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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Airband Loggings - 19/10/2017

118.100  -  TOWER-HOBART
118.700  -  TOWER-LTON
119.525  - QANTAS VHF MELBOURNE
122.600  -  FIA/WYNYARD
123.800  -  FIA-NORTH
125.550  -  FIA/SOUTH
126.500  -  FIA-LTON
126.900  -  CTAF/NW
130.125  -  JETSTAR-HOBART
130.350  -  VIRGIN BLUE
131.150  -  VIRGIN BLUE

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Radio Funny - Rubbish Collection

As a side note, in the Launceston area Tox Free can be heard on 163.4375MHz.




Airband Loggings - 17/10/2017

These were all logged in a few hours late in the afternoon and early evening.

118.100  -  TOWER-HOBART
118.700  -  TOWER-LTON
119.525  - QANTAS VHF MELBOURNE
122.600  -  FIA/WYNYARD
123.800  -  FIA-NORTH
126.500  -  FIA-LTON
130.350  -  VIRGIN BLUE

Monday, 16 October 2017

Uniden EZI30XLT Review


The Uniden EZI30XLT is the first new handheld radio scanner Uniden have released in Australian since the Uniden UBCD396T back in late 2005, it has been a long time since this happened and the scanning hobby has changed a lot in that time. Digital (APCO25) and trunking are now used in every Australian state (which the UBCD396T supported). Since early 2009 the only handheld scanners from Uniden that you have been able to purchase new are the UBC73XLT and UBC93XLT, these are a 100 channel and 200 channel basic handheld scanner, they don’t support APCO25, trunking or any other advanced features. They both do have “close call” and this I have found to be very useful at times.
Details for the Uniden website:
Designed and Engineered in Japan
Mini Compact Handheld Unit:Compact unit ideal for Outdoor use.
Easy Operation
213 Channels: Program up to 210 of your favourite frequencies. 20 Favourite channels can be programmed per service bank plus 50 favourite channels in the Miscellaneous bank. 213 Channels are programmable –including Instant Channels.
3 One Touch Instant Channels: 3 One Touch programmable instant channels
8 Pre-Programmed Service Banks: Radio Scanner/ Emergency Scanner/ Racing Scanner / Sports Scanner
7 Frequency Bands:Covers VHF, FM radio, Aircraft and Land mobile bands.
Frequency Range:75-85MHz, 88-174MHz and 410-489MHz
Service Scan: Scan the pre-programmed service banks to find your desired frequency.
FavouritesScan: Can scan your favourite channels.
Keypad Lock:You can lock the keypad to avoid undesired setting changes.
Backlit LCD Display: The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) can be backlit at the press of a key for easy viewing at night or in low light situations.
Memory Back UP
Size of Unit (mm): 53mm (W) x 28mm (D) x 106.8mm (H)
Includes:1 x EZI30XLT Scanner1 x Antenna,1 x Belt Clip3 x AA Alkaline Batteries1 x Earphone1 x Owner’s Manual*


Physical overview and packaging:
The EZI30XLT is a very small and basic handheld scanner; it has 213 channels, no numeric keypad and most surprising no real “search” feature. Physically the EZI30XLT is tiny, weighing in at 100g (excluding batteries) it is so small and light you can easily slip it in to a pocket and use it, this I think is one of its main advantages. It is about 53mm (W) x 28mm (D) x 106.8mm (H)
The aerial provided is a mini version of the BNC aerial provided with all Uniden scanners, it is about 11cm long.

Manual:
The user manual is a whole 26 pages long, other than showing how to program the instant and favorite channels it does not really tell you anything your average scanner user could not work out for themselves.

Programming / Use:
The EZI30XLT has one of the strangest programming systems I have ever seen in my 12 years in this hobby. You have two ways to program this but to understand this you need to understand how Uniden have arranged things. Unlike most scanners where you have scan and search in this case they are called different names and work unlike anything I have seen before.
“Service scan” is programmed by Uniden and has a number of “banks” including:
Police
Rail
Fire
Ambulance
FM (Broadcast)
Air
Marine
UCB

Each of these have been programmed with the Australian frequencies for each service, I can confirm these seem to be up to date at least for Tasmania and in the case of running the Ambulance “service scan” I heard a few of the T.A.S frequencies active. In the case of the air band this scans the whole air band, the UHF CB is setup with the new 77 channel UHF CB channels and numbered to match. Each of these “service scans” are separate so for example you can only scan the UHF CB bank and not that plus any others, this to me is a bit of a letdown and reduces the usefulness of this being limited to only one bank at a time. While running a “service scan” if you hear a frequency active you can save this to one of the “favorite scan” groups which are the same as above and can each hold 20 channels. Another Miscellaneous group which holds 50 channels exists in the “favorite scan” mode and this is what I have been using for my testing.
If you wish to just program in some frequencies without having to search for them or they are frequencies that are not included in any of the “service scans” then you need to enter fav mode, press and hold the store key and then the display with show 00.0000, you use the up / down keys to set each digit and then the right / left arrow keys to move to the next space and set that number, it is a very slow process. One this is done you save the frequency and move on to the next one.


Testing:
From my testing so far it performs as well if not better than the other Uniden handhelds, Casino security on 467.475MHz comes in very well and all the other frequencies I have heard active has been nice and strong. Scan speed is around 30-40 channels a second and so far I have had no problems with overload or birdies. Audio is fairly decent but a bit quite, this I suspect is due to the small size of the speaker. Headphones supplied work well and the belt clip seems strong enough.

Positives:
- Small Size
- Number of preprogrammed services.
- Includes new 77 channel UHF CB plan
- Fast scan speed
- Use of digital controls for squelch and volume (like 396T)
- Instant channels, makes listening to 3 favorite frequencies much easier and quicker.
- Price ($129 is cheap for what it does)

Negatives:
- Lack of programmable search feature.
- No lockout, once a frequency is programmed you have to delete it to not hear it any more.
- No close call
- Slow programming process
- Single bank only scanning

Possible Improvements:
If Uniden wanted to improve this a couple of simple steps could fix a few of the problems and make it a much more useful radio.
- Add a custom search range
- Allow banks to be linked
- Expand frequency coverage to 70MHz and 500MHz.

Overall view:
The EZI30XLT does that it does and works quite well, even with the few small issues I think it makes a worthwhile addition to anybodies scanning line up and for somebody who only have a few channels they want to scan, provided they fall within the frequency ranges of the EZI30XLT then you could do a lot worse than this radio.

History of Broadcast Radio in Tasmania

http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/R/Radio.htm

Scanner Loggings - 16/10/2017

70.3250  -  ABILITY TAXIS
72.1250  -  CONNORVILLE
72.2750  -  LES WALKDEN
72.8250  -  ABILITY (TX)
77.6500  -  TECS
78.3125  -  LCC-FREELANDS
78.4750  -  FORESTRY TAS
78.6250  -  AMBO-MT BARROW
78.6500  -  FIRE-TAMAR
78.7000  -  AMBO-MT DISMAL
78.7750  -  AMBO-MILLERS
78.8250  -  AMBO-DAZZLER
79.0375  -  FIRE-WEST LTON
79.0625  -  AMBO-WEST LTON
79.6000  -  FIRE
79.6625  -  FIRE-NE
80.8125  -  LCC (TX)
118.1000  -  TOWER-HOBART
118.7000  -  TOWER-LTON
123.8000  -  FIA-NORTH
126.5000  -  FIA-LTON
126.7000  -  CTAF
129.5000  -  QANTAS
130.1250  -  JETSTAR-HOBART
130.2250  -  JETSTAR-LTON
130.3500  -  VIRGIN BLUE
147.0000  -  VK7RAA-MTARTHUR
156.4250  -  MARINE WEATHER
156.7000  -  MARINE VHF 14
156.8000  -  MARINE VHF 16
157.5750  -  TASRAIL SIMP VHF
157.7750  -  TASRAIL SIMP VHF
157.9000  -  BORAL (TX)
158.4500  -  REDLINE (TX)
158.8375  -  TOXFREE (TX)
161.0750  -  ARTEC
162.4750  -  BORAL
162.5000  -  BORAL
162.6000  -  TASRAIL-DAZZLER
162.6125  -  TASRAIL-MTARTHUR
163.0500  -  REDLINE BUSES
163.4375  -  TOX FREE
164.3000  -  REDLINE BUSES
411.1875  -  FIRE-UHF SIMP
412.3625  -  FIRE-UHF SIMP
438.5500  -  VK7RAB-MTARTHUR
439.7750  -  VK7RDR-DAZZLER
454.2750  -  METRO (TX)
464.2750  -  METRO-ABLES
464.3750  -  METRO-FREELANDS
467.1750  -  TECS
473.5000  -  TASRAIL SIMP UHF
474.2250  -  LCC MUSEUM
474.3750  -  LCC PARKING
474.8500  -  TRANSPORT INSP
474.9500  -  JMC GROUP
475.0000  -  CHURCHILL PARTS
476.4250  -  UHF CB CH 1
476.4500  -  UHF CB CH 2
476.4750  -  UHF CB CH 3
476.5000  -  UHF CB CH 4
476.5125  -  UHF CB CH 44
476.5250  -  UHF CB CH 5
476.5375  -  UHF CB CH 45
476.5500  -  UHF CB CH 6
476.5625  -  UHF CB CH 46
476.5750  -  UHF CB CH 7
476.6000  -  UHF CB CH 8
476.6250  -  UHF CB CH 9
476.6375  -  UHF CB CH 49
476.6500  -  UHF CB CH 10
476.6625  -  UHF CB CH 50
476.6750  -  UHF CB CH 11
476.6875  -  UHF CB CH 51
476.7000  -  UHF CB CH 12
476.7250  -  UHF CB CH 13
476.7500  -  UHF CB CH 14
476.7625  -  UHF CB CH 54
476.7750  -  UHF CB CH 15
476.8000  -  UHF CB CH 16
476.8375  -  UHF CB CH 57
476.8500  -  UHF CB CH 18
476.8750  -  UHF CB CH 19
476.9000  -  UHF CB CH 20
476.9250  -  UHF CB CH 21
476.9375  -  UHF CB CH 61
476.9750  -  UHF CB CH 23
477.0000  -  UHF CB CH 24
477.0500  -  UHF CB CH 26
477.0625  -  UHF CB CH 66
477.0750  -  UHF CB CH 27
477.1000  -  UHF CB CH 28
477.1250  -  UHF CB CH 29
477.1500  -  UHF CB CH 30
477.1625  -  UHF CB CH 70
477.1750  -  UHF CB CH 31
477.1875  -  UHF CB CH 71
477.2000  -  UHF CB CH 32
477.2125  -  UHF CB CH 72
477.2250  -  UHF CB CH 33
477.2500  -  UHF CB CH 34
477.2750  -  UHF CB CH 35
477.2875  -  UHF CB CH 75
477.3125  -  UHF CB CH 76
477.3250  -  UHF CB CH 37
477.3500  -  UHF CB CH 38
477.3750  -  UHF CB CH 39
477.4000  -  UHF CB CH 40
479.5750  -  LCC PARK (TX)
485.2500  -  MARCOM WATSON
488.5500  -  MARCOM WATSON
492.6000  -  LTON COLLEGE