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Title: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 06, 2017, 07:32:59 PM
My CB has always sucked . I can hear half what people say and probably can't be heard 75% of the time.  I would like to be part of the witty banter, not to mention safety etc.

Have in old whip antenna that is pretty trashed but would  make John Bobbit proud.  So I got adjustable Firestik and a SWR reader.

SWR reads 2.5 to 3.  Adjusting antenna does nothing. Both antennas basically same reading.  Reading does not change if jeep location changes.

With my limited skills I have tested the cable and it appears good. ANTENNA is mounted on my rear rack. Base of rack appears grounded. (Base of mount to frame, multi-meter shows OHMs) Did I do that right?  Don't see an corrosion in any is the connections.

What am I missing? ..

We should all get HAMS..






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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 06, 2017, 08:31:28 PM
My CB has always sucked . I can hear half what people say and probably can't be heard 75% of the time.  I would like to be part of the witty banter, not to mention safety etc.

Have in old whip antenna that is pretty trashed but would  make John Bobbit proud.  So I got adjustable Firestik and a SWR reader.

SWR reads 2.5 to 3.  Adjusting antenna does nothing. Both antennas basically same reading.  Reading does not change if jeep location changes.

With my limited skills I have tested the cable and it appears good. ANTENNA is mounted on my rear rack. Base of rack appears grounded. (Base of mount to frame, multi-meter shows OHMs) Did I do that right?  Don't see an corrosion in any is the connections.

What am I missing? ..

We should all get HAMS..






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How long is your antenna? I need the actual length, not what you tell the girls. I have semi new adjustable Firestick that is supposed to be 4' tall, but is 2 or 3" longer than that. I can't drive into my garage with it attached to the Jeep. So if yours is shorter, we could swap.

How old is the coax cable? They will deteriorate over time. I think I need a new cable soon. Also, how long is the cable? The idea that it needs to be 18' is crap. I cut mine to the length I needed, and soldered PL-259 connector on the end. A lot of things can cause high SWR readings.


"We should all get HAMS.."

Yes you guys should!
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 06, 2017, 11:56:12 PM
I got the 3 footer adjustable. Where mine is mounted I can't get any antenna in garage.  Gotta take them all off. Not sure how old the co ax is. Probably needs replacing. Yeah , 18 ft of cable is insane.  The existing cable is just length I need. Checked that it wasn't coiled.

I think I found one issue I gotta fix. I believe my mount is grounded but the mounting bolt (there may be a more correct term for that)  for antenna is not isolated from the mount. So I think my antenna is grounding out.  Need to get some nylon washers and see if that helps.  If the 32 cent washers don't get the SWR down I may have to break down and get some cable. 

I have a multimeter question. Ohm setting. Was checking grounds. Different numbers come up. 1.7.. .07.. .02.   What do the numbers mean?  Is like the higher the number, the better the ground?  Or it is just a simple grounded or not grounded regardless of the number.  I don't have a clue about electricity..

You ever get yers fixed? I seemed to remember it had some issues with yours.






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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 07, 2017, 07:25:46 AM
So lets start with a little basic radio knowledge. You'll need to know a lot more to take your Ham test.

Radio frequency is transmitted in band wave, like these:


(http://images.tutorvista.com/cms/images/83/frequency1.PNG)


CB waves are quite large, about 30 feet. To get the best reception is to have an antenna the same length. That doesn't work too well on a vehicle. So antennas are divided into 1/4 wave, 1/3 wave ETC. The shorter the antenna, the less efficient at catching the wave.  So a 3' antenna is slightly less efficient than a 4' antenna. I've been able to talk to someone at Ellis Creek from camp before, so it seems to be working quite well. So I'd be willing to give up a little, just to leave it on all the time.

Here's a pic of how a correctly mounted antenna should look like:


(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0661/9627/files/stud-washer-1_large.jpeg?34933)


 If yours doesn't look like that, then you do have a problem.

 Here's a pic of my home brew mount. It has a large washer with a thin rubber isolator between the antenna and the mount. I need to probably clean that up.


(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f12/Mrbjeep/P1010009.jpg)

 Checking ohms with a digital meter will almost always give you some sort of a resistance number. that .02 measurement is just the amount of resistance that is in the wires of your probes. If you are just touching your probes together, you should probably see something around .02. So the 1.7 is still not to bad, considering the length of wire you are testing. Both are considered having continuity. As cable ages, the number will go up.


I don't think 18' is totally bogus. I do think any multiple of 3' is proper for the waveform of CB. Think I read that either on Clear Channel or Firestik website. It makes sense when you read it. That is why your SWR meter uses a 3' jumper as well.


Actually after the wave hits the antenna, it's no longer the same wave, more of an electrical wave. So the length of coax is no longer as relevant. The 18' length is only relevant if you are using dual co-phased antennas.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 07, 2017, 01:48:04 PM
Dang, you all got the knowledge! 

So was thinking I needed a nylon washer on top and bottom of base. Picture makes sense if top has the nylon washer it will stop the ground to antenna.  So no need for nylon at bottom of base? That correct?  Does the bottom where co ax attaches need to be grounded to base? I thought I saw some vid, maybe from firestik, that showed nylon on both. Or does that matter?

Lock washer, good idea.

I will trade antennas if it will help you. My only reason getting the 3' was to avoid some over head obstructions on trail.  I did pick up one of them springs to help with flex if I hit something.

I got the ham book. Basically been a drink coaster.  Gotta read that darn thing. Talked to a few who just kept taking the practice tests and passed the test for license pretty easily.  Sounds like the test was dumby downed a bit.  Seems like a no brainer to get it for safety.


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 07, 2017, 01:56:21 PM
Oh, and Ben, the 3 footer measures a smudge over 37 inches.


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 07, 2017, 03:27:29 PM
Greg, I went looking to see if I could find a pic of your antenna. All I could find was this one.


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170130/af1d4671f8b4b8d0285c8c35127b946f.jpg)


That's not what you're running now right?

No nylon washer on the bottom. That part of the cable connect is the shield side of the cable. It has to be grounded to protect the inner signal from noise. And that nylon washer on top is a shoulder washer.


I don't get any noise on my rig. Unless I'm stopped next to Doug. :biggrin:

There is this filter:

https://www.amazon.com/Magnum-XLF-20BP-D-C-PowerLine-Filter-20Amps/dp/B01BUALLRE/ref=pd_sbs_263_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01BUALLRE&pd_rd_r=0TS02ETFEBMKKRBRVENK&pd_rd_w=0kABQ&pd_rd_wg=HLF55&psc=1&refRID=0TS02ETFEBMKKRBRVENK (https://www.amazon.com/Magnum-XLF-20BP-D-C-PowerLine-Filter-20Amps/dp/B01BUALLRE/ref=pd_sbs_263_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01BUALLRE&pd_rd_r=0TS02ETFEBMKKRBRVENK&pd_rd_w=0kABQ&pd_rd_wg=HLF55&psc=1&refRID=0TS02ETFEBMKKRBRVENK)

Doug, I don't personally know anything about it. It only has one customer review, but it's 5 stars. I assume you've tried various filters.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 07, 2017, 08:18:04 PM
Yes Ben. I will trade my  old bent whip for your 4' firestik. I don't want to give up the vintage look but I will for you. :)

Yes, I had nylon top and bottom. SWR was worse.

Took off bottom, still sucked.  Then noticed my bottom washer was grounding out antenna. Dumped washer. Still sucked.

Did  every continuity and grounding test overall and in sections.  Finally found my co ax plug under mount is a bit iffy.  Messed with connection. Gonna have to replace but works for now.

Success! Finally tested  it  1.3 and 1.4 at ch 1 and 40. ! 

Lordy.. I had no idea there was so much to an antenna!

Through it all, my whip didn't have continuity.  Lol. So in good faith Ben, you can have my brand new 3' in the trade.


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 07, 2017, 09:30:12 PM
Alright!

 Are you coming up for the Ramblers trip?

Here's a pic of my 4'+2", adjustable Firestik II. It does a great job, until I drive into the garage.

(http://i.imgur.com/eosOwNOl.jpg)
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 09, 2017, 08:41:47 PM
I probably won't make rambler trip. Have taken to much time off this summer.  My days off don't mesh to well will playing this year. Wish I could. Will probably use my Sundays in Sept work on the Deer Valley trail to give back some.  We can do lunch perhaps on a Monday or Tuesday before.. ?


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 09, 2017, 10:30:55 PM
I'm on a bike ride this coming weekend. So next early part of next week I need to take care of some business. Any Monday, Tuesday after that should be fine.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 13, 2017, 08:21:42 PM
This thread is in General Tech, so I don't see a problem with it, as long as the OP doesn't.

I'm unclear what you are asking for. What FRS frequency do I use? GMRS radios use channels, I just use channel 1. There doesn't seem to be much chatter up on the Rubicon, on channel 1.

So you bought 2 dual-band ham radios? The 70cm band on a ham uses around 440MHz. GMRS radios use 462 to 467MHz. I'm not sure you can talk at any distance with an antenna tuned to 440. But maybe you can.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: timatoe on August 13, 2017, 09:00:22 PM
They're basically "race radios" if I'm understanding correctly.  I don't know anything about them though.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 14, 2017, 07:46:48 AM
I really don't use them much. I've used them camping in Ft. Bragg, and when Alex climbs the mountain at Wentworth Springs. I just have them locked on channel 1. They're just a cheapo Uniden set . They were on sale at Fry's, for like $25 for the set.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 15, 2017, 12:20:39 PM
I was looking at those.  Quality control can be issue with the Co but they seem to be a good value.   They do have a newer model but I really don't see much difference.  Can ya get an adapter to plug into 12v to charge in the road?  Also heard updating antennae is worth money for range .  I gotta pull plug and get one..


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 15, 2017, 01:07:19 PM
Wow, those things are cheep. I paid $300 for a dual band handheld radio, back in the '80s. But it was an Icom, a reputable Japanese company. Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom were considered top of the line. Alinco was up and coming. These cheap Chinese knock offs are going to put the Japanese company's out of business. Just like they did to the American company's.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 15, 2017, 01:56:34 PM
You should also invest in a mounted antenna. You may have trouble hitting repeaters in mountainous areas with just the "rubber duck" antenna. I looked at the extended antenna that they recommend, and it doesn't have a BNC connector for the rubber duck. I don't know if that is the industry standard now or not. But you should check to see if you can get and adapter for a mounted antenna. PL259 was the standard connector for mounted antennas, and is what I use on both my ham and CB. A 90° adapter would be ideal. That way you won't have that big wire sticking up every time you pick it up to talk. That was the way I ran my ham for the first couple of years. Until I got a mobile unit.

It looks like they recommend the UT-72 mag mount antenna to go with it. And it comes with an SMA to PL-259 adapter. The trouble with mag mounts is that they keep getting hit by stuff on the trail.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on August 22, 2017, 06:02:09 AM
Seems like that is a nice feature on a pro-longed trip.


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: pdangerp on August 22, 2017, 06:54:06 AM
Ben and I used to use Ham a little on the rubicon, but his old radio is stuck on one channel if I remember correctly. I used to use my handheld to listen to the repeater. I also recommend a mounted antenna with a wire run to your handheld.


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 22, 2017, 07:40:33 AM
Well its not really stuck on one frequency. It's hard to add a frequency. All the little dials that you have to turn to change frequencies, jump around when you turn them. Too much beer spilled on it.:cheers2:
If the frequency is already in the memory it's easier.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 22, 2017, 07:56:19 AM
Now this is a real radio. 45 watts on 2m.


(http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/tm721aL.jpg)
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: pdangerp on August 22, 2017, 08:40:40 AM
Now this is a real radio. 45 watts on 2m.


(http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/tm721aL.jpg)
You buying a new one? Get rid of the beer soaked one?


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on August 22, 2017, 10:19:37 AM
No, that's the one I currently have. They don't make them like that anymore. I just need to go in with some contact cleaner.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: amcguy on September 01, 2017, 09:43:17 PM
Jumping in a little late. Recommend getting a HAM Ticket and using the reasonably price and high quality and abundant amateur radio equipment that is available. For the most part there is no better or reliable communications option. Most local HAM clubs hold classes all the time. Another great advantage is FM radios are not subject to man made noise such as ignition.
I run a Yasue dual banded in my JK but wish I had stuck with Kenwood which is much easier to program. I also carry a 40 channel CB handheld for those trips when I am the only HAM.
AMCGUY, KC6SLE, amateur extra
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on September 02, 2017, 10:40:36 AM
Back in the late '80's I had a Chevy Lumina APV, for a company van. The APV stood for "All Plastic Vehicle". :biggrin:

I had a 2m "no ground plane" antenna attached to it. It worked quite well, but it was just a 2m antenna. I think I still have it somewhere, if your interested. I also have a spare splitter lying around somewhere too.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on September 02, 2017, 03:55:29 PM
Doesn't it have a low power option?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on September 02, 2017, 04:10:16 PM
Check this antenna out. It's supposedly no ground plane.

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000061 (http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000061)
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: amcguy on September 09, 2017, 10:42:48 PM
 Ben is right, a 5/8 wave antenna does not require a ground plane, therefor steel body. But you are not going to find a dual band antenna where both frequencies are 5/8 wave. It's a physical versus electrical reality. But you could run two antennas, different frequencies both 5/8 wave.

Check out Diamond and Comet antennas. Both very good. Both have the option of folding the antennas sideways to clear say garage openings. I like Comet personnaly, but have used both.
amcguy
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on September 11, 2017, 05:56:26 AM
 That antenna looks pretty good, but I don't know much about it. It seemed to have good reviews.

 Antenna connections on handhelds are always the weak link. I think I used 2 90° adapters(BNC at the time) to run the cable down the side. And maybe used Velcro to hold it to radio. It helped greatly on the stress of the antenna mount.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on September 16, 2017, 09:47:36 PM
Yes, you can have separate antennas going into one radio. But I believe it only covers 2m and 70cm. If you want to use FRS/GMRS, you can always switch to the rubber duck.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on December 01, 2017, 10:00:12 PM
I'm beginning to think that interference you're getting maybe because of the fiberglass body. Maybe the no ground plane can't filter it out.

So you got the longer cable, and you can remove the "head unit"?

I'm glad you finally tried it out. :2thumbsup:
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on December 02, 2017, 07:14:33 PM
Are you wiring both + and - to the battery? I have an inline fuse on both.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on December 03, 2017, 09:41:14 AM
How well did it work on your CB?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on January 03, 2018, 09:57:21 AM
Any updates? Did you get your radio programmed? Did the filter work?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on January 03, 2018, 11:28:58 AM
Have you tried hitting the 70cm repeater on the Rubicon yet?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on April 26, 2018, 01:39:27 PM
Doug, I found some interesting info that might help you with your noise in Plastic Barbie Jeep. :biggrin:


http://www.k0bg.com/bonding.html

There's a lot of other useful info on that website also.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on June 19, 2018, 02:40:46 PM
Old chat, I know.  Finally got the Ham license and a cheap Baofeng!  Now what?


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 19, 2018, 04:04:32 PM
Congratulations! :high5:

Now you get an antenna and a mount. Then you need to run some wire and get an adapter to hook your radio to it. Which Baofeng radio did you get?


Call sign?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Sccafire on June 20, 2018, 12:51:03 PM
I know for sure the Rubicon Trail is covered 100% by a 70cm Repeater and linked to the 805. You need a HAM license to talk on it.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: timatoe on June 20, 2018, 08:16:33 PM
Scott, just noticed your profile says Anderson, did you guys sell the place in Lincoln?
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 20, 2018, 10:35:05 PM
I was thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 21, 2018, 09:27:50 AM

Do most people use the 70cm repeater located near Spider instead of one of the .805 repeaters? I guess the 107.2 PL links to 146.805. Being a newbie I will likely be using simplex anyway. I read some people decode PL on handhelds? Do you use the PL on 70cm simplex? KI7SCT out


I don't know what most people use. Because there just weren't enough of us hams that I wheeled with, before now. I've always used the 805 repeater, because I can hit it from my house. I know I have 444.9875 programmed into my radio, but unsure if I have both PL's or just one. If we're going to use 70cm on the trail, I'm not sure we really need a PL on simplex. I think some use it to filter out others on the frequency. I really couldn't tell you if I even have simplex programmed or not. I guess I'll have to check.

In case anyone is confused as to what we're talking about, this may help clear it up.


http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-hamradios.htm
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Sccafire on June 22, 2018, 10:18:43 AM
Scott, just noticed your profile says Anderson, did you guys sell the place in Lincoln?


Yes, We moved. Laura accepted a position at Shasta Regional. We have been here since Feburary. We will be moving in to our new home hopefully next week.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Sccafire on June 22, 2018, 10:36:08 AM
Do most people use the 70cm repeater located near Spider instead of one of the .805 repeaters? I guess the 107.2 PL links to 146.805. Being a newbie I will likely be using simplex anyway. I read some people decode PL on handhelds? Do you use the PL on 70cm simplex? KI7SCT out

Hopefully this may help you with your question.

Spider repeater hast 3 PL Tones
First tone for trail use only. While using this tone you will be able to talk to anybody on the trail from Loon to Tahoe.

Second Tone is linked to the 805. When you talk using this PL it will also be heard on the 805 repeater in Placerville. This means you can talk to most everybody in Sac valley

Third tone is linked to a repeater in the Tahoe area. Again will let you talk to others outside the Rubicon in the Tahoe area.

If just talking simplex between your buddies I would not use a 70cm frequency. I would use 146.400-146.580 or 147.420-147.570. Doing this would keep you from tying up the spider repeater and have a greater chance that only you and your friends will only be the ones using that particular frequency.

Most people who us the PL's that are linked to the outside repeaters are to check-in with family members. The 805 repeater is used by El Dorado County SAR. If you have an emergency use that PL. I believe somebody is listening to it 24/7


Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 22, 2018, 12:38:37 PM
This is a reply to both you guys.

I already have 147.585 simplex programmed into my radio. I've used that frequency, well since '86. My friend lived about 6 blocks away and we'd talk on it a lot. This was back before anyone had cell phones, but we had pagers. One of us would the page other...

I'm not sure if that conflicts with any repeaters around here. But up there on the trail it should be fine for simplex.

Doug, since you'll be coming on 50 to get to camp, we should probably use the 805 repeater. I know it's like giving a speech to your 9th grade class for the first time. :peep: But it's really the best way. We might be driving through to Loon or whatever. It would be nice to know what we're up to though. Just get on and act like you belong.  :2thumbsup:

You only have to give your call sign at the beginning of the conversation and the end. Or every 10 minutes if it's a long conversation. But be prepared to say it phonetically if someone asks you for it.

Kilo India 7 Sierra Charlie Tango

Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 22, 2018, 02:45:30 PM
I'm pretty sure I do, but I'll have to figure out how to do it. The dam radio does everything, but I don't remember anything.

But you do know that you could be talking to me possibly, coming down the hill on 50, on the repeater..
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on June 23, 2018, 07:50:34 PM
I just got a cheap baofeng. 5something-somethingsomething+

KM6UEY CQ?   
 
I scanned the book but mainly used a phone app that had all the questions and I just quizzed myself when I had a few moments here and there.

. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180624/22811516262a19879985bcbd1e8d5939.png)

Test was easy.  I can say that I really have no idea how to use the radio.  I tried to say hello on some repeater but failed .  Not sure how to do the offsets and all that .  Not even sure how to program a frequency .  Funny, been talking in a walkie talkie for three decades. I keyed up the Ham and froze. Lol

I will say getting that cable and using computer to program is the way to go it seems. It just took me several days to figure out how to get drivers/freeware to work on computer.  I actually have not used my computer in like five years which may give you an idea how old it is.

I have enjoyed listening. My wife is all, why do you like listening to those ole’ coots?” I say, “cuz you married one. “‘

I guess today is the biggest day of the year for the Ham folks . FIELD DAY.  I wanted to check one of them out but working all day/night.

BEN! It just occurred to me as I was thinking about antennas! Were we supposed to trade?

What kinda ham antenna should I get?

KM6UEY clear


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 23, 2018, 10:18:14 PM
I think that was CB antennas. Did you get an owners manual with the radio? Is there a model number on the radio? Maybe you can find the site where you bought it. We need more info to help you out. Just make sure you bring all that stuff to the Rubicon. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 24, 2018, 08:55:01 AM
Greg, is this the Baofang radio you bought?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HX03AMA/ref=psdc_912322_t3_B00KFL1L7A


It's the one Doug originally bought and posted a link to, on page 1 of this thread.

Edit: I guess I should have noticed that Doug posted an hour earlier. But I was busy running around looking at stuff.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 24, 2018, 12:18:15 PM
Note: I edited my previous post #64, to change my simplex pre-programmed frequency to 147.585.

 And Doug, I can actually monitor that frequency and the 805 repeater at the same time. But it was hard to set up. I have a scan mode. But I have to go in and lock out all the frequencies that I have in memory(in 2m), then it will only scan those two.

Also, all my buttons on the radio are working perfectly. I did go in and spray all the contacts with Deoxit last year.
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Dieck on June 24, 2018, 11:06:34 PM
Yes Doug and Ben, that is the one. I also got the slightly longet antenna and the larger battery.

Been browsing for a mag mount antenna .  Something like this work? Pretty cheap and only a 19”.   Or should I spend a few bucks more to getting something longer ?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180625/42d59bd1f6f3724a6b4d09e11eb5b82f.png)


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Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on June 25, 2018, 05:38:07 AM
I honestly don't know anything about it. If you're going the mag mount route, a short one like that is good on the trail. It also has some decent reviews. You're going to need an adapter cable to go along with it though. It has a PL-259 connector on the end. I'm not sure what your Baofeng antenna mount is, but this might work.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COKNKS8/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on July 08, 2018, 03:01:20 PM
So I've been on Pirate looking up repeaters. I started posting back and forth with a guy from Danville. He wants to talk with us on Saturday night on the repeater. I'll try and set up a time to talk with him.

The thread on Pirate is here if you want to see.

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/usa-northern-california/2244042-ham-radio-trail-frequencies.html#post43957646
Title: Re: Witty CB chat..
Post by: Mr.B on July 08, 2018, 04:28:01 PM
I also found something cool, it's called Echolink. You can monitor repeaters from your computer or cell phone. There's apps for iPhone and Android. And supposedly you can talk and message on it. I'm not sure how that works yet, but it sounds cool. It won't work until you register your call sign and they validate it. Here's the link:

http://www.echolink.org/