Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Show off Your Shack! - Craig Cannon (KG6OBQ)

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Shack Owner: Craig Cannon
Ham Call Sign:  KG6OBQ
From:  Northern California East Bay Area

Over three decades of TV News gathering, and even doing an occasional video shoot for our Government has made me a bit better at the radio installation science, since it all compliments each other. I carry in addition to all shown, a full compliment of broadcasting video gear. Yes, you may have imagined, three car alarms also. Some radios pictured include GRE PSR-600s Uniden 996xts with a couple of Bearcat Trunk Tracker 3 radios tossed in the mix. A rack of HAM rigs is missing as I had to position them in a new area, and am waiting for longer control cables. There is an older ICOM dual bander just out of view to the right. Normally, a square of plexiglas covers the radios in the center. This prevents accidental button pressing, creates an armrest, and keeps foreign matter off the radios. The goal in the near future, is to simply bring a laptop to the car, download frequencies into each radio via cable, and off I go.

Hurricane Katrina washed away my military contact information I'm guessing, so I have not had too many requests from the Feds to shoot video projects lately. It's always been a dream of mine to have one of my vehicles, or myself and vehicle used as a prop, or extra in a motion picture! I just think that would be awesome! Maybe someday.

Craig Cannon
TV News Stringer
Northern California East Bay Area

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Show Off Your Shack! - John Kashirsky

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Shack Owner:
John Kashirsky
From:  Republic, MO
Ham Call Sign:  N0TDL
Monitors:  I mostly monitor Greene County, MO Public Safety and anything Weather! I am an Aux for the National Weather service in Springfield MO Via 2 Meter radio.
John's Shack:
Radio Shack PRO-106
Radio Shack PRO-197
Radio Shack PRO-163
Uniden Bearcat BC895XLT
Icom PCR1000
ICom 2200H with D-Star
Kenwood TM261
Yaesu FT2800M

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Scanner Gazette - Weekly News Recap [05/14/2012 - 05/18/2012]

By Jonathan Higgins
Weekly News Recap [05/14/2012 - 05/18/2012]

Los Angeles, CA

Dispatch lag slows Los Angeles Fire Department call response - Read more

Dayton, OH
Weather emergencies help fuel ham radio growth - Read more

Wheaton, IL
DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Stuck Borrowing Radios For NATO Summit - Read more w/audio Report

Otter Tail County, MN

County OKs funding for new radio system for fire departments - Read more

Hartford, CT

State police helicopter hardly used - Read more w/video

Pitman, NJ

Jim Six: Have I got news for you! Newspaper reporter and his police scanner. - Read more

Lebanon, ME 

Technology plays detective in jamming cases
The FCC, which has joined a Maine probe, has had past success pinpointing who is causing radio interference. - Read more

Hopedale, MA

Town to pull out of regional dispatch - Read more

Lafayette County, FL

County sporting new dispatch, detention center - Read more

Prosser, WA

City Council will decide fate of Prosser Dispatch Center - Read more w/video 

Lebanon, ME

Probe narrows in on Maine public safety radio jammer - Read more

North Branford, CT

Talks of Dispatch Regionalization in the Works - Read more

Shawnee County, KS 

County chooses Motorola for 911 radio system - Read more w/video

Boston, MA

Alarm raised about new rules for public safety radio system - Read more

Brantford, ON (Canada)

Police, fire radio upgrades coming - Read more

New Hanover County, NC

The reason your scanner might be silent lately - Read more

Milford, CT

Police Update Radios for 21st Century - Read more

Pasadena, CA

Encryption... Police to allow limited public access to radio calls - Read more

Jupiter, FL

City police switching over to controversial OpenSky communications system today - Read More 

Fire Service Needs to See the Big Picture Regarding Public-Safety Broadband Network -
Read more

Avon Lake, OH

Fire department recommends moving dispatch to county 911 -  Read more  

Weekly News Recaps every Friday Afternoon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Show Off Your Shack! - Cosimo DelRosso of Teaneck, NJ

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Shack Owner:
Cosimo DelRosso
From: Teaneck NJCall Sign: N2KWE
In the hobby for:  35 years
Listen to:  I like to listen to everything. I live very close to NY and the harbors so I can hear it from ships to the Coast Guard, Police, Fire, EMS.  I also host a feed on Radio Reference for the Teaneck, NJ Police and fire in Bergen County.

Here is some of my Shack:
From bottom to top right rack 
Uniden BCD996T
Uniden BCT15X
Uniden BCT15X
Uniden BCD996XT
From top to bottom left rack
Uniden BCD996T
RadioShack PRO-160

Also have
GRE PSR-800 and  Uniden BC346XT
Realistic PRO-2006
Grundig Satellit 750
Alinco DJ-V5


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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Scanner Gazette Weekly Recap [05/07/2012 - 05/11/2012]

By Jonathan Higgins
Weekly News Recap [05/07/2012 - 05/11/2012]

Davenport, IA
Dispatch center bugs being fixed, updates in works, board told - Read more

Fairfax County, VA
Former Fairfax police chief Durrer credited with modernizing department - Read more

Callaway County, MO
Sheriff’s office, police prepare to make switch to narrowband - Read more

Manchester, MI
Local Ham Radio club play large role in Canoe Race - Read more

Shawnee County, KS
County wants Encryption... scanners may go silent - Read more

Mound City, IL
New radio rules will likely cost taxpayers - Read more w/Video

Farmington, UT
Grant to aid Davis crisis control with emergency communications antenna - Read More

Sellersburg, IN
Never forgotten: Memorial service honors fallen ISP officers - Read more

Augusta, ME
MSCommNet and Harris Ensure Effective Communications Throughout Maine - Watch Video

Sellersburg, IN
Never forgotten: Memorial service honors fallen ISP officers - Read more

Macoupin County, IL
County Sheriff's Department makes switch to narrowband - Read more

Rebanding ALERT!
Harford County, MD Trunking System, (Bel Air, MD) - Rebanding Completed - Check out the system

Clarksville, TN
Budget workshop covers legal, radios - Read more

Houston, TX
City plans to get HPD, HFD employees new radios amid ongoing complaints of poor transmission - Read More

Bowling Green, KY
Dispatchers at backup station - Read more

Harrisburg, PA
Police: Body shop worker broadcast 'shots fired' on cruiser's radio - Read more

Senatobia, MS
Northwest proposes on-campus tower - Read more

Stratford, ON (Canada)
Getting all first responders on same wavelength - Read more

Jackson, MS
Sheriffs Want to Have Same Frequency - Read more w/Video

Hopedale, MA
Town looks into getting $190,000 of new 911 equipment - Read more

Fulton, NY
Ham Radio Operators Appreciated As A ‘Treasure Of Oswego County’ - Read more

Spartanburg, SC
Ham radio operator Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch of Spartanburg has been honored - Read more 

Wabasha, MN
Dispatchers must keep their cool even if things get chaotic - Read more

Broken Arrow, OK
BA's new police radio system blocks public scanner access - Read more

Chilton County, AL - Public safety radios in county must be converted - Read more

Henrico, VA
Crews test communications, prepare for hurricane evacuation - Read more w/video

Harford County, MD
Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy Week 9: Emergency Operation Center - Read more

Weekly News Recaps every Friday Afternoon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Scanner 101 - Installing New Firmware for the BC125AT

Firmware Update
Download Firmware Update 1.02.05 (April 26, 2012)

This update makes the following changes:
  • Update the frequency steps in the VHF band to match the latest FCC Narrowbanding band plan.
  • Change the opening screen to include the current firmware version.
  • Apply a one-time routine to convert the memory image of existing channels to the new format required by the narrowbanding change.
  • Change how Marine channels are displayed during service search.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause scanning/reception to stop with certain combinations of Close Call and other features selected.
Directions using Internet Explorer and Windows7 as the operating system

Step 1
Download the Firmware loader for the BC125AT - Download here

Step 2
When download prompt pops up select "Open"
(this will take a few minutes to download)

Step 3
A window will pop up select BC_VUP_V3_00_01 folder

Step 4
Select Setup_BC_VUP.msi and then click run

Step 5
Click close on the Installation Complete window

Step 6
Open the Firmware loader in programs under Uniden , then BC_VUP3

Step 7
When software opens a "Select Model" window should appear. As seen in the photo bellow.
Click Next

Step 8

At this point you should have your Uniden BC125At turn on and connected to the PC via the data/power cable. Once this is done Click "OK" (Note: Uniden BC125AT drivers must be installed - Click here for directions)

Step 9

Click "Auto Detect", when the comport is detected then click "Next"

Step 10
Click read and then click "Start"

Step 11

It will take about 3 minutes for the new firmware to be written to your BC125AT Scanner. Once you see the screen bellow your firmware update is complete.

Scanner 101 - Installing PC Drivers Uniden BC125AT

Installing Drivers for the Uniden BC125AT

Step 1
Download the driver for your Uniden BC125AT
- Click here to download -

Step 2
Select Save as, then save the file to the desktop

Step 3
In your start menu, go to "Control Panel"

Step 4
In the Control Panel select "System"

Step 5
Select "Device Manager" (Top left)

Step 6
Plug in the Uniden BC125AT info the PC Via the USB Cable

Step 7 
"Other Devices" should pop up on the list as seen bellow.

Step 8
Right click on "BC125AT" and select "Update Driver Software"

Step 9
Select "Browse my computer for driver software"

Step 10
Click the "Browse" button and select "Desktop" and then hit "Next"

Step 11
You computer will find and install the drivers for the Uniden BC125AT Scanner.

Step 12
Take a look at your "Device Manager" window you will see the "BC125AT" listed under "Ports (COM & LPT)"  Once you see this you have successfully installed the drivers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Show Off Your Shack! - Shawn Kurschner (Manitowoc, WI)

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Shack Owner:
Shawn Kurschner
From: Manitowoc, WICall Sign: KC9AAH
In the hobby for:  18 years
Listen to: Primarily interested in Public Safety and Aviation Monitoring.

My station consists of :

Uniden Bearcat

Radio Shack


Regency Monitor Radio

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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Scanner Gazette
Weekly Recap [04/30/2012 - 05/04/2012]

By Jonathan Higgins
Weekly News Recap [04/30/2012 - 05/04/2012]

Farmington, ME
Franklin County officials stress need for new dispatch center - Read more

Lebanon, ME
No radio 'covering' problems for Lebanon Rescue in past two weeks - Read more

Providence County, RI
 The Rhode Island Statewide Communications Network (RISCON) is now completely rebanded as of yesterday - See Radio Reference

Westwood, NJ
Shared dispatch service nears reality, officials say - Read more

Allegan County, MI
Phone Fee hike designed to replace 911 radios, equipment - Read more

Fairfax County, VA
In Case of Emergency - A look at Fairfax County’s 911 center - Read more

Digital Radios Aren't a Fix-All on the Fireground | Mutual Aid. "These new radios are going to kill someone!" - Read more

Springfield, OH
Radio system could cost up to $1.2M - Read more

Canyon County, ID
Caldwell, Canyon County approach dispatch agreement - Read more

Dedham, MA
Tweets, Police Scanners, and newswires! Tools for reporting the news. - Read more w/video

Yuma County, AZ
County to get latest weather radar technology, to help public safety - Read more

Fond Du Lac, WI
Public safety communications getting upgrade -Read more w/ Video

Watchung, NJ
$59K Needed for New Town Dispatch System - Read more

EFJohnson, State Of Wisconsin Launch Statewide Interoperable Communication System - Read more

Bucks County, PA
Bucks might no longer need emergency radios upgrade - Read more

Winona County, MN
New equipment lets emergency workers communicate directly with the people they need - Read more

Canton, MI
Town OKs bond for new radio system - Read more

Portage County, OH
Sheriff eyes fund for radio system - Read more

Weekly News Recaps every Friday Afternoon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Scanner Master Road Trip - Upcoming Dayton Hamvention

By Richard Barnett
Dayton Hamvention 2012
Location: Dayton, OH - Directions
Dates: Friday, May 18, 2012 - Sunday, May 20, 2012
Booth: #402 - Show Map

Scanner Master will be back at its usual inside booth #402 at the Dayton Hamvention in Ohio from May 18th-20th. Rich Barnett will be there along with Gommert Buysen of Butel ARC Software. If you've never been to the Dayton Hamvention it's the world's largest gathering of Ham radio operators including a great many scanner enthusiasts. GRE, Icom and others will have booths and Rich and Gommert will be in the Scanner Master booth to answer any questions and of course sell scanners and accessories.

Please stop by and say hello and take a look at some of our new products and accessories.

Make sure you check the Scanner Master Blog for updates from the road to Dayton, OH.