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Old 02-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #241
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... but the Chinese get really weird. Positive offset is referred to as “Dispersion to hyper-received frequency”.

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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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If you haven't permanently mounted the head unit yet, I would recommend that you mount it someplace close to being within your normal viewing angle. If I said that right, putting the control head down on the center console would be bad. Putting it up on the dash, either right in front of the steering wheel or between the wheel and center of the dash, would be good. Just don't put it someplace on the dash that will block your forward vision.


Putting the head unit down on the console would make you look down to change the freq or look to see which VFO you hear a conversation on. Having it on the dash is not all that much better, but at least your peripheral vision might help you notice something is not right on the road ahead of you.

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YB, Yours has expired and is past the grace period.
I read this post with a start & am glad I did! I just checked & was surprised to learn my license needs to be renewed later this year. It's now in my calendar to do once I'm inside the 90 day window. I probably wouldn't have thought about it until after it had expired.
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I read this post with a start & am glad I did! I just checked & was surprised to learn my license needs to be renewed later this year. It's now in my calendar to do once I'm inside the 90 day window. I probably wouldn't have thought about it until after it had expired.
Even if you miss the date you have a 2 year grace period before it goes compleatly. At least it's easy (and free) to do online.
FCC: Wireless Services: Amateur Radio Service: Amateur Licensing: Common Filing Tasks: Renewing a License
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Yep I knew about the 2 year grace period & was on that page earlier today. I almost panicked though when that page showed I will need my FRN # that I hadn't thought of or seen in nearly ten years. After a little research, I found it... my FRN # stored on my phone, on my calendar, & in my license envelope.
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Just one more number we have to keep track of.

New amateurs pay attention. Keep track of your FRN number. It's needed when dealing with the FCC. You should also have it when you go for an upgrade exam. (It is shown on your license.)
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Just one more number we have to keep track of.

New amateurs pay attention. Keep track of your FRN number. It's needed when dealing with the FCC. You should also have it when you go for an upgrade exam. (It is shown on your license.)
10-4 I put it where I will never remember, then flip out, then go "Ohhhh yeahhhhh" and get it.

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #248
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new tec

I just got my call sign today, KK6CPK I'm looking forward to using it for the first time. Still need a radio tho
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I just got my call sign today, KK6CPK I'm looking forward to using it for the first time. Still need a radio tho
CONGRATS! Have fun, I enjoy HF mostly now, but if you have some buddies close that are hams VHF is fun also.

I really like the Yeasu FT-857D, little radio will do everything on every band....Never had a bad one either, and have owned 6 or 7 over the years.

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Hi. KB3POQ here. I have a Yaesu ft 8900r quad bander fm only. It has 2,10,6,and 70cm bands ie. 145mhz range,29 mhz range,50 mhz range and 440 mhz range.
Antenna is a comet uhv-4.

Ham radio is great fun. I am usually on local md repeaters in anne arundle ,Montgomery, pg counties.

I put the cb in mothballs ever since i got my ticket. General class currently. I found cb was just getting so polluted with horrible language etc.etc.... that i would not even turn it on with kids around. Its a shame.

I find amateur "ham" radio a very pleasant experience. No swearing,cussing or ridiculous topics of conversation. Just very polite people that try and help one another. The rules of communication are adhered to very strictly which makes communicating a pleasant experience.
I recently for the last couple of years attended field day at our club and it was great fun. It gives everyone a chance to operate on hf .

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Hi everyone. I just passed my Technician license test today. So, I really have no idea of what radio to get or how to mount the radio or the anntena. I have a 2 door 2013 JK. What are you guys running?
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Hi everyone. I just passed my Technician license test today. So, I really have no idea of what radio to get or how to mount the radio or the antenna. I have a 2 door 2013 JK. What are you guys running?
I would get a dual band radio (2m/70cm.) I personally have the Yaesu FT-8800R. Kenwood, Icom and others also make them. Most of the dual band radios will come with a detachable faceplate. Mount the faceplate either on the dash somewhere or between the sun visors. Mount the radio in a safe location. I mounted mine behind the drivers seat on the side of the tub. I went with that location so their would be less of a chance of the radio getting wet. You will need an external speaker if you are going to detach the faceplate. The speaker is on the main part of the radio and will be hard to hear. I bought a Diamond dual band antenna. I mounted it using a Teraflex mount behind the passenger light.
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I used to run a dual band HT in the center console with speaker mic and a MFJ dual band amp under the seat. I could pull out the HT fast and easy. I used a dual band antenna mounted on the spare tire carrier. Worked good. I haven't put a rig in this Jeep yet, but will prolly just end up with a Midland CB for use when running the trails with others around local.

If I do put a rig in, it will be a Yaesu FT-857D mounted like Sccafire was talking about. You can run split antennas for HF and V/UHF. Get a auto tuner for HF an your all set for anything anywhere......
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PLus, plan on upgrading ASAP to General....Test isn't much harder, and you get HF with it....
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Hi everyone. I just passed my Technician license test today. So, I really have no idea of what radio to get or how to mount the radio or the anntena. I have a 2 door 2013 JK. What are you guys running?
Two good radios include the Yaesu FT-2900R and ICOM V8000. Both put 75 watts out and are fairly easily programmed. Both are 2m only but having had dual-band radios, I found for my Jeep that a 2m only is fine and costs less. I found I never needed or used the 440MHz band in my Jeep so I went 2m only for my last two radios.

Caution that some radios can be very confusing on programming them to work with repeaters. Of the two radios listed above, I believe the Yaesu is a little easier to program than the ICOM V8000 I had in my TJ that was stolen.

The Yaesu is also nice in that when running balls-out 75 watts that it has enough heat sink surface area that no fan is needed so it is quiet. You certainly can't go wrong with Yaesu or ICOM.

Congrats on the new ticket too!

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Hi everyone. I just passed my Technician license test today. So, I really have no idea of what radio to get or how to mount the radio or the anntena. I have a 2 door 2013 JK. What are you guys running?
Congratulations on the ticket!

I run a dual band FTM-10. Head is the mic, is waterproof and leaves nothing showing when the top is off.

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Two good radios include the Yaesu FT-2900R and ICOM V8000. Both put 75 watts out and are fairly easily programmed. Both are 2m only but having had dual-band radios, I found for my Jeep that a 2m only is fine and costs less. I found I never needed or used the 440MHz band in my Jeep so I went 2m only for my last two radios.

Caution that some radios can be very confusing on programming them to work with repeaters. Of the two radios listed above, I believe the Yaesu is a little easier to program than the ICOM V8000 I had in my TJ that was stolen.

The Yaesu is also nice in that when running balls-out 75 watts that it has enough heat sink surface area that no fan is needed so it is quiet. You certainly can't go wrong with Yaesu or ICOM.

Congrats on the new ticket too!

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Jerry, just so that you know, the Rubicon Trail is completely covered by a 70cm repeater. The repeater is located near Spider Lake. That repeater is also linked on a different PL tone to a 2m repeater outside the trail. Most of us here in the Sacramento Valley purchase dual band radios for that reason.
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Yes indeed, a lot of work went into getting that 70cm repeater installed and working to cover the Rubicon trail.
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NE Oklahoma has a 440 systems that covers Oklahoma, parts of Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri....It works great, and has lots of machines linked together.

Dual band is the way to go if you can afford it.

Again, Congrats on the ticket, get on the air and have some fun now!!!!

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Thanks for the info guys. I'm still waiting on the FCC to assign my callsign, but my brother (has a general license) just gave me a Yaesu HT, so I'm just listening in for now. I kind of live in a horseshoe, surounded by mountains on three sides, but one mountain near my house has a 440 repeater. Given that, I'm thinking a daul band might be better. The HT is just 2 meter. I can hear my brother at his base about 5 miles away, but he's at 50 Watts, not on an HT. I have so much to learn...
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Hey all, never gave it a thought that amateurs might also be jeepers! I'm KB9RUL. Although I haven't keyed a mic since moving to southern Indiana, I'm anxious to put my 2m/440 on my JK. Been kicking around the Arrow OSJ even tho its designed as a base, it requires no ground plane, so my Fiberglas top (or lack of!) won't be an issue. Any thoughts on that idea? And thanks to the OP for starting the thread!
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NGP (no groundplane) antennas are strictly compromise antennas that are little better than nothing at all. I'd get an antenna and mount that solidly attaches to the Jeep in such a way so it presents a good RF ground for the antenna so the Jeep can serve as a highly effective groundplane. A properly installed groundplane antenna will substantially outperform a properly installed NGP antenna.
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I came across this really great bit of info the other day
http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-cb-ham-ra...r-jeep-227276/
I know it's on another forum (GASP!) but it has, IMHO, solid info on antenna placement and what not in one convenient location.
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Dale – That’s not a good antenna for vehicle mounting, it is not designed for constant movement and vibration. That is a pre-tuned antenna designed to be mounted in the clear. With it close to the Jeeps roll cage tuning is going to be off, it’s also 57” tall.

Look for a regular dual band mobile antenna. Larsen, Diamond, Hustler, Comet. They will work better and be easier to setup.
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Thanks, Jerry and Sparky. I obviously haven't done my homework. I've just recently regained interest in radio and this antenna was suggested for use at home. I glanced at the advertising and the "NGP" caught my eye, thinking that would be a solution for the JK... didn't even realize how tall it was. Appreciate the tips!
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Hello to all the ham Jeepers....

I have a picture of one of my yaesu 2800 radios mounted on an overhead rack I built. I used a larsen 150 2 meter antenna out on the driver side mirror relocation brackett. Swr tuned up ok, like this but not the best ground plane situation.U can see the radio install if you like, just go to my page and click on the pictures. Ive been installing amatuer, and commercial radios in vehicles for about 20 years, so would be glad to help anyone on the forum if I can. I run a yaesu ft 950, into an ameritron AL 80 b (killowatt amplifier) and 897 d on the hf bands at night. You can find me on 3.913 and 1.977 most evenings.
You can see a picture of my HF station on qrz.com. Just enter my call sign into the search.....Look forward to talking to some jeep folks on Ham radio. 73,s......W7ALR
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Where are you mounting your ham antenna on your JK, and how long is it? I want to still be able to park it in the garage.
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I just passed my tech test on Saturday. Any idea how long it takes to update the FCC and assign the call sign?

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