Ah cool, well done!
Checking your location, do you ever see some of the VHF contesters out portable on the island? Some very regulars get on there.Ooh! That brings back some memories. When I did my exams back in the early eighties we had to take a separate Morse code exam in the local marine radio station.
I've not been active for donkey's, but this lockdown is making me think about it again. I only have a few old 2m handies kicking around - I sold everything else years ago.
I quite like the idea of just sticking up a 40m inverted V and doing QRP CW only. I'd need to get a receiver first though, then I'd build the transmitter.
Good luck with your exam.
There are contests on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, and 2nd & 3rd Thursdays. All 8pm to 10.30pm pm local time, Jan to Dec. No portable operating allowed under the virus restrictions.I have in the past Steve, but not for a good few years now. Maybe I should find out when they're about next so I can say hello.
Well done! You know radio can make photography look low budget, rightJust passed - 100%
Now I wait for the certificate and get a callsign!
Ha! I have seen some fantastically expensive kit. I'm no the path more for scientific/nerdy understanding than calling DX calls across the planet but it does look exciting! I'm just fascinated by how it works, playing with my hire equipment (which is only 2m/67cm stuff 5w stuff) has taught me a little but about terrain, antennas etc.Well done! You know radio can make photography look low budget, right
(but doesn't have to)
I also have a Boafeng though it struggles to reach the loacl repeater lol. I use it mostly when I am contesting in the blackies where there is no internet so I can talk back to others for finding needed stations. There it reaches 70km dead easy.Ha! I have seen some fantastically expensive kit. I'm no the path more for scientific/nerdy understanding than calling DX calls across the planet but it does look exciting! I'm just fascinated by how it works, playing with my hire equipment (which is only 2m/67cm stuff 5w stuff) has taught me a little but about terrain, antennas etc.
I have the wonderful little Boafeng UV-5R at the moment which is perhaps the most humble of bits of ham kit (although it does seem to be quite capable) but it's still only UHF/VHF.
There is little if any activity around here, although there is a 2m repeater about eight miles from my home which I need to investigate.
Uniden were really only into CBs that I know of. In the FM CB days there were mostly two types of rdios, Uniden chassis and Amstrad chassis. Different front panels but two main board inside.Are the likes of Uniden still big players? I used to spend a lot of time repairing kit many years ago and they were one I used to see a lot of.
Cool. The repeaters have all changed since 'my day'.Cheers Tenchy.
At the moment I only have a Baofeng Uv5r and a Kenwood 2m business radio (full VHF band and I've programmed in the offset and tone) I've a ton of UHF handheld units but getting in on 70cm to my nearest repeater with 4W might be a challenge.
I've been monitoring the local 2m repeater so I might try and get in for a chat later this evening.
First call was on VHF calling channel but I gather it isn't very popular plus I'm in a small town.