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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Maverick » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:53 am

Hello all.

Maverick here.
Am new to the world of Radio waves
Just moved to a new apartment and need a little help with picking the right antenna. Will only be used for scanning RNLI lifeguards and a little pub watch (if I can) to get my understandings for the gear then hopefully moving onto my technicians license. I picked up some tools for the job from a well-known auction site. As you can see in my signature.

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:12 am

I am little confused. Your details say you are from Cornwall, your post mentions the RNLI. But you also use the American word apartment & say you are going to get the American Technicians Licence.
If what you want to listen to primarily is the Marine band, then a marine antenna is probably your best option, as like that you have your primary desire covered at it's optimum & although anything else is compromised, it's not a big deal.
Most pubwatch who use radios are now digital, so expect to spend a lot of time & effort decoding it. And unless you live in a busy night time entertainment area, you may not even have a Pubwatch.
Do you have any limitations with antennas on your flat, I presume it is a flat?. And exactly where are you, so we can get some idea of path & distance between you & the Sea. Also what floor are you on & what kind of location is your flat in? Is it high or set low & among trees etc etc. The more details we have the more helpful we can be.
Also if you are in Cornwall, knowing where you are, we can point you in the direction of the local amateur radio club, so you can get a UK amateur radio licence.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Maverick » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:20 pm

Hello m0lsx

Yes i am from Cornwall UK (Newquay) we have an apartment over looking one of the beach's
You could call it a flat but on the address markers they are named apartment 1 , apartment 2 and so on :)
and like i say i am new to the hobby and each Video i see on Y0u-Tube call it a Technicians Licence. sorry about the mix up

I have a top floor apartment (Flat) had a word with the landlord about getting pole fitted to the top of the building above the balcony and hes ok with it as long as its fitted by a professional so just need to get some quotes and find the right antenna but this is where i am stuck and need some help

as for the distance from me to the beach is about 500 Yards with no trees and can see more beaches further away
and i have seen on your site somewhere that Pubwatch did go digital at the start of the year but i like a challenge so will have to do a lot of reading or spend more money but if there's a will there's a way..

i think i have answered all you needed to know and will say thank you in advance for any help :)
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby SilverShadow » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:09 pm

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:27 pm

Welcome once more Maverick. Sorry I was a little cautious, but not everyone are asking so they can listen.
If you live on the coast do you have any inland ridge behind you? As VHF & UHF signals are not good at dealing with obstructions?
We all have our own favourites & the main two choices for listening are a Discone or a vertical antenna.
Personally as you want to listen to shipping & given where you are a antenna that optimises that choice seems to make sense to me. So personally I would go for a Marine band antenna.
When you get someone to fit your antenna make sure they know what they are doing, as most TV antenna installers have no idea what they are doing with anything radio. Your coax will need to be of a good quality & low loss & connectors will NEED to be soldered.
Here the licences are level one, Foundation. Level 2, Intermediate & then full or as it seems to be called by most now, Advanced.
Everything from your local clubs details to what is entailed in the licensing system can be found at The Radio Society of Great Britain's site.
http://rsgb.org/

But be prepared to spend time finding what you want.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby 310den » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:43 pm

Hello one and all.
Name is Den and I like listening to all sorts and am a fully licenced amateur radio operator.
Recently got a TYT MD-380 and trying to suss it out. Would like to use it as a digital scanner to the best of it's ability so need to find frequencies, codeplugs etc...
Been reading through this site a lot over the last few days and it's been interesting and educational.

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:49 pm

310den wrote: Name is Den and I like listening to all sorts and am a fully licenced amateur radio operator.


:wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
No need for embarrassment, Full licence holders are welcome here. Whats you callsign?

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http://www.hamgoodies.co.uk/dmr/

A link for regional plugs for radio amateur repeaters & other info for licensed amateurs is available via the above link.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby 310den » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:45 pm

m0lsx wrote:
310den wrote: Name is Den and I like listening to all sorts and am a fully licenced amateur radio operator.


:wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
No need for embarrassment, Full licence holders are welcome here. Whats you callsign?

Edited to add.
http://www.hamgoodies.co.uk/dmr/

A link for regional plugs for radio amateur repeaters & other info for licensed amateurs is available via the above link.


Thanks for the link. My callsign: M0YDC
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Shambles » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:26 am

Hi everyone, would just to say hello,come back to the forum after a absence of a few years after going over to ham radio,so I have lost touch a little with scanner world,is there any improvement in the actual radios ?

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:33 pm

Hi Colin welcome to the forum. What improvement there is depends upon what you call a few years. There are some alleged digital scanners around now which only cover certain modes, so they are not as versatile (mode wise) as the dongles with freeware which have been around for years. Although they are much better than the dongles in other respects.
Scanners over about the past 15 years, are as a whole, better as things like Close call has improved the hobby & stopped the need to use separate frequency counters to find close local transmitters.
So really the answer is yes some improvements over the past few years. But it does depend upon what you want.
One retrograde step has been the loss of a lot of analogue users.
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