UPDATE: We’ve been working on trying to map out the Logical Channel Numbers (LCN’s) for the various Orion Network sites located around Victoria. Between myself and contributions form ‘mbui03’ and most recently from ‘AXE’ for the Murradoc Hill site we’re now only two sites shy of having the LCN’s sorted. If you can help with completing the task or know of any errors or omissions on the sites relevant page (HERE) then you can submit information via this link: Submit Information
NEWS: There has been mention that the Sherrif’s Office of Victoria has withdrawn totally from its planned migration to the MMR and RMR Networks for now. The Sherrif’s Office will instead and seek out and consider other options for future communication. Such a decision would mean that SOV will now be required to hand back funding it had received for the project from Emergency Management Victoria.
NEWS: The Sherrif’s Office of Victoria has delayed its planned migration to the MMR and RMR Networks for a period of time. The Sherrif’s Office will instead undertake an internal review and as part of the review ‘explore future communication options’. The decision to consider other possible communication options appears to be slightly at odds with the overall ESO future communications plan set about by the Victorian Government which encompasses all of its sectors.
RMR NETWORK UPDATE: A reader of the site, Tyrone, and long time contributor ‘Firescan’ have pointed out some new RMR Network sites that are coming online. Subsequently we’ve given the RMR Network Sites page a refresh. You’ll also note it is now formatted in an identical manner to that of the MMR Network Site page. The only difference being that the RMR Sites are still grouped together by geographical region. If you can provide any further info please feel free to share. The addition of new RMR sites is the next step in opening up the RMR to additional users and also addresses coverage shortcomings. The updates appear on the RMR Network Sites in green text for the time being.
NEWS: The Whistler Group have just announced their own range of DMR capable radios set for release following on from Unidens own announcement. They plan on offering the TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile) multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR making them capable of monitoring the following unencrypted channels/systems:
– Conventional DMR (Entered as a DMR trunked system)
– Hytera XPT
– MotoTRBO™ Capacity Plus
– MotoTRBO™ Connect Plus
– MotoTRBO™ Linked Cap Plus systems
Initial units are expected to commence shipping June 2016 and Whistler also plan on providing an NXDN upgrade, which is currently being developed, for free when completed.
You can read the release from Whistler here: https://www.whistlergroup.com/usa/news/cat/Press-Room/post/DMR/
Pretty amazing 24 hours for the scanning community.
NEWS: Uniden America have announced that owners of their BCD536HP & BCD436HP range of scanners will have offered a paid upgrade option to permit the monitoring of DMR (including MotoTRBO™) radio systems. An ‘early bird’ upgrade offer at a cost of $50.00 (USD) has also been announced. Uncertain what the full cost will be after the ‘early bird’ offer ends.Initial details available here: http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/DigitalMobileRadioUpgrade
NEWS: Ambulance Victoria and the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) have commenced planning the move to the RMR Network for Ambulance Victoria’s rural operations. Plans also underway for SES to migrate to both the MMR and RMR Network.
NEWS: Victoria Police rural communications to finally be encrypted by January 2017. The project will involve an expansion of the P25 RMR Network with network contract management transferred from the CFA to ESTA.