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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Oct 17, 2020 at 5:56 AM
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    maineah

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    The key to repeaters is a strong club or repeater owner, I can almost guarantee some one is listening. If I can I always answer a call, mike fright has a bit to do with it, new hams tend to be afraid of doing something wrong so they don't answer. Not too many people would walk up to someone on the street they didn't know and strike up a conversation so that's part of it also. Be persistent eventually someone will answer and then another will chime in, be proactive. In my area there are a lot of hikers in the mountains on simplex freqs trying to make contacts (summits on the air or SOTA) Trust me with this key up make some noise! As for low cost radios buy what you can afford then work your way up it's "you get what you pay for". I recently gave a TYT 9600 away and programed up a commercial Motorola DMR for my personal DMR radio.
     
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  2. Oct 17, 2020 at 10:03 AM
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  3. Oct 18, 2020 at 5:49 PM
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    Hoping to put a mobile rig in my Gen 3 which has a DMM rail mounting arrangement that uses 1" RAM balls. I am looking at an Anytone 578 but I think it will be way too much weight for the DMM rail.

    I wonder if there is any chance Anytone will come up with a remote head solution because I am hoping to mount the radio under the front passenger seat.

    Would love to hear about anyone running an Anytone 578 in a Taco.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2020 at 6:21 PM
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    Hey everybody, just got my technician license a few weeks ago. I'm KJ7RGZ up in Renton, WA. Anybody up in my area use ham for their offroad adventures or SOTA stuff?
     
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  5. Oct 18, 2020 at 8:05 PM
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    Does that rail mount to the head unit mounts or just to the trim piece?

    I’ve had a lot of shit mounted to my EE mount which likely puts more stress on the dash than those track mounts and it’s just fine. I assume that the track mounts would do just as well if they are indeed mounted to the head unit bracket.

    I can’t find the anytone specs, but Amazon lists the box as weighing less than 5 pounds. You should be fine to mount it direct to the rail. I don’t know if I would want that much weight on a ram ball. But, I have no justification for not wanting it on a ram ball.

    hope that helps.
     
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  6. Oct 19, 2020 at 3:50 AM
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    Sadly, just the trim piece. People say you can put 1.95 kg on it, but "not off road". I'm really looking for a proper solution. I don't want things going flying if there was an accident.

    People have taken the Anytone 578 apart and there seems to be a high speed ribbon cable involved. I doubt you could extend that bus for several feet without creating a lot of crosstalk.

    You can just use a bolt with a spacer on the DMM and EE, as far as I know. Don't need to use a ball.

    I might have to go to number two on my preferred equipment list - FTM-400XDR.
     
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  7. Oct 19, 2020 at 6:46 AM
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    I'm pretty sure a remote head 578 is in the works from them.
     
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  8. Oct 19, 2020 at 7:03 AM
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    The 578 remote head has been confirmed by a number of youtubers; it is supposedly wireless between the unit and head - bluetooth
     
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  9. Oct 19, 2020 at 8:40 AM
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    I've tried searching this thread for information on hood mounts. I have Cali raised bed mount with my CB antenna. I have another mount but the NMO antenna base is too big for my other side. Currently, running a temporary mag mount on the roof four dual vhf/uhf, but I off-road and live in a city where I'd rather not have antennas hight up. I am looking at the Comet rs840, what other NMO compatible hood mounds would folks recommend? Should I look at SO/PL 259 mounts and antennas instead? I have a 2015.
     
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  10. Oct 19, 2020 at 9:16 AM
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    That's good news for sure. I wonder if they would ever consider exposing the API because I bet someone would write an iPad app so you could use a tablet as the front end.

    If it doesn't work out we have great options for a dual band mobile: D710G, FTM-400 - both are fantastic by all accounts.
     
  11. Oct 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM
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    The EE mount that @m603holden and I have in our trucks is pretty bombproof offroad.

    This is the only picture I have of mine (from the day I installed all of that). It’s setup a little differently now.
    267E7631-38EC-418F-AC5E-4863E3A7AC47.jpg
     
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  12. Oct 19, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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    You asked about a hood mount but I'll just say that I ordered four of the bed rail brackets from Taco Garage (the same guy who sold me my DMM rail). The product is called "Bed Rail Tie Down Bracket & Accessory Mount". They are pretty clever, the top has a slot for a tie down strap, and if you flip it over you have many holes that look great for mounting an antenna. To me, the further away from my head the antenna is, the better, so I will put the antenna in the rear corner of the bed.

    Bed is plastic so no great ground plane, but it should be good enough for the girls I go out with. At some point I will order a DiamondBack, but that day is not today because I'll be paying a divorce lawyer if I buy a US$2100 tonneau cover.
     
  13. Oct 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    I used this mount.

    https://www.victory4x4.com/product/VT3CB-BARE.html
     
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  14. Oct 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM
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    The issue is I have a camper shell.
     
  16. Oct 21, 2020 at 7:32 AM
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    I suppose you could go to 1/2-wave or 5/8-wave and not need the ground plane. I have a camper shell too. I went with the Comet SBB-5 PL-259 type antenna mounted on a folding Comet RS-660U roof rack mount on the camper shell then using the Comet 3D5MB socket/cabling to run it into the driver's side. So, down side is that I have to manually raise and lower antenna to get my truck into my garage. I bought it thru Antenna Farm.
     
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  17. Oct 21, 2020 at 8:07 PM
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    How do you like the SBB-5? I am thinking about picking one up from GigaParts tomorrow. Right now I run a SBB-2NMO from a hood mount but I want something with a little higher gain since I mainly am on flat terrain. Everyday I am in and out of a parking deck at work and garage at home so hopefully the SBB-5 will still be short enough to clear.
     
  18. Oct 22, 2020 at 12:40 PM
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    Should I get a Quad Band Antenna?

    I got a Wouxun KG-UV980P which is a quad band FM transceiver recently and I like it, but I'm thinking about upgrading the antenna. Should I just stick to a standard dual band (X30 or X50) or get a quad band (70cm, 2m, 6m, 10m)? The dual bands antennas have more gain than the quad band I'm looking at and since I use those bands more often I'm leaning that way. But it would be nice to have further options. Keep in mind this is FM only and I'm using this as a base station.
     
  19. Oct 22, 2020 at 8:09 PM
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    I'm a fan of my newest one. Folds down super quick.

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    Honestly if you don't have any high traffic 6m reporters around I'd just opt for a dual band antenna.
     
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  20. Oct 23, 2020 at 4:26 AM
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    I added some 6 and 10M repeaters to my memory that I found on RepeaterBook, as well some some "commonly used" simplex frequencies so I'll keep those on scan the next few days and see what I hear.
     
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