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Old 08-31-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Amateur Radio Install

I saw someone posting some info about a CB Install and asking questions. So here's the alternative. I'm a licensed amateur operator and here is my Tacoma install. There are MANY benefits of amateur radio over CB that include much much much more range even on vhf/uhf frequencies with the use of repeaters. Internet linking of repeaters allowing talking around the world. It requires a test and has rules so its much more civilized. The first level test is actually pretty easy and only requires a few hours of studying. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about amateur radio. so heres the list.

Tranceiver: Kenwood TM-D700 Dual band 2m/440 50W/35W with built in TNC (allows automatic position reporting!)
Antenna: Diamond Super Gainer
Mount: NMO mount Fed with RG-8X coax
Speaker: MFJ

Here is the antenna mount called a NMO (New Motorola)


Here is the mount with antenna attached


Here is the whole antenna:


The Kenwood has a remote face plate. allows you to mount the radio elsewhere in the cab.



And finally the brains. The Radio body. mounted in the rear storage.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:25 PM   #2
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Hate to bump a waaay old thread but How hard was that set up to tune? I am going back and forth between that type of antenna and a mag base but i am leaning towards this type as i dont like to see wires. But i also dont want to punch a hole in my roof and then not be able to tune it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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Hate to bump a waaay old thread but How hard was that set up to tune? I am going back and forth between that type of antenna and a mag base but i am leaning towards this type as i dont like to see wires. But i also dont want to punch a hole in my roof and then not be able to tune it.
There is no tuning with amateur radio antennas. They are specifically designed for the bands.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
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*sigh of relief* I am taking my tech and general test this saturday. I have been F***ING with my cb antenna for like 4 months now and im sick of it! lol

Thanks for the quick response.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:04 PM   #5
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*sigh of relief* I am taking my tech and general test this saturday. I have been F***ING with my cb antenna for like 4 months now and im sick of it! lol

Thanks for the quick response.

No problem.... what radio you lookin at?
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:11 PM   #6
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One of the guys on here has a kenwood TM-271A i am thinking about but i would really rather go dual band but dont quite have the money that right now.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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One of the guys on here has a kenwood TM-271A i am thinking about but i would really rather go dual band but dont quite have the money that right now.
Dont want to go dual band? If youre in the market for a single band you cant go wrong with the yaesu radios. If you want dual bandwith dual receive then i think you can do better than yaesu. remember the single band radios dont have remote mount faces like you see in my install above.
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No thats what im saying is the one he is selling is a single band, and i would much rather go dual but am looking for something dual band and affordable.
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No thats what im saying is the one he is selling is a single band, and i would much rather go dual but am looking for something dual band and affordable.
For new the FT-7900R is the best option, but look on qth.com classifieds. You might find a FT-7900 or FT-7800 a bit cheaper.
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looks good man. i'd like to get my hands on a ic-2820h...
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #11
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looks good man. i'd like to get my hands on a ic-2820h...
These are actually old pictures. I have an IC-2820 with D-Star Module Installed now.

Not the best pix.



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nice. yea i think thats the radio i want to get and get the gps antenna with it also.
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They make cb antennas for the NMO too right?
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yup
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So i found a guy selling a New condition 7900R for 220 shipped. Good deal?
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how involved is the test?
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Not very, We have been waaaayy slow at work and so with about 4 days of studying im ready for both the tech and general. Check out hamtestonline.com
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its easier than I thought
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So i found a guy selling a New condition 7900R for 220 shipped. Good deal?

Yeah.. not bad at all.
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and that includes the remote mount kit.
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