Monday, 27 February 2017

Portable Scanning Session - Eden Street Park - 27/02/2017

Logged Frequencies:
70.32500 - ABILITY TAXIS
72.27500 - LES WALKDEN
73.13000 - B W MANION
77.65000 - TECS
78.01250 - WTC WORKS
78.28750 - LCC-MTARTHUR
78.31250 - LCC-FREELANDS
78.47500 - FORESTRY TAS
78.55000 - GT COUNCIL
78.62500 - AMBO-MT BARROW
78.65000 - FIRE-TAMAR
78.70000 - AMBO-MT DISMAL
79.03750 - FIRE-WEST LTON
79.06250 - AMBO-WEST LTON
79.66250 - FIRE-NE
118.70000 - TOWER-LTON
123.80000 - FIA-NORTH
126.50000 - FIA-LTON
129.50000 - QANTAS
130.22500 - JETSTAR-LTON
146.47500 - 2M HAM SIMP
147.00000 - VK7RAA-MTARTHUR
162.47500 - BORAL
162.50000 - BORAL
163.05000 - REDLINE BUSES
163.43750 - TOX FREE
439.77500 - VK7RDR-DAZZLER
464.27500 - METRO-ABLES
467.17500 - TECS
471.52500 - BASIN CHAIR LIFT
474.12500 - WARREN J SPEERS
474.37500 - LCC PARKING
474.95000 - JMC GROUP
476.42500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 01
476.45000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 02
476.52500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 05
476.57500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 07
476.60000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 08
476.62500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 09
476.65000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 10
476.67500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 11
476.70000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 12
476.72500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 13
476.75000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 14
476.80000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 16
476.82500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 17
476.85000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 18 (LTON TIP)
476.92500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 21
476.95000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 22
477.12500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 29
477.30000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 36
477.37500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 39
477.40000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 40
485.25000 - MARCOM WATSON
488.55000 - MARCOM WATSON
494.92500 - LCC SWIMMING

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Radio Go Case - February 2017

Over the years, while involved in the radio scanning / amateur radio / ultralight DXing hobbies, I have used a number of different bags and cases for carrying my radios and associated bits and pieces. Some of these bags and cases have worked very well, others have not for various reasons. 

I have again returned to my love of portable operation, this has meant finding a suitable carry case or bag for my radios to undertaken these activities in parks and other locations.

Based on my experience in the past, I decided to move away from a soft bag like I have used recently and started looking around for a hard case. This needed to be big enough to hold two scanners, aerials, chargers, cords, ear phones and a small notepad for logging purposes but I didn't want to go to a "Pelican" type case due to cost and sizing options.

Recently I was looking on Supercheap Autos website when I noticed they have this case "SCA Plastic Case - Ammunition Style" for $12.17. I liked the size of this and the only thing lacking was a way to keep my radios protected, I had an idea of a way to do this. On my way home from work that night I called past my local store and had a look at this case, they only had one on the shelf. This was a good size and had enough space for my radios and accessories  I had a number of cheap plastic storage containers at home already which I planned on using to keep my ear phones and cords organised.  I also purchased some heavy duty red tape. Total cost was $15.

That night I spent a couple of hours out in the shed setting this up. The first step was to cut the foam sheeting I had in the shed to allow my radios to slide in and out, this is an idea in used in my original stealth ultralight DXing bag and in that case it worked very well. Next I mounted some bubble wrap to the sides, rear and bottom to protect the scanners. I then used some double sided tape to mount the foam to the case so that it will not move.  I then spent some time sorting my various radio scanning accessories and setting up space in the case for them all. This is where the smaller plastic containers came in very handy.

Overall for less than $20 and a couple of hours of my time I have a case which provides a good level of protection to my radios.

New Photos: 11/04/2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Portable Scanning Session - Talbot Road Lookout

This morning I spent about 45 minutes at the Talbot Road Lookout, scanning and searching the bands. I logged a wide range of frequencies and found that it does not suffer from the same issues with overload in the UHF band as Freelands Lookout.

Below are some photos and video from this location.

Hunting Down SuperCheap Autos UHF CB Channel

Last night I was in SuperCheap Autos Launceston purchasing a new case for my radios. I noticed they were using small UHF CB radios for communications between staff. Today I returned to try and track down the channel they use. Below is a video of me doing this.

The end result is that I have confirmed they are using UHF CB channel 12 (476.800MHz).

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Scanning and Searching at the Launceston Cup - 2017

Today is Launceston cup day, I spent a couple of hours this morning scanning and searching the bands close by to try and location the frequencies in use. It has been a couple of years since I have had a chance to do this for the Launceston cup so I was keen to see what frequencies were being used.

Below are some photos of my kit, this included:
Uniden UBC126AT Scanner
Uniden UBC72XLT Scanner
Uniden UHF CB handhed

All my radios setup in the car, scanning and searching the bands.

A video of me undertaking some serious scanning and searching of the bands.

Logged Frequencies:
It appears that all radio traffic related to the Launceston cup this year was on UHF CB.
476.90000 - UHF CB CHANNEL 20 - Gate Access
477.07500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 27 - Ticket Sales / Booklets
477.12500 - UHF CB CHANNEL 29 - O/B camera operators / talk back (CTCSS tone logged)

Monday, 20 February 2017

I Buy Radio Scanners

I am always on the lookout for radio scanners to buy. If you have a radio scanner you wish to sell please read the below terms and then contact me.

1)  I am only interested in radio scanners located in the greater Launceston area where we can do a face to face transaction.

2) The radio scanner must be in working order, I will test it before I agree to purchase it.

3) I will only purchase radio scanners which are in good physical condition, this does not mean they need to be “perfect” but with no physical damage or excessive wear. I will judge this based on the photos I am sent and when I look at the scanner prior to purchasing it, I reserve the right to not purchase a radio scanner which I feel is not in good physical condition.

4) If the radio scanner is a hand held and uses a battery pack it must hold a charge and come with the correct charger for it.

5) The radio scanner must have at least 50 channels.

6)  The radio scanner must cover at least the following bands:

7) Payment will be made in cash after I inspect and test the radio scanner.

8)  I have limited finances so will only purchase radio scanners which I have a use for and can afford. Sending me the details of a radio scanner does not guarantee that I will purchase it.

Specific model of interest to me:
Uniden UBC72XLT
Uniden UBC73XLT
Uniden UBC92XLT
Uniden UBC93XLT
Uniden UBC9000XLT
Uniden UBC780XLT
Uniden UBCD396T
Uniden UBCD396XT
Uniden UBC126AT

AOR 8200

Icom R5
Icom R6
Icom R20
Icom RX7

Yaesu VR500

Any Tandy / Realistic models (Depending on model)

If you agree to all of the above and have a radio scanner you wish to sell, please email me: with the details of it, including the brand and model number, your price and a photo of the radio scanner if possible. I will try and respond to your email within 48 hours.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Radio RXing Cupboard - February 2017

For the past few years my radio scanning has been limited to handheld / portable operation, this has been very enjoyable and getting out and about scanning and searching the bands has always been something I have enjoyed.

In late 2016 I set myself up a desk with a netbook and a couple of scanners ( this worked well but I found that I was not using it as much as I hoped. I needed to reduce the space I was using and as I have a small child I wanted to keep everything locked away and safe from little fingers. I also have a new scanner (pro 2021) which I wanted to make space for, this belonged to my uncle who passed away many years ago and which I have recently been given. As my focus is now on searching the bands and logging / confirming active frequencies I decided to have a more enclosed system so that I can leave it running 24/7 without it taking up too much space. 
This setup meets all my needs:
- Allow me to run a netbook 24/7 for logging purposes.
- Have my Pro 2021 usable for night time listening, this has around 90 frequencies programmed in for when I just want to scan the bands.
- Keep my portable kits in one spot and ready to go.
- Give myself some storage space.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My Radios - February 2017

Left to Right:
- Icom R5 = Used for monitoring a few select frequencies and searching the airband.
- Alinco DJ-X10 = My new "daily carry". programmed with around 100 of my most active / interesting frequencies. Also used for portable searching sessions.
- Uniden UBC126AT =  Programmed with around 350 frequencies. Mostly used as a backup to the Alinco DJ-X10 and setup using SCAN125 for unattended logging and band searching.
- Uniden UBC72XLT = Programmed with around 80 frequencies. Mostly used in Close Call mode.

Link - Alinco DJ-X10 Review