Correct me if I am wrong, but is the 155.340 mhz. frequency supposed to be monitored by every hospital in the United States? During recent license checks, I was informed by 2 local hospitals that they have special letters exempting them from this, thus putting the outside services coming to their facility out of luck if they need to contact them.
"Supposed to"? I know of no such requirement. I believe that the frequency was simply set aside for hospital hailing back in the 1960s. In our area, I doubt that they have the .340 equipment functional any more, as hospital communications are either done on the 800 mhz system or by cellular phone.
They don't maintain MED9 and MED 10 in the UHF band any more either.
Right that's old school, I remember having that on a trucks radio in the late 90's, the radio was a huge dusty brick and the mic was a telephone receiver with a PTT switch, awww the good old days........
That is my bad then. I was always told that it was a national standard. Thanks for clearing that up.
In New Hampshire, 155.340 (No PL) is the open HEAR (Hospital Emergency Access Radio) channel and is used by all hospitals. In the cities, there is a PL added for the hospitals to keep the chatter down. So, EMS here still uses it. In Mass. everything goes through a regional CMED radio system - you call them and they patch you into a hospital on a different freq. I have no idea what those freqs. are though.
We still have that channel in our trucks. During the hurricanes we talked truck to truck more effectively on them than on any of the new stuff. During regular times in our area one of the local hospitals uses it to talk to their ground transport units. We are able to speak with Lifenet's helicopter that is based just north of us in another state as well. The state of La. requires this frequency on all medic units. It is the HEAR here as well. I don't know how many of you recall having to dial in the number with the rotary dial and then it went to the push button style before it went away totally. I do believe it is part of the homeland security disaster preparedness protocol now as well for us to have this in our units.