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CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby jimbojones889 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:52 pm

Hi all. Running a UBCD396XT and was wondering if the cfa are running the Digital Frequencies? Are there certain control frequencies i need to add to be able to receive their TGID's to program. Thanks.
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby madmarto » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:29 pm

Try https://vicradiozone.com/government-net ... ork-sites/. Heaps of good info there

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CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby harry56 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:42 pm

I have 132.350 in my scanner as a NSW RFS frequency. Just couldnt figure out why I was hearing commercial traffic on it.
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby madmarto » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:15 pm

Harry, you'll find an answer here - viewtopic.php?t=7893&p=42330
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby X-Firey » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:25 pm

During a search of the ACMA database I came across a new listing for the Frankston Fire Station.
The frequency is 162.5375. (Tx)

I've programmed the frequency in to my scanner and found that it receives/relays Ch27 comms, Dist 08 analogue dispatch channel. NAC is 4A4. The antenna is at a height of 23 metres so I'd say mounted at the top of the drill tower.
This may improve the reception of the D08 dispatch channel for some listeners in the area.

Does anyone have any further info re the intended use of this transmitter eg. fire station to VicFire communications etc?
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Simon Snorkel » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:30 pm

It’s a temporary fix for black spot issues around Frankston until the RMR network is switched on there next year. There’s also one other site doing the same to fill in coverage issues.
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby shuts63 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:37 pm

Simon Snorkel wrote:It’s a temporary fix for black spot issues around Frankston until the RMR network is switched on there next year. There’s also one other site doing the same to fill in coverage issues.


Simon Snorkel do you know when and if District 14 is going RMR. TIA.


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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Simon Snorkel » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:16 pm

Yeah all outer metro are going to RMR end of 2018
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby X-Firey » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:26 pm

Thanks for the reply Simon Snorkel...

To quote the CFA news 13 September "Transition to the new service is expected to commence in November 2018 and be completed in February 2019".

An RMR site is now established at 101 Collins Street so it has started (although not switched on). The system for outer metro will slowly develop from that. I think the plan is to add around another 235+ sites to the network.
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby shuts63 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:26 pm

Thanks for the updates Simon Snorkel and X-Firey. After travelling around and listening to other operational RMR sites it quietly blows the mind on clarity and coverage.


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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Ross85 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:17 am

Haha this guy ^^^^^
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Phantom » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 pm

.... dealing with it ......
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Pumper_50 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:38 pm

I'm told the main purpose of the RMR Network tower located in the Melbourne CBD at 101 Collins is for Surf Life Saving Victoria. That might explain why there are currently only a small amount of frequencies licensed to it. Other entities might also access, but the main traffic expected on it at this stage is SLSV Operations.

I really think the Sherrif's Office of Victoria has dropped the ball on this one by pulling out of the project. Now they have to hand back money previously allocated to them by EMV so they could comply with ACMA requirements and migrate across.

Sorry gone off topic a bit, but it is all related to the same project.

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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby X-Firey » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:08 pm

Thanks for that bit of info P50.
I've been wondering about that site and how it would fit into the 'outer metro' RMR. I though it may have become the 'centre' of the network. The MMR network expanded outwards from those CBD sites and the RMR has done the reverse.
It's all very interesting watching these different networks develop.
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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Pumper_50 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:41 pm

Simon Snorkel wrote:It’s a temporary fix for black spot issues around Frankston until the RMR network is switched on there next year. There’s also one other site doing the same to fill in coverage issues.

Another at Eltham shortly if not already done.

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Re: CFA Digital Frequencies

Postby Simon Snorkel » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:40 pm

Pumper_50 wrote:
Simon Snorkel wrote:It’s a temporary fix for black spot issues around Frankston until the RMR network is switched on there next year. There’s also one other site doing the same to fill in coverage issues.

Another at Eltham shortly if not already done.

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That’s the one, went live early September.
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Metro CFA Districts transitioning to digital

Postby Xplorer » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:33 pm

The schedule is out for CFA Districts 7, 8, 13 and 14 to move from the current analogue channels.

CFA’s outer metropolitan districts will soon transition from using analogue channels to using digital dispatch channels when communicating with VicFire.

As part of the Victorian State Government’s Digital Radio Upgrade Program (DRUP), CFA’s outer metropolitan Districts (7, 8, 13 and 14) will soon transition from using analogue channels to using digital dispatch channels when communicating with VicFire.

The Program, facilitated by EMV, will bring CFA’s outer metropolitan districts up to the same quality of dispatch communications enjoyed by CFA regional districts, and Victoria Police, MFB, and Ambulance Victoria in metropolitan Melbourne. It is seen as an important step to further enhance brigades’ capacity to carry out their duties.

The upgrades will see an additional 33 towers built across the four Districts as well as the introduction of 25 VicFire-allocated fire ground channels.

These new channels will use the new tower network to improve communications, providing better audio quality dispatch communications between CFA and VicFire.

When implemented, brigades will be advised of their allocated fire ground channel on their pager and by VicFire when turning out.

“The State Government has invested heavily in the enhancement of the RMR digital network which will see improved communications capabilities across CFA’s Outer Metropolitan Districts,” CFA’s DRUP Project Director Shane Peacock said.

Current planning will see a staggered roll-out of the network:

• District 8 in late November 2018
• District 14 in mid-December 2018
• District 13 in early February 2019
• District 7 in early March 2019

To allow time for members to get used to the transition to digital, both the digital and analogue dispatch channels will be patched together at VicFire for a period of time after transition.

Train the Trainer sessions will start in August with facilitators providing one-hour information sessions on the changes to each brigade and station in the four districts. Districts have each nominated an Operations Officer who will liaise with Groups and Station OIC’s to plan the timing of these sessions.

Brigades will still have access to their current simplex (radio to radio) fire ground channels as a redundancy and for use as part of regular training and exercises.

If you require and further information, please contact your District Headquarters.

https://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/-/digital-c ... atest-news
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