Sempre me questionei se a utilização dos PMR446 noutros países seria semelhante à que temos em Portugal. Sofreriam outros operadores de outros países das mesmas virtudes e defeitos dos operadores portugueses? É comum a utilização de repetidores e links VOiP? Existem actividades organizadas?  Estaria a comunidade PMR em crescimento na Europa?
Foram estes e outros temas que sempre senti curiosidade em conhecer e que me fizeram contactar responsáveis por sites e fóruns de outros países europeus onde o PMR446 é tema central.

Dominique 14 FRS 001 – http://pmr446.free.fr – Abril 2016

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For how long are you a PMR446 user?
Hi, I am a PMR446 user since the beginning of this band in France in 2006. So we are in the 10th year.

Why did you start using PMR446 in the first place? Was it by curiosity related to radio communication/hobby or by necessity/professional engagement?
At first, I choose PMR446 to develop my communication in free bands UHF. As CB users and Radio ham, I was interested by this concept of freedom in High Band. It was just as an hobby.

When did you felt that radio communication/PMR446 hit you so bad that you couldn’t stop using them?
Tests and use in this PMR446 band is attractive and addictive. I was in the first to use it in France. So my idea was to build an internet website bringing information about.

Besides PMR446, are you a CB27 user, licensed ham radio or SW Listener?
I am an old CB27 user. I stop CB27 in late ’90 to be an ham radio. I am licensed.

On average, how many hours by day do you use your PMR446?
One hour per day, in my car and outside. Week-end, my radio is on every time.

Do you regularly participate in PMR446 events ?
Yes of course. As organizer and user in the FRS GROUP.

What was your longest trip, made solely with the intention of operate PMR radios?
None. I never did that. No time in my professional life.

Did you ever took part in the organization of a PMR446 event? How many and what were they?
Yes of course. I am the organizer of the french operation “1st week-end PMR446”. During these days (1st week-end of each month), I invite PMR446 users to communicate thru the UHF. They are between 10 and 50 participants each month in France.

How many PMR446 events are in your country/region and who regular are they?
There is several events in France. The operation of my group, “1st week-end PMR446” each month and some organized by others group the other days.

On any given Sunday afternoon what’s the probability of making a call on a PMR channel and get a reply? By how many users (in average)?
It’s impossible to define. It depends of weather and the period of the year. I know that much people are listening on week-end but i cant determine how many.

What’s the longest distance you ever achieve on a PMR446 radio?
Personally, I only did about 60km. Between two hills near Paris. But some users of the FRS Group did about 360 kms. See french records at : http://pmr446.free.fr/index_diplome_dx_uhf.htm.

What’s your favorite (must used) PMR446 radio?
My favorite radio is MOTOROLA TLKR 180 but I like to use cheap Chinese radio as BAOFENG GT-3 or PUXING radio.

What’s the one you want to buy next?
My new radio is a HYTERA PD-375. It’s an hybrid radio analog/digital using 430-480 Mhz. I programmed the PMR446 channels and the DMR446 channels. See my other website about DMR446 at http://dmr446.hamstation.eu.

What’s your opinion on using radios that cover 446MHz but are not PMR446 radios or modified PMR446 radios (power and/or antenna)?
Generally, I have a good opinion about this kind of radio. MOTOROLA, MIDLAND, etc… have a big monopole of the handheld radios. So I am happy to see some different brands arrived in this market. Brands as PUXING, TYTERA, BAOFENG, are not legal (power too high), but I think it’s a good option when you like radio transmission.

Describe what you like the most, what keeps you going as a PMR446 user?
That I like is the communication and meeting between people loving the same hobby. Talkie-Walkie and radio are good thing to make some new friends.

What’s the best thing about being a PMR446 user?
The best thing is to be outside, walking and speaking. Meeting with friends, make tests with distance and new materials.

Dominique (14 FRS 001)
pmr446@free.fr


“Delboy” – http://www.delboyenterprises.co.uk – Maio 2016

 

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For how long are you a PMR446 user?

17 years
Why did you start using PMR446 in the first place? Was it by curiosity related to radio communication/hobby or by necessity/professional engagement?
Curiosity – To see how far you could talk on 500mw
When did you felt that radio communication/PMR446 hit you so bad that you couldn’t stop using them?
I enjoyed using PMR446 from the first time I used it and I continue to use it many years later.
Besides PMR446, are you a CB27 user, licensed ham radio or SW Listener?
Yes, I also use CB 27Mhz, Ham Radio and I’m a SW listener.
On average, how many hours by day do you use your PMR446?
I dont use it every day, 2-3 times per week
Do you regularly participate in PMR446 events ?
There are not many events here in the UK at the moment but there used to be regular events between 2000 and 2006 but I do try to take part if an event is organised.
What was your longest trip, made solely with the intention of operate PMR radios?
approx 100Km
Did you ever took part in the organization of a PMR446 event? How many and what were they?
I used to organise an annual PMR446 DX Weekend. On the first weekend in August each year stations all over the country would go out to the top of hills to make contacts.
How many PMR446 events are in your country/region and who regular are they?
Very few events these days. PMR446 is not as popular as it was. The peak of 446 activity in the UK was about 10-12 years ago.
On any given Sunday afternoon what’s the probability of making a call on a PMR channel and get a reply? By how many users (in average)?
Unlikely to get a reply from another PMR446 DX station. Most users these days are children or business users.
Is VoIP technology, like FRN or eQSO, used for creating links/gateways and expand coverage? In which bands?
eQSO and FRN were used many years ago and there were lots of internet links with PMR446 but there are only a few links active now.
What’s the longest distance you ever achieve on a PMR446 radio?
536Km from North East England to Almere, near Amsterdam. That was using a standard PMR446 radio with only 500mw.
What’s your favorite (must used) PMR446 radio?
My favourite PMR446 radio has always been the Motorla T6222. I like how it scans the CTCSS tones at teh same time as scanning the channels.
What’s the one you want to buy next?
I have dozens of PMR446 radios so I dont think I’ll be buying any more!
What’s your opinion on using radios that cover 446MHz but are not PMR446 radios or modified PMR446 radios (power and/or antenna)?
It is something that is always going to happen. Stations will always want to experiment and see how far they can get on the PMR446 band. However, excessive power can cause problems for other users which could bring unwanted attention from the authorities. The lack of a proper UHF CB band in the UK encourages users to operate in this way and I feel that a higher powered UHF or VHF band should be made available to the public.
Describe what you like the most, what keeps you going as a PMR446 user?
I like the challenge of getting contacts over long distances using very low power and tiny antennas!
What’s the best thing about being a PMR446 user?
PMR446 is something you can use anywhere, at home, at work, or for leisure and finding new locations for long distance contacts can be fun.
Delboy