Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Pork Chop » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:09 am

Hi, I used to be an avid scanner 20 years ago and I've recently bought a Wouxun KG-UV950PL with a 1.7M Watson antenna on a mag mount which I have on a desk in my downstairs study. The results are outstanding, I can talk to my dad 5-6 miles away and it's crystal clear so anyone in a flat/rented accommodation who can't install a fixed antenna then this may work for you (my issue with roof antenna's is getting it past the missus although I could swing a loft antenna if I needed more coverage). I've ordered a copy of the scanning directory as quite a lot has changed since I was last on the bands.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:14 am

Hi Pork Chop, I assume you realise that you need a licence to use a Wouxun & that without one you risk a heavy fine, at the very least for piracy.
Take great care what you say on air as it is easy to quickly build a profile of who & where some one is.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Pork Chop » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:11 pm

Hi, don't worry I'm a licensed amateur (as is my dad) and we chat on 70cm or 2m. I passed my intermediate last month which prompted me to buy the 50W Wouxun which I can use on max power, or to be technically correct *up to* it's max power.
One day I'd like a Yaesu 450D unfortunately I have a small garden so I'll have to investigate if there's any suitable HF antenna available, if possible I'd like to run it along the top of the fence all the way around the garden. Have you heard of anyone doing this and did it work?
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Chris001 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:19 am

Good morning and firstly thank you for the group acceptance.
I am based in Birmingham and returned to SWL in June of this year.
I was a very active CB'r back in the day.
These days I use an Icom IC R8500 in conjunction with a Wellbrook ALA1530LN.
I also own an Alinco DX R8 which I will shortly be setting to run SDR in conjunction with my lap top.
I took early retirement in may of this year and so am able to devote some time to the wonderful hobby of SWL.
Thank you again for the group acceptance.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:11 pm

Hi Chris, welcome back to the Hobby. When were you listening?
Back in the 70's & 80's the Midlands had plenty of active free radio. In the early 80's I came over several times. Paul Johnson now sadly SK (Silent Key or dead if you prefer) At UK radio was active on VHF & Shortwave & I have visited both him & Sounds Alternative on Medium Wave, who could be heard clearly here in Norfolk. Plus we knew several others from your area & there many other MW, SW & VHF stations operating in that area.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Chris001 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:50 pm

Thank you for the welcome.
I started SWL around 1974, in the days when there was no such thing as digital read outs for frequencies...just the dial. Most of my listening was on medium wave and sometimes long wave. Short wave was something I discovered around 1975, and was immediately fascinated by the array of foreign languages that I was hearing.
I was aware of pirate radio mostly care of the news, reports of stations being closed down etc...in those days, obtaining a broadcasting license was quite a long and drawn out process.
I discovered CB almost at its U.K. Inception and rejoiced when we were allowed to legally transmit..November 1981, subject to license conditions.
I sat the amateur radio exam around 1985 but never applied for the license as frankly, I didn't find the conversations very stimulating and thus didn't think expending a large amount of money on equipment, worth it.
After retirement, the time was right to take up a hobby or peruse an Open University degree. I decided to revisit the world of radio and purchased a fairly basic radio that covered 27 MHz up to around 900 MHz. I wasn't impressed by what, or rather wasn't hearing but put this down to the antenna. I then purchased a Tecsun S2000 and set up a long wire antenna with excellent results although it soon became evident that RF was going to be a problem. A balun or two later, I was happy with the results....but I wanted better. It was at that point that I researched the merits of active loop antennas and a new receiver, which I went on to purchase. I am now set up with the Welbrook active loop antenna and a Icom IC R8500 and have been enjoying some excellent receptions which I record and post on a Facebook radio site that I belong to, as evidence of the contact.
Long may this wonderful hobby last.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby LandingGearLaurie » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:59 pm

Hi There!

Great to be aboard!

Looking forward to tuning in and learning from you guys. I am a total novice.

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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Kayos » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:22 pm

Hi

Just treated myself to a UBC125XLT scanner :)

Never used one before but googling the leeds bradford airport freqs brought me here, so after id had a listen i bought the scanning directory

Spend a bit of time making an antenna for my loft and now i can listen to airband from my sofa, alltho most of my scanning will be mobile, while i travel the country (north mostly) for work
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby pikeman01 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:05 pm

Hi im john and a newby to scanners just a couple of questions if that's ok I have a radio pro 2035 and a scan king royal 2000 discone antenna going to couple this up with 20 meters of S400B was told this is the equivalent of LMR400 my problem is I can only put my antenna approx. 10 meters high due to living in a bungalow I live in the fens what can I hope to pick up thanks john
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:59 pm

pikeman01 wrote:with 20 meters of S400B was told this is the equivalent of LMR400 my problem is I can only put my antenna approx. 10 meters high due to living in a bungalow I live in the fens what can I hope to pick up thanks john


Welcome. Yes it's 400 series coax, so the same as LMR400.
10 meters in the Fens is like 20 meters plus any where else. Although it does depend what you have around you. For example if you live next to Ely Cathedral or beside a large river bank, then expect limitations in that direction. But the Fens should see you pull in from a large area.
Where about's in the Fens are you? As it could be any where between Kings Lynn & Ely. So what you will hear will depend upon where you are local to.
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