Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NSW WATER POLICE (MARINE AREA COMMAND)

Hello and welcome back......

Marine Area Command

The Marine Area Command, formerly the Water Police, is based at Balmain. It has 123 operational water police, marine intelligence unit, marine crime prevention officer, divers, detectives and the marine operational support team, and employs six civilian engineers and 30 deck hands. The current fleet consists of 11 seagoing craft, including OPV Nemesis, the largest purpose-built police boat in the Southern Hemisphere,) and a number of smaller boats.

FREQUENCIES

2.2040 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head - USB  
2.2854 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB     
2.6774 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB     
2.6774 = Coffs Harbour Water Police 400w USB     
3.2535 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB     
3.2535 = Coffs Harbour Water Police 100w USB 
4.1354 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB     
4.3764 = Coffs Harbour Water Police 400w USB  
4.3764 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB  
4.4274 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB
6.2074 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB 
6.2164 = Newcastle Water Police 400W USB
6.5084 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB
7.6614 = Sydney Water Police - Middle Head 400w USB
7.6615 = Coffs Harbour Water Police 100w USB
27.5300 = Coffs Harbour Water Police 4w  AM
27.9600 = Sydney W-PD - Marine Area Command - Sydney Water Police - Church Point 4w  AM
156.8750 = MarinePatrol - Marine Area Command - Sydney Water Police - Vaucluse 50w  FM 
157.1500 = Sydney Water Police - Vaucluse 50w  FM
157.3000 = Sydney Water Police - Vaucluse 50w  FM
157.3500 = Sydney Water Police - Vaucluse 50w  FM

Many thanks to Radio reference for these frequencies


Many thanks to NSW Police for use of their video and for keeping our waterways safe.



Saturday, January 19, 2013

AUSTRALIA'S TOP SECRET SITES

Hello and welcome back..... Found this a fascinating read, as scanner users, we love to listen to weird and wonderful conversations from military bases, now Google has found some of the best. Thank you to News.com.au for the article.

Australia's top secret sites uncovered by Google Earth
  • Remoteness gives sites no protection from Google
  • Featuring drone bases, missile sites and SAS training camps
Top Secret Sites
Top Secret sites: one of the world's biggest spy bases is located in the middle of Australia at Pine Gap, NT. Picture: Google Earth
 
AUSTRALIA's most secret sites are hidden well away from prying eyes, usually far from major population areas. But no one escapes the all-seeing eye of Google.
Top Secret Sites
Top Secret sites: one of the world's biggest spy bases is located in the middle of central Australia at Pine Gap, NT.
 
As Australian and British foreign and defence officials meet in Perth today to discuss stronger military ties, here's our virtual tour of Australia's most secret military and government sites.
Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: the new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation HQ in Canberra. Source: Google Earth
 ASIO, ACT (spy agency HQ)
The new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation HQ in Canberra will house Australia's national security service, responsible for protecting us from espionage, sabotage, attacks on the Australian defence system and terrorism. ASIO officers have similar powers to the UK's Security Service (M15), and do not carry guns.


Top secret sites
Top secret sites: Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, the base of the Australian Special Air Service. Photo: Google Earth
 Campbell Barracks, WA (SAS HQ)
Located in suburban Perth, the low-key army base in Swanbourne, has been the base of the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) since the Regiment was established in 1957. Most training takes place at Bindoon army base, northeast of Perth, which includes live-fire ranges, training areas and an SAS mock-up area with 'embassy' building and sniper towers, but is impossible to find on Google Maps.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Christmas Island, offshore detention centre in the Indian Ocean. Source: Google Earth
 Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (detention centre)
Home to 1500 Australian citizens, mostly of Chinese ethnicity, Christmas Island was a thriving phosphate producer before transfer to Australian sovereignty in 1957. Since the MV Tampa controversy in 2001, the island has been the primary goal of asylum seekers attempting to enter Australia. Opened in 2006, the Immigration Detention Centre contains approximately 800 beds, and cost $400m, double the estimated budget.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Australian Defence Satellite Communications Ground Station at Kojarena, WA. Source: Google Earth
 Kojarena, WA (defence satellite station)
The Australian Defence Satellite Communications Ground Station is located at Kojarena, 30 km east of Geraldton. It is operated by the ADF Defence Signals Division, and houses five radomes and eight satellite antennas linked to a worldwide satellite communication signals interception system that is mainly operated by the US and UK.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Maralinga, SA, site of seven secret British nuclear tests in the 1950s. Picture: Google Earth
 Maralinga, SA (nuclear test site)
The ancient home of the Maralinga Tjarutja indigenous people, Maralinga was the site of seven secret British nuclear tests in the 1950s, with four fission bomb tests followed by three tests of triggering mechanisms. A Royal Commission in 1985 identified significant contamination at the site. Native title was handed back to the traditional owners in January 1987 and efforts were made to clean up the site before resettling the land in 1995.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Nauru offshore detention centre in the Pacific Ocean. Source: Google Earth
 Nauru, Pacific Ocean (detention centre)
Originally opened in 2001 to take people rescued by the MV Tampa, the detention centre on the tiny island of Nauru was built to house 1200 asylum seekers in return for a pledge of $30m in development funds. Closed by Kevin Rudd in December 2007, the camp was reopened by the Gillard government in August 2012 to process record numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: North West Cape, US Navy signals base near Exmouth, WA. Source: Google Earth
 North West Cape, WA (US naval signals)
Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt is located 6km north of Exmouth, which was built to provide support to the base and house dependent families of US Navy personnel. The base provides very low frequency (VLF) radio transmission to US and Royal Australian Navy ships and submarines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is the most powerful transmission station in the Southern Hemisphere.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Nurrungar, mothballed ballistic missile control site near Woomera, SA. Source: Google Earth
 Nurrungar, SA (ballistic missile control)
Located on the edge of Island Lagoon, approximately 15 km south of Woomera, Nurrungar was run by the ADF and the US Air Force from 1969 to 1999. It provided early detection of missile launches and nuclear detonations via US satellites in geostationary orbits. Operations moved to Pine Gap in 1999. Today the ADF uses the site for army tests.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: one of the world's biggest spy bases is located in the middle of Australia at Pine Gap, NT. Source: Google Earth
 Pine Gap, NT (US listening post)
Probably the best known secret installation in Australia, Pine Gap near Alice Springs is one of the biggest ECHELON signals intelligence facilities in the world, with an estimated 1000 employees. A former US National Security employee who worked at Pine Gap has claimed that the facility is run by the CIA. Pine Gap controls American spy satellites as they fly over China, North Korea, Afghanistan and the Middle East.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: SIS and special forces training centre, Swan Island, Victoria. Source: Google Earth
 Swan Island, VIC (special forces)
The Department of Defence does not discuss what goes on at Swan Island, and information on the facility is not found on any government website. It is believed that Australia's Special Forces carry out counter terrorism training here on a base shared with the Secret Intelligence Service.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: RAAF Scherger, advance air force base and detention centre. Far North Queensland. Source: Google Earth
 Scherger, QLD (detention centre)
Villawood and Darwin are well known immigration detention centres, but did you know that up to 600 asylum seekers at any one time are housed at a facility at RAAF Scherger in Far North Queensland? One of three 'bare bases' in the tropics run by skeleton crews, Scherger is set up to house 1400 personnel and 40 aircraft if Australia ever gets into a shooting war with one of our northern neighbours.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: govenrment panic room in Symonston, suburban Canberra. Source: Google Earth
 Symonston, ACT (government panic room)
Protected by heavy gates, security fences and an array of CCTV cameras on a nondescript Canberra industrial estate, the main purpose of the classified facility at Symonston is believed to be to provide an alternative communications facility for the Australian government. Under the so-called "Plan Mercator", this is where the Prime Minister, Governor-General and advisers would be whisked to in the event of a terrorist attack or threat against Parliament House.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: fast jets and visiting bombers are housed at RAAF Tindal, near Katherine, NT. Source: Google Earth
 Tindal, NT (fast jets, stealth bombers)
Located near Katherine in the NT, RAAF Tindal houses the RAAF's fast jets outside the cyclone zone at a site easy to defend against external attack. A key launching point for the Australian-led intervention in East Timor in 1999, the base is also rumoured to host US stealth spy planes.


Top Secret sites
Top Secret sites: Woomera Test Range, SA, the largest weapons testing range in the world. Source: Google Earth
 Woomera, SA (weapons tests, drones)
The Woomera Test Range in South Australia is a large weapons testing range operated by the RAAF, 500km northwest of Adelaide. A prohibited area off-limits to the public, the range was set up by Britain and Australia in 1946 and was the site for seven nuclear tests between 1955 and 1963 as well as tests for a wide range of conventional weapons before the Australian-Anglo joint project ended in 1980. After a long period when it was effectively abandoned, the range is currently used for ADF trials and leased to foreign militaries.


Top Secret Sites
Top Secret sites: British stealth drone bomber Taranis, undergoing testing in the Australian outback in early-2013. Photo: BAE
Woomera is the most likely test site for new British stealth drone Taranis, which will be conducting outback test flights in early 2013. At its peak the range covered 270,000 square km. Today it covers 127,000 square km, and remains the world's largest weapons test range.


My Military listening just got more interesting. Cheers
Michael Bailey.

Monday, January 7, 2013

SCANDUCKY - MOBILE ONE

Hello and welcome back..... Looking for a replacement antenna for your scanner can be a task in itself, but I think I found the answer, so I thought I would do a test to see how good it really is. Granted, there are more expensive Antenna's out there but what got my attention is value for money and its Australian made (Remember them?).
This antenna does not claim to be more effective than the stock antenna your scanner came with but I was more than impressed with certain results with the Mobile One Scanducky.

RESULTS

SCANNER = Alinco DJ-X3
LOCATION = Springwood NSW
ANTENNA = 1 x Uniden Bearcat Stock Antenna
                       1 x Mobile One Scanducky

VHF = 78.4375mhz

Stock antenna gets 1 bar signal.
Scanducky gets 2 Bars signal.



































AIRBAND = 126.300mhz (Richmond ATIS)

Stock antenna gets 2 bars signal
Scanducky gets 4.5 bars signal (excellent result)




































UHF = 468.850mhz (Police)

Stock antenna gets 1.5 bars signal
Scanducky gets 2.5 bars signal


































FM RADIO = 107.700mhz (2GO Gosford)

Stock antenna gets 4 bars signal
Scanducky gets 5 bars signal (full)


































RESULTS

On VHF, UHF & FM Radio Scanducky was slightly better than the standard antenna giving 1-2 bars more gain.
Aviation Enthusiasts rejoice as this antenna was excellent, signal was strong and clear.....This is one Antenna to add to your scanning kit.
This antenna is slightly larger than the stock antenna at 350mm (14") and is only $40 to buy.
Best of all your money stays in Australia not overseas.

TO BUY

Mobile One are situated at Camden Airport - ask for Peter Pride (He designed this Antenna)
or phone 02 4655 6677
For our International Friends call  +61.2.4655.6677
Or Email = sales@mobileone.com.au



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