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Andy Hannah
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PostSubject: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 6:20 am

Hi all I have just set up my bast station and are looking for local Contacts, so I will be able to check my audio and signal strength don’t know of the time or frequency that the local nets run i’m in the Northampton area call sign Charlie Tango, 4712 many thanks, Andy

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PostSubject: Re: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 6:39 am

Try giving a shout out you never know.
Many people sit just listening.
Try local calling channel on FM and also 27.555 usb.

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PostSubject: Re: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 6:45 am

Mandy thanks Andy
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PostSubject: Re: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 9:36 am

Hi Andy,

I'm not that far from your neck of the woods but nowadays I'm always on the Ham bands with a horizontal antenna setup so afraid I can't help you out not having a CB setup anymore.

I must admit that when I came back to the radio interest a few years back it was very quiet on the CB front which was why I went on to gain my Ham ticket and there's always something on air with those extra bands. New base station set up 1f44d 

What sort of radio and antenna setup do you have?
If you have a SSB or sidebander rig there's been a lot of DX activity recently so always worth a listen and giving out a shout. If you have an AM/FM Euro & UK rig it's worth shouting out on the Euro frequencies too. (Propagation works for all modes.) UK FM can be very quiet depending on the location and like I said I found little activity in our area. (Might have changed since then?)

Worth a shout on the typical calling channels such as 19 every now and then in case anyone's monitoring.
(Make it more than one or two calls though on a regular basis to stand a better chance of success.)

The only other suggestion I can make is to listen out for your own transmissions with an online or web receiver. There's a couple of Kiwi SDR's (software defined radio) around here and you can find them at the following map link :-

http://rx.linkfanel.net/

Zoom in on the map to find your location and receiver sites. (I think there's one in Bedford and Northampton.)


You're in the middle of some surrounding population centres, (Milton Keynes, Northampton, Wellingborough, Rushden, Bedford) so should stand a chance even with local contacts. Not forgetting passing traffic where there might be CB traffic on the A428, A509 and the M1.

Stick with it and I wish you the best of luck.

Otherwise you could succumb like a few of us old b*ggers did on here and gain that Foundation ticket. Less than £30 for the exam, bit of study and even a basic VHF/UHF radio will get you started.


All the best,
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PostSubject: Re: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 10:46 am

Thanks Victor, for your reply I have a CRT 9900 Woodside band on the Sirio 2016 antenna. Many thanks for your help.

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PostSubject: Re: New base station set up   New base station set up Icon_minitimeSun Feb 26, 2023 11:33 am

With the 9900 and your Sirio the world should be your oyster Andy. New base station set up 1f44d

I've been enjoying the great conditions on 10m recently and I know some of the lads on here have made some awesome 11m contacts. Worth a shout out on those 'freeband' frequencies when you hear them romping in. Smile

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