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post #1 of 53 Old 09-15-2006, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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2m/440 recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for radios for my Jeep. What's everyone using?

I don't have my license yet, hoping to pass the test early next month. Just doing a little research right now.

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post #2 of 53 Old 09-15-2006, 11:12 PM
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I prefer kenwood or Icom for my gear, hopefully will have a Icom 706 IIG in the jeep soon, have an old kenwood 2m in there now, with a 5/8ths wave on the roof rack. Mike N9XLZ

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I use a kenwood 261a in the truck, not much 440 here. I use a ic706m11g in da house and an kenwood 850 for hf.

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I really like Kenwood for dual-band mobile radios. They are reliable and their controls are easy to memorize. The G707A is a good radio to start with.

If you think you might get into APRS, consider the TM-D700A. It costs a bit more, but has a built-in TNC and connection for a GPS. We installed one in our Project Jeep and it has been great.

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post #5 of 53 Old 09-16-2006, 07:18 AM
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I picked up a used FT-8100R for $150, and so far it has everything I could possibly need. Hit up the local hamfest and see what is available.

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Kenwood, it seems that the audio is a bit better to me. otherwise I'd say Icom.
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post #7 of 53 Old 09-16-2006, 08:19 AM
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I'm with the Kenwood or ICOM.

My HF Base is all ICOM and has worked great for a while now.

My Mobile Radio is a Tri-band Kenwood TM-741 an older model but it has worked great also. It came with 2/440 and I added 220 but since have added a module to increase the band capacity to six bands, worked out well.

The question that pops up is what repaeater do youhave close to you and what repeaters due you plan on working. A Dual or Tri Band Rig is great but if you aren't going to use the extra bands why pay for it.

Not to put down any of the other brands of Ametuer Radio Equipment, they are all good and the quality is about the same, so look for something that you find as a great option and buy it.

Later, Good Luck on the test, 73, W1IO/N1MAU

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Since you are looking for a 2m/440 radio, I would suggest the Kenwood TM-D700A. Dual band and it has the APRS built in, so you can connect a GPS to it.

The Icom 706 or 7000 would be the second choice, if you want HF/VHF/UHF. They are 2 to 3 times as much over the D700. You will have to mount more antennas and on a Jeep and that may be a challenge. Unless you are in the Desert, most HF antennas will get the hell beat out of them on the trail.

I run HF in my Tow Rig, but only 2m/440 (D700) in the Jeep with the APRS. I mounted a Comet SBB-5 dual band antenna mounted on a Teraflex (behind the left tail light) bracket. Looks and works good, plus it clears the garage door.

Check out Stu Olson's website on Ham Radio and Jeeps at http://www.stu-offroad.com/index.asp

Transmitting on VHF/UHF will only require the Tech License, but if you want to transmit on HF, you will have to pass, at least, the General test as well. A 2m/440 radio is great to start with when you are first licensed!

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Unless you are in the Desert, most HF antennas will get the hell beat out of them on the trail.
We run an Icom AH-2b behind an AH-4 tuner and 706MKII-G that works well just about anywhere. The mount is very tough, and the flexible whip can handle quite a bit. We recently relocated it after changing rear bumpers, and so far this has worked out well. It is above the drivers-side tail light.



It also includes a piece that can be used to fold the antenna over for low-clearance areas.

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Does anyone have pictures of their antenna setups??

I'm planning on keeping my CB in and I'm curious how to setup multiple antennas.
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post #12 of 53 Old 09-16-2006, 12:49 PM
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My 2m radio's antenna is just a mag-mount stuck on the driver's side rear wheelwell... inside the Jeep. It works well there and hits all the local repeaters just fine.

You may not get all the use out of a dual-band rig that you expect. I have had two dual-band transceivers and found that I just never used the 440 MHz band. So this last time, I went with an ICOM V8000 75 watt 2m only rig. Simpler than most to use, plus it has the WX (weather) band on it. I like it a lot... especially its front-firing speaker that has more audio output power than most others do.


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I just picke dup an icom IC-208H a couple weeks ago. Modified a Turbo City Rock-it antenna mount to fit the antenna. I'll probably finish mounting it up this week.

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Does anyone have pictures of their antenna setups??

I'm planning on keeping my CB in and I'm curious how to setup multiple antennas.
You have already seen the photo of the back of our Project Jeep. We have the CB antenna on the Grant 4x4 swing away tire carrier, and the HF antenna mounted on the drivers side above the tail light.

As for our 2m/70cm antennas, they are all up front. We did two Tram 1180 NMO-mount antennas on the fenders, and two smaller Tram antennas up by the front windshield - the latter being primarily for receive-only or guest HT hookup applications.

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Both of my current antennas, 5/8 wave 2m and CB are mounted on my roof rack on my 98 ZJ. excellent reception and tunning once I set up proper grounding for each antenna. Once I get my new safari roof basket, I will set up a new antenna set up.

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