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10-06-2014 09:45 PM
msa1798 KF4WKV general class here.
10-06-2014 12:27 PM
Adamantinus KG5CJD here.

Just got my General Class ticket yesterday!
08-28-2014 04:30 PM
New Jeep I installed a Yaesu FT-8800R a couple weeks ago in the Jeep. I had to modify the PTT button. It was way too sensitive. If you looked at it hard it would transmit. Called Yaesu and the tech told me how to take it apart and fix the problem. I filed down a piece of plastic and now you have to push the button to transmit. A much better way to operate. It is pretty cheesy how it works. The spring action is from a piece of foam. I just shortened the piece of plastic that pushes the micro switch. At lease it is a real micro switch.
08-27-2014 10:27 PM
supercazzola KK4YEL here. I'm looking to put a yaesu FT-7900R in my 2 door 2013 wrangler.
08-15-2014 03:43 PM
New Jeep KG6SLC and AF6OV, thanks for putting up and maintaining the repeaters. I have not had a chance to use them yet, but it is great having people like yourselves willing to help out the rest of us. That sense of community is the best thing about the Ham world. We all need to say thank you to folks like yourselves once in a while.

KK6HWC and my wife KK6KZS
A General and a Technician
08-15-2014 03:12 PM
Two more hams

I'm KG6SLC and my wife is AF6OV. Both are amateur extra class. In addition to both of us being licensed there are two repeaters in the Antelope Valley (CA) that carry my call sign. One is 2meter and the other is 440/MHz.

KG6SLC aka Eugene
07-15-2014 09:13 AM
Originally Posted by thenorsepole View Post
Bought a Yaesu FT-1900R for the Jeep. Haven't found an antenna yet, but am leaning toward a Firestik 4' 2m.

I'm using a Jetstream. Jetstream

Hit a repeater 59 miles away last weekend with a 5w Baofeng.
07-15-2014 07:40 AM
etkal Ok, so I finally got my new call sign - W1QED. Anyone from Massachusetts should get it... :-)
07-03-2014 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by AdventureDad View Post
I have heard a lot of good reports of using a Diamond NR77OHB mounted up high above the 3rd taillight.
I ended up getting the NR770HB and used a trunk lip mount to attach it to the hinge side of the tailgate. Reception is great!

I also found some metal cup magnet pieces from old office lights (clamp under the metal overstores), and screwed them into the side of the center console, which lets me stick the steel mounting bracket for the radio solidly there.
07-02-2014 02:18 AM
rayster Hello all, was KC0FSD and was granted N0JKU just today (I'm 2 door guy). I run a FT-857D 2m and 6m mainly while mobile.
06-26-2014 05:56 PM
Jeffola 73's to all, N2QNC here! Portable.
06-17-2014 08:40 PM
Hotsparks 73s from N4DMW
Running FT 7800. For now
06-17-2014 08:24 PM
Flint Eastwood KK7J here... Only equipment I have left is an Icom IC-91AD with some extra goodies.
06-17-2014 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by etkal View Post
...Also, antenna options? I have a soft top, so a 1/2 wave on the right rear bumper looks most feasible.
I have a dual band mag mount antenna out on the hood! It is just behind the passenger's side windshield bumper close to the center of the hood. It is very thin so you pretty much see right through it and get the hood to use as a ground plane. I use it because that's the antenna I already owned.

If you get a Larsen NMO-150 or similar you could mount it over the fender and under the hood opposite a CB antenna (if you have one) or opposite the radio antenna.

I have heard a lot of good reports of using a Diamond NR77OHB mounted up high above the 3rd taillight.
06-17-2014 10:17 AM
thenorsepole KM4BNL
Bought a Yaesu FT-1900R for the Jeep. Haven't found an antenna yet, but am leaning toward a Firestik 4' 2m.
06-11-2014 08:53 AM
sparky I don't know why they do that, it limits the remote usage, at least the way I think.

If you are using an extension cable then you have some flexability. I would not use the sound bar. Get it out of sight.

For antenna's I use a ball mount. Not everbody is willing to take a hole saw to their Jeep. A popular option is the tail-light bracket. You want it as high as possible. Putting it down on the bumper is too low and you have the body in the way. That will severly distort your pattern.
06-09-2014 12:07 PM
Originally Posted by sparky View Post
Does the mic plug into the control head or the main body.
They changed it so that it now plugs into the main body. However, it's just a 6-wire phone-type cable so I can most likely establish a jack in the dash for convenience.
06-09-2014 10:27 AM
sparky Does the mic plug into the control head or the main body. If it goes into the body that limits your location.

I've got my FT-8100 body attached to the passenger kick panel, but the mic plugs into the head.
06-08-2014 05:46 PM
etkal I just bought a Yaesu FTM-400DR, taking the technician test in 2 weeks. Any recommendations on how to mount in a 2013 JK? So far I'm thinking either a mount on the console (passenger side front), or maybe on the sound bar on the driver's side of the light. The control head will attach on the top of the dash, probably using 3M (similar to EZ-Pass mount). Under the driver's seat was a thought except for the possibility of water. The Tuffy overhead looks ugly in their current JK offering.

Also, antenna options? I have a soft top, so a 1/2 wave on the right rear bumper looks most feasible.
02-20-2014 11:08 AM
bhgant Picked up a new 2014 Unlimited Sport. The dealer had put the black wheels and BFGs on it which I really liked. It's an automatic with 3.73. I don't plan on going crazy with it but hopefully do a small lift, 35" tires/wheels, bumpers, etc., once these wear down. I smile every time I get in it! Pics to come.
02-20-2014 09:57 AM
jim9251 bhgant congrats on your license! What kind of Jeep and of course pics are mandatory! Have fun.
02-20-2014 09:23 AM
bhgant I am a relatively new Ham (Tech) and just bought my first Jeep about a week ago. Thankful for this forum as there is a wealth of information! Following the Ham threads as I will be installing my Icom 880H and Larsen antenna soon that I pulled out of my old truck. Looking forward to getting back on the air and hopefully one day figure out DStar.
02-18-2014 06:38 AM
W5KVV Hello Kalvin from five land! Nice radio. I have 2 of the 710's, both running Green Light Labs GPS 710.

Great radios. Enjoy your Jeep.
02-18-2014 12:44 AM
Kalvin Hi just wanted to introduce myself. KD0WSK here name is Kalvin. New HAM and new jeep owner, I have a Kenwood D710 and an AvMap Geosat 6 with APRS

02-15-2014 04:27 PM
PapaZed Hi,
K8PZ here. Long time ham but new to jeeps. Another month and I should have a Jeep to start playing with. First mod will probably install a 2M/70cM radio. I'm curious to find out how much bonding it's going to take to make the Jeep a somewhat decent HF platform. I can always make 10 meters work, but if I don't get the Jeep soon, I'll have to wait another 11 or so years to talk to anyone on 10. Ha!
My screen name comes from my call, but you hams already know that...

Steve ..
12-19-2013 10:20 AM
sparky KK6HWC, for close in NAVIS works. They usually use 80M, with a dipole. At least it does not have to be high. 40 might work, again with a low antenna.

We've used it for field day, but I've never watched them do it. (My main job is on the antenna erection crew.)
12-18-2013 12:48 PM
jim9251 To KK6HWC, don't forget 146.520 simplex. You could install an HF rig, like a Yaesu FT857 or Icom 7000, and carry a 40 meter dipole and coax with you. In an emergency, throw the dipole up as high as you can get it and transmit away. Or one of those Buddipoles.
12-18-2013 12:40 PM
New Jeep
Looking for solutions beyond repeaters

KK6HWC here. I am trying to figure out how best to communicate when I am in the boonies. That is what the Jeep is for, but as you get into uninhabited areas the UHF and VHF repeaters seems to be few and far between. An example would be Death Valley where the nearest repeaters are in Trona, Ridgecrest and Bishop. Way further than you are going to reach with VHF and UHF gear. On top of that the land in that area is far from flat. Rarely will you have an emergency on top of a mountain. So the solution seems to be HF. I am looking to see what solutions others have come up with. You want to reach someone within a couple hundred miles typically. Someone in New York is not going to be as much help as someone in Bishop or Ridgecrest. Is the best solution NVIS to bounce off the atmosphere and hit the surrounding area? Looking for any experience that others might have.
12-16-2013 11:17 AM
Originally Posted by nectoxicdragon View Post
What are you running for tires, exhaust, intake, and for that matter what type of rig? All things that make major differences with the noise levels in your jeep. the average high end ham rig has an audio output of less than a half watt. feeding an undersized speaker with very little dynamic range limits that output even more. Commenting just to see your words in print is an even bigger limitation.
AT tires, stock exhaust & intake, soft top all year long. Using a Yeasu FT-8100 to an MFJ speaker that sits in front of the shifter. It works quite well with plenty of volume even at highway speeds. I can hear it above the wind and road noise.

If you feel the need for an amplified speaker, go for it. For the average user, it's not needed.
12-14-2013 05:34 PM
Jerry Bransford Just a comment about one of the members being worried about posting our callsigns here. I don't see any difference in doing that vs. broadcasting them on the air every ten minutes as required by the FCC. Not to mention there are websites that post maps of where hams live. I looked at one of those maps once & saw every ham call sign within 20 miles of my home.

And while I have a nice HF rig at home and a 2m in my Jeep, I don't see me ever wanting to also install an HF into my Jeep Wrangler. The antenna requirements for an HF rig in a Jeep are demanding enough that I'll just stay with my 2m. Not to mention I enjoy HF for DXing which I'd rather do from the comfort of my den than from the driver's seat of my Wrangler.

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