DE KB2MMR in NJ
2005 Wrangler X with dual band Yaesu 7900, head mounted on steering column. Here's the Home Depot antenna mount for the dual band ant:
For HF, just installed the Alinco
That's the head, the rest plus an LDG auto tuner lives in the back. 40 meter 8' whip tunes up pretty well on 40, 20 and 10. It's bumper mounted and I got tired of it flopping around, so I did THIS:
Yep... You guessed it... It's a coat hanger.
First HF QSO was yesterday, about 30 sec after the installation with Rhode Island.
Any suggestions as to how to minimize alternator whine, etc, would sure be appreciated! It's not overpowering, but it's annoying.
73 all, hope to see you on the bands as well as the trails!
DE Jeff, KB2MMR
JLR, it looks like your transfer case lever will have interference from the Alinco mike plug, or is that just the camera angle?
You are quite correct. Final install is about an inch to the left. That leaves (barely) enough clearance. I may move it to above the windshield between the visors. Change tray mounting is out.... It's too big and blocks vision. Any ideas?
Not really. I use the change tray (top of dash) for the Yeasu 8100 head, but that's smaller than the Alinco. I tried that up between the visors, and did not like it. Hard to adjust volume/squelch while driving, display not in line of sight.
I'm trying to figure out a mount for an SGC-2020 and I need a tuner unless I get some Ham-Sticks, which might be the better method.
Nice! I remember once back in the mid eighties working Nauru Island (south Pacific) on 40 meters one night while mobile in north Texas. Had a Kenwood TS-440s and an olllllldd Swan-tenna (go look that one up!). Man what a thrill that was!
Have not even been on the air yet, just ordered a single din Kenwood head unit to replace the huge stock radio. On top, I am going to mount my 2 meter Kenwood, ruler says they will fit. Looking forward to it
Then when you have the time read throgh the rest of the site.
Some thoughts, where is he getting power from. If it's direct to the battery watch where the wire is routed. Also be sure the radio has a good ground connection to the body, and the antenna ground is good. Judging by the braid you are using, you have a good handle on that.
i had my ham license in high school and let it expire after i got married 36 years ago. i recently passed the exam and applied for a vanity call sign to get my original call sign. now
i want to put a rig in my wrangler. any suggestions on an antenna and mount?
Hi, KG7VL, Mike in Port Orchard, Washington. I am the West Coast guy for Battery-Tech. We are the last US company making handheld batteries in the USA (W&W Manufacturing). I'll be at Pacificon in Santa Clara, CA next month for the ARRL National Convention. It's the October 13th weekend. Come by and say "Hi."
They can also use HF frequencies to bounce signals hundreds or thousands of miles radio to radio.
I had a friend when I was younger, whose father was a HAM operator. He had a building in the back yard with his set up, and he had this HUGE antenna in his yard. It was a triangular steel tower that had the cables running down to the ground for support.
I know that he regularly talked to people in Austrailia I believe, and I think he had once talked to the ISS as he had a post card or picture posted on his wall of the astronauts.