AM and SSB CB is now legal in the UK on the midband (26.965-27.405MHz) so if you have been hearing talk about this on the gateways lately this is why, don’t worry though, the CB gateway will remain on UK35 for the foreseeable future, I chose UK35 as this offered compatibility with original 27/81 equipment that is still in circulation.
Welcome to the NEW LOOK website of the Richmond FRN gateways, the gateways are based in Richmond, North Yorkshire
These gateways connect Richmond to the world using the Free Radio Network, PMR446 radios, and CB radios
Talk to people all over the world, make some new friends, and have fun.
The PMR446 gateway is currently on air and online, the CB gateway will be on air from 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday, Sundays will vary. To talk, press the PTT key on your radio, but do read the information below first.
The PMR446 gateway operates on PMR446 Channel 6 with a CTCSS of 20, this is 446.06875MHz with CTCSS 131.8Hz, if you use equipment that does not allocate CTCSS tones in the same way as an off-the-shelf PMR446 radio, the CB gateway operates on UK channel 35, this is 27.94125MHz, no CTCSS is used on this gateway due to the very limited amount of sets that do incorporate the feature.
The gateways identify themselves every 15 minutes when idle, with the time at the top of every hour and the callsign in Morse code between the announcements, the announcements provide useful information on the gateways and to let everyone know they are there. When either gateway is being tested for any reason, announcements will be played every 10 minutes on the gateway under test to notify you of this.
Though you do not need to be a licensed Amateur radio operator to use the gateways, Amateurs are still welcome to use both gateways if you would like to do so, there are other Amateurs on the system as well, and I am working towards my foundation license.
After each over and gateway announcement, a “k” is sent in Morse code (dah-di-dah), please wait for this if an over or gateway announcement is in progress before you begin your over, allow time for other links to catch up as well should any lag between gateways and PC users occur
the “k” is also sent after you stop transmitting to let you know the gateway has received your transmission.
When you first use the gateways, listen for a little while first, then join in when you are ready, there is no pressure on you to join immediately
When calling on the gateways, please identify yourself so other users know who you are, an example of this is “This is *your-name/DX group callsign** calling on the Richmond CB/PMR446 FRN gateway standing by for any calls”. If you do this others on the Free Radio Network will know who you are. You may also give your location (QTH, or “20” after the 10 code 10-20), you may also append “portable” or /p to the end of your callsign if you are operating from a temporary location or “mobile” or /m if you’re operating and are on the move, say from a car or on foot, similar to licensed amateurs.
If you don’t get a response immediately, please be patient, there are busy times and quiet times, feel free to call again.
For rules for each gateway, please read the associated page for the gateway you intend to use
The gateways’ default net is “English” on the server 001.446muppets,co.uk, and includes a crosslink to 446Muppets Zello channel, ask any user online about this.
The PMR446 gateway is DTMF enabled, and the CB gateway will also be set up for this, this allows you to change which net the gateway you are on (PMR446 or CB) is in, though inactivity for a few minutes will revert the gateway you are on back to the default, your choices are as follows when the gateways are connected to 446muppets:
- 2# – Private room 1, this is semi-private due to the open nature of PMR446 and CB, this allows you to chat without the gateway being connected to the crosslink
- 3# – Private room 2, this is the same as Private room 1
- 4# – Private room 3, this is the same as Private room 1 and 2
- 5# – English, public net with crosslink to Zello, this is the default
When the gateways are connected to UK Radio Network a different set of DTMF codes apply, these will be published when known
For further information on each gateway, including rules for each gateway, please see the associated pages.