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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:14 am
by m0lsx
Westy K wrote:
Sorry this is a lot of info and I am probably not really getting the the details across very well but what I am thinking at the moment and would value you input on is that I feel I need to earth everything consistently. Certainly all the radio Chassis. Not sure what to do about the Dual Band antenna though. Should it have its own or will connecting it to an earthed radio be enough?
Thanks
Ian



Personally unless I have a good reason to, I never add any earthing to anything VHF or UHF.
If your antenna is in the loft where is your radio? As the longer any earth wire is the more probability that it could become a problem.
NEVER earth anything to your central heating as that can become a source of noise, (interference.) The same with any electrical earthing point.
So if your radio is not on the ground floor with a earth stake very close by. Don't earth anything & a radios earthing point needs to a good one, so often they are little more than something that makes you feel better.
And if you are not transmitting & this is a listeners forum, why earth the radios chassis or the antenna, unless you find a reason that makes you really need to?
I find the simpler a set up, the better it is, in general.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:18 am
by iomegachris
Hello to everyone on this very helpful forum and thanks for all the hard work behind the scenes. Like many others here, I have rekindled an interest in wireless, dug out an old scanner (Uniden 3500XLT) and found it is still working. Good news!

I was active on the Amateur bands in the 1980’s (first as a 2E1 and then M1) but then let it go till now. Living in Minehead, West Somerset on the coast and unfortunately rather in the shadow of North Hill so not sure what we’ll be able to hear. Putting a Diamond D-190 discone on the roof later this week so we’ll have to wait and see.

I have spent many hours already playing catchup with thousands of posts on here and learning much about what’s new. I love the 3500 and, despite the comments of some others, find the rationale of dynamic memory to be totally logical - in fact why aren’t all scanners like this?? ;) I agree with users who compare the concept of System >> Groups >> Channels to that of Main Folder >> Sub-Folder >> File on our PCs.

I have been using the latest edition of the Kimmy JS19 database to start setting up the scanner with likely frequencies. For my “Custom Search Bands” I have used the post from M0LSX suggesting 165. 0125 to 168.2250, 169.84375 to 173.04375 and 440.00625 to 447.925. I have also added the Military airband (225-399.95Mhz) but this still leaves me six more bands to program. Any suggestions for what would be useful areas to explore.

Also, a question about the Broadcast Screen Bands which can be selected to block out unwanted signals when using Close Call etc. Does anyone actually use these - 10 bands can be programmed. What frequencies should I put in here?Are pagers etc still a problem? Thanks for advice on this.

So glad we have such a great space to share and help each other.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:35 am
by ajcol
Hi to all!
I'm re-kindling a very fleeting past interest in airband scanning - (not enough freetime to indulge as I'd have liked to).
Now recently retired, and following a house move, I unearthed an old UBC3300XLT that had been given to me about 10 years ago - battery pack dead, charger/power supply long lost, no antenna etc.
After a half-hearted search for 3300 parts/info etc., I purchased a 125XLT as that seems to be the most popular mobile scanner and within my price range, and put the 3300 on the 'long finger' for possible refurbishment later.
I've cobbled together a loft airband dipole from co-ax, and I can clearly hear flights at altitude from about 200miles over the Atlantic (I'm in the far west of Northern Ireland), and can also pick up as far as Glasgow, Liverpool/Manchester and Dublin (altitude dependent, obviously).
Does anyone have any opinions on wether it's even worthwhile getting the 3300 up & running at all, now that I have the 125XLT?(a great little scanner,imho)
I'm definitely on a learning curve here, so apologies in advance for any other 'newbie' questions I might well ask!
Congrats to all who keep such a great resource as this going, btw. :thumbup:

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:20 am
by m0lsx
Welcome to the forum ajcol.

Have you found flight Radar 24? It is a great addition to the hobby as you can watch aircraft coming & going.

https://www.flightradar24.com/52.58,1.89/8


Re the 3300. I am not sure what the battery pack is with that. But if it's just a matter of getting some rechargeables, then I would certainly do it. But do not recharge modern rechargeable batteries in an old radio. The power supplies I use are cheap multi voltage ones. Just make sure you get the polarity correct & depending upon the antenna base type. That is how it connects to the radio. Then a cheap £10 antenna is all you need from ebay.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:46 am
by ajcol
Hi m0lsx,
Yes I have Flightradar24 on PC & phone, also recently begun using 360Radar for military stuff (though I rarely get mil traffic within range, except for an Osprey callsign which I believe is an Army Air spotter plane from RAF Aldergrove).
I like 360Radar particularly because of the waypoints overlay, and also because I can 'identify' USAF Mil traffic which doesn't show on FR24 at all, as they pass north of Ireland, if they contact Scottish Mil ACT - though haven't heard anything 'exotic' coming in or going out as yet! As you say, both could be considered indispensable for airband newbies like myself.
I think I will try to source a battery pack and charger for the 3300 - it'll be interesting to see what the differences/improvements between the two Uniden scanners are in practical use.
Thanks for the welcome! :thumbup:

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:39 pm
by AlanH
Hi all,

My names Alan, I’m totally new to the scene, just picked up my first scanner a 125XLT, primarily to listen to aircraft.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:26 pm
by m0lsx
AlanH wrote:Hi all,

My names Alan, I’m totally new to the scene, just picked up my first scanner a 125XLT, primarily to listen to aircraft.


Welcome to the forum from another Alan.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:46 am
by questor
Hello everyone,

My name is Michel, I am from the Netherlands. My hobby concerning radio and scanners in particular started around 1990. I joined this forum as I am a frequent visitor of Newcastle (with the DFDS ferry) and wanted to know more about interesting stuff to listen to in the North East.

I am also a ham (full license, call sign PE1MR) and when I can I take my portable setup with me. On the ferry, with permission from the captain, I have worked quite a few fellow UK amateurs on 2 meter SSB. In Newcastle, I tried to work the three DMR repeaters in the Tyne area, but besides the Brandmeister parrot, nothing much to hear.

'In the field', I use a MVT-7100 and a frequency counter for simple analogue transmissions and the AnyTone D878UV for DMR. For HF, MF and LF listening I use a Tecsun PL-880 and a AOR 8200MK2 (Ferrite plug-in).

My latest addition to the gadget box is a 3600XLT from Uniden which I will use (hopefully) extensively on my trips to Newcastle.

Main reason for me to buy this scanner is the DMR and close-call functionality. In the Netherlands most companies use TETRA (via Entropia Digital, a third party provider of closed mobile networks) and the number of DMR users is limited to a few users (mainly retail/warehouses and hospitals). Interestingly, I found out that there is an abundance of DMR users in the UK.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:54 pm
by m0lsx
Hello Questor & welcome to the forum. :wave: :wave:

During the summer we often get Dutch stations popping up on my local 2 meter repeater. I live close to the coast & several local cliff tops make great portable locations for 2 meter SSB operation.

It's great to see you are operating 2 SSB as far too many amateurs now only use FM or digital modes & almost never simplex.

I am on old pirate operator & back in the late 70's & into the 80's I spent many a happy Friday & Saturday evening listening to the Dutch stations on X band. (1600-1700 KHz.) Then of course there was 48 meters on Saturday & Sunday morning with plenty of Dutch activity there too. I also remember using a UHF frequency with a beam for QSO's with some Dutch guys.