Using the raw FCC data
If you want to work with the raw FCC database files:
- You will need database software such as Microsoft Access or MySQL.
- You can write your own software to parse the data. I use a mish-mash of batch files and the free Microsoft C# Express to do this.
Sorry, I don't give out my software. I am actually doing you a favor.
For the daily updates go here:
Daily Transaction Files
This page has a rolling week of daily updates to the database. It is updated daily around Midnight - 1 AM Eastern.
The date under the link will tell you if it has been updated. I download overnight Saturday to get a full calendar week (Sunday to Saturday).
To download the full database go here:
These files are huge and are updated weekly.
I use four categories:
Land Mobile - Private
Land Mobile - Commercial
Land Mobile - Broadcast Auxiliary
Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground
If you just want police, fire, business, etc. you can just use Land Mobile - Private.
Four categories times 7 days gives you 28 zip files to download every week.
On the two pages there are links to PDFs that give the format of the data in the zip files.