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07-03-2014 06:43 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 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.
73
06-17-2014 02:30 PM
AdventureDad
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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
etkal
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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

73's
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
sparky
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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.

N6TAY
12-14-2013 03:56 PM
HZ1YR
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Originally Posted by nectoxicdragon View Post
If you do a quick study of radiation patterns, you will find that the majority of radiation power from an antenna comes from closest to the feed point, when using a tuner, while the actual impedance is spread out across the entire length of the antenna, when using a tuned antenna such as the screwdriver, in your Jeeps pic. Another consideration, is due to the terrain we traverse as compared to that which you do, we subject our jeeps to substantially more hard jarring suspension movement, which causes massive antenna movement, and as such results in the antennas beating against the vehicles body. So as you can see its basically a matter of two things, first a more effective radiation pattern, and second the longevity of the antenna itself. The lifespan alone is why you don't often see screwdrivers on Jeeps here, the short wheel bases and type of terrain we have puts a substantial amount of strain on the NMO mount and eventually fractures it on the antenna itself. On longer vehicles where there is less rocking they are much more common. If Yaesu and Tarheel would come up with a physical mount with a separate RF connection, they would sell many more antennas to people with jeeps, Especially Yaesu, since the 857D will auto tune their antenna, and is an ideal rig for in a jeep.

73 and good DX!
I totally agree with you. Since 9K2MB's jeep was not built for rock crawling, as far as I can tell, he found such setup useful.
I personally haven't decided on an HF setup yet especially after reading your words, I'm reconsidering his.
12-14-2013 11:47 AM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by HZ1YR View Post
Hi Everyone,

HZ1YR here.


I noticed not much use bumper mounts for HF although mostly are having steel bumpers, may I ask you why aren't you using that kind of setup?

Personally, I'm thinking of having a setup like 9K2MB's


Greetings from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia de HZ1YR

73
If you do a quick study of radiation patterns, you will find that the majority of radiation power from an antenna comes from closest to the feed point, when using a tuner, while the actual impedance is spread out across the entire length of the antenna, when using a tuned antenna such as the screwdriver, in your Jeeps pic. Another consideration, is due to the terrain we traverse as compared to that which you do, we subject our jeeps to substantially more hard jarring suspension movement, which causes massive antenna movement, and as such results in the antennas beating against the vehicles body. So as you can see its basically a matter of two things, first a more effective radiation pattern, and second the longevity of the antenna itself. The lifespan alone is why you don't often see screwdrivers on Jeeps here, the short wheel bases and type of terrain we have puts a substantial amount of strain on the NMO mount and eventually fractures it on the antenna itself. On longer vehicles where there is less rocking they are much more common. If Yaesu and Tarheel would come up with a physical mount with a separate RF connection, they would sell many more antennas to people with jeeps, Especially Yaesu, since the 857D will auto tune their antenna, and is an ideal rig for in a jeep.

73 and good DX!
12-14-2013 11:21 AM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by sparky View Post
I think that is overkill. While Jeeps are noisy a standard unpowered external speaker works fine.

I have mine in the coin bin in front of the shifter. Plenty of volume even on the highway.
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.
12-14-2013 11:10 AM
nectoxicdragon
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Originally Posted by macaw1us View Post
I just read this entire thread because I'm working on a HAM Ticket.
Boy, this thread sure died quick once you started posting..what a shame !?

To everyone else "73's"
Don't bother getting a ham license, you fit in better with the chicken banders, you prefer ignorance over being enlightened.
12-09-2013 08:24 PM
mt miner
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Originally Posted by Joe Dirt View Post
Scott,
I installed the Kenwood 2M in my JK today, with the exception of the antenna. I'm hoping to make it to the HRO store on Monday. I want to see what I'm buying. The internet makes it hard to size up antennas.
I mounted a Larsen nmo 150 with a terraflex tail light mount and it performs very well..had to customize the hole in the terraflex mount a little and make it bigger though. I like the nmo 150 because the long skinny whip is very flexible when dragging it through tree branches..
I posted pictures on my garage page.
12-09-2013 07:21 AM
gfiber For my 2004 Jeep Wrangler I am ordering a 1/2 wave Larsen NMO-150CHW. The all black version NMO-BHW is $20.00 more. I have a Terraflex mount I installed a Breedlove NMO Drop in mount #028 into by opening the hole to 5/8 inch in the mount. The current 2 Meter rig is a resurrected Icom IC-2000H I repaired the final in.

Gary K8IZ
12-08-2013 07:02 AM
wyotraveler
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Originally Posted by Joe Dirt View Post
Scott,
I installed the Kenwood 2M in my JK today, with the exception of the antenna. I'm hoping to make it to the HRO store on Monday. I want to see what I'm buying. The internet makes it hard to size up antennas.
You may want to look at NGP Verticals.

Congrats on license
73s, AC6CV
12-08-2013 02:11 AM
Joe Dirt Scott,
I installed the Kenwood 2M in my JK today, with the exception of the antenna. I'm hoping to make it to the HRO store on Monday. I want to see what I'm buying. The internet makes it hard to size up antennas.
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