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PostSubject: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeFri Feb 14, 2020 8:11 pm

Hi, I really need some help. I bought a setup but I don't receive any chatter. My speaker works fine with squelch but I don't hear anything else. Please help me. Thanks in advance.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeFri Feb 14, 2020 10:17 pm

Hi talost, Have you checked your SWR? if that's ok be patient mate, I'm sure you will hear someone at some point.
There are a few lads on around that way, once you have checked your SWR have a shout on ch19 of the UK frequencies I'm sure someone will hear your call.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeSat Feb 15, 2020 5:51 am

Hello Tom, welcome to the forum.

I think your problem is the Excalibur antenna, they are well known as a poor performing antenna. Where is it located? If it's anywhere inside the house or loft you will be limited to a range of around a couple of miles.

Tell us a bit more about how you are set up and we'll try and help you.

P.S I'm going to leave this post here for a bit but will move it to a more appropriate part of the forum in a couple of days.

Best 73's Gary.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeSat Feb 15, 2020 6:33 am

Thanks for the heads up. My antenna is outside on the house wall. I am starting to think it needs to be on the chimney.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeSat Feb 15, 2020 6:34 am

P. S can you suggest an alternative antenna please.
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Hi Paul,

Outside is really a must so that's good. I would suggest at least a half wave silver rod or similar the higher the better. They are quite large but with stations being much further apart these days a decent antenna system is necessary to get the most from the hobby. Have a look here. https://www.kcb.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d3_Base-Antennas.html This is for reference only and not a supplier recomendation however Knights are an excellent supplier. Very Happy

Also have a look in the nets and skeds section to see when there is likely to be activity in the Gateshead area.  

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Excellent Gary thanks for the help need all the help I can get.
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You're more than welcome Paul, we all had to start somewhere buddy. Very Happy
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Hi, so I bought a pole and brackets and still no change. I am trying to get a scaffold pole to raise it more. If this doesn't work I'll get a new antenna as suggested.
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P. S my name is Tom.
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Hi Tom, sorry for getting your name wrong.

I would definitely ditch the excalibur, I've never heard a good word said about them and to be honest it's pretty obvious they are a one meter long collinear antenna trying to RX/TX an 11 meter RF signal it's simply too much of a compromise. Even my mobile antenna is twice as long as that at nearly six foot!!! Pitch for at least a half wave antenna at around eighteen feet long!!!

It's also important to find out when people in your area are on the air, it varies a lot you might just be on when no one else is.

Best of luck 73's Gary.






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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeTue Feb 18, 2020 4:40 am

You were right Gary, the excalibur was cack, I got a 5/8 silver rod and two hours fettling, I got it working. Only got 5 mile but hey it will do till I get it up higher. Thanks again for your help, you are a diamond.
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P. S. How do i get a callsign?
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That's great news Tom,

You did the right thing there!!!! You'll easily beat that distance soon and when the summer E-skip season begins you'll be working all over Europe. Very Happy

I am delighted to allocate you 26-CT-3358 may you have good luck with it.

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That's absolutely fantastic Gary thank you very much.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie needing lots of help (Issued)   Newbie needing lots of help (Issued) Icon_minitimeThu Feb 20, 2020 8:22 am

Hi Gary I just wanted to pick your brain, when tuning the antenna Im struggling to get equal readings. I'm getting 1.5 on ch40 and 1.6 on ch1. It doesn't matter what I do i can't get them lower or equal. Any thoughts?
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Hi Tom

No need to worry about them SWR readings it’s perfectly normal to have a difference between Ch 1 and Ch 40

Good practice is to get the lowest SWR reading in the middle of the band you want to use , but it’s not critical and your readings are just fine

Good luck and enjoy

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Thanks very much Craig, I was worried for nothing.
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