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Friday, 13 October 2017

Shop Scanning - Finding Shops and Shopping Centre Frequencies




All shops and shopping centres in my area which use two-way radios use the UHF band. This is a mix of licenced frequencies and UHF CB.

The ACMA database can be an excellent source of information for these frequencies. Most businesses are listed under their name, if this does not work try using the location search instead. For shopping centres they sometimes are listed under a parent or trading name. Generally, stores will use the same group of frequencies across all their stores. If you spot radios in use but are not able to locate a listing on the ACMA database, consider they might be using UHF CB.

Shops and Frequencies:
Below are the current frequencies used by shops and shopping centres in Tasmania, these make a good starting point.


450.35
 - 
ANACONDA Launceston
462.1
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OFFICEWORKS Hobart
462.1
-
OFFICEWORKS Launceston
462.25
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KMART Burnie
462.25
- 
KMART Devonport
462.25
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KMART Eastlands
462.25
 - 
KMART Launceston
462.25
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KMART NewTown
462.3375
- 
Good Guys Moonah
463.4
 - 
TARGET Burnie
463.4
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TARGET Devonport
463.4
 - 
TARGET Launceston
463.4
 - 
TARGET Northgate
464.6125
- 
TARGET Hobart City
465.3125
 - 
TARGET Mowbray
466.925
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COLES Meadow Mews
466.925
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COLES Northgate
473.1
 - 
TARGET Launceston
474.975
 - 
NORTHGATE Shopping Centre
491.675
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EASTLANDS Shopping Centre


General Tips:

- Generally you will find more radio traffic during the busier shopping periods. Before and after Easter, Christmas and other holidays will be the time you are most likely to log interesting traffic.


- A scanner with close call or a frequency counter will help to confirm active frequencies, but only if you can get close enough.


- A lower gain aerial will help to limit reception to the closest / strongest radio signals.


- If you wish to listen to them, pair of low profile earphones (like used with iPhones) work well and help you blend in. These can assist with getting closer to your monitoring target.


- It is best to keep your scanner out of sight, have it on your belt under a jacket or in a backpack if possible. If you are using a UBCD436-PT, make use of the recorder feature to record what is heard for latter review.

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