Wednesday, 7 December 2016

President McKinley EU???

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With the release of the President McKinley USA in the next few days many operators in the UK and Europe are wondering if the radio could appear in EU format...

A search around the net uncovered the image above which appears to show the radio with FM and the EU name. It's probably a mock-up but with some small changes the radio could be developed for UK/EU use.

All that is required is the addition of FM Mode and the ability to switch between the EU CB Radio standards (Multi-Norm). Weather channels would need to be removed of course as they do not function outside the USA. 

So what do you think?

Would you like to see an EU version of the President McKinley???

In the meantime here's Simon The Wizards video of the McKinley USA in action:

You can read more about the radio on Simon's Blog: HERE

World Exclusive From The Wizard "President McKinley USA"


Simon takes a look at the new President McKinley.

Simon's other videos can be seen on his YouTube channel: HERE and you can visit his Blog: HERE

Upcoming Space Station Contact

Announced on the ARISS website is a planned contact with the International Space Station:

  • A telebridge via  IK1SLD with the Coll├Ęge Jean Charcot, Saint Malo, France, is scheduled for Thu 2016-12-08 15:19:45 UTC 74 deg. This contact might be on the downlink of 437.525  MHz. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG. 

Although this contact is with a station in France it should be heard across many parts of the UK/Europe. 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Bishop Auckland Radio Rally 2016 (BARAC)

Thieves 'Using Car Key Jammers'

Seen on the BBC News website over the weekend....

I guess this isn't news to most of us, I would think that we all know someone who finds it funny to 'jam' car key fobs in car parks using their Baofeng handset and laugh as the car owner desperately tries to lock/unlock their car! Oh, What Fun!!!!

But it would appear that this 'pastime' has taken a turn for the worse as thieves are using radio transmitters to prevent car owners from locking their cars without their knowledge then simply opening the car doors and taking whatever they can find.

Not good, and something which could damage the reputation of radio users around the world. 

I'm sure that along with many other radio operators I have always thought that putting these car key fobs on a frequency which is in the middle of the 70cm Ham Band simply wasn't a good idea (The exact frequency can easily be found using a Google search). There was always going to be the potential for interference from licenced radio users if they were operating in the local vicinity and since the introduction of very cheap Chinese handhelds which are freely available to anyone I guess it was inevitable that this sort of thing would occur.

Anyway take a look at the article on the BBC website: CLICK HERE

Friday, 2 December 2016

Eyeball Eyeball Good Buddy...

A message via Twitter from David Titlow:

"Hi - i am looking for old CB eyeball cards/badges for a project, I have lots from Suffolk but looking for further afield, any ideas?" 

So can you help David with scans/photos or actual badges and cards????

If so please contact him via Twitter, his account being @lowtit 

Nevada 10% Off!!!!!

Nevada have announced a 10% discount on ALL products (excluding special offers) for this weekend....

Existing special offers include:

Link to Nevada Website: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

CB 27/81 Monthly Net

A few weeks ago UK CB radio celebrated 35 years of legal operation. Continuing the theme Charlie Tango and Transmission 1 forum members have arranged the 'CB27/81 Monthly Net', the first of which takes place this Sunday 4th December from 20:00 hours GMT. The frequency is 27.94125Mhz or channel 35 in old money!

The use of original 27/81 radios is recommended but not compulsory!

So why not dig out your old 27/81 radios and give it a whirl????

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The J-Pole - How Does It Work?

Video:YouTube/David Casler

Unraveling the mysteries of the J-Pole antenna...