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Old 05-04-2008, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by RichardM98 View Post
I got my no-code tech ticket back in 2001 but lost interest in the local 2m repeaters after a couple of years. I recently installed my FT3000M in my 98 E320 wagon for listening only. Wouldn't want to transmit 70w thru my rear quarter panel window antenna! I pulled the obsolete analog phone out to make a space.

FYI, I found an adapter to convert the PL259 to a Motorola jack and used a Y adapter to put both my Becker Monza and the Yaesu on the same antenna. I couldn't find anyone who thought this would work but it worked fine.

In the pictures, closed and open, the small finger pull on the front of the Yaesu lets me pull it out to access the controls and push it back in so it's out of site when not it use.

At this point I don't have any plans to set it up for transmitting although I could do it pretty quickly with a mag mount and hardwired to battery.

I would think dumping 70w into your Becker would be worse than dumping it into the window antenna


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Old 05-04-2008, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by 2.5Turbo View Post
I would think dumping 70w into your Becker would be worse than dumping it into the window antenna
Good point!
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:13 AM
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I have a two, Kenwood is in the truck, the other waiting for a
good, integral fit into the E320. I have one capable of MARS/CAP. I'm
also a pilot and like the ability to camp out near Boeing Field and listen to the
the chatter.

What's the appeal of ham radio? When essential services break down, having
amateur radio gear circumvents landline and cellular services. Cellular operate
on .5 watt, requiring towers to function. Ham radios can be 10-100x more
power for UHF, VHF.....not to mention those with shortwave capability and
can expect longer communication distances.

Seattle has safety net, with local ham operators who can be deployed during disasters.

I have handhelds also, which can piggyback and use the mobile radios as
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:23 AM
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Smooooth View Post
It's better than 50 degrees here in Syracuse, NY - I just HAD to do something on the car this weekend............

So far I cleaned the tail-lights - and installed new high output back-up bulbs.
Finally replaced all the fuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND - Drum Roll Please - Installed the Kenwood TM-733 Dual Bander.
What a great weekend this was...............


Oh sweet! KD8JXL here, QRP with 5W on an ANGRY-9 out of Bay City, MI.

Just ordered amateur radio license plate for my car.


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Old 01-08-2015, 05:32 PM
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Good to see Some Hams!

I know that this is an old post but it got my attention and I had to reply.
It is nice to see that others in the automotive hobby are also Hams.

I am looking to put a 2mtr In my 2003 SLK230 but I cant find a place to mount it, BUT I already have a 1/2" hole in the trunk for the antenna The previous owner was kind enough to take out the Phone system and left me the hole.

If anyone has any suggestions as to where to mount the radio let me know.

It would be nice if all of the hams would friend each other so we can also talk about problems IE interference ig. noise etc. without clogging up the threads with stuff no one knows about.

73 for now

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