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  • K4CQO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:45
    Take a look at ProClip: https://www.proclipusa.com/vehicle/dashboard-mounts/4371-ford-f-150-raptor/2009 They have mounts that have mounts that have a plate that you could clip the belt clip on, and are mounts that connect to the central council. They would be a good spot to start.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:35
    The Retevis RT81 covers a range from 400 to 470 MHz. The range from 420 to 450 MHz is a Amateur Radio band, however it is shared for business use. For information on portable radios for business use you might want to go to this FCC page on Industrial/Business Licensing. You will need to coordinate your business requirements with the FCC. It's much more than just buying radios.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 22:09
    It's the frequencies the operator transmits on...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 22:07
    If they're not too heavy, you might be able to use one of those phone holders that clips into an airvent???
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  • Chorophobe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:24
    I'm curious what determines if a portable radio is considered a HAM radio and what's considered a business radio. For example, I would like to purchase portable radios for my company. I would like to register the frequencies in use with the FCC and program my radios. The radios must be programmed with a cable and software and will not be programmable via a built in keypad. I was looking at the Retevis RT81 (no keypad). The Retevis website doesn't have it listed under the amateur section but in Amazon, a user commented that it was a HAM radio and could only be used by people who had a HAM license. So my question is what makes a portable radio require a HAM license? Is it the capabilities of the radio or is it just how the manufacturer describes/registers it? Thank you.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:46
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    I think this thread is going no-where. The guy claims he will be getting his "license" next month, but clearly has virtually no technical knowledge about radios. Since the Turkish radio amateur licensing is part CEPT, I would assume this means their requirements are pretty much the same as most other European countries. I really really doubt the OP will be getting an amateur radio license any time soon. The original thread has also drifted from trying to pipe music to "his sister in Manchester", to making political broadcasts. This has nothing to do with amateur radio, so I suggest the thread be locked.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:15
    I am assuming, like Tempstar, that you are looking for a VHF/UHF Multi-Band antenna. The Comet GP-6 will work just fine, at any height. I have a Diamond X30A Dual-Band (2M/70CM) Base/Repeater Antenna. A friend of mine had this antenna mounted at 20 feet and it seemed to work OK. For 2 Meters, I have a three element Yagi mounted on a 30 foot mast. I bought the Yagi over 50 years ago, when 2 Meters was an AM band. I use an old Radio Shack TV Antenna rotator to aim it. In my area, there aren't many repeaters. But when I point it at a repeater that is about 50 miles away, the signal is 20db over s9. Multi-band Vertical antennas for HF can also be mounted on a tower or mast. I have a 5BTV mounted at the top of a 18 foot section of 2 inch iron pipe. It works great at that height, but the radials are a bit of a problem. I use 4 tuned radials per band that are attached to the antenna base and stretch out at a 45 degree angle. I have to keep the radial ends off the ground so that my horses don't get tangled up.
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  • KI5HBU's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52
    So I have a 2009 Ford F150 which doesn't give me a lot of interior room to work with for mounting radios. I have a pedestal mount that I am about to install for the Kenwood TM281 but I have 2 HTs that I also want to have a mounting option for instead of just chunking them into the passenger seat or a cup holder. I bought a seat bolt mount that would allow me to hang both on that but the seat bolt has this ridiculous guard plate that prevents the mount from being able to actually get under the bolt so that doesn't seem to be a thing that will work. I need an option that doesn't involve screwing stuff into the dashboard. I considered one of those CD player mounts but that doesn't seem to be a viable option based on reviews I've seen. Suction cups on the windshield isn't an option either due to a dash-cam, cellphone and during storm spotting activities, having 2 action cameras all on the windshield already. A suction cup on the dash won't work because it's textured and won't allow a good seal. A ram mount in a...
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46
    Comet GP-6 has a good trade off decent gain in a one piece design.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Read your license, you will find that it not allowed. If you search for AM transmitter on eBay, you will find some nice new Chinese transmitters specially built for music, which you don't need an amateur license for...
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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 00:08
    AC5PS replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Look up the thread “ is it just me “
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  • Mustafa Umut Sarac's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 22:19
    I will get the license next month , will buy an sdr transmitter and 1500 watts amp and start to talk to the european listeners. My talks would be political and I will talk about how us magazine writers created the scandinavian tale while finland using japanese designers and telling lie to the world for 60 years. Before dreaming sending me to jail , explain why brevih is in luxury. why ? did he do the right thing ?
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 18:19
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Seriously, you're obviously not a licensed radio amateur and I really don't think you have a broadcast license issued by the Turkish government. I am pretty sure that if you manage to a get a transmitter (which I don't think you will) and you actually transmit something, you will end up in jail. Just tell your sister to go to www.google.com and type into the search box the words "listen live" plus the name of the radio station she wants to listen to and she will probably find the live stream and be able to listen to it. I do it all the time with UK radio stations.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 13:47
    Yes, the diecast back on my old IC-P2E gets quite warm on high power after a while, a nice feature in the winter...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 13:44
    NiMh batteries don't mind being left for a long time without cycling, unlike NiCd which have to be kept topped up. I wouldn't bother with monthly cycling for hydride cells, but do keep an eye on the Voltage on you nicads.
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  • 642doorhardtop's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 22:56
    Hello all, Fairly new to the hobby, and enjoying the radio almost every day! I monitor in my work truck throughout my shift, and rather than burn though batteries and worry about constant charging, I use the Yaesu mobile power adapter. It powers the radio via the cigarette lighter and bypasses the battery alltogether. As a result, I hardly discharge my batteries at all, and they end up just sitting around with a charge for long periods of time. Im curious if leaving an NiMh battery alone for a long time reduces the amount of life I can expect out of it. I have the 1400 mAh battery, and a 2100 mAh battery as a backup in my work bag. I'm considering running down each battery about once a month or so (so it can get a fresh charge), but I'm not sure if there is any benifit to it. I'm sure there are different opinions regarding battery care and extracting the maximum amount of cycles from them. Curious if anyone can chime in with their thoughts. Thnaks!
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  • 2E0CPX's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 21:35
    Just over a year ago I bought a new Icom ID51E+, I had been on DMR for just over a year prior to that. Whereas I can use my TYT MD-380 for over an hour whilst going for a walk (working through a local repeater) I can't do the same with the Icom, in fact I really struggle with a QSO over five minutes, why? well because the ID51E+ gets so hot! I noticed this straight away and phoned the vendor who supplied it, they were really dismissive about it and said what did I expect, the PA is causing the heat and it is only a small radio! To be honest, If I had knew I would have just waited a little while and bought a D-star mobile use as a home base.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 20:04
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    No, not if it's done properly, however, you need a transmitter with enough bandwidth to carry the information. An amateur transceiver is limited to a few kHz, whereas you need a few hundred. Forget this idea, use the internet instead...
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  • Jimmyjaffa's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 19:17
    Hi all, looking for recommendations for a vertical multi band that'll be ok mounted on a 30ft tower please. Thanks in advance:wink:
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  • Mustafa Umut Sarac's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 17:05
    Does music transmission cause interference ?
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 16:37
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Not quite sure what you are describing here, but it is possible to use an audio amplifier for low frequencies, but you won't get the full output power. Yes, using a beam or Yagi antenna. You will lose your license if you transmit music.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 08:34
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    What is the actual radio station? Have you check to see if they have an internet page and live stream their broadcasts? For example, a list if Turkish radio stations can be found (click) here I picked one station, did a web-search and found it's page İstanbul FM I don't understand any Turkish, but I will hazard a guess that the box to the lower left of the screen is to live.
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  • K4CQO's Avatar
    Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 04:27
    K4CQO replied to a thread Amateur Rookie in Introduce yourself
    In order to program the AT-D878, go here: https://www.bridgecomsystems.com/pages/download-a-codeplug and pick up the Mississippi state code plug and look up programming on the unit here: http://papasys.com/attachments/DMR_CodePlug-101_AnyTone_20190203.pdf I have the AT-D878UV-bt and it is a really nice unit. You can also get the Contact Manager to get the CSV file of all of the DMR contacts -- then you know who you are talking to on DMR.
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  • KI5HBU's Avatar
    Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 18:36
    KI5HBU replied to a thread Amateur Rookie in Introduce yourself
    Thanks for the info. I've seen the 73 done both ways even tho it isn't necessary to have it plural. I'm in the local club and they've been very helpful and encouraging. I've gotten codeplugs for the 878 from a couple of them. I just have to figure out how to set it up. I've had no such luck with the FT65 because no one else locally has one. I have a few things manually in but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. As for the Kenwood, Hopefully someone will have something useful to help me set it up once i can get it installed. I would eventually like to get my general but I'm not ready for that yet. I'm still trying to get things set up so I can even put the tech to use which i hope to do soon before tornado season kicks off in the Deep South in full affect. I've found some general classes on YouTube that I have saved for future use. As for Morse Code, I have no interest in fooling with that. I'm confused enough as it is. That's what kept me from doing this in the 80s so I opted for CB at that...
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  • Mustafa Umut Sarac's Avatar
    Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 15:58
    My electric heater consumes 1.5 kilowatts. My transmitter can consume also. And auto amplifier can climb to this number. Is it too difficult to connect sdr transmitter to automobile woofer amp and than connect to antenna ? Does it work ? And is it possible to direct the antennas output only to west ? I will play music at the background and speak on it.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 13:04
    k7mem replied to a thread Amateur Rookie in Introduce yourself
    Well, here is your first lesson. "73" is not plural. "73" is an old telegraph code that means "best regards", or something to that effect. It doesn't need to be pluralized. The same is true with the other numeric codes. Anyway, you have some good radios. I have several Kenwood 2M/70CM radios myself. I even have one for 220. It would be a benefit to contact a local amateur radio club. Often clubs have their own repeaters and can instruct you on how to program your radios and on the normal conventions for making contacts. I started out on 2 Meters (1967). It was a very different place then. Repeaters and FM were brand new. But I had a great time using my 5 Watt, AM, Heathkit Twoer. Those were fun times. I would also recommend that you go back and test for the General or Extra license. They are really not that hard and they will open up all of the HF bands to you. That will open up the rest of the world to you. If you go to QRZ.com, they have sample tests that you can take. Once you start scoring 90...
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 12:10
    k7mem replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Not quite true. An Amateur Radio license allows you to engage in two way communication with other radio amateurs and only on specific frequency bands. One way communication, like broadcasting music, is almost certainly not allowed. Go to http://trac.org.tr/amator-telsizcilik/nasil-olunur and read the rules and regulations. I tried to read them myself, but the regulations are not in my language. Those are international short wave frequencies. Most of the radio stations in those bands are licensed, by their originating country, to broadcast. And they are under very strict regulations. To get good coverage many of those stations run more than 10-20 Kilowatts. Some use up to 100 Kilowatts. I'm pretty sure that is more than you are allowed to use and probably more than you can set up.
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  • KI5HBU's Avatar
    Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 06:58
    Good day, everyone. I am brand new to all of this having received my Tech ticket back in November. Honestly, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing and have yet to even key up a radio. I'm currently working on setting up a mobile rig as that will be my primary rig. I don't think the apartment management would appreciate antennas going up around my building. The rig will have 1 mobile (Kenwood TM281) and 2 HTs (Yaesu FT65 and AnyTone DV878 UV) that I can easily take inside and use if needed. I have replaced the rubber ducks with Diamond SRJ77CAs which has helped with receiving at least. One major issue I have is programming the radios. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing there so hopefully I can get with one of the guys from the local club soon to help me with that. I'm also still working on mounting options as I just don't have a lot of room to work with in my truck but hopefully I'll get that sorted out soon also. I look forward to finally getting things set up and operational so I can actually start...
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