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Old 12-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #211
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I like my FT-2900, but I am just a lowly Tech, lol. You looking at multiband or single?

73=Best Regards, easier and faster on morse (dates to 1850s). Like Q codes, but also a fraternal meaning with it. At least that's what I hear.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #212
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Icom IC V8000 is a good 2m rig

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #213
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Just noticed this thread... my General class ham call sign is N6TAY. For my HF at home, I use a Kenwood TS-850. For 2m in the Jeep, a Yaesu FT-2900R does a good job. I actually don't use my 2m rig all that much, I am an HF guy at heart which is why I got into ham radio in the first place.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #214
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How did you mount that in the jeep Jerry? And your antenna?
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #215
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How did you mount that in the jeep Jerry? And your antenna?
I mounted the 2m radio overhead on an inexpensive mount from ARIZONA ROCKY ROAD ANTENNA MOUNTS FOR JEEP WRANGLER, UNLIMITED AND LIBERTY (click on the small blue Radio Mounts link on the left side of the page).

I welded a steel antenna mounting tab onto my ORF spare tire carrier for my 2m antenna, but an antenna mount from TeraFlex - Upgrade your Jeep | TeraFlex Suspensions that mounts under a tail light would work just as well.

I'll post a pic tonight if I can remember... PM me please if I forget and you want to see the pic. Oh, I mounted my Uniden CB to the bottom of the 2m radio which works very well.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:48 PM   #216
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Yaesu FT60 on a windshield mount with external antenna. KD6OYV. Chinked Valley AZ
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #217
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Thanks a lot Jerry. I'll check those out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:54 AM   #218
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:12 AM   #219
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Just put the 857D with the ATAS 120 antenna in. Amazing, the noise blanker actually gets rid of the Jeep noise on HF!
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:43 PM   #220
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Nice thread...just found it. My Extra-class call is KB1N. Mostly HF-CW from home, and DB VHF/UHF in my 2006 TJ. Yaesu FT-7800R remote head mounted, fed to an Austin 2-Mtr 1/2-wave on an Arizona Rocky Road spare tire mount. 440 mhz is mostly "dead" in rural Maine.

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #221
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Got my Extra class Dec 2012. sat for all three tests this past Dec.
Call sign is AD0CO. Don't have a radio for HF yet.
Have the Baofeng uv-5r for 2m and 440.



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Old 01-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #222
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Curtis,
How do you like the Baofeng?
I v been looking at that and the Wouxn uv 3d.
After reading the reviews on E Ham, I went with the Wouxn.



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Old 01-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #223
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I went with Baofeng because it was the more inexpensive. and I did not want to get something to expensive and regret the purchase.

for HF I 'm leaning towards Elecraft's KX3.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #224
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OK, that makes sense.
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I may be going out on a limb here but Im curious as to the opinion,if any, of the Wouxum KG-UV920R-A as a mobile?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:48 PM   #226
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Not a fan of either of the Chinese made handhelds.

I'd recommend the Yaesu FT-60.

A fine 2 band handheld radio.

For mobile, I stick with Yaesu and recommend the FT-7900. Also a 2 band radio.

I have both of these (plus others) and never a problem, work great, sound great and not hard to program.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:41 PM   #227
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I have Yaesu equipment. The FT-60R and the FT-8800R and the FT-2900R. I like the 8800 better due to the dual receive. That just basically means you can listen to two different frequencies at the same time. I usually have one side an a 2m frequency and the other side on a 70cm frequency.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:36 PM   #228
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I have Yaesu equipment. The FT-60R and the FT-8800R and the FT-2900R. I like the 8800 better due to the dual receive. That just basically means you can listen to two different frequencies at the same time. I usually have one side an a 2m frequency and the other side on a 70cm frequency.
Sweet! I still have the first radio I ever got, an FT-60R. I also have a 7900 and an 8800. 8800 is very cool as you said.

My HF rig is also Yaesu, FT-950. I've owned a few Kenwood HF rigs in my time as well and really like those too.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:46 AM   #229
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Greetings from KI4ABS here! It's nice to find some fellow ham and Jeep enthusiasts. I'm fixing up on old 97 TJ and looking to put my Icom IC-2720H 2m/70cm rig into it. I've pretty much got the antenna situation figured out, just trying to decipher the best location for the head unit. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:27 PM   #230
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hi ya,


greetings from kd5hel in west texas. I recently renewed my license. I haven't been on air in several years but I thought I could have some extra fun in my yj. I just found my icom ic-2710h, I haven't found my antenna yet and I don't recall what the model or gain it is but I know it is a diamond. I'm going to buy a mount for it when finances allow. I hope that the radio works, not sure I can afford a new one any time soon. hope to hear you guys soon!

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:25 PM   #231
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Hey all... N2JPZ here (yeah, its a vanity)

I have a Kenwood TM-D700 in the JK with a Diamond dual band antenna.

Thinking about upgrading license & adding HF...
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:59 PM   #232
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Probably gonna start a flame war here but.....
Has anyone tried or had any experience with the Baofeng HTs? I'm sure they aren't the quality of an Icom or Yaesu but curious as to what the opinions are.
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Not a Boafeng, I have a Puxing single band; 2M. Same basic thing, different manufacturer.

Not up to the big three, but defiantly workable. Can’t beat the price. It has all the options you need, enough memory. Plenty of usage out of the battery. Signal reports say the audio is fine. It’s easy enough to use, but the programming is a little weird. The size is convenient. The package deals come with everything.

The manual can be confusing – there are some third party manuals on line that are better. Antenna jack is a reverse SMA, you have to look around for the adapter if you want to attach any other antenna.

I don’t think I would recommend as a first radio. My regular HT’s are an Icom and a brick from ADI. With the low cost, I regard the Puxing as a throw-away. Woods use, around water, loaner, if it gets lost or damaged, I am not losing much.
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The manual can be confusing – there are some third party manuals on line that are better.
[Rant-on]Maybe it's just me but all of the manuals I have had on various higher-tech VHF/UHF transceivers that are set up for repeaters were all fairly confusing and poorly organized. The worst one I had was from Kenwood for an HT, with ICOM's V8000 manual not being much better. My present Yaseau (FT2900R) manual is better but still I swear English was not the author's native language. And the translators were either not ham radio operators or they were tech writers that were incentivized to produce the manual by a certain deadline no matter how confusing it was. [/rant-off]
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Not a Boafeng, I have a Puxing single band; 2M. Same basic thing, different manufacturer.
My HT is a Wouxun, another inexpensive Chinese radio. It is perfect for what I use it for, grab-and-go when getting out of the Jeep on the trail. Sure wouldn't want to try programming it on the fly though, the controls are not intuitive and the manual was written in Chinese, then translated to Tagalog before being rewritten in English.
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Well I did buy a Baofeng UV-5R+. I've had it a few days now and thus far it has been great. I didn't bother trying to read the manual, I software programmed it from the computer. That in and of it self wasn't easy, the driver for the connection cable has to be rolled back to a previous version due to the chip used in it. I couldn't get chirp to recognise the uv-5r only the uv-3r. So ultimately I used the VIP software from Baofeng, it was fairly straight forward. The next day I realized I failed to load a channel I had intended to (national simplex). A quick Google search found instructions to program channels / frequencies in 4 or 5 pretty simple steps. All in all the radio has been great, the programming was the only mmm downside I could find, however that can be easily overcome with a little Google leg work.

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Jerry – I agree that the big three can have some tough manuals, but the Chinese get really weird. Positive offset is referred to as “Dispersion to hyper-received frequency”.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #238
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Got a question a got my ham radio license in 8th grade. That was 15 years or so ago. How do i renew my license? Do i need to take the test again? My call sign was... kc7tlq....thanks for the info i miss it!
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YB, Yours has expired and is past the grace period. At this time they are not granting credit for previous exams. You will have to be retested.

You can use the ARRL's web site to find a local VE session and their schedule.

Good luck with the test.
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