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Postby ACL » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:07 pm

Is there a lift on VHF today? I've just picked up Humber coastguard on 161.925 mhz. Is there anybody else in Norwich who receives this on 161.925 mhz?
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby maylandmanta » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:15 pm

Yes I'm sure there is. I'm down at Clacton and over the last 2 days my AIS has been picking up vessels over on the Dutch and French coasts which is normally out of my range.Occaisionly hear Humber CG down here but not at present,however the reception today is not as strong as yesterday.

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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby ACL » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:26 pm

Thanks for the info. I would love to get some continental reception.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby m0lsx » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:00 pm

Look for low pressure on the weather forecast. And we have a big blob of low pressure over us at the moment. That produces something called Tropospheric Ducting.


Edited to add fog is another good condition for VHF. It produces something called inversion. This is where the normal situation of the temperature getting colder as you go higher is inverted. The fog can cause ground level temperatures to remain low & that causes radio signals to head off at strange angles, in the same way you see a stick appear to bend if you put it in water.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby m0lsx » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:07 pm

Just to add...I find one of the best indicators of a lift is either a scan of VHF band 2 with RDS active to see what stations are audible. Or put a couple of distant beacons & repeaters in your scanner.
10 meters is often worth a listen periods of good Tropo.
I have a Hertfordshire 6 meter beacon & several normally non audible 2 meter repeaters in my scanner, as well as all the 10 meter FM simplex & repeater frequencies.
I never listen to my local 2 meter activity, but I do have out of area repeaters in as they are a good sign that some interesting marine & PMR activity may also be around.
Lifts are a good reason for not using DCS or CTCSS codes as a scanner enthusiast.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby ACL » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:39 pm

Cheers. Are you receiving Humberside on that frequency today? Do you use a bct15 x? I've just started using the search function. I have no idea how to programme it and then scan channels. It has great sensitivity though.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby ACL » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:16 pm

Belatedly discovered that 161.925 is the coastguard weather channel 86. The Humber region serves Norfolk so I guess my reception has nothing to do with lift conditions. The question is though, if the weather reports are being transmitted from Humberside there must be a Norfolk relay as the Humber coastguard weather is also a Norfolk service. Is channel 86 161.925 mhz the standard channel nationwide if so other people here must receive their own local broadcasts on this frequency which could be received in other areas during lift conditions providing they don't all broadcast at the same time.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby G4RMT » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:17 am

Don't forget that while it might be called Humber Coastguard, the aerial installations they had when it was Yarmouth Coastguard are still in place. So travelling from say Yarmouth to Lowestoft and listening 16 gives you the message listing for vessels in the Yarmouth Area on one channel and the Lowestoft area on another, and switching between the two give you the same broadcast from two transmitter sites under flat conditions, depending on where you are. That said, yesterday Ostend Radio was very strong on ch 16. The good thing about the weather broadcasts is that they all start on 16, which gives the channels they will appear on a few minutes later, in case you can't remember them!
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby Neil57uk » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:25 pm

Hi

Humber Coastguard transmit MSIB's on channel 86 from the Caister mast and have done since May 2013 when they took over responsibility for East Anglia from Yarmouth Coastguard who used the same channel in that area.

Regular broadcasts so nothing unusual and nothing to do with a lift I'm afraid.

Plenty on the web to tell you the CG mast sites and channels used.
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Re: Humber Coastguard

Postby ACL » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:56 pm

Thanks for all the info. It's particularly interesting to find out CH 86 in Norfolk is from the Caister mast.
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