Here we go again - It's the second annual PMR446 DX Weekend, across the UK and Europe on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2002.
Just take a look at the contacts made last year - CLICK HERE
Also see more long distance contacts HERE
My own contacts:
I would be making my DX attempts from the top of my local pit heap, a spot which has served me well in the past. I decided to use my Motorola T6222 as it can scan the CTCSS automatically and it also has a signal meter which reads from 1 to 6 with 6 being the strongest.
On Saturday 3rd August I made contact with several local stations but it must be said that the channels were fairly quiet and the best contact was with Richard in Ashington at a distance of 5 miles.
Sunday 4th August was much better. The channels were quite busy at times with loads of "Bottom of the box" stations talking away to each other. It would appear, as it did last year, that Sunday is the better day for contacts on 446.
My first contact was with Bill in Dudley at a distance of 4.1 miles. Bill was using a Telcom TE200 and gave me a good report. His signal was 2.
Next came a contact with two stations from Widdrington, Leigh and Keith, at a distance of 10.1 miles. The radios in use were a Binatone MR600 and a BT Freeway. Both stations gave me an excellent report and their signals reached a maximum of 5. Leigh was amazed as he, along with many others, thought that the maximum range on 446 was about 2 miles.
Another station broke in and it turned out to be Martin from Whitley Bay at a distance of 6.4 miles. Martin was on the beach with the family enjoying the fine weather. He had heard me talking to Leigh and Keith and was also amazed at the contact. His signal was 3.
It then appeared that we had attracted loads of stations onto our channel as dozens of "Call Signals" could be heard and communication was almost impossible for a time.
A brief contact was made on channel 8 with a station from Sunniside at a distance of 14.1 miles but I was unable to make out his name, so sorry who ever you are but we couldn't quite make the contact.
I then made contact with Alan who was located at Church Point in Newbiggin-by-the-sea at a distance of 5.7 miles. He told me that he was helping at the Newbiggin Fair and the PMR446 radios were proving very useful. His signal was 4.
Next a contact with Kevin located some 15.1 miles away in Amble. Kevin was using an Icom 446S. His signal was 2.
The final contact of the day was with Joe on channel 2 who was located at Seaham Harbour at a distance of 20.2 miles. Joe was also using a Motorola T6222 and for a short time we took advantage of the Voice Inversion Scrambler on these sets which worked very well even over this distance.
So I did not beat my personal record of 30 miles but I did enjoy talking to the stations mentioned above, and at a height of only 100 feet above ground level, I was quite content with the contacts I had made. Many other stations could be heard but I was unable to talk to them.
Have you made a long distance contact on PMR446 ?
Please E-Mail Me or leave a message on my FORUM with the details and don't forget anything over 2 miles can be considered as a long distance contact !!!!
35 mile contact
by Paul (T789)
Only managed to speak to one person this weekend who was taking part in the dx weekend, heard loads of casual users, spoke to Simon (DT595) in south Cumbria a distance of 25 miles from a high point SE of Lancaster using a handiepro. I later managed a contact of 35 miles to DT595 from a location 8 miles west of Preston.
Dx with Xerox
I contacted Xerox from Epson this Sunday 5/8/02 about 20 miles away. I'm using a Talkeasy 100 and he was using a Binatone 100 with very good signal. I also heard Xerox talking to chap from Milton Keynes about 60 miles between them!
NTL 501's not bad on range!
Hi there all. I managed to get about 11 miles out of the NTL 501's I have with a standard setup with no mods. I was on top of Portsdown Hill in Portsmouth and got a clear and clean DX conversation to the IOW near Fishbourne. I am running NI-CAD batteries which were fully charged and I am sure that I could have got even further had I found someone.
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