It's been an interesting year, legalisation of AM/SSB after many years of campaigning which has brought a good number of new/returning users back to the airwaves.
There are more radios and accessories available now than ever before in the history of cb radio! Some good, some not so good! But certainly no shortage of choices!
Band conditions, whilst not the best, have still allowed some amazing contacts!
Here's to another interesting year of radio next year!
And a personal milestone - Just today I've reached 8 MILLION visitors across the Delboy Network(Websites/YouTube/Blog etc) - WOW! Thanks for visiting my various sites, I hope I can continue to provide information and entertainment in the future.
Who knows I may reach 10 MILLION visitors by next Xmas!!!!
GOOD NEWS: Amateur operators to get 470Khz and 5MHz as standard without the need for an N.O.V. BAD NEWS: Relaxation of how often callsigns are to be given! - Relaxing the need to identify your station will simply encourage illegal use of the bands and make Amateur Radio less distinctive from CB radio.
The radio shows that it is closely related to the President Lincoln 2 - SSB audio sounds a little overloaded at times (Improved by reducing the RF Gain a little). However the radio generally performs well with some excellent outgoing audio reports!
Deal Of The Year - Alinco DR-135UK on £99.95 (Plus P+P)
Click HERE for direct link! Nevada now tell me that they sold over 200 units in a matter or hours last night! (Last few remaining this morning!) 09:30 hours 28/11/14 WOW - Over 2000 people viewed this post in the space of 24 hours!
Here is a copy of the preliminary bandplan for 146-147Mhz and it would appear to be digital only!
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Now speaking for my local area, there are NO stations who actively use digital modes so it is difficult to see what the point is of allocating 1Mhz of prime VHF spectrum in this way.
The frequencies may as well have been given to CB operators who would love a VHF allocation and would certainly make good use of it.
The current situation is a complete waste of time as far as I see it!
There may be a handful of people who will jump at the chance of using wideband digital modes on these frequencies but with all the other (Higher) frequencies available to this small group why would they need any more spectrum?
Following OFCOM's decision not to allow a VHF CB System here in the UK I have been contacted by several people claiming that there is already a VHF CB type system allocated in the UK!
Intrigued? I certainly was!
It would appear that for many years OFCOM(Formerly the Radio Authority) have allowed, or at least turned a blind eye to to the use of the VHF spectrum by paragliders. Although primarily used for safety the frequencies are used as a sort of CB band by the paragliding community.
The frequencies that are being used are as follows:
It would be very interesting to know how widespread the use of these frequencies actually is. There are several paragliding forums which do mention the use of these frequencies, so I'm guessing that they are regularly used around the UK.
If anyone has any further information or has actually used these frequencies please get in touch.
(Article for information only: Delboy's Radio Blog does not encourage or condone the illegal use of the radio spectrum!)
OFCOM: The release of spectrum within the frequency ranges 143 MHz to 169 MHz -
OFCOM have released an update to the release of VHF spectrum in the UK. One possible use of this spectrum could be a VHF CB Radio Band!
Statement published 10|10|14
This document sets out Ofcom’s plans for the release and allocation of
spectrum returned to civil use by the Emergency Services.
The statement sets out our decision for portions of the 5.875 MHz of Very
High Frequency (VHF) spectrum in the 143 - 169 MHz band. We believe this
spectrum will be of most interest to business radio users, such as utility and
The spectrum will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.
However, it will also be released through a managed and gradual approach in
order to maintain maximum flexibility for the band in the future, should new
types of demand emerge.
As part of this process, Ofcom will also allocate and licence spectrum to the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency to replace channels no longer available due to
changes in international frequency arrangements.
This approach will not require the use of all available spectrum immediately,
therefore some of this spectrum will be made available, on a temporary basis,
for amateur radio at 146 - 147 MHz and we will continue to provide short term
access to Programme Making and Special Events users.
A total of 38 responses were received from Citizen Band(CB)Radio users, of which 15 were confidential. The majority of respondents raised the request for an allocation to CB use in the VHF band, with many stating that the current 27 MHz band is suffering from continental interference and noise. In addition, Delboy Enterprises and 5 other respondents suggested an introduction of a licence free or licence exempt band in the VHF range for CB Radio.
In response to the issues raised by the CB community, our proposals did not include an allocation of spectrum on a licence exempt (like CB Radio) or free basis. We note that there are currently no European (both European Union or European Communication Committee (ECC)) decisions or recommendations for CB use in the VHF band. Although the lack of a decision does not prevent Ofcom from allocating spectrum for this use we do not see that a specific UK only allocation would be consistent with our duties on the efficient use of spectrum.
Furthermore, due to the non-harmonised nature of the band there is no availability of appropriate kit for use in the band
So no chance of a VHF CB band at the moment!
Very disappointing that only 38 CB users responded!
It has been over 7 months since the Engineering Menu was found on the Lincoln 2 and the video has been viewed in 58 different countries. Most of the settings have been fathomed out but has anyone actually needed to use them?
The Northumberland Net in North East England has been active for many years on channel 38 UKFM. With the recent legalisation of SSB they have now started a regular Wednesday Night USB Net on channel 28 EU (Mid Band).
If you are in the area or there's a bit of propagation about be sure to listen out for the gang!
Just to let you know that on Saturday, Sept 13th 2014 there is an SSB contest in Germany on EU legal mid-band CB. So, there's a fair chance to catch some activity on the air from Germany between 1800 and 2400 local German time, which is 1700 to 2300 UK time. Let's hope for some good short skip between continental Europe and UK and, of course, some serious DX as well.
OFCOM have launched a consultation in respect of the future use of Amateur Radio in the UK:
This consultation sets out our proposals for updating the terms and conditions of the amateur radio licence.
These proposals include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual licences.
The consultation follows changes announced in our April statement on Public Sector Spectrum Release(-1-), where we set out our decision to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400 MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the Ministry of Defence.
This consultation, which is likely to be of interest to those in the amateur radio community, closes on 20 October 2014.
Neuner-Funk is reporting a special version of the AE5890 for sale in Austria in order to comply with strict Austrian radio laws. The Albrecht AE5890AT is a locked down version of the popular AE5890EU which was easy to modify for additional power/channels and was ruled as illegal for sale in Austria.
Taken from the Neuner-Funk FaceBook page:
"It is so far: the first AM/FM/SSB unit 4/4/12 Watts, what can legally be used in Austria, is available: the Albrecht AE5890 AT.
Conversion AE 5890 EU on Austria version. The device is hardware locked to 40 channels AM/FM/SSB with 4/4/12W. The multi-standard switch does not function, the device can be adjusted from the outside no longer on any other standards around. Subsequent sealing with the original manufacturer seal and changed papers.
The notification on the part of the Austrian Telecommunications Authority occurred, the ready-built unit is supplied with a new declaration of conformity.
This article is intended for Austrian customers who purchase a new device AE5890 and also in Austria legally want to use them, or but also for existing devices, which will be converted to. All devices, starting with serial number A3312, 190 and 260 are capable of conversion.
The September edition of Radio User Magazine features a review of the latest version of the President Grant 2 by Dave, M0OGY.
Dave's review, (4 pages long) goes into detail as to what you can expect from this great little radio. A radio which will probably be one of the best selling legal radios for a long time.
Also in the magazine, Simon The Wizard gives his views on UK legal AM/SSB in his column "Comms From Europe" along with some interesting and possibly worrying information about Short Range Devices(SRD's) being legalised for use on 27MHz in Germany.
Following negotiations with the RSGB to minimise the impact on radio amateurs, Ofcom has announced that it will temporarily authorise up to four 25kHz channels, between 144.000MHz and 144.100MHz, for the period 22 July to 4 August 2014, to support the operation of the Commonwealth Games. The frequencies to be used specifically exclude 144.0500MHz (CW Calling Frequency).
Usage of this spectrum by Games users will be geographically limited to an area centered on Glasgow, defined with a UK NGR of NS 585 650 and the surrounding areas covering a radius of 30 kilometres between 23rd July 2014 and 4th August 2014. Specific use of this spectrum will be limited to handheld equipment operating on a maximum of 5 Watts output. The frequencies affected are: • 144.000 MHz (Centre frequency with a channel bandwidth of 25 kHz); • 144.025 MHz (Centre frequency with a channel bandwidth of 25 kHz); • 144.075 MHz (Centre frequency with a channel bandwidth of 25 kHz); and; • 144.100 MHz (Centre frequency with a channel bandwidth of 25 kHz).
Ofcom emphasises that use of Primary Amateur spectrum is only for the specified time period and does not constitute a change of usage.
Ofcom are aware of the very short notice and will authorise this usage on a “non-interference, non-protection basis”. Amateurs in the Glasgow area are requested to avoid these frequencies until 4th August.
The 14th European Citizens Band Federation Congress took place in Brussels on the 16th and 17th of July and for the first time since 1992 the UK had a representative in the shape of David Ogg (M0OGY).
Dave's post from the Transmission 1 forum:
"I was invited to the 14th European Citizens' Band Federation congress in Brussels in Belgium.
It was very interesting with specialist Translators on hand and I certainly met some very interesting people involved with our hobby from throughout the EU.
Many points were discussed and I made a strong case for the United Kingdom users and my main issue was about the dreaded PLT devices.
I have filmed a video and will be uploaded to Youtube over the weekend.
In this picture which Vincente, one of the Delgates from Catalonia, posted on our ECBF website you can see Delegates from Catalonia, Spain, Belguim, Croatia, France, Portugal and the geezer in the black shirt is the bloke from the United Kingdom.
That was the night before, we were suited and Booted the following day for the main meeting.
I gave you my word I would get involved and try and get our point over.....more to follow"
The Main topics of discussion, from a UK perspective, were PLT Interference Issues, The new AM/SSB allocation, and the possibility of a VHF CB allocation.
The other European delegates are said to be extremely pleased that the UK now has someone to speak about CB radio issues and Dave's input was very welcome at the meeting.
From a personal point of view I would like to thank Dave for his efforts and I'm sure he will continue to be a fine ambassador for the UK CB radio community in the future.
More photos can be seen on the FaceBook pages of Fernando M G Seixo: LINK
As reported on the E.C.B.F. website (Link), the 14th European CB Congress takes place on 16th/17th July:
"The ECBF celebrates its 14th. European Congress of CB this July in Brussels. This conference, held every four years, will be used to, among other issues to discuss, choose a new Board, propose a reform of laws and approve the entry of new members.
For now, have confirmed their participation delegates from Belgium, Catalonia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. Pending the presence of delegates from Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland"
One major difference this time around is that we, the UK, are represented for the first time in over 20 years. Our representation comes in the form of Dave (M0OGY) following The Brigg And District Amateur Radio Club becoming an E.C.B.F. member and his appointment earlier in the year as the United Kingdom Delegate for the E.C.B.F.
I have no doubt that Dave will strive to make our collective voice heard on the things that matter to UK CB radio users, and I'm sure that you will all join me in wishing Dave well in his endeavors.