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Call Sign : 26-CT-3382 Posts : 1 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2020-03-13 QTH or Location : Macclesfield Equipment Used : Tristar 777 Amstrad 901
Subject: New member callsign request (Issued) Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:34 am
Hi everyone, my name is Dave and I've reached that time in life when I want to fire up the radios which have sat in the wardrobe for the last 35 years. I know very little about the process these days (AM or FM? USB, mid or LSB???) but I reckon this group is the best place to begin learning. I have a Tristar 777 which I was given years ago & never used - maybe someone can tell me whether I can legally use it in the the UK? Also have an Amstrad 901 which I used for nattering with mates in the 1980's. To the moderators - would you please issue me with a callsign. I tried to register a couple of years ago, not sure whether it was a success, so you might already have my details on file - afraid I'm not much good with websites, passwords, usernames etc... Life used to be a lot simpler! Anyway, good to meet you all via the forum, look forward to speaking to you on the air one day
Call Sign : 26CT763 Posts : 758 Times Thanked : 15 Join date : 2019-06-27 QTH or Location : Manchester Equipment Used : Optima, Superstar 360fm, Stalker 9fdx, President Jack Age : 46
Subject: Re: New member callsign request (Issued) Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:17 pm
Hello and welcome, Dave.
Unfortunately your Tristar is not legal to use in the UK, you need to be aware of that. But, these days nobody is really bothered about the fact and I cannot remember the last time someone was prosecuted for using illegal radios on cb. The authorities (Ofcom these days) tends to 'turn a blind eye' as they have neither the budget or resources to chase illegal use of CB radio on 11 metres.
Since you were last active, SSB/AM has become legal to use on mid-band only, (legalised in 2014) with 4w am/fm and 12w ssb. You should use a type approved radio to fully comply with the regulations, but as I have stated nobody is really bothered. People tend to use a mix of old school (Tristar, Cobras, Superstars), Modern multi-modes (optimas, Anytones) or modified hf amateur radios on the band. 27.555 USB (channel 12 high-band) is still very popular and the most used calling frequency/channel worldwide for serious users and DXers.
Gary will be along to issue you with a call-sign. I hope you enjoy your return to the hobby and browsing the forum.
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