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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. May 5, 2021 at 9:00 PM
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    Hemibee

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    What is everyone using for a mount on roof racks? I just installed an UpTop Overland with the same load bars as the Prinsu. I'm looking over the thread but haven't seen roof rack mounts yet so I thought I'd ask while looking.
     
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  2. May 5, 2021 at 9:37 PM
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    If you mount the antenna to the Rack it will throw the capacitance and inductance.
    Better choices for antenna mounts have been mentioned by me and others in this thread.
    Roof Best
    Fender
    Ditch Light Mount.
    Bumpers

    Every location has its pos/neg

    Its all about what your willing to do and want from your radio system.

    Every mount is a compromise
     
  3. May 9, 2021 at 6:57 PM
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    Hi Tim,

    Great radio for sure! I’m a new(ish) ham licensed back in September 2020. I snagged a ICOM 2730A for my truck and I’m in the process of installing it now. I’ll post more details when it’s all finished but here’s a few pictures.

    I know the antenna is mounted in a less than ideal location but I haven’t really had any issues in my initial tests. I didn’t want to use a mag mount or drill any new holes. The radio itself is mounted under the passenger seat using a bracket.

    Patrick

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  4. May 10, 2021 at 6:10 AM
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    Comes down to if it works for you, then it's perfect. You might not get the most range, etc but if you need to talk to someone only a mile away and you can get 3 miles range, then who cares? :D looks good.
     
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  5. May 10, 2021 at 7:59 AM
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    Well I guess I'll join in here...
    I've been a Tech for 5 years now and am currently studying for my General.
    My mobile rig is a Yaesu FTM300DR using the Multi-Mount from Taco Garage. I still need to mount the base of the radio but unfortunately the supplied power connection is not long enough to reach the battery so for now I have it plugged into the cigarette lighter outlet and sitting on the floor. I should have everything I need to finish the install this week so hopefully it will be mounted by the weekend. The antenna is still a dilemma. I have it on the roof with a mag mount and the wire goes thru the back window, I know not the best but it works. I don't want to drill any holes in the roof so I'm looking for a bed mount solution but having a tonneau cover makes things difficult.
    Call sign: KD2LCH

    73
    D

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  6. May 10, 2021 at 11:22 AM
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    1/8 steel backer plate from an ARB air compressor with an NMO sized hole cut in it. Already sized for 1/4" hardware. Works flawlessly to tens of miles.

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  7. May 10, 2021 at 11:27 AM
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    Sandman614 Snarky TWSS elf, Travis #hotsavannahdotcom, LRGRNR

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    How do you clear drive thru bars? Nice though
     
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  8. May 10, 2021 at 11:28 AM
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    The diamond antenna folds down at the top of that thicker part of the vertical a few inches up.

    Just don't forget to fold it down before backing into the garage...



    twice :anonymous:
     
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  9. May 10, 2021 at 12:05 PM
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    Now that is rad! Looks great too man!
     
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  10. May 12, 2021 at 6:50 AM
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    I'd like to hear from any of the hams out there that have a 2020 or newer with the factory LED headlights.
    It's been my experience, with AFTERMARKET LED headlights, that they produce a fair amount of unwanted RF interference.
    Are any of you getting RF interference with the factory LED's?
    Side note: I'm also thinking about getting the MESO Stage 1 Total Tails and am wondering if they produce any RF interference?

    Thanks
    D
    73
     
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  11. May 12, 2021 at 6:52 AM
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    Zero interference from the factory LED headlights, tail lights, and blinkers. I don't have any MESO stuff.
     
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    I have MESO stage 2 tails and when pressing on the brake there is some interference.
     
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    Not a turd gen but I have TRS LED turn signals and I get blinker interference... Granted my antenna is right in front of the right turn signal.
     
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    Yeah but don't let 50 ohms fool you.
     
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    I plan to use a piece of 63 thou aluminum sheet I bought at a metal supply store for about $30. They had a piece of scrap that I had them cut down to 11.75x43" in a shear. I plan to mount the plate on the underside of the load bars. I bought M5 stud-type fasteners from tnutz.com - I'll use 4 of them on each of the two edges. You just slide the studs in the t-slots and fasten the plate with nylok-type nuts from underneath.

    I will try to scrape away the anodizing where the plate mounting bolts contact the load bars. I might have to get into installing RF braids, but I hope I won't have to.

    If I want to carry something on the rack, I will just unscrew the antennas and put plastic caps on the NMO mounts.

    I am not sure how I will get the coax up to the roof yet. Apparently people just run it up through the door opening and close the door on the coax. Seems pretty ghetto?

    I ordered 2 x #503 and 1 x #501 Breedlove NMO mounts. I think the #501 will work and it's slightly cheaper. The #503 needs less clearance below the mount. I will use one mount for a 2m/440 antenna with my Yaesu FT3D handheld, and the other for an HF antenna for my Yaesu FT-891. I just want to have the third one on the shelf, I'm sure I'll find a use for it.

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    Don't let the ground plane myth spoil your fun,IMG_4435.jpg best to get the coils above the bed but that's about it. 10-40 meters, 2 meters/440 and 1.25 meters. I literally have worked the world mobile.
     
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