At the present time, the most active bands are 80- and 40 metres, with 20 metres almost as busy at times. When the sunspot cycle improves, then the higher frequency bands will also improve, but until then.... 11m , the old CB band, is little used over here these days. It is still busy in the US< but only occasionally will you here them this side of the "pond" (see above re sunspots.) I would leave the rig alone and gain some experience before making any changes. For a start, concentrate on aerials, getting it/them right will make a lot of difference to what you can hear (and work). Do NOT go and spend loads of money, you can make an aerial equally as good as any commercial one, for next-to-nothing. Then, make an aerial tuning (matching) unit. Helpful on receive, almost essential on transmit. But mainly, get some experience. Learn which bands are best under various conditions and at different times of day. Listen to the operators, and learn the procedures. But mainly, have fun. Alan On 02/04/2012 17:24, kenny macdougall wrote: > Hi Peter and Gang, > Have a look at this for 11meter mod. > kenny > Skye > http://www.n9efj.net/ts530.html > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "peter chadwick"<g8on@xxxxxxxxxx> > To:<modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 2:15 PM > Subject: [modeleng] Re: TRIO TS530S HF Transceiver > > >> Kenny, >> Adding FM to the TS530 is just not on. Vaguely possible on transmit, but >> on receive, no. Not that tehre is much FM on HF, otehr than on a few 28MHz >> repeaters in the US. >> I don't know that antenna: I stick to Yagis, and the only vertical I have >> is my tower, which I feed on 80 and 160 as a vertical. >> Getting a licence isn't that hard - I took the old written exam on my 14th >> birthday, and my wife took the written exam when she was 15. These days, >> although it's a staged approach, the first stages are easier, and it's >> only the full licence where there is an argument as to whether or not it >> is more technically demanding than the old system. >> Keep asking the questions and I'll do my best to answer them. >> 73 >> Peter G3RZP >> MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. >> >> To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, >> modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject >> line. > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, > modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject > line. > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.