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Old October 6th, 2005, 10:11 AM
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icsIV - scratches

well the scratches didnt buff out but the weekend made up for it!!

are there any other scratch pics out there - i saw HO's from that one monster climb - ouch!

nice meeting everyone and thanks for all the tips on the trail.

combining threads here - craig K. thanks for the info regarding the fcc test and the radio, i have already started to study - look for my call sign soon!

question for the ham radio guys - what was everyone using? brand and model, recommendations appreciated from anyone - handheld or mounted in truck.

thanks

craig
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Old October 6th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Make sure you take that out of Dad's allowance!!!

I am taking my test this Sat! Getting a radio on the way home!!!!
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Old October 6th, 2005, 11:13 AM
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LOL! ya he already feels bad enough - oh well.

good luck this saturday!! - are you just taking the tech exam? what did you use to study- ive just been going through the test bank of question!

where are you buying? and what are you thinking of getting?

-craig
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Old October 6th, 2005, 11:33 AM
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Yes I am taking the Technician Exan without code.

I bought a book with all the questions. The exam has a random selection of some of those questions. I can leave the book for you att EE if you want to read it. I think it's a Gordon West book. I have been reading a few questions here and there for a few months... not really studying.

I think I am getting the same radio that Koby has... ICOM IC-208H. I did some research... and Koby did a bunch of research... many radios are very similar, so I am (following Koby's lead) using aethetics to make the final decision. The IC-208H has a green light that more closely matches the Disco dash color.

I think I am going to HRO in Burbank for my purchase. I haven't searched the internet for better pricing because I'd rather deal with someone here.

I'll see how it goes.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:33 PM
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Hehehe, good luck with the tests...
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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:34 PM
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Craig, you know the answer to "handheld vs. mobile"...

The answer is BOTH.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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There's no need to buy a book. Just go to: http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/pools.html. They have all of the exam questions right there.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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thanks Mike - thats exactly what i've been reading - just wasnt sure if it was enough!

Craig - if i need both what is a good handheld to buy? i think i will jump on board with Aaron and get the same one you have for in the truck.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 04:19 PM
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I've got the Yeasu VX-5R, but it appears that its not available anymore. There is a new Yeasu model VX-6R (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0666.html). It looks pretty nice. It has a magnesium case, 2m, 220&440mhz, 5 watts on 2m and 440mhz, Li-ion battery. All in all not a bad choice.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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I've been pretty happy with my Yaesu FT-60R. It does everything I need.

You won't be disappointed by the IC-208H. I like having dual band capability and having the body of the radio mounted under my seat really helps keep the interior clean looking.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 11:29 AM
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www.eham.net has some product reviews...

ICOM IC-208H
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Old October 7th, 2005, 01:00 PM
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yaesu ft2800m

its sort of like the maxi drive hypoid of radios.

possibly overkill, but definitely bulletproof.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 01:11 PM
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FT-2800M

There are many things I like about that radio (from reading only)... but it doesn't have remote mounting... and more importantly, it's display is not green.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:11 PM
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Gotta have the green.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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Gotta have a license...
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Quote:
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Gotta have a license...


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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:30 AM
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I think the Icom 208H is a really nice radio. On my D1, I couldn't find a decent place to mount the head unit, so I opted for a amplifier to use with my HT: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/amps/2671.html. I didn't want to have a big radio sitting out cluttering up the interior.

This setup is not bad. On the plus side, there is nothing visible at all in the interior. I just have to take the HT antenna off and plug in to the amplifier. This nice side benefit is that I only have to learn how to use one radio instead of two. The potential downside is that the amplifier is probably not of the same quality as an Icom or Yaesu.

When I was driving to Moab from Illinois last spring, I was able to hit repeaters that were 40-50 miles away, so this amp seems to put out the advertised wattage. Time will tell if the quality is there.

73,

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Old October 8th, 2005, 11:59 AM
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Took mt test... PASSED!!!!
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Old October 8th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Old October 8th, 2005, 04:21 PM
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Awesome.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 08:06 PM
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Old October 9th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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congrats Aaron want to see pics of the radio installation!!
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Old October 10th, 2005, 06:40 AM
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The ant is installed. The radio is proving to be a bit more of a head scratcher. The CD changer under the pass seat doesn't leave much room... and the sunroof controls take up the perfect faceplate location... noclue
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Old October 11th, 2005, 05:58 AM
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Yaesu FT-857 and a VX-7r. For HF/6m antenna I am using the Yaesu ATAS-120 screwdriver, as well as a FC-40 tuner mounted inside the spare tire mount and a 102" whip. I like the ATAS for regular driving around and off road, and the 102" for long trips.

On 2m/70cm I have a Larsen NMO2/70 or the Diamond rubber NMO dual band 1/4 wave mounted in the roof.

Victor
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Old October 13th, 2005, 01:50 PM
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Started working of the face plate install.

Pictures suck, but I think it will work ok.





I have not run the wire through the headliner/A-pillar moulding yet. It is just stuck into the sun visor. I will drive a couple days to check positioning first. If this works I should be able to trim the cover and fit it back in place.
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