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

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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