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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by 108EH002 » 29 Dec 2014, 21:01

Do you not know anyone in the building trade Brunlea like a roofer or someone who is not scared of height's.You could always assemble what need's to go "up" and you could give them the instruction's out the sky/roof light,just a thought as I have done a few install's for people who couldn't do it.I am sure someone at the club you do JOIN can help you out,bide your time and you will be fine ;)
You can talk worldwide on CB radio aswell = not 10 - 15 miles,
rsgb/ofcom are too far up their own @rses to admit it = snobs,
but many freebanders just happen to know otherwise = 27Mhz.

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Post by Brunlea » 29 Dec 2014, 21:22

I do know people but it's the height that's the issue and they don't have the correct equipment to be safe on the roof.
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Post by 108EH002 » 29 Dec 2014, 21:35

Ok,it was worth a try,have done a few dodgy antenna install's with vertical antenna that were already built,even although I have been doing the roofing since the mid '80's,it is still a good feeling to be on solid ground again and the swr is low,hope you get it sorted soon ;)
You can talk worldwide on CB radio aswell = not 10 - 15 miles,
rsgb/ofcom are too far up their own @rses to admit it = snobs,
but many freebanders just happen to know otherwise = 27Mhz.

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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by Brunlea » 30 Dec 2014, 20:15

Just to add that i've got in touch with Handley again and i'm hoping to have a visit for a quote. They did a cracking job last time at my old place and Vicky from there who answered my queries is very helpful so i'd rather stick with them.

All I need doing at this time is the cable replacing on my Diamond D-777 with the new stuff I have (And to have one PL-259 fitted to that cable as the other end has one on), and a discone fitting on the roof with some decent low loss cable (20 metres) and two PL-259's fitted. Can't be much of a fuss for them.
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by Mattylad » 30 Dec 2014, 21:29

What a good do.

If you fit the PL-259 properly then they wont have to do it & possibly mess it up, then they just fit that end, leaving the other end to poke through the wall into your shack.
I'd also ensure that they wrap the connections in self amalgamating tape - get some just in case they turn up without it.

To replace a coax, I'd not be looking at a lot of money though, let us know what they are quoting.
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by FakeJake » 31 Dec 2014, 13:57

Brunlea, if you are looking at getting your license, why not get them to put up a nice co linear antenna for the 2m/70cm amateur bands whilst they are up there?
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Post by Brunlea » 31 Dec 2014, 17:00

Handley can't do it. They say they would need scaffolding to do it legally. {bnghd} I'm tempted to get a bungalow :lol:
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by Mattylad » 31 Dec 2014, 17:04

What sort of house is it?

3 floor terrace on Todmorden road sort of house? lol

Who put it up in the first place?
perhaps you just need someone that has a long ladder.

A roofer may be the best person as they have no fear up there, just instruct them what to do.

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Post by Brunlea » 31 Dec 2014, 17:15

Mattylad wrote:What sort of house is it?

3 floor terrace on Todmorden road sort of house? lol

Who put it up in the first place?
perhaps you just need someone that has a long ladder.

A roofer may be the best person as they have no fear up there, just instruct them what to do.
It's a 3 floor end terrace. Burnley Aerials fitted the current one but he admitted not knowing about these types of aerials as he does TV aerials. I'll contact him again in the New Year as he might have just simply forgot to be fair.
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Post by Brunlea » 31 Dec 2014, 17:18

FakeJake wrote:Brunlea, if you are looking at getting your license, why not get them to put up a nice co linear antenna for the 2m/70cm amateur bands whilst they are up there?
Got any good examples of aerials? I'll have to get one a little later down the line until my bank recovers from Christmas!
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by ChrisDX » 31 Dec 2014, 19:13

Hi Brunlea

A decentish dualband base (2m/70cm) antenna is a X30 or X50.
Maybe consider a tribander antenna (6m/2m/70cm) like a V-2000, if wanting 6m band in the future.
You can get a beam that's dualband and pretty small too, would need a rotator though.

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P.S Hi Matty, it's Chewy.. passed Foundation on the 22nd, just waiting for Ofcom now to do their bit :thumbup:
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by Mattylad » 31 Dec 2014, 20:48

CHEWY!!! Hi Chris....
Congrats on the pass (and if you need antenna help - just get in touch).

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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by FakeJake » 01 Jan 2015, 15:34

What chrisdx said, the x50 is quite good, some gain and not too big. Obviously if you want more gain, you can go bigger, the x300 is another popular choice but quite a bit taller than the x50.
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by Brunlea » 01 Jan 2015, 15:56

FakeJake wrote:What chrisdx said, the x50 is quite good, some gain and not too big. Obviously if you want more gain, you can go bigger, the x300 is another popular choice but quite a bit taller than the x50.
This a good price? If so i'll add it to my favourites and purchase at some point.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/X-50-N-X-50-X ... 1299269317

Looks quite nice and tidy.
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Re: Looking at becoming a licensed Radio Ham

Post by ChrisDX » 01 Jan 2015, 17:23

that's the one and free N-type to SO239 plug..
might get one a couple of pound cheaper but might not come with the adapter plug :)
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