Just purchased a Baofeng UV-5 tri band. Studying for first licence so getting used to this without transmitting. Live in Scottish Borders UK and trying to scan for signals. Set at 2.5 steps and on both VHF and UHF scans the handheld stops scanning on detecting signals? but can only hear hash or squelch noises . No voices heard but obviously scanning has stopped on detection. Scanning then resumes and stops again at next signal but again this produces same results. This goes on through the whole band. Using a tactical antenna outside at a height clear of buildings or other obstructions. Local repeater some 10 - 12 miles away and can see the mast through binoculars on top of a hill so within line of sight. Is it too far away and is it possible no one is transmitting within reception range even though scanning stops on some sort of signal. Is it worth going ahead with licence studies if I cannot receive anything useful or do I need to do anything else? Aged 79 with limited resources so cannot afford much if I have to upgrade antenna. Have upgraded original rubber duck for a tactical antenna which is much longer and suitable for both VHF and UHF bands.