Wednesday, February 27, 2013

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Hello and welcome back....... Found this extremely interesting, A tour of the International Space Station.
Its bigger than I thought with many different parts......with a look at their Communications setup including Amateur radio.
The video goes for about an Hour and can be watched in HD

Thanks to sebastiansz for the video


For Australians the main frequencies seem to be  =

145.800mhz (Voice Repeater Worldwide)
145.825mhz (packet radio)
143.625mhz - VHF-1 Downlink
130.167 - VHF-2 Downlink (Service Module) (NFM Mode)
437.800mhz
437.550 UHF simplex (rarely used)
414.200mhz - space to space comms ( Extravehicular Mobility Unit-to Extravehicular Mobility Unit)

Radios used = Kenwood TM-D700 & TM-D710 used in the Zvezda Service Module
                       Ericsson radio used in the European Colombus module.

WHERE IS THE ISS NOW?

Track the ISS

http://www.heavens-above.com/

http://www.n2yo.com/

http://www.qsl.net/va3rj/sat_freq.html






Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HIDDEN TRICKS ON UNIDEN HANDHELDS (newer models)

Hello and welcome back...... A nifty trick for Uniden Handhelds, I own a UBC93XLT. I regularly use the Close Call function (Searches for nearby frequency's)....... this trick shows the Frequency counter working = With the scanner off, press the Hold key + 3 + 0 and turn power on (all at the same time). Pressing the 2(up) and 8(down) will switch between bands

To delete and reset scanner (Factory Reset),with the scanner off, press Hold key + 3 + 8 and turn on.

Cheers




Sunday, February 17, 2013

GROWING UP - TANDY ELECTRONIC CATALOGS

Hello and welcome back..... A little reminiscing now, How many of these radios did you own when growing up through the years? A webpage called http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/ has their catalogs online dating back to 1940 (Pretty impressive eh).... As a regular user of Tandy gear, I enjoyed reading these catalogs, now I can relive my youth. Cheers.




Monday, February 4, 2013

POLAIR HELECOPTER - (POLICE AIR WING) NSW

Hello and welcome back..... Polair (Police Aviation Support Branch) is based at Bankstown Airport.

The Police Air Wing provides services such as: search and rescue, support for crime investigation, counter-terrorism, and helps with prevention and detection by keeping a visible presence patrolling the skies.









Currently, the Polair fleet consists of  =

Polair 1 = 2006 Eurocopter Squirrel AS350 B2 Helicopter (Tail No VH-PHW)

Polair 2 = 1996 Eurocopter Squirrel AS355N Helicopter (Tail No VH-PHX)

Polair 3 = 1997 Eurocopter Squirrel AS350-B2 Helicopter (Tail No VH-PHB)

Polair 4 = 2010 twin-engine Eurocopter EC135P2+ Helicopter (Tail No VH-PHM)

Polair 5 = 2012 twin- engine Bell 412EPI Helicopter (Tail No VH-PHZ)

Polair 6 = Fixed Wing Aircraft (Cessna 206 Stationair) (Tail No VH-DVV)

Polair 7 = Fixed Wing Aircraft (Cessna Grand Caravan 208B EX) (Tail No VH-DFV)

Polair Car - Peugeot 4008


FREQUENCIES

3.2535*
4.5615*
7.6615*
10.5065*
131.6000 AM
469.425?

* = USB (Upper Side Band)


LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/PolAirNSWPF
An excellent source of information including photos

https://vimeo.com/66875916  (Inside look at Polair)

http://www.youtube.com/user/NSWPoliceAirWing?feature=watch


POLAIR 1




POLAIR 2




POLAIR 3




POLAIR 4




POLAIR 5




POLAIR 6




POLAIR 7





POLAIR (Car)




Massive "Thank You" to NSW Police, Polair NSW Facebook page (photos), Radioreference.com




Thanks to Lightsand Sirens for the video