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Old January 8th, 2010, 09:41 PM
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Phew, good thing I didn't say kids were getting the license so any idiot can do it

/me runs

------ Follow up post added January 8th, 2010 10:09 PM ------

Gustavo, seriously though if you are interested, I found a (free) podcast series on itunes called "Ham radio podclass" which covers the material.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/M...st?id=83112453
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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Thanks for the podclass, I will try on the iPod.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:14 PM
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Old January 9th, 2010, 08:19 AM
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If I was getting another I would pick something with HAM and CB capabilities. Cobra does have a new model though with a useful feature, Bluetooth. This let's you pair your phone and use the handheld mic (get a powered mic) and cb speaker/headset for answering your calls.
That doesn't exist... And if it does it's most likely a grey market import radio.

Just get yourself a radio with a form factor that fits your truck. They're all equal (when you keep it legal, as you should). Then fit the largest antenna (closest to full size) you can. The firestiks are the best compromise.

And yes, the tech exam is really pretty simple. But it does take some studying, so wait until you actually have a need (and reduce the pollution of our ranks with folks having no technical interest in radio ).

Then again, you might get really interested and start only making contacts in CW

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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:41 AM
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That doesn't exist...
http://cobra.com/products/mobile-cb-...ess-Technology

http://cobra.com/products/bluetooth-...ess-technology

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Cobra is giving professional drivers one more way to communicate safely and easily with the first-ever CB radio with Bluetooth technology - the new 29 LTD BT.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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Should've been more specific. One that has both HAM and CB bands.
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Should've been more specific. One that has both HAM and CB bands.
So are you saying a normal HAM HF radio won't work at 27 MHz?

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd...D4253A4987523C
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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So are you saying a normal HAM HF radio won't work at 27 MHz?

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd...D4253A4987523C
That is correct. Out of the box, an 857D will not transmit on the 11mtr band. Can it be modified to do so? Most likely, yes. However, while doing the modification itself is not illegal, transmitting the radio on 11mtrs (CB band) would not be legal. That radio is not type accepted for that band.

Essentially anything with a VFO cannot be legally used on CB frequencies.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 11:34 AM
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Cobra 75 all in one! you can mount the little box in the tuffy and when you are not using it you can hide it easily(hand piece just sits in the tuffy or you can put in the house)thats what i have. get a used one, as they are pretty much bullet proof. im not sure why we would need anything more this day and age.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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Has anyone tried, or seen this (Grabber Mount) for antenna mounting? I have a Wolfman rack (tube construction like stock roll protection) and thought I could clamp this thing to one of the rear ladders:

http://www.rightchannelradios.com/al...ennas-572.html
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Looks nice. Just make sure you ground it to the rack and frame. Any antenna sucks without a counterpoise.
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The best CB radio is a HAM radio. There are plenty of sites that let you take practice tests to help pass the tech. test. If you dont want to outlay a bunch of coin at first for a HAM radio I suggest a Puxing 888 that can be bought on Ebay for cheap. I bought an 888 just because it was so cheap and to see what the quality was like. I liked the radio so much I ended up selling my Icom V8 and buying another Puxing, the 777 model. I use both exclusively now. I still have my Yaesu but since I bought the Puxing's I havent used it. I have found zero problems with these cheap radios and if one does fail I didnt spend much on it and wont feel too bad. So far after a year of use they are holding up great.
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Yup, on the arb on a bracket. I found some antenna-combiner-box-thing that you use to run the FM signal through the CB antenna, too. What bumper did you wind up putting on there? How is she, anyway -- I miss that truck all the time.
I got a cheap stock winch bumper locally but never got around to transplanting the winch from 'ol Drippy. She's a bit drippy herself, but in good shape otherwise. The only thing I've had to do so far is get the clutch hydraulics done. I think I'm going to take it out to Moab for the Rally this year. You, or any other Beasties considering that?
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The best CB radio is a HAM radio.
Only if everyone has one though right?
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I have run my NPG Firestick on almost every Rover I've owned and worked like a charm even mounted on spare tire carrier


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Looks nice. Just make sure you ground it to the rack and frame. Any antenna sucks without a counterpoise.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:17 AM
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Homie- nice to see you speak up. I have an extra firestick (6 ft?) if you need it. See you at the Shack.
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That is correct. Out of the box, an 857D will not transmit on the 11mtr band. Can it be modified to do so? Most likely, yes. However, while doing the modification itself is not illegal, transmitting the radio on 11mtrs (CB band) would not be legal. That radio is not type accepted for that band.

Essentially anything with a VFO cannot be legally used on CB frequencies.
Just being able to monitor CB and GMRS is very useful and with a Yaesu 8800R you can monitor both at once, yes you can only transmit on either during an 'emergency' but that is fine for just following along with what others in a trail convoy are saying to each other.
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I have run my NPG Firestick on almost every Rover I've owned and worked like a charm even mounted on spare tire carrier
Sure a N.G.P. (No Ground Plane) will "work", but if you compared that same antenna to one using your truck as a counterpoise there would be a large difference. Obviously your vehicle isn't a perfect ground plane either, but it's significantly better than using your coax. You get most of your radiation straight off the top of the antenna which is of no use to you (and defeats the purpose of Firestik using a 5/8 wave design over 1/4).

If you have something resembling a ground plane, you should use it. NGP kits are great when you don't have one at all, but they're a compromise ON TOP of the compromise of the Firestik design.

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Just being able to monitor CB and GMRS is very useful and with a Yaesu 8800R you can monitor both at once, yes you can only transmit on either during an 'emergency' but that is fine for just following along with what others in a trail convoy are saying to each other.
It's all about how much you want to spend I guess. You could do that just as easily with a $50 Radio Shack scanner.

Obviously it would be nice if people could combine all their radios into one unit (it's asked ALL THE TIME), but it's impossible to do legally (not to mention with a clean signal everywhere).
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Homie- nice to see you speak up. I have an extra firestick (6 ft?) if you need it. See you at the Shack.

Chris,

ya gonna be around late afternoon/early evening today? Have a meeting w/a realtor late afternoon but after that I was thinking about taking a spin in the D90- could come to your neck of the woods to check out your new ride if that works for you
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