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Amateur Radio Install

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by PreRunnerSeth, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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    I saw someone posting some info about a CB Install and asking questions. So here's the alternative. I'm a licensed amateur operator and here is my Tacoma install. There are MANY benefits of amateur radio over CB that include much much much more range even on vhf/uhf frequencies with the use of repeaters. Internet linking of repeaters allowing talking around the world. It requires a test and has rules so its much more civilized. The first level test is actually pretty easy and only requires a few hours of studying. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about amateur radio. so heres the list.

    Tranceiver: Kenwood TM-D700 Dual band 2m/440 50W/35W with built in TNC (allows automatic position reporting!)
    Antenna: Diamond Super Gainer
    Mount: NMO mount Fed with RG-8X coax
    Speaker: MFJ

    Here is the antenna mount called a NMO (New Motorola)
    ham1.JPG

    Here is the mount with antenna attached
    ham2.JPG

    Here is the whole antenna:
    ham3.jpg

    The Kenwood has a remote face plate. allows you to mount the radio elsewhere in the cab.
    ham4.jpg
    Ham5.JPG

    And finally the brains. The Radio body. mounted in the rear storage.
    ham6.jpg
     
  2. Apr 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Hate to bump a waaay old thread but How hard was that set up to tune? I am going back and forth between that type of antenna and a mag base but i am leaning towards this type as i dont like to see wires. But i also dont want to punch a hole in my roof and then not be able to tune it.
     
  3. Apr 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    There is no tuning with amateur radio antennas. They are specifically designed for the bands.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    *sigh of relief* I am taking my tech and general test this saturday. I have been F***ING with my cb antenna for like 4 months now and im sick of it! lol

    Thanks for the quick response.
     
  5. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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    No problem.... what radio you lookin at?
     
  6. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    One of the guys on here has a kenwood TM-271A i am thinking about but i would really rather go dual band but dont quite have the money that right now.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM
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    Dont want to go dual band? If youre in the market for a single band you cant go wrong with the yaesu radios. If you want dual bandwith dual receive then i think you can do better than yaesu. remember the single band radios dont have remote mount faces like you see in my install above.
     
  8. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    No thats what im saying is the one he is selling is a single band, and i would much rather go dual but am looking for something dual band and affordable.
     
  9. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    For new the FT-7900R is the best option, but look on qth.com classifieds. You might find a FT-7900 or FT-7800 a bit cheaper.
     
  10. Apr 28, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    looks good man. i'd like to get my hands on a ic-2820h...
     
  11. Apr 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    These are actually old pictures. I have an IC-2820 with D-Star Module Installed now.

    Not the best pix.

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  12. Apr 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM
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    nice. yea i think thats the radio i want to get and get the gps antenna with it also.
     
  13. Apr 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    They make cb antennas for the NMO too right?
     
  14. Apr 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    So i found a guy selling a New condition 7900R for 220 shipped. Good deal?
     
  16. Apr 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    how involved is the test?
     
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    Not very, We have been waaaayy slow at work and so with about 4 days of studying im ready for both the tech and general. Check out hamtestonline.com
     
  18. Apr 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    its easier than I thought
     
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    Yeah.. not bad at all.
     
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    and that includes the remote mount kit.
     
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