning future encryption plans (if any), however, we anticipate nothing will change.
Claycomo PD and Pleasant Valley PD: Pleasant Valley PD field radios (both mobiles and portables) currently don't have encryption capabilities. They're considering adding AES in the future. PVFD encryption plans (if any) are unknown. PVPD's dispatch console is encryption capable with both AES/DES. Claycomo PD portable radios are currently enabled for "select" encryption.
Liberty: No updates are available at this time.
Excelsior Springs: Excelsior Police and Fire have fully cutover to the MARRS P25 system. Primary dispatch talkgroups are currently operating in the clear. PD most likely has a few hard-encrypted talkgroups available for use. Excelsior PD/Fire dispatch can be heard on both their local MARRS site and the KCMO MARRS simulcast site.
Gladstone: Gladstone PD is currently operating with DES encryption in "select" mode on their primary dispatch and "TAC 1" talkgroups. "TAC 2" is hard-encrypted. Fire talkgroups are operating in the clear. Information concerning future upgrades is unavailable at this time.
North Kansas City: NKC PD is currently operating with DES encryption in "select" mode on their primary dispatch, "TAC 1", and "PD OPS" talkgroups. "TAC 2" and a few others are hard-encrypted. Fire talkgroups are in the clear. Information concerning future upgrades is unavailable at this time.
4. Jackson County, MO
Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Deputies are currently operating with ADP (hard-encryption) on their primary dispatch channel and several of their "Ops" talkgroups. We haven't heard if they intend to complete the AES conversion or not. Municipal PD dispatch and City PD car to car talkgroups are currently in the clear. Additional information is unavailable at this time.
Lee's Summit: MARRS P25 transition is in the works. PD/Fire should be coming online sometime in early 2020. We're unsure about encryption plans at this time. The city is interested in dynamic transcoding. Lee's Summit is expected to be P25 Phase II.
Independence: IPD is currently converting all radios from ADP encryption to AES. This process should be completed by January 2020. All IPD talkgroups will remain hard-encrypted. We're unsure if this will extend to IFD. They will begin working on microwave and router upgrades after the encryption conversion is completed.
Raytown: No updates are available at this time.
Grandview: No updates are available at this time.
5. Platte County, MO
Platte County Sheriff's Office: New portable radios have been purchased and delivered, and the agency is working on a code plug. AES encryption will be added to all field radios (for use on the tactical talkgroups). The dispatch consoles don't have encryption capabilities. All dispatch talkgroups are currently operating in the clear. It is unlikely any additional changes will occur. Platte County will also begin working on microwave upgrades in 2020.
Riverside: Riverside PD is currently operating with DES encryption in "select" mode on their primary dispatch and "TAC 1" talkgroups. "TAC 2" is hard-encrypted. PD plans to stick with the "select" encryption for now, but they may re-evaluate the decision at a later time. Riverside FD currently operates in the clear. Unlikely any changes will occur on the Fire side.
6. Johnson County, KS
Microwave upgrades are in progress. Only law enforcement/fire tactical channels are hard-encrypted at this time. It is unknown if they intend to add more encryption in the future. Most of the individual cities have "Secondary" or "Information" law enforcement channels, most of which are hard-encrypted, however, all primary law dispatch talkgroups are in the clear.
7. Wyandotte County, KS
KCK and Countywide: Wyandotte County will be converting all law enforcement radios from ADP encryption to AES in early 2020. All law enforcement dispatch and most tactical talkgroups are currently hard-encrypted. No changes to this arrangement are expected. It is unknown if KCKFD and other FDs will make any changes as far as encryption goes (all Wyandotte County FDs are currently operating in the clear). All KCKPD chiefs have encryption capabilities for "conference" calls and investigative purposes.
That's about all we have for now. We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a safe beginning to the New Year!