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Yesterday 05:59 PM
Hotsparks Welcome from N4DMW.
10-29-2014 07:48 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 06:35 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 05:14 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 05:11 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 08:53 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 08:09 PM
StogieC 73 de N5VJA
10-27-2014 06:00 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 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
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 09:13 AM
PhotoWrangler
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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 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
etkal
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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.
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