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PostSubject: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 2:27 pm

Hi all,
 hoping to make first contact on CB tonight since 1984.
What is the best channel to call on, and what time? I am near Framlingham in Suffolk.

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 3:27 pm

if you referencing to UK band ch 19 is always busy (anytime) & sometimes ch 14 ... at EU band sometimes i hear chat at 27 & @ 32 heard me today 26EK256 ... Welcome back with Best of Luck

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 4:07 pm

Hi Alan,

Don't be disheartened if you don't make a contact on your first attempt but instead keep going. Ensure you're transmitting too as way too many people have made the mistake of simply listening and that doesn't help if no one is transmitting(!)

You profile shows you have the Thunderpole TX (is that the walkie version?) and a mobile style antenna so are you running that as a mobile setup in a vehicle? If so it might be worth heading uphill towards Saxtead to gain a bit of height or even Saxmundham and the coast to maybe shoot up, down or over the water towards our Continental cousins.

If you're running that little lot from a 'biscuit tin' style setup akin to what we got away with in the 80's you definitely will struggle a bit (a lot) unless there's someone else operating close by. CB operators tend to be much further apart nowadays unless there's a local grouping with the similar interest.

Don't give up though, radio is a lot of fun when you get going but might be worth looking at SSB enabled options in the future if you want further contacts or enjoy a bit of 'skip' for some DX.

I wish you well with it.

73,
Victor

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 5:05 pm

Started 80 wrote:
Hi all,
 hoping to make first contact on CB tonight since 1984.
What is the best channel to call on, and what time? I am near Framlingham in Suffolk.
There's a net on ch34 almost every night in Suffolk. Try on there

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 10:22 pm

Thanks just made Bawdsey.

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PostSubject: Calling channel   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 10:27 pm

Great !!! just made first contact to Bawdsey.
Chuffed to bits. Not bad after 24 years off cb.
26-CT-5113. Alan.

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeSun Mar 03, 2024 10:55 pm

Started 80 wrote:
Great !!! just made first contact to Bawdsey.
Chuffed to bits. Not bad after 24 years off cb.
26-CT-5113. Alan.
Glad to hear it Alan. Hopefully I'll catch you on air soon. Just need to get my antenna up. I'm just on the edge of Ipswich so should hear you OK.

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PostSubject: Re: calling channel.   calling channel. Icon_minitimeMon Mar 04, 2024 12:41 pm

Hi is there in your area Vish 26DT1152 & Andy Radio 5? EDIT because i heard saying from Su...something
Also what channel did you managed to speak at? Thanks Corfu Greece here
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