Friday, December 14, 2012

Merry Christmas from Advanced Motorcycle Training .Com

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It that time of year when we say Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year to all our clients past, present and future.  Here is hoping that we can have a drier 2013........

Web Site transferred to new hosting site

Hello Everyone, www.advancedmotorcycletraining.com has now gone over to JustHost.  Should now be working fine,if you find any problems with links etc, let me know....

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Changing Web Host..........to Just Host

Over the last couple of days I have been unable to update my website with UK2.Net. I have been with them for several years and despite numerous e-mails to tech support, I have decided to change my web hosting company.  UK2.Net can not resolve the problem......

It may not seem different, but the web site www.advancedmotorcycletraining.com may be off line for awhile.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Brittany Ferries Discount Code

Brittany Ferries show offer

If you visiting the NEC Motorcycle Show pick up a brochure from the NEC Brittany Ferries Stand.  They are offering 10% discount on all crossings to France and Spain booked by 31st December 2012, for travel until 3 November 2013.

  More details available on line

www.brittanyferries.com/showoffer or call 08712440492 quoting ref. 610921

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Advancedbiker radio and radio frequencies Icom Kenwood PMR 446

  It has taken me a few years to get to my present radio set up, and for the time being it seems to work fine..  That is either when I do one to one training or do tours with at least 8 other riders operating on the same frequency.  With the Buismess Grant I was able to purchase two Icom pmr radios and at the time the top of the range Autocom system -  However times move on and techology updates so the present system is the Autocom AVI 300.  This has my radio system, video and sat nav connected to it 
 
Icom pmr446 Radio

 The Autocom has been a reliable unit and it is one of the few systems which elliminates background noise at source, so you get good clarity.





I also have a few Wintec A80 radios, which can be used in Europe as they have a 2 watt output and you can fit an external aerial.

The next set was Bluetooth......


I have a couple of Interphones F4 Bluetooth units and they can be paired to other units that some clients have.  I also invested in a Interphone Tribe Radio....

The tribe radio has the same radio frequency as my Icom pmr 446 radio and then is the paired to the clients Bluetooth system.  You then have pmr to Bluetooth - Two Way communication


That is the present set up, but before I finish I will just mention the pmr 446 frequency.  There is 8 designated channels:


  • Channel 1 - 446.00625
  • Channel 2 - 446.01875
  • Channel 3 - 446.03125
  • Channel 4 - 446.04375
  • Channel 5 - 446.05625
  • Channel 6 - 446.06875
  • Channel 7 - 446.08125
  • Channel 8 - 446.09375
If you don't have the channel frequencies, it is sometimes impossible to get two radios to work together especially Kenwoods, the 3101, 3201 or 3301.  The channel don't match up up with Icom so you need to check the frequncy and sub channel...
For instance my Icom is on Channel 2 446.01875 and I have added the CTCSS 123.0MHz to it. This matches up with Kenwood Channel 6....  HOPE THIS HELPS.....
 
 
ICOM IC-F4SR
  • ch1 - 446.00625 MHz - No CTCSS
  • ch2 - 446.01875 MHz - No CTCSS
  • ch3 - 446.03125 MHz - No CTCSS
  • ch4 – 446.04375 Mhz – 79.7 Hz
  • ch5 - 446.05625 MHz - 110.9Hz
  • ch6 - 446.06875 MHz - 114.8Hz
  • ch7 - 446.08125 MHz - 118.8Hz
  • ch8 - 446.09375 MHz - 123Hz
  • ch9 - 446.00625 MHz - 127.3Hz
  • ch10- 446.01875 MHz - 131.8Hz
  • ch11- 446.03125 MHz - 136.5Hz
  • ch12- 446.04375 MHz - 141.3Hz
  • ch13- 446.05625 MHz - 146.2Hz
  • ch14- 446.06875 MHz - 151.4Hz
  • ch15- 446.08125 MHz - 156.7Hz
  • ch16- 446.09375 MHz - 250.3Hz
  • ch17- 446.00625 MHz - 179.9Hz
  • ch18- 446.01875 MHz - 173.8Hz
  • ch19- 446.03125 MHz - 162.2Hz
  • ch20- 446.04375 MHz - 67.0Hz
  • ch21- 446.05625 MHz - 71.9Hz
  • ch22- 446.06875 MHz - 167.9Hz
  • ch23- 446.08125 MHz - 186.2Hz
  • ch24- 446.09375 MHz - 192.8Hz 

 
KENWOOD TK 3101
  • ch1 - 446.00625 MHz - 94.8Hz 
  • ch2 - 446.09375 MHz - 88.5Hz 
  • ch3 - 446.03125 MHz - 103.5Hz 
  • ch4 - 446.06875 MHz - 79.7Hz
  • ch5 - 446.04375 MHz - 118.8Hz
  • ch6 - 446.01875 MHz - 123.0Hz
  • ch7 - 446.08125 MHz - 127.3Hz
  • ch8 - 446.05625 MHz - 85.4Hz
  • ch9 - 446.00625 MHz - 107.2Hz
  • ch10 - 446.09375 MHz - 110.9Hz
  • ch11 - 446.03125 MHz - 114.8Hz
  • ch12 - 446.06875 MHz - 82.5Hz
  • ch13 - 446.04375 MHz - 123 DCS
  • ch14 - 446.01875 MHz - 155 DCS
  • ch15 - 446.05625 MHz - 134 DCS
·                     




Ctcss


CTCSS FREQUENCY


  • 1 – 67.0 HZ
  • 2 – 71.9 HZ
  • 3 – 74.4 HZ
  • 4 – 77.0 HZ
  • 5 – 79.7 HZ
  • 6 – 82.5 HZ
  • 7 – 85.4 HZ
  • 8 – 88.5 HZ
  • 9 – 91.5 HZ
  • 10 – 94.8 HZ
  • 11 – 97.4 HZ
  • 12 – 100.0 HZ
  • 13 – 103.5 HZ
  • 14 – 107.2 HZ
  • 15 – 110.9 HZ
  • 16 – 114.8 HZ
  • 17 – 118.8 HZ
  • 18 – 123.0 HZ
  • 19 – 127.3 HZ
  • 20 – 131.8 HZ
  • 21 – 136.5 HZ
  • 22 – 141.3 HZ
  • 23 – 146.2 HZ
  • 24 - 151.4 HZ
  • 25 – 156.7 HZ
  • 26 – 162.2 HZ
  • 27 – 167.9 HZ
  • 28 – 173.8 HZ
  • 29 – 179.9 HZ
  • 30 – 186.2 HZ
  • 31 – 192.8 HZ
  • 32 – 203.5 HZ
  • 33 – 210.7 HZ
  • 34 – 218.1 HZ
  • 35 – 225.7 HZ
  • 36 – 233.6 HZ
  • 37 – 241.8 HZ
  • 38 – 250.3 HZ




Monday, November 12, 2012

Looking at Town work with Advancedbiker

A look at a rider doing town work in the United Kingdom - Advancedbiker doing the commentary.  Rider does not have a radio






Bike to Bike Radio Comms - Part One

I first started to get into advanced motorcycle training in the late 1980's and it soon became apparant that I needed to improve the way in which the training was given.  I was brought with the Police method of training , that being being followed by your instructor and after as short riding session, stopped and debriefed.
When I commenced my advanced training on a more semi-professional basis, I only had the clients for two hour session every week. so time was limited.

 I thought about bike to bike communications, so the research commenced and at the time these radios were the ones to get:

I don't know if anyone remembers them, but they operated on the 49 MHz frequency - In otherwords Baby Alarm Frequencies here in the United Kingdom.
I soon found out that were not really suitable.


At the time there was a firm called Autocom supplying very good pmr 446 radio communciation systems, but at a price.....They were not cheap so I looked for an alternative and came up with this set up:

 We had moved on, with the Nady 446 radio being bike mounted and I had a PTT button fitted.  The clients each had the Cobra 446 radios and each had the ear hanger ear peices.

They did the job, but at higher speeds there was a  lot of windnoise and in the back of my mind I was thinking of recording the training on video with audio from the radios.

This system was clearly not going to work very well.

So off to my local council for a business loan and yes..... An Autocom system purchased with two Icom radios.  They worked...
I did have a moment when I heard about a pmr 446 radio which could transmit over greater distances, so purchased an Intaride system. Never got on with it, not as clear at speed and it failed twice in one day.  Not impressed with the build quality. It wet back, but I kept the radio which I still use today.  The Wintec A80.

That is it for the early days of radio, will tell you more in part two bringing you upto date with the present set up, including, wait for it.....Blue Tooth




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Advancedbiker appears on Spanish Forum

I think it is being used to discuss motorcycling in Spain:

The Forum

All down to the Youtube clips.... Will devolop this further and try and add some captions in Spanish to it....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Youtube viewer from Australia - Says Thanks

Hi Nigel
I have been watching your videos on youtube and just wanted to thankyou. I find them very informative and entertaining watching. I have been riding on and off for 34 years passed my test in Herne Bay in Kent at 17 years of age on a Suzuki gt250b on a very wet cold day back in the days when the examiner walked around with a clipboard and stepped out in front of you for the emergency stop. Been back in Queensland Australia since 1982 which is good for me I’m now a fair weather rider ( done the rain and snow in kent ..lol )only purely for fun on my 2006 CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. Thanks again I will be looking out for more new videos of yours 

Cheers Martin


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Advancedbiker goes to France - Day Four - Homeward Bound......Via ?

Well it didn't take long for 4 days to fly by  and we had to pack our motorcycle and look towards heading back home to the United Kingdom, via the Eurotunnel.. I had booked an afternoon crossing so we had time to sample some more twisty French roads and a dinner stop on the coast for Moules frites, or mussels with french fries for those who either don't speak French or think its too fancy sounding, is a rather simple dish of mussels in a broth of various concoction with a nice accompaniment of freshly made french fries.



 However we awoke to a typical British morning......Rain, the stuff that comes straight down, grey skies and very damp roads.



We all made the decision to head to Calais on the main roads and see if we could get an earlier crossing.  The rain never stopped until, you guessed it, we got to Calais, which was bathed in sunshine, with not a cloud in the sky.

Nevermind, head for the Eurotunnel, no issues, earlier train booked - We would be back in the United Kingdom two hours earlier than we had planned for.  Home in the daylight......

On the Eurotunnel two of my fellow travellers were going to leave us when we got to Folkestone and head straight home..  I had one last place to visit.  A place I have wanted to see for a long time, but as you know as soon as you get to home soil, you want to get home as quick as possible.

With the sat nav set for the Battle of Britain Memorial at The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, on the famous white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone in Kent, we set off.  Within 10 minutes we were parking up at the memorial and armed with cameras set off to explore the site.  At the entrance you see a Spitfire and Hurricane and then the memorial and memorial wall to all the fighter pilots who took part in the Battle Of Britain.
Here is my pictorial tribute to them:










Oh Controller, who sits in Tower
Hallowed be thy sector
Thy traffic come, thy instructions be done
On the ground as they are in the air.
Give us this day our radar vectors
And forgive us our TCA incursions
As we forgive those who cut us off on finals.
And lead us not into adverse weather,
But deliver us our clearances.
Roger.


Link to the memorial site: Battle of Britain Memorial

Well just time for a sandwich and cup of tea, then motorway bound back to Staffordshire.

It was a great four days, thanks to my riding companions, Clint, Andy and Gail.

Thanks also to David and Anita Platt our Bed and Breakfast hosts at Auchonvillers.

Total miles on BMW R1200GS - 933
Total miles in Landy - 25
Total number of photographs 657.......




Advancedbiker goes to France - Day Three - Battlefield Tour

Lets set the scene......  I am no expert on this subject, so if I get anything wrong, please let me know.  I first became interested in World War One through my research into the family history, with my grandad Thomas Edwin Hill who served with the RGA.  He was one of the lucky ones as he went over to France at the start in 1914 and came back in 1920.   Here is my research I have done for my grandfather : Gunner Thomas Edwin Hill Royal Garrison Artillery  Now looking at some of his documents this one his will, means a little more to me.  Did he know something....It is dated 29th June 1916........
  

 The battle at the Somme started with a weeklong artillery bombardment of the German lines. 1,738,000 shells were fired at the Germans.  The Battle of the Somme started in July 1st 1916 and it lasted until November 1916 with the British soldiers advancing across a 25-mile front.   On the 1st July 1916 The British had suffered 19,240 dead, 35,493 wounded, 2,152 missing and 585 prisoners for a total loss of 57,470. This meant that in one day of fighting, 20% of the entire British fighting force had been killed, in addition to the complete loss of the Newfoundland Regiment as a fighting unit.  Many of the soldiers were told to walk towards the Germans as if was thought that the result of the artillery had desimated the enemy.  However about 500,000 shells were duds and 500,000 were the wrong sort as the Germans were 'dug in' and the shells designed to exploded above ground level had little or no effect.  So in other words the Britsih Army soldiers were walking into HELL and death as the German Army units were armed ready and waiting with machine guns......

By the end of the battle, in November 1916, the British had lost 420,000, the French lost nearly 200,000 men and the Germans 500,000. The Allied forces had advanced along a thirty-mile strip that was seven miles deep at its maximum.

Let us go forward 96 years to our battlefield tour, with the sunrise over the Somme:

Looking out from our bed and breakfast - Beaumont Hamil View towards Hawthorn Ridge and the location of Hawthorn Crater.

Hawthorn Crater was one of the 17 mines that were exploded by the British on the morning of 1 July 1916 to signal the start of the battle of The Somme.  It became famous as the explosion at 0720hrs was captured on film...

The mine took seven months to lay, being 75ft deep and 1,000ft long.  It was prepared with a 40,600lb ammonal charge by 252nd Tunnelling Company.  The resultant crater was 40ft deep and 300ft wide.




A bit different today as all you see is a tractor in the fields....
 Before we set off on our tour with David Platt our tour guide, he gave us a short demonstration....Well a look at a Rifle - Bayonet Drill......Then we were off in the LANDY...

All we did was as soon as we left the bed and breakfast,it was a right turn down at farm track, which was Old Beaumont Road and we were onto the battlefield.

 
One of the first stops was in Sunken lane at a spot where the black and white photograph was taken in 1916. These soldiers were about to go 'OVER THE TOP'.......

 Here we were shown some actual footage of the the explosion at Hawthorn Ridge before moving on.

Interesting to see that when you look at this particular area of the Somme how the lay of land changes, and you soon begin to realise the importance of commanding the higher ground.

Then went a bit click happy and did some photgraphy and here is just a small selection I did  during the 25 mile tour, which criss crossed the British and German Lines.
I have put more pictures on my Flickr page at: Beaumont Hamil View Battlefield Tour
Top of the Sunken lane


51st Division Flag Pole
Beaumont Hamil Church - Restored




Ulster Tower




Lochnagar Crater





Ammo still on the Somme


Y Ravine

At the bottom of Hawthorn Crater



On top of old observation point



Our tour guide David Platt at the end of the day

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.