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Official Colorado HAM and cheese thread

Discussion in 'Colorado' started by Stig, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. Apr 30, 2019 at 5:32 PM
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    pop.tremuloides

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    @Stig....seems like mine did that.

    Will do a factory reset tomorrow when I chat with the Yaesu folks. Not sure what happened but between all the electrical things I was doing this weekend it might have done something to the radio.

    Either way the Yaesu folks are great for customer support and will carry the handheld tomorrow to check coverage and transmit stuff in the AM and PM from the airport and back.
     
  2. May 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
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    Hey Pop...

    I generally run my FTM400s in the "auto mode" mode... that's the one where there's a red-bar over the TX mode in the "A (top) Channel" -- In this mode (for the top VFO) the receiver will look for a digital header on any received transmission -- if the header is present, the radio will set to the DN (digital narrow) mode so you're mode-matched with what's being received -- the mode is preserved for your TX. If no digital header is present on a received signal, the radio will set analog FM for ya (again, preserved for your TX). With the radio set this way, a quick "blip" of the PTT (mic) will toggle between DN and FM modes ... I've seen these "quick blips" really mess with people that fidget with their Mics, or don't use a Mic-clip since the PTT is so touchy on a new mic.

    I have my house / antenna-farm offline probably for another week or two as I continue the exterior refit, but the truck is just outside and I could hop on sometime and give that a go -- While driving, I'll monitor the Wires-X Colorado Room and 146.520 simplex.
    Some reference:
    I'll be interested to hear what comes from your discussions with Yaesu as well.


    NG0L
     
  3. May 1, 2019 at 2:41 PM
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    @nats

    Well today on the drive home I was able to make a great contact! Fellow mobile HAM in Elizabeth. We were both using the local N0XLF repeater that is close to my house. I picked it up loud and clear all the way in Centennial!

    I think that repeater is just not used a bunch at the times I was trying.

    My call to Yaesu was great! They said I was doing everything correctly and now that I have a better understanding of programming both the hand held and the FTM400 XDR things should start running smoothly!

    What a great day and I cant tell you all how excited I was to make a terrific contact. He said I was loud and clear with no static or issues of interference of any kind!
     
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  4. May 1, 2019 at 2:48 PM
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    YamaDirtrider

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    What hasn't been modified?
    You should be able to reach the 145.145 repeater. That one almost always has people on it
     
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  5. May 1, 2019 at 2:49 PM
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    Josh,

    I will give that one a shot! Thanks!
     
  6. May 1, 2019 at 3:52 PM
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    Btnewman Benjamin Newman

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    Good reading about the ftm400, I am going to be ordering one this weekend. Probably going to order it through dx.com unless you guys know of a better spot that has them in the $400 range. Going to be pairing it wthw a magnet nmo mount and a Larsen dual band antenna. Will I need to order anything else to get it setup such as a main power filter?

    Screenshot_20190501-175042.jpg
     
  7. May 1, 2019 at 3:59 PM
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    pop.tremuloides

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    I use HRO personally because they have a store locally here in Denver. Same price and you will NOT be disappointed with the radio! I elected to NOT go the NMO mounting and instead purchased a Caliraised Bracket for the back and ran the minicoax up along the bottom with wire loom to enter the cab area. I managed to SWR it at close to 1:1 and it is working like a champ! I'll have to get some pictures up this week to show you but I love it!

    This is the antenna I went with:

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000063

    Mini Coax:

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-003639

    Link to Caliraised:

    https://caliraisedled.com/collectio...lle/products/05-15-tacoma-bed-accessory-mount

    Not sure if they make things for the 07 but worth a call to them.
     
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  8. May 1, 2019 at 4:15 PM
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    Good deal, any idea how long it will take HRO to ship or what their backorder times are? I am over on the Western slope so it will be shipped either way.
    Fairly soon when the weather starts to cooperate better I will be building a roof rack and the antenna will be getting mounted on that. I am still open for options on the antenna, and will debate the diamond antenna for sure. Still leaning towards Larsen, mainly because that seems to be what most law enforcement and emergency vehicles use, which to me says something about the quality of them.
     
  9. May 1, 2019 at 4:35 PM
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    To be honest....everytime I have a "back order" item it comes within the week MAX. The only exception was the FT-70D I ordered a couple months ago when the Yaesu sale happened and it took 8 days.

    When I ordered the FTM it look less than a week and had it shipped to Monument as I was really busy and lo and behold it was home and safe!

    They also do a great job of calling you and letting you know when things will go out.

    The folks are great there and always willing to help...as a new HAM Technician they are very willing and patient!
     
  10. May 2, 2019 at 3:26 AM
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    That's all good to hear, you talked me into going through HRO. On that note, any particulary recommended external speaker? Or would you guys say to just go with the yaesu one that they recommend? My truck isn't particularly quiet inside as the body has slightly taken some damage...
    Or better yet, is there a Bluetooth adapter that will make the radio priority, and the music secondary? So I can just have the audio go through my car stereo?
     
  11. May 2, 2019 at 5:22 AM
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    I'm using Yeasu speaker mounted in DS footwell (for now), and I don't think it's loud enough, especially at higher speeds. I used to use a Midland speaker bought for a CB a while back, and I don't think Yeasu is much louder, but seam to be clearer and at high volume I don't hear distortion like with Midland.
    I was considering an amplified speaker, but couldn't get a bearing on a good one, so I've decided on Yeasu. I think I'll have to figure out better mounting location, maybe that'll make a difference.

    Good luck with your choice!
     
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  12. May 2, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    @Btnewman
     
  13. May 2, 2019 at 6:58 AM
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    Yeah, thought I would spread my question, I don't like buying things twice, and I like getting info from local guys, as well as outside the area.
     
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  14. May 2, 2019 at 7:03 AM
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    Haha my bad. Just saw you were from CO. I just thought of here because I saw a lot of yaesu talk lately
     
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  15. May 21, 2019 at 5:35 PM
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    Finally got my FTM-400 installed. Unfortunately, haven't been able to reach any Wires-X nodes.
     
  16. May 22, 2019 at 5:46 PM
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    What part of town are you in?

    That 146.535 node is at the HRO store on E. Iliff (east of Quebec out there) -- the other two were kinda "local /QRP" 449.775 has gone seriously low power in southwest Lakewood, and the other one I listed before seems to have gone quiet.

    The best source would be Yaesu. Yaesu has a real-time list of nodes (not all have complete data) https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/id/active_node.php If ya hit that table, and select to sort the "State" column, there should be about 20+ nodes; hopefully, one nearby that you can hit.

    Shoot me a PM here, if y'think I can help or anything.
     
  17. May 22, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    I'm up in Broomfield. Seems like it's a bit of a dry area. I see a node in Loveland and one in Thornton I'll give a shot.
     
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  18. Jun 30, 2019 at 5:42 PM
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    I've got a Baofeng UV-5R and few funds, so I haven't gotten my mobile unit yet. But I'm wondering if I could get my Antenna/Mount and just run the coax to the cabin and hook up my HT while I wait to get my mobile unit. I'm hoping that when I get my mobile unit, I can essentially just drop-in replace it in place of the HT. Anything that I'm missing in my understanding that would make this harder than expected? (e.g. Baofeng coax, for whatever reason, is different than that on a Yaesu FTM-400 (current primary choice))

    I'm getting antsy, and having reception inconsistently come in and out from the Faraday cage that is my vehicle is annoying. Plus I'll need to get the antenna anyway...
     
  19. Jun 30, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    Should be able to use the same antenna/coax but you’ll need a specific adapter to go from the baofeng to the coax now. I forget the exact one though. SMA to PL259 maybe? Shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars. Hit up HRO and they will know which one is correct.
     
  20. Jun 30, 2019 at 6:07 PM
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