Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Article - Non Police Scanning

It is a cold winter’s night, after a hard day at work you arrive home and reach to turn on your scanner, it comes to life with various users but after a little while of scanning you notice you have not heard any police talk groups active, you check and confirm the system / bank is turned on and the talk groups are not locked out. The scanner seems to be working and other users are coming in well so nothing seems wrong with your equipment. The next day you jump on the forum and see other users have reported the same thing, it has finally happened, the police have switched back to Provoice and are now unscannable by most people.
As I am sure everybody knows by now the police in the Launceston area are on Provoice talk groups and as such will be unscannable.
With this in mind I thought a post with some ideas of ways to find out what is going on once the police are gone would be helpful to some members.

First I must say that I don't see the police going Provoice as the end of the scanning hobby or any other such rubbish that I know has happened in other states where forums and websites have disappeared almost overnight once the police became un-scannable, while I am sure some people find the police very interesting to listen to and are not sure what the future holds once they are gone I ask this question, would you stop watching TV and sell your TV if your favourite show got taken off the air? I would say no you would not, you would find something else to watch and that is what I hope most people will do now the police are gone.

Here are some other users it might be worth having programmed in to listen to:
Tas fire and Tas ambulance services: while these are not as active on the radio as what the police are you still hear quite a bit on them, especially in regards to accidents where you sometimes get more or different information to what the police talk about.
Air band: this would be the single most active band of frequencies in most areas of the state and while 99% of comms are day to day stuff you do sometimes hear interesting things happening.
Amateur radio: I know this is not every body’s cup of tea and I am the first to admit sometimes the on-air conversations can be a little dry but every now and then you do hear interesting things especially given how many hams are active on the air when they are driving around.
UHF CB: This band has a lot of idiots but with channel 40 being the road channel you hear about accidents and other road related events as they happen.
A few years ago I recorded on channel 2 a man asking for help to rescue his daughter who got stuck on a small island when the tide came in.
Local council: Another group of semi formal radio users, they are sometimes asked to clean up after accidents and with them being out and about they see things as they happen.
Bus drivers: These are around on the roads from early morning to late night and see incidents as they happen.
Delivery drivers / truck drivers: very in-formal radio users and always up to date with what is going on.

If anybody would like some frequencies to try in their area please let me know and I am happy to help out.

If none of this sounds interesting then what about trying some different  areas of the hobby like the following:
- Trunking: remember the police are not the only users of the EDACS network and I find Aurora quite interesting at times.
- HF / shortwave radio: Not something I have much experience in of late but what little I have done in the past has been interesting.
- Searching out / confirming new frequencies: my favourite part of the hobby and something I spend a lot of time doing, I am surprised by how few people seem interested in doing this. 

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