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will_harley@hotmail.com
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Call Sign : 26-CT-4066
Posts : 3
Times Thanked : 0
Join date : 2020-08-25
QTH or Location : Blakeney (Gloucestershire)
Equipment Used : CB and PMR446
Age : 44

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PostSubject: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeWed Apr 14, 2021 9:24 am

Hi,

I would like to request a Charlie Tango call sign please.  

My name is Will Harley, I am based in Blakeney on the North bank of the Severn betwen Chepstow and Gloucestershire.  My home location is not the best for getting out (SE/NW facing valley) but I have some great spots very close by which have line of sight to a large area.  I am interested in CB, PMR and hope to get my foundation license at some point when I have time (I have two young kids!)

Many thanks in advance...

Will
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Victor
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC
Posts : 1924
Times Thanked : 115
Join date : 2019-11-10
QTH or Location : Bedford
Equipment Used : Various

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeWed Apr 14, 2021 10:10 am

Hi Will,

Welcome to Charlie Tango.


Call signs are usually issued most days but our Admin responsible for them is taking a well deserved break for a few days. As soon as he is back he'll no doubt get you a call sign as soon as he can.


I wouldn't worry about being in a valley so much for radio work, I live in a deep dark hole surrounded by high ground on most sides and still able to enjoy my radios. On CB frequencies when the propagation or 'skip' is favourable your signals are mostly bouncing off the ionosphere, so although low take off angle is favourable for long distances you'll be surprised how far you can get! (Summer skip on CB is awesome!)

I took my Foundation last year which has been great in giving me so many frequencies and bands to explore. With lower HF frequencies you can easily work NVIS, (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave), so radio signals going upwards can bounce some 400-500 miles away and even in my valley location I've had contacts in the 2000-3000 mile range!

VHF and UHF is supposed to be 'line of sight' but you can often get much further distances than thought possible. Those radio signals also 'bend' and tropospheric conditions can carry them a hundred plus miles away. Even UHF frequencies can hold some excitement and I've been able to fire 70cm signals, (433Mhz, so just below PMR frequencies), through 'gaps' in the hillsides.

I'd love to do some high ground work however disability prevents me from doing such things, but it hasn't held back the radio possibilities. Smile

As for studying for Foundation around family commitments it can be done as you can pretty much study as and when you wish. The final exam, (remember they are available online nowadays too), is a maximum of 50 minutes and usually available almost any day from 8am to 8pm so can be squeezed in with even the busiest of lifestyles.


It doesn't all have to cost a fortune either, I have all this radio fun with a 40 year old HF set and a £20 Baofeng along with some home made antennas......

....and it all started with joining Charlie Tango and simply asking for a call sign. Wink


All the best,
Victor
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3239 , 26-TG-987 , 26-RB-060 , 26-CO-3239
Posts : 1430
Times Thanked : 76
Join date : 2019-09-30
QTH or Location : SW London
Equipment Used : Colt Excalibur SSB, President GrantII JacpksonII McKinley EU, CRTSS6900N, Cobra 148 GTL-DX MK2, Zetagi B550p, Bremi BRL200, RM KL200P, KL203P, KL503P, Sirio 4000, Sirio 3000 Bull, Antron99 Fire up , Hawkins Thunderbolt SSD58+ , Sirio 827, KPO NM532-KPO NM452- Astatic 575M6 , Uniden and AOR scanner
Age : 59

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeWed Apr 14, 2021 10:12 am

Hi Will, welcome to the CTDX group 
73s
Steve.
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John123
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Call Sign : 26CT763
Posts : 1946
Times Thanked : 53
Join date : 2019-06-27
QTH or Location : Manchester
Equipment Used : Optima, Superstar 360fm, Stalker 9fdx, President Jack
Age : 47

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeWed Apr 14, 2021 7:41 pm

Hello and welcome, Will.

73s John.
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will_harley@hotmail.com
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Call Sign : 26-CT-4066
Posts : 3
Times Thanked : 0
Join date : 2020-08-25
QTH or Location : Blakeney (Gloucestershire)
Equipment Used : CB and PMR446
Age : 44

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeThu Apr 15, 2021 12:08 pm

Hi,

Thanks very much for the welcome and lots of detail!  This does look like a great/supportive community!  I am very much at the beginning of the process of getting involved but my next step is to get a decent portable Ariel together (probably a T2LT) and get up my local hill.  I need to get familiar with the most usable local Nets also.

73 to you all and hopefully meet some of you on the air!

Will

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Paddy
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Call Sign : 26CT2727
Posts : 434
Times Thanked : 25
Join date : 2019-07-08
QTH or Location : Stockport
Equipment Used : Icom 7300. Icom 705, Yaesu FTM400XD and a Yaesu FT70.
Age : 55

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeFri Apr 16, 2021 11:13 am

Hi Will, welcome to the group.

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Call Sign : 26-CT-1836 Ham 2E0GGQ
Posts : 2374
Times Thanked : 177
Join date : 2019-06-27
QTH or Location : Braunston Northamptonshire.
Equipment Used : Radios & Wires & Stuff!
Age : 56

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeFri Apr 16, 2021 7:46 pm

Hello Will, welcome to the forum.

I am delighted to allocate you 26-CT-4066 may you have good luck with it.

73's Gary.

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will_harley@hotmail.com
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Call Sign : 26-CT-4066
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Join date : 2020-08-25
QTH or Location : Blakeney (Gloucestershire)
Equipment Used : CB and PMR446
Age : 44

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PostSubject: Re: Call Sign Request (Issued)   sign - Call Sign Request (Issued) Icon_minitimeMon Apr 19, 2021 11:29 am

Thanks very much for processing the ID, I will get my kit together and head off up the hill soonest and start using it!

73s!

Will

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