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Old June 17th, 2015, 02:37 AM
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Ham/antenna recommendations

Looking for suggestions on Ham radio and antenna. I know nothing about this so any recommendations on makes and models and where to buy is appreciated.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 02:49 AM
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As far as the radio get whatever your ham buddies have and like. Most are a PITA to program and your buddies knowledge will save you a lot of frustration.
With that said I run a Yaesu 8800 with a Diamond antenna.
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Just get a copy of ham radio outlets catalog, research what grabs you, then go for it
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Old June 17th, 2015, 10:34 AM
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^^^ best disposable ham radio ever. Never worry about handing your ht to a buddy.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 10:47 AM
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How much does licensing for Ham radios cost?
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$10 to $15 usually
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^^^ best disposable ham radio ever. Never worry about handing your ht to a buddy.
baofengs are cheap but last as well as name brand radios.
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The member "Overlander" is the most recent of us to have gone through the process...he has good advice on the subject and there are several threads with good information.
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Just got a HRO mag. from a buddy of mine and its all gibberish to me. Im going to shoot down to my local HRO and see what they have and get a quick 101 and maybe a book.
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A lot of the stuff starts to make sense after you've got your general class ticket because they're quoting a lot of hf specs in the radios.

Don't be dissuaded though. Start with vhf/uhf and go from there. Those specs are easier to digest and will most likely be the band you'll be using regularly.
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A lot of the stuff starts to make sense after you've got your general class ticket because they're quoting a lot of hf specs in the radios.

Don't be dissuaded though. Start with vhf/uhf and go from there. Those specs are easier to digest and will most likely be the band you'll be using regularly.
Agree. Most hams are in it as hobbiests that like the challenge of using hf to see how many countries they can hit. Guys like us want it for remote travel emergency conms and vehicle-to-vehicle chatter (simplex). Get a dual band 2m/70cm to start. You wont outgrow it anytime soon.
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baofeng.
Get a programming cable for a few dollars and hook it up to your computer to preset the channels.

The great thing is they also cover FRS and other bands so if you are in a group with FRS you can join that as well.
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For the standard offroad travel, you really just need a solid 2m/70cm radio. I recommend one of these:

YAESU FT-1900R | 2M 55W MOBILE TRANSCEIVER W MH48A6J DTMF MIC
YAESU FT-2900R | 2M 75W TRANSCEIVER W MH-48A6J DTMF MIC
ICOM IC-2300H | ICOM 65W 2 METER FM MIL-STD 810 Transceiver

The Baofengs and the like make fine handheld trail radios but are ill-suited for extended use. You want the power and heat dissipation of a true truck-mounted mobile unit. Buy a few Baofengs and throw them in your cubby for use when obstacle spotting or hiking around camp. They make a great supplement to your mobile unit.

I highly recommend a programming cable and the RT Systems programming software. With software, you can quickly program hundreds of repeaters and simplex channels using an Excel-like interface. Sooooo much easier than typing them in on the keypad.

For the antenna, I highly recommend Diamond Antenna products. I like the NR770HB for a Defender. They make it in UHF and NMO mounting styles.

DIAMOND NR-770HB | SAME AS NR770HA BUT BLACK

You'll need a mount base and cable for it. Diamond makes a number of options. Mounts and cables. I prefer the cables that use the RG316 coax because it's very skinny and flexible and easier to route.

Take the time to do a nice job with your installation. Use high quality, marine grade wiring like Ancor, which you can get from West Marine or Genuine Dealz. Be sure to use fuses. Make sure that your radio grounds to the battery or to a fuse panel that grounds directly to the battery. Don't ground to your frame or the body or anything else.

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I have t go e same antennae as Chris, but went with the Kenwood TMV71A dual band and am extremely happy with it.
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I run the same antenna on both of my offroad vehicles. Works great and lasts a long time.
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Thanks everyone! This is very helpful and gives me a lot to start with.����
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