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Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-27-2011, 09:04 AM
Replies: 385
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Posted By bdheaton
WAHOO!! My vanity call came through in the batch...

WAHOO!! My vanity call came through in the batch process last night. I'm now KY9K. Not quite as long in phonetics as N5VFF. A nice cheap birthday present to myself. :D

73 de KY9K
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-27-2011, 09:02 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
If you end up having extra time to study, why not...

If you end up having extra time to study, why not give it a shot? Most VE teams don't charge anything extra for taking the extra element. I did General and Extra in the same day. I don't have an...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-26-2011, 12:18 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
Looks like there are a few organizations around...

Looks like there are a few organizations around your area with exams through the end of the year. All depends on how far you're willing to drive. :) If nothing else, you can keep studying for...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-25-2011, 12:27 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
Welcome. My original elmer is KL0N.

Welcome. My original elmer is KL0N.
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-25-2011, 12:25 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
Congrats on passing your tech exam. You can give...

Congrats on passing your tech exam. You can give the general another shot soon. Sometimes the fates hand you a test that is skewed to your weaker areas. Maybe we should call it "Murphy's Law of...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-23-2011, 12:30 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
The ARRL tech guide is pretty good about actually...

The ARRL tech guide is pretty good about actually teaching the material so you can answer any of the questions by doing the math as required. There is some memorization of band limits, but if you...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-23-2011, 12:21 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
I've got a TM-V71 in my other vehicle. I love...

I've got a TM-V71 in my other vehicle. I love it. I prefer the true "dual-band" radios where I can monitor 2 bands at the same time. A differentiating feature to the V71 is that you can plug in 2...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-21-2011, 08:21 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
Congrats Daniel! Now the fun begins! I'm up the...

Congrats Daniel! Now the fun begins! I'm up the road from you a bit in WA. I've been a ham since 91 and am anxiously awaiting assignment of my vanity call (KY9K). Got any plans to upgrade yet? ...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-21-2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
CB - Short range - channelized ...

CB
- Short range
- channelized
- 1 band - 27MHz
- power limited to 4W AM (12W PEP SSB)
- 1 mode - voice only
- No operator licensing

Ham
- World-wide range
Forum: YJ Tech Forum 09-15-2011, 01:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,598
Posted By bdheaton
There are 2 very general ways to wire the BIC. ...

There are 2 very general ways to wire the BIC. The difference is whether the alternator is attached directly to the AUX battery or the START battery. Of course it also changes which BIC terminals...
Forum: YJ Tech Forum 09-14-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,598
Posted By bdheaton
I prefer to stay way on the safe side where...

I prefer to stay way on the safe side where wiring is concerned. It keeps me way on the safe side. :)

I went with a dual battery tray in my Jeep. A pair of the Diehard platinums (P-1 size 34 or...
Forum: YJ Tech Forum 09-13-2011, 01:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,598
Posted By bdheaton
I'd suggest the Diehard Platinum over the Optima....

I'd suggest the Diehard Platinum over the Optima. I've been told the Optima quality went down the tubes when the changed manufacturing locations. Of course I heard this after I'd bought a yellow...
Forum: YJ Tech Forum 09-12-2011, 12:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By bdheaton
Ah, you didn't mention that one was coming from...

Ah, you didn't mention that one was coming from the alternator.

Alternator - front most bolt of the two bolts that hold the ignition coil mounting bracket.

Big cable from battery - Stud on...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-11-2011, 12:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 320
Posted By bdheaton
1) Check fuses with VOM 2) Check for voltage...

1) Check fuses with VOM

2) Check for voltage on running light position on headlight switch.

3) If both of these check out good -- Begin the fun and exciting process of tracing the wiring to...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-11-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By bdheaton
CB antenna? Stereo antenna? A truck stop or...

CB antenna? Stereo antenna?

A truck stop or Radio Shack should have cables if you don't want to wait for the mail man. You want RG-8X or RG-58. If your antenna stud has an SO239 connector,...
Forum: YJ Tech Forum 09-11-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By bdheaton
On my 95, the two black grounds coming off the...

On my 95, the two black grounds coming off the battery go to the firewall near the upper diagonal battery support and to the engine block at one of the ignition coil bolts. My original setup didn't...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-11-2011, 02:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,442
Posted By bdheaton
You're essentially paying $80 for the ivault...

You're essentially paying $80 for the ivault cover and saving an hour over the time it would take to solder together the harness Crutchfield provides. I'm a fan of Kenwood audio products, but I'd be...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-10-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,442
Posted By bdheaton
Is there supposed to be a link or picture of some...

Is there supposed to be a link or picture of some type?

As a general rule, you'll always need to solder up an adapter from the ouput of the new head unit to the factory harness connector. ...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-08-2011, 12:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By bdheaton
If you download the manuals for each online, it...

If you download the manuals for each online, it will probably show the pinouts on the radio harness.
Forum: YJ General Discussion Forum 09-04-2011, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,483
Posted By bdheaton
There are nuts on the back of those bolts. ...

There are nuts on the back of those bolts. You'll have to pull the dash to get to them. Been there... Done that...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-03-2011, 12:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,897
Posted By bdheaton
Kind of makes me wonder how well grounded your...

Kind of makes me wonder how well grounded your head unit is. If you check the resistance between the grounding lug on your antenna mount and a good ground (bare bolt on the body, negative battery...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 09-02-2011, 12:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,897
Posted By bdheaton
You'll get it figured out. Keep eliminating...

You'll get it figured out. Keep eliminating possible problems and you'll vanquish the gremlins.
Forum: Communications and Electronics 08-27-2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 28,383
Posted By bdheaton
de N5VFF also formerly YI9VFF. Once the Jeep...

de N5VFF also formerly YI9VFF.

Once the Jeep gets put back together, my spare TM-V71A will be going in. Same radio as I have in my truck.
Forum: YJ Build Forum 08-26-2011, 11:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,818
Posted By bdheaton
The deck at some points had RCA inputs. I found...

The deck at some points had RCA inputs. I found the other end of the cable wound up in the rats nest. Possibly a dock-and-play adapter for satellite radio.

I'll confess to drilling a couple...
Forum: Communications and Electronics 08-26-2011, 10:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 854
Posted By bdheaton
http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servle...

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SiteSearchView?PopularCat=No&Ne=2000000&beginIndex=0&langId=-1&storeId=11151&page=CategoryDisplayLevel1&N=377+710+2011282&Ns=Most%20Popular|0&catalo...
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