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11-22-2014 05:21 PM
etkal
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Originally Posted by realfinkployd View Post
KB3LYB - buying my first jeep today
Ha, I got my Technician license after getting my first Jeep upon realizing that a 4W CB in really deep woods might be slightly insufficient compared to a 50W mobile. I had thought about getting my license back in the late 70s but never followed through until now. Next stop General this winter!
11-22-2014 10:57 AM
realfinkployd KB3LYB - buying my first jeep today
11-17-2014 11:35 PM
ukfan1976 KF4CHW here. Licensed since 1995, picked up my General back in the spring. Yeasu FT857D rig. Just got a 2015 JKU, looking for a good installation setup for both the rig and an HF antenna. Feel free to PM me with ideas

73
Jeremy
KF4CHW
11-17-2014 06:43 PM
Zed KC3AUV here. I'm a general class operating a 2m rig in my jeep. Have it mounted in the driver footwell. Cb is in the passenger footwell. Cb goes to a firestik and ham goes to NMO mount on the passenger side of the hood.

Working on learning morse code so I can do more QRP out in the remote areas where I like to off-road.
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
bruuuuce AB0TL - I have been a ham since 1994, my wife is also in the hobby. I currently own and am the control operator for the 146.835 2m Repeater, formally also had the 444.400 repeater. For two years I owned and operated a small ham radio store here in SE Missouri where I sold antennas, coax, fittings, Ramsey Kits, Heil Microphones, Might Fine Junk (MFJ) and lots of Wouxon radios.

Right now in the Jeep I run and Icom Dual Band (2m/440) radio. Radio is under the driver seat, with control head under the HVAC controls and the Antenna on the 3rd break light.

11-17-2014 06:02 PM
msa1798
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Originally Posted by kurtvl View Post
Passed my Technician exam Saturday, just waiting on my callsign. I've got a Baofeng UV-5R+ to start with but eventually I'm planning on getting something dedicated for the Jeep.
Congrats and 73 de KF4WKV
11-17-2014 05:04 PM
kurtvl Passed my Technician exam Saturday, just waiting on my callsign. I've got a Baofeng UV-5R+ to start with but eventually I'm planning on getting something dedicated for the Jeep.
11-08-2014 09:33 PM
Hotsparks Welcome, from N4DMW
11-08-2014 07:38 AM
Hilldweller KM4EIZ, 2m/70cm HT right now and shopping for a 2m to put in the Jeep.
Also have a cb/ssb big Cobra
11-07-2014 08:28 AM
harleydog1 Jim Kb8wln checking in.. Getting my first one today a 2013 and will be around here quite a bit..
11-06-2014 12:40 PM
jeffs92yj
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Originally Posted by Big Dog 55 View Post
KD9ACM

Still looking for wiring/mounting ideas.
Wiring/mounting for what radio in what vehicle?

W2UA
11-05-2014 11:50 PM
Big Dog 55 KD9ACM

Still looking for wiring/mounting ideas.
10-30-2014 06:59 PM
Hotsparks Welcome from N4DMW.
10-29-2014 08:48 AM
sparky ^ Yep, radio is a black box with wires. Nobody know what it is. Dual band radios that can do V/V, V/U, and U/U are nice. That means they can be set to do two 2M frequencies, or two 440 at the same time, as well as one of each. Not all can. There are also two band radios. These are one frequency at a time but can be used on 2M or 440.

The digital is interesting and is growing but a big step up in price.

Repeaterbook also has an app that works very nice. It uses the phones GPS and gives you the repeaters near your location. Shows everything you need, frequency, PL tone, distance and direction, call sign. It lets you filter just the bands you want, and it's free.
10-28-2014 07:35 PM
New Jeep The transceiver is under the passenger seat, the head is on a removable mount on the dash top, the microphone goes with the head and the antenna can be unscrewed. So far no problems with anything getting swiped. I suspect most thieves don't know what they are looking at. No real money in swiping CB's anymore and most of those guys will think the antenna is for a CB. At least that is my hope. There are pictures of my installation somewhere on this forum.
By the way I have a dual band, but usually run both channels on 2 meter. One set to the repeater frequency and the other to either the calling frequency or to a frequency to talk to an HT. That way my wife can tell me how to drive even when she is outside the Jeep. ;-)
10-28-2014 06:14 PM
somegeek I like the idea of having a control head I can stash when not in use. Also I've been checking out repeaterbook.com for local repeaters. Seems 144/440 would cover most. There are some 220s but not sure it's worth it to me for the $.

What do you guys to do hide your installs or do you not have to worry about theft much? The idea of parking my jeep in the woods for a few days while I backpack makes me do my best to leave as little as possible visible incentive for folks to break in. :/

Thanks for the replies.
10-28-2014 06:11 PM
msa1798 Also consider if you want to play with digital stuff like D-star or W.I.R.E.S. The two do not work together. D-star is Icom and W.I.R.E.S. is Yaesu. D-star is here now and there are quite a few repeaters with D-star access. W.I.R.E.S. is about to take off with some recent price drops made by Yaesu. One last thing buy the A.R.R.L. Repeater book and see what is in your area and the places you travel to most. Sometimes it is better to save your pennies for more radio now than wish you had bought more radio later. 73 de KF4WKV
10-28-2014 09:53 AM
sparky
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Originally Posted by somegeek View Post
Got my technician license a week or so back and waiting for my name to pop up on the FCC site now. I have a Baofeng UV-5RE connected to a home built jpole up in my attic space. Pondering a mobile rig now for my jeep and curious what bands are really essential? I see dual, tri and quad band radios which all go up in price along with supporting hardware like antennas. Curious if I would be fine getting by with a dual band radio? Sky is the limit of course but not my funding so trying to get something with just what I need. A single 2m band radio seems limited from what I've read but they do sell them so I was curious if that would work for the long haul? I'd be using this mostly when out in the sticks.
Do some research on the web or contact some local clubs to see what is popular in your area. Generall most repeaters are on 2M but some areas have very active 440 usage. Not too many 220 and 6M repeaters are in use.

Dual band radio's are the most popular, but depending on what is being used in your location a single band 2M might be just fine while keeping cost down.

Another thing to consider, all single band radio's are one piece units, a lot of dual banders have a control head that can be mounted seperately. It gives a little more flexability during the install.
10-27-2014 09:09 PM
StogieC 73 de N5VJA
10-27-2014 07:00 PM
somegeek Got my technician license a week or so back and waiting for my name to pop up on the FCC site now. I have a Baofeng UV-5RE connected to a home built jpole up in my attic space. Pondering a mobile rig now for my jeep and curious what bands are really essential? I see dual, tri and quad band radios which all go up in price along with supporting hardware like antennas. Curious if I would be fine getting by with a dual band radio? Sky is the limit of course but not my funding so trying to get something with just what I need. A single 2m band radio seems limited from what I've read but they do sell them so I was curious if that would work for the long haul? I'd be using this mostly when out in the sticks.
10-06-2014 10:45 PM
msa1798 KF4WKV general class here.
10-06-2014 01:27 PM
Adamantinus KG5CJD here.

Just got my General Class ticket yesterday!
08-28-2014 05:30 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 11:27 PM
supercazzola KK4YEL here. I'm looking to put a yaesu FT-7900R in my 2 door 2013 wrangler.
08-15-2014 04:43 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 04:12 PM
KG6SLC
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 10:13 AM
PhotoWrangler
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Originally Posted by thenorsepole View Post
KM4BNL
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 08:40 AM
etkal Ok, so I finally got my new call sign - W1QED. Anyone from Massachusetts should get it... :-)
07-03-2014 07:43 PM
etkal
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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 03:18 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.
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