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    Yes PMR446 is limited to a maximum of 500mw....

    Yes PMR446 is limited to a maximum of 500mw. OFCOM is very clear about that.
    Business radios can have 4-5w power, but licence is required.
    There may be a few other ways to bend the rules, but hams...
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    Ah yes the Baofeng UV-9R. I have one of those...

    Ah yes the Baofeng UV-9R. I have one of those living on a drawer. I bought that one specifically because it had 8w transmit.

    Pop back & update us on your progress as no doubt be others looking to...
  3. Thread: Hello

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    Hi from Nottingham UK. You don't mention your...

    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    You don't mention your location. You also don't mention if you intend to sit the ham exams.

    Many hams were on 11m before they were hams. But if you are looking for advice...
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    Hi from Nottingham David. Yes you are right....

    Hi from Nottingham David.

    Yes you are right. When l sat the exams 30yrs ago they were City & Guilds exams. And yes l had to sit them in a college. And they required much study & night school as...
  5. Thread: New Guy

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    Good advice from R2D2. Go listen in on QSOs for a...

    Good advice from R2D2. Go listen in on QSOs for a few hours, or days. No point in wasting time & money on a hobby only to discover at a later date it's not for you.
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    Well said Brandon Lind. Yes you are right....

    Well said Brandon Lind.

    Yes you are right. 30yrs ago l passed the RAE (radio amateurs exam). The very same exams as every other ham in UK with a class A licence. But they gave me a class B...
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    Now retired so l have all the time in the world....

    Now retired so l have all the time in the world.
    Always happy to help anyone in any way l can. Even if their chosen setup differs to something l would choose for myself. We are all different, we...
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    Yes an HT "is" a ham radio if it has been...

    Yes an HT "is" a ham radio if it has been designed & manufactured for that market.
    To suggest that it is not is an invitation for unlicenced people to buy them to use as PMR radios.
    I don't know...
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    I have done a little research. You simply need a...

    I have done a little research. You simply need a radio that will accept the dual plug from that U94 PTT. That means many Kenwood or Baofeng radios. I would say go for the cheap Baofeng to start with....
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    https://youtu.be/i89wCU2t2WM Then look for a...

    https://youtu.be/i89wCU2t2WM

    Then look for a u94 Ptt adaptor
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    BTW, l also have a couple of Baofengs. Fine for...

    BTW, l also have a couple of Baofengs. Fine for monitoring the frequencies. And a good radio to keep in your glove compartment or taking to the beach. As if it gets stolen or dropped in the water...
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    Hi from UK. Unless you want to take your radio...

    Hi from UK.

    Unless you want to take your radio swimming you don't need 100% waterfroof.
    I have a Yaesu VX-8 which is waterfroof. As is the Yaesu VX-7 & the VX-6. You can go scuba diving with...
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    Something like this would be a good investment....

    Something like this would be a good investment. Either new or used. It will all depend on your budget.
    The good thing about ham radios is they tend to hold their value. Take good care of your gear...
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    No you are not ready for them to pull the plug...

    No you are not ready for them to pull the plug yet.
    You need to download a few hundred books on lathes & metal machining.

    My 5yr old grandson loves to press the start button on a lathe. However...
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    A few more links on this page.... ...

    A few more links on this page....

    https://hamstudy.org/
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    You don't mention your country. US study differs...

    You don't mention your country. US study differs slightly from UK, Canada, Australia ect.
    But many sources offer free downloads.

    If you have no knowledge then Google "ham radio for dummy's...
  17. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    You can buy a brand new mini lathe for a few...

    You can buy a brand new mini lathe for a few hundred $.
    However l would recommend that you have a look in the classifieds/eBay for a used Myford. They have 3"- 4" chucks & parts & accessories are...
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    In the good ol' US of A you will be restricted to...

    In the good ol' US of A you will be restricted to VHF/UHF on the Tech license (not so in UK).
    Therefore rather than spend you money on the cheap Chinese baofeng hand held you would be wise to check...
  19. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    What type/model of lathe are you considering? ...

    What type/model of lathe are you considering?

    I tend to use hss tool steel & hss with cobalt content. I grind all my own lathe tooling.
    Likewise, the majority of my drill bits are 8% cobalt. Not...
  20. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    I done a Google search on aeroplane dipole/HF...

    I done a Google search on aeroplane dipole/HF antennas & was a little surprised at what turned up.
    Declassified US military files from the 60s. Those documents would take a little time to read as...
  21. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    Make a gun on CNC in UK? Consequences? = Many...

    Make a gun on CNC in UK? Consequences? = Many years jail time.
    Was on TV last year about a gun workshop. Armed cops were outside listening to them testing the guns. Then they raided & those guys...
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    Hi from UK. I assume you are in US.

    Hi from UK. I assume you are in US.
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    Now l get the idea. Yup that antenna on the plane...

    Now l get the idea. Yup that antenna on the plane would work. But have someone on the ground video it. That should score a few million hits on YouTube.

    Yes the Brit cops are unarmed. But so are...
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    https://youtu.be/whUmxmp0YNI
  25. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    Lol an antenna trailing out of a plane? Many...

    Lol an antenna trailing out of a plane? Many safety issues with that. Don't the antenna systems on planes work just fine? You can be sure that the military have the best options available with their...
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