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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Jul 29, 2017 at 10:19 AM
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    Chipskip

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    Not dumb at all. I would mount and then test it out.

    It is funny how somethings help and hurt. For me, with a tailgate mounted antenna, I can have my plate bumper and tire carrier OR my shell on and I have great signal. However, if I have both on... it is horrible.
     
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  2. Jul 29, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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    I am thinking of trying the wilson non magnetic roof mount kit, just have to find a way to make sure the rack is properly grounded, however, I am just unsure how its RF ground plane will actually be with just the metal rack and a plastic bed.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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    Run a ground strap to the rack.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    Yeah, I'd probably do that, also I am a little worried because I've never seen anyone else use a roof mount in this manner. But I guess there is a first time for everything
     
  5. Jul 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM
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    Someone did a roof mount on a pinsu rack, they put a piece 1ft square metal between the antenna and rack to make a better ground plane.
     
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  6. Jul 29, 2017 at 12:12 PM
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    That bedrack looks like an ideal ground plane. Slap a 5/8 magmaount on there (if it's steel. If not bolt a small steel plate up there) and you're golden.
    KH6X
     
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  7. Jul 29, 2017 at 12:17 PM
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    Awesome. Thanks guys!
     
  8. Jul 29, 2017 at 5:59 PM
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    Hello folks. Haven't been on the forum in ages. Anywho, I got questions about mounting an antenna and routing coax. The radio in question is yaesu ft8900R and the antenna is the diamond CR8900. I went with the K400 mount, the one that goes on the top of either door. It's a single cab.

    As for mounting of the radio, I plan on putting the radio under the seat and running the head on the dash.

    I should mention that I'm no stranger to routing coax around the single cab. Currently running a ft 2900R power block is in between the fire wall and center console/dash and power runs from that up beside the dash under the pillar and to the dash. Coax goes the from center dash, up pillar, over head under the trim, down and out of the grommet holes and so on.. I also have a 980 ssb with similar coax/power routing. But that's on the ceiling.

    Is there anyone here that can share their coax routing method for the Diamond CR8900 antenna? Has anyone done it with a single cab? Driver side or passed
     
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  9. Aug 4, 2017 at 6:14 AM
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    I have just installed a Comet 680SB PL-259 antenna. I'm slightly concerned it will get loose and fall off. There's no way to tighten it with a traditional wrench. The outside is just a smooth cylinder. You guys have any advice for keeping it tight that doesn't involve me hand tightening it every day?
     
  10. Aug 4, 2017 at 6:15 AM
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    Pipe wrench lol
     
  11. Aug 4, 2017 at 6:16 AM
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    I have one of those rubber strap wrenches somewhere. That might actually be the answer.
     
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  12. Aug 7, 2017 at 12:56 PM
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    I use that antenna for APRS, it's hasn't come off yet and it's only hand tight. Why do you think it might come loose?
     
  13. Aug 7, 2017 at 1:54 PM
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    I think if he is checking it daily and re-tightening it, its coming loose. The rubber wrench strap should get it done. Otherwise maybe run a strip of electrical tape around the antenna and the base to keep it from moving.
     
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    I think a strap-wrench might lead to over tightening and screw up the threads.
    I'm trying to wrap my head around why it would come loose. Or why he is need of re-tightening. I have 2 antennas mounted and I've driven across the state multiple times, light offroading and plenty of washboard roads, not an issue. Just hand tight so I can take them off once in a blue moon. But they never come loose. I've never really heard of anyone using UHF style or NMO mounted antenna needing to re-tighten them daily or even monthly.
    If he can upload a pic, maybe he's missing some hardware.
     
  15. Aug 7, 2017 at 4:22 PM
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    It seems to be staying tight so far. The reason I was concerned is I've never had a AM/FM or CB antenna that didn't come loose. This would be a first. ;)
     
  16. Aug 9, 2017 at 2:49 PM
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    The 3rd Gen Tacomas have the holes and bolts inserted to install the back rail, but don't have a back rail because the factory cover gets in the way. The part that the back rail WOULD go is connected to the metal part of the bed. Run a grounding strap from each side rail to the back rail bolts that are there and I imagine it would help with your grounding. They require a Torx bit.
     
  17. Aug 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM
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    The third bed rail actually doesn't get in the way of the OEM tonneau cover, Toyota was just being cheap.
     
  18. Aug 10, 2017 at 3:33 AM
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    So with the tonneau, I don't have a front bed rail?
     
  19. Aug 10, 2017 at 5:25 AM
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    Yeah I agree with you. I have a short stubby on my NMO mount for around town and so I can get in my garage. I swap it out to a longer dual band antenna for trips. Always just hand right and never comes loose.
     
  20. Aug 10, 2017 at 8:21 AM
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    None of the third gens come with the header rail, whether it comes with the tonneau or not. If you want to add it, you can buy the rail. Part number is PT278-35100-BH, screws are already in the bed for it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DWVN9CK/
    There's some end caps too, if it bothers you to leave the ends open you'll need two of them, part number is 66134-04010.
     
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