Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello and welcome back... Last post for 2017

Just wanted to wish all readers of this site a Merry and safe Christmas and a happy New Year.

Hope Santa is good to you all and i shall see you in 2018 (unless something major happens)

I would also like to take the time to say 'Thanks to various readers for their input, information and kind 'Shouts of Coffee' over 2017. It is hugely appreciated so 'THANK YOU'

Stay Safe

Michael Bailey




UNIDEN - BEST PLACES TO MOUNT A CB RADIO

A quick video from Uniden showing the best places to mount your CB Radio in your car.






Another video (not from Uniden) showing best Antenna /Radio Placements and how to run 2 radios at the same time.





THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELERS NET

Hello and welcome back... This is a great idea.

If you love traveling this great vast land that is Australia and have a HF (Shortwave) transmitting radio in your vehicle then you are able to, in times of emergency, access the 'Australian Travelers Net'.

What is The Australian Travelers Net?

Its a service that is monitored 24hrs by Amateur radio operators (mainly The Wireless Institute of Australia) and other volunteers.

FREQUENCIES
There are two frequencies in operation being 14.116MHz & 21.185 MHz.

The 14.116 MHz is manned from 0200 UTC daily for check ins (Call Back Time is 0300 UTC)
The 21.185 MHz is manned from 0400 UTC daily for check ins (Call Back Time is 0500 UTC)

From the webpage = The Australian Travellers Net operates 365 days of the year to provide a mantle of safety for Amateurs travelling long distances often in remote areas of Australia.

This service is also available to Amateurs that are Maritime Mobile.

Phone numbers are available to anyone who wishes to send a message to travellers or inquire about their whereabouts. (Refer to contact list below) Urgent traffic will be given priority over Stations checking in.

LINKS
http://www.wia.org.au/members/nets/travellers/ (Find out more)

*** TIP = Also good for scanner users to put the 2 frequencies into your scanner (listen to emergency's as they happen)



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Just click on the 'Shout me a Coffee Fund' on the top right hand of this page.
Merry Christmas ****

#AustTravelersNet



INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PAGE UPDATED

Hello and welcome back... Just a quick note to let you know that the International Space Station page has been updated.. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

LINKS

http://scanradionsw.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/international-space-station.html


Friday, December 15, 2017

COAX FEED LINE LOSS CHART

Hello and welcome back.... Found this interesting, can't remember where i found this but its handy to know.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

RADIO USER MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

Hello and welcome back... To continue from the last post, November and December editions of Radio User Magazine.

NOVEMBER

DOWNLOAD NOVEMBER RADIO USER HERE


DECEMBER

DOWNLOAD DECEMBER RADIO USER MAGAZINE FROM HERE

When you click on the link, in the top right corner is a downward arrow, click this arrow to download to your computer to read, transfer to IPad, etc, etc.

Please consider making a small donation to this page, it is most appreciated.
Just click on Shout Me A Coffee fund button on the top right of this page.
Merry Christmas.




Monday, December 4, 2017

RADIO USER MAGAZINE - OCTOBER

Hello and welcome back... I love this magazine.

Back when i was working full time (and had money), i used to have this magazine ordered to my local newsagents from the U.K

Yes, I know what your thinking... Its a U.K magazine, whats it got to do with the Australian radio scene?

Well, it has a plethora of articles including Shortwave, Various Product Reviews, Technical write-ups and its even got Radio Related Websites to visit.

Its a excellent read and is in PDF format.

Its just a shame that we (in Australia) don't have a radio related magazine anymore that's as good as Radio User Magazine.



DOWNLOAD OCTOBER 2017 HERE (Save to your computer)

Press the little down arrow on download page and save to computer.

More To Come :)



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NETFLIX SERIES - SHOT IN THE DARK

Hello and welcome back.... Interesting TV series for those who have a Netflix account.

Its called 'Shot in the Dark' and is a behind the scenes of TV cameramen in the U.S.

With a heavy use of scanners to get the information and get to the scene as quickly as possible, its an engaging doco type TV series.

While our media is a bit more sedate, it shows the difference between the U.S, where every second person owns a scanner and ours, where sometimes the word 'scanner' is a dirty word.

Trailer Below


#ShotintheDark

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NEW QANTAS BOEING 787-9 DREAMLINER

Hello and welcome back... Interesting video, with Qantas receiving the new 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet.

Stunning bird, hope to fly in it one day.










Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ARMY BLACKHAWKS FLYING AROUND SYDNEY

Hello and welcome back...If your wondering why a series of Army Blackhawk helicopters have been flying around parts of Sydney, its a training exercise.


From October 30th till November 23 2017, aircraft will be flown in a training exercise around various parts of Sydney inc around Campbelltown, Penrith and St Clair (already reports in social media) and will be going till around 11.30pm.

MORE INFO

https://www.army.gov.au/media-room/noise-and-training-notices


TIMBERLINE / PAYS BLACKHAWK IN NSW

Hello and welcome back... This stunning bird will be joining us for the 2017/2018 Bushfire season in NSW.

Blackhawk helicopter (Ex U.S Army) known as Helitak 260 (2016/2017 NSW fire season) arriving at Brisbane Airport ready to be assembled.
Just unfold the tail, slap on the rotors and away you go.

The Blackhawk will be headed to Scone, NSW where it will remain on standby with Pay's Aviation.

This beast can travel at 275Kmph or 150knots, has 3200 horsepower and has a 3400ltr bucket attached.



MORE INFO

http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/11/bushfire-black-hawk-to-return/

http://www.fireandrescue.co/news-feb-17-blackhawk.html




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RIDE INSIDE A BLACKHAWK FIRE HELICOPTER IN THE U.S (go fullscreen)




THAT SOUND.. Thanks to Frank Bry for the video

#NSWRFS
#RuralFire
#Blackhawk
#Pays

ERICKSON SKYCRANE IN ACTION

Hello and welcome back... Wicked video of the Sikorsky Erickson Sky-Crane in action.

This helicopter will be joining us shortly in the 2017/2018 fire season.

Here is a small video of the chopper being put through its paces in Istanbul.

I didn't know it had a fire-fighting hose on the front, interesting.

Take a Look. (be sure to put in full-screen mode)




Thursday, November 2, 2017

QANTASLINK

Hello and welcome back... QantasLink is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Airways and Australia's largest regional airline.



It operates around 2,000 flights each week to nearly 54 metropolitan and regional destinations across Australia.

QantasLink is comprised of three different regional airlines - Airlink, Eastern Australia Airlines and Sunstate Airlines.

 QantasLink operates 82 aircraft including
20 - Boeing 717-200
3 - Bombardier Dash 8 -200/Q200
11 - Dash 8-Q300
31 - Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprop aircraft.
17 - Fokker 100

IATA - QF
ICAO - QLK/QJE
CALLSIGN - Q-LINK/Q-JET

FREQUENCIES
130.525
129.250 (Sydney)
129.075 (Sydney)
131.650 (Sydney)
494.950 (Armidale)
131.650 (Various inc Armidale, Albury, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Newcastle,
                                  Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Lord Howe Island)


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QANTASLINK BEHIND THE SCENES



QANTASLINK DASH8



LINKS

https://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/qantaslink/global/en

http://www.portmacquarieairport.com.au/Flight-Information/Airlines/Qantas-Link

http://www.lordhoweisland.info/travel-essentials/how-to-get-there/qantas/

https://www.alburywodongaaustralia.com.au/3348/qantaslink/


#Qantaslink
#NSWRadio&Communication



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LISTEN TO THE ANIMALS - ZOO FREQUENCIES

Hello and welcome back... Going to the zoo is a great pastime.

Take a listen to the frequencies that make this amazing place tick..



TARONGA ZOO (Sydney)
465.350
464.825
464.350
462.5875
463.350
465.750

WESTERN PLAINS ZOO (Dubbo)
461.425
165.760

NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM (Canberra)
472.2375
472.900
472.5875


LINKS

https://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo

https://taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo

http://nationalzoo.com.au/


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTERS

Hello and welcome back... With summer just around the corner, i thought i would focus on one of the best Rescue organizations that keeps our coastline safe... Westpac Rescue Helicopters

Photo - Paul Sadler


SYDNEY AND SOUTH
Sydney base at La Perouse (northern headland Botany Bay - Cape Banks) is home to 'Lifesaver 21' (VH-SLU), a Kawasaki BK117 Helicopter
The Sydney base is also a major radio hub with comms for Surf Lifesaving (SLSA), Council Lifeguards, NSW Police, Marine Radio, GRN (Government Radio Network), Ambulance NSW & Sydney Radar (air traffic).

SYDNEY FREQUENCIES
475.100mhz
474.8625mhz

Southern helicopter base is situated at Moruya (NSW South Coast) and is home to 'Lifesaver 23' a Kawasaki BK117 B2 Helicopter (VH-SLA)


NORTHERN DISTRICTS


The northern districts have 4 Augusta Westland AW139 Helicopters and bases include Newcastle (Belmont Airport), Lismore (airport) and Tamworth (airport).

A maintenance facility is situated Newcastle (Broadmedow) and is where the 4th spare helicopter is housed.


FREQUENCIES
484.950mhz








LINKS

https://www.lifesaver.org.au/

http://www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/

https://www.westpacrescue.com.au/


**** Please donate to Wespac Rescue in your area using links above, you never know, one day you might need them.. *****


#WestpacRescue
#Rescuehelicopter
#NSWRadio&Communications



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WHAT NOT TO DO

Hello and welcome back... A 16yo male from Melbourne has pimped out his truck with emergency lights / sirens and has then hit the streets.


There are claims he has spent $100,000 on the truck and has been caught by police attending various accidents / incidents.
While the young man admits it was a silly idea, he will now probably have a criminal record.

Maybe he should have joined the VRA or something like that.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE



Sunday, October 15, 2017

LITTLE WINGS - AEROMEDICAL TRANSPORT

Hello and welcome back.... This is a great service.


Little Wings is based in Bankstown NSW

From the Little Wings website =  Little Wings is a not for profit organisation whose mission is to provide a professional, free and safe flight and ground transport service for children from rural and regional NSW to access specialised medical services and treatment in major centres.

Our aim is to support families to reduce the financial burden, emotional strain, and travel fatigue associated with long distance travel.

Managing director - Richelle Koller in front of the main Aircraft used by Little Wings, A single engine Piper Malibu Mirage (VH-FEE), soon to be upgraded to a twin engine Beechcraft Baron thanks to the generosity of donations which will make travel a lot more comfortable for sick kids.

Little Wings makes 400 trips a year, flying 60 families as far as Walgett and Lismore.




LINKS

http://www.littlewings.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/LittleWingsAustralia/


*** PLEASE Consider donating a few dollars to this excellent charity, you never know, one day you might need them. Thanks ***

#LittleWings
#NSWRadio&Communication
#Aeromedical
#Transport
Pics and Videos from Little Wings website / facebook site



AWESOME PHOTO

Found this on Facebook, would make a wicked wallpaper for your computer :)


Monday, October 9, 2017

POLAIR 5 FLYOVER

Hello and welcome back... A few pics that i took of Polair 5 that did a few flybys this afternoon. I believe there was a medical evac / transfer at a lookout in Springwood (Blue Mountains).

Awesome chopper = Bell 412



Above


#Polair5
#Police
#Springwood



NO UPDATE FOR BATHURST 1000

Hello and welcome back... just a quick note to say "Sorry"

I decided this year not to update my Bathurst1000 page, reasons being...

1. Just about everything has gone digital and is run by Foxtel

2. Its Bathurst Scan's website thing and i thought i would let him do what he is good at.

3. School holidays and my son just gave me his old laptop which runs windows 10 so Im in the process of transferring everything and learning bloody Windows 10.

So that's it in a nutshell, sorry bout that.


Friday, September 22, 2017

UNIDEN UBC126AT SCANNER FREQUENCY LIST

Hello and welcome back.. Do you own a Uniden UBC126AT?

I have made a frequency list for this scanner. The list makes use of the 500ch analogue capability of this wicked scanner.

The Frequency File on offer is

BANK
1 - Rural Fire inc Aviation & Fireground
2 - Rescue inc Rescue Helicopters & Fire Brigade back chs
3 - Military inc Richmond RAAF
4 - Local Frequency's
5 - Local Airports
6 - Sydney Airport
7 - Aircraft Company's
8 - Blank
9 - Marine
10 - 40 Ch UHF CB

I have left bank 8 blank in-case you want to add your own frequencies.

All up, this Uniden Based file will save hours of your time

Asking price is just $35. Just click on the 'Shout me a Coffee Fund' on the top right corner and in notes please state programming UBC126AT scanner, suburb (for local bank)

In return, an email with full instructions, software & drivers (free from Uniden) and a scanner Master File for your area.

Programming for other scanners inc
UBCD396T
UBCD396XT
UBCD996T
UBCD325P2 (using latest version of Freescan)
Are available HERE 

Many Thanks



#Uniden
#ubc126at
#UBC126AT
#UnidenScanner
#NSWRadio&Communications



 



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

RURAL FIRE PAGE UPDATED

Hello and welcome back... Just a quick message to let you know that the NSW Rural Fire Page has been updated for 2017 Season CLICK HERE TO VIEW

link =  http://scanradionsw.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/nsw-busfire-frequencies.html

Even know the 2017 fire season has started a month early, lets hope its a quiet one.

Stay Safe


Saturday, September 9, 2017

RFS HELICOPTERS - FIREBIRD 200 (Part 3)

Hello and welcome back.. Part 3 of RFS Helicopters

FIREBIRD 200
This chopper was interesting to photograph..

Its a Aerospatiale AS-350B Squirrel (ex NPWS) and has a distinctive Thermal Camera attached at the front on the passenger side skid.

What was interesting about this helicopter was halfway through taking a few photos, a RFS person who seemed to be a tad pissed at me taking photos of this helicopter, asked me not to take photos of the Thermal Camera. I thought he was joking..

He wasn't...

I didn't get to ask why as he walked away talking on his phone.. Interesting



Cockpit View

Stunning Bird

#NSWRFS
#RFS
#NSWRadio&Communication
#Firebird200




RFS HELICOPTERS - HELITACK 201 / 202 (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back... Part 2 looks at Helitack 201 / 202 RFS Helicopters

Both are BK117 Kawasaki Helicopters.

HELITACK 201
I was lucky enough to have one of the pilots show me around this amazing bird, which i was most grateful.

All photos by Michael Bailey


Cockpit view

Enough room to swing a cat

Engine Bay

 Getting ready for take off

In the Air - Possibly the best photo that I've taken.
I Put the shutter speed on 1/60 to slow the blades down and to capture a sharp image.. hard to do when moving.

Normal image giving that frozen blade look.


HELITACK 202

This chopper was over in the distance and is the same type as Helitack 201 - A Kawasaki BK117

A bit Dusty.. cough, cough

Tried the blade effect but not as sharp as the photo above..

Helitack 202 fly over

#NSWRFS
#RFS
NSWRadio&Communication


Friday, September 8, 2017

RURAL FIRE HELICOPTER DISPLAY - PART 1

Hello and welcome back.. Yesterday, I got the chance to go to a display at Winmalee oval (see previous post) in which the Rural Fire of NSW was holding a function for what I thought was a display for the public.

It seems it wasn't.

It was a display for the Commissioner of Rural Fire 'Shane Fitzsimmons' who showed up just before lunch and a few other important people's

Lucky for me, I got there about 10am and was able to have a peek at these amazing machines that will be keeping us safe this summer before things got all serious.

Remote Area Operations truck - this unit allows people on the ground to see Thermal Imaging taken from Helicopter 'Firebird 200' attached camera.


HELICOPTERS ON DISPLAY

FIREBIRD 200
This stunning Helicopter know as Firebird 200 is a Aerospatiale AS-350B Squirrel.

The front passenger skid has a large thermal camera attached so firefighters can see the intensity of the fire from above.



HELITACK 201
RFS helicopter 'Helitack 201' is a Kawasaki BK117.


HELITACK 202
RFS helicopter 'Helitack 201' is also a Kawasaki BK117

A more in-depth  look will follow in parts 2 / 3

All photos by Michael Bailey

#NSWRFS
#RFS
#NSWRadio&Communication
#Firebird200
#Helitack201
#Helitack202


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

FIREFIGHTING HELICOPTERS ON DISPLAY

Hello and welcome back... Have the day off tomorrow?

Head to Summerhays Park, Winmalee (near Springwood) Blue Mountains to watch several Helicopters go through their paces (Sept 7th)

The display will be between  9am - 3.30pm

Read more HERE = https://www.bluemts.com.au/news/international-and-australian-firefighting-authorities-visit-the-blue-mountains/

FREQUENCIES
NPWS Heli    122.8500
NPWS Heli    123.8500
NPWS Heli    124.0500
NPWS Heli    125.4500
NPWS Heli    130.6500
NPWS Heli    134.7000
RFS Heli    119.1000
RFS Heli    128.7000
RFS Heli    123.6500
RFS Heli    132.5500
RFS Heli    118.1500
RFS Heli    124.4500
RFS Heli    130.5500
RFS Heli    133.2000
RFS Heli    124.2500
Air to Air    123.4500
Fire Tac Comms    450.4125

Hope to see you there.



#RFS

#NSWRadio&Communications

Friday, September 1, 2017

HELI-EXPO 2017 - TEXAS (Fly in-Fly out)

Hello and welcome back... For Helicopter Lovers out there.

Fly in and Fly Out from Texas Helicopter Expo 2017.

Go HD and then Full Screen and Play Loud.





INSANE FLYING

This video is amazing... How low is too low?

He might as well land on the highway...

Select 720p then go full screen :)

WESTPAC RESCUE NEW HELICOPTER

Hello and welcome back... Pics of Westpac Rescue New Helicopter (Augusta Westland AW139) in a stunning paintwork design.

Looks better than the plain white Toll Rescue Helicopter me thinks.

FREQUENCIES
Westpac Rescue - 484.9500Mhz
Westpac Base - 474.8625Mhz
Westpac Base - 475.100Mhz




Thank You to the owners of these photos - Found on Facebook