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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Jan 18, 2020 at 2:24 PM
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    llibrm

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    The general opens a ton more usage options. I got mine and I'm happy to have it. I first toyed around on a few outings on other people's HF rigs but never had the time to get my own setup. It doesn't make sense for my current situation. But again, so happy to have it as I did it all in one shot.
     
  2. Jan 18, 2020 at 4:55 PM
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    The only reason to consider the ftm-400 is if you have healthy YSF use in your area. IMHO, the TM-D710G is a more solid rig.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2020 at 5:19 PM
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    I am still new this but I searched yaesu repeaters in TN there’s about 4 within 30 miles of me. 60 total for the whole state.

    total repeaters in the whole state = 422 over 150 are in my area alone

    the ftm 400 will still work for all those other repeaters. But what you’re saying is the full capabilities won’t correct ?
     
  4. Jan 18, 2020 at 5:28 PM
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    The FTM-400 will work with any analog repeater and any YSF repeater. The TM-D710G will only work with analog repeaters. Myself and many others like the way APRS is implemented in the TM-D710G much better. It's difficult to put into words.
     
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  5. Jan 18, 2020 at 5:29 PM
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    You're so polite.

    Haha one's a tool a fine piece of equipment.


    The other one sounds really good. As long as your buddies have similar radios
     
  6. Jan 18, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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    Anyone contesting this weekend? Camping on 40
     
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  7. Jan 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    I was on earlier. Not contesting but I did answer a few CQs. I did make a contact with a station from Argentina on... 15m! He was 57 and said I was 59. 100W on a G5RV.
     
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  8. Jan 18, 2020 at 7:14 PM
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    Been studying for the Tech for about a month. Took the test today and passed with a 35/35

    Now the wait for a call sign....
     
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  9. Jan 18, 2020 at 7:16 PM
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    Great! That makes three TW members today.
     
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  10. Jan 18, 2020 at 7:45 PM
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    Awesome!
     
  11. Jan 19, 2020 at 7:07 PM
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    Planning a mobile VHF/UHF install in a 2010 Tacoma with a shell. I like the antenna mounting off the rear, similar to the attached pic. All my research says a no ground plane 1/2 wave or 5/8 wave...any recommendations on an antenna for this use?

    Thanks!

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  12. Jan 19, 2020 at 7:12 PM
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    youd better run copper braid for a sup par ground.... I cant emphasize how important a ground plane is in any antenna system.... www.k0bg.com read up!!!!
     
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  13. Jan 19, 2020 at 7:14 PM
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    I’ve spent some time on that site...would you recommend not going with that location, or think I’d be ok with bonding it?
     
  14. Jan 19, 2020 at 7:17 PM
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    Personally... if you cant drill a hole in middle of roof or no bed shell to drill a hole in center with sheetmetal under as a ground plane... yes... just do as K0BG states for grounding body to frame.....
     
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  15. Jan 19, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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    Uhg. Hate grounding. Still need to chase down noise in my truck.
     
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  16. Jan 19, 2020 at 8:10 PM
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    Anyone ever had trouble with water leaking after a roof NMO mount? I installed mine today and made sure everything was proper, and when I tested it with some water it leaked a little bit. I thought that single o-ring was suppose to keep water out? I could also see some “light” from outside. I removed it and added a little silicone and now it does not leak, but still.
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    I do still have these for the outside
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  17. Jan 19, 2020 at 8:11 PM
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    Did you over tighten the mount? If you tighten it too much, it will cause the o ring to deform and let water in. It just needs to be snug
     
  18. Jan 19, 2020 at 8:20 PM
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    I used a pretty small adjustable wrench and just went snug. Definitely didn’t crank it too much.
     
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  19. Jan 19, 2020 at 9:50 PM
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    Only reason i havent done HF mobile... Ill just pull out my SOTA antenna and operate.

    Ive had 0 leaks from my Breedlove NMO mount. /me knocks on wood and metal.
     
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  20. Jan 20, 2020 at 1:27 AM
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    I have never seen one leak. How did you make the hole? The single o-ring should do fine. I always take my antenna off through the car wash, and that's the only gasket.

    If the hole is mangled or too large, this may work for you:
    https://www.breedlovemounts.com/nmo-roof-mount.html

    There is also a larger option from breedlove.
     

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