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PostSubject: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSat May 22, 2021 9:36 am

Hello all, I’m Simon from Hastings and a complete newbie to CB or any radio. Even though I’m approaching my 60s my only exposure to CB was when a couple of friends were having a laugh over what their handles were.
Then, a few months ago YouTube decided to recommend a ‘Fred in the shed’ episode which peaked my interest.
After a bit more YouTube watching I decided to buy a CRT Millennium and intend to make a T2LT (I’m pretty good at this sort of thing, on a tight budget, and it looks reasonably easy anyways) as I may be moving so a fixed antenna would be a bit daft for now.
After a web search I found out there was/is a local radio group in Hastings but I can’t see if there’s been much activity recently.
I was wondering if anyone knows if there’s any CB activity in Hastings for when I finally get up and running.
Many thanks
Simon

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSat May 22, 2021 11:35 am

Hello and welcome, Simon.

73s John.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSat May 22, 2021 11:40 am

Hello Simon and welcome to Charlie Tango.

I know that there's a fair bit of Amateur Radio activity in Hastings and I believe the old Hastings Electronics & Radio club is still running. As for CB activity I wouldn't know personally not being from round there but there are some 'nets' on the south coast.

Might be worth checking out the 'Nets and Skeds' section of the forum. I'll leave a link to it below :-

https://charlietangodxgroup.forumotion.com/f20-nets-and-skeds


Hopefully someone online and active on the forum harking from that way may be able to give you a little more help.


The CRT Millennium you mention is able to transmit AM/FM and has the Euro as well as UK frequencies so you might be able to hear or contact some of our European cousins across the Channel. We're at that time of year when propagation activity is high and only last summer I made some great European contacts on the Euro frequencies, FM with low power. Smile

It might also be worth checking out the Charlie Tango DX Facebook group. We often have members active over there rather than here on the forum so it might increase your chances of contacting someone from your area.
The link is below :-

https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/166605419718/

You'll have to ask for an invitation but our Paddy who runs the group and his helpers are usually pretty fast at accepting members.


Anyway, hope that all helps. Above all, enjoy your first footsteps into the wonderful world of CB Radio and the interests therein.


All the best,
Victor

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSat May 22, 2021 11:15 pm

Hi Simon, welcome to the CTDX groupĀ 
73s
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSun May 23, 2021 2:06 pm

Hi Simon and welcome to CTDX group

Will you be using the T2LT for homebase or portable?

Try listening between channels 30 & 40 on the UKFM for the Eastbournes breakers who are sometimes on.
If your able to get up to high ground, you may be able to hear the AM net on Tuesday night or the DDB net, Saturday night on channel 26 UKFM.

Welcome to the hobby and good luck
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeSun May 23, 2021 3:09 pm

22 Years ago, bought a A99 antenna from a shop on the coast, just down the coast from Hastings, moved with it to Finland, had about 11 years of good service , then the Finnish winters got a grip on it.
Good luck with the new set up and enjoy the hobby.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Hastings    Hello from Hastings  Icon_minitimeMon May 24, 2021 7:33 pm

Hello Simon, welcome to the forum.

73's Gary.
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