December 21, 2012

Burke County Also P25 Ready

Someone was kind enough to report in that Burke County VIPER user radios are now P25 capable.

Always appreciated.

December 19, 2012

Catawba Ramping Up For P25

Got informed that Catawba County VIPER radios are to be programmed for P25 the first part of December.

No word given the county as to when a system transition will take place.

Great to have some news to pass along and things are moving along.

December 18, 2012

More On Brunwick's Delay

Another news article about Brunswick County's frustration getting fire departments up and running on VIPER.

"Brunswick Fire Departments Waiting To Use Million-Dollar Radio System"

(Thanks M.A. for passing this along!)

December 05, 2012

New Newsletter Explains P25 Delay

A new edition of the VIPER Newsletter is available.

It details funding issues that are stalling P25 upgrading and new site builds.

Much appreciated since it explains what seemed to be a halt in the project.

December 04, 2012

VIPER Project News Update

VIPER website has updated.

Gives some insight into where things stand now.  Great to see!

November 01, 2012

Huff And Puff

High Windy site in Buncombe County had its tower toppled by the recent Hurricane Sandy.

VIPER techs are scrambling to restore microwave linking disrupted by the loss of this tower.

NCSHP has already been granted temporary FCC authorization for a MW path between the Tryon Peak and Spindale sites.

October 19, 2012

Been Quiet

Apologize for the lack of posting lately on this blog.  There just hasn't been anything to report.

Got word that new sites in the western part of the state are being worked on.

Mostly routine maintenance taking place systemwide.

September 19, 2012

Franklin Fired Up

The Franklin WT (water tower) site in Franklin, Macon County has gone live.

868.7625 primary control channel and 867.9750 alternate.

September 16, 2012

Southport Signal

Brunswick County is dealing for the meantime with VIPER coverage issues in Southport.

September 08, 2012

Carthage Gets VIPER Money

The Town of Carthage in Moore County is receiving a state grant for VIPER radios.

August 15, 2012

Mint Hill

In Mecklenburg County, Mint Hill has been brought online.

868.4375 PCC and 868.1250 ACC.  Site 55, Zone 2.  MINTHL

VIPER acquired the former Town of Mint Hill 800 MHz system.

August 11, 2012

Pelham Update

Got the scoop on the Pelham site in Caswell County.

It's site #53 in Zone 2, C123.

Has PCC of 868.4375 with ACC of 868.1250.  Callsign is WQPS846.

May have been a delay getting it on air since a special temporary authorization was granted just this past week.

(Thanks David H. for passing along this activation news!)

August 07, 2012

Dobson Knob

Dobson Knob in McDowell County is now part of the VIPER family.

868.8625 MHz for the primary control channel with an alternate of 868.2500 MHz.

Has the site number 48 in Zone 4 and its site alias is DOBSON.

July 24, 2012


The Pelham site in Caswell County has been brought online.

It's located northwest of that community near the NC/VA state line.

Could not determine from currently available FCC licensing as to the operating frequencies.

Been a while on new start ups!

Word is out that in a couple of months things will be hoppin' again, though.

June 01, 2012

Welcome To Welcome

Welcome site in Davidson County has gone live.

Brings the active VIPER site total to 191 now.
Based on current FCC license data, control channel should be 868.5625 with 867.3875 as alternate.

May 10, 2012

Great News

Word is out that funding has been secured to complete the full current VIPER build-out and the P25 9600 conversion.

Full steam ahead!

May 09, 2012

Murphy Live

Murphy VIPER site in Cherokee County has been brought on system.

May 07, 2012

Still Here

Has been quite a lull in digging up interesting VIPER tidbits.

One thing being noted though.

Sites all over are gaining an additional sixth channel.  As well as some frequency changes.

April 12, 2012

Two New Activations

Nash DOC in Nash County and Louisburg in Franklin County are now part of the VIPER system.

March 28, 2012


The Lexington site in Davidson County active now.

Puts total system sites at 187 online.

UPDATE: Is on PCC 868.5000. ACC 867.9000  Zone 2, site 33. Alias is LEXING.

March 27, 2012

Rockingham Remedy Funded

Rockingham County has approved expansion of VIPER channel capacity in the county.

March 22, 2012


Bolivia in Brunswick County has been activated.

Not sure on frequencies since the license data didn't look right.

Interesting side note.

This site was relocated from the original planned one at the nuclear power station. Needed access to the facility was not feasible.

UPDATE:  868.8750 PCC & 868.3750 ACC.  (Thanks D.Y. for correcting my search oversight!)

Viking Mtn.

Viking Mtn. in Madison County is active.

868.3375 PCC
867.2000 ACC

Locust Knob

In Mitchell County there is now a Locust Knob VIPER site active.

Site #21 in Zone 4.

868.7500 primary control channel with alternate of 867.7875.

March 20, 2012

Valdese Fire Wants Viper

Valdese Fire Department is seeking purchase of VIPER radios to replace soon to be obsolete radio system.

The town of Valdese is located in Burke County.

March 16, 2012

Southern Pines

Newly activated is the Southern Pines site in Moore County.

868.5125 PCC and 868.1125 ACC.

UPDATE: Site is 52 in Zone 1 with an alias of SOUPIN. (Thanks D.C.!)

March 09, 2012

Brunswick Fire VIPER Grant

Brunswick County fire departments get VIPER radio money.

March 01, 2012

VIPER Sweeps Nash

VIPER was put to task in a recent law enforcement operation in Nash County.

February 29, 2012

Stumpy Point

Stumpy Point in Dare County has been activated bringing the VIPER system total to 182 sites now.

Control frequencies should be 868.9125 Pri and 867.4250 Alt.

February 10, 2012

Crowders Update #2

PCC is 868.8750 and ACC is 868.2750 for the Crowders VFD VIPER site.

Courtesy of a real helpful source!

Added: Alias is CRWDRS

Crowders Update

Crowders VFD in Gaston County is site #52 in Zone 2.

Slowly but surely getting it locked down.

(Thanks to the folks who passed this along!)

February 09, 2012


Crowders VFD site in Gaston County can be added to the active list.

Working on getting its details.

February 06, 2012

Deep Gap

The 180th VIPER site, Deep Gap in Ashe County has gone live.

In Zone 4 it is site #35 with the alias DEEPGP.

PCC is 868.9125 with ACC  867.9375.

February 01, 2012

Mt. Jefferson

In Ashe County, the Mt. Jefferson site has come to life.

CC is 868.6125 in Zone 4 with site number of 24.

January 19, 2012

Cherokee Complications

The VIPER Murphy site has run into some legal hassle.

Seems the county owned property the tower is on has some use restrictions being enforced by the previous land owner.

(Thanks J. P. for passing this along!)

January 12, 2012

Gaston Gossip

A little something to take up the news slack.

Some installation activity is taking place at the VIPER Crowders #1 VFD site in Gaston County.

Don't have specific details, but would suspect it's microwave stuff.

Thanks to the person(s) who passed this along!

January 03, 2012

In Person

NCSHP has been given FCC/FAA approval to erect a VIPER tower south of Roxboro in Person County.