|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|
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|
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|
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|
73s from N4DMW
Running FT 7800. For now
|06-17-2014 08:24 PM|
KK7J here... Only equipment I have left is an Icom IC-91AD with some extra goodies.
|06-17-2014 02:30 PM|
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|
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|
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|
|06-09-2014 10:27 AM|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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...
|12-19-2013 10:20 AM|
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|
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|
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|
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.
|12-14-2013 03:56 PM|
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|
73 and good DX!
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