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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 24, 2020 at 4:13 PM
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    Old Marine Cal

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    @GHOST SHIP

    guess who's getting a mobile ham? and needs a add on?
     
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  2. Feb 24, 2020 at 4:44 PM
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    GHOST SHIP

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    Text incoming..
     
  3. Feb 25, 2020 at 6:40 AM
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    Changing the antenna on the handheld makes a massive difference. I purchased a knockoff NA-771 on Amazon. I was trying to talk to a neighbor less than a mile away and if either one of us had the stock rubber duck on the radio, we couldn't communicate. Once I gave him my second knockoff Nagoya, we can have a full quieting conversation. I also got the TECH PC03 FTDI cable but a cheaper cable should work fine. I programmed mine with CHIRP. A mag mount antenna would be great for the truck. Much better than dealing with a whip in the truck under the metal roof. You can get cheap SMA to PL-259 connectors too if you want to use a permanent antenna on the truck with a more standard connector.
     
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  4. Feb 25, 2020 at 6:43 AM
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    m603holden

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    Anyone have their ht switched out to bnc connector? Looking for a better setup for when the ht is connected to a mag mount
     
  5. Feb 25, 2020 at 6:46 AM
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    joshuajayg

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    There are some radios with BNC antennas at work that are floppy. I don't really like them if the connection is prone to moving. Might be okay if you mount the handheld and don't touch it.
     
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  6. Feb 25, 2020 at 6:59 AM
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    m603holden

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    For me it's a compromise between that and the sma to Pl that always comes undone. Need a solution.
     
  7. Feb 25, 2020 at 7:01 AM
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    The PL is loosening up? How about putting an o-ring behind the barrel? Long shot but maybe.
     
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  8. Feb 25, 2020 at 7:18 AM
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    DaveInDenver

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    I sometimes will adapt SMA connectors to BNC just for commonality and to be less prone to breaking. This Diamond adapter fit well on the older Yaesu HTs we have. I don't usually bother with aftermarket antennas much anymore, though.

    https://www.theantennafarm.com/catalog/diamond-bncj-smap-8148

    IMG_0221_mid.jpg
     
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  9. Feb 25, 2020 at 7:34 AM
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    I you have a Chinese radio be sure you order an adapter for them there are two different pin setups one is male the other is female (centerpin). If you buy a cable adapter for mobile use buy the one that has the thicker coax they are far more rugged, the small thin ones have a tendency to pull the coax out of the connector. They do make sma adapters, if you are using it mobile I still suggest getting the cable type adapter (SO 239) it's a lot easier radio itself.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2020 at 7:51 AM
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    No. The sma fitting into the cable eventually spins loose. I've used them for a couple years now, gone through about 6, and have bought a variety of reputable ones.

    They just sit in a cup holder. Not as if there's any real way to use and abuse them in their given situation.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    Maybe I should just go with a longer Jumper to put the weight of the So-239 barrel on the floor. Normally I prop it somewhere around the center cubby to relief strain.
     
  12. Feb 25, 2020 at 8:06 AM
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  13. Feb 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM
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    Well that's neat.

    This one going to actually have a data port? Haha
     
  14. Feb 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    ive had better luck with SMA to BNC with the oring on the SMA side, then to a BNC 18" pigtail to SO239. But the Feng/Sheng radios never had ears with a external antenna.
    Ive been most impressed with this HT antenna. https://signalstuff.com/product/super-elastic-signal-stick/
    OEM and others just never had ears. But there is another but its ungodly HUGE... ABBREE antenna
    Ham Radio Crash Course on TY has done vids on mentioned antenas
     
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  15. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:25 PM
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    I ordered the BTECH PC03 FTDI cable. It came yesterday and works perfectly. Got my radio all programed.

    Also ordered the NA-701. It comes today.

    Taking my test Saturday. Feeling pretty good about passing. Won't be long till I am on the air now.
     
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  16. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:29 PM
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    What are you trying to do/solve/fuck up?
     
  17. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:36 PM
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    Yaesu has a hard on for offering these nice mobile rigs and then locking the features.

    Aka the ftm400. Fantastic radio. Thing is dope. Then they don't include a hookup for an external tnc. Talking about falling flat on your face.
     
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  18. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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    Yep. Bugs me to no end
     
  19. Feb 25, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    Cudgel

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    Ahh. I haven’t gotten that far. I’m loving The 3000. Haven’t gotten mobile on Hf yet. GFL.
     
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  20. Feb 25, 2020 at 1:10 PM
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    m603holden

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    Zero reason for that as well. Would have ended the d710 in two seconds.
     
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