Wednesday, 10 January 2018

27 MHz Gateway

In addition to my PMR 446 gateway I have added another one on the CB band using channel 1 on the mid band (26.965).
This weekend I intend to link it up through Zello too so watch this space.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lyrics HD

Happy new year to all the viewers here, I hope 2018 brings you luck and happiness.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

PMR Gateway back online

After a period of just over 2 years I have decided to put my PMR 446 gateway back on air. Since I took if off line I've had an Echolink node (which I still enjoy echolink very much) and for the past year hosted a Yaesu Wires-X C4FM digital gateway ''MB6PG'' both on the 2 metre band of which were great fun and many local hams enjoyed using it. But now, as I'm ''only'' licensed at an intermediate amateur radio level I'm suddenly not trusted with an N.O.V (notice of variation) and now need to be a full license holder to have this privilege.. After spending nigh on £800 in the process hosting the C4FM node BTW.
I enjoy ham radio very much and have met some great people, both on & off air but now my level has suddenly been discriminated against because I don't have a full license (to the detriment of my local community of 10 miles radius) and not allowed to renew my node/gateway when the current one runs out.
So I've decided to dig out the old interface and hook it up to FRN (free radio network) where I'll be RXing on the frequency 446.18125 (6.25 step) with a tcts tone of 103.5 when the new legal PMR frequencies come into effect from 1st Jan 2018. I've had a quick check on the legal PMR frequencies yesterday on FRN and it worked a treat!
So it's quite a sour end to my N.O.V experience which I enjoyed very much, but I can still use echolink from the pc or phone. Watch this space too as I plan to run a gateway on a CB frequency come the new year too by joining up with the guys at the Bristol CB Zello group.

Have a happy Xmas & new year folks and I'll update you very soon.



Sunday, 10 December 2017

Remembering The Pre-Internet 'Tinder' of 1980s Britain

A nice find about the early days of CB in the UK.


10th Dec Echolink net 8pm

This week’s West of Scotland Sunday night net is coming to you via the Echolink node MB7IBH with a DTMF number of 257003 and on RF on 144.9625 MHz with a tone of 103.5 Hz brought to you by stand-in net controller Stu ‘2M0ROT’ as our regular controller Paul ‘MM3DDQ’ has work commitments during this busy time throughout christmas.

Tonight’s net won’t run as long as it does normally as I have to put the mic down by 8.45pm to head to night shift, but stations are welcomed to stay and keep the channel open for a ragchew after I’m done. I’ll be free for the full time next week.

I hope to get you in the log.

73, Stu.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

CB radio - It's time to make the original social network popular again.

CB radio, why we should be promoting the hell out of it and here's my tuppence worth.

Ramblings from a boring night shift.
Reasons why I believe CB radio is a great way of communication.

  1. You will be able to use it during a disaster when the mobile phone network and power grids are down. This is the biggy for me, a simple cheap cb station can save your life.
  2. You can keep in touch with your friends without a monthly bill. 
  3. You will find new friends and contacts both locally & internationally.
  4. You will actually be communicating verbally with other human beings, too many youngsters are addicted to their pals in their pocket, their whole life is ran via the internet. Everyone knows where you are, what you're eating and too much of your business and mostly it's people you don't know and wouldn't want to know either. The next time you're out for a meal, at the movies or in the shopping mall look at people, they hardly communicate with each other anymore but they ''Like'' their mate's status of ''checking in'' to the same place they're at.. It's mental!
  5. You'll learn about electronics, weather conditions, signal propagation, basic health & safety, you'll take an interest in the space, the sun, aurora and so on.
  6. It's fun! You still need to be sensible and don't be a bad operator. If you treat the radio right & other users around you the you will have fun for years.
  7. There's no licence to apply for.

It doesn't cost that much either. The radio shown here is a CRT One, a new multi standard cb that has AM/FM on the UK and EU bands and costs around £45.00 I own one of these and they are superb. I use mine with my solar go-bag when operating from a hilltop to work DX due to it's size being very small and compact but still outputs 4 watts like other larger radios.
You'll also need an antenna and there's many to choose from but were trying to convince you to get on the cb so we'll keep the costs down.
For £22.99 you can get a springer mobile antenna and magnetic base from Thunderpole's ebay store here  So for a total cost under £70 you can be on air (cheaper if you buy a used radio) and potentially talking to the world. PS I'm not affiliated with any radio outlet, just a guy and his opinion.

It struck a chord with me this weekend, at a meet & convoy to mark 36th year of legalisation of CB in the UK all the folk that turned up were all in their 40's with the exception of one 30+ year old. All guys from way back when it was popular and no younger operators. Is the hobby going to die out when our age group goes? or are we going to promote it? How are we going to promote it?


36 years of CB radio - Scottish net

CB radio in the UK was legally 36 years old today. To commemorate this there were networks held throughout the country where cb'ers listened from home, commuting and even heading for the hills to gain range. Stations calling out using their old 1980's cb's were particularly welcome.
Reading reports from down south on Facebook shows the event was massive and an amazing turnout happened, here in Scotland however it was a different story. Our net had 4 stations in the Glasgow area calling in which was quite surprising & disappointing as there are many cb'ers in the district. It was a Thursday night though so we already have a meet & convoy planned for Saturday 4th to help the guys that were working etc. for this event.
Here's a short video of the net, which was most enjoyable to the small number who took part.