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
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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