Following on from the recent UK Facebook page which aims to promote the UK SSB Calling Channel on 27.275 USB (LINK), our friends in Germany have decided to do the same by launching a Facebook page for a German SSB Calling Channel on 27.135Mhz USB (Channel 15 Mid Band).
Just a reminder that the UK's legal SSB calling channel is on 27.275Mhz (Channel 27 Mid Band).
To help promote the calling channel a Facebook page has been created, please join and share this page and hopefully we can see an increase in stations on the SSB calling channel especially during the current sporadic E season.
So here's your chance to win a T2LT CB radio antenna courtesy of Stuart 26CTX1837. Stuart is one of those brave soles who treks up to the top of hills in all weather conditions to make some amazing contacts on CB radio. Just like and comment on his video and please subscribe to his channel.
With all the recent talk about the new TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR handheld and some complaining that the radio may only be supplied by a limited number of 'chosen' retailers it would appear that the radio will indeed be available from other suppliers but found under different brand names.
Moonraker are now taking orders for what appears to be exactly the same radio but being marketed as the Moonraker HT-500D.
So if you fancy the Moonraker version take a look here: CLICK
Or you may fancy the original TYT branded version from (hamdmr.co.uk) here: CLICK
News on the CB/HAM antenna front with a world exclusive as Dave, M0OGY has said he has his hands on the New Vortex Quasar Q82 MkII antenna for testing! (Photo shows Dave M0OGY with Steve Lawman, owner of Vortex Antennas)
This antenna boasts exceptional performance for operators on the 10/11/12m bands.
So keep an eye out on Dave's YouTube channel ( LINK ) where you should see a video review of the new antenna soon.
More tests for the new TYT MD-2017 which will be available soon from HAMDMR.CO.UK
A quick listen to my 'Local' DMR repeater GB7XX which is only just within range for me. The repeaters signal is about S3 so sometimes suffers from drop outs at my end.
On this occasion you will hear some stations discussing a problem whereby one of the stations can hear another station on Slot 1 coming through on Slot 2. The other stations on the repeater CANNOT here this problem....Very Strange!
Following many requests here are the full size photos of the new TYT MD-2017 which I took and used in the earlier video - CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE
The radio was kindly supplied by WWW.HAMDMR.CO.UK who are currently taking orders for this new radio.
The radio should be available in the next few weeks.
Price: Around £199 (Including the vital programming cable)
"The MD-2017 is a dual band DMR digital radio with Tier 2 capabilities. It will work in both analogue and digital modes and has two on screen tuners. The two can be set to UHF/VHF UHF/UHF VHF/VHF also mixing both analogue and digital.
The FCC in the US has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio, as well as other applications under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices typically are low-power units that do not require an individual user license from the FCC.
Just a quick reminder that an International Space Station contact with a FRENCH school is scheduled for 16:20 hours BST / 15:20 hours GMT today on 145.800Mhz. The stations transmissions should be audible across western Europe.
You could of course get similar results with a fishing pole, balun, and a length of wire so I guess you are paying for the convenience and ease of use that this antenna provides and although the specs say you don't need any radials I would suggest using some if possible to get the best out of the antenna.
"A direct contact via F6KCO with students from College Roger Martin Du Gard, Bellême, France is presently scheduled Fri 2017-04-14 15:20 UTC (16:20 BST) 48 deg. The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG"
Listeners in western Europe should hear the Space Station transmissions on 145.800Mhz.
Yet another UK weekly net to add to your diary. The new Tango Delta DX Group net will take place on Monday nights 19:30 - 21:00 hours (BST) on 27.395 USB starting on Monday 3rd April 2017. The net controller will be located at Greenhow Hill in North Yorkshire.
More information from the Tango Delta Facebook page: CLICK HERE
So if you take a look at this video you will see that the problem is suspected to be from the new SKY Q set top box which apparently uses PLT even if it is connected via Wi-Fi.
Interference is the biggest threat to Ham Radio and CB Radio these days and it is shocking that so many electrical devices can cause horrendous and potentially dangerous interference to the radio spectrum.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who has had a similar problem which they can attribute to SKY television equipment.
"Bob gives a relaxed overview of the RS-BA1 remote control software for the Icom IC-7300. We meet two youngsters with a passion for amateur radio. And Mike and Bob head off to Bristol to spend a day with some very enthusiastic members of the British Amateur Television Club to learn all about digital amateur television"