Since 2015 we have been involved in a continuous upgrade process of HBNW Watchcon systems, including the radio network to provide:
- increased security of all users and responders
- expanded reception area to reach weak reception and currently various "no reception" hotspots.
- easier implementation for future integration with neighbouring NW and other responder networks.
Radio Frequency Change – May 2019
As part of the radio upgrade project a radio frequency change was completed during the month of May 2019. All HBNW radios which were delivered during this period were reprogammed as part of the project.
From 12 June 2019, a R100 programming fee will need to be levied to cover the cost of completing the frequency change.
Old Analogue System
The old existing analogue system which supports Motorola CPO40, Kirisun PT5200 and Kirisun FP430 handsets will continue to operate until at least December 2020. This 2 year sunset period is so that owners of these handsets can continue to benefit from them until the batteries fail and need to be replaced, at which time it becomes more economical to make the transition onto the new digital network.
New Digital Network
The new digital network will support DP405 digital handsets.
Making the choice to change handsets now or later.
All active (Daily on air users) HBNW, CCP, Armed Response Officers, SAPS, Metro Law Enforcement reservists, Fire & Rescue, HB Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, SANPark Rangers responders will be transitioned to the new network.
Members who are resident in areas that have weak reception on the old network such as Longkloof, Orangekloof and Hout Bay Heights or those whose batteries are already older than 2 years should consider buying a new handset to make the transition now.
The price of a new DP405 handset is R2,700
The DP405 digital handsets can operate on both old and new networks, so responders on the new handsets can, as the need arises, still communicate directly with old handset users.
For reasons listed below we are introducing a monthly service and license fee to cover license fees and the maintenance of the radio network.
The rate for new network users is R50 per month and for old network users R30 per month
The reasons for this Radio Fee are:
- To increase security - There are far too many radios unaccounted for. In the wrong hands these radios create more risk for our active responders. Members who suffer the loss or theft of a radio will want to cancel the debit order which will alert us to the loss so that we can take steps to remove that radio from the system thereby preventing non-members from monitoring our responder communications.
- The fee will cover ICASA licence fees and contribute to sustaining HBNW Watchcon systems and operations.
The batteries of many of the older radios are over 2 to 3 years old and need to be replaced at a cost of between R350 to R550 rand per battery. In addition one may, depending on its condition, get between R500 to R750 for a used radio. These values can be factored in as offsets against the price of the new digital radio.
If you are an active member:
- participating daily in scheduled patrols and operations
- reacting daily as a regular responder to incidents
- productively serving daily in our community safety structures
- donating R150 or more to the general HBNW fund
- NB: If you are an existing donor and want to cover your radio fee within your existing donation you will still be required to split the donation so that the radio fee operates as a distinct separate Debit Order.
You can apply via email@example.com to be exempted from the radio fee and/or to arrange the split of your existing donation.
Important Notes to Radio Holders:
Radio Holders may NOT sell, donate, loan or otherwise transfer the Radio to another person, without notifying HBNW Admin. Each Radio carries an Identity Code which allows the Watchcon Controllers to identify each Radio Holder. Radio Holders must make every effort to ensure that their radio is safely secured. If a radio is lost or stolen immediately report the loss to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appendix 1: Radio Acquisition & Trade in Process
The Watchcon radio network links all Hout Bay and Llandudno first responders into a single, common, quick response network. Becoming a HBNW radio owner is more than just acquiring another level of security for you and your family’s defence, it allows you to contribute towards improving your community’s safety.
A person requesting a radio must be a member of HBNW in good standing. Apply for membership here.
They must also have a SAPS clearance certificate as per below: See link to Neighbourhood Watch & ID Requirements
Ordering & Payment:
Radios must be ordered from email@example.com by sending your:
- member name / application
- police clearance certificate / image of SAP91(a) form
- debit order form, as below for R50 per month (new network) or R30 per month (old network)
- proof of payment for R2,700
EFT payments to be made to:
Account name: Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch
Account no: 167 602 9133
Branch: Hout Bay
Branch code: 167 609
Reference: Radio: Name Surname
Radios must be collected from the Watchcon - 9 Princess Street. Once all paperwork is confirmed to be in order, your radio will be programmed. You will be notified when the radios are ready for collection. Kindly bring your ID as proof of identification.
Trade in Process:
Deliver your old radio and charging unit plus any radio packaging you may have to Watchcon - 9 Princess Street. Please have a label securely attached to the radio showing your name, cell phone number and email address. Collect a receipt for it detailing your contact information, the make and serial number of the radio you are handing in. When a suitable size batch of radios is accumulated we will notify potential buyers and attempt to secure a fair price. If we do mange to sell it, the proceeds will be credited to your account.
Becoming a member of the HBNW and joining the Watchcon network is your voluntary contribution to supporting a community organisation dedicated to preventing crime. HBNW and the Watchcon network are not in any way obligated to deliver security services to the protection of yourself or your property. Your participation in HBNW activities and use of the Watchcon network is undertaken entirely at your own risk and in so doing you agree to the terms as laid out in the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch Constitution as well as the “Western Cape Constitution and Code Of Conduct for Neighbourhood Watch Structures” under which HBNW operates. Please see Documents.