Monday, December 1, 2014

THE LOOK

This dude was spun around on the F3 near Gosford NSW after he was clipped by a truck...

He Has That Look...


The OMG, Im going to F#ckin Die Look.. Hope he was OK

Thanks to Dashcam Owners Australia on Facebook.

PHOTOS FROM FACEBOOK

A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS THAT I FOUND ON FACEBOOK

Ambulance Rescue Helicopter

                          
                       Training in Penrith NSW


A Kick Arse Tank


Firebird 410


Polair Helicopter flying over Manly beach?


A Kick Arse Storm Photo from Storm Spotters Australia  (no good for radios)


Firebird 274 @ Glenbrook Lagoon NSW  (Warrimoo fires)


Ichabod @ Warrimoo fires


Firebird 418 @ Warrimoo fires


Ichabod Flight Crew


Lightning Strike  (That could be your Antenna Mast)

Thanks to the various owners of these photos..

ITS A BIT CROWDED

This is what i want in my backyard :)


Found on the internet somewhere

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WHATS ON MY RADIO - BANK 4 (Military)

Hello and welcome back... Continuing with what i listen to on my Radio Receiver (Scanner), we come to Bank 4 - Military Frequencies near me, mostly Richmond, Holsworthy & Williamtown.

*** Due to the sensitivity of today's environment, use these frequencies with respect, ie, don't go doing stupid things near Military Bases.. ScanRadioNSW takes no responsibility / liability for idiots that want to do the wrong thing. ***

** RICHMOND RAAF **

CENTRE            119.700       
APPROACH      135.900       
FLIGHTWATCH    121.100       
TOWER            135.500       
SYD RADAR    124.550       
GROUND            128.250       
VEHICLES    121.650       
SEC APPROACH    133.050       
GROUND DOD    134.100       
RAAF            119.000       
DOD            411.575 - NFM   
RAAF HORNETS    43.975  - FM       
RADAR WEST    135.100       
MOVEMENTS    269.200 - AM       
APPROACH    363.800    - AM   
TOWER            243.000 - AM       
TOWER            257.300    - AM   
AOCS HF NET    897.400 - NFM       
SQAD 37            322.700    - AM   
SQAD 33            322.500    - AM   
RICCOM            261.700    - AM   
DOD            330.200    - AM   
USAF            274.500    - AM   
AIR TO AIR    123.450       
MANTA            392.450    - AM   
BLACKHAWKS    121.000       
Glenbrook Heli    118.050 




** HOLSWORTHY **

SYD RADAR    124.550       
RANGE CTL PRI    72.350 - FM       
RANGE CTL SEC    82.400 - FM       
CH47 GROUND?    394.900    - AM   
Blackhawks    121.000 


STAY TUNED FOR MORE




Thursday, November 13, 2014

UNIDEN RADIO RECEIVERS (Scanners)

Hello and welcome back... With Christmas just around the corner, i thought i would take look at whats available in regards to current Radio Receivers from Uniden (Australia)

** DESKTOPS **


* UBC-355XLT


  • Desktop/in-car design
  • 300 channel memory (10 banks)
  • "Close Call" near-field RF capture technology
  • 8 pre-programmed service banks - and a private bank
  • Private/analogue/police/railroad/
    fire/ambulance/air/marine/UHF CB and AM CB, too!
  • 8 frequency banks
  • Band, Service and Close Call search programs
  • Lockout Search features allows skipping of continuous signals
  • Turbo search at 180 steps per second (5kHz step only)
  • Memory backup
  • Receives 25-88, 108-174, 400-520 and 806-956MHz bands
  • BNC socket fitted!
  • Includes approved AC power pack and DC plug & lead, too!
  • More Info 
  •  
My Thoughts = Not a bad radio, I owned one of these.. Basic, Easy to use, Receives really well.
The only bad thing i could say about this radio is that there is no Number keypad... which means when programing, its going to take a while.
Search for the frequency (unplug antenna) then program into private bank, then start searching for the next. and the next... Takes a good few hours to program.



* UBC-330CRS

  • A desktop scanning receiver and clock radio combination with large backlit LCD display!
  • Receives AM/FM broadcast bands and TV audio broadcast
  • 100 ch. programmable memory
  • Receives ANALOGUE police, airband, marine, railroad, UHF CB and AM CB (27MHz), etc.
  • Clock/alarm with snooze 
  • Channel/frequency lockout 
  • Channel memory scanning up
    to 60 channels per second
  • Priority channel
  • Airband search
  • Memory backup
  • Keypad touch tone
  • Low battery alert
  • Receives 531~1710kHz (AM
    BCB), 25~50.745MHz, 70~174 MHz and 400~512MHz bands
  • Accepts 3 x AA alkaline or carbon non-rechargeable batteries (NOT included!) for short-term power back-up.
    UBC-330CRS will NOT recharge any internally fitted batteries!
  • BNC socket fitted!
  • Includes  telescopic antenna (BNC plug), AM loop antenna and approved AC power pack!
  • More Info 

 My Thoughts = Basic unit, does AM/FM radio stations, TV Sound no longer works... also does 27Mhz CB radio (does anyone still use?)



* UBCD996T (No Longer Available from Uniden, but may get on EBay etc)


Designed and Engineered in Japan
Mobile Digital Scanner: Ideal for in-dash vehicle installations using DIN-E and ISO mounting
6000 Channel Memories
Trunktracker IV™ Operation: Follows unencrypted conversations on analogue Motorola, Motorola Astro 25 (APCO 25), EDACS, EDACS SCAT, and LTR trunked radio systems, including systems in VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands. The scanner can scan both conventional and trunked systems at the same time.
APCO 25
Dual Colour LCD and Keypad
Multi-Site Trunking
GPS Support#:
- Location Based Scanning
- Point of Interest (POI) Alert
- GPS Display Models
Frequency Range: 25 – 512 MHz, 764- 776 MHz, 794 – 806 MHz, 806 – 956 MHz, 1240 – 1300 MHz
Close Call™ RF Capture Technology
Pre-Programmed Service Searches*:
- Police (analogue)
- CB Radio
- UHF CB Radio
- Racing
- Marine
- TV Broadcast
- Railroad
- FM Broadcast
- Air
Alpha Tagging
100 Quick Keys
Temporary Lockout
PC Interface (Software Available via Download)
DCS / CTCSS Rapid Decode
External Jacks – ANT: BNC Type
Internal Speaker: 8ohm.1W
Max Search Speed: 140 Steps/sec
Operating Temperature: -20° - +60°c
Size of Unit (mm): 184mm(w) x 151mm(D) x 56mm(H)
Weight without battery: 1.6kg


My Thoughts = Possibly one on the best radios you can get, a mix of analogue and digital gives you the best of both worlds, desktop / mobile, optional head unit (Click Here) is still available from Uniden
(why don't Uniden still sell this radio?)




** HANDHELDS **


* UBCD-396XT

Compact DIGITAL / analogue scanner
  • Trunk Tracking Version IV
  • Receives 25-520, 758-960 and 1240-1300MHz (23cm) bands
  • 25,000 "dynamic" channels
  • "Close Call" near-field RF capture technology
  • Bandscope for panoramic displaying of in-band signals
  • Multicolour LCD backlighting
  • 8 service searches; Police, Marine, Railroad, Air, HF CB, UHF CB, Racing and FM BCB
  • 100 quick-select keys
  • DCS/CTCSS rapid decode
  • 10 search banks, too!
  • Temporary lockout system
  • Frequency steps from 5-100kHz
  • 500 (250) temporary + 250 permanent search lockouts
  • IF Exchange allows swapping to alternative IF frequency
  • Frequency/ID auto-store
  • Lockout Search features allows skipping of continuous signals
  • 16-character text tagging
  • Strong signal attenuator
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • PC programming and control
  • Memory backup
  • Battery save and battery level
  • Repeater reverse feature
  • SMA-F socket fitted.
  • Includes AC adaptor/charger
  • Includes SMA-M to BNC-F adaptor, too!

My Thoughts = This is an Exceptional radio, like the UBCD996 its a mix of analogue and digital, reception is amazing (use a base antenna for optimum results), i own one of these and it goes without saying..its the best radio receiver i have ever owned.
The only bad thing i could say is that its a bitch to program... forget what you know about programming scanners.. it took me about 4-6 months to get to know how to use this radio BUT the software program Freescan makes it heaps easy and i'm getting older... things don't sink it like it used to,
A 10/10 radio


* UBC126AT







  • 500 alpha-tagged channels in 10 banks
  • Receives 25~88, 108~174, 225~520 and 806~960MHz
  • "Close Call" near-field RF capture technology
  • Pre-programmed service search automatically detects Police, Marine, Ambulance, Racing, etc
  • Program search, chain search, and direct entry search
  • Memory channel scanning, etc.
  • 16-character text tagging
  • Key touch-tone
  • Backlit display
  • PC programmable
  • Memory backup
  • Low battery alert
  • Includes antenna, DC cigarette lighter lead, USB cable, AC adaptor, 2 x NiMH batteries, belt clip and wrist strap


    My Thoughts = Looks pretty good, analogue only, alpha tagging is excellent (add a name to your frequency so you know who it is), looks rugged, close call (search for frequencies that are close to your location), never actually seen one of these...



    * UBC93XLT

    The UBC93XLT handheld scanner has a full frequency display and offers 200 programmable memory channels. Australian version.

    It has 'Close Call RF Capture Technology' and it covers the 800MHz band.

    Frequency ranges received are 25-88, 108-174, 400-512 and 806-956 MHz. Priority scanning, etc.
    Includes AC charger and two NiMH batteries.






    My Thoughts = Ive owned one of these, rugged, receives well, easy to program, comes with rechargeable battery's (how good is that?)
    The only bad thing i could say about this radio is the tinny speaker but that's just me being picky.


    * UBC73XLT

    The new UBC73XLT handheld scanner has a full frequency display and 100 programmable memory channels - 7 bands. Featuring 'Close Call RF Capture Technology', this scanner automatically 'listens' for nearby or close transmissions and immediately tunes to that frequency. It has 10 search banks.
    Australian version.
    Receives 25-88, 108-174 and 400-512 MHz. Priority scanning, etc.
    Includes a dual-earpiece lead, cigarette lighter adaptor lead and Australian frequencies on a CD.






    My Thoughts = Its basically the same as the UBC93XLT (prev radio) but without 800/900Mhz band and no rechargeable batterys or power supply, i would spend the little extra and get the UBC93XLT



    * EZI30XLT

    This Mobile Radio Scanner comes with 213 user favourite channels.
    Programmable Channels,
    8 Pre-Programmed Service Banks,
    3 Instant Channels,
    210 Favourite Channels,
    7 Frequency Bands,
    Favourite Scan,
    Memory Back Up,
    Keypad Lock
    Frequency ranges received are 75-85MHz, 88-174MHz and 410-489MHz.
    The EZI30XLT has a Backlit LCD Display for easy viewing at night or in low light situations.
    The EZI30XLT is an extremely compact unit. The unit measures 53mm (W) x 2.8mm (D) x 106.8mm (H).
     - 1 x EZI30XLT Scanner
    - 1 x Antenna
    - 1 x Beltclip
    - 3 x AA Alkaline Batteries
    - 1 x Earphone
    - 1 x Owner's Manual

    My Thoughts = Basic radio receiver, picks up FM radio stations and Airband, compact, good for young kids, i have never seen one of these radios.



    ** WHERE TO BUY **

    In Sydney, Andrews Communications or Action Communications are my pick

    Andrews Communications
    Shop 8, 41-51 Bathurst St, Greystanes, NSW 2145
    Telephone: (02) 9636 9060, (02) 9688 4301, (02) 9896 8972
     http://www.andrewscom.com.au/

    Action Communications
    198-200 Great Western Highway, Kingswood NSW
  • Phone 02 47 322 788 or 1800 802 948
    http://www.actioncomms.com.au/


    NOTE = Action Communications only sells the Uniden UBCD-396XT Digital / Analogue radio Receiver.  (pic below)


     


    ** NOTE **  If any other retailer sells any of these radios, send me an email at
    michael-bailey1708@hotmail.com and i will add you to this list.

    #Uniden
    #scanradionsw
    #RadioReceiver
    #Scanner
    #scan


    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

    Hello and welcome back.... Something a bit different, this is happening to me.

    A friend of my eldest son (Jack) inherited a radio (A Yaesu FRG 8800) Shortwave Receiver from a Uncle that passed away quiet suddenly. From what i can gather, he loved and worked with radios most of his life, so much, that this particular radio come with a modification which adds Airband & Marine (108 - 174mhz) and a Pre-amp as an add on (FRA 7700)

    This radio had been sitting at Jacks house for a few months gathering dust and myself, being interested in Radios Communications, wanted to know if he wanted to swap for an easier and newer radio to use that I had purchased about a year ago... Fair swap I thought. Jack agreed.

    This is where it gets interesting.....

    When the Yaesu was dropped off at my house, i was eager to set it up and start using it...

    Maybe i was tired.. but you see, myself and my younger son seen this dark shadow walk past us and down the hallway that night...

    "Did you see that?" asked my son

    "Yes, that was strange" I replied... we have lived in this house for 10 years or so and have never seen anything weird happen...

    Other nights while operating this radio, i get a very strange sensation, like its not my radio, be careful with it or like... I'm being watched.

    I have never had anything like this happen before... After all, its just a radio, its just a piece of electrical equipment, its there to Receive Radio Frequencies....

    Several times now, out the corner of my eye, i see this dark man walk past the doorway, hallway, etc

    I haven't said anything to my wife as she would think i going crazy, but then, just last night, she seen it too... A tall dark figure walk past the doorway.
    Thinking it was my oldest son, my wife stated that she wanted to say goodnight before going to bed but was informed by my daughter that he was already in bed...
    I walked into my sons room and there he was tucked in bed, headphones on and hadn't been out of bed for at least an hour because he was watching a program on his Ipod.

    Call me paranoid but this afternoon, I rang Jack and told him he could have his radio back, I stated 'its not mine'...
    Yes it was given to me but there's a strange vibe that comes from this particular radio.. Something i have not experienced before from a piece of electrical equipment, Yes it did belong to a guy who is now passed and i feel like he wants Jack to have it, Not me...

    Strange, me thinks so...



    IS THIS RADIO HAUNTED?

    UPDATE - I gave Jack the radio back, funny thing is.. that he knows there's something going on with this radio...
    He stated that strange noises / happenings have been going on around his house.

    I find this kind of happenings interesting....

    I feel there is more to life than we know....

    Cheers

    #ghost
    #spirit
    #possession
    #possessed
    #Yaesu
    #shortwave

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    WHATS ON MY RADIO - BANK 3 (LOCAL AIRPORTS)

    Hello and welcome back..... Bank 2 was GRN which is listed HERE

    BANK 3 is Local Airports near me, mostly Bankstown and Camden.


    BANKSTOWN AIPORT

    TOWER crt frq    123.600       
    TOWER (CTAF)    132.800      
    GROUND smc    119.900       
    FLI PTY LTD    129.900       
    POLAIR            131.600       
    FORESTRY COM    132.550       
    HAWKER DE HAV    148.3375       
    SYD RADAR    125.800       
    B/TOWN AIR LTD    121.950


    CAMDEN AIRPORT

    TOWER    120.100       
    GROUND    121.900       
    GLIDERS    122.700       
    AIR BALLOONS    123.450

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    WHATS ON MY RADIO - BANK 1 (EMERGENCY SERVICES)

    Hello and welcome back... Continuing with 'Whats on my Radio', an insight to what is programed into my various radios.

    BANK 1 - EMERGENCY SERVICES (Analogue)

    NPWS (National Parks) - NOTE = Now listed as 'Office of Environment and Heritage' on the ACMA

    FIRE HELI 1    123.850       
    FIRE HELI 2    125.450       
    FIRE HELI 3    124.050       
    FIRE HELI 4    122.850       
    FIRE HELI 5    134.700       
    FIRE HELI 6    130.650       
    HELI SNOW    119.600
    Channel 1    80.0125       
    Channel 2    80.1375       
    Channel 3    81.2875       
    Channel 4    80.025       
    Channel 5    80.200       
    Channel 6    81.275       
    Channel 7    81.2625       
    Channel 8    81.250       
    Chamnel 9    81.850       
    Channel 10    81.875       
    Channel 11    81.900       
    Channel 12    82.000       
    Channel 13    82.0375       
    Channel 14    82.2875       
    Channel 15    81.925       
    Channel 16    80.4625       
    Channel 17    82.3875       
    Channel 18    79.8375   
    Channel 19    79.9625       
    Channel 20    79.9375       
    Channel 21    80.0125       
    Channel 22    80.1375       
    Channel 23    81.2875       
    Channel 24    80.025       
    Channel 25    80.200       
    Channel 26    81.275       
    Channel 27    81.2625       
    Channel 28    81.250       
    Channel 29    81.850       
    Channel 30    81.875       
    Channel 31    81.900   
    Channel 32    82.000       
    Channel 33    77.5125       
    Channel 34    77.6375       
    Channel 35    78.7875       
    Channel 36    77.525       
    Channel 37    77.700       
    Channel 38    78.775       
    Channel 39    78.7625       
    Channel 40    78.750       
    Channel 41    79.350       
    Channel 42    79.375       
    Channel 43    79.400       
    Channel 44    79.500       
    Channel 45    79.5375       
    Channel 46    79.7875       
    Channel 47    79.425       
    Channel 48    77.9625       
    Channel 49    77.5125       
    Channel 50    77.6375       
    Channel 51    78.7875       
    Channel 52    77.525       
    Channel 53    77.700       
    Channel 54    78.775       
    Channel 55    78.7625   
    Channel 56    78.750       
    Channel 57    79.350       
    Channel 58    79.375       
    Channel 59    79.400       
    Channel 60    79.500       
    Channel 61    79.5375       
    Channel 62    79.7875       
    Channel 63    79.425       
    Channel 64    77.9625       
    Channel 65    77.5125       
    Channel 66    77.6375       
    Channel 67    78.7875       
    Channel 68    77.525       
    Channel 69    77.700       
    Channel 70    78.775       
    Channel 71    78.7625       
    Channel 72    78.750       
    Channel 73    79.350       
    Channel 74    79.375       
    Channel 75    79.400       
    Channel 76    79.500


    RURAL FIRE (ANALOGUE)

    Fireground 01 SIM ANLG    411.0125       
    Fireground 02 SIM ANLG    411.0375       
    Fireground 03 SIM ANLG    411.0625       
    Fireground 04 SIM ANLG    411.0875       
    Fireground 17 RPT ANLG    462.0625       
    Fireground 18 RPT ANLG    462.2875       
    Fireground 19 RPT ANLG    462.4250       
    Fireground 20 RPT ANLG    462.5250       
    Fireground 21 RPT ANLG    462.5375       
    Fireground 22 RPT ANLG    462.9000       
    Fireground 23 RPT ANLG    462.9625       
    Fireground 24 RPT ANLG    462.9875       
    FIRE TAC 1    119.100   -  Transmit = HOMEBUSH -WOLLONGONG - KATOOMBA
    FIRE TAC 2    128.700       
    FIRE TAC 3    132.350       
    FIRE TAC 4    123.650       
    FIRE TAC 5    132.550 (Used heavily with Blue Mtns fires)      
    FIRE TAC    118.150       
    FIRE TAC    124.450       
    FIRE TAC    130.550       
    FIRE TAC    133.200       
    FIRE TAC    124.250        


    SLSA (SURF LIFESAVING ) Sydney Region

    Green Point    470.52500       
    Shelley Bch    472.37500       
    Norah Head    488.65000       
    Maddens Plai    467.55000       
    Collaroy Sim    484.95000       
    Westpac Rescue    485.00000       
    Bilgola            472.95000       
    Barrenjoey    473.25000       
    Nth Cronulla    463.07500       
    Bondi            471.20000       
    Bronte            489.22500


       

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    WHATS ON MY RADIO - BANK 0 (Rescue Services)

    Hello and welcome back.... Thought I would show you what I listen to on my Scanner Radio, gives you guys a peek to some frequencies that you may not seen before.

    This is Bank 0 = Rescue Frequencies

    westmead hosp - 487.200       
    westmead hosp - 488.900       
    air ambulance - 132.750       
    chc amb heli - 126.400       
    nets base - 124.1500   (Westmead)    
    royal flying doc - 128.900       
    defence search - 282.800       
    winching opps - 467.675       
    polair - 131.600       
    army - 132.900       
    nepean hosp security - 470.275       
    nepean hosp  - 470.600       
    lverpool hosp - 463.775       
    marine rescue - 161.675       
    marine rescue - 154.575       
    distress becon  - 121.500       
    distress becon  - 406.000       
    Fire & Rescue ground 1 - 471.350       
    Fire & Rescue ground 2 - 471.525       
    Fire & Rescue ground 3 - 471.700       
    Fire & Rescue ground 4 - 471.725       
    Fire & Rescue ground 5 - 471.850      
    Fire & Rescue ground 6 - 425.2625       
    Fire & Rescue ground 7 - 425.2875       
    Fire & Rescue ground 8 - 425.3625       
    Fire & Rescue ground 9 - 425.500       
    Fire & Rescue ground10 - 425.5875       
    Fire & Rescue ground11 - 428.8750       
    Fire & Rescue ground12 - 428.9875       
    westmead hosp  - 488.950       
    westmead hosp - 489.900       
    childrens hosp - 463.500      
    childrens hosp - 469.475       
    Aust Air Patrol - 473.600       
    Aust Air Patrol - 470.525       
    childrens hosp - 487.175


    STAY TUNED FOR MORE





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    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    STEAM WEEKEND - BLUE MOUNTAINS

    Hello and welcome back.... Living in the Blue Mountains has its advantages, Excellent for radio receiving given the height advantage (most of the time) and every now and then a special occasion happens.
    This weekend see's the Valley Heights Steam Museum run 2 steam engines (5917 & 3237) and a 4906 Locomotive at the rear to help in steep times.
    This event is celebrating 100 years of steam in the Mountains

    Communications were monitored on State Rail traffic channel 450.050Mhz and occasional Springwood Station on 418.475Mhz

    Photos By Michael Bailey NSW
















































































    Even the Indian Pacific paid a visit



    LINKS

    http://infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot/

    http://infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot/tram/index.shtml

    http://infobluemountains.net.au/rail/

    #ValleyHights
    #Springwood
    #Rail
    #BlueMountains









    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    CESSNA SKYLANE - 19000FT

    Hello and welcome back.... Ever wanted to see what its like to fly a Cessna but were afraid of heights... Wonder no more

    Make sure you enable HD and full screen :)

       Thanks to Guido Warnecke for the video


    FULL RIDE ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE

    Hello and welcome back.... Ever wanted to know what its like to ride in the Space Shuttle as it takes off?
    Well, now you can....
    Make sure you put the video in HD full screen and turn it up :)
    You will ride on the boosters

      Thanks to NASA for the video


    ALSO behind the scenes of liftoff also from NASA   (stunning)

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    HUGE SOLAR FLARE TO HIT EARTH

    Hello and welcome back.... An X-Class solar flare, the most dangerous kind, erupted from the sun toward Earth Wednesday.

    What does that mean to us as radio enthusiasts? 

    Well, there could be impacts on high-frequency (HF- Shortwave) radio communications. Most of the time its radio noise, static noise that makes signals diminish in strength.

    It could also impact GPS devices, Satellite TV and cause blackouts. or it could just miss us altogether... Guess we will just have to wait and see.

    You can watch the flare LIVE on Slooh.com - CLICK HERE

    So if your scanner or shortwave receiver is not picking up as well as it should, don't blame the radio... it could be the sun.


    Blame the sun, that bright flash screws up your radios amongst other things..

    SOMETHING TO NOTE.... Keep an eye on the tables on the right hand side of this site, (called - Solar Data ,and HF Propagation) there updated daily and will keep you informed.

    LATEST NEWS

    2014-09-12 01:15 UTC  The First CME Has Arrived
     
    The first of the two CMEs predicted to arrive today made its appearance right on time. G1 ((Minor) geomagnetic storming is expected to begin within the next few hours with a maximum projected level of G2 (Moderate) storms for September 12th. A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is still in effect for September 13th due to the combined influence of this CME and the one projected to arrive late on the 12th. G1 (Minor) storming is likely to continue into September 14th. In addition, the S1 (Minor) solar radiation storm that is in progress as a result of the eruption on September 10th is expected to persist for the next few days with a possible slight increase with the arrival of the CMEs. Keep in mind that the forecast periods listed are in Universal Time so aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be looking for possible activity tonight through Saturday night. Stay tuned for updates.

    Thanks to  www.swpc.noaa.gov for the info

    LINKS

    http://spaceweather.com/

    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

    http://www.space.com/27110-sun-unleashes-big-solar-flare.html

    http://www.solarham.net/

    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/significant-flare-surges-off-the-sun/#.VBJvvWONPbQ






    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    YAESU FRG-7 HF SHORTWAVE RADIO (video)

    Hello and welcome back..... I thought I would do a video on the Japanese made "Yaesu FRG-7 HF Shortwave Radio"
    Its kinda like an instructional video.

    For an antenna, nothing beats a "Long Wire" antenna but failing that, I use a "Mobile One SCATX" antenna, works excellent on shortwave (Link Below)

    YAESU FRG-7 HF SHORTWAVE RADIO



    LINKS

    http://www.mobileone.com.au/antennas/4d_scanner.html  (The SCATX Antenna is item 5 )


    EARLY MODEL - Note no finetune



    LATER MODEL




    Monday, August 25, 2014

    SHORTWAVE MYSTERY SIGNALS

    Hello and welcome back.... Found this interesting, if you own a Shortwave radio.. USB -Upper Side Band & LSB -Lower Side Band preferred..

    NUMBERS STATIONS

    Is it Spys, Is it Military?
    what ever it is its creepy, and has been going since the 1970s. Number stations are all over the Shortwave band, often at night and close to the hour and can go for 20 - 50 mins at a time.
    Sometimes its a robotic lady voice, sometimes a man s voice and says a string of numbers.. Eg =

    16388khz   18-08-2014(date)  1110(time)  E11a  USB                               
    952/34 Attention
    02099 83383 80810 23769 26206 05664 86304 93712 36331 23821
    11375 39324 95570 81160 36800 01773 85798 83001 11261 02711
    48126 80869 24458 38837 76797 12651 09776 79744 49114 70028
    63413 56302 56800 14380
    Attention, rpt msg, out

    This was from website hfunderground.com (many thanks) with enthusiasts logging these 'number' channels as they happen = link

    Info below from hackcanada.com (with thanks)

     Numbers Stations
     
         Well over a hundred "numbers" or "spy" stations have
    been reported, all rather closely following a pattern. On the
    typical numbers station, the announcer is - or seems to be -
    a woman. No one knows who the woman is or where she is
    broadcasting from. She speaks Spanish, German, or Korean.
    Save for a few words at the begining and the end of the
    transmission, the message consists of reandom numbers,
    announced in groups of five, four, or, rarely, three digits.
    As with the Morse code stations, the numbers stations are all
    on unauthorized frequencies. No government or organization
    owns up to the broadcasts; offically, at least, the FCC
    claims no knowledge of them.
         Many of those who have listened to the broadcasts
    carefully are convinced that the woman is in fact a robot.
    The voice has a mechanical ring, somtimes a click between
    each digit. It seems to be the same type of device used by
    the telephone company to give the time or to forward phone
    numbers.
         The exact format of the messages varies with the
    language and number of digits per group. With Spanish, five
    digit groups, for example, a typical transmission might be:
     
            Atencion 290 22...Atencion 290 22...Atencion 290 22
            ...65438...34742...23453...23454...29584...24836...
            22334...34635...10202...19375...34653...23457...
            12345...94532...24643...27543...14795...24568...
            75744...74755...87194...63549...Final,final.
     
         Broadcasts are during the night hours of North America
    and seem to start shortly after the hour. After the
    "Final,final," the transmission stops. It is claimed that a
    given transmission is repeated a few minutes later on a
    slightly different frequency.
         There seems to be no escaping the conclusion that the
    messages are numerical code. The second number (22 in the
    example) - is the number of digit groups in the message.
    There dosen't seem to be any demonstrable significance to the
    first number although it probably has some signifigance. Some
    think it is an identifying number for the sender or the
    receiver. It may also indentify the code used if there is
    more than one. Note that the numbers above are only random
    (except for 22) and were never really broadcast.
         The four-digit transmissions in Spanish are different. A
    three-digit number (perhaps that of the sender or receiver)
    is repeated several times, followed by the digits 1 through
    10. ("uno, dos, tres...") and a string of Morse code dashes.
    the word "grupo" is followed by the number of four-digit
    groups to come and repeated once - for example, "Grupo 22,
    grupo 22." The message - groups of four Spanish numbers -
    follows. At the end the voice says, "Repito grupo 22," and
    the message repeats. The station goes off the air after the
    repeat.
         Any attempt to explain these broadcasts is complicated
    by numbers broadcasts in other languages. There are also
    broadcasts in German, Korean, and English. Occasional
    transmissions in Russian, French, Portuguese, and even
    Serbo-Croatian are reported. Somtimes a male (mechanical?)
    voice reads the numbers. The female robot voice doing English
    language broadcasts is often described as having an Oriental
    or German accent. Typical of the uncertainty surrounding
    numbers stations are the reported English messages prefaced
    with a female voice saying "Groups disinformation" and ending
    with "End of disinformation." Perhaps the voice machine has a
    bad rendering of "This information."
         Still other stations transmit messages consisting of
    letters from the phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo,
    Charlie...). Some spice their broadcasts with music, which
    ranges from ethnic tunes to wierd tones that may or may not
    conceal a message. Reported frequencies for numbers and
    phonetic-alphabet stations include:
    
    F/M = Female/Male
    S = Spanish            R = Russian
    F = French             E = English
    P = Portuguese         C = Czech
    SC= Serbo-Croatian     G = German
     
     
    Frequency      Male      language
      (KHz)        Female
    ---------      ------    --------
     
    3060              F         S       (All are numbers stations
    3090              F         S        unless otherwise noted)
    3365              M         SC
    4640              M         S
    4642              F         F
    4670              F         S&E      Numbers & phonetic
    4740              M         S&P      Interlude from Aida
    4770              F         G
    5020              F         S
    5075              F         S
    5110              M         C        Slavic musical interlude
    5812              F         S
    6770              F         S
    6790              F         S
    8875              F         S
    9040              F         S&E
    9345              F         S
    9450              F         E        + Musical tones
    9463              F         S
    9950              F         S
    10450             F         K
    10500             F         G
    10532             F         S
    11545             F         G
    11618             F         G
    11635             F         S
    13320             M         R
    14947             F         G
    14970             F         E        + Beep tones
    23120             F         G
    30050                       E
    30250                       E
    30420                       E
    30470                       E
     
     
         Whatever is going on, it's a big operation. Harry L.
    Helms' "How to tune in the shortwave spectrum" has a list of
    sixty-two stations that includes only those with a female
    voice reading five digit codes in Spanish. Much time and
    effort are going into the broadcasts. Some numbers stations
    transmit on the upper sideband rather than using amplitude
    modulation (AM). Signals are usually strong. Because of
    ionospheric reflection, they can be picked up over most of
    the globe. This makes direction finding difficult.
         Two explanations are offered for the numbers stations.
    It is rumored that some of the stations are communications
    links in the drug traffic between the United States and
    Latin America. If so, Spanish is the logical language. The
    numerically coded messages could tell where drops are to be
    made, how much to expect, and other minutiae that would
    change from day to day. Weak support for this comes from some
    amateur direction finding, which seems to place many of the
    Spanish broadcasts Somewhere south of the United States.
         But even those who subscribe to this explanation agree
    that other numbers stations, probably most of them worldwide,
    are engaged in espionage - governmental or organizational
    communication with agents in the field.
         Which government? The Spanish stations are usually heard
    between 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. The night
    hours are best for clandestine broadcasting as weak signals
    propagate farther. So the spanish language broadcasts are
    probably coming from a time zone not far removed from Eastern
    Standard Time (the EST time zone includes the central
    Caribbean, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru.)
         On the basis of signal strengths and broadcast times, it
    can be similarly be postulated that the German Stations are
    coming from Europe, or maybe Africa, and the Korean stations
    are coming from the Orient - oddly enough.
         As far as the Spanish stations are concerned, suspision
    points to Cuba. In 1975 U.S. listeners reported muffled radio
    Havana broadcasts in the background of the Spanish stations.
    A station at 9920KHz is said to have used the same theme
    music as radio Havana.
         But then there are American ham radio operators who
    swear that the spanish stations must be in the United States.
    "How to Tune the Secret Shortwave Spectrum" tells of
    listeners in Ohio who reported four digit numbers stations
    coming in stronger than anything else on the dial execpt for
    a 50 kilowatt broadcast band station a few miles distant.
    Similar reports come from the Washingtom, D.C., area.
         Probably the simplest of all the many possible
    explanitions is that the Spanish stations are opperated by
    Cuba for the benefit of Cuban agents in the United States.
    The Radio Havana Broadcasts in the background would have been
    a mistake. The engineer was listening to radio Havana and
    forgot the mike was on, or maybe radio Havana and some of the
    numbers stations share facilities and the signals got mixed.
    The local quality broadcasts heard in the U.S. could be Cuban
    agents reporting back to Havana. Each agent would have his
    own mechanical voice setup. Not that you can carry around a
    50000 watt transmitter in your pocket.
         The actual explanation may not be the simplest, though.
    According to Helms, some shortwave listeners believe that the
    four and five digit number transmissions are totally differnt
    opperations. The four digit transmissions, at least some of
    which seem to originate in the United States, may be the work
    of the U.S. government. Only the five-digit transmissions may
    come from Latin America - and may be associated with local
    governments or U.S. foreign agents. Harry L. Helms
    speculates that the United States may have faked the radio
    Havana background just to divert suspission from an American
    espionage operation.
         Any glib explanation of the numbers stations is further
    challenged by another incident Helms cites. An unnamed
    listener was receiving a five digit numbers broadcast in
    Spanish. At the end of the broadcast, the station
    accidentally (?) stayed on the air, and faint female voices
    were heard reading numbers in German and English. If the
    report was accurate, then the numbers stations could be the
    work of one worldwide operation. Choice of language could be
    arbitrary. Whatever his or her native tounge, an agent need
    only need learn ten words of, say, Korean in order to receive
    a numerical broadcast in Korean.
         No one willing to talk has broken the code or codes used
    for the transmissions. If the codes are sophisticated enough
    it may be pointless to even try. A random four or five digit
    number added to each number in the group will scramble the
    code. The numbers would have to be agreed upon before
    transmission. If a different number is used for each number
    block and if they are not repeated it is mathematically
    impossible for outsiders to break the code.
         At 3820KHz there is a four-note electronic tune. At
    12700KHz there is a plaintive, twenty-one-note, flutelike
    melody. At 15507 KHz there are beeps.
         The EXCHANGE serves as a message base for exchanging
    information dealing with radio frequencies. If you wish to
    post the frequencies from your area (confidential or not),
    get frequencies for other areas, post sample broadcasts,
    reveal the coding method or purpose of these broadcasts, or
    just talk to a friendly bunch of guys and gals feel free to
    call.
     
    The EXCHANGE : (904) 878 - 4413..24HRS..300/1200/2400 baud
                                       (Modem only, of course)
     
     
    Special thanks to William Poundstone (for the above info)















    SLOT MACHINE SOUNDS

    These Shortwave sounds (called Japanese slot machines) are rumored to be from the Japanese Navy... Still, sounds weird
    Check out frequencies = 8588(c), 4291(c), 4231.5  6445, 8704, 6250,  (c) = confirmed





    HAPPY LISTENING



    Monday, July 21, 2014

    EMERGENCY RADIO BEACON RECALL

    Hello and welcome back.... Thought i would share this, Its a recall for GME brand EPIRBS (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons)..


    REMEMBER THESE ?

    Remember these - Pearce Simpson Tiger Mrk2 (CB Radio).... 70s - 80s


    Those were the days :)


    POLAIR PHOTO

    Hello and welcome back.... Love this photo, found on Facebook



    STUNNING BIRD


    Rate this site @ dxzone.com


    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    F/A 18 -A/B HORNET AND HAWK 127 TRAINING - RICHMOND NSW

    What:        Royal Australian Air Force training involving F/A18-A/B Hornet aircraft.

    When:       Tuesday 15 July; 4 x Hornet F/A-18 aircraft as from 6pm to 8pm
                      Thursday 17 July – 6 x Hawk 127 aircraft – as from 9.30am to 11am
                      Thursday 17 July – 6 x Hornet F/A-18 aircraft – as from 6pm to 8:30pm

    ******** UPDATE = 21ST- 24TH July (Mon - Thurs)  - 4 x F/A-18 Hornets  - 6pm -8pm  ********************************************************************************

    Where:     RAAF Base Richmond, NSW

    F/A-18A/B Hornet and Hawk 127 lead in fighter jet aircraft will conduct diversion training at RAAF Base Richmond on Tuesday (15 July), and Thursday (17 July).

    The Hornet and Hawk aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, will conduct circuit training including ‘touch-and-go’ landings intermittently over the next four weeks.

    The ability to land at alternate airfields is an essential part of pilot training on the Hornet and Hawk aircraft.  Richmond is the primary diversion airfield for RAAF Base Williamtown.

    This training will also include an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach, which assists pilots to land at night or in poor weather conditions.

    Residents should note that these dates and times are subject to change.

    Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military activity, and Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the Hawkesbury community during these training activities.

    For further information on RAAF Williamtown flying activities, members of the community are encouraged to ring RAAF Base Williamtown 1800 033 200, or log on to the website to receive updates on Hawk/Hornet aircraft diversions – see link http://www.airforce.gov.au/flyingareawilliamtown.

    Thanks to Airforce NSW for the info

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    HOW LOW IS TOO LOW - F-16

    Hello and welcome back.... Video of a Turkish f-16 coming in to land in the U.K (Waddington Airshow) with aviation enthusiasts getting more Air in their Hair than they had anticipated.....

    Bet a few had to change underwear as some hit the deck....

                        (Thanks to ArcturanMegadonkey for the video)

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    UNIDEN BCD396XT REVIEW

    Hello and welcome back... Good Reading from now defunked U.S radio site "MonitoringTimes".

    A review of the Uniden BCD396XT radio scanner

    Its in PDF format ... (Click Here) for free PDF reader

    LINK TO REVIEW (below)

    http://monitoringtimes.com/mtfirstlook-bcd396xt.pdf



    Thanks to MonitoringTimes.com for the review

    EASY TO READ MANUAL FOR UNIDEN 396XT SCANNER

    Hello and welcome back.... Having problem reading the crappy instruction manual that came with your Uniden 396XT scanner ( or maybe you lost it) ?

    Fear not, this website has the Instruction manual set out in easy to read terms and explanations...

    Worth a look :)

    LINK

    http://marksscanners.com/396XT/396xt.shtml