Friday, November 25, 2016


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 radio 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...

Covers NSW Rural-Fire Fireground channels (VHF & UHF) and Aircraft Support inc Rural Fire, NPWS & NSW Forestry.
(update) PMR Chs now included
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.

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)

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

Westpac Rescue, Marine Rescue, Air Ambulance, Hospitals, Fire Brigade back chs (used in car accidents, etc, etc) and lots more.

Used for searching / monitoring new frequencies or can load full Marine channels band

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)

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

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

STA Buses, Westfields, State Rail, Taxies, etc etc
Can be modified to your local area

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.

NSW & Canberra Only & Windows based only (sorry)

COST = $35 (Email Master File with instructions)
              $50 meet me (if you live / travel around Blue Mountains and i will do it for you..Takes 15mins)

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 it gives me time to find frequencies for your area.

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

PLEASE NOTE = Sadly Sydney Police (and surrounds) are using digital encryption and cannot be scanned but small pockets of analogue are still available in country areas (MT VIC - Blue Moutains is one area) that can still scanned but its very limited but will be added to your file if available.

Also I DO NOT PROGRAM THE UNIDEN UBCD436HP... This involves micro chips and serial numbers... SORRY

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.

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.


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


Michael Bailey



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)


  • 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 

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



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..


Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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..



#Concorde 2

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Hello and welcome back... Airband scanners at the ready..

A military exercise off the east coast called ECADEX 16 will start on Monday 14th Nov 2016


RAAF Base Amberley, QLD and RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW will see an increase in aircraft activity over the period 11 - 23 November 2016 with the start of the East Coast Air Defence Exercise (ECADEX 16)
This is a tactical field training exercise that involves defensive counter air and command and control operations. Our F/A-18F Super Hornets, KC-30A, F/A-18A Hornets, E-7A Wedgetail and AP-3C Orion will all participate in this exercise.
Exercise flying will begin Mon 14 November, concluding Wednesday 23 November.

Thanks to RAAF Website for the info


Hello and welcome back... Taken this afternoon while buzzing around Springwood.

Apart from Radios and Music, Photography is a huge hobby of mine. Very impressed with this photo, i don't own an expensive camera (Nikon L310), so i get excited when my photos turn out sharp and reasonable size.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Hello and welcome back... Sometimes, I can't believe the stupidity of people.

Someone has decided that it would be funny to start transmitting on aircraft radio and issuing directions to airplanes saying they were from control towers, they even made a hoax mayday call to Avalon and Melbourne (Tullamarine) airports.

This happened 15 times...

Unauthorized transmissions on non-public radio channels is an offence, and the person responsible could face up to 20 years in prison.

Apart from the obvious danger to passengers and crew, this is the sort of behavior is what will make authority's say 'How can we stop this thing from happening again'
The result will be, that changes will be made and the hobby of Aviation listening will be a thing of the past.. all thanks to some dickhead.

This sort of shit pisses me off...I love Aviation monitoring, its about the only thing that hasn't changed much in 30 years which means you can still get a cheap receiver (or an old scanner), as long as it covers the aviation bands and be sure to hear something within a few mins.

If anyone knows who is doing this, please contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000
before its too late.

Oh yeah, and if you know them personally, give them a good smack in the head and tell them to wake up to themselves, courtesy of the aviation loving community. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Hello and welcome back... Found this interesting, very informative if you love aviation. Everything you wanted to know about flying commercial airlines and how things work


Thanks to KLM Airlines for the videos

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