Uniden Australia have officially launched their Scanner Upgrade project for the UBCD436-PT and UBCD536-PT series of scanners.
A few weeks ago an upgrade site appeared for a brief period of time before being removed. There were a few lucky folks who managed to get their upgrades before the site was removed. Then came the second appearance of the update page before it too was removed after a few more lucky users purchased and received their upgrade keys.
The site was up to enable a ‘test run’ only and for those curious some companies will generally undertake such an exercise in order to test their procedures and systems. In essence those lucky early birds act as a tester for a company to ensure selection of upgrade type, payment processing, automatic email sending and the like work as expected.
It’s a way of ironing out the bugs before going officially live.
On the 16th of August, 2018 Uniden Australia went live with scanner upgrade project and the site permitting the purchase of the desired upgrades returned in an official capacity.
The page permits users to select from three different mode options, those being:
DMR (which includes Motorola MotoTRBO) – $85.00
NXDN – $75.00
ProVoice (for EDACS systems) – $75.00
DMR has made massive inroads in Australia over the years, hence some people’s frustration at the lack of local options for monitoring such. It’s just not ideal to sit in some areas with a laptop (or tablet) and dongle with antenna. But happy to say those days are over with Uniden Australia now providing the ability to monitor from the selected units.
I genuinely hope that the people who have long wanted and demanded these upgrade options now purchase them.
I believe I have somewhat of understanding of just what Uniden Australia had to do, achieve and undergo in order to make this happen for local units. So please, support them and show them their efforts have been worthwhile.
Obviously we need to consider how the local units came about and what they were originally intended for in Victoria, I don’t see old Farmer Joe who is the local CFA Captain needing DMR (yet) out at Porepunkah or Woomelang in rural Victoria. However there are a healthy and sizable amount of units Australia wide whereby people can purchase their keys and open up new listening horizons for themselves to assist in making this whole exercise worthwhile.
Now the eagle-eyed out there also spotted a nice little teaser as one of the scanner options for which you can purchase upgrades to, that being the USD100.
In our last article (you can read it here: July, 2018 article. Fourth last paragraph) I put forward my belief that Uniden Australia would bring a localised version of the SDS100 to our shores.
Obviously on noting the USD100 as a model option on the page it only strengthens my belief we’ll soon see our own version of the SDS100 and the European market looks to be getting the SDS100E.
Incidentally I’m really enjoying my imported SDS100, so much fun and what a step up. It got even better when I was finally able to purchase the DMR upgrade thanks to a family member living in the United States at present.
Well done to Uniden Australia on finally getting this project over the line, it’s long overdue, but you know what they say; ‘Good things come to those who wait’.