Metter – A few weeks ago, I came across something interesting while looking through the FCC database: 700 MHz trunking frequencies licensed to Candler County: 769.10625, 769.80625, 770.60625, and 771.33125 under license WRBT983. Shortly thereafter, I began hearing some Candler County related activity on the SEGARRN system that is used by Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, and Liberty counties (and also has a site in Bulloch County). Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a ride up to Metter and check things out. I found that the frequencies licensed under WRBT983 are definitely a SEGARRN site; 771.33125 is the control channel and the site ID is 02C5-0108. Both in the Savannah area and while I was in Metter, I only heard law enforcement related traffic – no fire or EMS related traffic. For that reason, I’m sorry – but I can’t post any talkgroups I heard (for those not familiar, I don’t post law enforcement related information due to the nature of my employment). Should I start hearing some fire/EMS related traffic I’ll definitely pass it on. If you’re in the Savannah, Pembroke, Statesboro, or Metter areas, put your trunk tracking scanner in search mode and I’m sure you’ll come about them quickly enough.
I wonder if this means we’ll see Bulloch County make another try to transition from their old SmartZone system to the SEGARRN at some point in the future? Surely Motorola isn’t going to support the older equipment forever and with most of the surrounding agencies on the SEGARRN, it could force their hand.
Food always goes good with radio and I had a great meal at Bevrick’s Char House Grille in Metter near where I found a nice shady spot under a lakeside pear tree to monitor the new Candler County SEGARRN site. Bevrick’s is a steakhouse type restaurant alongside a lake just off of I-16 Exit 104 in Metter. The prices are pretty good, the view of the lake is good, and the food I had was excellent. I tried the “Junkyard Chicken,” which is a grilled chicken breast smothered with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and peppers, jalapenos, and diced tomatoes. There are a number of good restaurants in Metter just off of I-16 including Jomax BBQ and Papa Buck’s BBQ and I’d definitely add Bevrick’s to that list. Any of the three are good places to stop if you find yourself around Metter and meal time.