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Posts : 1 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2021-05-17 QTH or Location : Hastings UK Equipment Used : CRT Millennium
Subject: Hello from Hastings Sat 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
Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC Posts : 2488 Times Thanked : 170 Join date : 2019-11-10 QTH or Location : Bedford Equipment Used : Various
Subject: Re: Hello from Hastings Sat 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 :-
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.
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 :-
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.
Call Sign : 26 CT 2290 & 26 CI 2290 Posts : 235 Times Thanked : 10 Join date : 2019-07-01 QTH or Location : Edenbridge, Kent Equipment Used : On 11m a Anytone 6666, Moonraker 1/2 wave vertical antenna or a Sirio 4000. On PMR a TYT TH-9000D, a 1/4 wave GPA, homemade mag mount & sometimes a 8 element beam. Age : 54
Subject: Re: Hello from Hastings Sun 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 73 Ray 26-CT-2290 & 26-CI-2290
Call Sign : 56-CT-004 Posts : 258 Times Thanked : 10 Join date : 2019-08-23 QTH or Location : TUUSLA- FINLAND Equipment Used : ft-450d-mc kinley - cobra 19dxeu- lincoln+2 - superstar lord - grant 2 - tti hand held- alan42- crt mike cb - zodiac 68 hunting radio hand held- and few PMR 2
Subject: Re: Hello from Hastings Sun 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.