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  1. Thread: Clueless!

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    Police, emergency services & military in UK...

    Police, emergency services & military in UK started using TETRA many years ago. I have no doubt that all western countries do now.
    TETRA is encrypted communication.
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    If you are really serious about ham radio then...

    If you are really serious about ham radio then rather than spend money on a cheap baofeng you can always consider a dmr radio.

    One of the best options in my opinion is the BTech DMR 6x2. Only on...
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    Welcome from UK

    Welcome from UK
  4. Thread: New to the hobby

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    Welcome from UK.

    Welcome from UK.
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    They are old ex army radios. Value is not as high...

    They are old ex army radios. Value is not as high as ham radios.
    But you will have no idea if they have any faults as you need the knowledge to use those.
    Don't power them up & key a Mike as you...
  6. Thread: Noob

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    Hi from UK. I also have a VX-8 handy. But never...

    Hi from UK. I also have a VX-8 handy. But never tried to program it. So if you work it out, pop back & tell us the solution.

    When l got that handy it was one of the best. But technology has moved...
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    Hi from UK. Assume you are in USA.

    Hi from UK. Assume you are in USA.
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    Hi from UK. That radio will be fine to listen...

    Hi from UK.

    That radio will be fine to listen to local QSOs but that's about it. It's a 35yr old dinosaur.

    5yr olds are passing the watered down Tech exam & all the study material can be...
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    Hi from UK. You will be able to sit the Tech...

    Hi from UK.

    You will be able to sit the Tech exam online. It's much simplified to what it was years ago. 5yr olds are passing it so you will have no difficulties. All the study material can be...
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    Hi from UK Kevin. You shouldn't have any...

    Hi from UK Kevin.

    You shouldn't have any problems passing that Tech exam. Perhaps 30 or 40yrs ago it would have presented a challenge, but they have simplified the exams to the extent that 5yr...
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    Hi from Nottingham UK Gary. Notice that you...

    Hi from Nottingham UK Gary.

    Notice that you have a vanity call sign. Sadly, in UK we are stuck with the call signs that we are issued with for life.

    It's like a breath of fresh air to see an...
  12. Thread: Another pre noob

    by G7NFP
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    No update. Perhaps he has decided PMR radio may...

    No update.
    Perhaps he has decided PMR radio may be a better option as no exams or licence required.

    Although 5yr olds are passing the Tech exam so no reason why any educated adult would have any...
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    Unsure which section would be appropriate to post...

    Unsure which section would be appropriate to post those on. Was also unaware there was any restrictions re number of post prior to adding attachments. Perhaps it's to do with guys joining only to...
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    BTech DMR 6x2. Only on sale in USA. Worth...

    BTech DMR 6x2. Only on sale in USA. Worth checking out the reviews if you are considering a dmr radio as it's one of the best options on the market ATM.
  15. Thread: New guy from PNW

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    One of the best DMR radios on the market ATM is...

    One of the best DMR radios on the market ATM is the BTech DMR 6x2. It's actually an Anytone D686 on steroids.
    Only on sale in USA ATM. Therefore if l wanted one l would need to import it. TBH l have...
  16. Thread: New guy from PNW

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    Many congrads to you

    Many congrads to you
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    Yes l know. It matters not if you are a licenced...

    Yes l know. It matters not if you are a licenced ham or not. The offense relates to transmission on frequencies which a license is not held for.
    Much the same if you drive a lorry whilst holding a...
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    I am fortunate that l have now retired. No need...

    I am fortunate that l have now retired. No need to worry about work. Very happy about that as l was a registered nurse by profession. Which means l would have been in the front line.

    But many...
  19. Thread: New guy from PNW

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    Hi from Nottingham UK. VHF/UHF may not be an...

    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    VHF/UHF may not be an option due to its short range + your location.

    But there is a solution. Assuming you have WiFi, you can use a dmr handset. That will retransmit your...
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    Hi from Nottingham UK. Are you talking about...

    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    Are you talking about CB radio or ham radio?
    Big difference. If you are looking for a communication option whilst off-roading then ham radio is not a wise option.

    Why?...
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    That's the very 1st of many thousands of QSOs you...

    That's the very 1st of many thousands of QSOs you will be having as the years flash by.
    It will begin to feel very normal to pick up a mic.
    I always carried a VHF rig with vox in the car. Most of...
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    Hi Bill, from Nottingham UK. Ham radio these...

    Hi Bill, from Nottingham UK.

    Ham radio these days differs slightly to what it was back in the day.

    The exams are much simplified (both sides of the pond) to the extent that 5yr olds have passed...
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    Yes you are very right. Speed counts for nothing...

    Yes you are very right. Speed counts for nothing if the amount of errors makes the code unreadable.

    Could "you" send 100wpm without errors, & do you know anyone who can?
    Although a computer could...
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    Now we have a callsign to listen out for. As...

    Now we have a callsign to listen out for.
    As for mis-spelling your name. Perhaps drop them a line & point that out. Then they will correct it in their own time
  25. Thread: Another pre noob

    by G7NFP
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    Hi from UK. First thing to learn is it's...

    Hi from UK.

    First thing to learn is it's "amateur" radio.

    You perhaps already know that you can sit all of the exams online. In UK they are also super easy in comparison to what they were...
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