OPP to encrypt dispatch channels

OPP

The province’s $765-million upgrade of Ontario’s government two-way radio system will include encrypting OPP dispatch channels, the Sun has learned. Announced Thursday in Kenora, Ont., the upgrade to the current Bell Mobility Fleetnet system is meant to modernize the aging network — used primarily by the OPP, MTO road crews, provincial ambulance dispatch, and Ministry … Read more

Canwarn Activation

Under tornado warning, much of Ontario got hit hard by storms as a sharp cold front moved through. Near my QTH, 13 power poles in a row down. Luckily, no damage to our property We got it pretty easy compared to Carlisle, which is only 3 kms away. We had power out from 5 pm … Read more

Cheap RTL.SDR

RTL.SDR

I just received a package today with my new ultra-cheap SDR, the RTL.SDR. These USB devices are actually intended to be used as TV tuners, but many shortwave and scanning enthusiasts are using them as software-defined radios (SDRs). I ordered mine on eBay for $23, and it came in about 2 weeks from Hong Kong. … Read more

The Uniden HomePatrol Scanner

Uniden Bearcat HomePatrol

Once my finance department (xyl) gives the nod, it doesn’t take me long to take action. Today I headed straight to Radioworld in Toronto to pick up a brand new Uniden HomePatrol 1 scanner. Boy is this thing a leap ahead in user interface and useability. Congratulations go out to Uniden – this is a … Read more