New CB'er. Some Questions

Forum for CB, PMR, Ham, Business users, GMRS, Repeaters and all other TX Chat

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby m0lsx » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:54 am

If there is no hurry then there are plenty on £300 & less radios around. A few years ago I wanted a 10 meter radio, but all the 10 meter radios were CB's & only one which cost £250 had a VFO & that had no CTCSS, which as a 10 meter radio makes it useless on the repeaters & just a CB again.
So I brought myself a secondhand Alinco DX-70TH. I get all of HF, plus 6 meters at 100 watts. I get CTCSS & repeater shift. I get loads of channels to program, I get 6 meters & I even get a remote head, so the radio can be put in the boot & the head only at the front.
And the Alinco was spotless. Plus I got all of these advantages for less than the cost of a CB with only a few watts of output, no CTCSS & no repeater shift.
Do you have a callsign yet SporadicE? Because there are some good Amateur Radio websites that sell some sensible priced radios. But which ask for a checkable callsign to join.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 5228
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby lars » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:07 am

I know we've discussed this before, but I suspect you must be very lucky, or very diligent, to be able to buy HF equipment at the kinds of prices you state. I would think that £300 is the absolute minimum you could get any HF unit in fully-working, ready-to-go condition. And that's including the specialist sites like G3CWI, which I scour on a regular basis.

Where were you lucky/diligent enough to get a DX-70TH for less than the price of a CB? Even second-hand I've not seen one going for less than about £400. I wouldn't be building my own gear if I could get a decent commercial HF rig at a CB price :) I'm pleased for you, of course; but I'm also slightly envious, because you have bargain-hunting skills that I lack.
lars
 
Posts: 134
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:03 am

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby m0lsx » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:01 am

lars wrote:Where were you lucky/diligent enough to get a DX-70TH for less than the price of a CB? Even second-hand I've not seen one going for less than about £400. I wouldn't be building my own gear if I could get a decent commercial HF rig at a CB price :) I'm pleased for you, of course; but I'm also slightly envious, because you have bargain-hunting skills that I lack.


I got it via a Amateur Radio site. I'll not say which one but as long as you are not in a hurry. There are bargains around.
Currently I am waiting to see if I can find a FT-7 & preferably a B in nice condition. I missed one last year by a few hours.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 5228
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby SporadicE » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:27 am

Hi,

I don't have a license yet (looking at what is required now).

Am I correct in thinking you can go direct to the Intermediate license if you complete both the Foundation and Intermediate *PRACTICAL* tests, then sit ONLY the Intermediate exam (thus saving on the cost of the Foundation exam)?
SporadicE
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:05 am

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby m0lsx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:38 am

Each licence step must be taken in order. You do not have to hold each licence, but must pass one step before the other.
So you could pass all three in one day & go straight to full. But you would still need to take the previous two exams.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via https://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 5228
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: New CB'er. Some Questions

Postby SporadicE » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:02 pm

m0lsx wrote:Each licence step must be taken in order. You do not have to hold each licence, but must pass one step before the other.
So you could pass all three in one day & go straight to full. But you would still need to take the previous two exams.


OK - thanks for the clarification! :smiles:
SporadicE
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:05 am

Previous

Return to The TX'ers Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests