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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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    Atomic

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    ^^ thanks useful info.

    I'm gonna tie in my radio to my solar/SLA (200 W, 200 A-hr) setup.
     
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  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:25 AM
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    665......Congrats on passing the test.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    Thinking about getting a GMRS license too. Anyone use GMRS?
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2020 at 7:26 AM
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    m603holden

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    It's becoming more popular for offroading up here. 15w mobile with external antenna works well for that group
     
  5. Feb 13, 2020 at 7:37 AM
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    Guessing this may already be a topic of hot debate, but how much do you lose by going to a lip mount on the hood compared to a mag mount on the roof? Obviously the permanent hole in the roof is better due to ground plane and antenna height, but wondering if the ground plane is the driver or if the antenna height is. Thoughts?
     
  6. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:33 AM
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    I felt the same way after I passed the test. I joined the local club and the ARRL, the book the ARRL sends you with membership has a lot of information, I have more clues now.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2020 at 9:27 AM
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    While they may cost more, a ground independent multi-wavelength antenna like the Diamond SG7900 works fine lip mounted and they run circles around 1/4wave antennas. The SG7900 even works great on my motorcycle.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2020 at 10:51 AM
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    A couple good portables...

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  9. Feb 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM
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    I would personally go with a bigger battery and ditch the solar. I have a 110 amp hour SLA that I use all weekend on field day with a 100 watt radio and when I run radio ops for rally races with 50 watt mobile radio. If you rely on the solar and its cloudy, you could be effed. FWIW a buddy has a 75 amp hour and also has no issues running all weekend.
     
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  10. Feb 13, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    You giving it away?
     
  11. Feb 13, 2020 at 12:38 PM
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  12. Feb 13, 2020 at 1:03 PM
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    Any thoughts how the Diamond SG7900 would work mounted in the pickup bed or just behind the rear lights on each side?
     
  13. Feb 13, 2020 at 3:59 PM
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    Directional....
     
  14. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM
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  15. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:09 PM
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    I really don't like hood mounts for a variety of reasons. Blasting 50+ watts into your face violates FCC exposure limits. Depending upon where you put the antenna, the A pillar will effect SWR and directivity. I can get on board with a CB antenna on a ditch light mount. It's only 5w, and at 27 mHz. An HF antenna on the front brush guard seems ok as well. But I'd never do 2m / 70cm on a ditch light. IMHO.

    I'd definitely prefer anything on the roof. I'd much rather have a short antenna on the roof, then a compromised gain antenna. Drill the NMO. it's the right way to do it. Additionally it can be less destructive then a mag mount. Magmounts tend to leave a circle of scuffed paint. You can pop a plastic insert into an NMO and no one will question it when you sell it.
     
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  16. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:26 PM
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    After ripping the NMO roof mount out of my 97 Tacoma in the woods I now mount them on the bed rail in the 11 with an aluminum angle guess what not a damn bit of difference TX RX. 10-80 2-440 and 220 in between. So much for the need of a massive ground plane the biggest issue in a mobile is ground loss. Looks like a trawler but I have no issue communicating with the world.
     
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  17. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:49 PM
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    "blast 50 watts into your face".

    Use only the amount of power necessary to complete communication.

    If you need 50w of vhf/uhf, your antenna sucks.

    A 5w HT next to your brain is just as bad, if not worse
     
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  18. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:51 PM
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    Maineah.....Any chance you can post a picture of your antenna and how it attaches? Thanks!
     
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  19. Feb 13, 2020 at 5:53 PM
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    Because I couldn’t stand to think @m603holden thought I was a pussy for not joining his HF net last month I took my General tonight.
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    Of course now I have to go up to HRO and explain to the XYL on Valentine’s Day why we can’t afford to go out to dinner ever again...But that dual beam Yagis gonna rock the truck bed, just have to figure out how to get under bridges...
     
  20. Feb 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM
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    There was always the Thursday night 6m net!


    ... But now there's the Dork Den in 80 as well. Haha. That's a fun one.

    Wednesday night at 7pm is our repeater net. 146.850.

    And if you do Facebook, there's our local fun group as well. SOTA stuff, cook outs, product releases, important updates in the hobby, ect
     
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