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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Today, 05:26
    Justin B replied to a thread Antenna Recommendation in Antennas
    I put an ICOM 2300H in my truck a couple months ago when I git my ticket back after a 50 year "break!" I put an MFJ 1402 shorty antenna on the roof of my truck and it works great! On the base I am using a homebrew vertical dipole outlined in a post a couple down from this one. I could hit a repeater about 15 miles away with my 5 W Chinese HT attacked to it and with the Vertex VX-4000 I am using as a base station I have no problem hitting repeaters30 miles away. This is with the antenna currently about 10' off the ground. Justin B. KI5GKD
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  • KB7GK's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:27
    KB7GK replied to a thread Antenna Recommendation in Antennas
    Mag mount, lip clamp type, direct to body NMO (requires drilling large hole), thru glass antenna, other type? Once you decide how you want to attach it, you can shop for the exact antenna you want. My advice is to get it as high on the body as possible, permanently mounted, with a good clear coax run to your radio. If you run a direct power line to your battery, and have a good ground connection at the antenna, you will be fine. Flip through the pages of a recent QST and decide who gets your money. Comet or Diamond make good VHF/UHF antenna systems, as do all the other folks that advertise in QST. Be sure to use good quality RG58 coax as well.
    2 replies | 94 view(s)
  • wildwes's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 15:40
    Good afternoon! I am looking for advice as to what antenna to purchase. I am new to ham radio, I am not currently licensed, I will be taking my test to get my technician's license in a little under a month. I have an ICOM IC-2000 on the way, and I am wanting to go ahead and get it set up to listen, and to transmit once I am licensed. I would like some recommendations for both an antenna to mount on my truck to use the radio as a mobile rig, as well as a recommendation for an outdoor antenna for my house. I want to get a quality antenna that won't damage my radio when transmitting. I realize that quality doesn't come without cost, but what I am looking for are recommendations for reasonably priced antennas that will give acceptable performance. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 03:28
    Is there a CTCSSish issue here? Maybe someone monkeyed with a programming preset on accident. I would be getting all over that problem if it were me & my station.
    3 replies | 145 view(s)
  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 03:13
    WZ7U replied to a thread TS 480 HX buzzes when I tx in Kenwood
    Sounds like maybe a feedback related artifact. Check swr, maybe common mode pollution on the coax... are you under the antenna any appreciable percentage? Does it do that only with the Heil headset? Need to narrow down the possibilities here...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 01:11
    5B4AJB replied to a thread TS 480 HX buzzes when I tx in Kenwood
    What are you powering it with? it could be a power supply issue if you're driving it too hard...
    2 replies | 108 view(s)
  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 21:03
    K7KBN replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Yaesu might; don't know about "Yeasu".
    3 replies | 135 view(s)
  • KD3WB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:42
    Also, check the squelches on all three radios. They should be set so that even a weak signal opens the receiver. Ben
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  • osfp40's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:41
    hello, I was wondering if anyone has had this problem with the ts 480hx.. I am using a Heil headset and I have it plugged in my radio and the headset is plugged into the headphone plug on the radio. My problem is when I TX there is a buzzing sound coming from the radio. It sounds like a cracked speaker. I bought this radio Brand new a year ago last August so of course it is out of warranty. It doesn't seem to affect the way the radio works, it just drives me nuts.:mad-new:Thanks osfp40
    2 replies | 108 view(s)
  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:41
    AC5PS replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Are you wanting to access wires X with or without a repeater ?
    3 replies | 135 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 12:14
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Isn't there an open-source compatiable version?
    3 replies | 135 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 12:13
    Most likely water in the coaxial cable, it's not repairable. Change the coax and make sure the new one is properly sealed with self-amalgamating tape at the antenna end...
    3 replies | 145 view(s)
  • kcody's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 02:58
    This is about a VHF system used by a volunteer fire department. By day I'm a computer guy, so apologies in advance if I get any of the lingo wrong. Our station is in an island community, and about 9 miles away from county dispatch. We are not the town's main station. There is not a whole lot of topography, and sometimes the radios work just fine. Sometimes they don't. Each Sunday, dispatch conducts a radio check of all police, fire, and EMS units. This past Sunday, only the handheld received anything at all during the radio check. We have a base station with an antenna on the roof, a mobile in the fire truck which was parked outside the building at the time, a mobile in the utility truck which was off at the time, and that handheld.
    3 replies | 145 view(s)
  • Txcoastie57's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 02:18
    Txcoastie57 started a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Will Yeasu ever make a cheaper access to wires X?
    3 replies | 135 view(s)
  • timp's Avatar
    Mon 11th Nov 2019, 15:58
    Hi Everyone, im very new to ham and looking to build my first antenna and trying to figure out what i need for tuning. Im thinking to get a NanoVNA as its $50 (so why not) and it looks like it gives all kinds of details like SWR, resistance, reactance, ect. My question is what else should i have for testing / tuning? I was looking an Antenna analyzers before the nano such as the MFJ 269C but i dont see what that would give me over the Nano other than a 2nd opinion. I was thinking an inline SWR meter MIGHT be nice to have around as i understand in higher power situations the SWR can go up if the antenna is too close to say a metal roof. Thoughts? feedback? something im clearly missing? Is this already covered somewhere that i missed? thanks tim
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  • soulzchaos's Avatar
    Sun 10th Nov 2019, 17:32
    Greetings fellow hams, I was wondering if anyone has used the Ulefone 3wt? It has some cool claims being a radio and a smart phone. Not to mention IP68 Waterproof, Shockproof, Dust proof. But i am really curious if it can hit 2m? I have ordered other Chinese radios in the past that claim they cant hit 2m and of course can. So i figure unless its blocked in the firmware it should be capable. Contacting Ulefone proved to be unhelpful. Additionally does any one know of any competitors to this radio phone? This is one of the first ones i have seen on the market in a while. Only other radio phone i know about is the Outfone Rangerfone S15 (and that's becoming out dated).
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  • ON4GIO's Avatar
    Sun 10th Nov 2019, 17:25
    Hello, I am from Bruxelles, Belgium. Well, I currently live in Belgium, but I am from Italy. I have had my license for a few years, but I have many hobbies, so I manage to do very little activity. Still, when I have some time, I like to learn something new. To me it is very important to understand deeply how radios work, down to the maths (I am a mathematician in my daily job). I much prefer being able to build a radio that transmits across the road understanding everything of how it works, then having a powerful expensive box that transmits from Europe to Australia, but that is just magic to me. Unfortunately many ham resources often skip the maths and just give qualitative explanations. They're good, but I like to get deeper. If someone has resources to suggest me, I'd be happy to read them. Thanks!
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  • syntaxerrorsix's Avatar
    Sun 10th Nov 2019, 15:38
    This has been made WAY more complicated than needed given the parameters requested. Don't over think it. Get two 2M mobile radios, put one in the car with a vertical antenna, Larson is well regarded. Put a power supply and the second mobile in the house with a vertical mounted antenna on the top floor. Done. 6M is sunspot dependent.
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Sat 9th Nov 2019, 02:48
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I had time to play around with this a little bit this evening and I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to access one of the local repeaters with good signal using this antenna and a Chinese 5 watt HT! I have the antenna on a 10' piece of PVC pipe sticking in a tripod mount on the ground.
    22 replies | 1641 view(s)
  • vu2nan's Avatar
    Fri 8th Nov 2019, 04:08
    A heavy 2 m x 2 m floor-standing wooden showcase in the shack appeared to be suitable as a frame for a crystal radio loop antenna. As luck would have it, the lone 20 km distant 612 kHz, 200 kW AM broadcast station being in the end-on position by default, there would be no need to move the unit. The counter top would make it quite convenient to sit down and carry out the testing. The 5 turn loop was easily wound using about 42 m of ordinary hook-up wire. The shack is relatively quite small to get a photo of the actual unit. Here's a representation of the same. It works quite well with my series/parallel-tuned crystal radios.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 23:32
    None of those frequencies are allocated to us - we would lose our license if we used them for amateur radio... you do mean MHz don't you?
    1 replies | 155 view(s)
  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 19:13
    K6CPO replied to a thread Mobile Radios Frequencies in Amateur Radios
    Absolutely! I'm a member of a railroad museum outside of San Diego, CA. At one time I was a train crew volunteer and fully rules qualified. I'm retired from that now, but I still listen to the local railroad frequencies at home. On an FTM-100DR... I also use the radio to listen to Marine VHF and local CalFire and USFS fire frequencies, all of which are outside the amateur bands. The radio will also receive Air Band AM. I listen to the towers at the local airport and the Marine Corps Air Station. To be able to do this, there is a setting that has to be made. When you receive the radio, look at page 140 of the manual to see how to expand the receive coverage. When the radio is programmed for those frequencies, if the PTT is pushed, all that shows up on the screen is the word "ERROR."
    2 replies | 188 view(s)
  • mmcnally's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 17:02
    Iím hoping someone will help me with some research Iím working on for my internship. Iím looking for information on a few antenna typesówhat theyíre used for, where you buy them, that kind of thing. If youíre willing to help, do you mind taking this super quick survey? It doesnít ask for any personal info., and you wonít be added to any mailing lists, I swear. 1. Do you use any of the following antenna types? If so, what do you use them for?  Omnidirectional 450-490Hz Do you use ? Application(s):  Omnidirectional Collinear 806-960Hz Do you use ? Application(s):
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 14:16
    KD9KVS replied to a thread Mobile Radios Frequencies in Amateur Radios
    According to yaesus website ( ) that is within the receive frequency range. Should be able to get those in no problem.
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  • rich62643's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 04:54
    rich62643 started a thread Mobile Radios Frequencies in Amateur Radios
    I have just joined this forum and I have a question for anyone who may know. I am receiving a Yaesu FTM100DR in the next couple days. I am also a scanner fan especially Railroad radio, as I am a retired railroader. All AAR frequencies are in the 160 to 161 Mhz range. Can I manually program these frequencies in this radio for receive only, of course. As I said I have not actually received the radio yet so I haven't been able to do anything. Just wondering if anyone could help me on this issue. Thank you in advance Rich
    2 replies | 188 view(s)
  • rich62643's Avatar
    Tue 5th Nov 2019, 04:44
    rich62643 started a thread Newbie in Introduce yourself
    First, let me say thank you for allowing me to join this forum. I still consider myself a newbie even though I have had my license for a year and a half. I feel I have only put a scratch in all there is to know. My hope is to learn from the veterans of ham radio. Again thank you
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  • Starbug's Avatar
    Mon 4th Nov 2019, 11:09
    Hi All, I am a complete newbie to ham radio, but itís something that Iíve been curious about for a long time. Iím working towards my foundation license and looking forward to learning more here. Thanks!
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