And it's all been good so far!
Congratulations on finding what appears to be the killer app for PMR446, I
am an ex radio ham with some technical ability and spare gear so I've
decided I would like to join the net and put a link on air from Stroud in
I intend to use an Icom IC-F22sr in an ABS enclosure located somewhere at
the roofline, the radio will initially run on channel 8 ctcss 19 to evaluate
co-channel interference, it will be opto-coupled to the pc comport for ptt
control. Eqso will run on an windows xp machine, but will be on a dialup
connection as unfortunately bt cant install adsl 'till mid may.
I think thats it for now, but I would like to thank you for your bold
efforts in establishing this very interesting net, its refreshing to see how
things are changing for the better in hobby comms.
Finally could you please allocate me a callsign / ID / whatever for this
link, should be onair in the next ten days or so.
All the best for now
I have been listening around on the 446 eqso channel for a few days now and am finding it great fun. I am a licenced radio amateur of some 32 years now, and find that this sort of experimentation and use of radio was what the amateur license was really all about in the first place. I appologise for who ever the ham was that wrote to the RA winging! We seem to have reduced the technical requirements and understanding of radio to that of a 5 year old so I guess we are going to have more of them thats why I find 446 such a delight.
I have a few 446 radios and there are a few of us in my town that would like to use a repeater if I set it up. We are about to have broadband in the town after a few months campaigning by myself and a few others so we could be in a position of having a repeater avaliable more or less 24\7 in the next coupe of months. Until then I shall be sing the dial up.
Could you please assign me a callsign to use?
Cheers thanks for all your work.
I think its great that you guys have done this. Its even better that you appear to have the RA's approval. I'm a licensed radio amateur as well and i think that the guy who emailed the RA complaining about 446 links is a complete T*&^%. However, his email appeared to clarify that this is all legal so really we should buy him a beer !!!!
I've just been alerted to your website and very impressive too. If
possible I would like a call sign for a repeater as I intend to get one set
My location is in Peterborough and although I am not in high ground the terrain is flat and so therefore is quite good for signals. Also when I have got some spare time (never at this
rate) I will give you a nice big advert on my site.
This sounds great!
I am busy just now, work you know, but soon I shall try to get a radio on air.
Keep up the good work! Great to see someone pushing back the
frontiers of 446 radio!
Hi there Dean /TJ
Hope this is the correct address for you both
Thanks for issuing the call sign will display it with pride on eQSO
Unfortunately the cells have gone in the radio I was using tonight - so have to wait a few hours to get charge into them Li-on's really go when they go!!!
Will be trying to power the linked radio off mains- transformed of course! to save the cost of cells and downtime -hopefully not introducing any noise.
I think that I will be happy to leave the link open as long as there is someone to listen in - just in case :-)
My network connection is 1Mbs 24/7 so that is not going to be an issue
I am unfortunately unemployed at the moment so I have a bit more time on my hands during the week - at least I can get the link as stable as possible
I'm possibly going to be starting work in the near future close to where I live back doing computing (mainly build and repair hardware) but unfortunately not in RF distance but should have the ability to monitor via eQSO
Will pop CTSS onto the link and advertise it when it is "officially turned on"
Anyway, it has been an adventure so far and am confident that the user base will be increasing soon as more people get out and about with PMR.
First of all, congrats on a very professional looking site.
Looking forward to seeing the complete list of PMR446 gateways, as and when time allows you to compile it.
<FONT color=#191919>hi great site just abt the best ive come across. my interest was increased when i heard the grimsby gateway on ch 8. had a pair of 446 when they first came out but sold them soon after due to lack of stns being heard......things are starting to take off around here now though...(great) even been and bought a new pair this weekend.
hold a full licence here so heres another ham joining the group, i am not one of the ime better than you brigade either, you get them in all walks of life, so lets keep up the good work.