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Call Sign : 26-CT-3882 Posts : 5 Times Thanked : -1 Join date : 2020-11-17 QTH or Location : Bloxham Equipment Used : CB radio Mobile/Home
Subject: Who’s out there in Oxfordshire Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:47 pm
11.22.2020 Hi all new member Who is on Uk 40 in and around Banbury, Oxfordshire? I’m looking to by my first setup and wanted to see who’s out there ? I may bite the bullet and jump to ssb after more research!! Thanks all 26-CT-3882
But that's also just people who bought a CB from Thunderpole and registered on their map.
So a lack of response to your question might not be so surprising. That doesn't mean CB users in your area are not there, just not here to see your plea.
The obvious choice is to listen on a CB at your location but is also fraught with issues. You may not be listening at the same time as anyone else or even the same channel. You could be 'listening' at the same time as someone else is 'listening' and never know either of you were there! (Which is why I always say to give a shout out transmitting in case someone else is just 'listening' )
I've heard operators your way joining the Southern CB SSB Net, so there must be people but obviously they are on Sideband, (which usually carries you further than straight UK 40 FM anyway).
I also took a look at KiwSDR for you to see if you could scan local radio activity, but there are no receivers your way. Link given below if you're interested in taking a look/listen :-
I hope you find contacts your way on CB, but if you really have the 'radio bug' it might be worth looking at getting your Ham ticket. Loads of Hams near your location and the Foundation 10W carries you hundreds of miles on certain bands. I made more contacts in the first week on the Ham bands than I ever did in over a year of CB
Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC Posts : 1040 Times Thanked : 63 Join date : 2019-11-10 QTH or Location : Bedford Equipment Used : Various
Subject: Re: Who’s out there in Oxfordshire Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:11 pm
Some areas are hit & miss CB wise, but other areas thrive.
With SSB you usually get much farther transmission and reception distances than straight FM. With a decent homebase setup you're likely to get good results but going mobile often means you can drive to high spots and get much further. (Unless you live on top of a hill already )
When some good radio propogation comes in, (skip), you can get fantastically long distance contacts, (DX). Europe and further is not unusual, sometimes on all modes. As we progress up the next solar cycle those conditions will get better and then DX contacts to the USA or even further are commonplace.
All exciting stuff eh?
It's worth weighing up options though. I love CB radio but recently succumbed to becoming a radio 'Ham' and don't regret it one bit. (Why would you with all those wonderful bands & frequencies at your disposal!) A decent SSB setup is going to set you back a bit of money but a bit of study, online exam and less than thirty quid will get you a Foundation Radio Amateur licence. Sure, all-in-one Ham radios are expensive but second hand HF sets can be almost as cheap as a decent new SSB rig. You could win one for a £20 ticket in the Charlie Tango prize draw even!! With that option you could enjoy much more and still enjoy using CB frequencies too. I know I do.
Ultimately it's up to you how you progress. We have had members splash out on all the gear and then left disappointed with it unfortunately. It is an enjoyable hobby if you give it time and half the fun is learning what you need to know. There's no better a buzz with radio than getting a DX contact with your own 'station' though and that buzz can last a lifetime!
Call Sign : 163-CT-220...MW7TTA Posts : 313 Times Thanked : 11 Join date : 2019-11-19 QTH or Location : Holyhead Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-991A.
Subject: Re: Who’s out there in Oxfordshire Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:10 am
Just a thought. If you do go the ssb way don't be put off if it is silent. We are at a low point in the cycle for skip but it will get better. At the moment it's hit and miss can be silent foe a week then you might get an hour or 2 of skip or you could get day's of it. Like Victor said the DX skip can land you talking anywhere round the world almost. Again like Victor i have just got my licence and spoilt for choice now lol.
Call Sign : 108CT233 Posts : 143 Times Thanked : 11 Join date : 2019-12-01 QTH or Location : Central Scotland Equipment Used : CRT SS9900 Beofeng UV5R Yaesu FTDX1200 CRT Micron CRT FP00 Sattelite 2000 antenna ZS6BKW X30 co-linear
Subject: Re: Who’s out there in Oxfordshire Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:12 am
I think you would be wise to get a multimode, bearing in mind they have relaxed the laws and they are now completely legal to use on UK40 and Mid band at least, and as long as you aren't causing any problems locally, I am sure nobody is overly concerned if you have an extra band or two. Now television has gone digital it is unlikely you will cause any problems for your neighbours, in fact, it is far more likely there Wifi, Bluetooth devices. LED lights etc will cause interference with your radio(this is what I have found at least). Many people have given CB another go during the lockdown and some have been disappointed not to hear anybody locally and given up quite quickly, it must have been a few weeks and a couple of antennas in before I even heard anybody else but what it does mean is there are shiny, nearly new setups for sale at good prices and I would recommend looking at this option.