Category: Misc

Uniden 436 receiving issues

There has been some confirmation on the Yahoo Scanner Radio Discussion for DFW regarding the 436 reception issue.

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Paul Opitz
Oct 15 9:18 AM
Blaine: One version of the main board had a noise issue that caused poor VHF/UHF performance. One way to see if this is the case is to just put a remote antenna on the scanner. If VHF/UHF improves, then that is likely the issue. There is a big thread at RadioReference where this has been discussed (Missing C1 capacitor might be a keyword for finding it…or poor VHF performance).

We’ll fix it at no cost if that is the issue. If that happens not to be the issue, there would be a charge (i.e. if bandpass filter is blown).

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If you bought your 436 less than a year ago, or have sent it in for the repair campaign in the past year, your radio should be good. For older radios with poor VHF and UHF reception, this repair would fix the issue. Nothing was stated on whether Uniden would cover shipping one way, or both ways for this defect.

Still no word on the advertised features that have not been released yet.

Whistler announces NXDN upgrade

Bentonville, AR– (December 13, 2016) The Whistler Group, Inc., a leading industry supplier of state-of the-art mobile electronics, is in the homestretch to the highly-anticipated release of an NXDN™ update to the TRX-1 and TRX-2 which currently feature Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) capabilities.

The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile) originally released in May of this year are multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR. Additionally, Whistler announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 would receive an NXDN™ upgrade later this year at no cost to the consumer.

NXDN™ is a Common Air Interface (CAI) technical protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. Many market segments such as security, transportation, railways, construction, taxi companies, hotels and more use NXDN™. In addition, areas of Public safety − with agencies from police, fire, municipal services and military are using NXDN technology.

“At this time we are very excited to announce that we will be releasing the NXDN upgrade for the TRX-1 and TRX-2 on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon CST,” said Wendy Taylor, Marketing Manager for the Whistler Group. “When Whistler entered the scanner industry we were committed to bringing innovation and we are demonstrating that by our introduction of DMR earlier this year and our continued development to provide NXDN.”

This is good news. There is some public safety use of NXDN north of Pittsburgh, and one local agency currently working on implementing it.

It is also nice to see a company deliver what they announce, in the time frame they said they would. Uniden has yet to release the advanced analysis features that were announced years ago for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP.

DMR

Whistler released its final and fully supported DMR upgrade for their 1080, 1088, 1095 and 1098 scanners. this is a free upgrade for those scanners. These radios will not be able to be upgraded for NXDN. This was released as was expected at the end of the month. This makes Whistler the first scanner company to release a fully supported DMR, trunking upgrade.

The Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2 radios will have DMR, and are to be updated to include NXDN in September. Theses radios were announced to be available at the end of July.

New Digital Scanners

Whistler has just announced the TRX-1 (portable), and TRX-2 (base/mobile). These radios are P25 phase I, P25 Phase II, X2 TDMA, and DMR trunking scanners. NXDN is in the works, and will be a free upgrade for these radios. To be available late June.

Whistler is also going to provide those with the 1080, 1088, 1095and 1098 radios the DMR upgrade for FREE.

Anyone interested in a Uniden 436?

Allegheny County DPW

Brian N3SGU passed along the following information on Allegheny County DPW

District 1 is on Wildwood Rd next to North Park

District 2 is on Campbells Run Rd in Carnegie

District 3 is on Rail Road St in Penn Hills

District 4 is on Lovedale Rd in Elizabeth

District 5 is located in South Park

District 6 is no longer in use

District 7 is under the 40th St Bridge in Lawrenceville

District 8 is on Buttermilk Hollow in West Mifflin

Numbering is as follows

X- is the district number

X-0 is district base

X-1 is district supervisor

X-2 to 19 are district pick up trucks

X-20 to 29 are district single axle dumps

X-30 to 39 are district tandems

X-40 is district street sweeper

Paving trucks do not have a district

Parks also have trucks they use the following prefixes :

North Park – NP

South Park – SP

Boyce Park – BP

Harrison Hills – HH

Round Hill – RH

White Oak – WO

Hartwood – HW

Deer Lakes – DL

The Parks dump trucks are also used for snow removal.

Scanner Digest

Dan Rhue had been writing the Western Pennsylvania column is Scanner Digest for a while, and recently has stepped down. I would like to thank Dan for the good job for he had done on the column, and for his continuing contributions he makes to the hobby.

I was asked to write the column and I have accepted that job.

Scanner Digest is a news letter that  is available via email as a PDF file. This is published by Lou Compagna and the columns are written by local hobbyist. This provides good information for Pennsylvania up to Maine.

Scanner Digest web site is http://www.scannerdigest.com You can download older issues at the site and sign up to receive it as well

Scanner Digest

Dan Rhue had been writing the Western Pennsylvania column is Scanner Digest for a while, and recently has stepped down. I would like to thank Dan for the good job for he had done on the column, and for his continuing contributions he makes to the hobby.

I was asked to write the column and I have accepted that job.

Scanner Digest is a news letter that  is available via email as a PDF file. This is published by Lou Compagna and the columns are written by local hobbyist. This provides good information for Pennsylvania up to Maine.

Scanner Digest web site is http://www.scannerdigest.com You can download older issues at the site and sign up to receive it as well

Scanner Digest

Dan Rhue had been writing the Western Pennsylvania column is Scanner Digest for a while, and recently has stepped down. I would like to thank Dan for the good job for he had done on the column, and for his continuing contributions he makes to the hobby.

I was asked to write the column and I have accepted that job.

Scanner Digest is a news letter that  is available via email as a PDF file. This is published by Lou Compagna and the columns are written by local hobbyist. This provides good information for Pennsylvania up to Maine.

Scanner Digest web site is http://www.scannerdigest.com You can download older issues at the site and sign up to receive it as well

Scanner Digest

Dan Rhue had been writing the Western Pennsylvania column is Scanner Digest for a while, and recently has stepped down. I would like to thank Dan for the good job for he had done on the column, and for his continuing contributions he makes to the hobby.

I was asked to write the column and I have accepted that job.

Scanner Digest is a news letter that  is available via email as a PDF file. This is published by Lou Compagna and the columns are written by local hobbyist. This provides good information for Pennsylvania up to Maine.

Scanner Digest web site is http://www.scannerdigest.com You can download older issues at the site and sign up to receive it as well