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Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby JezUK1 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:28 pm

Hi all, I’m from somerset UK and have just got a radio shack 25 pro scanner from eBay. I have found Bristol airport but what else is good to tune into?
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby m0lsx » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:39 am

Hi & welcome to the hobby. Somerset is a big place & some signals only travel very short distances & even the longer travelled signals probably do not cover the whole of Somerset. So a more precise location would help us to help you.
Do you get both sides of Bristol Airport, that is, do you hear both the ground & the air side of the conversation & have you got all of the frequencies?

Bristol Radar 136.075
Bristol Radar 125.650
Bristol Tower 133.850
Bristol Ground - (as directed by ATC) 121.925
Bristol Information ATIS 126.025
Bristol Fire 121.600


Minus1 wrote:Also try:
130.6 AM Swissport Bristol
131.55 AM '131.555' Swissport Bristol

Not sure which is current; some airports have more than one freq (each for specific airlines)

131.7833 AM '131.785' rptd Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad (not confirmed by me)


The following is a link to a thread about maritime frequencies in your area..
https://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4376

I use to do a meat delivery into the middle of Bristol for about 4am & then a 7am delivery to Avonmouth & often use to listen to the marine traffic when waiting to be unloaded.

The following is a link to Bristol frequencies from a few years ago, some will still be active others will not.
https://www.ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=21
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby JezUK1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:02 am

Hi thank you for your welcome. I’m in Bridgwater but here the airport tower but it’s very week. But the planes I can here well when they are in the air. What frequency’s do
Walkie-talkies operate on? There are many businesses around me as it very industrial so I thought perhaps I will be up to pick some up
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby m0lsx » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:26 am

JezUK1 wrote: Walkie-talkies operate on? There are many businesses around me as it very industrial so I thought perhaps I will be up to pick some up


Handheld radios could be on any frequency. But they are normally short range unless they work through a repeater. A repeater is normally a transmitter on one frequency, linked to a receiver on another with a antenna in a very good position to provide the best coverage possible. The handheld transmit into the receiver on one frequency & listens to the transmitter on another. Giving good two way comms between shorter range handhelds & mobile stations.
Some frequencies always worth listening to are the UK light Simple. These allow any business user to cover all of the UK with one single licence costing £75 for 5 years. So companies like Tesco's etc like it, as every supermarket & distribution centre can use it for a single £75 fee for 5 years. And given it's cost, it makes a very cheap radio system for every one, as PMR licences are normally expensive. Local to me, is used by everyone from the NHS, to Swimming Pool operators, to bar doorman, to farms, hotels, tourist attractions, people on building sites & a variety of others.
https://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8

The follow are some band scans I did using what your radios manual calls a limit search. This is on page 23 & 24 of the manual.
https://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2502

Do you have a manual? If not try the following link
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0ahUKEwj0ksCIldDaAhUJCMAKHWbsDRwQFggqMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radiopics.com%2F-%2520PHP%2520-%2F1.%2520Manuals%2FRadio%2520Shack%2520-%2520Realistic%2FPRO-25%2520(Owner%2527s%2520Manual).php&usg=AOvVaw3VApbG1lGxaBkFPL2rIVFx
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby JezUK1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:59 pm

Thanks very much for the link to the manual as I do not have one. At last I can figure out how to use the machine properly.
I’ve done the scan which you suggested but I have not picked anything up apart from noise. Can this unit pic up cordless phones st all?
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby G4RMT » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:05 pm

Cordless phones? Most are digital so generally the answer is no - sorry.

I suppose the biggest problem here could be simply geography. Where I live - handheld users I can pick up on a small antenna indoors are - a local school, a safety boat training school, and a restaurant. Never heard any other users on smaller hand-held radios. There simply isn't anybody within ¼ to ½ a mile or so.

If you live in the centre of a busy town or city, there will be some - but transmissions are often brief, and could be on a huge range of frequencies - not all exactly where you are looking, and if you search - it's slow and unreliable as they have to be transmitting when your radio looks on the frequency, and with lots of things to look for, it's quite a lottery.

You need to tell us more about your locality - where exactly you are looking. Are you searching, or scanning frequencies entered into the memory?
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby JezUK1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:19 pm

Well I’m in a busy town. Just scanning to see what I get really. Don’t no where to start lol.
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby 26CT2369 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:18 pm

Try these couple
449.3125 NFM, 449.400 NFM AND 449.475 NFM. (Business frequencies/UK General)
and the PMR 446 frequencies that are license free
1 446.00625
2 446.01875
3 446.03125
4 446.04375
5 446.05625
6 446.06875
7 446.08125
8 446.09375
9 446.10625
10 446.11875
11 446.13125
12 446.14375
13 446.15625
14 446.16875
15 446.18125
16 446.19375

1-8 are the most used , but the 9-16 are the New analogue pmr frequencies. channel 8 is known as a calling channel, any one on the band can be using it, children alot of the time but if your in town you'll pick up some type of highstreet wilkos etc and also 449.400 is used alot. Let me know how you get on :thumbup:
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby m0lsx » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:00 pm

The licence free 446 frequencies will have a range of at most 2-400 yards under most circumstances & potentially a lot less than that in built up areas.
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Re: Hello I’m new to the hobby.

Postby JezUK1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:17 pm

26CT2369 wrote:Try these couple
449.3125 NFM, 449.400 NFM AND 449.475 NFM. (Business frequencies/UK General)
and the PMR 446 frequencies that are license free
1 446.00625
2 446.01875
3 446.03125
4 446.04375
5 446.05625
6 446.06875
7 446.08125
8 446.09375
9 446.10625
10 446.11875
11 446.13125
12 446.14375
13 446.15625
14 446.16875
15 446.18125
16 446.19375

1-8 are the most used , but the 9-16 are the New analogue pmr frequencies. channel 8 is known as a calling channel, any one on the band can be using it, children alot of the time but if your in town you'll pick up some type of highstreet wilkos etc and also 449.400 is used alot. Let me know how you get on :thumbup:



Sorry is this cordless phones or walkie-talkies? Just scanning them at the moment and zip all at the moment.
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