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post #201 of 325 (permalink) Old 09-21-2016, 02:25 PM
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Join a club and it will be easier learning curve ,
I have had my advanced ham ticket for 36 years.
With repeaters and the ability to a lot of wattage
you will find coverage to be extensive and there
are simplex freqs used for calling and ragchewing.
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I have all the HAM study materials too, and man, it's dry stuff. I was planning on taking the test a few weeks back, but something came up that morning. I figure I'll get the license then see if I can play with some of my Grandfather's OLD equipment just to start on.
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impressive! question for ya. was on vineyard last weekend, sleeping late & Wifey has an iPad. it's like never off even tho it looks off. the thing beeps every now & then 24/7 I think when she gets an email or something. anyway it's morning & I'm half asleep & I hear Morse code real low like. a little while later I hear some more. by this time I'm awake enough to wonder where it's coming from. there is no other electronic device in the room so I can only think someone nearby has a strong transmitter & it's some kind of crossover that made it's way out the speakers. sound possible?

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impressive! question for ya. was on vineyard last weekend, sleeping late & Wifey has an iPad. it's like never off even tho it looks off. the thing beeps every now & then 24/7 I think when she gets an email or something. anyway it's morning & I'm half asleep & I hear Morse code real low like. a little while later I hear some more. by this time I'm awake enough to wonder where it's coming from. there is no other electronic device in the room so I can only think someone nearby has a strong transmitter & it's some kind of crossover that made it's way out the speakers. sound possible?
Anything is possible when it comes t strong nearby electromagnetic fields
however I personally have never experienced interference with any of my
computer systems and I have had many hooked to my radio equipment as controllers.
The most common system bothered by rf are stereo systems via the speakers/wiring
and much of that can be eliminated thru the use of such devices as rf chokes and good
grounding practices.
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new 3 footer reads between 1.1 on CH 40 & 1.15 on CH 1 right out of the box. so, my work here is done. bonus like 4 of 7 weather channels come in

EDIT just back from my coffee break & it passes the McDonald's drive-thru test!
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Wow! I just finished reading all 21 pages of this thread...I know, I'm a glutton for punishment, LOL! One of my first posts here, so forgive me for the intro. I'm a 70 year old, 53-year Extra Class ham with about 51 or 52 years of CB under my belt as well..(I was KNH8207 back when we actually used our licensed callsign). I've been out of the CB game for years, but I'll get the that in a minute. I've got 2 Jeeps...my 2012 JK, and the XYL's (KE0GIC) 2015 Cherokee, with Alinco DR-638 Ham/PS radios installed in each, as well as an Icom 7100 in the Wrangler, with a Lil' Tarheel mounted on the tailgate. We just got home from Orange Beach AL, driving north through the ice storm in the Cherokee. Getting worried, I stopped at a Pilot truck stop and bought a new Uniden 880, a Wilson mag-mount antenna, and a cig-lighter power cord. Threw the radio on top of the dash, stuck the antenna on the roof, and headed out. The SWR, as indicated on the 880 was about 1.5:1, good enough not to worry about. Modern radios are SWR protected, and most of the talk about damaging the rig with high SWR is just old wive's tales. I defy anyone to show me the audible difference at 5 miles between 1:1 and 2:1. The radio worked great. Plenty of good info to be gained listening to Ch 19, and a couple of good chats with drivers coming north out of St. Louis.

Anyway...now I'm looking at mounting the 880 permanently in the Cherokee, and enjoying the discussion about antenna mounts. I may wind up leaving the Lil' Wilson up on the roof and running the cables back through the hatch, or I may add another K-400 front mount opposite the VHF/UHF ham antenna, and sticking a 3' Firestick on there. I discovered the hard way that the hood on the Cherokee isn't steel...lol! Rediscovering the usefulness of CB has been interesting. Since getting home, I've programmed a set of 40 CB memory channels for the IC-7100 and will be loading those into the Wrangler's rig too. Right now, I have 3 antennas on the JK. A Firestick on the license bracket mount, the Lil' Tarheel, mounted behind the spare, and a Diamond VHF/UHF on the cowl. Those my change as I figure out just what configuration I want. The only issue I've found is that the HF rig sometimes interferes with the vehicle computer and will throw trouble codes if I'm not careful.

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Hello @CW Spook, you may find that the mag mount may not stick in some situations on the roof. I had trouble with both of mine before I went with a hard mount solution.

After being a radio man in the army and setting up many many antennas for my local jeep clubs I can definitely hear the difference here in the city 5 miles away from an antenna that's tuned properly from one that isn't. Mostly due to interference in the area though. 5 miles in the DFW metroplex is a fantastic day. I got nearly 30 miles on the Oregon/Idaho border last month and was ecstatic.

I personally recommend a firestic mounted to the roof. The more antenna above the roof line, the better. I also don't recommend anything more than a firestic antenna for a legal setup as it can more than handle any power a radio would put out, even a tuned one without an amp.

The uniden 880 was a wonderful radio but I found it a nightmare to see the display myself and it ended burning out. I've discovered, in my KL, the voltage fluctuates greatly and it's causing problems. Which is why I've gone with a cobra 29 myself. That way if it breaks I can just fix it myself.

I'm a fan of installing it on the dash but it's not a popular location. But since it's a full size radio it's one of the only without interfering with passenger space. In the KL id recommend the uniden Pro520XL. It's small and has all the basic functions anyone should need.

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CW Spook: Some photos of my homebrew HF antenna mount are here, with VSWR measurements down a few posts. I kept it near the rear to avoid RF issues with the engine. As Len says "The more antenna above the roof line, the better":

HF in the KL

Very happy so far with performance of the Little Tarheel up high on the roof rail; it provides noticeably better results than I had with a full-size Tarheel mounted off the side of the rear bumper on my '96 Grand Cherokee.

If you try this approach, you can put a metal strip under one of the roof rail mounting screws to serve as a ground connection, but I also recommend a toothed lockwasher to bite through the paint. I measure less than half an ohm from coax shield to the chassis (with the cable disconnected from the radio) so the resistance of that connection is quite low.

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I have a Cobra 75 WX ST with a 5' Firestick. If I had to do it over, I'd get something more powerful. It's good for trails, but the highway distance is ehhh. Going to mount it to the back soon to raise it up a lot higher. The big bonus is how little room it takes up. The handheld IS the cb.






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I have a Cobra 75 WX ST with a 5' Firestick. If I had to do it over, I'd get something more powerful. It's good for trails, but the highway distance is ehhh. Going to mount it to the back soon to raise it up a lot higher. The big bonus is how little room it takes up. The handheld IS the cb.







I had 2 of those radios. The speakers kept going out. Then I had the midland version of that, then switched to the uniden 880 now I have the cobra 29.


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