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Call Sign : 26CT763 Posts : 2387 Times Thanked : 67 Join date : 2019-06-27 QTH or Location : Manchester Equipment Used : Optima, Superstar 360fm, Stalker 9fdx, President Jack Age : 47
Subject: Re: Frequencies we can use Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:44 am
You will beable to access the pmr band (446mhz) on your Baofeng, which is part of the uhf range. To access the 26/27mhz band, which is on the hf range, you will need another radio and antenna system.
The 26/27mhz is basically the original cb radio frequency allocation, that is used the world over. If you go onto 'Knights Electrocom's' website you will see the sort of equipment you need to get started.
Call Sign : 26-CT-3228 Ham M7VIC Posts : 2495 Times Thanked : 170 Join date : 2019-11-10 QTH or Location : Bedford Equipment Used : Various
Subject: Re: Frequencies we can use Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:24 am
I have a bit of a feeling that all of this radio malarkey is absolutely new to you? (Correct me if I'm wrong.)
Don't worry if it is, we all have to start somewhere but there is a huge amount of information available on the internet as well as helpful people here. It may be worth doing a bit of research on the internet as many of your questions have easily found answers.
For PMR frequencies take a look here :-
The frequencies that you can access legally on your Baofeng are listed in the analogue section and there are sixteen channels.
Be aware that technically you are using an 'illegal' radio on those frequencies due to power output and antenna connection of the Baofeng but that said many people use them without undue worry especially if they are causing no nuisance to other users. (Remember that this is Public Mobile Radio service available to all, for example channel 1 is mainly used for children's walkie-talkies and/or parental baby monitors.)
That said many people use these frequencies for leisurely pursuits usually due to the short range but much longer ranges can be achieved, (100 miles plus!), by DX enthusiasts with appropriate knowledge.
CB radio at 27MHz is where unlicenced radio becomes maybe more exciting with more opportunities of contact especially DX or long distance contacts. You will as mentioned require a radio capable of those frequencies as well as an appropriate antenna system. (Not forgetting a suitable power source, coax & connectors etc.) It can become a bit more expensive than a simple Baofeng though.
You can access all these frequencies freely whether you have a Charlie Tango callsign or not, but the callsign does help especially when you consider the helpful community associated with it. Charlie Tango is much more than just a simple callsign.
Radio can be a simple leisurely pursuit, a good pastime or a serious hobby which consumes time and money. The choices and explorations are yours to make and can often become a lifetimes interest.
Oh, and don't forget.....you could always take your Radio Amateur exam and gain a licence that suddenly makes your humble Baofeng a much more interesting radio with legal access to the 2m and 70cm bands. Surprisingly much cheaper than the CB option can be initially at less than £30 for an exam and a host of free online training options. But once licenced you'll have a host of bands, frequencies and modes available to you which of course will mean more radios.....and more antennas....more coax....see where I'm going?
Anyway, I hope that is of some help, it is given in the spirit of such.
Enjoy the world of radio no matter where it takes you.
All the best, Victor
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Call Sign : M0GVZ / 26CT1760 Posts : 422 Times Thanked : 31 Join date : 2019-11-13 QTH or Location : IO94SA Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike Age : 51
Subject: Re: Frequencies we can use Sun Jul 18, 2021 5:57 pm
Thanks for all the info guys I'm just gonna make sure I get the right thing say I was on 430.062 Could I use my call sign on that one
DO NOT USE ANY FREQUENCY BETWEEN 430.000 and 440.000. That's the 70cm amateur radio band, only to be used if you get your ham licence. It's easy enough to pass the foundation licence for amateur radio which gives you low power access to loads of frequencies (using the callsign OFCOM give you not the CT one) and you can do it all online so I'd say give it a go.