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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 25, 2020 at 11:21 PM
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    Citizen Rob

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    The mount is something that I splurged on and am really really happy with. I bought the accessory mount and have a Hondo Garage Perfect Squeeze that holds the head unit. I've also got the tablet mount. With the tablet, I can tie my friends APRS signal from their radios onto a map on my tablet and see exactly where they are. I'm working on getting that all self contained so I won't have to rely on cell service to do that.

    https://expeditionessentials.com/products/toyota-tacoma-3rd-gen-usb-powered-accessory-mount

    My antenna is a Comet CA-2x4SRNMO with the added spring mount. It's tall but not too crazy. And I can hear repeaters 60+ miles away from my location on the valley floor. In the mountains I change to a shorter antenna because of the elevation differences and the radio signal not broadcasting straight out on a relatively flat pattern.
     
  2. Dec 25, 2020 at 11:31 PM
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    I would just like something to use for when I'm on active logging roads that require the driver to call their position so you don't end up running into a loaded log truck somewhere you shouldn't. Something that doesn't get used that often, but needs to work for at least a 5 mile range.
    Anything out there in the hand held world that would fit that?
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2020 at 11:35 PM
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  4. Dec 26, 2020 at 12:01 AM
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    They are not illegal to use as long as you stay within the band limits for HAM radios. By default they are able to transmit on MGRS and FMRS frequencies but at a higher wattage than allowed by FCC. They are still handy little radios to have although they can be a pain to program.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2020 at 12:10 AM
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    Thanks for the information guys!:thumbsup:
     
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  7. Dec 26, 2020 at 8:39 AM
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    I did it in person at the local library, looks like there are some online options now http://www.arrl.org/findonlineexam
     
  8. Jan 5, 2021 at 3:26 PM
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  9. Jan 6, 2021 at 8:20 PM
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    I'm considering the midland 15W. My question for you experts in the group, if my buddy has a 2w handheld will I be able to have more range Tx and Rx or do both parties require a stronger radio? Or is communication is as strong as the weakest link? Thanks
     
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  10. Jan 6, 2021 at 9:01 PM
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  11. Jan 6, 2021 at 10:34 PM
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    that would be terrain dependent. LOS it will possibly work up to it’s specs but given tree coverage and hills etc you might get a couple miles. I use a similar setup for communicating in backcountry terrain skiing and has worked well for me. But we are never more than a mile apart.
     
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  12. Jan 7, 2021 at 5:35 PM
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    JBA STD UCAs. 6112/5160 @6/5. Wheelers 1.5" 3AAL with Superbumps. BROG molle headrest covers. GMRS & Ham radios with roof-mounted NMO Laird Phantom antenna. Thinkware front/rear dashcams, FreshMexicanTaco's DMM, Meso's dome/map LEDs & Flipfob, Swingcase on driver side.
    Good question. The more powerful 15W radio with a better antenna extends the range of the 2W radio, all other things being equal.
     
  13. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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    As a licensed ham here myself, figured I would chime in...

    When you ask, "What is the best CB/GMRS/HAM config?", I would imagine the best response is, "What do you hope to accomplish with it?".

    If you spend A LOT of time on the road, CB is probably your best option, as I would imagine nearly EVERY rig out there is equipped with one.

    GMRS tends to be a niche allocation. We have a repeater here, and there are some folks who use it, but it tends to be a smaller group. If you are trying to keep up with your buddies while out in the sticks, and they are out there with you, this fits the bill nicely, even without repeaters.

    Amateur Radio is another beast entirely... Much has been touted regarding "Disaster Preparedness" and "Emergency Services" with HAM radio, much of which is vastly overrated, in my opinion. I have been on road trips and called out on 146.52 more times than I can remember with no response. Even the repeaters one encounters on the road or the woods can be hit or miss. I PERSONALLY would not trust ham radio for emergency situations as much of the repeater based stuff is sort of a "club", and yes, I belong to one, thus, your "assistance" may or may not happen.

    There is one area of Amateur Radio which may prove useful to you if you are wheeling, etc. Have you heard of Winlink? Take a look at http://www.winlink.org. With an HF transceiver, a laptop, and reasonable antenna, you can send/receive e-mails while out in the boonies. In other words, you are not dependent on another human being at the other end of the circuit to pick up the microphone.

    Given your initial post, it seems to me that Winlink best fits your needs, at the expense of getting the higher license classes. In your situation, I would take a look at the question pools on http://www.eham.net (the test questions are public), start taking the practice tests, and knock out Technician, General, and Extra. Should take you about a month, with relatively minor effort.

    If there is a GMRS repeater in your area (and you will need permission to use it) with excellent coverage, the $70 for the license might be an easier alternative.

    And do you want something even easier? Garmin InReach... Believe it or not, this is probably your BEST option. And SIMPLEST. Take a look at the following link, https://discover.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/personal/. Equipment is minimal, you can start/stop the service as needed, and being satellite based, is relatively reliable and has global coverage...

    Just my thoughts...

    Garry (AE5HL)
     
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