Back to Hobby

A place to discuss all aspects of amateur radio operation.
Post Reply
Maybolelistner
Regular
Regular
Posts: 86
Joined: 27 Jan 2009, 23:29
Call Sign: MM6AAM

Back to Hobby

Post by Maybolelistner » 03 Feb 2016, 12:58

Good afternoon,

Recently found my licence and thought i may get back into the hobby. Was just looking for any advice on a cheap handheld for 2m and 70cm use. only got a foundation licence.

Cheers

Mattylad
Top Poster
Top Poster
Posts: 1507
Joined: 03 May 2014, 20:09
Call Sign: RDX64
Location: Lancashire

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Mattylad » 03 Feb 2016, 13:14

Cheap? Baofeng UV-5R - not sure you can get any cheaper.

Get a better aerial for it though.

Maybolelistner
Regular
Regular
Posts: 86
Joined: 27 Jan 2009, 23:29
Call Sign: MM6AAM

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Maybolelistner » 03 Feb 2016, 13:20

Well i have a uv-b6 at the moment is this any use the aeriel thats with it is pretty guff tho

User avatar
Admiral
Legend
Legend
Posts: 9696
Joined: 08 Mar 2011, 21:20
Call Sign: 26TM157
Location: MK-UK

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Admiral » 03 Feb 2016, 13:35

Don't forget to log on to Ofcom and validate your licence if you haven't already.

The major sites are awash with Chinese 2/70 sets now, about £20 for a handheld and £70 for a mobile set. Top tip, buy from someone registered in the UK as returns kill off the savings buying from China and HK and you usually end up out of pocket if it goes wrong.
Winner of the 2017 IBTL 'Summer Sizzler' competition

Maybolelistner
Regular
Regular
Posts: 86
Joined: 27 Jan 2009, 23:29
Call Sign: MM6AAM

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Maybolelistner » 03 Feb 2016, 13:38

Cheers Admiral relvalidated yesterday :-) had a tiny wee yaesu radio when i first started cant remember what it was though but it worked pretty well. would you recommend any websites?

User avatar
Admiral
Legend
Legend
Posts: 9696
Joined: 08 Mar 2011, 21:20
Call Sign: 26TM157
Location: MK-UK

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Admiral » 03 Feb 2016, 15:02

The problem with some of the older kit is they just have a 1750hz tone and no CTCSS, and often are limited to 25kc channel spacing.

I can't recommend any sites, I was referring to Amazon and eBay where sellers are cutting each others throat to flog these things.

You should be good for a few repeaters around Glasgow with a cheap twenty quid handie.
Winner of the 2017 IBTL 'Summer Sizzler' competition

User avatar
MrWeetabix
Admin
Admin
Posts: 13099
Joined: 26 Aug 2008, 13:34
Call Sign: 26TM175
Location: Tynemouth

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by MrWeetabix » 04 Feb 2016, 08:55

Welcome back to the hobby. Hope you get sorted soon :-)
26TM175. OP: Craig. QTH: Tynemouth. Also 163TM175 when mobile in Wales 8)

PO Box: 62 Town: Albrighton City: Wolverhampton Zip: WV7 3WR

TM1 is now on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/TM1onFB || New Tango Mike QSL cards https://tinyurl.com/TM1-NewQSL

Dava
Regular
Regular
Posts: 8
Joined: 13 Mar 2016, 20:11
Call Sign: Dava

Re: Back to Hobby

Post by Dava » 05 Apr 2016, 19:27

There,s loads of cheapish radios about and the prices seem to be falling still (not fast enough) have fun

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests