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Old 07-01-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Ham Question

I'm not sure if this has been asked before, if it has my apologies.
I'm curious as to how many on the forum are ham ops and what radio are you running in your Jeep.
Myself, I've got a Yaesu VX6 fed into a Larson dual band antenna on a Diamond mount on the hood as a mobile for now but have a Kenwood dual band sitting on the bench at home to be installed.
How often do you use it on the trails?
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I'm not sure if this has been asked before, if it has my apologies.
I'm curious as to how many on the forum are ham ops and what radio are you running in your Jeep.
Myself, I've got a Yaesu VX6 fed into a Larson dual band antenna on a Diamond mount on the hood as a mobile for now but have a Kenwood dual band sitting on the bench at home to be installed.
How often do you use it on the trails?
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N6TAY here, I run a 2m Yaesu FT2900R in my TJ but I don't use it that often. Offroad, my CB is probably used 100:1 to the 2m radio. It sure works well those rare occasions I get to use it. My HF rig is a Kenwood TS850 which has worked a lot of DX on a simple multi-band dipole.

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Old 07-01-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have a Yaesu FT-2900 in my DD. I have a Yaesu FT-8800 in my Jeep. 35 members in my Jeep club are HAM operators. I use both HAM and CB when I go out with the Jeep.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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Kenwood tk-281 transmitting through a Laird 1/2 wave on a Arizona mount. I have it on, scanning, any time I'm in the jeep.
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Another FT-2900 user, 4' firestik up front.

Mostly I wheel alone (oh no!) so if things go well, all I do is listen.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Icom v-8000

I always keep it on scan. I have all in state repeaters in the memory. Also have the simplex calling freq in the memory so I can scan that also.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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I am new to the forum, just picked up a 2004 Wrangler yesterday. It currently has a CB installed by a former owner, its a 3/8 mount feed with a PL-259 terminated coax. In that persons attempt to ground to antenna base, he applied a ground wire under the Firestick antenna threaded end directly to the mount which is bolted to the body. I'd bet that transceiver worked real well. I'll be stripping that out soon.

For my Amateur use I'll likely pick up another Alinco DR-135 or maybe a Kenwood 2 meter. I have another vehicle that has and Icom 7000, scorpion SA-680, FTM-350 dual band, Icom ID-1 for 1.2 GHz D-Star, and a Kenwood TK-931 for 900 MHz.

I worked at Icom America from 1989 until 2001, hold an amateur Extra K8IZ and a GROL license with Shipboard Radar endorsement.

I'll try to check in to the forum as I am learning about my new to me Jeep, its been years since I owned my then new 1977 CJ-5 so its fairly new to me again. If you have Amateur Radio related questions bounce them off me, worse I can say is I don't know.

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #8
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Yaesu ft1900r in my Wrangler. There's only one 70cm repeater near me, so didn't see the need for anything else. I have the three local repeaters programmed in along with 146.520 simplex. I have a Diamond antenna with an NMR mount on the back taillight. Also have a Midland cb to a Firestik antenna. Cell phone coverage is sporadic here (Ouray County Colorado), but I can always get a repeater no matter where I'm at so that's a good feeling. It's also fun to call on 52 simplex and see who answers.

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I hope to get a JK soon. Would love to put my FT897 in it. Not sure if there will be enough room though.


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I'm currently studying for my technician license (11/15 I take my test!) I am wondering which radio and antenna set up should I start with?
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I'm currently studying for my technician license (11/15 I take my test!) I am wondering which radio and antenna set up should I start with?
Good luck with your exam. Take the practice tests on QRZ.com and once you start hitting over 85% you'll pass the real exam with no trouble. I would go ahead and take the General exam too, it's not that much harder.

Look at what your VE's have, and their suggestions. They will be more than happy to help you with your first rig and might even loan you one. I would recommend a Yaseu, Kenwood or Icom mobile rig. I have a Yaesu ft1900 2 meter rig and have no problems with it. The 7900 if you want 2m and 70cm is a great rig too.

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Old 09-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #12
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Good luck on your exam
FYI, there is a practice exams at eham.com
If you do a google for ham practice exams, it will give you several
sites.
I have a Kenwood V71A and like it very much.
Personally,One thing I like about it is the fact that is very easy to program
compared to others I looked at.
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I have a Yaesu FT-8800. Remote head using Bracketron Mount to the right of my dash radio. The base is mounted in the rear on top of the sub woofer box. Antenna is on rear tire carrier, next to CB antenna.

I rarely use it on the trails as not many hams in our club. I run CB on the trails and at events. I use the Yaesu during other ham related events and when traveling.
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I like my Yaesu FT-2900R which is very rugged plus it can put out 75 watts without needing a noisy fan. But like Dgsholar, I use my CB most of the time on the trail.

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[QUOTE="Jerry Bransford;4913873"]I like my Yaesu FT-2900R which is very rugged plus it can put out 75 watts without needing a noisy fan. But like Dgsholar, I use my CB most of the time on the trail. N6TAY[/QUOTE 2900 is a Great rig!
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I figured I'd post in here because it has to do with HAM. I just got my ARRL Guide for the Technician license and hope to get my license in the near future. I had a couple of questions about Ham and CB

I know that CB is a band for public use and you don't need a license and that ham allows you to access a ton more frequencies. My questions are:

1) Can you use a ham radio to talk on the CB frequencies?

2) Can you use a ham radio to listen the normal FM and AM broadcast that your car radio gets?

3) The two above lead into can I install a ham radio in the console where my car radio is and hook it up to the speakers? the antenna? ( I imagine you would need a different antenna)
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1. No.

2. Nothing says you can't. Some can out of the box, not all. It needs to have RX capabilities on the desired frequencies.

3. It is much simpler, easier, and logical to install one free standing in addition to. You can hook an external speaker to it, but it is not quite like hookin up a car speaker.
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1. Ham radios usually are not capable of that frequency, although you could possibly mod it.
2. It depends on the radio, my handheld radio gets am& FM as well as other broadcasts.
3.You could probably fit in anywhere you want but you would need a new antenna, the speaker output is probably mono not stereo.
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1) Not legally

2) Many recent radios contain FM (wide) and AM broadcast

3) A Yaesu FTM-350 turns into a nice head unit with an external amp in place to drive multiple speakers - Has tri-band ham, APRS, stereo FM, AM and an aux input. Can't find the pictures, but I did this in a Scion in place of the stock head. I split it open to mount flush on a double-din blank. Worked really well. And yes, different antenna is required.

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