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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Chris P » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:29 pm

The top base station appears to be a signal R-535 which covers both the VHF and UHF airbands they are still a very popular receiver but with the advent of 8.33Khz spacing they are not as suitable for the VHF airband now . Having said that I still use my R-532 for monitoring the 25Khz channels
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby funkyjudge » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:10 pm

Cheers ‘Frequency Hopper’ and ‘Chris P’ for the welcome. :thumbup: Just looked up a photo of the Signal R-535 and that’s the one. Brings back some good memories.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:36 pm

Welcome to the forum funkyjudge. There use to be a decent Medium Wave station in Leicester in the 80's Radio Nova, I think it was called. There were originally three stations all broadcasting from a location just to the West of Leicester. They were raided & taken off the air & Nova came as a result of that. And got it's name from a nicked, sorry borrowed, jingles package from an Irish station & I am sure it was Chris Carey's (Spangles Muldoon's) Radio Nova they borrowed them from. (Anyone for cheap Satellite TV?)
Nova were at one time a 7 day a week station & Leicester only commercial station.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby jlowe123 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:16 pm

Thanks for accepting me into the group. Also got a question how do you search for local frequencies please
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:26 pm

jlowe123 wrote:Thanks for accepting me into the group. Also got a question how do you search for local frequencies please


Welcome to the forum. :wave: :wave:
How you serch really depends upon what radio you have, if you have a Uniden then walking around likely places with CCF activated isa great way of getting some active frequencies.
The old school method is to scan between a high & low frequency simply listening for any activity. A few years ago I did the following..

https://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2502

Don't forget that bands will have different users on, on different days & at different times. So do not assume nothing is there, just because you have listened to a band & heard nothing.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby jmz01 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:54 am

Hello

Complete newbie here!

however I have loved radio since when as a child I was given a 'Sonnet wrist radio':https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/unknown_sonnet_161_w161.html and could listen to 'anything' whilst riding my Raleigh Tomahawk, I later upgraded to a Grifter and had a CB mounted on the handle bars......

I have a couple of questions which I really hope someone can answer.

I moved to live in Poland last year and recently bought an all band scanner. On the 11 & 10 metre frequencies all I get is junk as I live near a motorway and it's a main artery from Germany to Czech Republic/Ukraine where truckers use any radio they can get there hands on. There is a "CB Radio" shop at the junction nearest to me that sells multi-mode / multi-band transceivers for next to nothing, they cover all EU CB and all amateur frequencies for a very little cost.

However I digress.

I was wondering what are the best amateur radio frequencies to scan to try and hear people from the UK/Ireland, or any of the the English speaking world transmitting?
I hear lots of Polish voices but I suspect they are pizza delivery drivers or blokes laying tarmac.... I don't speak Polish ...yet!

If there is a register of which frequencies people transmit on please send me a link, as I said I am a complete newbie with this type of thing and apologise if I am asking in the wrong place.



The second big question, can I study and take exams for an amateur radio operators license remotely, from outside of the UK?
again, I cannot study and sit exams here as I can't speak Polish....

Many thanks
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby Forum Helper » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:06 am

Welcome to the uk radio scanning forum jmz, jlowe123 & funkyjudge :wave:
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:41 am

Hello jmz01. :wave: :wave:

To listen to the amateur radio frequencies that will travel from the UK to Poland, you are going to need a Short Wave Receiver with SSB & a length of wire as a antenna & what you will hear will depend upon the amount of electrical noise local to you. In todays world everything from light bulbs, to TV's, to wi-fi systems all interfere with shortwave (High Frequency.)
I live in the middle of a housing estate & personally see anything from S7 upwards of electrical noise. Turning the radio on to see S9 or more of background noise, is a perfectly normal situation here & that means that I hear a lot less than I should. As anything at the same level or lower, than the background noise just disappears into that noise.
But to get back to your question. The best band will depend upon band conditions, which are reliant upon a number of factors, the time of day & time of year being just two. The condition of the sun being another. But personally I would listen to the 40 meter band, (7.060khz to 7.200khz.) Especially during the evening.
Daytime the 20 meter band. (14.125khz to 14.350khz) & 17 meters. (18.111khz to 18168khz.) All will be in SSB. Anything below 10 MHz in Lower Side Band, anything above 10Mhz in Upper Side Band.
You could also try the various UK based Software Defined Radios which are available online or even the excellent University of Twente SDR in Holland. With these you could listen to all sorts of UK based radio traffic, even on your phone.
Yes you could study to take a UK based radio exam. BUT, a foundation exam has a large percentage of practical elements to it & more importantly is not valid for use outside of the UK. So you would need to take all three parts of the system (Foundation, Intermediate & full,) before you could get a reciprocal licence to operate in Poland as a resident.
If you are around weekends or evenings then I why not listen to some of the UK's unlicenced broadcasters? I use to get regular reception reports from places like Poland back in my broadcasting days . Listen to 48 meters 6.200khz to 6.350khz & often there are stations spread across the spectrum between 6.200 & 7.000MHz.
Via a UK based SDR, the best bands for local traffic are the 40 meter(7.060khz to 7.200khz) & 80 meter (3.600 to 3.800khz) bands.

Some links for you..

SDR links.

http://websdr.org/

http://hackgreensdr.org:8901/

http://farnham-sdr.com/

http://grimsbysdr.ddns.net:8073/

https://larches-cottage.co.uk/rx_antenna/web_sdr.php

http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

Free radio links.

https://shortwavedx.blogspot.com/

http://www.laserhothits.co.uk/
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby jmz01 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:33 pm

Thank you for your very helpful and comprehensive reply.
I think I may have to go shopping for a more credible scanner/receiver!


m0lsx wrote:Hello jmz01. :wave: :wave:

To listen to the amateur radio frequencies that will travel from the UK to Poland, you are going to need a Short Wave Receiver with SSB & a length of wire as a antenna...................
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:05 pm

jmz01 wrote:Thank you for your very helpful and comprehensive reply.
I think I may have to go shopping for a more credible scanner/receiver!


Or you could listen online via one of the SDR radios.
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