Friday, December 2, 2016

NEW TRAIN CENTRE FOR SYDNEY

Hello and welcome back... A new $276 million rail operations center is to be built at Green Square (Alexandria) NSW.

It is set to become a major rail nerve centre connecting Drivers, Maintenance, Emergency, & Management while giving customers up to date information about delays or problems they may experience.

The new centre will be 5 stories high with provision for a Fire Station included.

I reported back a while ago that State Rail comms were to go Digital (SEE HERE) with frequencies in the 1.8ghz range. All around i have seen little flat panel antennas put in place around rail corridors which is part of the new upgrade

The new centre is due to open in 2018

For current Rail Frequencies Click Here (updated 02/12/2016)

LINKS

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/newsroom/media-releases/new-nerve-centre-reduce-train-commuter-delays

https://issuu.com/westwick-farrowmedia/docs/critical_comms_jul_aug_2016/29



TRAIN DRIVERS VIEW

Hello and welcome back... Found this interesting.

My dad was a Train Driver, started out as a Fireman on Steam Trains (shoveling coal), then made it to driver for Diesels and eventually Electrics around the City Circle (and suburbs)

He is a nervous wreak..

He smokes a pack a day of cigarettes to try and keep his nerves at bay and has had a failed marriage.

His fatality count was around 8. (he doesn't talk about it) so its what i remember.

He is now retired, but is still scarred by experience.

Next time you travel by train, have a think about the person driving the train, who probably got up at 2am to start their shift, has to put up with near misses, rocks being thrown at the train, people spitting and yelling at them and the nightmares that continue long after their shift finishes..

That was never in the job description...




Friday, November 25, 2016

PROGRAM YOUR SCANNER IN 15 MINS

Hello and welcome back... Had alot of people say that the new scanners from Uniden are very hard to program. They would be correct.

I have been using scanners since i was 16 (im now 45) and it still took me nearly 4-6 months to nut out how my Uniden 396xt worked.

It used to be the old bank system and you could enter in your frequencies in banks of 20 or 50 and then press scan and bingo, it worked..

But not any more.

The way to describe the new system is sort of like a computer database using main folders, then sub folders inside of the main folder.

I like to make my scanner as easy as possible to scan so that when an emergency or something of interest happens, i'm prepared and not fighting with the radio to get it to work properly.

I have spoken to a gentleman who has had his radio for 4 years and didn't know how to program this beast. (I recently programed it for him)

Which is why i've decided to release my database to others, so that they can get on with listening to their radios and not be frustrated because its not picking anything up.
Seriously, with these radios, you only need one setting out and it wont work properly (as i have found out by experience)

The way i have my Uniden UBCD396XT set out is in 10 banks.

The set-out is as follows =
BANK 1 - Bushfire
            2 - NSW GRN
            3 - Medical / Rescue
            4 - Blank / Marine
            5 - Sydney Airport
            6 - Local Airports
            7 - Military
            8 - Local
            9 - FM Radio stations
            0 - 80ch UHF CB

This table above (banks) represent 30 years of radio listening. The frequencies i have in these banks are a collection of personal listening, hours of searching ACMA databanks and RadioReference website.
Settings are my own trial and error as the instruction manual is pretty bad.

I'm not saying that what i've got is perfect but it seems to work (i have used this database for some customers and feedback is excellent)

An in-depth view of the banks are as follows...

BANK 1 - BUSHFIRE
Covers NSW Rural-Fire Fireground channels (VHF & UHF) and Aircraft Support inc Rural Fire, NPWS & NSW Forestry.
The air channels are a lifeline, they offer so much information.
A birdseye view so to speak.
You can hear the pilots of various helicopters and aircraft discussing the fire behaviour, who's doing what and where breakouts are occurring long before media know about it.
Fireground is sometimes limited to local areas only, but if there's a fire in your neighbourhood, you will want to be listening to these channels.
Some PMR channels are listed but are no longer used in the Sydney area.
I like to keep this bank to a minimum so scanning is swift (you don't want to be stuck on some data ch when a fire is headed your way)

BANK 2 - NSW GRN
GRN covers Ambulance, Rural Fire, SES, Fire & Rescue (NSW Fire Brigade), plus several other agencies.
Towers can be modified to your local area.

BANK 3 - MEDICAL / RESCUE
Westpac Rescue, Marine Rescue, Air Ambulance, Hospitals, Fire Brigade back chs (used in car accidents, etc, etc) and lots more.

BANK 4 - BLANK or MARINE/MARITIME
Used for searching / monitoring new frequencies or can load full Marine channels band

BANK 5 - SYDNEY AIRPORT
As the name suggests, Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith) freq inc Tower, Depart, Approach, Helicopter ch, Aircraft companys (if there is a problem with an aircraft, you will hear about it on their company channels)

BANK 6 - LOCAL AIRPORTS
Sydney local airports inc Bankstown (tower, ground, clubs), Camden (tower, ground, gliders) and other freq of interest.
Can be modified to your local area

BANK 7 - MILITARY
Richmond RAAF freq (Tower, ground etc etc) Holsworthy & Glenbrook aviation freq, Skynet.
Can be modified to your local area... Eg Williamtown

BANK 8 - LOCAL COMMS
STA Buses, Westfields, State Rail, Taxies, etc etc
Can be modified to your local area

BANK 9 - FM RADIO
Just about every Sydney FM Radio station inc WSFM, Smooth 95.3, 2ST Nowra (comes in on a good day).. about 20-30 channels also ATIS airband channels (Sydney, Bankstown, Camden)

BANK 10 - 80Ch UHF CB
Useful if you travel alot (listen to truckies) also used in bushfires when fireground is unavailable.

NOTE = For Airband Enthusiasts banks 5,6,7 can be used with everything else locked out... Very useful.

As stated most frequencies can be tailored to your area, if you don't live in Sydney or surrounds.

I only do NSW

COST = $35
For the amount of hours / years of researching and programming :)

If your interested, please deposit $35 into my 'Shout me a Coffee Fund' In the notes section, please state the its for 'Radio Programming',
Also send an Email with your name and what area your from and any other freqs of interest (eg Maritime, VHF Police) so i can tailor to your area.
Please make sure your name matches the 'Shout me a Coffee' and Email being sent.

Please allow 24/48 hours for the instructions and link to the file to be emailed to you. (i have 4 kids so things get hectic at times) also time to find frequencies for your area.

I use FREESCAN Software, so the file will be in that format.

NOTE = SYDNEY POLICE (and surrounds) ARE USING DIGITAL ENCRYPTION AND CANNOT BE SCANNED - Small pockets of analogue are still available (MT VIC - Blue Moutains is one area) that can still scanned but very limited

**I Am offering this service because traveling is a problem for me (broke pelvis in 4 places, 3 crushed nerves in back, etc, etc after car accident)... and once you have Freescan software setup and talking to your radio, it will take 15mins of your time... ** 

You will need a data cable that (hopefully) came with your radio.

This is the same file that i use personally (for Uniden UBC396XT) so i know it works... Also if i update any frequencies, i will send you the new file free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE - I offer this service as is, meaning i don't claim that its 100% correct, as whats good for me, may not be good for you.. (so far no problems :)
If you have a problem please email me and let me know because it may be something that i have overlooked or hadn't thought about.

The 15min claim is for customers who already have Freescan software up and running and have successfully connected their scanner with this software.

STEPS INVOLVED

1. Clear / reset your radio
2. plug your radio into your computer while the freescan program is running.
3. Freescan can talk / control your radio
4. upload the purchased file into your radio
5. adjust settings to your liking
Enjoy your programmed radio

CHEERS

Michael Bailey

michael-bailey1708@hotmail.com




UNIDEN BEARCAT BC895XLT (Flashback)

Hello and welcome back... The Uniden Bearcat BC895XLT was a 300ch desktop scanner, which in its time could scan 100ch a second.. That's pretty good, even in today's standard.


This beast was chunky, had 300chs (10 bank) of storage and sported 'Trunktracker' technology. (Motorola Type I, II, IIi Hybrid, Smartnet and Privacy Plus).. analogue only.

Released in 1997, other features include: LCD dimmer, S-indicator, channel lockout, count key, weather alert, autosort and ten priority channels.

The BC-895XLT even has built-in CTCSS decode.

Other claim to fame was the ability to update the scanners firmware (a serial port on the back of the scanner supported this function)

FREQUENCY COVERAGE

  • 29-54 in 5 khz steps
  • 137-174 in 5 khz steps
  • 108-137 in 12.5 khz steps
  • 137-144 in 5 khz steps (NOTE: AM mode reception in this band is not possible due to firmware limitations)
  • 216-225 in 5 khz steps
  • 225-400 in 5 khz steps
  • 400-512 in 12.5 khz steps
  • 806-956 in 12.5 khz steps 

RESET SCANNER
With power off press and hold the MAN, 2, and 9 keys. Turn the radio on and release the keys after a few seconds.


MANUAL - https://www.manualslib.com/manual/334337/Uniden-Bc895xlt.html#manual

MODS - http://www.radioreference.com/digital/dig/bc895-tap.txt



NOTES = Cant really comment, never owned one of these radios. It looks the part, covers the spectrum really well and scan rate is amazing..

Would i buy one? ... Yes

Anyone else have any thoughts about this radio... Good / Bad

Comment below..


#BC895XLT



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CONCORDE 2 - SYDNEY TO L.A IN 6 HOURS

Hello and welcome back... God bless Richard Branson (owner of Virgin Empire) who has unveiled  an idea to design and create a supersonic aircraft dubbed 'The Concorde 2'

This new aircraft will be able to fly from Sydney to Los Angles in 6 hours at speed of 2335kmph..

I hope i live long enough to see one of these aircraft in the sky or even fly in one..

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY



WHY DID THE ORIGINAL CONCORDE FAIL?

#Concorde 2