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 Hi from East Kilbride 

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Hi,
Paul (57) from East Kilbride here.
I've not long had my foundation licence and struggling to hear anything with my handheld radio.
Hoping that maybe I'll get some advice here. :)

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Thu Jun 16, 2022 3:43 pm
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Hi Paul. welcome to the forum.
Long time since I have worked up in East Kilbride.
Try looking for repeater or gateway activity on https://ukrepeater.net/
You should pick up the activity from Glasgow and suburbs if you erect an external 2/70 antenna, or possibly a 6/2/70 for future use 6m can be good during sporadic e.
Enjoy the hobby.

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Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:22 pm
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Thanks for the welcome Peter!
I have all the repeaters in a 25km radius programmed in but I hear no chatter from any of them.
I think possibly my house location in a dip and the surrounding hills are blocking the LOS to the repeaters.
The only thing I've heard from the garden is the RSGB news bulletin on a Sunday morning and that's only while holding the radio (Baofeng UV-5RT with Nagoya NA-771 antenna) as high as I can. :rotfl:
I've just ordered a 70cm/2m antenna for the roof so here's hoping that improves matters after this weekend.

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Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:39 pm
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Hello Paul.
Welcome to the group.
73,
Mark.

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Thu Jun 16, 2022 9:07 pm
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Hello Paul and welcome to the forum and the hobby. Sorry that i cant help you with your handheld problem as i never use vhf or uhf. Strictly HF for me so good luck with it and enjoy. Cheers


Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:41 am
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MM7PGV wrote:
Thanks for the welcome Peter!
I have all the repeaters in a 25km radius programmed in but I hear no chatter from any of them.
I think possibly my house location in a dip and the surrounding hills are blocking the LOS to the repeaters.
The only thing I've heard from the garden is the RSGB news bulletin on a Sunday morning and that's only while holding the radio (Baofeng UV-5RT with Nagoya NA-771 antenna) as high as I can. :rotfl:
I've just ordered a 70cm/2m antenna for the roof so here's hoping that improves matters after this weekend.



A rooftop antenna is fairly essential in this part of the world. Have a look at CSFMG.com for details of local repeaters and if you are going to use them on a regular basis don't for get to join and support them.

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