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Old May 20th, 2006, 08:26 PM
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Antenna Recommendation for IC706MKIIG

Knowing this will be mounted to my roof rack, any recommendations on an antenna? I'm not looking for retractable but need it flexible without breaking for when I forget it's there. Thinking of copying Craig at this point.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 08:58 AM
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Greg,

You might want to move your question over to the general section under the AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE TESTING thread -- only because that appears to be where all the amateur activity is centered??

I'm absolutely thrilled that you have asked this question because I've been wondering how others are handling their HF mobile communications.

I have not yet ventured into the HF mobile realm. I'm getting the impression that it is an extremely challenging endeavor.

Best Regards Jamie, Blue, and Angel
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Old May 21st, 2006, 03:03 PM
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Well Jamie, that thread has so many different things being discussed my question would probably get lost! lol

Actually, I did ask a while back on that thread what antenna to use with a different unit and I believe John recommended either the antenna that David Shechter is using or the one Craig is using (Diamond NR770HB). I believe those are both dual banders not HF.

FWIW, I am a lowly tech so no HF yet. With the Icom 706MkII I can be ready for that though.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 03:47 PM
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I was in the same boat as you. I can't leave my antenna up and drive into my buildings garage. My solution was a piece of stainless steel angle with a Comet RS730 mount to it. I don't have any picture (maybe John does); however, this allows me to leave the antenna mounted all the time. I leave the antenna in a horizontal position and use the Comet mount's wing nut to raise it into the vertical position when on the trail. Works out beautifully and was an easy solution to an annoying dilemma. If John doesn't chime in with a picture I'll post one next time I'm in LA, if your interested.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 05:50 PM
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greg, if you don't want to go with the motorized mount, then david's setup is sweet. although, i think you should REALLY consider the motorized mount. worked great this weekend.

for the 2m/440, i'd go with the NR770.
and for HF... no idea.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 07:56 PM
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With the Icom 706MkII I can be ready for that though.

That's for sure!!

Even so, if you happen to come across someone who is using it for HF on a mobile rig, I hope you'll share what you find out.

I passed on purchasing a used Icom706MkII last week that was being sold with several accessories for $700. I didn't see it, but from what I understand it was in excellent condition. The guy sold it in just a few hours!

When I get a better idea of how mobile HF works, I think I might like to have one of those radios.

Best Regards Jamie, Blue, and Angel
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 10:46 AM
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I still think HF is just for exchanging dorky postcards, but sideband has got me interested...
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 12:00 PM
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Greg, you're thinking about a 706? Very nice.

I second the recommendation for the motorized mount for your 2m/70cm antenna.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 08:59 AM
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 10:54 PM
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Very nice. What's the length of the mast on Ho's antenna? Is that an NR770?
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 11:02 PM
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yes, NR770HB, 40.1 inches.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 11:30 PM
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What motorized mount is that Ho? Does it utilize a button or switch to activate? Did you simply mount it directly to the Starlite?
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Old May 24th, 2006, 06:52 AM
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yes, motorized diamond, switch is in the cabin.
mounts directly to the starboard.
easy.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 08:50 PM
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so greg, did you get the radio yet?
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:09 PM
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Picking it up this weekend. Might just get that motorized mount as well.

lol- just a friggin' copycat...
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:24 PM
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Picking it up this weekend. Might just get that motorized mount as well.

awesome.


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lol- just a friggin' copycat...

hmmm... you could be original and go FRS. you don't even need an antenna mount.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:36 PM
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hmmm... you could be original and go FRS. you don't even need an antenna mount.

lol-Not sure I could compete with Emily, Tiffany and Natalie...
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:42 PM
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lol-Not sure I could compete with Emily, Tiffany and Natalie...

Don't worry. They'll all be running around the camp with their own HT tuned to their own simplex frequencies soon.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 10:10 PM
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that motorized mount is awesome... everyday i have to drive to the bank's parking structure...

i remember back when i had the firestik cb antenna on the spare carrier. banging on the pipes overhead... everyone knows you are coming.

now... only if that motorized mount had a sensor and lowered it automatically...

"lol- just a friggin' copycat..." no need to reinvent the wheel... it's there and it's the shit. use it. i'm glad you are pickin up the 706. it's a nice rig. believe me... people on the other end of the mic will thank you for it... LOL very clean sound.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 10:23 PM
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now... only if that motorized mount had a sensor and lowered it automatically...


hmmmmm...
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:01 AM
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Can anyone tell me what the "trick" is to tilting the NR770HB?

I finally got around to putting mine on my truck yesterday. However, I can't get it to lift up and tilt as the instructions indicate.

I checked the EE Diamond Antenna Products page, (even printed the pic shown of the antenna being tilted) just to confirm that I'm trying to pull up and tilt the antenna in the proper area of the antenna.

I am, but it won't budge. I'm afraid to pull any harder because I don't want to break it.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Best Regards Jamie, Blue, and Angel
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:52 AM
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That shank with the two set screws on it. Pull up on it.

Don't pull on the whip, or you could affect the antenna's tune or even worse yank out the entire whip.

But pull up on the shank. It's spring loaded, so there's going to be some resistance there.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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Thank you.

Yes, that is where I have tried to pull. For sure, I have not pulled on the whip (I know not to that since I broke my handheld antenna).

It is wedged in really tight. Since you have confirmed there will be some resistance, I will go try wrapping a protective towel of some sort around it and try gently pulling it with pliers of some kind.

I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

Best Regards Jamie, Blue, and Angel
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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Oh man, don't use pliers. Please.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Okay, I won't.

I've got some spongy grippy cloth material out in my tool bag to help me open up stubborn jars and such.

I'll try using that. I know that won't hurt anything.

Best Regards Jamie, Blue, and Angel
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