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What is the best CB/GMRS/HAM config?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Cows Have Claws, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    vicali

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    Semantics. You can sit in a drivers seat without a drivers license too but it won’t get you anywhere.

    I’m not quite naive enough to believe everyone does the right thing.

    btw, test is 35 multiple choice questions- five year olds can do it. You will learn why radio choice is not the most important thing.
     
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  2. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    Well if you want to sit and read all that crap beforehand go ahead. Most study the practice tests with the answers to pass the test at www.hamstudy.org


    You can go back and read everything later if you wish.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:43 AM
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    It’s not semantics. It’s what’s allowable by law/FCC. You can own one and listen all you want, utilize it for NOAA if you so please, and if you are in an emergency life threatening situation transmit. I do agree, if you want to understand HAM and how to operate then reading and taking the test is the way to go.
     
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  4. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:46 AM
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  5. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:50 AM
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    The level 1 tech test is for amateur radio, the $70 license is for GMRS. Different licenses for different radio services. No one radio will do both legally FWIW.
     
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  6. Dec 24, 2020 at 12:04 PM
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  7. Dec 24, 2020 at 12:10 PM
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    I never installed my cb in my 2nd gen. I’d had enough of the bs around here on it from my 1st gen days. Out on the highways it was ok when it was mostly truckers on it.
     
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  8. Dec 24, 2020 at 12:16 PM
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    There's one big event each year here that I usually lead some trail rides for or I wouldn't have bothered with the CB in this truck.
     
  9. Dec 24, 2020 at 8:34 PM
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    I've already paid for a GMRS license. WQZD702 And I've got the Level 1 Technician exam manual sitting right next to me but its really nice to ask around before going balls deep. This hobby can get pretty expensive so maybe I dont need to take the exam and get over excited about buying a 1200 radio that is going to just sit on my shelf forever and collect dust when I'd be just fine getting a GMRS for my truck and a couple of blister pack hand helds and call it a day. No harm in asking.
     
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  10. Dec 24, 2020 at 8:46 PM
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    Beauty of ham is you can make it however expensive you want. You don’t need $1000 radios. You can easily make antennas etc. only time it gets expensive is if you get into HF.
     
  11. Dec 24, 2020 at 9:04 PM
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  12. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:09 AM
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    Please let us know how it works out! Looks can be deceiving!
     
  13. Dec 25, 2020 at 5:26 AM
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    Ham doesn't have to be hard or expensive. I just used a practice test app on my phone to learn what I needed to pass the test and got a cheap 25w radio to put in my truck. It's done everything I wanted it to do so far.

    Go to hamstudy.org
     
  14. Dec 25, 2020 at 6:52 AM
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  15. Dec 25, 2020 at 7:01 AM
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    In my GX470 I had a Midland 75 CB that I had tuned and what a difference.
    For my ham radio I used the Yaesu FTM 3200 DR mounted along the console on the passenger side. I really like the radio because it has the speaker in front, so I didn’t need an external speaker.
    I haven’t looked at a GMRS radio, don’t want three radios in my truck
     
  16. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:06 PM
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    I have a ham license. I used it to talk to people on my way to work and for hiking. I have mostly Yaesu and Kenwood radios. Both are good. Lots of the guys talk about radios, and most are very smart...it can't hurt to have a ham and a gmrs radios, if funding is available.
     
  17. Dec 25, 2020 at 8:40 PM
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    1. Get best antenna possible and install NMO mount dead center of roof with a Laird Hole Saw and RG58 cable. Nothing else you do can even come close to as important as this step for any band or brand radio.

    2. Run power wire directly to battery with fuse as close to battery as possible, and affix ground wire to chassis as close as possible to radio.

    3. Maxon, Kenwood, Icom, Motorola for GMRS and 70cm ham, all of which can be had for under $150 used.
     
  18. Dec 25, 2020 at 9:42 PM
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    What antenna do you have installed and where on your truck? Also, what is that rail you have it installed on?
     
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  19. Dec 25, 2020 at 9:54 PM
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  20. Dec 25, 2020 at 10:10 PM
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    I dropped $70 dollars for the GMRS license and keep a handheld in my truck.

    Think folks in my area are probably still on CB though
     
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