Greetings once again!
I’ve been into various parts of the communications hobby off and on for around 25 years now.
My first exposure to scanning hobby came in the way of a truck driver who had a Realistic Pro brand of scanner. I’ll never forget the moment I first heard VKC on what was then Channel 36 of the old UHF 64 Channel allocation. A press of the scan button and low and behold I was listening to the old City Patrol Group on Channel 26 and a message for ‘Constable Brown to contact the office ASAP’.
I was listening to units going ‘Code 5’, ‘Code 1’, asking for a ‘set of usuals’ and ‘IBR’ checks. It was a whole new world and I was hooked! That was it, I had to have one.
Given I was but a young teen I could only really afford a simple 10 Channel base station unit, a Realistic Pro 57. It was purchased from Tandy Electronics in Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds. Given this was in the days before the internet (yes I’m that old!) and BBS systems on getting home I raced next door to the local Fire Station to try and find out the frequencies required to listen to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. A quick call by the Station Officer to the Brigade’s technical services and I had what I needed.
A visit from a friend yielded my first frequency for the Police. As we sat there and listened to the MFB and airplanes he asked about listening to the Police. I couldn’t for the life of me recall what the mass of digits were that I’d seen on my first introduction to scanning by that truck driver. Then the visiting friend told me to ‘try 468.725MHz’ as he was ‘pretty sure that’s on my brother’s mate’s scanner in his tow truck’. Bingo! However imagine my horror to learn that there were another 63 frequencies and I only had 10 memory channels to play with on my unit.
Guess what that meant? Yup, another purchase was soon looming. A Realisitc Pro-2022 was soon sitting in place of the Pro-57. Then came the need of course to have the ability to be more portable and a Uniden Bearcat 100XLT was soon part of the family.
The must have frequencies for me at that time was all 64 frequencies of the Victoria Police 64 Channel UHF allocation and the 10 UHF frequencies the Metropolitan Fire Brigade used.
Since that very first scanner the brands I’ve owned and the amount I’ve owned have been many, probably not that an unusual occurrence for those reading this.