1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Ham radio questions

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Fire Force, May 31, 2011.

  1. May 31, 2011 at 5:30 PM
    #1
    Fire Force

    Fire Force [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Member:
    #56519
    Messages:
    59
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    Houston, TX
    Vehicle:
    2010 4x4 SR5 TRD Offroad (mostly stock)
    Bull bar, UWS toolbox, Yaesu FT-8800R dual band ham radio
    All,

    I just got the ham license and I'm probably going to get a Yaesu FT-8900R for my truck. I'm waffling between the Comet and Diamond antennas at this time but I'd like to know what sort of coaxial cable to get. Some of the mounts available for the Comet/Diamond antennas come with a coax already, but I'd just like to be sure.

    Any advice from ham operators who have radios in their trucks would be great!

    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. Jun 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM
    #2
    Westside Medic

    Westside Medic Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Member:
    #29229
    Messages:
    29
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robby
    Montgomery, AL
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma TRD Sport Speedway Blue
    DRLM, DFLM, hid 8000k HL, bed extender, 16" moto metal 951 black and chrome , 285/75/16 bfg allterrain, Set of 5100's front set at 2.5", Tsb Rear leaf with 2" block , Jensen 7.5" flip up CD / DVD with iPhone hook up , in channel rain guards and husky floor mats, low profile black tool box, cool blue led interior dome and map lights, XM radio, Rearview camera in rear tag, Ham radio Kenwood TMV 708-A, 6 Whelen hideaway strobes and Whelen slimlighter in back window..Blacked out Badges.. Tinted tail lights and 3rd break light..
    I have a Kenwood TMV 708a head unit and a comet SBB7 antenna. I dont use it as a Ham radio being that i havent taken the test. I use it for the Fire Deparment. I can get you some pic's of how i have it set up im my truck if you want. Just let me know.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM
    #3
    carcharias

    carcharias Giggiddy what what

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Member:
    #48988
    Messages:
    4,762
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    '11 AC MGM OR
    Kings all-around w/ 700lb coils, Dakar leaf pack, TC uca's, DO single hoop bumper, BAMF bolt-on sliders w/ kickouts, Rigid 20" e-series spot/flood, aFe pro-dry, BFG KM2 255/85/16, silver TRD FJ wheels, WARN M8000-s, Access LE, Grillcraft, BAMF lightbar, BAMF rear dif skid, BAMF LCA skids, window tint, Wet Okoles, WeatherTech floorliners, Silverstar lights, led dome lights, Redline Tuning hood struts, center console lock mod, mag-lite mod, extra d-rings, re-routed exhaust, ATO skids, ATO Hi-Lift mounts, pipe tailgate lock, seatbelt alarm delete, wheel/spare locks, Viper 5901, LoJack... WISHLIST: a golden canary that poops platinum
    No knowledge on your question, but what did you use to study for the test? How long did you study? Am thinking about jumping into a test this Saturday morning...
     
  4. Jun 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM
    #4
    PreRunnerSeth

    PreRunnerSeth Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Member:
    #21110
    Messages:
    4,274
    Gender:
    Male
    Apex, NC
    Vehicle:
    15 Black DC OR Prerunner
    www.hamtestonline.com its $25, but you can sit down with this for 3 hours the night before and pass.

    Most just use RG58, which is what comes with most the mounts. If you want to get all technical about it and get something with less loss you can go with RG-8X.
     
  5. Jun 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM
    #5
    carcharias

    carcharias Giggiddy what what

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Member:
    #48988
    Messages:
    4,762
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    '11 AC MGM OR
    Kings all-around w/ 700lb coils, Dakar leaf pack, TC uca's, DO single hoop bumper, BAMF bolt-on sliders w/ kickouts, Rigid 20" e-series spot/flood, aFe pro-dry, BFG KM2 255/85/16, silver TRD FJ wheels, WARN M8000-s, Access LE, Grillcraft, BAMF lightbar, BAMF rear dif skid, BAMF LCA skids, window tint, Wet Okoles, WeatherTech floorliners, Silverstar lights, led dome lights, Redline Tuning hood struts, center console lock mod, mag-lite mod, extra d-rings, re-routed exhaust, ATO skids, ATO Hi-Lift mounts, pipe tailgate lock, seatbelt alarm delete, wheel/spare locks, Viper 5901, LoJack... WISHLIST: a golden canary that poops platinum
    Cool, that's the one I was looking at. I'll sign up. Thanks!
     
  6. Jun 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    #6
    Fire Force

    Fire Force [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Member:
    #56519
    Messages:
    59
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    Houston, TX
    Vehicle:
    2010 4x4 SR5 TRD Offroad (mostly stock)
    Bull bar, UWS toolbox, Yaesu FT-8800R dual band ham radio
    LOL, I totally forgot that I posted this thread.

    Anyway, my ham install is totally ghetto but it works:

    [​IMG]

    Yaesu FT-8800R with cheap magnet mount VHF/UHF antenna. Cigarette lighter power supply. Works brilliantly.
     
  7. Jun 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    #7
    PreRunnerSeth

    PreRunnerSeth Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Member:
    #21110
    Messages:
    4,274
    Gender:
    Male
    Apex, NC
    Vehicle:
    15 Black DC OR Prerunner
    DO NOT RUN FULL POWER ON A CIGARETTE ADAPTER. your radio does a lot more power than a CB and really needs a proper connection directly to the battery. I very highly suggest you do not transmit 50W with your current setup.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    #8
    Fire Force

    Fire Force [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Member:
    #56519
    Messages:
    59
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    Houston, TX
    Vehicle:
    2010 4x4 SR5 TRD Offroad (mostly stock)
    Bull bar, UWS toolbox, Yaesu FT-8800R dual band ham radio
    Don't worry; since all the local repeaters are close, I keep the power setting at LOW at all times.

    I'm off this weekend so the radio is going to get wired to the battery for sure.
     
  9. Jun 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM
    #9
    MT Madman

    MT Madman Senior Citizen

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Member:
    #30831
    Messages:
    478
    Gender:
    Male
    Hawk Point MO
    Vehicle:
    MGM Tundra CrewMax Limited TRD Off Road
    My Kenwood TM-V708 Dual-Bander Westin Step Bars Line X Bedliner ReTrax Pro MX Tonnaeu Cover
    Congrats on the ticket!

    I've got the Kenwood TM-V708 and typically use the Diamond NR73BNMO to reach out but carry the NR72BNMO under the back seat if I need clearance. You can look at my gallery for pix. N9TRZ
     
  10. Jun 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM
    #10
    bjmoose

    bjmoose Bullwinkle J. Moose

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Member:
    #42529
    Messages:
    6,000
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    San Jose CA
    Vehicle:
    '11 Std Cab 4x4 5sp
    OME suspension, ARB Air Lockers, CBI/Relentless/Pelfrey armor, HAM radio
    Check link in my sig for a different ft8900 mount option.
     
  11. Jun 9, 2011 at 4:05 PM
    #11
    Fire Force

    Fire Force [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Member:
    #56519
    Messages:
    59
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    Houston, TX
    Vehicle:
    2010 4x4 SR5 TRD Offroad (mostly stock)
    Bull bar, UWS toolbox, Yaesu FT-8800R dual band ham radio
    I just don't have the technical proficiency to mount my radio like bjmoose! Cigarette lighter and mag mount works for me (at least for now)!
     
  12. Jun 9, 2011 at 7:32 PM
    #12
    traversing

    traversing New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Member:
    #57802
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Littleton, CO
    Vehicle:
    Sweet!!!
    I am getting ready to drill a hole in the roof and run the coax down the door post and connect it to the radio body that will be mounted under the seat or behind the back seat. My radio head is going to be mounted directly above my center vents, just need to figure out how to take that black plastic molding off that goes around the am/fm radio, a/c. I will make an "L" bracket to mount my radio head to, the bracket will go behind and above the two vents and screw it to something under the dash. I may have to get creative and make a "U" cut in the plastic molding for the data cable that goes to the radio head. If I have room, I am going to install my 706 MRKIIG, it will have to go behind the rear seat back rest or under the back seat, it will have to be conntected to the tuner. I plan on mounting a piece of tube steel on the right rear corner of the bed and make an easy on and off HF antenna mounting post. Still shopping for the right screwdriver antenna, but the dualband antenna is going to be a breakover comet.

    Ronnie, KE5NSM
     
  13. Jun 9, 2011 at 7:52 PM
    #13
    kd8awe

    kd8awe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Member:
    #22699
    Messages:
    243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rocky
    Ohio
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off Road
    Fog mod, 3" lift, ShoMe stobes, MicroLight LED Strobes, HiLift Jack, RCI 2950, Yaesu 8900r, 20% Tint, ScanGauge II, Weathertech Side Window Deflectors, *** New Mod's (parts on the way) *** U-Bolt flip kit. Tom Woods 1 Piece Double Cardan Drive Shaft. 3* Axel Shims
    http://www.houstonamateurradiosupply.com/home/index.html

    The link is a Ham Radio shop in Houston. I am sure that they can help you get the mount that will work best for you.

    I run a Yaesu 8900r and a Comet UHV-4 antenna. I have also used a Diamond SMG-911 (till I broke it) . Both work very well for the quad band radio.

    Most antennas don't come with the coax because of all the different mounting options. I have my antenna mounted to the side of my toolbox. I ran the coax through the bed floor (near the cab in the corner of the bed) then along the frame through a plug on the cab floor. I have my radios ( I have two) mounted on a post bracket (like in a police car) that uses the front passenger seat bolts to hold the mount.
     
  14. Aug 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM
    #14
    mrrobwood

    mrrobwood Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2010
    Member:
    #33090
    Messages:
    9
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Dracut MA
    Vehicle:
    10 SR5 DBL CAB
    Get rid of that wiring before you hurt your radio. Cigarette lighter does not have sufficient amperes. It would be best to run a relay with a fuse from the battery. Don't wire into ignition. Mine is wired into ACC. For now only run 5w. That's all you need to reach repeaters if you have a good antenna.
     
  15. Aug 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM
    #15
    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Member:
    #8809
    Messages:
    1,248
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    99 Tacoma SR5 4x4 5 speed Manual Hubs
    Diff Breather,CB thingy,GPS,Cop Shocks,Cop Breaks, old Man Emu 881's Dakar Leaf Springs and Nitro sport shocks. Deck Plate mod
    Does ham and a Cb have anything in common? Can A CB talk to Ham an a Ham to A cb? Ham is more powerful, that I know, and you need a Ham license, but please list some differences. Thanks
     
  16. Aug 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM
    #16
    brian

    brian Another Traitor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Member:
    #16011
    Messages:
    7,557
    Gender:
    Male
    Elizabeth City, NC
    Vehicle:
    2008 F-350 Powerstroke
    Ham can transmit on CB channels. CBs are limited to frequencies from 27-28mhz which is within the HF spectrum.
    A ham operator and a CB operator could talk back and forth, but it would be limited to a few miles at most due to a cbs lack of power.


    There are some exceptions. I've been able to converse about 20 miles range with a CB op from our aircraft, but being in the air gets pretty cluttered with other traffic quickly.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM
    #17
    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Member:
    #8809
    Messages:
    1,248
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    99 Tacoma SR5 4x4 5 speed Manual Hubs
    Diff Breather,CB thingy,GPS,Cop Shocks,Cop Breaks, old Man Emu 881's Dakar Leaf Springs and Nitro sport shocks. Deck Plate mod
    I know ham can bounce off the atmosphere and get all kinds of range but what is the reason for hams in trucks? Oher than the obvious, natural disaster, police/firefighter/emt. I guess if you plan to be 100 miles from nowhere and cell phones don't work then a Ham will save your butt. I'm not being a smart ass but I was so unhappy with the CB I bought and only had local guys who only wanted to talk OVER people rather than listen and talk. I use it on road trips but listening to truckers talk and only having a limited range gets old really quick. Need more info, thanks.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM
    #18
    silver taco

    silver taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2010
    Member:
    #34079
    Messages:
    715
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    07 4X access cab
    Icon 2.5 ext travel, Camburg 1.25" uca's, All-pro leafs, Icon 2.5" rear shocks, LR jounce front and back, breather mod, KR Fab rear bumper, Kenwood 2m radio, All-Pro sliders, Front bumper by Surfinferno (Dylan), Glassworks fenders, 4:56 gears, gusseted spindles and coil buckets
    The reasons for hams in trucks is so people ahead can call out road conditions to others behind. Last mohave trip I did, there were times when I was over 5 miles behind as they had lt and im running ome. I could radio ahead to get directions and the reception was crystal clear. Another time we were offroad in two groups and the one group was miles ahead and a guy in our group broke his rear diff. Cb reception was crap but the guys could hear me just fine. I was able to tell them not to wait up and they could head home cuz we had to get the truck running. The ham is probably my favorite thing I've done to the truck, next to the lift.
     
  19. Aug 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM
    #19
    silver taco

    silver taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2010
    Member:
    #34079
    Messages:
    715
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    07 4X access cab
    Icon 2.5 ext travel, Camburg 1.25" uca's, All-pro leafs, Icon 2.5" rear shocks, LR jounce front and back, breather mod, KR Fab rear bumper, Kenwood 2m radio, All-Pro sliders, Front bumper by Surfinferno (Dylan), Glassworks fenders, 4:56 gears, gusseted spindles and coil buckets
    Qrz.com has free practice tests with the actual questions. If any if you want, pm me with your email address and ill send you a file with all of the questions and answers that they use to form the test.
     
  20. Aug 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM
    #20
    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Member:
    #8256
    Messages:
    3,042
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Equador. Don't know why.
    Vehicle:
    RIP Lucy.
    She's gone but not forgotten.
    I took my 3rd brake light lens and base off, used a file to make a groove in the base, and ran my cable into the cab that way. Sealed it with black RTV and a wet finger. No holes in the roof. Was a PITA pulling the interior panels off to run it behind them, but you can't see the cable at all until it comes out under the dash.
     
To Top