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Unread 05-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
mclovinal
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Ham Radios in Jeeps

I'm thinking about getting my ticket soon, and was curious how people have ham equipment mounted in their Jeeps. Also if you could give me some specs on things like how far you can reach and how much you spent... I'm fairly certain I have seen a few people on here with ham radios.

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Unread 05-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #2
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Go for it! It is a lot of fun. You think Jeeps are expensive............LOL



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Unread 05-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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Have my ticket! Radio going in jeep soon! 2 meter! KK4QMJ
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Unread 05-20-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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I have Yaesu 7900 2m/440 radio that I will be putting in the JK. I still need to pick an antenna and a mount for it. Nice thing with that radio is it has a control head that can be separated from the radio and mounted separately for a lot of flexibility in mounting locations. Distance is based on line of site or bouncing off repeaters so a few miles to around the world, studying for your ticket will teach you all of this. Think of it this way a CB transmits with 4 watts of power my 7900 will transmit at 50 watts. a 7900 is 300 bucks but you can get 2m only radios for half that and a good antenna and mount is another 100.


Get your ticket, well worth it.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #5
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I am ordering the Diamond K400c today. Actually MFJ has a comparable one with a longer coax and half the price.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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I have a handheld that puts out 5w and on certain linked repeater systems, I can talk through most of Az and so Cal. The radio shown in the Tuffy console is a tri-band and can duplex on separate bands. If I place myself on a hilltop and duplex the radio, low altitude radios can use mine as a repeater and reach other radio out of their line of site.

Repeater systems can be fun, some allow phone patch and link ups with other repeaters. When you join a system, the controller will give you a set of codes to do all this. Simplex communication (same channel, no repeater) has it's own fun challenges too. Getting up high in your rig is half the fun. Different antennas and types are fun to experiment with. I used to carry a yagi (directional) with me to see if I could reach my Grandfathers station from different mountain tops. I hit him with good clarity at over 200 miles once.

Lots of fun!

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