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Help with my set anyone

Postby tony_seadog » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:24 am

Hi All,
Merry Christmas.

As an ex merchant seaman retired I purchased a Uniden UBC360CLT some years ago as living and from Falmouth I could listen to all the shipping movement going on in the port. Living on the outskirts of the town my son fitted an external ariel to my chimney which increased the range nicely.

I have no moved in a flat at one of the Macarthy & Stone complexes right near the port and using the standard ariel supplied with the set plugged into the back of the set and now I can only pick up the coastguard and not much else.

My questions are these:
1. If I fit a high gain internal ariel will it help?
2. If yes what one would you all recommend?
3. Alternatively, can somebody recommend or offer a solution to my dilema?

Any assistance would be great.

Tony
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Re: Help with my set anyone

Postby m0lsx » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:10 am

Take care with antennas described as having gain. It is rightly measured against a half wave centre fed dipole, yet a smaller less efficent antenna with the right use of maths can be shown to have a gain.
The antenna I would personally go for is the Nomad & the one without the preamp.

NOMAD WIDEBAND PORTABLE SCANNER AERIAL 25-1300MHz. The aerial element is made from 300 Ohm feeder configured like a Slim Jim, with modified stub matching to give greater operational bandwidth. It is intended to be portable but can be used as a permanent aerial in places where conventional wire aerials cannot be used. The receiving twin wire is 1.2m long and the matching unit is 18cm long. It is fitted with 4m of 50 Ohm coax cable with a BNC male connector. When folded up it is 25cm long and weighs just 250g. Price £22.00 UK


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http://www.spectrumcomms.co.uk/Aerials.htm

Phone them up have a word with them & they may send you one optimised for marine band.


The above will hang in a window or in a corner or if you have access to it, higher & in the loft.
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Re: Help with my set anyone

Postby Minus1 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:57 am

New buildings may have foil-backed thermal insulation which will greatly attenuate many signals. Placing an antenna in a window facing the port may help, to which end the wire antenna suggested by M0LSX may help whilst also being unobtrusive enough to be practical.

Your location is though mostly surrounded by hills. You're never going to get over hills.
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