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silver rubi 06-27-2012 02:12 AM

Radio help
 
I'm looking to install a CB, Scanner, and HAM radio into my Rubicon. I know little about the different antennas and locations of where things need to be. Can anyone help givve me a better idea so I can plan out how I'm going to do this? Thanks!

BlueRidgeYJ 06-27-2012 08:49 PM

Howdy neighbor.

What are you looking to know? About antenna mounting options?

What band Ham are you looking to get/have? That will matter as too what kind of antenna set up you want for that. What bands do emergency services work on where you are (look at this), or moreover the agencies you want to hear? You may be able to duplicate an extended band RX radio as opposed to buying a separate scanner - I was - but I live in the sticks with small EMS/Sheriff/Fire. Most of the Richmond area is probably trunked, though.

You can always talk your friends into getting their license, then there's no need for the CB! :)

silver rubi 06-27-2012 09:50 PM

I am brand new to HAM. Just started looking at them and the requirements that go with them.. I don't know whether or not they are trunked here. I want the scanner to listen to fire ems and police. and the cb.. i used to have in my truck and miss having one... What would your suggestion be? I don't really have any other friends with Jeeps around here..

Sccafire 06-27-2012 11:19 PM

Yes they are a trunked system.

Richmond / Henrico / Chesterfield Trunking System, Richmond, Virginia - Scanner Frequencies

BlueRidgeYJ 06-28-2012 08:18 PM

My .02, go get your license before you make any decisions. You will answer a lot of your own questions once you really learn how it all works and what bands you'll have access to with your ticket.

Since you guys are all trunked over there, you'd have to get a mobile trunking scanner to listen to those agencies. There are many to choose from, just make sure it's trunking.

CB is dying, if not dead. Truckers and off road groups use it, but even the old highway conversations seem to mostly be a thing of the past. I like it, and it is REALLY close to being a real fun comm method, but it is just too limited. You could really do the same thing with smoke signals. Ham has much more reach, even on the shorter range bands. I kept one for the weather band, now my 2 meter has that so out went the 11M.

There are duel mounts available for putting 2 antenna on the rear tire mount, or you could mount one to mimic the AM/FM antenna on the drivers side and the other at the rear, or both I guess.

silver rubi 06-28-2012 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by BlueRidgeYJ (Post 2526129)
My .02, go get your license before you make any decisions. You will answer a lot of your own questions once you really learn how it all works and what bands you'll have access to with your ticket.

Since you guys are all trunked over there, you'd have to get a mobile trunking scanner to listen to those agencies. There are many to choose from, just make sure it's trunking.

CB is dying, if not dead. Truckers and off road groups use it, but even the old highway conversations seem to mostly be a thing of the past. I like it, and it is REALLY close to being a real fun comm method, but it is just too limited. You could really do the same thing with smoke signals. Ham has much more reach, even on the shorter range bands. I kept one for the weather band, now my 2 meter has that so out went the 11M.

There are duel mounts available for putting 2 antenna on the rear tire mount, or you could mount one to mimic the AM/FM antenna on the drivers side and the other at the rear, or both I guess.

Do you have any suggestions on a particular HAM?:popcorn:

Sccafire 06-29-2012 12:45 AM

With the scanner make sure you get a sanncer that will work with rebanded frequencies. Most new scanners can. Agree with eveyine else about the CB it is a dying breed. I do still run mine due to the fact not all our club members are using HAM. The most popular HAM radio would be a 2 meter single band radio. I have a duel band 2m/70cm radio. We have repeaters on the Rubicon Trail that require 70cm. They do make dual band antennas so only one antenna is needed for 2m/70cm dual band radios. Alot of this may be over whelming. As stated before start learning about HAM radio. That will or should help you in the direction you want to go.

silver rubi 06-29-2012 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Sccafire (Post 2526943)
With the scanner make sure you get a sanncer that will work with rebanded frequencies. Most new scanners can. Agree with eveyine else about the CB it is a dying breed. I do still run mine due to the fact not all our club members are using HAM. The most popular HAM radio would be a 2 meter single band radio. I have a duel band 2m/70cm radio. We have repeaters on the Rubicon Trail that require 70cm. They do make dual band antennas so only one antenna is needed for 2m/70cm dual band radios. Alot of this may be over whelming. As stated before start learning about HAM radio. That will or should help you in the direction you want to go.

I think I'm going to take yall's advice and get to know more about HAMs before putting one in my Jeep. I want to get my certification first I think.

I am curious how the antenna situation would work with the HAM and the scanner though. I was thinking doing the HAM antenna off the tire carrier and doing the scanner antenna off of a driver's side windshield bracket ((same place an offroad light would go..ish..)( I also want to be able to install lights there though))

If it helps, I am looking at a Uniden BCD996XT for the scanner and a Kenwood TM-D710A for the HAM. What are yall's thoughts on these?

Time to start reading!! :popcorn: Thanks for everyone's replies!! :Thanx:

Sccafire 06-30-2012 01:17 AM

A forum you mught want to go and read and ask questions in. A lot of reviews and you can ask questions about the radio equipment.

RadioReference.com - Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference

Go to the forums section. I use the teraflex antenna mounts that go behind the tail lights. The CB antenna is on the drivers side and HAM antenna on the passenger side.

silver rubi 07-01-2012 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Sccafire (Post 2530449)
A forum you mught want to go and read and ask questions in. A lot of reviews and you can ask questions about the radio equipment.

RadioReference.com - Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference

Go to the forums section. I use the teraflex antenna mounts that go behind the tail lights. The CB antenna is on the drivers side and HAM antenna on the passenger side.


:Thanx:

Thanks Scott!:wavey:

BlueRidgeYJ 07-01-2012 04:59 PM

+1 to all said by Sccafire.

Got walloped by some storms Fri night, internet has not been an option (or priority).

I've only used Yaesu mobile radios, so I can't tell you about the Kenwood, but I am VERY happy with the FT 2900 for a single 2m band radio. I just wish it had a detachable face, something available with higher end/multi-band radios. It does however have more functions than I will ever use, and more output power than I hope to ever need.


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