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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby m0lsx » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:53 am

Henry wrote:Just one more quick question.can you talk to people around the world on 2m 70cm?


Not on FM not really. Although using legal foundation licence power & a simple 10 meter (29mhz) FM or SSB set up or a simple 6 meter SSB set up you will find during the summer that it is easily possible, to work big chunks of the world. I have worked all over ona wire antenna on 10 meters using 5 watts & less. I have worked mobile to mobile with a Polish station. I was running 5 watts at the start, but 2.5 watts later. He was running just 1 watt & using home made equipment.
Where you are a very simple beam & 10 watts max would get you into Europe & up the East coast as far as Scotland with ease on 2 meters SSB.
The issue with 2 meters SSB, is that it needs a contest to make it work, as most people who use 2 meters don't even know that FM simplex is possible there, let alone that SSB exists.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby G4RMT » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:30 pm

If you are in Norfolk, you're closer to the continent than many places in the UK are to each other!

Trouble is, the basic license (foundation) only gives you low power and some other restrictions that make long distance working much harder. That said, it still gives you 10W to the aerial, which is what I had years ago when first licensed, and if you put all that power into an aerial system with gain, then working the near continent isn't too hard. If you can get one up, something like a VHF Tonna will give you 12dB or more gain on 2m. Horizontal if you have an ssb radio for proper point to point DX, or vertical if all you want to do is access repeaters and a few distant stations with verticals on FM. I had an 8 element crossed beam and and aerial switch and results from my first house in Lowestoft to Holland, Belgium and France were pretty good accross the sea.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby Chris P » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:44 pm

10w is plenty of power to work the continent, my first across the ditch contact on 2M was with a PA0 running 5W AM from a modified Pye ranger into a 5 element horizontal yagi in the roof space (I still have the QSL card somewhere) , So the foundation licence gives you plenty of scope
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby m0lsx » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:13 pm

It's not VHF, but 5 watts from Norwich into the New York 10 meter repeater to chat to a Scottish mobile station. I forgot to reset the radio after adjusting the SWR.
2.5 watts into Poland on 6 meters while Mobile. Plus lots of other contacts on 6 meters SSB.
Lots of contacts on 2 meters SSB using my 817.
10 watts is plenty of power on VHF especially when using SSB. A small beam really helps, but it's not essential, a Halo or better still a clover leaf or big wheel, is all you need, as they give you 360 degree radiation, or close to with a Halo.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby essexRXer » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:54 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have just registered to learn my foundation online with Essex ham- I only have a Boafeng radio but without it I would not have considered going for a license.

I am not sure as to where my practicals will be but I will keep you all posted.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby m0lsx » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:34 pm

Good luck.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby essexRXer » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:50 pm

Update,

I have completed the practicals and took the Exam, 23 out of 26.

de M6RXU :thumbup:

roll on the next one.
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Re: Ham radio for beginner

Postby m0lsx » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:28 pm

Congratulations.. :-D :-D :-D
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