View Full Version : Guess What - I Think I'm Gonna Get a New Toy

08-08-2010, 08:35 PM
Well, after my wife saw first hand the usefulness of having a HAM in case of an emergency (see the Bill Moore Lake Post Rally thread for more details), she is encouraging me to get a HAM. So, I am going to start reading and monitoring the threads in here more often. If any of you have any advice, suggestions or warning I would certainly welcome them.


08-08-2010, 11:06 PM
Right on! There are on line tests you can take and retake as much as you want in order to study, but I do not have the link. Hopefully some one will post up the link.

08-08-2010, 11:18 PM
Read all the posts in the ham section you will learn a ton then set a budget and your priorities of things you want in a radio. Mine ended up being able to monitor two bands, 8800. Great rig worth the money.

08-08-2010, 11:37 PM
Read all the posts in the ham section you will learn a ton then set a budget and your priorities of things you want in a radio. Mine ended up being able to monitor two bands, 8800. Great rig worth the money.

I was looking at that one at this link (http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/stereo-electronics-electrical/86523-ham-radio-trail-use-primer-radio-buyers-guide.html). The dual band seems like more than I will need but I do like the idea of something that I can grow into. I also like the idea of the relocatable face since room in my FJ40 is limited. Anyway, still lots of stuff to read and learn about so it will take me a bit to make up my way.

08-09-2010, 12:44 AM
I think most guys with 40s will suggest you go with something more well suited for a FJ40 environment like the FT2900. While I really like my FT8800 I don't think I'd consider putting on in a 40. You want something probably a little more rugged unless you have a really good protected place to put the main radio unit and a fairly protected spot for the face plate.

08-09-2010, 07:09 AM
all good suggestions so far.

I bought the 8800 for my 40 and I regret it. I don't use the dual channels at all and the 8800 uses a fan to cool which is not suitable for the dusty interior of my 40. It was more than twice the cost of the 2900, which is what I should have gone with in the first place. I'm planning on getting a 2900 for the 40 and moving the 8800 into my other rig. :thumb:

08-09-2010, 07:31 AM
Thanks, great suggestions. Even my radio, which sits in a locked center console is getting pretty beat up. I do have the spot where the factory radio sits to put a HAM. I was saving that for some other stuff one day but since it is not that day yet, I can cross that bridge when I get there.


08-09-2010, 08:10 AM
I run the basic 2 meter rig in my 40. It is a harsh environment in my 40 and the most complicated maintenance my radio needs is to wipe off the dust so that I can see the screen. The features and capabilities of dual band and cross repeat would be nice to have, but the basic 2 meter rig running on high power has worked just fine for me.

08-09-2010, 09:16 AM
Great news Justin! I'll side with the more simple rig for your 40, FT-2900r or even the FT-1900r. You can always sell and trade up later if you decide you really need more features, but you don't have to buy a super fancy radio right off the bat, just your first radio.. ;)

08-09-2010, 09:29 AM
I agree. My FT-2800 (predecessor to the 2900) is perfect for the 40 - durable, simple and functional. Fits nicely in the radio housing if you don't need an FM radio.

08-09-2010, 09:34 AM
Keep it simple, I have the 2900 in my 40.

08-09-2010, 09:44 AM
here's the book http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/books/0134.html

and here's info on where to take the tests http://www.qsl.net/n0iak/hamradio/exams.html

08-09-2010, 09:52 AM
This link (http://studyguide.eqth.info/Tech_Study_Guide_2010.pdf) should take you to a study guide. I used this guide to prepare for my Technician exam. It will cover what you need to know in a condensed, no nonsense manner:thumb:. When I prepared for my General exam I picked up the book.

08-09-2010, 11:25 AM
I've replaced the volume/power/squelch knobs on my FT-8800R a couple of times. They are co-linear potentiometers with a push switch, so a lot happening in a small area and thus are fragile and prone to bending and snapping. Be careful where you mount the face so that it can't be bumped or stepped on.

In my case I had my radio mounted up high near the ceiling. One side was broken due to an indiscriminate dog who bumped his noodle on the lower right knob and bent the shaft and the other was the clumsy oaf driver hitting his noodle one too many times. The shafts are soft brass and do not lend themselves easily to bending back for repair nor (being cast) are very amenable to soldering.

OTOH, now if (or when) it happens to others, I know the part numbers and technique to replacing them... They are not expensive, about $8 IIRC.

IMVHO the radio is pretty delicate for the inside of a FJ40 and seemed marginal inside a relatively less abusive Hilux. But none-the-less, I have moved it out of the truck and inside the house and expect it to live out its life as a base station radio...

08-09-2010, 01:14 PM
Plus the stupid buttons don't light up!

Hard enought in a plush riding Lexus to get your finger on the right button in the daylight...Forget about it in a bouncing 40 or at night :hill: - I'm seriously considering getting some of that glowing paint, whatever it is, and seeing what happens :)

Caribou Sandstorm
08-09-2010, 01:30 PM
HRO had a fire sale last fall or this spring can't remember that far back....on FT2800s which were discontinued for the 2900s...I bought a couple and kept one for our 80 series..

Anyway, I think they were selling them for 125.00

You might call them and see if they have anymore at that price.

Most of the guys have Yaseu but a few of us also have ICOM, so if you find a good deal on either one, someone in the club should be able to program it for you, no worries.

08-09-2010, 02:06 PM
Sorry, what is HRO?

08-09-2010, 02:19 PM
ham radio outlet

800-444-9476 303-745-7373 24 HOUR FAX 303-745-7394 denver@hamradio.com
8400 E. Iliff Ave #9, Denver CO 80231

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