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01-20-2015 05:42 PM
Pmryall I built a j-pole today, can't wait to try it out. And I'm going to make a Yaggi to try and make contact with the ISS the kids and I all think that would be interesting.
01-16-2015 12:07 PM
Pmryall So the RadioShack by my house is going out of business, picked up an swr meter, a HT to ext antenna connector. 3ft of jumper coax. And some solder to wire coax connectors for about $25 or so. Also picked up a multimeter and some rechargeable batteries and home/car charger pretty cheap. Woo hoo! I was just going to look to see if they had an SWR meter and some coax adapters for a J-pole I want to make.
01-14-2015 07:14 PM
Pmryall
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Originally Posted by sparky View Post
Why do you want to ground it? J-poles don't need it for function, they work fine without a ground. If it's for lightning protection, you could run braid, though regular wire will work too. Before you build your J-pole, Google 2M ground planes, they are even easier to build and perform just as well.
ok thanks. Yes lightning protection is what I'm thinking. Mine is one of the taller houses about and sticking that up there ungrounded makes me nervous. My license showed up on the website today KE8AEL that's me.
01-14-2015 09:54 AM
sparky
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Originally Posted by Pmryall View Post
Just trying to figure out how to ground it if I mount it on my house can I just run flat braid all the way down the side of the house to ground?
Why do you want to ground it? J-poles don't need it for function, they work fine without a ground. If it's for lightning protection, you could run braid, though regular wire will work too.

Before you build your J-pole, Google 2M ground planes, they are even easier to build and perform just as well.
01-14-2015 05:50 AM
Pmryall Ha! My reason was this damn forum! It not only effects jeep purchases, now it carries over into fascinating new hobbies. There was a thread, someone asked someone else about why they just didn't get a tech license. That made me think about and look into what was involved in a tech license. And wouldn't ya know they offer them at the firestation a mile from my house. So 2 weeks later I ended up with a general license. Now I'm on here and someone ^^^ says look into this you can make your own J-pole. Ha guess what I'll be making soon. Just trying to figure out how to ground it if I mount it on my house can I just run flat braid all the way down the side of the house to ground?
01-13-2015 06:34 PM
Sccafire My reason was for being able to check-in while out camping or wheeling without her. I set a time and a repearter that we both can talk on. More of a piece of mind for her that I am ok and and not needing help or anything. Up here near the Rubicon, the repeater for the trail is busy during peak usage for that same reason.
01-13-2015 01:16 PM
jeffk42
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Originally Posted by Sccafire View Post
You guys need to to what I did. Get your wife to pass the test.
If there was a thing in this great and wondrous universe less interesting to my wife than the hobby of ham radio, I have yet to find it.

Uphill battle, to be sure.
01-13-2015 11:45 AM
Sccafire You guys need to to what I did. Get your wife to pass the test.
01-13-2015 11:09 AM
Glidehog KG5FHJ Broken Arrow, Ok Checking in.. New Ham Got Ticket xmas Eve.. Applied for Vanity already.. Waiting on that
01-13-2015 10:29 AM
jeffk42
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Originally Posted by nectoxicdragon View Post
Jeff, google up J Pole antenna... you can make one for under ten bucks buying all new parts, for your handheld, and use that mounted up high off the HT and do even better on the repeaters. you can even put one in a piece of PVC pipe, and put it in the attic or on the roof. And watch ebay for a small linear amplifier, about 50 watts, you can run it off a 12 volt battery to keep it cheap, (add a trickle charger to maintain the battery) and you will be adding substantial ability. Heck you can eve pick up commercially made dual band base antennas for about 50 bucks on ebay.... the irony is other than the linear amp, the coax is the most expensive part. and if you do add a large antenna like this, pick up a coax pigtail for your radio, that little SMA antenna connector is fragile, but all the manufacturers have gone to them on handhelds.

73 gentlemen!
Funny you mention that, I've actually been looking into a J-pole. Of course, that reduces mobility. If I'm not going to be mobile anyway, I can go into the garage and either hook the HT up to the antenna on the Jeep, or just use the ID-800H mounted over the rearview mirror. I may hold off on the J-pole until I have a rig in the house. I did think about a handheld yagi just for fun... so many options!
01-13-2015 09:50 AM
Pmryall Thanks for the starter tips. I was thinking of upgrading the antenna. Any tips on a hood magnet mount I figure if I'm in the sht my engine will be off, and I can stick a magnet center hood and maybe reach out. I'm brand new to this still waiting on my call sign for my general license. Any suggestions for a true emergency situation. But something not crazy expensive.

Compromising sucks, I know if I'm in a true emergency I'm going to want the best equipment money can buy. But hoping I never am, and may never be. I need to be practical.

I was looking at a really nice quad band from yaetsu (sp) but it's up there at like $375.

I like the handhelds because I can better justify the cost of being able to use it when I travel as well as in the home, and on/offroad.
01-13-2015 03:47 AM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by jeffk42 View Post
Ha! I know where you're coming from, wife-wise. :-) I also started with a Baofeng (UV-5Rv2+) when I got my Tech in December. I bought a Diamond SRJ77CA antenna to replace the rubber duck and the difference is HUGE. Highly recommend it. I was sitting inside my house this afternoon talking on a 70cm repeater 21 miles away , and the signal report I got back was minor white noise but fully understandable. Previously, I could hear others talking but my signal never reached the repeater.

Shortly after getting my call, a good friend gave me his old Icom IS-800H which I installed in the Jeep. Because of that incredible gift, I've been able to keep costs way down. But... now I'm studying for my General, so...
Jeff, google up J Pole antenna... you can make one for under ten bucks buying all new parts, for your handheld, and use that mounted up high off the HT and do even better on the repeaters. you can even put one in a piece of PVC pipe, and put it in the attic or on the roof. And watch ebay for a small linear amplifier, about 50 watts, you can run it off a 12 volt battery to keep it cheap, (add a trickle charger to maintain the battery) and you will be adding substantial ability. Heck you can eve pick up commercially made dual band base antennas for about 50 bucks on ebay.... the irony is other than the linear amp, the coax is the most expensive part. and if you do add a large antenna like this, pick up a coax pigtail for your radio, that little SMA antenna connector is fragile, but all the manufacturers have gone to them on handhelds.

73 gentlemen!
01-13-2015 03:29 AM
nectoxicdragon you guys are seeing it in the wrong light, you drag the xyl (wife) along kicking and screaming, just like when you look at a new Jeep, that way every new piece of ham equipment is for "us" not "me". I'm an Extra, and every member of my immediate family is licensed, and it has lead to many good times and a lot of great friendships for all four of us.
01-12-2015 09:06 PM
jeffk42
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Originally Posted by Pmryall View Post
Thanks. I think I'm gonna just start out with a little baufeng handheld. There are a lot of repeaters in my area. My wife was less than thrilled when she found out I'm starting what could be another expensive hobby. So I'm going to start small. See where that leads me.
Ha! I know where you're coming from, wife-wise. :-) I also started with a Baofeng (UV-5Rv2+) when I got my Tech in December. I bought a Diamond SRJ77CA antenna to replace the rubber duck and the difference is HUGE. Highly recommend it. I was sitting inside my house this afternoon talking on a 70cm repeater 21 miles away , and the signal report I got back was minor white noise but fully understandable. Previously, I could hear others talking but my signal never reached the repeater.

Shortly after getting my call, a good friend gave me his old Icom IS-800H which I installed in the Jeep. Because of that incredible gift, I've been able to keep costs way down. But... now I'm studying for my General, so...
01-12-2015 04:26 PM
Big Dog 55 KD9ACM-Wisconsin

Mobile running an Icom 2200 and a Radioshack HTX 10 meter.
Home is Icom 916, Yaesu 747. Baufeng quad band with UHV-6 antenna.
Also using a Cobra CB for monitoring channel 9 and off-road use.
01-11-2015 06:52 AM
Pmryall Thanks. I think I'm gonna just start out with a little baufeng handheld. There are a lot of repeaters in my area. My wife was less than thrilled when she found out I'm starting what could be another expensive hobby. So I'm going to start small. See where that leads me.
01-10-2015 09:07 PM
jeffk42
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Originally Posted by Pmryall View Post
Ok so I'm pretty stoked, I just got done passing my tech and my General license tests, now I just have to wait for my call sign to get posted up on the website.
Congratulations!
01-10-2015 09:17 AM
Pmryall Ok so I'm pretty stoked, I just got done passing my tech and my General license tests, now I just have to wait for my call sign to get posted up on the website.
12-30-2014 04:09 PM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by realfinkployd View Post
Yeah, I have a cb antenna mounted there (not ideal, but it is top loaded and I only use it for group trail rides). I'm leaning to a front hood mount for my 2m.
my 06 TJ is a porcupine. I have a diamond type mount at the back of my hood right at the edge of where the curve starts downward, with a dual band antenna on it for Vhf/Uhf and a ball mounted whip on the passenger side rear quarter and auto tuner for HF with a 3/8-20 body mount for cb right behind the driver side door for trail rides. My Screwdriver HF is normally mounted on a license plate mount but that one isn't on it all the time due to cost vs abuse issues.
12-30-2014 04:01 PM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by Sccafire View Post
TeraFlex does not make an antenna mount for behind the tail light for JKU. TeraFlex does make a mount for the JK/JKU that mounts to the spare tire carrier.
the "tail light" mounts are nothing more than a stout metal plate that goes behind the light and is bent at 90 degrees, for an antenna mount of your choice to be installed on. they are easy enough to make or to simply modify a TJ mount to fit a JK. You can also use this mount on the license plate bracket:

Poison Spyder Custom Part 17-28-A10 - Antenna Mount - Fits 2007 to 2015 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited - 4 Wheel Drive

There are also heavier license plate brackets available designed for all band screwdriver antennas, that are available through ham radio suppliers such as AES.
12-29-2014 10:07 AM
Glidehog Broken Arrow, Ok KG5FHJ New to the ham passed Technician test on 12/13 got my ticket on the database xmas eve nice christmas present..
12-27-2014 07:38 PM
realfinkployd
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Originally Posted by Sccafire View Post
The Firestik 2m antenna won't work for 70cm. The Firestik is only a 2m antenna. You need to get a 2m/70cm antenna. Diamond and Larsen are a couple of manufacturers.
I use a Larson 2/70 whip on the hood (pictured above) and it works great.
12-27-2014 03:09 PM
Sccafire The Firestik 2m antenna won't work for 70cm. The Firestik is only a 2m antenna. You need to get a 2m/70cm antenna. Diamond and Larsen are a couple of manufacturers.
12-27-2014 12:36 PM
jeffk42 KM4GUC. Just getting started. I noticed that Firestik has a 2m antenna that would act as a direct replacement for the CB antenna currently mounted to my spare tire carrier. Thinking about removing the CB entirely and just using a handheld on the trail, and replacing it with a mobile 2m/70cm rig.

Does that sound like it would be a reasonable option, or am I missing some difficulty involved in that? I just got the license a couple of days ago and have no experience yet...
12-22-2014 03:35 PM
realfinkployd Decided to mount the antenna on the front hood with a Diamond NMO mount, works great.
12-19-2014 03:33 PM
realfinkployd
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Originally Posted by Sccafire View Post
TeraFlex does not make an antenna mount for behind the tail light for JKU. TeraFlex does make a mount for the JK/JKU that mounts to the spare tire carrier.
Yeah, I have a cb antenna mounted there (not ideal, but it is top loaded and I only use it for group trail rides). I'm leaning to a front hood mount for my 2m.
12-19-2014 02:38 PM
Sccafire TeraFlex does not make an antenna mount for behind the tail light for JKU. TeraFlex does make a mount for the JK/JKU that mounts to the spare tire carrier.
12-19-2014 11:03 AM
dashaund Check out Teraflex CB antenna mount that mounts behind the taillight. Works great for me and others. Easy and clean. I have mine paired with an IC-2100H and a Hustler SF-2.

| TeraFlex Suspensions
12-16-2014 12:22 AM
realfinkployd Finally mounting my IC2100 in my JKU. Anyone have any recommendations on a good antenna mount? I'm thinking something off the cowl on the drivers side or possibly that license plate mount I see advertised for CB antennas.
12-11-2014 07:43 AM
OldJeepDude
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Originally Posted by etkal View Post
Whereabouts? I lived in Rochester for several years, kinda miss it, except for the winter part...

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That's where I'm at....
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