Saturday, July 27, 2013

Monitoring the local repeaters.

I saw your post re the Android app for listening to the local repeaters. Just for information, the feeds can be listened to using any web browser by visiting
Registration is not required.
Listeners can also visit, where there is a choice of selection of player types available. The web player seems to work well enough.
I have used the “911 Scanner” application on my Windows ‘phone and that works well.
It’s worth noting that the streaming delay is something like 35 seconds. I think that this is due to buffering in the player rather than a delay anywhere else.


(Many thanks to Dave gd4hoz the repeater keeper for that information)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

OFCOM frequency allocation table for the UK (2013)

An interesting publication from OFCOM.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Special prefix for Belgium

(Many thanks to EURA for that news)
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

GB3GD and the IOM repeater network are now available to monitor on an Internet scanner.

This Android app is available free of charge.
With this app you can also monitor other interesting radio transitions from around the World, particular USA first responder services.

Also the IOM repeater network is available to listen to on the same Internet scanner .

RSGB Manager talks about his vision for the future of Amateur Radio.

Go to:


Then select as follows from the BATC.TV site:

Monday, July 15, 2013

New scanners at IOM Post office, bring in new postal regulations.

The IOM Post Office have now installed a new scanning system for the parcel service; this brings with it new H&S concerns and hence new regulations about what can and can't be posted.
You will now be asked at the counter to scan a large list of restricted items and verify that you are not breaking the regulations with your parcel.
It is interesting to note that a number of types of batteries are on the "you can not post" list:

"Batteries that are classified as dangerous goods by the
latest edition of the Technical Instructions for Safe
Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air published by the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) including
wet spillable lead acid/lead alkaline batteries (such as
car batteries), lithium batteries when not sent with or in
equipment, damaged batteries of any type, together with
used alkaline and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries"
Look at the following PDF file before you decide to post any items from the Island.

Postal Regulations

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Solar activity weakest in the last 100yrs.

Though the sun is currently in the peak year of its 11-year solar weather cycle, our closest star has been rather quiet over all, scientists say.
This year's solar maximum is shaping up to be the weakest in 100 years and the next one could be even more quiescent, scientists said Thursday (July 11).
"It's the smallest maximum we've seen in the Space Age," David Hathaway of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., told reporters in a teleconference.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Is there enough money in the kitty?

For sale Second World War radio communications bunker.


Saturday, July 06, 2013

Your clock may start to tell the wrong time!

 (RSGB News)
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