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Postby stanogs68 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:01 pm

What is a basic ham radio to get ,am going to get a dicone aerial for the loft ,I'm going to start my foundation licence at my local club and was looking at getting a basic radio that would someone would need who is only going to have ther foundation license
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Re: Basic radio

Postby m0lsx » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:10 pm

Make sure the discone is capable of being used on transmit. Not all are.
A basic radio would be something that covered just 2 or 70 cm, or something that covered both. A cheap handheld would give 5 watts on both bands for about £30.
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Re: Basic radio

Postby stanogs68 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:50 pm

Cheers mlox I didn't know that what type of discone can you transmit on ,I want it to go in the loft ,cheers
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Re: Basic radio

Postby m0lsx » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:14 pm

I do not the makes & models of discones. But I do personally have a discone that is capable of transmitting on 6 meters, 2 meters & 70Cm. It is not very good on either the TX or RX side by comparison to a more normal larger homebase antenna, but it is only a small mobile whip, so that is only to be expected. It gets me on air on the 3 bands when up & has survived a good few years, so has been value for money.
Make sure you use good quality coax. RG-58 is really not suitable for VHF & is useless at UHF. Your coax needs to be RG-213 as a minimum.
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Re: Basic radio

Postby stanogs68 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:21 pm

do you buy say 15 m of coax i believe i need about 15 m i need a connector for a dicone aerial and one for my scanner which is a push and turn one can you buy these seperatley and can anyone fit them ,plus whats there namaes cheers :dizzy:
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Re: Basic radio

Postby m0lsx » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:49 pm

Sometimes dealers will sell the coax with the connectors fitted. It sounds like your radio needs a BNC..

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Re: Basic radio

Postby stanogs68 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:01 pm

the bnc male will fit my scanner but will the bnc female fit the aerial, it i take it the all the same ?
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Re: Basic radio

Postby m0lsx » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:56 pm

I posted it to show both sides of the connector. Your radio should look like the female if it is a BNC. And if the radio is fitted with a BNC, then the coax needs a Male.
What your antenna will need, will depend upon what is fitted to that..But adaptors are available to convert one connector to another.
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Re: Basic radio

Postby G4RMT » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:54 am

Learning to solder is one of the most useful skills for anyone interested in radio. It's not hard, or expensive, just needs a bit of practice. It's a skill that is always in use. You cannot buy readymade cables for everything, and sometimes connectors have to be put on to suit the job. Your adaptors are fine in the loft, and dry. You can't use them outside reliably. Buy a soldering iron and get going!
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Re: Basic radio

Postby stanogs68 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:32 pm

no g4rmt i can solder i dont have a soldering iron no more ,maybe you could suggest a decent one
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