Friday, 24 February 2017

South Coast & Southern Net - 23/02/2017

Video:YouTube/26CTX1837

More action from one of the many UK CB Radio nets....

Monday, 20 February 2017

CRT 2000 CB Radio TX & RX Adjustments





A couple of very interesting videos from YouTube/UK CB Radio Servicing showing the TX and RX adjustments in the CRT 2000 CB Radio...

Friday, 17 February 2017

CB Radio: Southern Net - 16/02/2017

Video:YouTube/Tim H

A nice video from Tim H showing action from 'The Southern Net' in the UK....

SSB - Is My Radio Legal?


Since the introduction of legal AM/SSB CB Radio in the UK in 2014 a lot of people appear to be unsure of what is and what isn't a 'legal' radio. Radios no longer have a special mark on them to show that they are legal (Remember the old CB27/81 logo?). So, I've been taking a look at the relevant documentation to see if we can make things a little easier!

First of all we need to take a look at the new Interface Requirement (2027.2) which allows CB radio to operate without a licence in the UK. IR2027.2 lists the minimum requirements needed for legal AM/SSB CB radio operation in the UK:

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As you can see the document lists the frequencies, transmission modes, power output and technical reference numbers for legal AM/SSB CB radio. There are many radios which will conform to the frequency and power output specifications but these radios will not automatically be legal as they MUST be able to conform to the technical specifications referred to in IR2027.2.

The technical specifications are ETSI EN 200 433-1, ETSI EN 300 433-2, ETSI TR 102 626 and ECC Decision (11)03 (Click on the relevant one for full documentation)

So how do I know if my radio conforms to these technical specifications?

Radio manufacturers must provide a certificate of conformity to be able to sell legal CB radios within the EU. Radio's come with the certificate, either a separate leaflet or as part of the instruction manual.

The certificate will look something like this one as provided with the President Grant 2:

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Only radios which comply with the required technical specifications (European Standards) can be classed as legal for use. Any other radio will not be legal and you may be prosecuted for using such a radio.


List of known fully legal AM/SSB radios:

Albrecht AE5890EU - LINK

Albrecht AE7500 - LINK

Albrecht AE2990 (Handset) - LINK

Midland 8001XT - LINK (Discontinued - Mid Band ONLY in Legal Mode)

President Grant 2 - LINK

President Grant 2 PREMIUM - Same as Grant 2 with updated filtering/firmware.

President Jackson 2 (Black/Chrome) - LINK

SuperStar 3900EU - LINK (Mid Band ONLY in Legal Mode)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR *UPDATE*


Certainly an interesting radio to look forward to and the latest information is that the TYT MD-2017 could be available from May 2017....

Price is still not known but if they can keep it below £150 there's a good chance that this radio will sell really well.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Baofeng DM-5R EXPLAINED

Video:YouTube/radiosification

I remember posting about the Baofeng DM-5R when it was first rumored to be coming out and being very sceptical that the radio would deliver all that was promised. As it turned out the radio is not a proper DMR radio and this video will explain why...!

M0DAD Homebrew Magnetic Loop Antenna



Video:YouTube/M0DAD


RFinder M1 Android DMR Smartphone Preview



Video:YouTube/HamRadioConcepts

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday DX In The Snow!



Video:YouTube/163CTX009

New TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handheld?


If the internet rumours are to be believed this radio is expected to be on sale soon, the new TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR handheld:

FEATURES:

Dual band

Dual display

Dual standby

Complies with ETSI TS 102 360-1, -2, -3

Uses Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)

Compatible with MotoTRBO Tier 1 and II

GPS capable

Lone worker function

Encryption function

Analog and Digital Modes

Single Call, Group Call and All Call

Remote Kill/Stun/Activate

IP67 Waterproof

Firmware upgradeable



This could be the DMR handheld that people have been waiting for....!

Price - TBA