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Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:06 pm
by zyke
Hello Everyone,

I'm glad to have joined this forum and to see so much helpful info. My interest in radio communications goes back over 50 years.

I remember building a Heathkit Mohican General Coverage broadcast and shortwave receiver about 1965 and it provided countless hours of listening pleasure. In the mid-1990's I bought a Lowe HF-150 and still have it in perfect working order.

I'm now venturing into VHF/UHF scanning with a Uniden UBC-125XLT which should reach me within a couple of days.

Thank you to everyone for making this forum possible and for the wealth of information and advice it provides.

Zyke

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:57 pm
by m0lsx
Welcome Zyke. :wave: :wave: :wave:

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:32 pm
by Scan125
Zyke

You seem to have trod a similar path to me.

Lowe HF-150 - still have mine for SW but now mainly use an Alinco DX-R8.

Also have the UBC125XLT and wrote Scan125 for it (see my signature).

I also mainly use my 125XLT for Airband work and following aircraft on live radar.

Welcome and enjoy.

Nick

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:33 pm
by alank950
Hello
My first post in general discussion ..Aerial Positioning ..hope to gain some usefull knowledge here as i am new to this .I did have a Kenwood R5000 some 20 years ago but did not get the best from it as i didnt use a proper aerial/aerials .

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:34 pm
by m0lsx
Hello & welcome back to the hobby.. :wave: :wave: :wave:

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:19 am
by zyke
Thanks m0lsx and Nick (Scan125). I've now had the UBC 125XLT for a couple of days and it's proving even easier to use than I expected.

As an Apple Mac user for almost 30 years I was glad to see that there's an application available (free) for programming called MacBearcat. Thanks for writing it go to Prof. Dr. Ronald Leenes of Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

The next job on my list is to make an external antenna and I see there's plenty of helpful hints on the forum.

Thanks again to everyone.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:32 am
by Richt
Hi,
New to Forum but not the hobby, I am a 50 something guy with a lot of time on my hands due to a recent Stroke, i used to do a lot of plane spotting when i was younger and have come back to it just now, i live in Dundee and am eagerly awaiting my scanner to arrive from amazon later today.
Bearcat UBC 125XLT, got to admit am not sure what Frequencies to scan for aircraft in the area,got the local airport's and Leuchars air base(now closed but still has a lot of traffic with Helis), but looking for help with aircraft that will be going overhead in the Scottish sectors ,so any help would be much appreciated.
I have searched the net but so far drawn a blank.
Thanks in anticipation Richard T

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:14 pm
by m0lsx
Hello Richt you are a similar age to several of us here.
Have you found Fightradar24.com, if you like aircraft, you will love that..

https://www.flightradar24.com/53.05,0.68/8

You can zoom in & out & move the area you are watching to any where you want. So using the internet you could listen to say an LAX scanner feed & watch that area at the same time.

Your best bet is to set a maximum & a minimum frequency & scan between the two. If you cut the airband up into small 3 - 4 MHz chunks you will find lots to listen to, that you know you can hear.
The other option is to search this site using the google search linked too in my signature below every post I make. The sites search ability is terrible, but with that google search, there is lots to find.
Have a look at Scan125's software, it will help with the UBC-125 a lot.

Don't forget the marine band, being in Dundee, you may get some activity there.
The marine equivalent of flight radar is
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-2.8/centery:56.0/zoom:9

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:41 pm
by Richie_asg1
Hello to all, and Just joined.

Passed my Foundation licence then took time learning electronics and slowly buying equipment. Fitted landrover with CB and kept a 2M rig in there but was disappointed with lack of activity.

Have built an SDR radio - which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in scanning. I seemed to get the kit which you need to be a brain surgeon to solder, but works very well.

Just bought a Radio Shack Pro-2038 for the landrover and roof mounted it because my 2M Trio can't scan, and at the moment is loose.

.....some questions to follow. :)

Richard
M6AGL
QTH Aberdeen.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:19 pm
by m0lsx
Hello Richard, welcome to the forum & congratulations on your foundation pass.
Some areas are very quiet on 2 meters & VHF is not good in hilly terrain, so that could be why it's quiet up your way.
If you are a Landy fan, are you involved in Rover or 4 X 4 Rescue? It's a great way of mixing two hobbies as Rover & 4X4 Rescue often work with Raynet, the emergency amateur radio network.
And CB is perfect for off roading. It does not have the licence limitations of amateur radio & is both cheap & effective.