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05-31-2021 08:06 PM
cbmadcow
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Originally Posted by DonL3 View Post
For CB: I like the Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio (on amazon)
with a "Lil Will" mag mount auto antenna

For GMRS/FRS: I like the BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) (kit with goodies) and a
Bingfu Ham Radio Vehicle Car Mobile Radio Antenna Dual Band VHF UHF 136-174MHz 400-520MHz Magnetic Base PL259 Male Antenna

Using a couple of Panavise mounts I can have both radios on the dash while on the trail, and stow them in the console when I am off the trail.

I also use a handheld CB or another GMRS/FRS handheld when spotting on the trail.
Can you post which Panavise mounts you are using? I have both those radios and want to mount them in my Jeep also?.
05-04-2021 10:15 PM
CountryZJ Local cb shop owner said that it's the most popular among the Jeep clubs in my area
05-04-2021 10:14 PM
CountryZJ I have a president adams with a 4 foot firestik antenna tuned by one the local shops in my area I have no complaints with it
04-16-2021 03:50 AM
DonL3
Hand held radios

For CB: I like the Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio (on amazon)
with a "Lil Will" mag mount auto antenna

For GMRS/FRS: I like the BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) (kit with goodies) and a
Bingfu Ham Radio Vehicle Car Mobile Radio Antenna Dual Band VHF UHF 136-174MHz 400-520MHz Magnetic Base PL259 Male Antenna

Using a couple of Panavise mounts I can have both radios on the dash while on the trail, and stow them in the console when I am off the trail.

I also use a handheld CB or another GMRS/FRS handheld when spotting on the trail.
03-19-2021 11:47 AM
Rapidrob Since I posted the new CB radio I've taken the two test and gotten my FCC General license and am working on my Extra exam. Old Dog new tricks sort of a thing with me.
Both types of radio communications are a good thing out here as cell phone service can be very poor here in NM.
Normal CB is good for 5-7 miles, and with the 5 Watt VHF/UHF Ham radio being good for 85 miles or more as per the contacts I've made so far.That depends on Simplex or if I hitting a repeater.
03-19-2021 10:03 AM
McFuddlenuts
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My radio is so small it is in-between the passenger seat and the floor consul. A piece of Velcro is holding it in place. I can remove it from the Jeep in just a few seconds. Since I posted the topic I have really enjoyed the President "Bill" radio. I have made contacts at distances with my magnetic Tram antenna I would not have thought was possible just a few years ago.

A very high quality radio.
Very cool. Ive got a 4 firestik that Ill be pairing it with. I had originally thought I was just going to pair it with a handheld Uniden using a PL259 to BNC adapter but the more I think about it, I might want something a little more permanent.

My dad has his tech cert for ham, has had it since they required you to know Morse code and has been encouraging me to go that route as well but the testing here outside Atlanta has dried up.
03-18-2021 03:55 PM
Rapidrob My radio is so small it is in-between the passenger seat and the floor consul. A piece of Velcro is holding it in place. I can remove it from the Jeep in just a few seconds. Since I posted the topic I have really enjoyed the President "Bill" radio. I have made contacts at distances with my magnetic Tram antenna I would not have thought was possible just a few years ago.

A very high quality radio.
03-18-2021 01:18 PM
McFuddlenuts
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Originally Posted by Rapidrob View Post
I just did a trial fit and the radio and the quick release bracket will fit between the drivers seat and the center consul with room to spare.
I also noted that the CB radio will fit in the space where either of the sun-glass holders are in the overhead for those of you who want it above your head. That would make a very neat installation.
Im looking at the Uniden 505xl, it seems to be about the same size. What it holding that in place between the seats? Bracket? Im trying to find room in my TJ, and that looks like a decent option.

Thanks!
01-16-2021 04:35 PM
Rapidrob I got my Tech license today and missed the General by two questions. I'll take the General exam again next month.
The left has now imposed a fee of 35 dollars to get your license which was free for me today. I'll have to pay for the General License if I pass the exam next month unless they hold off passing the Fee requirement.
01-06-2021 08:35 AM
Rapidrob I live on the side of a mountain at 8,000 feet ASL and never really thought about becoming a HAM operator. While any antenna I could legally put up won't clear the summit of the mountain, I can clearly transmit South,West,and North with no issues. Sandia Mountain is only 14 miles away due West of my home with tons of repeaters and the like all over its summit.
Even a mobile unit here should do well if properly set up.
01-06-2021 06:44 AM
cranbiz
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Originally Posted by Rapidrob View Post
I have the option to also take the General exam at the same time as the Tech exam. I'm reading everything I can get my hands on for the exam. It would be nice to open up more band width and frequencies.
Absolutely, as long as you pass an element, the session can continue for the next level exam for your one exam fee. So, if you pass both the Tech and the General exams, you can also take the Extra. Even if you are not ready for the next level exam, take it. If you pass, great, if not, then what you get is a look at the exam for the next time.

I have seen examinee's come in for a Tech and leave with an Extra. Granted, that's rare. Our last session we had one Tech candidate leave with his General.

Good luck.
01-05-2021 09:43 PM
Rapidrob I have the option to also take the General exam at the same time as the Tech exam. I'm reading everything I can get my hands on for the exam. It would be nice to open up more band width and frequencies.
01-05-2021 04:31 PM
downs
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Originally Posted by cranbiz View Post
I seriously doubt that they will be using HF for trail comms, which would require a General ticket. The radio's are larger, the antenna's are larger and everything is more expensive.They will use either 2M or 70CM thru a repeater if they need distance. The cheap Chicom radios work in these bands ($30 Baofeng HT or a 4 channel QYT mobile for $80) A decent dual band mobile by one of the big 3 (Kenwood, Yaesu or Icom) come in around $300
+1 the tech level license is going to probably do everything you want to do in a Jeep unless you get into really long distance stuff.
01-04-2021 11:32 AM
cranbiz
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Originally Posted by Rapidrob View Post
OK, just let me know as I'm getting my HAM license ( Tech) in January. If the club is going to be on a FCC General Band I'll need to get busy with my studies for that license and radio purchase.
I seriously doubt that they will be using HF for trail comms, which would require a General ticket. The radio's are larger, the antenna's are larger and everything is more expensive.They will use either 2M or 70CM thru a repeater if they need distance. The cheap Chicom radios work in these bands ($30 Baofeng HT or a 4 channel QYT mobile for $80) A decent dual band mobile by one of the big 3 (Kenwood, Yaesu or Icom) come in around $300
12-26-2020 08:12 AM
CJ7-Tim
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I bought a Wison FLEX antenna for the rear mount of my ZJ. The antenna SWR is so high it is not safe to transmit.
I do not care for the Wilson FLEX antenna with the little wire tail on it. I have much better results tuning for a low SWR with the FireStik FS that have the tuning tip. The longer the antenna length, the easier it is to tune, and it will have a wider bandwidth of channel coverage with a good SWR.
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