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Friday, May 11, 2018

SA GRN network P25 update news.

As some of you may already be aware, the SA GRN network moved to a new P25 system on the 9th of May 2018.
This changeovers suddenly left a lot of Scanner users wondering why their Scanners suddenly went deaf.





I have created a quick  instruction guide to help you get up and running again unit I release my new data base.

This is the first part to help you find the active control channel in your area.

The information provided is relevant for the following models:
UBCD396XT and UBCD325P2AU (US Models including BCD325P2 and BCD396XT)
However it can also be used as a guide to the earlier models, UBCD396T and UBCD996T. 


Part One.
Finding active control channels.
You will need a Pen and Note Pad.

To create a system to monitor the new SA GRN P25 system you will require the control channel that is being used in your area.

If you do not already have access to this information, you can find the active control channel by simply doing a custom search.


Turn your Scanner ON.

While in Scan mode, push the MENU button (on the UBCD396XT it’s the rubber pad on the left of Scanner).
This will open up the Scanners Menu screen.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Search For.

Once Search For has been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Edit Custom.

Once Edit Custom has been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

Custom 1 will be highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Edit Search Limit.

Once Edit Search Limit has been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

Set Lower Limit menu will now be displayed – type over the existing frequency.

Type in 410.000 and push E.Yes

Set Upper Limit menu will now be displayed – type over the existing frequency.

Type in 430.000 and push E.Yes

The screen will revert back to the Custom 1 menu screen.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Set Modulation.

Once Set Modulation has been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

Set Modulation Menu will now be displayed.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight NFM (Narrow Band FM) and push the E.Yes button.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Set Step.

Once Set Step has been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

The Set Step menu will now be displayed.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight 12.5 kHz.

Once 12.5 kHz been highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

The Custom 1 menu screen will now be displayed again.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it clockwise to the right and highlight Set C-CH Only.

When Set C-CH Only is highlighted, push the E.Yes button to confirm your selection.

C-CH Only Mode will be highlighted. Push E.yes

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it and select ON.

Once done – push the E.Yes button.

The screen will revert back to the Set C-CH Only Menu.

Now push the Menu button 3 times.

This will take you back to the Search For menu screen and Edit Custom will be highlighted.

Using the rotary volume dial – scroll it to the left (anti-clockwise) and highlight Custom Search and then push the E.Yes button.

The Scanner will now start scanning the search limits you have specified.

At the bottom of the screen, you will also see a series of numbers from 1 to 0.

These represent 10 custom searches. As our only interest is in custom search 1, please push the following keys to shut down the other searches. 

Push 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and finally the 0 button.

This will leave only the Custom Search that you have created.

There should only be the numeral 1 flashing on the bottom of the screen.

In the time that you have done this the Scanner may have already found the active control channel and stopped on it.

If it has found an active SA GRN P25 control channel it will display the following data.

SID: 03DCh-000 (the last three numbers will be different in your location, 000 entered for example only)

The screen will alternate between “Custom 1” and “SID:03DCh-000”. This is normal.

Look to the top right of the screen, if the signal is strong, there will be a signal strength indicator,        for a good strong signal, there should be 5 bars.

The more bars the better. If the signal only shows 2 bars, use the rotary volume dial and gently turn it clockwise to continue the search. (DO NOT PUSH SCAN).

The scanner will continue to search through the designated search limit only stopping on control channels that are close enough to break the digital threshold and be received. 
Generally anything with 2 bars or less is of poor quality and obviously too far away to be decoded correctly.
If the Scanner stops on a good strong signal and 5 bars are showing on the signal indicator, this is one frequency that you should write down for future reference.

You can also push HOLD while the Scanner has paused on the control channel. If it is active you will hear traffic within a few seconds. 
Push HOLD again to release the scanner back into search mode – DO NOT PUSH SCAN.

When there is activity you will see text similar to this example - ID:2913
You may also hear encrypted talk goups. These will make an annoying `Mettalic’ sound.     
                        
You may see and ID Number but no voice, this is an encrypted talk group and cannot be decoded into voice.

While there is no traffic (No ID number showing) look at the bottom of the screen and you will see a frequency displayed.

Write this frequency down. This is your control channel. Remember, five signal bars is best.

Do not worry about any frequency displayed while there is voice traffic (when a ID number is showing) as this is a voice channel frequency and will not work if you enter it as a control channel.

For example.   The scanner has stopped and you can see SID:03DCh-001 on the screen, all is quiet and the frequency 413.3875 is displayed at the bottom of the screen, the signal indicator is showing 5 bars.
This means 413.3875 is your control channel.

If there suddenly is voice activity and a ID number is displayed, the frequency at the bottom of the screen will change, this is NOT the control channel, this is a designated voice channel. 
Wait until the transmission ends and the original control channel will be displayed again, returning to 413.3875.
Only the strongest control channels found should be used. 
In an average search you may only find one or two with a standard antenna, maybe three or four with a larger outdoor antenna.
You can enter all in your scanner, but remember that entering a weaker control channel simply because you found one, does not help the scanner work any better. 
If anything it can cause more problems especially with a larger outdoor antenna.

Only enter good strong quality frequencies…

Once you have completed your search and are happy with the one or two control channels you have located, you can now create a system to monitor the SA GRN in your area.
Make sure you have written down the active control channel/s on your note pad you will need to reference this information in the next step.

Ozscan Document: Control Channels V1 15/05/2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sentinel Software - New Video on YOU TUBE

Sentinel software video now available to watch on YOU TUBE.

Sometimes its easier to see how its done...

Check out this basic video on how to import a HPE file into sentinel.

This example shows the Australian version of sentinel software, but the principle is the same on all versions.

Copy and paste this link into your search.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN_EFNfk0zo&t=110s


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Uniden UBCD325P2-AU - Replacement for the UBCD396XT.

Uniden UBCD325P2-AU

$625 

Includes FREE freight and updated data base of either the following :

NSW GRN and public services inc RFS

Victorian CFA and MMR Fire and Ambulance

SA GRN inc CFS and more

Tasmanian EDACS network inc Police and SES

I will even include a back up copy of the data base on a CDR, just in case you need to re-install at a later date.



Why not trade in your old Scanner?
Trade in's welcome.

E-mail ubcd396xt@outlook.com

  • Trunk Tracker V
  • APCO 25 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Support
  • 25000 Dynamically Allocated Channels
  • Multi-Site Trunking
  • Control Channel Only Scanning
  • System/Channel Number Tagging
  • Band Scope Mode
  • Priority/Priority Plus Scan
  • Priority ID Scan
  • Adjustable Scan/Search Delay/Resume
  • Close Call™ RF Capture Technology
  • Location - Based Scanning
  • Temporary Lockout
  • GPS alerts
  • 100 Quick Key System Access
  • CTCSS/DCS codes
  • LCD Display
Overview

The BCD325P2-AU is a highly engineered digital scanner with pre-programmed channels. It scans APCO P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2, Motorola, EDACS and LTR trunked systems, as well as conventional analog. This flexible scanner will suit your everyday needs and maximising your scanning capabilities wherever you go.
The UBCD325P2 is a direct replacement for the UBCD396XT and features the capability to decode Apco Phase II signals.
The menu operation of the UBCD325P2AU is virtually identical to the UBCD396XT so learning to operate the new model is easy if you have already used the UBCD396XT.

You can change or update the data via the keypad or via software.

Freescan works perfect and as the name suggests - It's FREE!







Saturday, January 13, 2018

Updated Victorian and South Australia Data cards

Yes - it's that time again.
I have spent a small portion of my life that I will never get back, siting in front of a computer updating my Sentinel data files to suit the Victorian and South Australian data base.

The latest update to the Victorian data base now includes the DWELP digital channels used on the RMR network.

 
and all the current CFA ground channels including their respective CTCSS and NAC Codes.
 
 
The CFA data is separated into 6 separate departments from Channels 1-100, 101-200, 201-300, 301-400, 404-796 and 831 - 999.
Each channel has its own CTCSS or NAC code entered to avoid any cross over confusion with the frequency being monitored.

The new files have been worked into the latest Vic Data file and is available on an updated Micro SD Card, ready to install in your Scanner.

Need a new update card? Price is $40 including postage. Need tech support - It's FREE.
Contact me directly at ubcd396xt@outlook.com



Sentinel Software for the Uniden UBCD436PT and UBCD536PT.

Sentinel Software.

The following information and instructions are based on a Windows 7 operating system.

Sentinel version - UBCDx36 is for use with the following Scanners - UBCD436PT and UBCD536PT.
This software is NOT compatible with the US models BCD436HP or the BCD536HP.

The actual individual data files, known as a 'Favorites' that are created using the software can be shared between the US and AU models - this requires that the user imports the individual file into their respective software.
If you create a 'Favorite' in the AU version of the software it can be imported into the US version of the software, but the actual software itself does not communicate or recognise Scanners from a different country.


For the latest version of Australian Sentinel Software please use this link.
https://www.uniden.com.au/product/ubcd436pt-au/#1508302157496-9588945a-630b


Click on the PC programming Tool "Sentinel" download tab.
Follow the instructions to install the software.




Once 'Sentinel' has been downloaded and opened, you can now connect your Scanner.

 
 
 

 
1. Power up the Scanner.
 
2. Connect your Scanner, insert the supplied USB lead into the computer. Then insert the other smaller end into the USB port on the right hand side of the Scanner. The Scanner will not recognise the connection until it is put into PC Programming mode. (Desktop model UBCD536PT has USB connection on front panel)
 
3. Push the MENU pad on the left hand side of the Scanner. (Front panel on UBCD536PT) This will bring up the MENU display.
Using the volume dial, scroll through the screen until 'Settings' is highlighted. then push the E.Yes  button to confirm your selection.
This will open up the Settings Menu on the Scanner.
 
4. Using the volume dial, scroll down the menu display until "PC Programming" is highlighted, then push the E.Yes button to confirm.
Your Scanner will display - PC Programming Mode ?, select E.Yes to confirm.
Your Scanner will now go into PC Programming mode.
 
The Scanner should now be connected to your computer and should communicate with the software when required.
 
At this point you can either download information from the Scanner to Sentinel or upload information from Sentinel to your Scanner.
 
For this example I will show you how to download from the Scanner.
 
5. on the top left hand side of Sentinel there are 7 tabs to select as shown here..
File  Edit  View  Scanner Update Tools Help
 
 
 
Select Scanner by placing your mouse over the tab and left clicking.
 
A small drop down menu will now appear.
Left click on Read From Scanner.
 
 
A box will now appear and if connected correctly to the computer, your Scanners ESN (electronic serial number) will appear inside a blue band as shown in the example below.
 
 
 
Click the OK tab to confirm.
 
The software will now download the information from the Scanner to the software.
 


Once the data is downloaded to Sentinel you can now modify the files to suit your individual needs.
 
Check back here soon for additional information!!!
 
You can also view a video here of how to import a HPE file into Sentinel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

SCANNERS CURRENTLY ON SALE

Welcome to the latest Ozscan update.

With summer fast approaching and record winter heat waves, this year's fire season is expected to be one to watch out for.
While no one want's a bush fire and I certainly don't want to see any to help sell Scanners it seems that the sales of Scanners skyrocket after the first couple major fires last year leaving many to end up paying ridiculously high prices from some retailers and stock running quite low for consumers.
As my mother always said to me 'Prevention is better than cure'.

I have done a little research and checked out the best prices on-line and have come up with a supply list as follows:

27th Feb 2018

Uniden UBCD325P2AU - $610 - Handheld
Uniden UBCD436PT - $705 - Handheld
Uniden UBCD536PT - $739 - Desktop/in car

I currently have these models available and shipping can be supplied by Startrack Express, which is generally overnight in most areas.

As an added bonus, all three of these models can be supplied with updated data to cover the following areas, depending on your needs at no extra charge.
So before you buy elsewhere - ask - does their Scanner come with an OZSCAN update? NO.

NSW GRN including the RFS

SA GRN including the new CFS digital channels

Tasmanian EDACS

Victorian CFA network and the MMR

If you would like to see a more in depth PDF document on the individual data file to suit your area, please request a copy by e-mailing me at ubcd396xt@outlook.com
I am more than happy to send you out a copy of the relevant PDF guide to view.


If you already have a Uniden PT Scanner (SD card model) and would like to purchase an updated Micro SD card, you can purchase them directly from me via e-mail or via my facebook page or e-mail me direct at ubcd396xt@outlook.com

https://www.facebook.com/Ozscan-1931730523719390/?ref=hl








Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Save a frequency - UBCD396XT and UBCD325P2-AU


How to create a system, a group and store a frequency.

UBCD396XT and UBCD325P2-AU Models
Sometimes it’s handy to be able to store your own frequencies in your own system that you can access at the push of a button and modify at your own leisure.
This quick guide will show you how to create your own system then create a group to store your frequencies in.
Groups are a collection of individual channels.  A group could store all the active Police channels in your area. Another group could store the Fire brigades local channels.
Channels are nothing without the frequency. A channel is where you store your frequency. If you have ten frequencies – you will need ten channels.
For this example we want to create a system that is our own, something that we can store our own information and monitor with ease of operation.

The system you want to create should be something relevant to your location and perhaps an indication of what information is also stored inside the system.
For example – Melb Emgcy Srvcs, may be what the system could be called. (Abbreviated of course from Melbourne Emergency Services- limitations of the alpha tagging max out at around 16 symbols)
The groups inside the system could be Police, Fire and SES.
This indicates the obvious – the system is in the Melbourne Metro Area and contains the emergency services including the Police – Fire and SES.  
An even simpler system could be the name of your local town and the group could be the local postcode.

The following example will give you a basic example of a very simple system and group.
CREATING A SYSTEM
Push the MENU button.
Program System will be highlighted. This is where you can create a new system.
Push the E.Yes button
The Select System menu will now be displayed.

At this point you can scroll down the que to see what is actually stored in your Scanner, by highlighting your selected System you can then modify it through further menu options. For this example we wish to create a new ‘System’.
So scroll down the que until New System is highlighted.
Push the E.Yes button
The Select Sys (System) Type menu will now be displayed.

This menu gives you the option to select which type of system to create.        
For this example we are going to select ‘Conventional’ as the system we want to create will contain analogue frequencies only.  By using simple analogue frequencies we do not have to worry about digital trunking networks and the associated configurations needed.
Scroll down the menu until Conventional is highlighted, then push the E.Yes button.
The Scanner will ask you to confirm your selection, push the E.Yes button again.
Processing Please Wait will appear on the screen.

The next menu will be the default name setting of the system. If you look at the top of the screen it will have the word System and then a number after it. Depending on how many systems are already stored in the scanner, it will display the next sequential number of the new system. If you have already 12 systems in operation it would show ‘System 13’at the top of the screen. It will also have a small letter ‘C’ to the right of the screen to indicate it’s a ‘conventional system.
Edit Name will be highlighted.

I would suggest changing the name to something a little more user friendly. Perhaps for this example you could enter the name of your city/town? I will use Adelaide for this example.

Push the E.Yes button to edit the system name.
Edit Name menu will now be displayed.

To remove the current alpha text on the screen - push the .No button twice. This will remove the default alpha tag of ‘System #’.  You can create new text for your system by using the volume dial and rotating it left or right and you will see text appear on the screen where the cursor is. I’m calling my system ‘Adelaide’ so I will select capital A to start with. To enter the second letter push the 6 button once to move the cursor to the next position.  Repeat the process of selection again until you have completed the name of your system. If you make a mistake push the 4 button and it will move the cursor back and you can make a correction – to leave a space – push the 6 button twice and it will create a space between words.  These clues are also shown on the bottom of the screen.
Once you have entered the name you have chosen for your system you can then push the E.Yes button.

The screen will now revert back to the System menu screen and display the name of the system you have created at the top of the screen. You now have to give your system a quick key number to make accessing it easier. By giving the system a quick key number you can turn it ON or OFF via the keypad. If you do not give the system a quick key, the default setting is ON.
While the scanner is in the system menu screen, scroll down the screen and highlight  Edit Sys Option.
Push the E.Yes button.
Edit Sys Option screen will now be displayed and Set Quick Key should be highlighted .Push the E.Yes  button.                                                                                                                                                
Set Quick Key menu will now be displayed.

At this point you can now select a quick key number to allocate to your new system. Make sure that it is a quick key that is not already allocated to an existing system.

Using the volume dial, scroll down the que then select a number that you wish to allocate to the new system you created. Once you have highlighted a number that you wish to use, push the E.Yes button. The Screen will now revert back to the Edit Sys Option menu and Set Quick Key should be highlighted again.
We now have to create a group to store our frequencies. Imagine a group being a folder on your computer. Each group contains information relevant to the system. The system being of course the main folder where they are all stored. Each group could store the individual frequencies for each service. One group could be for Police, one for Fire and one for SES.  These groups can even be given quick key numbers to turn them on or off.

While the Scanner is in the Edit Sys Option menu – push the Menu button to revert back to the System screen. Edit Sys Option should be highlighted.
Using the volume dial, scroll down the que and highlight Edit Group. Then push the E.Yes button.
Select Group Menu will now be displayed.
Highlight New Group if it is not already and push the E.Yes button.
The Group 1 menu will now be displayed.

Here is your chance to re-name the group into something more familiar. For my example I’m going to name my group the postcode of Adelaide – ‘5000’.

Edit Name will be highlighted – push the E.Yes button.
Repeat the same process as you created a name for the system.
To remove the current alpha text on the screen  - push the .No button twice. This will remove the default alpha tag of ‘Group 1’.  You can create new text for your group by using the volume dial and rotating it left or right and you will see text appear on the screen where the cursor is. I’m calling my group ‘5000’ so I will select number 5 to start with. To enter the second number or letter, push the 6 button once to move the cursor to the next position.  Repeat the process of selection again until you have completed the name of your group. If you make a mistake push the 4 button and it will move the cursor back and you can make a correction – to leave a space – push the 6 button twice and it will create a space between words.  These clues are also shown on the bottom of the screen.

Once you have entered the name for your group, push the E.Yes button.
I entered ‘5000’ (Postcode of Adelaide) as it’s an easy reference point. I can now put in frequencies relevant to the postcode of Adelaide. By creating other groups I can put in the postcodes of other suburbs of Adelaide if I choose. Then I have a series of groups that I can turn on or off as I travel around Adelaide, by using the postcodes as a reference.  This is one way to create groups, they don’t have to be by postcode, they can be named after whatever you wish to use. You are only limited by your imagination.

Once the group name has been completed and you have pushed the E.Yes button, the screen will revert back to the Group menu and the name of your group should be displayed on the Screen.
You now need to scroll down the que and give your group a quick key number.
Scroll down the menu and highlight Set Quick Key then push the E.Yes button.

Set Quick Key menu will now be displayed.  Highlight number 1 and push the E.Yes button.
The screen will now return to the previous menu.
Highlight Edit Channel and push the E.Yes button.

This is where you can now entered the frequency or frequencies you wish to monitor. Make sure you have them somewhere easy to access. Write them down on a notepad.

Select Channel menu will now be displayed.

Highlight New Channel and push the E.Yes button. Input Frequency menu will now be displayed.

For this example I am going to use the frequency 412 .3875 – Using the Keypad type in the frequency that you wish to use from your list. Make sure you enter the frequency correctly! Once you have entered the frequency you want to monitor, push the E.Yes button.

The screen will revert back to the previous menu and you can now edit the name of the channel.
Edit Name will be highlighted.

Editing the frequency name is the same method as changing the name of the system and the group. By giving the frequency a name means that when it stops on that frequency/channel it will display the name of the user making it easier to see who it is.

If you choose not to create a name, scroll down the menu and select highlight New Channel.

Push the E.Yes button again.

Enter your next frequency and then push the E.Yes button again.

This time the menu will default directly back to highlight New Channel.

 

Repeat the process of entering frequencies until you have entered the ones you wish to monitor. Manual entry is slow and time consuming so it is recommended that if you wish to enter multiple frequencies, you should familiarise yourself with available software.  In regards to the frequencies modulation and step size, the default settings on the Scanner should be fine. If you are using a US model Scanner you may want to adjust the modulation and step size settings via the Select Channel menu.

Once you have entered all your frequencies, you are now ready to monitor you system.

To start monitoring the frequencies you have entered, simply push the SCAN button and put the Scanner into Scan mode.
If the frequencies are active – you should hear something within a few minutes depending on of course the time of the day etc. Most business frequencies are busy during the day and obviously quite at night. 

If you can’t hear or see the name of your system on the screen, make sure that you have activated it via the Quick Key.  Sometimes a system that has only a few frequencies entered may flash across the screen very quickly making it hard to see if it’s actually being monitored.

You can also check to see if your system is active by looking at the bottom of the screen.
There are two lines S and GRP 
S represents the system/s that is active and GRP represents the groups inside the system being monitored.

For example – if your system has quick key number 23 allocated to it, the screen would look like this.
 
S2 **3******
GRP 1 ---------
S2 = System active in the 21 to 29 range.
* = systems that are OFF. (21,22,24,25,26,27,28 and 29 are all OFF)
GRP 1 = Group one of system 23 is active.
Once you hear activity, you can push the HOLD button and monitor the channel for more conversations. To resume scanning, push the HOLD button again or the SCAN button.
 
 
 
 

These instructions are a basic guide to the operation of the Scanner and it is recommended that you read the supplied manual for more in depth information. While every effort is made to be accurate as possible in providing the information, sometimes mistakes happen – should you come across something that requires editing, please contact me directly at ubcd396xt@outlook.com