The Future of Radio Scanning in Tasmania

pb_lonny

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The radio scanning hobby in Tasmania is in the process of seeing some major changes:

- The various emergency services are moving to a APCO25 digital trunking network, the Police and Ambulance Tasmania will both be 100% encrypted. Over the next 6 to 12 months this will really take off and cause a number of changes to the way the radio scanner hobby is undertaken in Tasmania.


- A number of business two way radio communication users are moving to digital modes, this is a combination of DMR, P25 or other digital modes. More and more the radio scanning hobby will be less about the content of the communication and more about the fact the communication is been undertaken.


- Over the past few years a number of two way radio users have gone "off the air", this is a move to data terminal type devices, tablets or the use of mobile phones. I see this increasing.

- One area where I have seen an increase in the use of radio is by a number of shops in the state who now have UHF headsets for staff, these are very low power so you need to be very close but they are interesting to hear about the daily going on's and some of the content is very strange at times.
 

VK3RX

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Yep, I guess what has happened up here will happen down there too in due course.
 

Australia4001

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From my information , the company that will be supplying the service , telstra , will be 100% encrypted , not certain talkgroups, all users , telstra setup the qld gwn ( strapped full encryption) , and will have the same business model for tassie . Enjoy it while you can ,
I know the tender documents mentioned that only some users will be enc , but further discussions show this maybe not the case
 

pb_lonny

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From my information , the company that will be supplying the service , telstra , will be 100% encrypted , not certain talkgroups, all users , telstra setup the qld gwn ( strapped full encryption) , and will have the same business model for tassie . Enjoy it while you can ,
I know the tender documents mentioned that only some users will be enc , but further discussions show this maybe not the case
This sounds very likely, I wonder how the volunteers in the TFS will handle this as I know a lot of them have scanners to keep an ear on things from home and farmers / land owners who do the same.
 
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