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Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:39 am
by Nighthawk999
Hi,as most people on here are aware by now,I have a Uniden 125XLT that's used for picking up airband and PMR etc.
I'd like to try something different for a change,and was wondering if,in very simple terms please,my scanner will pick up amateur TX?
I'm in Leicester and see that there's a repeater in the county.Any advice given would be gratefully received thanks.Please bear in mind though that I have no technical knowledge of the subject.
Antennas I have are my 801 and 881(both Watson).
Many thanks.

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:34 am
by Throbber
Watcha Nighthawk,

Keeping it simple, find your repeaters "Outgoing" frequency and tune into that, ie the TX frequency, i've found that will give you some things to listen.
My understanding of repeaters is, it's a piece of kit that boosts outgoing signals to aid those with less powerful transmitters, they tune into the incoming frequency of the repeater which then Transmits at a higher power, the TX side of it.
I'm not an expert so no doubt others will come and give you much more detail.

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:19 am
by Scanner Brussels
If you have the frequency and correct modulation you should receive that repeater without a lot of problems. If not maybe a roadtrip or a higher point could help. You can also use your 125XLT in the search mode for amateur radio.

Scanner Brussels

Update : I just checked the repeater book for your area : Seems that the repeaters is a DMR repeater so you can not listen to it with your 125XLT. (See : https://www.repeaterbook.com/row_repeat ... =Leicester)
This is the page/webiste of the host of the repeater : http://samshamrepeaters.yolasite.com/GB7LR.php

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:33 am
by Minus1
So long as they are FM, yes.

50.74 NFM GB3UM ~77.0 CTCSS
145.6 NFM GB3CF ~77.0
433.1 NFM RB:04 GB3LE ~77.0

RSGB repeater maps: https://www.ukrepeater.net/maps.htm

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:46 am
by G4RMT
Worth noting that CTCSS can simply be ignored - as in not used. CTCSS is there to prevent radios bursting into life with messages NOT for the recipient, but if you have a scanner, you usually want to hear everything. If you have two users on the same frequency, then you can use it to block one - if they are annoying, but for nosey people, CTCSS can be safely ignored. The hams use it simply to stop their repeaters bursting into life from users in different parts of the country, or even to stop them opening the people in Holland transmit, as used to happen here in Lowestoft on the coast. Our local repeater, very underused would suddenly be on permanently when a lift popped up and loads of people from Hilversum started to talk to each other through it. Fun for ten minutes, then very annoying!

Leicester repeater group have quite a few repeaters - CF, the VHF one is dual mode, but not reliable on digital yet - so a good example where CTCSS could be useful to stop the horrible digital biz when people try to use that mode. Ordinary FM is by far it's most common mode of operation - so easily hearable on 145.6MHz
Their others in the area are:
LE - UHF 433.1MHZ
UM 50.74MHz (probably not much use at all)

You can't use their TV repeater on 1.3GHz, or the beacons higher up in the microwave band.

Have a look at their web site http://www.leicestershirerepeatergroup.org.uk

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:10 pm
by Nighthawk999
Hi everyone,many thanks for your replies,I'll give those frequencies a try.

Re: Will my 125XLT receive amateur transmissions?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:21 pm
by m0lsx
Nighthawk999 wrote:Hi,as most people on here are aware by now,I have a Uniden 125XLT that's used for picking up airband and PMR etc.
I'd like to try something different for a change,and was wondering if,in very simple terms please,my scanner will pick up amateur TX?
I'm in Leicester and see that there's a repeater in the county.



In the simplest terms as above AND if you are in a location where you can receive it from. The fact it is within the same county or even the same area, does not make it a certainty to receive.