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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby patg66 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:20 pm

"Hello Here"
PatG from Lancashire here. Total newb! Recently purchased a Uniden UBC92XLT. Just waiting to receive my localised frequencies list from UK Scanning Directory and get some of those programmed in. And then, I'll probably be plaguing you all with queries galore :laughs: Cheers for now :wave:
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:49 pm

Hello Pat, welcome to the hobby & the forum.. :walkietalkie: :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Postby paulie b » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Howdy.

I'm Paul and I'm a complete scanning novice. I've just bought a Uniden UBC92XLT with optional 'long range' rubber ariel. I don't know what I'm doing yet, but up to now I am a little disappointed at the lack of transmissions I've been able to receive. BTW I'm located in South Yorks.
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Postby RocketMav » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:06 pm

Hi,

Is there some CB experts on here in the Wirral area of the UK.

I have a CB radio (Thunderpole T-2000) and Antennae for my off-road Suzuki Jimny, and yesterday I was transmitting good (others could hear me) but I could not hear them - what could be wrong? OR better still is there anyone local to me (20miles radius) that I could go and get everything checked-out (I'm not electrical literate)

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Postby Dannyboy1964 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:13 pm

Hi all im new to this so be carefull with me lol looking forward to meeting you all im male 53 years young and i live in Jarrow tyne&wear married got 3 grown up children
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:34 pm

Welcome to the forum Dannyboy. And from the home of the long walk too, Jarrow. It's a lovely area, a friend of mine use to live in Gateshead, with a holiday caravan in Allendale.
Do you watch your local shipping on AIS? If not take a look at.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:14.2/centery:52.1/zoom:6

You can zoom in & move the map to see any where in the world.

The air version of AIS is..

https://www.flightradar24.com/
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Postby Albert1 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:58 pm

Hello
I’ve just started..RSP1A on order...perplexed by so many acronyms. Is there a course I could do that would help beginners gain the the experience
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby radiogaga1990 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:43 am

Hello there!

A very happy new year to all. I've just been brought a Baofeng UV-5RTP for Christmas as we're going on a road trip around Lake Tahoe in California this year and I've heard that the mobile signal can be pretty sketchy around there and it's pretty remote (that was the excuse I used to get a radio anyway haha). Anyway I'm not completely new to scanning I've always been a planespotter so I'm pretty handy with my Maycom AR-109 airband scanner and I've heard some great things over the years on it. My aims with the Baofeng are really to learn my way around uhf/vhf, see whats out there. I've already picked up shopwatch from two towns away (using freq's I found on this forum) which I would have thought almost impossible due to the terrain between. I also have a RTL-SDR dongle and antenna on order as I think that looks amazing for the price with the ability to decode digital.

Anyway, I look forward to using the forum and learning more about scanning

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:40 am

Hello radiogaga. Are you American or British? I ask, as I do not think we have any American shopwatch frequencies. I am also surprised that any UK shopwatch frequencies remain on Analogue.
The Baofeng is not a scanner, but a transceiver & it does not comply with licence free radio laws in the US or the UK & is thus illegal to use in either country unless you have a licence. In the states I believe the FCC has powers to enforce with very heavy fines without a court case, unlike Ofcom here in the UK. So personally having seen how the FCC treats those who breach it's radio laws I would be very reluctant to own such a radio, unless I were licensed or knew what I was doing.
Also, if all that you want to do is..
Hear what is out there

As you say above. then you will be much better off with a real scanner, as you can band scan & program in many many more stations across much more radio spectrum with a scanner.
The Baofeng is very slow & clunky scanning even a few programmed channels. It also only accepts a fraction of the channels even a basic scanner will & it covers a fraction of the radio spectrum too. So it will not help you learn much about either VHF or UHF.
If you live in the UK, as I suspect, having said that you now have your local shopwatch via here, then personally I would recommend not taking the radio with you to America. As I would suspect that there is a very good chance it will cause you some very real problems with customs both sides of the Atlantic. As it fails to comply with both UK & American licence free laws & you cannot produce a licence for it.
It is known that terrorists use these radios, so that could add to the issues as far as customs are concerned.
And to give you some idea of the FCC powers. I believe the basic fine for operating a Non-Certified transmitter, meaning something like your Baofeng which has not passed FCC certification is $12,000 with no court case required & no legal need to take into account any ability of yours to pay.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby radiogaga1990 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:28 pm

Thanks for the reply m0lsx, you have raised some good points I had not yet thought about regarding the FCC etc. I am British (from North Nottinghamshire). Having used the Baofeng for a few hours I see what you mean about it being very clunky and slow scanning through the frequencies. I am just starting out on my journey to hopefully getting licensed so I will keep hold of the Baofeng stay away from the PTT button. Hopefully the RTL-SDR will be here later on today so that will probably act as my "scanner" for a while as I've definitely spent enough money on kit recently haha. Turns out the shopwatch I picked up on 456.875 wasn't shopwatch but rather a local factory.

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