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Hi Dave,

           I wasnt attempting to "convert " you in any way, i was just looking at it from my point of view. I wouldnt have gone on those bands without learning the basics as i would have went into the deep end. Also, i dont know what it is like where you are but here, you wouldnt get away with transmitting these frequencies without being licensed, others would make sure of that so buying all that expensive equipment would be in vain. Also if you cause TVI or interference and you are using these bands and have a licence, Ofcom will work with you but if you are unlicensed, they will attempt to confiscate your equipment, this happened to me in 1995 and they forced the door of my house with the police and removed EVERYTHING while i was at work

so there is benefits of sitting that little 25 question exam in my opinion.

Have you sat your exam yet ? If not , have you sat any mock tests ? if thats a no also, i can send you tests and answers which will cover all the questions they ask.

Michael
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Dave,
         Just another little point on the licence thing, a lot of operators ( in the UK anyway) will not acknowledge you on the bands because you do not broadcast your callsign ( because you dont have one) so you could be missing out on a good few contacts. I say in the UK because outside the UK, a lot of people dont know our call sign system and will presume you are just another amateur.


Dont get me wrong, I dont want to come across as Mr DoGood but I cannot be arsed spending thousands and spending hours building antenna for someone in a uniform to confiscate my equipment all coz i didnt want to answer 25 questions and bear in mind , the pass rate is about 70 % so you only need to get 18 correct, small price to pay dont you think ?


  Another thing......if you are putting out more power than you should or you are doing something you shouldnt, if ofcom appear and you demonstrate what you know and show a good set up with all your safeguards in place, you have a chance whereas if they stumble upon you using 500w on 2m without a licence then its case closed.

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guess who lol


Another thing about amateur radio is courtesy on the bands and that what i like over CB.

Courtesy is probably down to the fact you broadcast your name and address ( literally ) every 15 mins and on every contact attempt so its wise to be courteous I suppose
Whatever the reason people be courteous, i like it. I also like CB too but for different reasons that i wont go into lol.

I also think theres a lot more courtesy in Amateur Radio because people dont want to spend a lot of money ( usually) on equipment just to be an idiot when you can spend £30 on a cb and antenna and be an idiot.

Each to our own


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Hi Michael,

Yes I've done the M3 and I'm now sitting on the 2E0 course.

I like CB because its where I started, there are, however too many idiots on there now. They have completely taken over CB and its ruined. Beyond repair? Not sure. If you've been on the main site you will have seen the government petition I started recently to ask for SSB and AM on cept frequencies.

I've been using radio for thirty years on and off and I have not had any problems making contacts on any bands apart from UK users! No other country appears to worry too much whether I made up the call sign or not.

After all its radio we're into not social policingemoticon

You were very unlucky back in 1995 when you got busted. During 2003 to 2006 there has been six convictions for illegal CB use with three forfiet orders. There were none at all for illegal amateur radio users. According to Ofcom. I dont know which catagory Echo Charlie falls into?

I wouldnt call 27555 ssb CB radio, it's on the 11 metre band sure, and you can use some of the bigger CB equipmant to access it. But its nothing like CB radio, or ham bands either.

The courtesy is there, its self policing and world wide. 27555 has evolved of its own volition into a really good radio contact area. Fully international with every country you can think of and some you cant involved. There is no recognised body, no-one runs it or makes the rules. But there are proper ways to behave and correct procedures and all this is completely self regulating.

If you dont know much about 27555, look around the net, there are contests, big groups, some amazing operators with some wicked equipment and antennas. And its illegal in just about every country in the world! emoticon

I do intend to get the M0 amateur licence, but I will always be found on 27555 when the props there. emoticon

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Hi Dave,
           Yeah i can say that i agree with what you said there to be honest. EC just falls into the category of unlicensed i would think .

i have a good knowledge of these bands going back as far as yourself and i wasnt being critical of them when i mentioned CB, i was just meaning the 40 channel stuff. I dont see the problem with EC other than the powers that be saying its illegal. I just cannot be bothered going through the hassle that i did before in the 90's. i am also trying to persuade the council for planning for a massive mast in bottom of the garden so i dont want things going tits up for me. i intend to be mobile/fixed as much as possible as i have taken a big interest in building antenna and max height stuff so probably most of my time will be spent on the move high in the hills therefore i can use " more " equipment" but as far as the house goes, i will tow the line lol.

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Hi past my M3 on Tuesday just waiting for my call sign

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Well done, woohoo, we'll hear yer on 20m then emoticon

Going for the 2E0?

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you could always make a call up,register it with qrz.com dx all day long??? emoticon
i'll stay on 11mtrs ta.

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been licenced sinced 1986. I have a G0 (old school!!!) and i had to do the bl**dy morse test as well.

luckily being a musician, morse was easy for me becuase i like the rhythm, but i was glad when they dropped that need for cw, it was stopping a lot of the new blood.

i also like the fact that you dont have to keep a log book any more - never did before anyway.

lol

still prefer 11m ssb cb because you dont get moaned at as much if somethings wrong. LOL.

i enjoy the courtesy of the hf bands but i prefer the freedom and the excitement of doing something naughty on the radio.

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