New PMR446 channels?

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by WeatherWatcher » 12 Mar 2017, 10:59

Channels 1,2 and 4 are local shops, Channel 8 local Motorcycle Training
Channel one with high pitched kids yelling " can you hear me now " outside of shop hours.

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by Farty » 12 Mar 2017, 12:26

I use whichever channel I bloody well feel like, and b******s to any unofficial convention. It's a short range comms system.
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by albrecht » 15 Mar 2017, 11:19

Thanks for all your help!

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Post by Transmission1 » 19 May 2017, 10:26

You forgot to add Channel 8 - Tractor Drivers Channel! ... Well that's what it is around here anyway!
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by bigpeter666 » 28 May 2017, 17:08

i use channel 13 on the pmr446

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by paulears » 28 May 2017, 18:07

Which one's that then?

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by bigpeter666 » 30 May 2017, 18:55

i have programmed my walkie talkies to the 16 pmr channels and i use channel 13

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by paulears » 30 May 2017, 20:39

That's what I mean - 'the 16PMR channels' - means very little. There are 8 PMR446 channels for analogue, you then have the licenced channels - There's no convention on what number means which channel. Channel 3 on a ABC radio is probably the same frequency as the ZXY radio, but the tones might be different, and there's nothing to stop a manufacturer using the same frequency with 6 different tones for the first 6 positions? I have some unbranded things that seem to have none of the tone in another radio have, and won't play together at all.

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by bigpeter666 » 30 May 2017, 20:44

UHF CB CHANNELS
UHF CB Channel 01 446.00625 MHz
UHF CB Channel 02 446.01875 MHz
UHF CB Channel 03 446.03125 MHz
UHF CB Channel 04 446.04375 MHz
UHF CB Channel 05 446.05625 MHz
UHF CB Channel 06 446.06875 MHz
UHF CB Channel 07 446.08125 MHz
UHF CB Channel 08 446.09375 MHz
UHF CB Channel 09 446.10625 MHz
UHF CB Channel 10 446.11875 MHz
UHF CB Channel 11 446.13125 MHz
UHF CB Channel 12 446.14375 MHz
UHF CB Channel 13 446.15625 MHz
UHF CB Channel 14 446.16875 MHz
UHF CB Channel 15 446.18125 MHz
UHF CB Channel 16 446.19375 MHz

thats the 16 channels i saw

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by mof000 » 31 May 2017, 21:01

You'll have the DTI after ya!
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by paulears » 01 Jun 2017, 07:23

I'd forgotten we used to have the DTI - wow!

Your channel 9 and above are supposed to be digital of course, but you know that.

What I really do NOT get is that if you intend to use the band illegally (as many people seem happy to) why put up with all the interference and children? Why not use 446.2 upwards? If thousands of people 'pinched' the next bit of band up, would anyone actually notice? It intrigues me on where people draw the illegal line between bad and OK? 446.19375 on 5W FM illegal but OK, 446.20625 5W FM illegal but BAD?

The band is designed with just 8 channels for licence free use, unless you have digits and then you get 16 - that's the bottom line isn't it. I always used to smile when back in the late 70s, the illegal CB folk with their smuggled in radio sets got really cross when other uninformed people bought a 'car radio' and used any of the channels to chat to their friends. I love the notion of rules within naughtiness.

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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by MrWeetabix » 01 Jun 2017, 09:04

I suppose it's because anything above the legal freqs is technically paid-for and licenced, therefore if you start causing issues, it's (theoretically) policed and you're *more likely* to get caught. Not many people are gunna realise you're using illegal radios/power within the 'legal' section and even then, if they report it, nobody is going to investigate because there's no paying licencee to appease and no benefit to spending the time/resources to investigate, collect evidence and try to bring a prosecution.

Hiding in plain site within the legal freqs just makes more sense. Why annoy the neighbours when you're own back yard is big enough to play in? :-p
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by Admiral » 01 Jun 2017, 09:39

As above, just use a 'legal' frequency and enable 128bit AES encryption.
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by MrWeetabix » 01 Jun 2017, 10:11

my only caveat is Don't be ridiculous. Using 100w or whatever on 446 WILL get you noticed and you WILL stand out from the crowd. If you go to the extreme, you'll just make it easier to be caught, licensed band or not!

Now run along and place nicely kids. :thumbup:
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Re: New PMR446 channels?

Post by radiosification » 01 Jun 2017, 10:53

Admiral wrote:As above, just use a 'legal' frequency and enable 128bit AES encryption.
If you have a radio that can do encryption then it is probably DMR or dPMR, in which case nobody is ever going to know you're not using a 0.5W radio if you use it on one of the digital PMR446 band channels.
In fact there wouldn't be much point using encryption in that case unless you were using the channel to openly discuss how high power your radios are... :lol:
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