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PostSubject: Help I'm a newbie   Help I'm a newbie Icon_minitimeWed May 29, 2024 3:21 pm

Hi all, I basically just need information on
*how to get a callsign
* handheld transceivers
 Basically just advice. My dad was into it years ago but hes sadly passed.
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PostSubject: Re: Help I'm a newbie   Help I'm a newbie Icon_minitimeThu May 30, 2024 4:07 pm

Hello Ash, welcome to the CTDX group.

I can see your call sign request in the new members section and I'll be issuing you a call sign shortly.

Handheld transceivers can be a easy and convenient way to start in the hobby as long as you consider their limitations particularly on the C.B/11 meter band. I am assuming that you are unlicenced in anyway at all and that you will only have C.B. and PMR 446 at your disposal.

If we look at C.B. first the biggest problem you are likely to encounter is that of the antenna size on a handheld radio. The C.B. band operates on a frequency of 27MHz which equates to a wavelength of 11 meters. The most effective antennas will be either a half a wavelength or a quarter wavelength giving you a antenna length of approximately 5.5 meters or 2.75 meters. There are ways of making shorter antennas look electrically the correct size but you can't get around the physics and short antennas will always be a compromise. I would expect an effective range in built up areas of as little as a few miles.

Secondly PMR 446. The 446 service is designed for short range communication and to be legal there are quite strict rules on power output and the device must have a fixed antenna. If you just want to talk for example car to car or to your mate over the road then they do what they are designed to do very well. 

It would be a good idea to have a think about what you are hoping to achieve from the hobby then we can give you more specific advice. The "Radio hobby" itself is hugely diverse and if you really get the bug I would consider looking at becoming a licenced radio amateur. This does require some study and exams but your options will be greatly enhanced and you'll have access to bands which reliably offer world wide communications.

I hope this helps a little bit with your thoughts and wish you every success and enjoyment on your journey. Remember no question is unaskable!!

Best 73 Gary.

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PostSubject: Re: Help I'm a newbie   Help I'm a newbie Icon_minitimeThu May 30, 2024 7:52 pm

Gary is right about getting your ticket, but can i suggest i get to know 11 meters and free banding there are some cheap ssb radios out there and with a half distance antenna you will be able to talk to most counties. if you aren't sure what's a good radio ask here someone will tell you what's good or bad, we are a friendly group. I've asks lots of question's on here and always had great advice
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