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There are so many aspects to the hobby that it’s impossible to cover all of the things that you can now do with your licence.
The following guide is based on my personal observation of what worked for me, and it may not be right for everyone…
More information: DMR and D-Star Echolink is a system that combines RF and the Internet.
Essex Tip: A portable 2m handheld gives you up to 5 watts of power, but with a £20 magnetic car aerial, or a proper VHF vertical at home, that 5 watts should get you into the Danbury repeater (GB3DA) from most parts of Essex, and using that repeater, you should be able to ‘work’ most of Essex.
Make sure the radio you get supports CTCSS tones (required for ‘opening’ the Danbury repeater) If you’re looking for a 2m radio, there are some bargains to be had on e Bay and Amazon, or there are several online amateur radio stores.
Related link: Getting Started: Your first handheld | Getting Started: Your First Station If you want to be able to chat to other amateur operators in Essex, you should get familiar with the Danbury 2 metre repeater, known as GB3DA.
If you’re interested in talking to other amateurs within a 50 mile radius, then the 2 metre band (144MHz to 146MHz) is where much of the action takes place.
Although it’s not hugely busy, this band is a good place to get chatting.
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Here’s what you need to know: We’d encourage you to have a listen to 145.725MHz to get used to the repeater, and how it’s used.