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post #281 of 325 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 03:01 PM
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I don't have an air band radio either but I do carry one or two MD-380's with me which are preprogrammed with the PD/FD's in my county and surrounding which, fortunately, still use analog mostly. I just switch zones as I switch counties. Unfortunately the MD-380 is single banded so I have to carry one for UHF/GMRS and another for VHF. Sometimes I toss in my TYT 8000D as well which scans the GMRS channels and since I have quite a few repeaters around me, I can usually pick up a few conversations and with the 8000D being almost 10W TX, talking back is usually not a problem. I've hit a repeater from Winnsboro to Longview, roughly 40 miles, just using the 8000D which surprised the heck out of me. Even with the Nagoya whips tuned for GMRS, about 12" or so give-or-take, they still make fine scanners as well.
For the P25 (digital) frequencies around me, the HomePartol 2 works pretty good if you ditch the factory antenna and if you get the ARC programming software, you can program it like a regular scanner as well.
I had a HomePatrol a while back, but I was very disappointed with the sound quality on P25 trunking... It was awful compared to a Motorola that I had, but I can't really scan on trunking systems with those... well you can but a lot of people get their panties in a twist because of it. I think that I'll probably find an XTS1500 to program to do conventional scanning on the talking frequencies of the trunking system eventually, but I'm thinking I should get an air band first.

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post #282 of 325 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:01 AM
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What is the best place to install cb75, handheld mic model? Any suggestions? Did you use the bracket that came with it? I prefer not to put screw holes on the dash. Thanks

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Saw this online. It allows clean install. You can screw the mic bracket on it and hang the mic there. But pricey.

http://www.proclipusa.com/dashboard-...026-13093.cmsv

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Saw this online. It allows clean install. You can screw the mic bracket on it and hang the mic there. But pricey.

http://www.proclipusa.com/dashboard-...026-13093.cmsv
now that's clever
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Can someone help me with this? I am getting my cobra75 tomorrow. I will u se the 12v socket in the centre console to power it. The unit has open positive and negative cables and I think along those cables there is also a fuse. Do not kniw the amp value. Now , I found a 12 volt cigarette lighter lying around. I will connect that to the positive and negative. I checked the little glass fuse in the cigarette lighter. Only 250milliamp. Should I replace it to match it with the other fuse? Thanks.

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Suprisingly my CB just arrived. All seem one piece. Checked the fuse on the wire. It is 2 amp. I took that fuse out and tried to put it in thr cigarette lighter I have. It did not fit. It is bigger. When the amp rate is higher the, glass fuses are bigger in size? I thought the wire in it would be thicker. Do I need to buy new cigarette adapter with 2 amp fuse now ? Thanks...

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Suprisingly my CB just arrived. All seem one piece. Checked the fuse on the wire. It is 2 amp. I took that fuse out and tried to put it in thr cigarette lighter I have. It did not fit. It is bigger. When the amp rate is higher the, glass fuses are bigger in size? I thought the wire in it would be thicker. Do I need to buy new cigarette adapter with 2 amp fuse now ?
yes, & when you do, you can cut the current fuse out. you don't need 2 fuses
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Finally got around to getting the beta lift gate antenna mount completed. Haven't driven with it yet (was already dark when I finished). I have a 3' firestick on a quick detach with spring and want to see what kind of movement I get at highway speeds. If I take this to a machine shop to produce I may get them to use a heavier gauge steel.

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awesome!

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  • have you tested broadcasting / receiving?
  • have you tested SWR?
  • did you strip any paint from the hatch shock mount either under the OEM bracket or the car body so that you had metal to metal contact?

I'll bet a 36" steel whip would have less wind resistance & not need the spring. I guess quick disconnects are useful, but I used to carry 2 small crescent wrenches for when I had to go in parking garages or car washes. just kept them in the cargo area or the left rear passenger door pocket

the form factor looks absolutely perfect! I'd love to see the plan, meaning it you banged that straight flat again what does it look like & what are the measurements?

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awesome!

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  • have you tested broadcasting / receiving? I finished it last night and was dark by the time the paint dried. I will try to test it out this afternoon when I get off work.
  • have you tested SWR? I will do this before testing the broadcast/receive test.
  • did you strip any paint from the hatch shock mount either under the OEM bracket or the car body so that you had metal to metal contact? I haven't yet. Want to test it first. I may have to scrape some of the paint off around the bolt holes. I've also thought about making the holes slightly larger and putting a smaller star washer so the bolts fold into the hole and create a good ground point.

I'll bet a 36" steel whip would have less wind resistance & not need the spring. I guess quick disconnects are useful, but I used to carry 2 small crescent wrenches for when I had to go in parking garages or car washes. just kept them in the cargo area or the left rear passenger door pocket The spring is so that if I hit a tree or something while running around. I thought about going without the QD but it is just so much quicker.

the form factor looks absolutely perfect! I'd love to see the plan, meaning it you banged that straight flat again what does it look like & what are the measurements?
I will work something up once I am satisfied with the final design. Started with a posterboard pattern and modified it from there.

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