15 February 2020

Radio User Magazine - Over and Out!


Well what can we say? This news is a big disappointment and truly difficult to understand the reasoning behind it.....

For those of you who don't know, Radio User magazine dropped all CB Radio content a while back which left a big void as there were no publications championing CB radio. Many people, including myself, stopped buying the magazine as there simply wasn't anything in it worth reading for CB radio operators (I mean, military aircraft frequencies and receiving foreign analogue TV stations have been done to death for god's sake!).

Fast forward to the end of last year and GREAT NEWS, the magazine had decided to bring back CB Radio content in the shape of Dave, M0OGY who had been lined up to do a monthly column all about UK CB radio featuring reviews, information and all other aspects of the hobby. 

Despite having to cope with some serious disabilities which make writing articles extremely difficult, Dave put a lot of time and effort into his contributions to the magazine and had some great ideas for future editions including a feature on the ever growing and very popular weekly nets which have sprung up in the UK since AM and SSB were legalised in 2014.... 

But SHOCK HORROR as you will hear from Dave in the video, after only two months the magazine has once again decided to drop CB Radio from its pages and worse still they have dropped Dave which is quite frankly disgusting in my opinion. 

Along with Dave I immediately wondered how many people have subscribed to the magazine purely because of Dave's excellent CB radio column. I was on the verge of subscribing myself and if I had done so, I know that I would be feeling rather annoyed with the decision of Warner Publishing to drop CB from the pages of Radio User. I am sure there will be many of you reading this now or watching Dave's video who have taken out a subscription - My only advice would be to get in touch with the magazine and maybe ask for your money back, after all they took it under false pretences if you subscribed for the promised CB Radio content!

(You can email their editor:  wiessala@hotmail.com or their publisher robm@warnersgroup.co.uk )

Warner Group Publications (and thereby, Radio User Magazine) have made a big mistake as far as I'm concerned. Dropping CB radio at a time when it is more popular than it's been for many years and dropping Dave who is literally The Voice of UK CB Radio and is widely respected by many in the hobby.

I certainly will not be buying any more of their magazines!!!!

However, on a brighter note -  as Dave says, you can continue to follow him on YouTube where I'm sure he'll have many more interesting videos for you to watch in the coming months...


11 February 2020

Working HF Pedestrian Mobile During Storm Ciara


Another great video from David, M0DAD, operating pedestrian mobile with his Xiegu X5105 portable radio....

7 February 2020

Thunderpole T3000 On The Air Test FM & AM

Video:YouTube/UK CB radio servicing

It looks like Thunderpole have a winner on their hands with the T3000....

2 February 2020

Thunderpole T3000 Overview & Internal Adjustments

Video:YouTube/UK CB radio servicing

Richard Shireby, G0OJF, takes a look at the Thunderpole T3000 CB Radio....

Main Features

  • 80 UK/EU Channels plus European bands
  • 12 & 24 Volt Input
  • 4 Watt RF Output
  • Large LCD Display (7 different colours)
  • Dimmable LCD Backlight
  • AM/FM Modes
  • One Button Band Switching
  • Channel 9 & Channel 19
  • S-Meter
  • Scan Function
  • Key Lock
  • Auto + Manual Squelch
  • Up / Down Channel + ASQ Microphone Buttons
  • Front Speaker
  • 2-Pin Accessory Socket (Kenwood wired)
  • VOX Facility
  • Cigarette Lighter Plug Fitted
  • Size: 187mm (W) x 56mm (H) x 85mm (D)

31 January 2020

Northern Ireland Weekly Nets

Here we have a couple of videos from The Northern Ireland Weekly Nets which take place every Thursday night on 27.365 USB and 27.525 USB....

Videos:YouTube/68WR048 Marty

28 January 2020

International Space Station Contact 28/01/2020

Yet another great Space Station contact...

Hang Tenna 582 Review 10/11m Antenna

Video:YouTube/Matt M6CEB 2E0FNM

A review by Matt (M6CEB/2E0FNM) of the 'Hang Tenna' 10/11m portable antenna which is an easy way of operating out mobile or at home, you just need somewhere to hang it......

24 January 2020

Space Station Contacts 27th/28th January 2020

Two upcoming Space Station contacts are planned for next week:

An educational radio contact is planned with Agrupamento de Escolas Serafim Leite, São João da Madeira, Portugal, direct via CS2ASL.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Monday 27 Jan 2020 16:33:34 UTC 64 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.


An educational radio contact is planned with Primary School “Jovan Jovanović Zmaj“, Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, direct via YU7BPQ. 

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Tuesday 28 Jan 2020 15:51:19 UTC 48 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

AM QSO Party - This Weekend

From Facebook:

"This coming weekend is the AM QSO PARTY in Europe.

But what is the event all about? How do you take part?