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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby WeatherWatcher » 02 Jan 2017, 20:32

JohnB57 wrote:If I've got your locator correct, GB7EP on DMR is in the adjacent square to you. DMR radios are very inexpensive compared with Fusion so for less than £100 you could stick a toe into the digital pond...

Apologies if I have misunderstood your signature in any way.

No problem but Epsom is part of the black hole- first obstacle is a 12 storey block of flats 100m away and right in the way as the crow flies.
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby JohnB57 » 02 Jan 2017, 20:56

Worth monitoring output on FM just to see if you get a signal. UHF can be strange and wonderful stuff and you might just be lucky.

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby WeatherWatcher » 02 Jan 2017, 21:17

JohnB57 wrote:Worth monitoring output on FM just to see if you get a signal. UHF can be strange and wonderful stuff and you might just be lucky.

Monitored since your last post -nothing at all heard.
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby Admiral » 02 Jan 2017, 21:31

HF isn't line of site, so tower blocks aren't an issue.

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby WeatherWatcher » 02 Jan 2017, 21:40

Admiral wrote:HF isn't line of site, so tower blocks aren't an issue.

I agree but S7 QRM is
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby Admiral » 02 Jan 2017, 21:48

S7 QRM is a choker agreed, great for listening to the 1kw boomers of the world, but S1 of static is preferable for normal listening.

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby MrWeetabix » 03 Jan 2017, 16:30

with S7 noise, maybe opt for Digimodes? PSK31 can be quite amazing, even in bad conditions!
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby JohnB57 » 03 Jan 2017, 19:38

Oldman54 wrote:
JohnB57 wrote:Worth monitoring output on FM just to see if you get a signal. UHF can be strange and wonderful stuff and you might just be lucky.

Monitored since your last post -nothing at all heard.

Bit of a bummer, although monitoring for twenty minutes or so might not be giving it much of a chance!

Sincere good luck whichever way you decide to go.

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby Adriano9966 » 03 Jan 2017, 21:09

:think: Is it the entire Hf spectrum that is covered by s7 of noise? I only ask because sometimes it can depend on time of day/frequency .

I have been dealing with these problems for years as my location is quite frankly poor for radio. A 10 metre telescopic flagpole can quickly become a suitable compromise aerial covering several HF bands with the addition of a 4:1 or 9:1 unun ,some wire as a radiator and also counterpoise radials .
This could also be configured as an inverted L.

If some of the noise is generated from a definate source and you can pinpoint it's origin it might be worth your while calling the regulator and reporting interference to the amateur radio spectrum .

Don't lose heart operating with high rise buildings around you need not be an obstacle . I operate under these circumstances and I hold the DXCC/qrp certificate all acheived on phone SSB/AM and some FM on ten metres. I'm not certain how much garden you have available but I am certain that there must be a solution . It should be possible to operate radio from almost any location in my view.

You could use digital modes as suggested by Craig I hope that helps in some way

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby WeatherWatcher » 21 Mar 2017, 09:03

Further update, have sold my FT817 and am getting rid of the antennae that I cannot put up next week.
Bummer I know but the reality is that I am only allowed 1 antenna by the housing association so have opted for my weather satellite antenna, that does at least work and I still have a dual band rig for the car, which does what is needed.
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby mof000 » 21 Mar 2017, 12:56

What about this:-
https://www.qsonet.com/programs.html

I've used it in the past and it fills a void. Had some good times on it and not once in the time i used it did i come across any idiots.
I'll pay whatever i think it's worth...:-)

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby mof000 » 21 Mar 2017, 13:00

I used something like this for a mic:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Desktop-Micro ... Sw2s1UusSo
I'll pay whatever i think it's worth...:-)

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby falbo » 02 Apr 2017, 09:31

Sorry to hear about your experiences. Would a magnetic loop antenna work with any success in your qth. I also sometimes feel like selling and giving up /get fed up with it but in the end always come back to the radio after a couple of weeks or months. The ft817 is a great little radio to take out and about and this is what I use with a mobile hf antenna on a magmount on the car usually beside the beach. I hope you return to radio after a break and give it another go. 73
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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby tbftb » 03 Apr 2017, 14:57

You'd be surprised what can be achieved with a bit of ingenuity, some super thin wire and a SGC smart tuner. 73

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Re: I'm giving up.

Postby WeatherWatcher » 03 Apr 2017, 16:52

Thanks for all the comments, as I said earlier have sold the 817 and now only have one radio - 2m/70cms dual-band FM in the car :wave:
73 Mike . Watching and monitoring the weather


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