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 My return to radio and the journey.

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PostSubject: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeFri May 27, 2022 9:43 pm

Hi all, thought I would start a thread on my return to radio since the heydays of CB early eighties.

Just a bit of fun and maybe helpful to other newbies and a talking point for old hands etc.

I have a couple of old CB radios, one i bought purely for the PA system around 17 years ago. (Another story) but I had a desire to connect a twig and see if anything was going on. 
(I read it was dead so didn't bother.
But on hindsight you have to do something to make it happen rather than sit back and hope )


So I didn't, 
fast forward Covid and whilst I was home brewing again I stumbled upon Fred in the shed. 
He did a home brew YouTube video and I looked at his other videos to see radio content.

More searches got me buying two Baofeng UV5R's.

Now I've gone and bought a CRT SS 9900.
With a Sirio 4000.


Today I tried to buy a fuse connector to wire it in but Euro car parts are crap and I didn't want to search around due to my dog getting stressed in the car lately.


Anyway, back to my caravan and a cigarette socket plug was soldered on (should of just got Knights to do it Very Happy)

And hey presto, my CRT lights up. 
(I checked everything twice with my fluke first Wink Smile ) Also I removed the rubber boot from the magmount and fitted and trimmed the metallic tape to the base. Right, here's a question, how do you remove the magmount ? Very Happy I fitted it a while ago for a trial but had to slide it to the edge. (Wet roof) to get it off lol 🤣 I'm nearly there. Just need to make my mind up where to locate the rig. Thought about the glovebox, top of dash and under steering wheel but not the best in a Ford focus lol.


Any ideas for where to mount the radio and ease of removing magmount appreciated (I've a wide soft plastic scraper to try prising) 👍🤣

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeSun May 29, 2022 9:32 am

Removing the rubber from the magmount makes no difference the aerial is using the car as a plane not an earth
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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeSun May 29, 2022 4:45 pm

chazwozza wrote:
Removing the rubber from the magmount makes no difference the aerial is using the car as a plane not an earth


What I want to do is remove the whole magmount at times not the rubber boot. But it's so strong a magnet I couldn't get a purchase on it to lift it off 🤣
Obviously didn't want to damage the roof and since it was damp with evening dew I slid it off the edge 👍😁
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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeFri Jun 03, 2022 9:11 pm

Aye car can get a lot of scratches lol

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2022 5:56 pm

Well I was dubious about using the antenna whilst attached to the magmount to remove it.
But it actually comes off easily when needed 👍😁👍

I finally got set up yesterday and made my first contact . On channel 19 fm
From my holiday retreat square wheeled, about 6 miles away to Dave (Lambo) in Kimmel bay.
A good start I thought.

Then today, again on the 19, Kenny in Snowdonia way. Can't remember his exact location. But double or more distance. Also Dave from Blackpool, wow.
Down to channel 17 and Jimbo from Lancaster came in.
I'm well pleased with that and some nice contacts.

I've checked my swr with the built in meter on the 9900.
Ch 01 = 1.2
Ch 40 = 1.5
Double checked with my separate swr meter but it wasn't working. Removed plugs on the patch lead, cleaned, re soldered and tested with multimeter.
Still nothing, took apart and a wire had come away from the meter.
The meter is working now but when you calibrate to "set" it just jumps right across , so I'll get a new meter just to be on the safe side.

But yes, well happy with my first two days back, especially a contact so far away on the old Muppet band.

Really pleased and above my expectations.




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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2022 7:38 pm

Yes, radio can be  fun and is very good DX conditions at the moment, glad you got your set up working well.

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeSun Jun 12, 2022 4:59 pm

Today I learned how to get into the different menus as I noticed not all options were showing up. Next will be to learn what the ones are for that I haven't got a clue with Very Happy

I noticed yesterday on USB listening to triple 5. When others were specifying a frequency and I was pushing the channel selector to dial it in. That frequency overwrites the set one. 555 in this case.

As the radio came pre programmed from Knights, I'm hoping I haven't changed any on the CB FM frequencies.
Probably not as I usually switch to channel mode on there but I'll check them.

Would I be right in thinking it doesn't really matter in USB as long as I have a few popular frequencies saved ? And what's the best setting for increments ?

Had one contact today on 19 FM 6 miles away.
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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeTue Jun 21, 2022 9:29 pm

A bit quiet lately.
Heard some Scouse and Manc accent's on FM Muppet band but couldn't get in.

Had a look at the frequencies today on FM A band and realised I'd changed 5 or 6 channels whilst on USB FM A band.

So i checked and reset the CB FM 40 where necessary.

Went on D band FM and heard Kenny from Snowdon whom I've copied before.
He was chatting to Alex in Leipzig Germany. I could hear him loud and clear but unfortunately he left before I could try a contact.

I'd also heard two Welsh speakers earlier that acknowledged my "Borra da" with "it's afternoon now" 🤣


Main thing, I'm learning and enjoying it.
Although not spending much time on it yet.

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeWed Jun 22, 2022 5:09 am

My return to radio started with a ss9900.
II did exactly the same thing changed the frequency's unintentionally like you did.
That radio was very soon replaced by a Ranger-2950 happy days.
The ss-9900 is a good radio but too small and fiddley for me.
Pnawn da(pynhawn da).
 ooo sorry it's Borra da  lol.

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeWed Jun 22, 2022 12:26 pm

I preferred the CRT 6900 tbh Alan but size of the 9900 suits me more for mobile.

I'm a bit disappointed with the PA speaker system though. It only has one jack plug so if you switch from PA to one of the bands the radio sound comes through the PA speaker so I'd have to keep unplugging it 🙄

Unless I'm missing something 🤷


I also found a thread on here to check frequencies unfortunately the PDF is no longer available.
I think I only altered 5 or six on A band so I've reset the CB channels accordingly and hopefully the rest are right.
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The 6900 would have been better for me i think but a Ranger came up so i jumped on it.
Had one of the first ones to come into the UK when they came out many years ago.

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeThu Jun 23, 2022 7:48 pm

Sharpshooter wrote:
I also found a thread on here to check frequencies unfortunately the PDF is no longer available.
I think I only altered 5 or six on A band so I've reset the CB channels accordingly and hopefully the rest are right.

Hi. There's scores of frequency charts on the net if you do a quick Google for something like "cb channel frequency chart". Delboy's, which you'll probably easily find, is clearly laid out and should have all the blocks you'll really need to reference.

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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeThu Jun 23, 2022 8:50 pm

SangueG wrote:
Sharpshooter wrote:
I also found a thread on here to check frequencies unfortunately the PDF is no longer available.
I think I only altered 5 or six on A band so I've reset the CB channels accordingly and hopefully the rest are right.

Hi. There's scores of frequency charts on the net if you do a quick Google for something like "cb channel frequency chart". Delboy's, which you'll probably easily find, is clearly laid out and should have all the blocks you'll really need to reference.


I did find a link to delboy's blog through one of Gary Wilson's posts, cheers 👍
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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeToday at 11:55 am

My order of, CRT space U radio. SWR/power CB meter. SO239 to SMA adaptor, and Sirio SU 375-480 PL antenna arrived today.
Thats another £100 spent 😮😁.

So adding that to the CRT SS 9900,
7" magmount and Sirio 4000, couple of Baofeng's and Nagoya antenna's etc. I've gone over my initial budget of around £150-£180 to return on air 🤔🤣.

(I may tot up my spend later)

A big shout out to Doug at Knights electrocom.
He emailed me to check it was a CB SWR meter I wanted since it was ordered with PMR radio and antenna. I phoned him and he also checked I'd ordered the right adaptor.
Also the size of the packaging it arrived in (i might upload a picture later)
I thought he'd sent half of his stock 🤣

Anyway, pity I didn't order a couple of patch leads and a two way switch as
@Wireless had advised me, but I'm having other thoughts of mounting now, including home base. More money 🙄😁

I'm impressed with the small size of the space U. And coupled with the smaller antenna think/hope these could become a popular choice for mobile use amongst the masses. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My return to radio and the journey.   My return to radio and the journey. Icon_minitimeToday at 2:03 pm

Nige
Don't tot up ever lol.

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