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Call Sign : 26-CT-3533 Airfixpilot Posts : 14 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2020-05-12 QTH or Location : Killingholme Equipment Used : Albrecht AE-6110, Icom R5 & R6, Uniden UBC125 XLT. CRT FP00, Baofang UV5r & UV3+. A pair of Retcvis R24. Age : 64
Subject: 446 Radio NET Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:00 am
Morning All, Charlie Tango 3533 (Airfixpilot) here. I was watching an youtube video by Ringway Manchester, who was using an 446 radio in a radio net contact. Now I know most people think that these radios are just toys, but they are NOT. As we know range in clear open space is considerable even on 0.5 watts. Lewis (Ringway Manchester) was using an Retevis RB615, small handheld, and on hills above Manchester. He was getting contacts from all around Manchester and Salford, (Watch video). He was using channel 8 as a calling channel, then Moving to a spare channel, for a clear contact. There are 16 channels to choose from on most of these radios.
I Myself have two Retevis RT24 446 radios, which come in as a pair, and at a great price of £22, (£10 each), so price is not a issue to get into 446. I seem to be drawn to Retevis radios as they are robust and professional looking.
I do believe that 446 as a usable system is overlooked by most radio users, as they race towards CB (10 meters), or Ham radios. The pros for 446, are they have come a long way from kids toys, and moved into robust handhelds. 446 is a clear band, with hardly no one on at the moment. And lastly the price is Very affordable, and even though most sets are Chinese, they are well built, and to a high standard.
I would like to try a radio Net sometime to just see who are using 446, seriously. using channel 8 as a calling channel, and your CT callsign. I am in the Immingham,North Lincolnshire area, but portable to Grimsby.
If anyone is interested in this radio net, please leave comments and CT Callsign + first name.
I hope this works.
Have a good day David CT3533 (listening out on channel 8, 446mhz) 73s
pss I will put a call out every 15-20mins on ch 8, if I remember
Call Sign : 26CT710 Posts : 1 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2019-07-17 QTH or Location : mid cambridgeshire Equipment Used : president grant2 /lafayette trucker/solarcon99,venom5/8wave,quad loop. Age : 78
Subject: Re: 446 Radio NET Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:53 am
Hello David,have tried many times calling on 8 for dx but nothing heared since a few years ago.Have quite a good setup here in Huntingdon Cambs using homebrew biquad antennas and various handsets. Always use standard 500mw.Wish you success,all the best,John 26CT710