31 December 2019

Dave M0OGY - End Of Year Video

Video:YouTube/M0OGY

Dave takes a look back at 2019 and looks forward to 2020 in his end of year video....

I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Dave a very Happy New Year and we can all look forward to seeing his excellent videos and magazine articles in the year to come. 

29 December 2019

Legalities Of Posting Videos Online


Most of us do it... We hear an interesting contact on CB or Amateur Radio, make a video and post it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc.

But it it legal? Are there any privacy issues?

24 December 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


As we are about to enter a new decade I'd just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

We are at the very bottom of the solar cycle and the bands have been very quiet DX wise, however the regular weekly nets on SSB and AM go from strength to strength all across the UK.

Fingers crossed that we see a bit more DX activity in the year ahead. Things can only get better as they say.....






16 December 2019

Yaesu 857D Discontinued?

Rumour going around that Yaesu have discontinued their 857D.
(To be confirmed)

It's been a good workhorse for many an operator. Maybe they have a new radio in the pipeline... 891 with 2m and 70cm perhaps?

14 December 2019

Radio User - The Return of CB Radio


The January 2020 edition of Radio User Magazine is out now online and in the shops in the next few days. It sees the return of CB Radio with Dave M0OGY and his new regular slot.


The magazine dropped CB Radio completely from its pages a while back but to be honest it hasn't had a UK CB Radio perspective for many years having focused mainly on the hobby from a European angle. However that is all about to change as Dave promises to be the voice of UK CB Radio. 

I'll be taking a wander down to my local WMSmith's this week to pick up my first copy of the magazine in many years... At last there will be something worth reading in it!!!! 😉


Northern Ireland Weekly Nets

Video:YouTube/68WR048 Marty

Video from this weeks Northern Ireland Nets which take place on 27.365 and 27.525 on Thursday evenings.

SSB nets go from strength to strength here in the UK so it's always worth flicking around the bands to see if you can get in on the action.


12 December 2019

LAMCO CB/10M Radios


LAMCO, here in the UK, currently have some great prices on CRT CB/10M radio equipment:

CRT SS 6900N | 10/11m SSB CB Radio Transceiver - £134.95 - LINK

CRT SS 7900 | 10M Radio AM FM SSB CB Radio - £149.95 - LINK


CRT SS 9900 | 10/11m SSB AM FM CB Radio - £154.95 - LINK



5 December 2019

What's in the box???

Video:Youtube/MrMadjones

Looking suspiciously like a Rotel RVC-240.... But it's not!


Tuesday LSB Net 03/12/2019

Video:YouTube/brian badonde

Great to hear Roy, 104CI101 joining in with the fun on the Tuesday night LSB net here in the UK....

27 November 2019

Upcoming Space Station Contact 07/12/2019


An educational radio contact is planned with B. Pascal Institute – Public School, Rome, Italy, direct via IKØMGA and Istituto Comprensivo Lipari “S. Lucia”, Lipari, Italy, direct via ID9GKS.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Sat 7 Dec 2019, 11:44:00 UTC, 45 deg.
Downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Italy and parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in Italian. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

25 November 2019

Black Friday @ Thunderpole SAVE 5%



Thunderpole have kicked off the Black Friday deals with 5% off online orders. Simply enter "black5" at the checkout. 

Full details, terms and conditions on their website: CLICK HERE

18 November 2019

Video - Space Station Contact 18/11/2019





Not the best of passes here in Northern England, The Space Station never came up above the horizon, but still great to hear their transmissions. 

16 November 2019

Space Station Contact 18/11/2019





An educational radio contact is planned with Lakeside Elementary School, West Point, UT, telebridge via IK1SLD.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS  and the scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA. Contact is go for: Monday  18 November 2019, 19:01:06 UTC, 30 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.

13 November 2019

What’s Inside A Baofeng UV-5R Stock Antenna

Video:YouTube/Fuzz The Pi Guy

You often hear that replacing the stock antenna on your Baofeng UV-5R is a good idea, the stock antenna doesn't work very well and you'll get much better range with a different antenna.... Myself I think the stock antennas work really well and other antennas often don't work so good.

This video shows you what s inside that little old stock antenna..... 

7 November 2019

1200 Watts From a CB Radio!!!

Video:YouTube/LestersCustomTrkShp

WOW, just WOW! 

1200 watts from a CB radio....We're gonna need a bigger power supply!

BREAKING NEWS - M0OGY The Voice Of UK Radio


Well, the cat is finally out of the bag, as Dave M0OGY reveals the fantastic news that he will be once again writing for Radio User Magazine. 

From January 2020 and every month thereafter Dave intends to give a UK perspective on all things radio, paying particular attention to CB radio. 

This is what Dave had to say on Facebook tonight:

"Well I'm sure some of you will know I wrote a few CB Radio related articles in Radio User magazine around seven years ago.

The good news is as from January 2020 I have a monthly multi page slot in the magazine, so I am busy every month writing for George the Editor regarding all the aspects of Citizens' Band Radio within the United Kingdom.

This will include the current scene, history and hopefully regular product reviews.

Please try and support me if you can and if you have anything you wish to see in print, please send an E-mail to m0ogy(at)tiscali.co.uk

So whilst I'm sure I will somehow be still involved with Engineering I am finally doing a part time job I enjoy!"


I am sure that you will all join me in wishing Dave all the best for his new endeavour and be sure to send him any items of information which you think may be of interest to UK radio operators for inclusion in his articles.

Speaking personally, I think this is brilliant news, as for far too long the UK has been without someone to champion events and radio activities that are important to UK users. In particular the UK CB Radio scene is very different to that in other countries with an emphasis on using FM and SSB rather than AM which is more popular on the continent. Dave has done a great deal for the hobby over many years and I certainly wish him well, I simply cannot think of anyone who would be better for the job..... 

Can't wait for the January edition of Radio User to hit the shelves!




4 November 2019

CB Radio's 38th Birthday - Clyde Valley DX Group

Video:YouTube/Hoppy Hippie

A Video from the guys up in the Clyde Valley in Scotland. Looks like that had a brilliant day celebrating 38 years of legal UK CB radio on 2nd November 2019. Nice to see some old 27/81 radios in use and working well after all these years.


2 November 2019

Tropospheric Ducting EXPLAINED!

Video:YouTube/Ham Radio TV

Settle down with a cup of tea and a biscuit and watch this 50 minute video explaining the mystical properties of Tropospheric Ducting.... 

1 November 2019

Anytone AT-578UV First In-Depth Look



Here we have a couple of videos from 2E0UKH here in the UK, showcasing the new Anytone AT-578UV



Features:

  • 1.77 inch colour LC display
  • Numbers keyboard on microphone, 10 freely configurable keys
  • TWINband 2m/70cm (V/U, V/V, U/U)
  • IF channel width selectable 12.5/25 kHz (analog) or fixed 12.5 kHz (DMR)
  • Digital: DMR (Tier I/II) and analog FM
  • WFM receiver 87.5 - 108 MHz
  • Up to five DMR IDs programmable
  • 4000 memories, 10000 Talk groups, 200000 digital contacts
  • 250 Zones (memory banks) programmable
  • Display of ID (Callsign), location and country of QSO partner
  • Two timeslots available, all colour codes available
  • Transmit power 5, 10, 25, 45 (UHF) / 50 (VHF) Watt
  • Automatic mode selection Analog/Digital
  • Tone burst 1750 Hz
  • Tone squelch: CTCSS, DCS
  • Tone signalling: DTMF, 2 tone, 5 tone
  • GPS receiver
  • Nuovo simultaneous reception analog/digital or analog/analog
  • Nuovo Many APRS parameters settable on radio, without computer
  • Recording and playback of received signal (DMR only)
  • Nuovo Roaming (selection of reachable repeater from a pre-programmed list)
  • VOX function
  • Nuovo Bluetooth interface
  • Individual volume controls per VFO

In The Box:

  • Anytone AT-D578UV
  • Bluetooth module built in
  • External Bluetooth PTT key
  • Handheld microphone with number keyboard and up/down keys
  • Mobil mounting bracket and assorted hardware
  • DC cable with fuse
  • USB programming cable
  • Spare fuses

PRICE: Around £349

Programming Software: HERE

31 October 2019

Northern Ireland Weekly Net



News of yet another new weekly net here in the UK. 

This time it's in Northern Ireland with a net every Thursday on 27.365 USB (Channel 36EU Band). The net starts at 20:00 hours (UK Time).


Spooky Net 2


Our second spooky net is for those of you around the Clyde Valley area in Scotland..... 

The fun starts on 27.125 AM at 7pm (UK Time) on 31/10/2019

Spooky Net 1


Our first spooky net is for those in the South of England on 27.395 USB... Just watch out for those ghouls and wizards who's like to put the willies up you!

The fun starts at 7:30pm (UK Time) on 31/10/2019



29 October 2019

The Big Net - 38 Years of Legal CB Radio


Just a reminder that this Saturday 2nd November, stations all over the UK and beyond will be taking to the air to celebrate 38 years of legal CB radio. 

The main net will take place on channel 38UKFM (27.97125)

An additional USB net will take place on channel 38EU (27.385)

There will be two sessions, the afternoon session will start at 14:00 hours and the evening session will start at 19:00 hours (UK Times)


13 October 2019

Vintage CB Night (UK)


The North East Net gang here in the UK are planning a special Vintage CB night on Wednesday 11th December on 27.375 USB.

So it's time to dig out those old radios and get them on the air again with roger beeps, echo mics (if you must), amplifiers and don't forget your handles good buddy!

Personally I think this is a great idea and I hope that other nets across the UK will join in, who knows, this could become a regular event?

12 October 2019

The Autumn Net 12/10/2019


A special net tonight at 19:30 hours BST on 27.125 USB across the North West of England and beyond so why not tune in and see if you can make some contacts? 

11 October 2019

Space Station Contacts 14th-18th October 2019


This time we have THREE planned contacts audible over Europe between 14th and 18th October 2019:



An educational radio contact is planned with S.M. Calvino – Istituto Comprensivo Settimo IV, Settimo Torinese, Italy, direct via IK1SLD and Istituto Comprensivo Statale Don Milani, Monza, Italy, direct via IQ2MZ.


The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.



Contact is go for: Mon 2019-10-14 09:37 UTC (10:37 BST) 59 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in italian. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.



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An educational radio contact is planned with Istituto Comprensivo Statale “Diego Valeri”, Campolongo Maggiore, Italy, direct via IQ3RW and Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli1, Ladispoli, Italy, direct via IKØWGF.


The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.



Contact is go for: Thu 17 Oct 2019 08:49 UTC (09:49 BST) 73 deg. Contact will be in italian; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; RX only! Credit: AMSAT.



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An educational radio contact is planned with Science & Technologie e.V. / event: Science Days, Teningen, Germany, and will be direct via DD1US.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.

Contact is go for: Friday 18 Oct 2019, 09:37 UTC (10:37 BST) 64 deg; contact will be in English, downlink signals from ISS will be audible above  Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; RX only! Credit: AMSAT.




Information: https://issfanclub.eu/



6 October 2019

Space Station Contacts 08/10/2019


TWO Space Station contacts over Europe this week for your delight....


An educational radio contact is planned with Bampton School, Bampton, United Kingdom, direct via G2LV.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut will be Drew Morgan KI5AAA or Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-10-08 12:51 UTC (13:51 BST) 27 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; RX only! Credit: AMSAT.
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An educational radio contact is planned with Collège Robert Doisneau, Sarralbe, France, direct via F6KFT
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Tue 2019-10-08 14:29 UTC (15:29 BST) 53 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in French. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

Information from https://issfanclub.eu/

3 October 2019

50,000 Views - CB and PMR Net Map


We reach an amazing milestone this week as the CB and PMR Net Map hits 50,000 views!

The Net Map was set up to keep track of the many regular nets which have sprung up over the past few years here in the UK. If you wish to see if there's a net near you just click on the link below....



1 October 2019

PRICE REDUCTION - President Truman @ Knights


The President Truman CB Radio is now available from Knights here in the UK at a reduced price of £69.50

Basic but a good performer especially on AM. This radio has been reduced in several areas across Europe so maybe it's about to be discontinued????


Link: CLICK HERE

Specs:

6 EUROPEAN STANDARDS:Configuration EU 40CH AM 1W / FM 4W
Configuration E 40CH AM 4W / FM 4W
Configuration D 40CH AM 1W / FM 4W 80CH
Configuration EC 40CH FM 4W
Configuration U 40CH FM 4W CEPT and UK frequencies
Configuration PL 40CH AM 4W / FM 4W, -5KHz Polish frequencies

PACKING INCLUDES:
Transceiver, microphone, mounting bracket with mounting screws, power cord fixed, user manual in English, French, Spanish and Polish.

CONTROLS FUNCTIONS:
Multiband AM/FM (see above)
6 European standards
Volume with power ON/OFF control
Manual and automatic squelch (ASC)
Multi-functions LCD display
Channel selector
AM/FM mode switch
Lock function
Front microphone plug
Jack for external speaker

DIMENSIONS:
- Width 125 mm
- Height 45 mm
- Depth 150 mm
Dimensions without antenna plug and/or heat-sink

28 September 2019

Inside Hamfest - Newark 2019

Video:YouTube/rigsearch

Taking a wander around this years National Hamfest at Newark here in the UK....

23 September 2019

International Space Station Contact 23/09/2019

International Space Station Contacts 23rd/24th September 2019


Two Amateur Radio contacts this week with the International Space Station:

OR4ISS (Nick Hague KG5TMV) - 89 deg - (TB) ON4ISS (NIH, Bethesda, MD)
WhenMon, September 23, 20:08 – 20:19 GMT (21:08 - 21:19 BST)
WhereThe Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health), Bethesda, MD 
DescriptionAOS: 20:08:27 GMT
RX: 145.800 MHz - FM over Europe




OR4ISS (Nick Hague KG5TMV) - 86 deg - (TB) IK1SLD (Boulder, CO)
WhenTue, September 24, 17:43 – 17:54 GMT (18:43 - 18:54 BST)
WhereUniversity of Colorado Amateur Radio Club, Boulder, CO 
DescriptionAOS: 17:43:20 GMT
RX: 145.800 MHz - FM over Europe  



22 September 2019

Wouxun KG-UVN1 DMR Radio Review

Video:YouTube/M0OGY


Dave takes a look at the new Wouxun KG-UVN DMR handheld radio.... 

Features:

  • 3072 Channels
  • 250 Zones
  • 255 Receiving Groups
  • 160,000 Contacts
  • Full RadioID.net Contact Database Preloaded
  • 144-148 MHZ VHF Amateur Frequencies
  • 420-450 MHz UHF Amateur Frequencies
  • Built-in CTCSS/DCS
  • 5W VHF/4W UHF Output Power
  • Repeater Capable
  • Uses Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Packs
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack Included
  • Includes Charger
  • Emergency Alarm
  • VOX
  • Encryption (Digital Mode Only)
  • Private Call/Group Call/All Call
  • Text Messaging (Digital Mode)
  • Flashlight
  • Channel Scan
  • Priority Scan
  • ARTS Function
  • LED Status Light
  • Color LCD Display
  • Lighted DTMF Keypad
  • Hi/Low Power Selectable
  • Signal Strength Indicator
  • Battery Meter
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Battery Saver
  • 3 Programmable Multi-function Keys
  • PC Programmable (Optional Software and Cable Required)
  • Timeout Timer
  • Keypad Lock
  • Audible Button Beeps
  • FM Radio
  • Tail Elimination
  • Lone Worker
  • Drop-In Charge Capable
  • Audio Accessory Connector
  • TDMA
  • DMR
  • Tier I & II Compatible
  • Independent Programming in VFO/CH Modes
  • Radio Program Password
  • Menu Encryption
  • Menu Hide
  • Stun/Kill/Activate
  • Reset
  • One Year Manufacturer Warranty

BONUS VIDEO:

Dave looks at the JIL SX-200 Radio Scanner....

Retevis RT98 Mobile UHF Transceiver

Video:YouTube/Ringway Manchester

Lewis, M3HHY, takes a look at this tiny little radio from Retevis...

The North East Net 18/09/2019

Video:YouTube/26CTX2500

All of the action from The North East Net on 18/09/2019....

19 September 2019

President Taylor IV @ Knights


Doug @ Knights here in the UK has announced that the new President Taylor IV is now in stock, priced at £159.00

LINK: CLICK HERE


Features

-  AM / FM
- Channel rotary switch
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- Manual squelch and ASC
- Multi-function LCD display
- Frequency display
- Analogue S/RF vu-meter
- ANL / NB / HI-CUT filters
- Mode switch AM / FM
- Scan
- Public Address
- Talkback
- VOX
- 2 x Preset (emergency) Channels (EMG 1/2)
- Key beep
- Roger beep
- Mic type selection electret / dynamic
- F function key
- SWR (Power Reading /SWR)
- Front microphone socket
- External loudspeaker jack (3.5mm)
- USB 5V 2.1A

17 September 2019

The Big Net 2019


AM QSO PARTY

News of an event to help promote the use of Amplitude Modulation on the Amateur Radio bands:

AM QSO PARTY 2020


Operating Event on the HF Amateur Bands Using The AM Mode.

Saturday 25th January 2020 - 06:00 UTC
until

Sunday 26th January - 12:00 UTC
Organised by the
AM Amateur Radio Europe Facebook Group





As we all know, AM is a very underused mode these days and it's great to see people promoting and encouraging it's use.


14 September 2019

26CTX2500 Activation

Video:YouTube/26CTX2500

Some more UK hilltop DX action from The North West Net including a contact with 68PD116 in Belfast, and the President Grant 2 is sounding great!

Fog On The Tyne Radio Rally 2019


A video from today's 'Fog On The Tyne Radio Rally'....

13 September 2019

Thunderpole T-3000 Review

Video:YouTube/RustySkull Productions

Here's Ben with the first review of the new Thunderpole T-3000 radio....